Business News and Notes

This week’s Falls Church Business News and Notes.

Businesses in Falls Church City interested in a free risk reduction and security assessment are to contact the Falls Church Police Crime Prevention Unit at 703-248-5056. This new service is part of the City’s Business Watch Program which partners law enforcement with the business community in order to reduce crimes committed against local businesses. Additional services available through this program include crime prevention training and technical assistance, crime alerts, a quarterly informative crime prevention newsletter, and the designation as a Crime Prevention Business. For more information visit

Christian Diaz, Latin Division of Arbonne International, is hosting an event to introduce Arbonne and the home-based business industry to the Hispanic community on May 19. Mr. Diaz will be joined by a dozen leaders who are building multi-million dollar home-based businesses in this area. The event will take place at the Hilton Embassy Row, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Registration will open at noon; the program starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information about Arbonne, a 27-year-old home-based health and wellness company, visit  For more information about this event contact Midory Takeda (703) 575-8566, (en español) or Val Voci (703) 879-8784, (English).

The Falls Church City DMV Select Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office located at 300 Park Avenue, Suite 104E in Falls Church. The office, which opened in March of 2006, offers a variety of services for the business community and area residents. The following transactions can be processed at the Falls Church location: vehicle titles; vehicle registration; regular, special and personalized license plate orders; dealer title and registration transactions; voter registration changes and applications; driver transcripts; handicapped parking placards and license plates, trip permits and overload limits; and address changes. Call 703-248-5019 or email with questions regarding the services offered.

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Developer’s Showcase on Tuesday, May 15 from 11:30 -1:30 at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. Featured speakers include representatives from Akridge Real Estate Services, Atlantic Realty Companies, Hekemian, The Young Group, and Waterford Development. A brief presentation on market trends by Rick Goff, Director of Economic Development for the City of Falls Church, will also be provided. Business leaders interested in Falls Church development projects and the opportunities they are generating are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. RSVPs are required – call 703-532-1050.

Hughes Financial Solutions will be hosting Free College Funding workshops on Tuesday, May 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 30 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center located at 223 Little Falls Street in Falls Church. All parents with High School children are urged to attend. Some of the topics to be covered are how the financial aid process works; how to qualify for more aid; how to pay for college the most tax efficient way; how to pick schools ahead of time that will give you the most free money; how to pay thousands less than the “Sticker Price” of a school; how you may be able to send your child to an expensive private school for less than an in-state University and more. To make your reservations to attend this Free College Funding Workshop, call 877-855-1708. Reservations are free but seating is very limited.

Helene Safford and Larry Safford owners of Clay Café Studios have sold their Chantilly location and licensed the use of the Clay Café name to Grace Wolf, President of the Herndon Arts Council. The Saffords still own Clay Café Studio located at 101 N. Maple in Falls Church and they will co-market their Claymagination Art Camp and other Clay Café programs at both locations. Clay Café Studio has provided family entertainment, art enrichment programs, and pottery painting events in Falls Church since 1998. The Saffords also own Catered Clay, a mobile division of Clay Café, and, along with co-owner Gayla Hassett, The Studio Resource, an online marketplace for custom gifts, limited-edition ceramic lighting, collectibles and home accents. For more information about Clay Café, Catered Clay, or The Studio Resource visit,, or respectively.

The State Theatre is hosting a Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday, May 10. The benefit will feature Crowded Streets and Willie Strings & the Players. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The State Theatre is located at 220 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information on this and other upcoming events visit