This Week’s Business News and Notes

June 7 – 13, 2007

After five years in the Falls Church community, Aldo’s Italian Steakhouse has closed its doors. While owner Al Frye had hoped the space would continue as Aldo’s to serve his loyal customer base including the Falls Church Lions Club, a new restaurant will be opened in its place. Frye, a longtime DC restaurateur, is taking some well deserved time off before getting back into the food and catering business. Details regarding the new restaurant will be provided at a later date.

Bratt Décor has opened in Idylwood Plaza at the old Storehouse Furniture space located at 7505 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church (in the old Storehouse furniture space). This is the second location opened by the Baltimore-based diaper set design house providing upscale nursery and kids’ room furniture and accessories including cribs, infant and youth furnishings, bedding, toys, games, and gifts. There is something here for every child– newborns, preteens, and everyone in between. For more information visit

CareFaxLTC, a new, non-profit organization in Fairfax which is focused on long term care services, opened on May 1, 2007. CareFaxLTC is working toward the expansion of affordable assisted living, the addition of day support programs for young adults with severe disabilities, and the provision of benefits for workers who provide direct care to people who are elderly or have disabilities. CareFaxLTC seeks to improve access to long term care services, raise and broker funds to expand the kinds of services available and prevent the duplication of services. The organization is initially funded by Fairfax County, but it plans to become self-sustaining as it grows. To learn more about how CareFaxLTC contact Ken Connelly, Executive Director, at 571-321-2018. 

The City of Falls Church and the Falls Church City Public Schools are holding a job fair on Saturday, June 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Cafetorium of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. A seminar for those considering a position teaching will be held at 10:30 am. Attending will be representatives from the Schools, the Police Department, Mary Riley Styles Library, Department of Parks & Recreation, and the City of Falls Church. This is a terrific event for those considering switching careers, going back to work, recently retired or just graduated or anyone looking for part-time work.

The City of Falls Church is the only jurisdiction in Commonwealth of Virginia that has the entire city designated as a Technology Zone. Designated technology businesses located within the boundaries of Falls Church are eligible for total exemption from Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) taxes, up for the three years. For technology companies locating within the City, a simple request can translate into thousands of dollars saved each year, during the critical start-up period. Applications can be found at the City’s Economic Development Office located at 300 Park Avenue, Suite 301E in Falls Church or online at For more information email

Coupard Architects & Builders has moved from their old location next to the public library in the City of Falls Church to 803 W. Broad Street, Suite 730. Mark Coupard, AIA and Debbie Coupard are also City residents. Mark has been designing and remodeling homes in Falls Church and surrounding neighborhoods for nearly two decades. You can visit their website at, or call 703.533.3210 or stop by to say hello and enjoy the view.

Ireland’s Four Provinces is hosting a variety of specials through the summer including ½ price burgers on Mondays, 1 lb lobsters with fresh corn on the cob, and boiled red potatoes on Tuesdays, and oysters all summer long. Ireland’s Four Provinces is located at 105 W. Broad Street in Falls Church’s George Mason Square where parking is plentiful. For reservations call 703-534-8999.

Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids has opened a practice in the S. Cherry Plaza Shopping Center located at 6537 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church. Kool Smiles provides comprehensive dental care to local children and young adults who are enrolled in Medicaid, United Concordia-Tricare or Smiles for Children. Kool Smiles provides oral health outreach programs which include no-cost dental screenings and oral health education through ongoing partnerships with local schools and community organizations. Kool Smiles serves patients from their first tooth up to 20 years old. Offices are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays in select locations. To make an appointment please call 703-536-2661.

Lindsay Cadillac is sponsoring a hole-in-one competition at the Unity Club’s Annual Golf Tournament scheduled for June 18 at Forest Greens Golf & Country Club in Triangle, Virginia. Players competing in this scramble tournament who make a hole-in-one will win a new brand new Cadillac courtesy of the Alexandria dealership. For tickets or information on this event or the Falls Church-based Unity Club, contact Dan Greenwood at (703) 477-9242.

Pets Are Inn, a unique pet lodging business with a franchise in Alexandria, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Pets Are Inn provides a “foster-care” type service for animals whose owners are uncomfortable or unable to leave their pets with a kennel, family, or friends. The franchise offers pick-up and delivery and carefully matches pets with temporary homes while their owners are away. For more information contact Barb Perrino, Franchise Owner of Pets Are Inn in Alexandria, at 703-780-7676 or

Sunrise Assisted Living of Falls Church is hosting a networking luncheon for business leaders on Thursday, June 7th from noon to 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to share information with representatives from local organizations, tour Sunrise and meet their residents and staff. And…enter your business card to win a gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez Francois and other prizes. Please RSVP to Bob Orr at 703-534-2700. Sunrise of Falls Church is located at 330 N. Washington Street in Falls Church.