This Week’s Business News and Notes

July 12 – 18, 2007

Beyond the Garden Gate is holding a yard sale starting Saturday, July 14 during which select outdoor products are on sale up to 50% off. Beyond the Garden Gate, located at 450 W. Broad Street facing Pennsylvania Avenue, is open Mondays 12 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays 10:00 – 6:00 p.m., Fridays 10:00 – 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information visit


Acacia Federal Savings Bank is accepting nominations for its 3rd Annual Nice Guy Awards until Tuesday, July 17. “Nice Guys” will be selected in three categories – business, organization, and individual. Winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon and a $3,000 donation will be made in their names to their named charities. Visit for more info or to place your nomination. Winners will be announced September 20.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly networking luncheon on Tuesday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Italian Café (7161 Lee Highway). Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. An additional $5 is added to the cost of lunch for walk-ins. To RSVP call 703-532-1050.


Blue Tulip, the new gift shop located at 7505 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, is hosting a special fundraising event benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Wednesday, July 18. Lemonade will be served all day and, if you mention you are shopping for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated. Visit for more information.


The Arlington Small Business Development Center is hosting two seminars of interest to small businesses in July. "9 Steps to Success"- Jumpstart Your Business, to be held on Thursday, July 19, will include an introduction to the tools needed to successfully start and grow a small business. Web Marketing and Search Technology, scheduled for Thursday July 26, will relay ways in which to market your business and maximize your revenue on the web. The Arlington SBDC provides business information, technical assistance, management counseling and training to existing small businesses and new entrepreneurs. Any small business owner or person interested in starting a business may request assistance from the SBDC. For information on the Arlington SBDC visit For information on this seminar, click on “Events” and then on “July”.


PNC Bank, which will soon be opening a branch in the 400 block of Broad Street in Falls Church, is offering a free 2 Hours Continuing Education (CPE) Event for local CPA's at on Wednesday, July 25 at the Mclean Branch on Old Dominion Drive. "Wealth Transfer: Annuities, IRAs and Retirement Plans" will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. To RSVP to this free event, contact Alex Mereish 703-506-2702.


Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids and Teens has opened a Falls Church office at 6537-B Arlington Boulevard. Kool Smiles provides comprehensive high quality general dental care to children and young adults ages 1 – 20 who are covered by Smiles for Children, United Concordia’s Tricare or VA Medicaid. Kool Smiles also accepts cash and major credit cards. Kool Smiles, decorated with cartoon characters and a huge indoor play area, is known for its customer service and kid friendly atmosphere. Walk-ins are welcome and transportation assistance is available. For more information visit or to make an appointment, call 703-536-2661.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has officially partnered with the Falls Church City Police Department to support the City’s Business Watch Program. Officer Dee Williams and GFCCC Chamber Chairman Gary LaPorta are visiting with local businesses to introduce them to the program. Through Business Watch, law enforcement officers provide risk reduction and security assessments, crime prevention training and technical assistance, crime alerts, quarterly informative crime prevention, and tools to reduce risk and help create a safer community – all free to the City businesses. For more information on this program or similar programs in neighboring jurisdictions, contact the Falls Church City Crime Prevention Unit at 703-248-5056 or visit


There are a number of upcoming sponsorship opportunities available to local businesses interested in supporting local nonprofit organizations. For information about sponsoring a wine tasting and silent auction to benefit Homestretch, contact Gina Cocomello at 703 237-2035×117 or [email protected]. For information about sponsoring The Arc of N. VA’s “A Life Like Yours” Summertime Picnic, contact Lynn Ruiz at 703-532-3214, ext 114 or [email protected]. For information about sponsoring the Falls Church Education Foundation’s Run for the Schools 5K race, contact Donna Englander at 703-538-3381. For information about CrossLink International’s Over the Counter Club, contact Linda Cook at 703-534-5465.


Do you know of any independent retailers who might be interested in moving or opening a new location in Falls Church. Are there any such retailers you would like to see in Falls Church? Contact the Falls Church City Economic Development Office at [email protected].