This Week’s Business News and Notes

July 19 – 25, 2007

The Tyson’s Galleria Chico's is holding a “Wardrobe Party” to benefit a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Falls Church on Tuesday, July 24. From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Chico's will donate 10% of all sales to Falls Church Arts. Chico’s is a specialty retailer featuring a full line of women’s private label apparel, accessories, and jewelry, with a focus on comfort. women’s clothing and accessories operating 952 stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico under the Chico’s, White House/Black Market and Soma Intimates brands. Chico’s at Tysons Galleria is located at 2001 International Drive, Unit 1717 in McLean. Call 703-917-6110 for more information about the promotion or visit for more information about the company.

PNC Bank, which will soon be opening a branch in the 400 block of Broad Street in Falls Church, is offering a free Two 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. – noon. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. To RSVP to this free event, contact Alex Mereish 703-506-2702.


Hughes Financial Solutions will be hosting a free College Funding Workshop at the Falls Church Community Center on Wednesday, July 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. This free College Funding Workshop will educate parents on how the Financial Aid Process really works, how to save money on college even if you don't qualify for financial aid, and the best ways to pay for college. For more information or to register for the workshops, please visit


Blue Tulip, a new gift store located in Idylwood Plaza (7505 Leesburg Pike) in Falls Church will be conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony from 8:30 – 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 26. The public is invited to attend and shop afterwards as the store will open immediately following the ribbon cutting. Normal business hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information about Blue Tulip, visit


Robeks Juice and Healthy Eats is celebrating its 15th store in the DC Region and offering “Buy One, Get One Free” of any smoothie variety on Thursday, July 26. The second smoothie must be of equal of lesser value than the purchased smoothie. Robeks is located at 1063 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information or to find other locations in our area visit

The Falls Church News-Press is hosting a mixer for the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. This free event is a terrific opportunity to network with News-Press staff and other local business leaders. The Falls Church News-Press is located in Suite 321, 450 W. Broad Street in FC.

The Falls Church City Public Schools are inviting local businesses to help welcome new teachers to the area by providing items such as mugs, gift certificates, key chains, pens, pencils, magnets for the New Teacher Welcome Bags. The Falls Church Business community is renowned for its generous support of the Falls Church City Public Schools. This is a terrific opportunity that will help the new teachers joining the community and also provide an effective efficient marketing opportunity. To donate items to this effort contact Marybeth Connelly, BIE Coordinator, no later than August 1. Materials are needed by August 15.

Jimmy McMillian, CLU, ChFC, CPA, RHU, a financial professional for AXA Advisors, LLC headquartered in Falls Church, recently celebrated his 20th year in the insurance and financial services industry. McMillian began his career with AXA Advisors (then The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States) in 1987. He works with individuals, small business owners, and government contractors to help them define their financial goals and create strategies to help them work toward their objectives. McMillian's practice focuses on employee benefits, executive compensation, business succession, personal financial planning and estate planning. AXA Advisors is a division of AXA Financial, Inc. which provides financial protection and wealth management through AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, AXA Advisors, LLC, Alliance Capital Management, L.P., Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, AXA Distributors, LLC, and the MONY family of companies, including MONY Life Insurance Company.

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants, Inc. announced that they will be moving their administrative functions and franchise support from Arlington to Winston-Salem, North Carolina this fall. The relocation is not expected to have any impact on company operations including the seven owned and operated restaurants in Virginia where two restaurants, including the original in Arlington, have recently been renovated. The company will continue to have their local operational and catering personnel and recently added a Senior Director of Corporate Operations in anticipation of adding more company units in the DC market in the near future. Red Hot & Blue is an award winning chain of 33 restaurants that feature barbeque and showcase blues music and memorabilia. Red Hot & Blue Restaurants, Inc. was acquired in December 2006 by Dancing Pigs, LLC a company controlled by Randy McCann and John Walker. For more information visit


The Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board offers a wide variety of services for the business community free of charge. Through the NVWIB, employers can access an applicant resume bank, secure onsite recruitment and placement assistance, obtain employer tax credit information and access on-the-job training subsidies for new employees. For more information about the services available for employers and job seekers alike, visit