This Week’s Business News and Notes

August 2 – 8, 2007


Broad Street Tavern, owned and operated by a former Marine, is changing the décor of its freshly painted restaurant section to honor those who have served in our Armed Forces. Local residents and businesses are invited to provide military action, group, or portrait photographs and/or other military items such as uniforms to be displayed in the restaurant. Photos of any size are appreciated but they must be framed. Art and Frame of Falls Church, located at 111 Park Avenue, will provide a discount of 30% off of custom framing for photographs being offered to the restaurant. Broad Street Tavern is located at 132 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Contact Broad Street Tavern owner Duane “Dallas” Dallachiesa at for more information. 


Curt Westergard, President of Digital Design & Imaging Service in Falls Church, was recently highlighted in’s “In Pictures: The Greatest Risk of All” which asked 12 notable figures–in fields from showbiz to politics—what they consider to have been the riskiest moves of their lives. To read about Westergard’s efforts to secure high angle photography from Ground Zero in New York to help rebuild the fallen World Trade Center visit

First Horizon Bank plans to close its mid-Atlantic branches including its branch in Falls Church and nine additional branches in Northern Virginia. The Falls Church First Horizon office has been a strong supporter of community events and the arts and is a participant in the Falls Church Arts’ Gallery Without Walls program for which is it hosting a reception with Virginia Sywyj, the current exhibiting artist, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7.  The event is free and open to the general public. First Horizon Bank is located at 133 S. Washington Street in Falls Church.


The Get Motivated Seminar featuring Zig Ziglar, General Colin Powell, Dr. Robert Schuller, Steve Forbes, Brian Tracy, and Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to the Verizon Center on Thursday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Among the speakers' topics will be "How to Stay Motivated" (Ziglar), "Take-Charge Leadership" (Powell), “How to Attain and Exceed Every Goal” (Schuller), "America’s Promise: Your Keys to Growth and Opportunity” (Forbes), “and "How to Strengthen Your Sales & Negotiation Skills" (Tracy), and “How to Knock Out the Competition (Leonard). Local businesses are being provided discounted tickets at $49 per office or organization – not per person, per office. To take advantage of this very limited-time offer, call 1-800-217-1339. Admission at the door if attending singly will be $225. More in formation is available at


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s regularly scheduled monthly meetings/events will not take place the month of August. The Chamber’s August Board meeting and evening mixer have been cancelled due to vacation schedules. The monthly luncheon may take place if there is enough interest – there will not be a speaker. Business leaders and staff interested in attending an informal networking lunch on Tuesday, August 21 are asked to please contact the Chamber office as soon as possible – no later than Thursday, August 16th. Call 703-532-1050.


Natalia's Elegant Creations Pastry Shop and Cafe opened its doors on Tuesday, July 31 at 230 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.  The new European style pastry shop offers a large variety of European style cakes, pastries, cookies, and cupcakes. Freshly baked bagels, croissants and muffins, as well as a limited sandwich menu will also be offered.  Coffees, teas, espressos, lattes and other beverages can be ordered for either sit down or take out.  Gluten-free desserts are available daily. Visit the website for details regarding the Café and catering services –


Tree Top Kids has opened a location in Idylwood Plaza located at 7505 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Tree Top Kids Inc., is a mid-Atlantic based children’s specialty retailer with nine stores located throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Kristen English is managing the new Falls Church location which is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The store joins two additional new retailers in the Plaza – Blue Tulip ( and Bratt Décor ( For more information on Tree Top Kids visit

The U.S. Small Business Administration has taken a number of steps to reinvigorate its Surety Bond Guarantee Program and make it easier for small businesses to obtain bonds.
The new rules published in the Federal Register establish a more flexible pricing structure, allowing Preferred Surety Bond Sureties to charge current state rates rather than being locked into rates that, set under and required by the former regulations, had become outdated and unwieldy over time. These changes will support small and emerging businesses nationwide, particularly construction contractors in the devastated Gulf Coast region and other disaster stricken areas around the U.S. Corporate surety bonds protect the project owner against financial loss, and in the case of public construction projects, protect taxpayer dollars should the contractor default. This rule takes effect July 25, 2007.

Vantage Fitness opened its new facility in the Read Building located at 402 W. Broad Street in Falls Church at 5:30 am on Tuesday, July 31. The new expanded facility includes child care, his and hers saunas, and more cardio and weight equipment and more classrooms. For information about Vantage Fitness, home of the Smarter Workout, visit


The Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 7th Annual VTRCC Fall Carnival Thursday September 6 through Sunday September 9 at Nottoway Park located at 9601 Courthouse Road in Vienna. The family friendly event includes fourteen rides, games, food and vendors. For information contact or call 703-281-1333.