This Week

September 20 – 26, 2007

Homestretch is hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s September Networking Mixer from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will feature refreshments from Natalia’s Elegant Creations and a special acknowledgement of Case Design and Remodeling for their support. Homestrech is located at 370 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. Visit

Vantage Fitness is hosting an open house all day, Thursday, September 27. The independently owned and operated gym, which now offers child care, sauna facilities and massage, is on the 2nd floor of The Read Building, 402 W. Broad Street. Visit for more info about their current offerings and their “Smarter Workout.”


Bratt Décor is hosting a grand opening event for their new Falls Church location from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, September 28. The founders and owners will be in attendance while attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the ultra luxe children’s boutique. Refreshments will be provided. Join them for “cribs, cocktails and conversation”. Bratt Décor is located in the Idylwood Shopping Center at 7505 Leesburg Pike.  


Tree Top Kids Opening CelebrationTree Top Kids is celebrating the opening of their Falls Church location with a variety of events on Saturday, September 29. Kids of all ages can meet Princess Ariel at 11 a.m., Captain Jack Sparrow at 1 p.m., and a Big Apple Circus Clown at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided at noon by 2941 Restaurant. Tree Top Kids will also be offering a 20% off storewide sale from Wednesday, September 26 through Sunday, September 30. The new location is in the Idylwood Shopping Center at 7505 Leesburg Pike.


Hughes Financial Solutions, Northern Virginia Tutoring Service and Admissions Consultants are hosting a free college workshop on “Preparing, Applying and Funding”. The workshop will be presented from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 at the Falls Church Community Center. Parents of students who are planning to attend college during the next several years should consider attending. Dr. Todd Hughes (Hughes Financial Solutions), Ralph G. Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service), and David Petersam (Admissions Consultants) will discuss issues that are on the minds of all parents of prospective college students. Seating is limited. To register, please call 877-778-5481.

Blue Tulip is offering a 20% discount on personalized holiday cards for local businesses through September 30. Blue Tulip, an all occasion gift shop with literally hundreds of greeting card options, is located in Idylwood Plaza at 7505 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. For more information visit

The Holiday Inn Tysons Corner has completed its upgrade to a Crowne Plaza Hotel. This achievement follows a multimillion dollar renovation of the hotel, located in the heart of Tysons Corner, adjacent to Tysons Corner and the Galleria. This renovation includes upgrades to all public areas, ballroom, restaurants and the exterior. The Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner will provide complimentary shuttle service to local businesses, shopping, and dining and scheduled shuttle runs to and from the Dunn Loring Metro. The hotel offers many amenities including the Tuscan Grille and O'Malley's Sports Pub in addition to an outdoor garden patio, 24–hour business center, Olympic size indoor pool, and a 24–hour fitness center. Complimentary high speed wireless connection is in all public areas and for a nominal charge, a secure wired high speed connection is available in all guest rooms. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit or call 1-800-2CROWNE.


Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has named Sholeh Katherina Kia general manager of the 154-room Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview. The luxury lifestyle hotel is scheduled to open in October 2007 in Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood. Kia will be responsible for overseeing all personnel, business development and guest relations at the new hotel. Kia brings more than 19 years of hotel management experience to her new position, most recently acting as the general manager of The Hotel George on Capitol Hill for four years. Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview is located at 1121 N. 19th Street in Arlington For more information call 703-351-9170 locally or toll free at 866-936-1001 or visit


The US Small Business Administration is seeking nominations of outstanding Virginia small business owners and small business advocates for its 2008 awards. Awards will include Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year, Phoenix Awards (for disaster recovery), Small Business Champions, Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, Frances Perkins Vanguard Awards, Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence, Gold Star Awards, Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award, and various lender awards. Local awards will be presented during the 2008 Small Business Awards Luncheon tentatively set for May, 2008. The nomination deadline is Friday, November 23, 2007. For nomination guidelines call (804) 771-2400, ext. 126.


Waterford Development has created a new alliance partnership with SNS Property Finance, an international real estate finance company based in Amsterdam. The partnership enables Reston-based Waterford to expand its full-service real estate development activities, and in turn, will help facilitate SNS's presence in the United States. SNS Property Finance has an extensive real estate portfolio in the residential, retail, office and industrial property sectors throughout Europe and North America. Waterford's product line, which formerly focused primarily on mixed-use projects, will now include commercial, retail and industrial ventures. Waterford, developer of The Spectrum in Falls Church, will expand their territory from the primary Washington, D.C. area to targeted regions in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Recent award-winning developments include Belmont Greene, Symphony Village, The Broadway, and The Palladium. For more information, visit .