This Week

October 11-17, 2007

While financial companies throughout the area are reducing mortgage staff, Acacia Federal of Falls Church has been hiring. In response to three months in record mortgage volume for the bank Acacia has added 12 representatives, doubling their team for that division. Most of the new hires came from the McLean office of American Home Mortgage, the nationwide lender which filed for bankruptcy in August. Many of the representatives joined Acacia with transactions in progress, which helped roll its high closure volume into September. Founded in 1985, Acacia Federal is a member of the UNIFI Companies, a group of insurance and financial services firms. The bank, which has over $1.4 billion in assets, is active in the mortgage, real estate development and commercial lending markets. For more information visit


Beyond the Garden Gate, which is closing its doors at the end of the month, is offering a 50% discount on all Christmas and Hanukah related items including cards, ornaments, trees, lights, garlands, and wreaths. Additional discounts are available furniture, jewelry, floral items and more. Beyond the Garden Gate, located at 450 W. Broad Street, will be open most afternoons after 12:30 but it is recommended that potential customers call (703) 752-5226 first as the hours will vary during the gift shop’s final weeks. Visit for more information.


Benchmark Hospitality has announced the appointment of Mark Riddell as director of marketing for Lansdowne Resort. Mr. Riddell was previously marketing and communications manager for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority which owns and operates 19 regional parks, including championship golf courses, water parks, historical sites, hiking and biking trails and campgrounds. Lansdowne Resort is the capital region's premier, full-service resort. Operated by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is situated on 500 + acres along the Potomac River near Leesburg and features freshly renovated luxury guestrooms and suites, the luxurious Spa Minérale, 36 holes of championship golf, including the new Greg Norman Course, a new 45,000 square foot clubhouse, and six dining outlets. For more information visit


Northern Virginia Massage of Seven Corners has secured the services of two new Therapists, LeAnne McGuire and Carla Bernales. NVM, which is owned and operated by Alicia O’Donnell, offers In-Call, Out-Call and Corporate Therapeutic Massage services for individuals, couples and groups for both men and women. For more information about the services offered or the specials being made available in celebration of their first year anniversary, visit


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting a “speed networking” luncheon on Tuesday, October 16. Tom Hanton from Guernsey Products will facilitate the session. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Italian Café. The cost is $25 for members with reservations in advance. Contact the GFCCC at 703-532-1050 or or the GMBA at to reserve a seat.

The Falls Church Animal Hospital is hosting a “Trash & Treasures Flea Market” on Saturday, October 13 in their parking lot at 1249 W. Broad Street. All proceeds raised will go to spay/neutering and vaccinating of the feral cat colony in the City of Falls Church. Donations are being accepted to help support this cause. Call 703-532-6121 for more information.

Falls Church Cabinetry is hosting a Fall Open House October 13 and 14. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday or Saturday for refreshments, drawings and a chance to meet the designers and tour the mill shop. Falls Church Cabinetry designs kitchens, libraries, one-of-a-kind bathroom theaters, media centers, closets, and custom millwork to fit any style — contemporary, modern, or traditional and they features a complete line of in-stock cabinets, ready for delivery. Store hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Falls Church Cabinetry is located at 1001 W. Broad Street. For more info, visit

Argia’s is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration to benefit Choralis, the Falls Church based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of choral music on Sunday, October 14 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Tickets are available through Choralis at 703 237-2499 or at Argia’s, the Italian restaurant where groups of family and friends of all sizes gather to enjoy authentic family-style Italian food now including brick oven pizza, is located at 124N. Washington Street. For more information about Choralis visit their website referenced above. For more information about Argia’s visit


Chesterbrook Residences is hosting an event at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 14 featuring David Quinn and Matthew Quinn of Quinn’s Auction House. “Valuables You Don’t Know About – Downsizing and What To Do With Everything” will take place at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street in Falls Church. On site estimates will be available. Chesterbrook Residences, a mixed-income assisted living facility, should be opening in November. It will contain 97 one and two bedroom units, serving up to 109 individuals. Quinn’s Auction House ( holds more than 60 auctions throughout the year in antique furniture, porcelain, sculpture, silver, crystal and fine glass, fine paintings and prints, jewelry and watches, coins and stamps, and antique toys and dolls. For more information about Chesterbrook Residences visit


Vantage Fitness, home of the “Smarter Workout” is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony during a reception at its new 402 W. Broad Street facility on Tuesday, October 23.  Vantage Fitness, which was highlighted in the Tuesday, October 9 edition of the Washington Post Express, is a full service gym offering a variety of classes, personal training options, child care, free weights, strength training and cardio equipment. For more information visit