This Week’s Business News and Notes

November 22 – 28, 2007

Ireland’s Four Provinces is collecting items for care packages to be sent to our troops in Iraq for the holidays. Drop off personal care items such as twin flat sheets, blankets, towel, deodorant, baby wipes, toothpaste, board games, lotions/shave gels (no flip caps) DVDs, CDs large zip lock bags and food items including nuts, candies, jerky, coffee, soups, microwave popcorn, pretzels (no pork products or alcohol). Last day for drop off is November 28. Ireland’s Four Provinces is located at 105 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.

Businesses interested in recognizing their clients in a unique way this holiday season may be interested in the donation program now available to benefit Falls Church’s Sister City Kokolopori, a remote rainforest community in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During November and December, businesses can make donation in honor of a client, friend or family member to the Kokolopori Microcredit Fund. Donors who give $25 or more to the microcredit fund receive a colorful note card to give to their honoree, which pictures one of the women in Kokolopori who are applying for loans to start small businesses. Contact to find out about their recognition program. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can be sent (checks payable to KFCSCP) to P.O. Box 6043, Falls Church, VA 22040. To give securely on-line, give through the Bonobo Conservation Initiative on and indicate Kokolopori Microcredit Fund in the designation box.


Greenscape’s Barbara Cram is organizing Watch Night, the City of Falls Church’s New Year’s Eve celebration. This event is organized by volunteers and funded by the local business community as well as the City of Falls Church. Businesses interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this event are to email


Northern Virginia Magazine is collecting Best of Northern Virginia nominations in a wide variety of categories. Nominations are being sought in a wide variety of categories grouped as follows: Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Help, Home, Recreation, Pets, Arts, Beauty, Health, Kids, People, and Bridal. Visit to nominate your favorite businesses today.


Monkey Business, a new innovative concept for children founded, owned and operated by Melissa Steele, is opening at 442 S. Washington Street in January. Monkey Business will offer thematic educational music classes for preschool aged children.  The new facility will feature jungle themed sculptured foam play pieces, a sibling area, and a coffee bar complete with WiFi for parents and caregivers.  And, on Friday nights and weekends, they will be available for private parties. For more information or to register for their winter session or a party, visit   


Falls Church City’s Commercial Property Rehabilitation Tax Abatement Program for commercial structures on commercially zoned properties in the City of Falls Church that are at least 20 years old. This program is promoted by the Falls Church Economic Development Authority but administered by the Assessor’s office. For information on this program visit


Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, Hughes Financial Solutions, and Admissions Consultants are hosting a free College Workshop: “Preparing, Applying and Funding” on Saturday, December 8th for parents of students who are planning to attend college in the next several years. This workshop will be held at the Falls Church Community Center from 1-3 PM. Dr. Ralph G. Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service), Todd Hughes (Hughes Financial Solutions), and David Petersam (Admissions Consultants) will discuss issues that are on the minds of all parents of prospective college students. Registration is free but seating is limited. To register, please call 877-778-5481.


Clay Café Studios is hosting its 7th Annual Family FUNdraiser for the Falls Church Emergency Homeless Shelter on Tuesday, December 11. Attendees will have the opportunity to pain an ornament, plate, bowl or mug from a select group. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited so please call 703-534-7600 for your tickets in advance. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All profits will be donated directly to the shelter. Clay Café Studios is located at 101 Maple Avenue in Falls Church.


Sunrise of Falls Church is hosting a holiday party for the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, December 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. All local business leaders and friends of the business community are invited to attend this free event. Refreshments and entertainment by the George Mason High School Sax Quartet will be provided. Sunrise is located at 330 N. Washington Street in Falls Church.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, December 18 from 11:30 – 1:00 pm at the Italian Café (7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church). The meeting agenda includes a review of 2007 Chamber accomplishments and the announcement of 2008 Board members and officers. Reservations are required. Call 703-532-1050 or email


The Greater Merrifield Business Association is hosting its 22nd Annual Holiday Charity Auction on Thursday, December 20 at the Dunn Loring Marriott (2722 Gallows Road, Vienna). This year’s event will benefit PRS, Inc., a community-based nonprofit organization that provides a full range of rehabilitation services for persons with psychiatric disability in the Northern Virginia community. Local businesses are encouraged to donate to the auction and attend the luncheon. To donate, contact Karon Cox at or call 703-531-6303. To reserve seats at the event contact Nikki Doremus at or call 703-849-1200.