This Week’s Business News and Notes

December 6 – 12, 2007

Sunrise of Falls Church is hosting a holiday celebration for the business community, friends and family from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11. Join Sunrise and the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce for refreshments and music from the George Mason High School Sax Quartet. The event is free. Sunrise is located at 330 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-534-2700.

The State Theatre is hosting Santa Jam 11 on Thursday, December 13. Santa Jam is a benefit for homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence. Northern Virginia Shelters, Doorways, and the Fairfax County Women's Shelters benefit from Santa Jam every year. Featured performers include Mary Ann Redmond Band, Tom Principato Band, Tommy Lepson Band, Generation Vinyl, Radio Mosaic, Linwood Taylor, Mary Shaver, Mike Ault, and Soul Gravity. .For ticket information visit


Impulsive, the unique Falls Church gift gallery, is hosting a series of events through December highlighting various art forms and artists such as the glasswork of Janet Perry-Smith and Richard Smith the evening of December 7 and jewelry, polymer clay, and mirrors from Dawn Marshall and Joan Fedora on December 14. For more information visit


Acacia Federal Savings Bank is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Acacia’s office at 7600 Leesburg Pike weekdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm through Friday, December 14. A collection box is located just off of the elevator on the 2nd floor of the East Building. Collection boxes will also be in the main lobbies of both the East and West buildings on Thursday, December 13 from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Information on the campaign and recent toy recalls is available at  Information on Acacia is available at


The Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center is conducting its Annual Shoe Drive, this year to benefit Kokolopori, Falls Church's Sister City. New or gently used shoes can be dropped by the Foot & Ankle Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until the end of December 2007. The Foot & Ankle Center, which is owned and operated by Dr. Paul B. Cannon, is located at 104-A East Broad Street. For more information about the Foot & Ankle Center call 703-237-1555.


The Original Pancake House is collecting coats, warm clothes and personal items to give attendees at their annual Christmas breakfast for homeless families. Items and contributions can be dropped off anytime between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the restaurant located at 370 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-891-0148.


Vantage Fitness is sponsoring the Homestretch Holiday Adoption Program and encouraging its members to participate and help make the holidays special for a low income family. A list of four families and a gift list are available at Vantage Fitness. Participants can either purchase a gift or provide the funds for Vantage Fitness to go out and purchase a gift. December 17th is the deadline. For more information contact Vantage Fitness at 703-241-0565.


Digital Design and Imaging’s unique aerial photography was recently highlighted in a New York Times Sunday Edition article entitledMaking It Easier to Anticipate the View” by C. J. Hughes (November 18). Falls Church-based, Digital Design provides developers planning high-rise condominiums and potential buyers with a truly unique resource to let them see actual views from the various heights. Using a remote camera attached to a large helium balloon suspended over property where a building will eventually stand has become increasingly popular as September 11 generated flight restrictions have made traditional aerial photograph more difficult. Bird's-eye panoramas taken about every 30 feet at 70-degree angles, at multiple compass points, provide developers and potential buyers with photography to compare views from various units.  For more information visit


Businesses interested in supporting the Falls Church community may consider contributing to this year’s Watch Night festivities. Watch Night is the City of Falls Church’s annual family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. This event, organized by Greenscape’s Barbara Cram, is funded primarily by the local business community. Email for information about how your business can participate.


Falls Church-based Organic Doggy Kitchen has launched “Capitol Dog Bakery: Political Dog Biscuits” just in time for the holidays. Republican Elephants are available in a red foil bag while Democrat Donkeys are available in a blue foil bag. The biscuits will be officially introduced to the community from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the FIRSTfriday of Falls Church event hosted by Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Avenue). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Washington Humane Society. For more information about the Organic Doggy Kitchen, visit


Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., has completed the installation of a unique new bus shelter at the site of the Old Fire House/Teen Center in the McLean Community Business District. The shelter is one of four purchased by The McLean Revitalization Corporation using a Federal Transportation Grant to support the ongoing McLean CBC revitalization effort. The MRC will present the shelters to the County as a gift in the early fall. For more information about the revitalization effort please visit For more information about Case Design and their Falls Church location, visit