This Week

February 21 – 27, 2008

Business leaders and their customers who want to support the local business community may want to consider weighing in on the current debate over Atlantic Realty Companies’ development plans for the south side of the City Center area. The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has enthusiastically endorsed this project because of its significant benefits to the City’s revenue and the increase it will generate in daytime, evening, and weekend customers for the area’s local businesses. Information, including the project’s fiscal impact and a listing of Frequently Asked Questions on this project is available on the City’s website at Information on a Friends of City Center petition is available at The actual petition can be accessed at The Second Reading for the project and public hearing will take place at the City Council meeting on Monday, February 25 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Stacy’s Coffee Parlor is hosting the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s February Networking Mixer from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. Members of the Chamber and friends of the business community are invited to attend the event and enjoy delicious temptations from Stacy's new menu. Attendees are also invited to a Sea Shanty Sing-A-Long immediately after the Mixer. Stacy’s Coffee Parlor, where something is always brewing, is located at 709 W. Broad Street. Parking is available in front and behind the building and across the street. More info is available at!

Vintage This & That is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. Vintage This & That, offering “distinct furnishings and accessories of yesteryear”, is located in the West End Plaza at 1075 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-533-8012 or visit


Entrée Vous has opened at 2200 N. Westmoreland St. next to the Bear Rock Cafe. Owned and operated by Chris Eldridge, Entrée Vous, “the make and take kitchen”, provides guests the opportunity to go online or call to choose their entrees which include fresh ingredients, homemade sauces and recipes created by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef. Entrée Vous does all the prep work – slicing, dicing, chopping, peeling, blending sauces and marinades from scratch. Guests show up, put the ingredients together and take the dinners home to their freezers. Another popular option is to order meals and have Entrée Vous assemble them for convenient pickup. Guests are encouraged to get groups of friends together to make the process even more enjoyable. In less than two hours, guests can prepare nearly a month’s worth of supper entrees for about $4 per serving and no kitchen cleanup. For more information call 703-532-1515 or order online at and choose the Arlington location.


General Dynamics has chosen S. Daniel Johnson to be the next head of its Information Technology unit effective April 1. Johnson, will succeed Michael E. Chandler, who is retiring, to become president of its General Dynamics Information Technology business unit. Johnson has been the executive vice president of operations for Fairfax-based General Dynamics Information Technology since 2006, and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the 16,000-person organization. Previously he was chief operating officer of Anteon Corp, which General Dynamics acquired in June 2006 and combined with an existing unit to create the current company," General Dynamics said.

One hundred two companies that worked with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority ( in 2007 will add 9,102 jobs to the local economy. Most of the firms announcing new jobs are with information technology or professional services companies, two sectors that drive the Fairfax County economy. Companies announcing the largest job growth during the year include:

Perot Systems with 537 jobs, Volkswagen of America with 401 jobs, Apogen Technologies (now part of QinetiQ North America) with 266 jobs, American Systems with 215 jobs and USIS with 206 jobs. A list of announcements for 2007 is at  


Road Runner Sports is now hiring for their new Falls Church retail store. Applications are being accepted for Store Manager, Store Supervisor and Retail Fit Specialist positions. Road Runner Sports the largest source for running shoes, apparel, accessories and information with top quality products, competitive prices, and superb customer care. Road Runner Sports offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, 401(k), reimbursement accounts, tuition reimbursement, and much more. The Falls Church store will be opening soon in the former Offenbacher location in the Falls Plaza Shopping Center at 1120 West Broad Street. For more information visit

State tax changes that affect Virginia businesses in 2008 include a new withholding requirement for pass-through entities and changes to exemptions to the retail sales and use tax. Effective January 2008, the due date for monthly withholding filers moved to the 25th of the following month, instead of the 20th. There is no impact on quarterly filers, including those who file form VA-16. Additional new legislation also requires pass-through entities to withhold Virginia income tax on behalf of their nonresident owners effective beginning January 1, 2008. For details on the Virginia tax changes visit