March 13 – 19, 2007
The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce held is 2008 Awards Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Clarendon Ballroom. The James S. Elkin Memorial Award for Humanitarianism was awarded to David C. Welch for the creation of a website (www.38lemon.com – named for his age at diagnosis and the size of his tumor) that educates the public about brain cancer and provides a platform for those with brain cancer to communicate with others suffering the same diagnosis. Two Chamber Appreciation Awards were granted – one to Marybeth Connelly of the Falls Church City Schools for her Chamber volunteerism and efforts to support the business community by developing partnerships with schools and the other to Robert O. Beach, owner of SAID/Quick Copy, for his ongoing support of the Chamber office including the provision of discounted office space, printing and copying services. The Carroll V. Shreve Award was bestowed upon Barbara Cram for her work on behalf of the Chamber spearheading Falls Church’s involvement in the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration, coordinating the Falls Church Watch Night festivities, and beautifying the Falls Church downtown business area. The Chamber’s longest standing and most prestigious honor, the Pillar of the Community Award, went to Matt Smith of the Falls Church-based advertising agency Smith Gifford. Smith was honored for his support of school and community and his volunteer design work includes logos for the Falls Church City Public Schools, the BIE Partnership Council and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. Photos of the awards ceremony are available at www.brendasphotos.com. A video presentation of the event is being produced by Falls Church Community Access Television and will soon be aired on Cox Channel 12, RCN/Starpower Channel 2, and Verizon FiOS Channel 35. Visit http://www.fcctv.net/ for the programming schedule.
The City of Falls Church held its 2007 business awards during its City Council meeting Monday, March 10, 2008. Honored for Excellence in Customer Service were Spectrum Cleaners and Natalia’s Elegant Creations. The Innovative Technology Award went to Design Frames, the award for Most Improved Commercial Property was awarded to Falls Church Cabinetry, and the Award for Environmental Stewardship was granted to The Read Building developed by The Young Group. New Business of the Year was Clare & Don’s Beach Shack and Business of the Year was Vantage Fitness. Business Person of the Year went to Nick Benton, owner/editor-in-chief of the Falls Church News-Press.
Giant Food will host a grand opening for its new “Super Giant” located at 7235 Arlington Blvd. in Falls Church on Friday, March 14. The new is 57,861 square-foot grocery store features a new layout, décor, signage, and larger food and pharmacy departments in a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building. It will offer a Starbucks and feature a new cheese shop with more than 200 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses. The new prototype store also features high-efficiency cooling and heating systems, a white membrane roof that reflects, rather than absorbs solar energy, and infrared actuated faucets and toilet flush valves that conserve water usage. Grand opening activities include entertainment, food sampling, prizes, and face-painting activities for children. Proceeds from a three-day hot dog and soda sidewalk sale will be donated to the Falls Church Community Service Food Bank. Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, MD, operates 184 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 21,000 associates. For more on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.
Curves of Falls Church is hosting an art exhibit featuring works from George Mason High School art students throughout the month of March. In conjunction with the art show, the Falls Church Curves is also reaching out to high school females to encourage fitness and health and offering significant discounts until the end of June for young women between the ages of 15 and 18. Curves, a women’s only exercise facility, works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching in every 30 minute workout. For more information, please call the Falls Church club at 703-526-0140
Businesses interested in selling to Fairfax County are invited to attend “Selling to Fairfax County” from 8:00 – 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 19 at the Fairfax Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 315C, Fairfax). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the county's purchasing department and become familiar with the county's process. The workshop will discuss the county's process, upcoming contracting opportunities and address any questions or concerns businesses have about doing business with the county. To register call (703) 324-3201 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/osb/workshop.htm.
Malene Smith Davis, president and CEO of Falls Church-based Capital Hospice and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Pain Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to improving quality of life for people in pain. For more information about Capital Hospice, visit www.capitalhospice.org. For more information about the American Pain Foundation, visit www.painfoundation.org.
The Washington City Paper is hosting a contest to determine readers’ favorite haunts, celebrities and decision makers. To vote for your favorite establishments and people, go to www.washingtoncitypaper.com.