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This Week’s Business News and Notes

March 20 – 26, 2008

Falls Church Pilates is hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Philippine Ambassador Willy Gaa, Mayor Robin Gardner, Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, Chamber Chair-Elect Ralph Perrino and other notables will participate in the noon ribbon cutting. The public is invited to drop by any time between noon and 3 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, champagne, door prizes, and discount coupons. The new Pilates and yoga studio and physical therapy clinic is located in The Byron located at 513 W. Broad Street, Suite 100 in Falls Church. Visit www.fallschurchpilates.com for more info.

 

Bethany Ellis, Long & Foster Realtor and Point of View Eyewear are hosting the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking mixer from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided for this free event. Point of View is located at 701 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.

 

The McLean Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group is inviting all area young professionals to enjoy free snacks, drink specials and to gather in the atrium at O’Malley’s Sports Pub on Thursday, March 27, 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The atrium has reserved seating and two large screen TVs. McLean Young Professionals is planning a Nothing But Net Year for 2008 to offer members professional development, volunteer opportunities as well as other after-hours social networking events. O'Malley's is in Tysons Corner inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel across from the Galleria. Register to attend on the McLean Chamber website, www.mcleanchamber.org.

 

The Falls Church Housing Corporation and Homestretch, Inc. are hosting “Community Information Exchange: Putting a Falls Church Face on Affordable Housing” from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008. Of particular interest to business leaders will be the discussion on “What Matters to Business” featuring Garrett Rambler, owner of Vantage Fitness in Falls Church. The event will take place at the Falls Church Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 225 E. Broad Street.  

 

Dogwood Tavern will be opening in early April at the site of the former Broad Street Tavern (132 W. Broad Street) in Falls Church. The new restaurant will serve American fare, with a slightly southern slant, in a casual dining atmosphere. As its name indicates, Dogwood Tavern will also play homage to Virginia while offering live acoustic music, a focus on sports, and a new back patio. Owners Chris Lefbom, Adam Lubar and Wilson Whitney are well known in local restaurant circles as they also own and operate Ragtime (www.ragtimerestaurant.com) at 1345 Courthouse Road, Arlington and Rhodeside Grill (www.rhodesidegrill.com) at 1836 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington.

 

Also planning an early April opening in Falls Church is Pie-tanza. The locally owned gourmet pizza establishment currently operates a location in Arlington’s Lee Harris Shopping Center (2503B N. Harrison Street). Menu items include wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh oversized salads, authentic Italian entrees, hot and cold subs and beer and wine on premise. The Falls Church restaurant will be located at 1216 W. Broad Street in the retail space formerly occupied by Pizza Hut. For more information visit www.pie-tanza.com.  

 

The Kokolopori-Falls Church Sister City Partnership is encouraging local businesses and civic groups to support Falls Church’s sister city by sponsoring the Benefit Reception to be held on Thursday May 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm at The Atrium of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Sponsorships range from $250 to $2,500 and the reply deadline is March 22nd. The money raised will support the health clinic in Kokolopori with urgently needed medicine, equipment, staffing and training. This all-volunteer group spent 99% of the money raised last year on programs, and only 1% on administrative costs. For information and to pledge your sponsorship, contact [email protected].

 

The Falls Church Lions Club is inviting business leaders to sponsor and/or play to in its 4th Annual Lions Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 12, 2008 at Algonkian Regional Park Golf Course. Lions Club International was ranked best among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide by the Financial Times in association with the Dalberg Global Development Advisors and the United Nations Global Compact. For more information about the event, which includes an opportunity to win fabulous "hole-in-one" vehicles and many other prizes, visit www.fallschurchlions.org.

Restaurateurs might want to consider several nonprofit employment sources to help secure food service staff. DC Central Kitchen has four 13-week culinary job training classes each year with the next class graduation on April 22, 2008. The DC based food bank also provides graduates and alumni with job placement assistance. Interested restaurateurs should contact Liz Eisenberg at [email protected] and provide her with a job description, wage information, and other details. While not solely focused on the restaurant industry, two Falls Church nonprofit organizations can also help local employers secure staff. To find out more about the job placement programs of Homestretch Inc. (www.homestretch-inc.org) contact May Ewald at [email protected]. To learn about the services offered by PRS, Inc. (www.prsinc.org) contact Sarah Wagner at [email protected].

 

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