This Week’s Business News and Notes

April 10 – 16, 2008

The Greater Merrifield Business Association and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the “Richmond Report”, a luncheon featuring presentations by Virginia Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Delegate Bob Hull and Delegate Jim Scott. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the Italian Café in Falls Church (7161 Lee Highway). Reservations are required. Tickets are $27 for members and $32 for nonmembers. Should space be available, walk-ins will be charged an additional $5. Reserve seats through the Falls Church Chamber at or through the GMBA at


Arlington County is hosting Universal Design, a presentation and discussion about universal design in residential and civic facilities and urban design. It is the fourth installment of Arlington’s Architectural Speaker Series created to spark public discussion on how to achieve superior architecture in the County. Universal Design refers to “the design of products and environments to be usable to the greatest extent possible by people of all ages and abilities”. Richard Duncan, executive director of Housing Works in Chapel Hill, NC will speak. The presentation will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater at 1611 N. Kent Street in Arlington. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Arlington Ridge Road.

Bratt Décor, the Falls Church retailer of baby cribs, baby furniture, kids furniture, and children’s accessories will be closing April 19, 2008. Founded by Mary and Stephen Bauer, Bratt Decor opened in September of 2007. Despite being a favorite retailer of celebrities with a brisk internet business and popular stores, the children’s boutique in Idylwood Shopping Plaza is closing due to poor sales. The store is offering 30% off on all items now through its closing. Bratt Décor is located at 7505 Leesburg Pike. For more information visit

The Village Preservation and Improvement Society is hosting a Green Home Remodeling Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in conjunction with the Arbor Day celebration at Frady Park that same day. The tour is of a home totally redone with the environment in mind. Visit for more information. Go to for tickets.


Educational Options, Inc. has purchased the office building at 360 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. The three story, 14,070 square foot building was purchased from Sanabel Al Kheer Inc. for $3 million. Educational Options, which provides web-based educational products for students, will move its Virginia headquarters from Arlington to Falls Church later in the year. For more information about Educational Options visit


Two new independently owned restaurants and an independently owned gourmet wine shop will be opening this month in Falls Church. Dogwood Tavern, offering American food, acoustic music and televised sports, will be opening at 132 W. Broad Street, Pie-tanza, featuring wood-fired pizza, will be located at 1216 W. Broad Street, and Red, White & Bleu Wine and Gourmet Shop, offering more than 400 wines and a variety of gourmet items will be located 127 S. Washington Street in Falls Church.

Not Your Average Joe's restaurant will be opening in Falls Church this fall. The national chain has signed a 6,500-square-foot lease Waterford Development's new mixed-use project called Spectrum on W. Broad Street. The restaurant, which was founded 1994 by Steve Silverstein, offers creative, casual cuisine and offers a special gluten free menu. Currently, there are 14 restaurants in Massachusetts and one in Virginia at the Lansdowne Town Center in Leesburg. While Not Your Average Joe’s is the first committed retail tenant at Spectrum, a number of other companies have expressed interest in retail space including several bistro and wine bar concepts, day spas, and a smoothie establishment, among others. To learn more about the 31,000 square feet of retail space available at Spectrum, please contact Chris Ciliberti, president of Waterford Commercial Development, at 703-674-1699. To learn more about Not Your Average Joe’s visit

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority released results of a study on the highest priority for investments that will lead to meaningful technological advances within the next decade. Of those polled, 37 percent selected “fuel efficiency and alternative fuels” from a list of seven categories of potential investment. Placing second was “medical” (30%) followed by the “environment” (14%). As a percentage of the total, the other categories registered at 10% or less. The FCEDA survey was conducted March 7-9, 2008 by Ipsos Public Affairs, an independent, leading global research company. For a copy of the study or for more information about the Fairfax County EDA, visit ( which maintains marketing offices in San Francisco, Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv.