This Week’s Business News and Notes

April 17 – 23, 2008

Mike’s Deli at Lazy Sundae has opened at 112 N. West Street in Falls Church. The ice cream parlor’s new deli, named for the father of owners Rebecca Tax and David Tax, will now offer all day breakfast, cheese steaks, Reuben’s and more from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lazy Sundae, known for its unique homemade ice cream flavors as well as its sundaes, banana splits, and array of other desserts, is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week. The Tax brother and sister team also own Clare and Don’s Beach Shack ( located at 130 N. Washington Street in Falls Church.


Pie-tanza has opened in the West Falls Plaza at 1216 W. Broad Street. The locally owned independent restaurant serves gourmet wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh oversized salads, authentic Italian entrees, and hot & cold subs, specialty desserts and espresso drinks, all made with the finest ingredients. Pie-tanza serves beer and wine on premise. Owned and operated by Karen Waltman and Ed McKee co-owners, Pie-tanza also has a location in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center in Arlington. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information visit


Monkey Business is now offering special events for kids. These events will include special demo classes for our new programs, including Art, Ballet, and Spanish. In addition, Greta Gonzalez, a talented face painter, will be visiting during an Open Play Tuesday April 15 at 4 p.m. Monkey Business is located at 442 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information about Monkey Business and their programs and events for children, visit


Vantage Fitness has launched a new program to help kids stay or get healthy. Vantage Kid’s is a four week program that assists youths in speed, agility, strength, flexibility and special awareness for kids ages 6 – 13. The next session will begin May 8. To register contact Yvonne Quinones at Additionally, Vantage Fitness is now also offering a free running club co-sponsored by Metro Run & Walk. All levels are invited – stop by Vantage Fitness at 8 a.m. Saturday mornings and get running! Vantage is located at 402 West Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-241-0565 or visit


There are just a few more days left before Bratt Décor, the Falls Church retailer of baby cribs, baby furniture, kids furniture, and children’s accessories closes its doors 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


Kool Smiles, a network of dental offices that provide general density exclusively to children and young adults (1-20 years of age), is hosting a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Networking Mixer Monday, April 21 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The general public is invited to enjoy refreshments and learn about Kool Smiles’ mission to expand access to high quality dental care for underserved communities. Kool Smiles is located at 6537 B Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church. For more information visit


The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Falls Church City Council Candidate Debate on business issues from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Teen Center in the FC Community Center. Candidates will provide brief opening remarks and then address questions on issues important to the business community. Confirmed are five of the seven candidates: Nader Baroukh, Margaret Housen, Lawrence Webb and incumbents Robin Gardner and Lindy Hockenberry. The public is invited to attend this free event. Please note that this is a date change from what was previously reported.

The Falls Church City Economic Development Authority is hosting an informational  panel discussion on the City Charter Change Referendum at the Falls Church Community Center from 7 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. The Referendum, which would set a maximum for residential square footage in mixed use projects on commercial property, will appear on the City’s May 6 ballot. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Falls Church EDA office at 703-248-5491.

The Virginia Downtown Development Association is hosting “Green Building Techniques in Historic Preservation” on May 29 at the Durant Center in Alexandria. The workshop will address the challenges of “greening” existing buildings and the benefits and responsibilities inherent in doing so. A tour of downtown Alexandria and a welcome reception will take place the evening prior. For more information or to register visit

Vote for your favorite local businesses for Washingtonian magazine’s Best & Worst issue. Categories include your favorite pizza, barbeque, crab cakes, burger, French fries, seafood, vegetarian food, cupcakes, birthday cake, pasta, sushi, brunch, bar menu, live music venue, etc. To vote go to and click on Best & Worst.!