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This Week’s Business News and Notes

Red, White and Bleu Wine and Gourmet Shop will hold its grand opening on Thursday, May 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Complete with a wine tasting room, the new store will initially offer 400 – 500 wines along with gourmet cheeses, olives, olive oils, crackers, and other wine related items. James Roth, Harry Silverstein and Argia’s Adam Roth are the owners of this new independently owned wine and gourmet store located at 127 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information call (703) 533-WINE (9463) or visit www.redwhiteandbleu.com.

Mark Werblood of Tesler & Werblood is hosting the annual Rowell Court Block Party for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available from a wide variety of Falls Church restaurants and raffle prizes will be offered from a number of Falls Church businesses. The Mixer will take place in the Rowell Court courtyard just off of Broad Street across from Bangkok Blues. If you are interested in donating raffle prizes, please call 703-534-9300. 


The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is hosting "Negotiating Today’s Fairfax County Commercial Real Estate Market," a free breakfast panel to be held Tuesday, June 3, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. The panel will discuss commercial real estate market trends how small and mid-sized firms can get the best office-space deals. Registration is required. RSVP to Minetta Minor at [email protected]. 


The Angels Network, “helping women help others”, is hosting a business networking reception to benefit Shelter House, Inc. on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Vienna. The event, sponsored by Commerce Bank and Colonial Parking, will include wine tasting, raffle prizes and a live auction. A $100 donation is recommended. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.shelterhouse.org or e-mail [email protected]. The reception is being held at Commerce Bank, 2070 Chain Bridge Road in Vienna. 


The law firm of Needham Mitnick & Pollack PLC is relocating its offices from George Mason Square to 400 S. Maple Avenue, Suite 210 in Falls Church effective May 31. The firm is known for its work in elder law, disability planning and estate planning. For more information visit www.nmpattorneys.com.  


The Cartridge Depot, which opened in Falls Church the second week in March, has secured several new business clients including Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center, Family Medicine in Falls Church, Nova Medical Group and Walters Insurance Agency. Cartridge Depot, with franchises in seven states and four countries, is committed to becoming the industry leader in cartridge remanufacturing and recycling. Contact franchise owner Michael Newman at [email protected] for more information or visit www.thecatridgedepot.com.


 The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program recently named eight recipients for the 2008 Business Recycling Awards. The winners include: Freddie Mac Corporation, Raytheon Company, Noblis, Inc., Peterson Management, LLC, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., SAIC, Reico Kitchen and Baths, and MITRE Corporation. The purpose of the Business Recycling Award Program is to honor businesses that have achieved success in recycling and in making environmental stewardship a key part of their corporate culture. For more information contact Pamela Gratton at 703-324-5498, TTY 711.


 Acacia Federal Savings Bank is hosting its Nice Guys Awards again this year. Nominate a business you feel deserves recognition for outstanding customer care, community service, or an emphasis on ethics, a nonprofit organization that goes the extra mile providing hope, creating opportunities, and finding creative ways to care, or a person you admire for helping others, showing integrity, volunteering, and sharing resources. You can make someone famous and generate a sizeable charitable donation to be made in the winners’ names. Visit www.NiceGuysAwards.com to learn more or to place your nomination(s). Deadline is July 16th.


Panera, LLC is working with Inova Health System to celebrate Inova’s busiest baby delivery month. From June 1 to June 30, the first 1,000 new mothers at Inova Fairfax Hospital will receive a “Bun in the Oven” care basket from Panera and may be eligible to have a bagel named after their newborn. For information about the giveaway and sweepstakes, contact Sarah Unger at [email protected]


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Northern Virginia outperformed the market by nearly 20% realizing a 17.5 percent increase in homes going under contract during April ‘08 compared with April ‘07. According to MRIS data, Northern Virginia April 2008 sales were 11 percent lower than in April ‘07. However, this represents a steady improvement in month to month comparisons from 2008 to 2007. In January 08, sales were down almost 47 percent from January of 07. Almost 37 percent of April homes sold in Northern Virginia were on the market for 30 days or less. Homes settled in April sold for approximately 97 percent of listing price. For more information about Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage visit www.cbmove.com.