Falls Church Business News & Notes

The Falls Church News-Press is hosting its annual Summer Party and Mixer for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event, which is being catered by Ledo Pizza, will take place in the News-Press offices in Suite 321 at 450 W. Broad Street. The public is invited and encouraged to “Meet the Press” at this free event.

Falls Church’s Vantage Fitness is hosting an open house July 26 through 28 during which the public is invited to workout, join a group exercise or personal training class or attend special demonstrations at no cost or commitment. Vantage Fitness is located on the second floor of The Read Building located at 402 W. Broad Street. For more information, including hours of operation, visit

Natalia’s Elegant Creation Pastry Shop and CafĂ© is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering customers daily specials and drawings for dessert and other prizes from July 26 through August 2. Natalia’s specializes in European style cakes, pastries, tarts and also serves continental breakfast items, gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads, cappuccinos, lattes and other espresso based beverages. Natalia’s, located at 230 W. Broad Street in Falls Church, is open from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 – 6:00 pm weekends. For more information, please visit

Ana Visage Institute is hosting a “Meet and Greet” event to introduce the public to its new Falls Church location staff from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. Ana Visage provides a wide array of European day spa services to the general public as well as board certified training in massage therapy, electrolysis, esthetics, permanent make-up, and make-up artistry. Ana Visage is located at 350 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information, visit

Target Stores are supporting Creative Cauldron’s Arts Adventure Camp, a summer day camp that uses the arts to explore nature and the environment. The general public is invited to two free performances resulting from the camp, “Tales of Thunder, Tales of Wonder” on Friday, July 25 and “Magical, Mythical Plants” on August 15. Both performances will take place at noon at the Lubber Run Amphitheater, Arlington. The Arts Adventure Camp program is also supported through a grant from The Arts Council of Fairfax County. For more information about Creative Cauldron or its upcoming Digital Kids Camp (August 18-29), visit For more information about Target and its grants program, visit

Falls Church-based Monkey Business was named Best Indoor Play Space/Party Place for little kids by the 2008 Parents’ Picks Awards conducted by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect website. Six other Northern Virginia businesses were highlighted – McLean’s Tree Top Kids (which also has a Falls Church location), Arlington’s Cinema and Draft House, Alexandria’s Bradlee Barber Shop and KnowledgePoints, Reston’s Cradle & Crayon, and Sterling’s Baby Ballerina. To learn more about Monkey Business, visit For more information about the survey, visit

Businesses interested in marketing to teachers are invited to donate promotional items to the Falls Church City Public Schools’ New Teacher Welcome Bags. The bags are provided at the beginning of the school year to the City’s new teachers. Contributions of gift certificates and/or items such as coffee mugs, water bottles, pens, hats, etc. will help teachers become better acclimated with the community while promoting your businesses. Businesses interested and able to donate 50 items are to contact Marybeth Connelly at or 703-248-5691 no later than August 9. The actual items will be needed by August 13.

Brooks Running, Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, Flash Pointe Productions, Harris Teeter, Hekemian, and Road Runner Sports have signed on as Corporate Sponsors of the Falls Church Education Foundation’s upcoming “Run for the Schools,” scheduled for September 28, beginning at 8 a.m. The event will include a new, faster certified 5K course and a one-mile family fun run/walk. Registrants will receive race packets and will be eligible to win prizes. Group sponsors include the Friends & Fitness Runners Training Program, George Mason High School Cross Country Team, Relay for Life, and Teachers on the Run. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information about sponsorship or to register ($25 per person/$50 per family), visit the Falls Church Education Foundation website at call Donna Englander at (703) 538-3381.

Vangent, Inc., a global provider of information management and strategic business process outsourcing solutions, was awarded a $23 million contract to manage and enhance automated information systems for the Department of Defense’s Force Health Protection & Readiness Program Office (FHP&R). The four-year contract will support FHP&R systems integration, operations, and maintenance; and management and administration of Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU), Secret, and Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI) networks. Vangent will also provide 24×7 help desk support, information assurance services, and manage subcontractors Akimeka, LLC, DefenseWeb Technologies, Inc. and Seidcon, Inc. For more information about the Arlington-based Vangent, Inc. visit