Falls Church Business News & Notes

A number of local businesses are participating in the September 5 FIRSTfriday of Falls Church. Art and Frame of Falls Church, Clay Café Studios, Curves, FC Arts Gallery, Impulsive, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Monkey Business, Stifel and Capra and Sunrise of Falls Church are hosting exhibits and events.

Lunch and evening dining specials are also available from Argia’s, Clare & Don’s, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Pilin Thai and Maneki Neko. For details on events and specials visit

Local businesses are being invited to sponsor and/or participate in “Bowl with a Goal” to benefit the American Cancer Society on Saturday, September 6 at Bowl America in Falls Church. Lane sponsorships are still available for $200 and silent auction items are being sought. Tickets are $40 and include bowling, shoe rental, dinner and soft drinks. Lane reservations are also available for teams. For more information on participation or sponsorship contact Marty Sullivan at

Former Virginia State Senator Emilie Miller will present “Know Your Politics” at the Monday, September 8 meeting of the Falls Church Business & Professional Women. Ms Miller was recently named Chair of “Women for Warner” in support of Mark Warner’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. The meeting will take place at the Italian Cafe, 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. Networking will begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. For info or reservations call 703-560-0527.

Whole Foods Market is kicking off the school year with “Back to School Tasting for Kids” on Wednesday, September 10 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. The natural and organic foods supermarket will provide children goody bags with healthy snacks and they and their families will have the opportunity to sample snack and lunch items. This is a terrific opportunity for parents encouraging their children to eat healthy foods. The Falls Church Whole Foods is located in Idylwood Plaza at 7511 Leesburg Pike. For more information contact Ruth Schulman at 703-448-1600.

McLean Young Professionals will meet in the Upper Level of Legal Sea Foods in Tysons Galleria II on September 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for complimentary catering and cocktail hour with a cash/credit bar. MYPs are young professional business and community leaders of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce. This event is free, courtesy of Legal Sea Foods in Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive in McLean. For more information call 703-356-5424 or email

Taste of Falls Church at the Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 13, has received significant support from local businesses. RCN has signed on as the Children’s Tent Sponsor while Buck & Associates, Commerce Bank, Cox, General Motors, and Waterford Development have signed on as supporters and Foxcraft Design as a Friend. Tastings will be available from Applebee’s, Argia’s, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, Dogwood Tavern, Entrée Vous, Hoangs Grill and Sushi Bar, Ireland’s Four Provinces, La Caraquena, Ledo Pizza, Mary’s Café & Catering, Natalia’s Elegant Creations Pastry Shop & Café, Not Your Average Joe’s, Robeks and Zpizza. For information contact Jenny Elmore at 703-248-5199 or

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting their annual networking luncheon featuring Congressman Tom Davis (R, VA 11th District) on Tuesday, September 16 at the Italian Café in Falls Church. Informal networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., Chamber and GMBA announcements will be made at noon followed by attendee self-introductions. The Congressman’s presentation will start at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 for Chamber and GMBA Members and $32 for nonmembers. Contact the Chamber at 703-532-1050 or or GMBA at 703-849-1200 or to reserve seats. Advanced registration is required for this popular event.

Peter Converse, CEO of Virginia Commerce Bank, will be the featured speaker at the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce‘s Breakfast with the CEO forum on Wednesday, September 17, sponsored by West*Group. Mr. Converse has more than 35 years of banking experience serving as President, CEO and Director of Arlington-based Virginia Commerce Bank since 1994. The event, which includes pre-event networking and breakfast, will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at J. Gilberts Steakhouse, 6930 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. McLean Chamber Members may attend for $20, non-members for $25.00. For more information, contact 703-356-5424 or

Seventeen Fairfax County companies are on Inc. magazine’s 2008 list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the nation. Fairfax County companies, including several from the greater Falls Church area, comprise 63% of the 27 firms on the list from Virginia and 38% of the 45 firms from the Washington, D.C. area. More companies on the 2008 list are from the Washington area than any other metropolitan area. Among states, Virginia ranked fifth on the list and Fairfax has the same number of firms listed as the state of Maryland. The rankings are in the September issue of Inc. For more information about the Fairfax EDA visit