Falls Church Business News & Notes

Clay Cafe Studios, John Rodock of Ober Kaler, the Original Pancake House, and Upton Hill Regional Park are all supporting the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Mini-Golf Family Fun Night scheduled to take place from 6 -8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30 at Upton Hill Regional Park.

The event, designed for staff bonding and family fun, will include unlimited access to miniature golf and batting cages, kids’ activities, live music from Big Tow, and a picnic style dinner. Additional sponsors include Atlantic Realty Companies, Falls Church News-Press, The Young Group, Janmedia, SmithGifford, Akridge Real Estate, Point of View Eyewear, and Venable LLP. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids, and free for children 5 and under. Contact the Chamber office at 703-532-1050 or for more information.

Falls Church family physician, Dr. Gordon Theisz, has successfully completed the American Board of Family Medicine‘s Recertification Examination which confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians. To achieve this recertification, physicians must verify the completion of 300 hours of acceptable continuing medical education over the past six years, possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the US, and successfully complete a one-day written examination of cognitive knowledge and problem-solving abilities. Dr. Theisz owns and operates Family Medicine in Falls Church located at 104 E. Broad Street. For information about his practice, visit or for more information on the certification or the American Board of Family Medicine, go to

The FC City Public Schools Business In Education Partnership has announced that Smith Gifford’s Matt Smith will serve as Chairman while Acacia Federal Savings Bank’s Nancy Davis will serve as Vice Chair. The BIE develops mutually beneficial programs and facilitates relationships between the local business community and the City’s public schools and students. For more information about this effort or how your business can get involved, contact FC City Public Schools Outreach Coordinator, Marybeth Connelly at

Spectrum Cleaners is now offering “Good Luck Jewelry” featuring evil eye protection beads from their location in the Falls Church Spectrum building at 450 W. Broad Street, Suite 130. In addition to the necklaces and bracelets, Spectrum Cleaners offers dry cleaning-laundry, alterations, shoe repair, leather repair, and wedding gown cleaning and preservation. To see the jewelry or learn more about their services stop by or call 703-237-2889.

Vantage Fitness has upgraded its spinning equipment to Schwinn Evolution Cycling Bikes. The new equipment has been purchased meet the boutique style gym’s expanded cycling program. For a schedule of classes or for more info visit or call 703-241-0565.

Curious about the redeveloped old Chili’s restaurant space near the corner of Annandale and Rte 50 in Falls Church? While original plans were to lease it to a buffet style restaurant, the 10,000 SF space is now available for lease. The property, zoned C8 in Fairfax County, could be appropriate for almost any retail or restaurant use by right. For information on the space, contact Steve Anderson with REACS, INC. via phone (703) 734-0880 or email

Huong Que/Four Sisters has closed its doors at the Eden Center and will be opening soon in a new location on the corner of Lee Highway and Gallows Road. The popular Vietnamese restaurant has been a cornerstone of Eden Center since its opening in 1991. Song Que Deli & Bakery, also owned by Kim Lai and Thanh Tran, will be opening in its former location.

Business leaders who fund the arts may be interested in attending “Inside the Juror’s Eye” an Artists’ Roundtable hosted by Falls Church Arts. The meeting will feature artist, teacher and juror Lisa Semerad who will discuss the criteria juror’s address when selecting artwork for shows. The meeting will take place at 7pm, Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Falls Church Arts Gallery, 111 Park Ave. Semerad is the juror for the “Connessione: Things in Common” art show (October 3 – 25 at the FCA Gallery). For more information visit

In celebration of the grand opening of its U.S. corporate headquarters in Herndon, Volkswagen Group of America announced a $2.1 million philanthropic campaign of targeted support for educational entities in the Virginia/Washington, D.C. region. The funds will provide financial, educational and other needed resources to George Mason University, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Excel Institute in Washington. Volkswagen Group’s 185,000-square foot building in the Woodland Park business campus is also is the U.S. headquarters for Audi of America, Inc., Audi Financial Services, Volkswagen Credit and other affiliated operations. The company has invested more than $100 million and created 400 jobs for the local economy with the move to Herndon.

The plan to change Tysons Corner from a suburban office park into a livable urban center over the next 40 years was recently presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The plans call for 95% of the new development to be located within walking distance of transit, environmental sustainability, affordable housing and green space. The Tysons Land Use Task Force recommendations are now available at