Falls Church Business News and Notes

Falls Church artist and Art and Frame of Falls Church employee Bev Rocco will be the featured artist at the FIRSTfriday reception hosted by Art and Frame on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 – 8 p.m.

More than a dozen other businesses are hosting art events or offering FIRSTfriday specials. For details on special offers and events visit

To celebrate the upcoming elections and Falls Church’s proximity to our nation’s capitol Stifel and Capra is hosting a “Monumental Art Show” showcasing patriotic, political and scenic art & accessories from 5-8pm, Friday, Oct. 3. Light refreshments will be provided. The show & sale continues on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10am-5pm. For a sneak peek at the featured art, or to learn about the upcoming Sidewalk sale, please visit

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Falls Church locations of Anthony’s and the Original Pancake House are donating proceeds to PRS’ Adult Education Program. On Wednesday, October 8 Anthony’s is donating 50% of their profits while the Original Pancake House does the same on Thursday, October 9. for the day will go to support PRS’ Adult Education Program. PRS provides supports and services to persons with serious mental illness. The funds raised through this project will provide PRS clients with a teacher trained in both adult and special education. Anthony’s is located at 309 W. Broad Street while OPH is located at 370 W. Broad Street. For more information visit

Dogfish Head Alehouse is hosting Octoberfest Beer Dinner Monday, October 27 starting at 7pm. For $50 (which includes tax and tip), guests can enjoy perogies paired with Shelter Pale Ale, Spinach Salad paired with Midas Tough, German Sauerkraut Soup paired with Theobroma, sauerbraten with spaetzle paired with Indian Brown Ale, and Apple Strudel and ice cream paired with Punkin Ale. Dogfish Head Alehouse is located in Seven Corners at 6363 Leesburg Pike.

Sunrise Assisted Living in Falls Church is hosting a “Senior Networking Mixer” for businesses which service seniors. The event will take place from 5-7pm, on Wednesday, October 29 at Sunrise. Appetizers and drinks will be provided at this free networking event. RSVP to Myra Gourley-Robinson at 703-534-2700. Sunrise is located at 330 S. Washington Street in Falls Church.

Falls Church’s Tomoko Kawasumi is one of the principles behind a new internet venture offering politically themed items for dog lovers. “Bark Obama” and “McK9” products are now available on the new Pawlitical Products website which was created to “raise awareness that our canine companions still do not have the right to vote!” Sales generate a donation to the American Humane Society. Customized dog products are also available. Kawasumi is also the owner/operator of the Organic Doggie Kitchen which offers organic dog treats available in boutique pet shops throughout the area. Visit to learn more about the new website and offerings.

Plan Ahead Events, a full service event management company, has a new Falls Church location at 7604 Helena Drive under the ownership of local resident, Julie L. Houk. Houk has more than twenty years consulting in sales and marketing, brand development and internet marketing strategies. Plan Ahead Events is the first home-based franchise in the corporate meetings and events industry. It provides full-service management and planning for meetings, conventions, trade shows, special events and incentive travel. For information about Plan Ahead Events in Falls Church, please contact Julie Houk at 703-309-3683. For franchising information, please call (800) 466-2812 X1397 or visit

Local entrepreneur Dan Greenwood is now offering car, SUV and truck detailing services for Falls Church residents, business leaders and employees. Greenwood is known for his work with The Unity Club and Event Solutions and for his volunteer efforts with Watch Night and the co-founding Taste of Falls Church. To secure a quote and/or schedule an appointment, call 703-477-9242.

Congratulations to local residents, Suzanne Smith and Carol Klein who have both recently received promotions to Office Manager of their respective health care practices. Smith now manages Family Medicine in Falls Church, now offering flu shots for current and prospective new clients, while Klein manages the Falls Church Foot and Ankle Center. Both practices are located at 104 A. East Broad Street. For information about the general medical practice visit For more information about the podiatry practice visit

Virginia Commerce Bank has announced the recent appointment of Kerry J. Donley Senior Vice President, Community Banking, and Paul P. Adams as Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending. Mr. Donley had spent the last seven years of his 24-year banking career at VCB prior to his three-year tenure as athletic director for T.C. Williams High School. Mr. Donley also served on the Alexandria City Council and as Mayor of the City. Mr. Adams, a CPA, has over 20 years of in-market experience in real estate and commercial lending. Established in 1988, Virginia Commerce Bank (NASDAQ-VCBI) is a full-service, community bank headquartered in Arlington, with over $2.6 billion in assets. For further information visit