Falls Church Business News & Notes


The Business Bank has promoted Marcus J. Perry to the position of Executive Vice President where he will head up the retail and business development divisions of the Bank.

The Bank currently has offices in Arlington, McLean, Reston, Sterling and Vienna and will be opening a new office in Ashburn in the spring of 2009. The Vienna-based Business Bank is the primary subsidiary of the United Financial Banking Companies, Inc., which also has affiliates United Title LLC, offering real estate settlement and escrow services, and Bankers Insurance LLC, a full-service, independent insurance agency. Additional information is available at

Mary Anne Carlson of Arbonne International is sponsoring a Necessities Drive for the Patrick Henry Family Shelter with a $1 for $1 match for Arbonne products (hair care, shampoo, baby care and personal care products). Support can be provided in one of three ways. First, a monetary contribution can be made out to Mary Anne Carlson/Arbonne that will be matched $1 for $1 to purchase products to donate. Second, a purchase of $100 of Arbonne products will be matched by an additional $100 in products to be donated for you. Third, personal care products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine products, deodorant) can be purchased directly and dropped off at the Patrick Henry Family Shelter, 3080 Patrick Henry Drive (on the corner of Route 7 and Patrick Henry Drive) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. To participate, please contact Mary Anne Carlson at

Terra Landscape & Design is offering interior and exterior holiday decorating for commercial and residential properties. The Falls Church-based landscaping company has decorated a number of local properties including the building at 450 W. Broad Street (the Panera Building), offices on Virginia Avenue, and restaurants in Clarendon including Whitlow’s on Wilson, Harry’s Tap Room, and The Clarendon Grill. Terra Landscape also provided, installed, and decorated the Christmas tree at the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. To find out more about the services offered, call Maryann Ogle at 703.536.6937.

TownePlace Suites in Falls Church is offering a new package, “Cars Eat Free” for a limited time. In addition to complimentary high speed internet, an onsite fitness center, and an outdoor pool, guests will receive a $25 gas card to help them get out and about to the many local attractions. The Falls Church TownePlace Suites is located at 205 Hillwood Ave. in Falls Church. For more information visit


Natalia’s Elegant Creations will be offering Holiday High Tea at 4 p.m. on selected dates through December. With advance reservations, customers can enjoy tea sandwiches, traditional scones, honey butter, jam, miniature French pastries and cookies for $16.50 per person on Dec. 14, 16, 17, 18, and 21. Reservations, which can be made for a min of 3 individuals and a max of 12, are required by calling 703-241-8040. The deadline for Christmas orders is December 17. Natalia’s is located at 230 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Call 703-241-8040 or visit for more information.

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Annual Members Meeting Luncheon from 11:30am-1:00 pm, Tues., Dec. 16, at the Italian Café. 2007-2008 Chairman Gary LaPorta (Miniatures from the Attic) will provide the annual report. 2009-2010 Chairman Dr. Ralph Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service) will provide an overview of his vision and plans for the coming year. New Board Members and the 2009 Slate of Officers will also be announced. Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by calling 703-532-1050 or emailing

Sunrise Assisted Living in Falls Church is hosting a holiday party for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce from 5:30-7:00 pm on Tues., Dec. 16. Music and refreshments will be provided. The event is free for Chamber members, prospective members, and those interested in the business community. Sunrise is located at 330 N. Washington St. in Falls Church. For information contact Myra Robinson at 703-534-2700.

The Issues Fairfax Forum on Wed. Dec. 17 will focus on green practices as a function of corporate citizenship as well as for neighborhoods, community groups and the government. The Forum will take place from 8am-2pm at George University’s Dewberry Hall in Fairfax. The forum is sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Fairfax County Government and George Mason University. For more information visit