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Dr. William Dougherty has announced expanded hours of operation for his Falls Church dental practice located in Suite 506 of 200 Little Falls St. Previously only open two days/week, the Falls Church office at will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. as of January 5.

Dr. Dougherty is welcoming new patients. For more information call 703-532-3300 or visit his website: www.doughertydds.com.

PNC Bank is offering a special way in which to save money and support an important cause. Open a new PNC checking account by Dec. 31 and PNC will make a $25 donation to the Capital Area Food Bank NVA Branch. And with qualifying direct deposit, new accounts can be eligible for a $100 credit. PNC Bank is located at 402 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Call 703-237-3579 for more information.

SmithGifford, the locally owned and operated advertising agency, has been selected by the Falls Church City Economic Development Office to provide branding and advertising assistance to better market the City of Falls Church. A task force representing the community will be created to work with SmithGifford and City staff. For more information contact the City’s EDO at [email protected] and 703-248-5491.

Vantage Fitness is sponsoring the second annual Homestretch Holiday Adoption Program and collecting holiday gifts, clothes and school supplies for families that need a helping hand this holiday season. Donations are being accepted through Dec 20, 2008. Gifts or funds that will be used to purchase holiday presents can be dropped off at Vantage Fitness located in The Read Building at 402 West Broad St. in Falls Church. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled. For more information, contact Garrett Rambler or Marina El-Ghoul at 703-241-0565 or [email protected] for more information.

Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Virginia Commerce Bank, has completed the sale and issuance of $71,000,000 of a new series of its preferred stock to the United States Department of the Treasury. The Treasury’s investment was made pursuant to the Capital Purchase Program established under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. The Company also issued to the Treasury a warrant to purchase 2,696,203 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $3.95 per share. The non-voting senior preferred shares to be issued to the Treasury will pay a dividend of 5% annually for the first five years after issuance and 9% annually after the fifth year, if they are not redeemed. For more information, visit: www.VCBonline.com.

Retail Updates

JA&E Home Design Center and its West Falls Plaza neighbor Uncle’s George’s restaurant have both closed, at least temporarily. According to signage on the doors at 1077 and 1079 W. Broad St, the closings are due to a restaurant expansion. Both businesses are owned by the same family which also operates a JA&E showroom in Alexandria. The phone numbers for the restaurant, the design center and the showroom have all been disconnected.

Julie’s Hallmark, located at 1208 W. Broad St in Falls Church, will close its doors for the final time on or around January 10, 2009. The independently owned and operated franchise store is offering a minimum of 20% off of all merchandise, including seasonal items. Massage Envy (www.massageenvy.com), a chain of more than 800 clinics nationwide, has been secured to take over the space. For information about Julie’s Hallmark call 703-241-0200 or drop by the store.

Movers and Shakers

Kendall Barrett’s Kendall’s Cakes once again has been named a Reader’s Choice vendor in Washingtonian magazine’s wedding guide. Additionally, two cakes by the Falls Church resident, entrepreneur and baker are featured prominently in the new Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine scheduled to hit news stands this week. For information, go to www.washingtonian.com or www.kendallscakes.com.

Tori McKinney, Long & Foster Realtors, has been appointed to the Falls Church City Housing Commission. McKinney, who is active with the local schools and Homestretch, brings more 14 years of Real Estate experience to serving the City’s housing board. McKinney, and her daughter Halley McKinney, were honored in 2006 by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce with the James S. Elkin Award for Humanitarianism for their efforts to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. For more information visit www.ToriRocksRealEstate.com

Dr. Ralph Perrino of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, is making his presentation “Key Points to Consider When Hiring a Tutor” available free of charge to schools and parent groups throughout N. VA. Perrino, who is also an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, is a sought after speaker on a number of school related topics including testing, college preparation, etc. Perrino was also unanimously elected to serve as the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce‘s Chairman of the Board in 2009 and 2010. For more information about Dr. Perrino or Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, visit www.nvtutoring.com or call 703-534-5779.