Falls Church Business News and Notes


Ireland’s Four Provinces collected more than 100 toys at its annual staff holiday party.

After reading about the shortage of toys collected in Virginia the day prior to the party, 4 P’s owner Colm Dillon asked non-staff invitees to bring a toy to donate. Despite the short notice, attendees arrived with at least one toy per person to be donated to children in the area. For more information call 703-534-8999

New to You is collecting brand new hats, gloves, and Cherry Chap Stick for children participating in the Horton’s Kids programs. They need these items to help ward off the winter chill. Horton’s kids is a nonprofit social organization that helps to improve the lives of children in Anacostia. Items for 25 girls and 15 boys kindergarten through 3rd grade, 35 girls and 20 boys from 3rd grade to 8th grade, and 25 girls and 10 boys from 8-12 grade. Donations can be dropped off at 108 W. Broad St in FC through Jan 6, Tuesdays-Saturdays between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.. New to You is a women’s designer resale shop owned and operated by Christina Novak since 1992. For more information call 703-533-1251 or email

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 $25.00 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.

Movers and Shakers

Raul Mercado is the new Assistant Manager for the Falls Church branch of Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust. Mercado, who has been with the bank for 11 years, replaced Berhane Habtegabr and reports to Branch Manager Marina Westbrook. Habtegabr is now managing Burke & Herbert’s new Vienna branch. The Falls Church branch of Burke & Herbert is located at 225 W. Broad Street. For information call 703-519-1634.

Theresa Stifel and Stifel and Capra, the Falls Church gift shop carrying “Art and Ornament for Your Wonderful Life” were highlighted in the December 14 issue of “Making It” in the Washington Post Magazine. To read the article visit For more information about the shop, visit

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has named Dr. Ralph Perrino of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service as its 2009 Board Chairman. 2009 Board Officers also include Michael Ankuma of Edward Jones Investments, Karen Akers of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, Christopher Bergin of Tax Analysts, Myra Gourley Robinson of Sunrise Assisted Living, Garrett Rambler of Vantage Fitness, Bob Young of The Young Group, and Gary LaPorta, the 2008 Chairman. New directors include Dr. William (Vince) Dougherty of Dougherty & Tran, DDS, JD Leonard of Apple Federal Credit Union, John Rodock of Ober Kaler, Matt Smith of Smith Gifford, and Marina Westbrook of Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust. Continuing service on the Board are Dr. Barry Byer of the VA Hospital Center Medical Brigade, Dr. Paul Cannon of Falls Church Foot and Ankle Center, Carol Jackson of Falls Church Housing Corporation, Mati Makagon of Janmedia, Dr. Steve Rogers of Falls Church Animal Hospital, Adam Roth of Argia’s and Red, White & Bleu, and Adam Schulman of Atlantic Realty Companies. Ex-Officio members include Nick Benton of the Falls Church News-Press, Ron Peppe and Marybeth Connolly on behalf of the Falls Church City Public Schools, and Rick Goff and Becky Witsman of the Falls Church City Economic Development Authority. Rotating off of the Chamber Board are Barbara Cram of Greenscape, Nancy Davis of Acacia Federal Savings Bank, Gayla Hassett of Clay Café Studios, David Lasso of Venable, and Helene Safford of Clay Café as Ex-Officio Past Chairman.