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Business News & Notes: June 4 – 10, 2009


Annette Spector, executive director of Falls Church-based Diagnostic Resource & Educational Services, has officially retired after 45 years of experience working with children in the area. Well known and respected in education circles, Spector will remain in Falls Church through the summer but plans to move to San Francisco in the late summer or early fall. Email for more information.

Doodlehopper 4 Kids was voted #1 Children’s store by Northern Virginia Magazine in its June 2009 edition. Doodlehopper, “Your Neighborhood Kids Store” in Springfield and Falls Church, specializes in educational toys, books, and unique gifts. The Falls Church store is located at 228 W. Broad Street. Hours are Mon-Wed from 10am – 6 pm, Thurs-Fri from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun from noon to 5 p.m. Visit Doodlehopper online at

Elevation Burger has opened a new franchise location in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center located at 2447 N. Harrison Street in Arlington. Elevation Burger offers burgers from organic grass fed, free range cows along with vegetarian and vegan burgers and fresh cut French fries cooked in olive oil. The locally founded restaurant now has two restaurants in Northern Virginia and seven more in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Additional restaurants are opening soon in Washington, DC, Florida, and New York. The original Elevation Burger, conceived by Hans Hess and opened by Hess and his wife April Hess in 2005, is located at 442 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. Visit for more information.

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has coupons for local businesses available now electronically. Coupons include offers from Argia’s, Art and Frame of Falls Church, Curves, Hoang’s Grill & Sushi Bar, Point of View Eyewear, Robeks, Stifel & Capra, and Quick Copy. Email or call 703-532-1050 for a copy.


Clare and Don’s Beach Shack is hosting a fundraiser for the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department on Sun, June 7 from 2 – 6 p.m. Guest firefighters and paramedics will bartend and raffle prizes while live music is played and a variety of refreshments and specials are offered. Clare and Don’s is best known for fresh seafood, creative vegetarian options, fun, relaxed atmosphere and their comfortable patio. Clare and Don’s is located at 130 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more info go to


The new Falls Church branch of Virginia Commerce Bank is hosting its Grand Opening celebration in conjunction with the Tinner Hill Blues Festival on Sat, June 13. The festivities will include music; free lunch and ice cream; kids’ activities, including a Moonbounce, balloon art and face painting; giveaways; and cash prizes totaling $3,500. The new branch is located in the West Metro Plaza, 7115 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. For information visit

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is presenting “The New Urban Economic Model: The Transformation of Fairfax County” on Thurs, June 18 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Learn how suburban communities are becoming better locations for business with stronger economies and a higher quality of life. Speakers include Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow (and former Indianapolis Mayor) William Hudnut and Brookings Institution urban policy scholar Anthony Downs, and expert panelists from the Washington, New York and Seattle areas. Visit for more information.

The Vienna-Tyson’s Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament will take place Monday, June 22 at Westwood Country Club in Vienna. The cost is $195 per player or $750 for a foursome. Sponsorships are also available. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Alternative House ( To register or for more information about sponsorship opportunities, call 703-281-1333.