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Business News and Notes: August 20 – 26, 2009


Open Kitchen, the new community commercial kitchen and bistro opening in Falls Church’s West Metro Plaza, is starting its fall cooking class schedule on September 14.

Classes are available on a wide selection of topics including various techniques, ethnic cuisines, healthy cooking options, every day meals made easy, pastries, pies and desserts. Class are also available for children. Open Kitchen is owned and operated by Hue-Chan Karels and John Karels. Chau Agon, Linda Skiles and Holly Camalier are also part of the management team. Dates for the commercial kitchen leasing and bistro opening have not yet been announced. Open Kitchen is located at 7115 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. For more information go to



Syms, the discount retailer of designer apparel and household goods that claims “An Educated consumer is our best customer”, has opened its new location in Seven Corners between Shoppers Food Warehouse and Michaels (formerly occupied by Best Buy). Syms Corp operates a chain of “Off Price” stores throughout the north eastern, middle Atlantic regions and in the Midwest, Southeast and the Southwest. The store’s new address is 6350 Seven Corners Center. Hours are Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information visit or contact store manager Mark Lynn at (703)241-0057.


Steve Sears, Carin Sears and Stanley Dubiel have purchased the Falls Church-based Home Instead Senior Care office. The six year old business, part of the world’s largest source of companionship and home-care services for aging adults, serves Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria and McLean areas. Steve Sears and Dubiel are long-time associates of RiskMetrics Group, Inc., a provider of risk management and corporate governance products and services to participants in the global financial markets. The company’s CAREGiversSM, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and shopping that can help keep seniors independent. Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors wherever they might call home: private or rental residences, assisted-living facilities and care centers. The office is located at 150 S. Washington St., Suite No. 203, in Falls Church. For more information call (703) 533-7368 or visit the company’s website at

The Spectrum by Waterford Development is the most recently FHA approved condominium building in the City of Falls Church. FHA Loans provide for low down payment requirements, low closing costs, and easy credit qualifying. The 189 unit Spectrum located on the 400 block of W. Broad Street joins Covent Gardens, Lee Oaks, Park Towers, The Broadway and Timberlane Village Gardens a pre-approved for FHA financing by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. FHA Loans provide for lower down payment requirements, higher qualifying rations, flexible underwriting requirements, and a 1% annual interest rate cap and 5% lifetime cap.


Dogfish Head Alehouse, State Farm, ServPro and North Shore Design are co-hosting the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce‘s Monthly Networking Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25. The free event, which is open to friends of the business community, will include door prizes and a cookout in the parking lot of 400 N. Washington Street. The Mixer will be moved into the first floor offices of State Farm and North Shore design should weather prove challenging. Contact the Falls Church Chamber office at 703-532-1050 or if you would like to attend so that we can ensure enough food and refreshments.


The Original Pancake House is donating 15% of proceeds for the day to the Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Area on Thursday, August 27. The nonprofit provides eye care testing for 5000 children and more than 7,500 homeless and disadvantaged members of the DC area community. OPH, which is open from 7 am to 3 pm that day, is located at 370 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Call 703-891-0148 for more information.