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Business News & Notes: September 17 – 23, 2009


Alex Mereish, branch manager of PNC Bank‘s Falls Church location at 402 W. Broad Street, has been promoted within the PNC network to the Chicago area. Mereish, who launched PNC in the Falls Church community and served on the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will oversee and support approximately 40 newly acquired National City bank locations.

Assistant Branch Manager Michael Pamepinto is serving as the Acting Branch Manager.  PNC is located at 402 W. Broad Street. For more information about PNC visit



The Falls Church News-Press and its parent company Benton Communications, Inc. were certified by the Washington, D.C.-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as a “LGBT Business Enterprise.” The formal designation will be a step toward acceptance by the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies of LGBT-led companies as “minority-owned businesses” qualifying for benefits and advantages officially provided to other “minority-owned businesses”. Nicholas F. Benton incorporated Benton Communications, Inc. in 1987 and established the Falls Church News-Press in March 1991. Officially certified as a “newspaper of record” qualified to publish legal notices by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1993, it has twice been named “Business of the Year” by the Falls Church City Council and Benton was named “Businessman of the Year” by the City Council and twice named the “Pillar of the Community” by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to access the paper on-line, visit



Leland Atkinson of Sinplicity Catering will be the local chef featured in Falls Church’s new Farmer’s Market Chef Program on Saturday September 19. Through the Farmer’s Market Chef Program, once a month, local area chefs provide a cooking demonstration and tasting of dishes using local ingredients from the Falls Church Farmers Market. Atkinson will provide demonstrations throughout the morning how to use the fall fruits for making ice cream. Sinplicity ice creams have been sold in Balducci’s Markets for over 6 years, and are served in a number of restaurants and hotels in the DC area.  Sinplicity is also provides corporate catering services in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area. The Farmers Market is open 8am to noon on Saturdays in the City Hall parking area at 300 Park Avenue. Demonstrations are videotaped and be available online at For more information email


Stifel & Capra, the local gift shop offering “art and ornament for your life”, is hosting a Networking Mixer for the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 22. Refreshments will be provided as guests have the opportunity to learn more about the locally owned gift shop and the many local artists and crafters with artwork, jewelry and other items available for sale through the boutique gift shop. The event is free of charge and open to Chamber members and friends of the business community. Owned and operated by Theresa Wells Stifel, Stifel & Capra is located at 260 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.  For more information visit or