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Business News & Notes: Sept. 24 – 30, 2009


Local resident and school teacher Keri Putonen has founded Unleashed Abilities, a new independently-owned business providing training to dogs and coaching to their human family members.

With a flexible, balanced approach to training, Putonen develops individualized programs to create more positive relationships between dogs and their families. Putonen, who serves as the lead trainer, has been a Fairfax County school teacher for more than 13 years. She has combined her knowledge of child development with her passion for dog training to develop a unique program for children and their dogs. To find out more  about this or other innovative dog training programs, visit her Web site at or call her directly at 703-371-9800.

Open Kitchen, the winner of this year’s Taste of Falls Church, has started its fall schedule of cooking classes and expects to open its Bistro soon. Open Kitchen, which also has catering and commercially-licensed timeshare kitchens available, is the brainchild of Hue-Chan Karels and is owned by Karels and her husband, John Karels. Chef Bernard Henry, who studied at L’Académie de Cuisine and has worked in fine-dining restaurants in the D.C. area and in France, will serve as the Executive Chef. Open Kitchen’s team also includes Holly Camalier, Service Manager; David Camalier, Operational Consultant; Linda Skiles, Operations Manager; Chau Agon, Business Manager; Matt Finarelli, Sous Chef; Ana Koshi-Karell, Service Supervisor; and a line-up of talented chef instructors for the cooking classes. For more information, visit Open Kitchen is located in the West End Plaza at 7115 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church.

The Medicine Shoppe in Falls Church now has flu, pneumonia and shingles shots available on site. Call 703-536-4042 or stop by 107 Park Ave. in Falls Church for more information.

Business tangible personal property taxes, personal property taxes and vehicle taxes in the City of Falls Church are due Monday, Oct. 5. City tax bills have been mailed to businesses and residents. For questions about bills, payments or decals, contact Cathy Kaye, Treasurer’s Office at 703-248-5046 or e-mail For questions about vehicle or business personal property taxes, contact Tom Clinton, Commissioner of the Revenue at 703-248-5017 or e-mail Hard-copy correspondence should be mailed to: Treasurer’s Office, 300 Park Ave., Suite 103E, Falls Church, VA 22046-3351.


The Center for Well-Being is hosting an open house on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 – 7 p.m. Local business leaders and residents are invited to tour the facility, meet the Center’s team of counselors, learn more about the Center and enjoy appetizers and beverages. The Center for Well Being is located at 124D E. Broad St. in Falls Church. To RSVP, e-mail

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Mini-Golf Family Fun Night at Upton Hill Regional Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. Local businesses are being offered sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 – 2,500 to promote their business and help underwrite the event. Monkey Business is sponsoring the kids’ activities, while Art and Frame of Falls Church, Dr. William V. Dougherty III, DDS, Edward Jones Investments, North Shore Design, Massage Envy, Solano Spine & Sort Chiropractic and Virginia Commerce Bank have all signed on as hole sponsors. Raffle donors include Aladdin’s Lamp, Arbonne (Mary Anne Carlson), Argia’s, Clay Café Studios, Curves, Dogfish Head Alehouse, Dogwood Tavern, Doodlehopper 4 Kids, Dr. William V. Dougherty III, DDS, Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center and Flippin’ Pizza. For information about promotional opportunities tied to the event, call 703-532-1050 or e-mail