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Business News & Notes: October 8 – 14, 2009


Desktop Marketing Solutions has launched WiseGuys CRM Messaging, a direct marketing solution that helps small to mid-sized businesses send marketing communications automatically to customers when they are likely to buy, with offers targeted specifically to them.

WiseGuys CRM provides a two-part solution, both automating marketing communications and then measuring results. Those communications can be scheduled to run automatically each night, with little or no operator intervention. Each email is personalized with information drawn from the customer and order database, so customers receive offers that are designed specifically for their situation. Falls Church-based Desktop Marketing Solutions is a full-service resource for database marketing software, programming, installation and applications. For more information visit



Sweetwater Tavern recently claimed a gold and a bronze medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest national beer competition recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today. Sweetwater Tavern was recognized with a Gold Medal in the Rye beer-style category for its Crazy Jackass Ale and a Bronze Medal for its Wit’s End Ale.  Great American Restaurants’ beers are available at Sweetwater Tavern, which is a restaurant/microbrewery located in Centreville, Merrifield and Sterling, Virginia.  Great American Restaurants is a locally owned company that operates ten restaurants and one bakery in Northern Virginia including Artie’s, Best Buns Bread Co., Carlyle, Coastal Flats (two), Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge, Mike’s “American,” Silverado and Sweetwater Tavern (three).  For more Great American Beer Festival Competition information, the 2009 winners’ list and photos, visit


Benton Communications, Inc. (BCI), publisher of the Falls Church News-Press, has launched a basic information web site at The site provides basic facts and background information about the Virginia corporation, founded in 1987. “This is hardly a bells and whistles site,” said BCI president Nicholas F. Benton, “But just gives us a chance to tell the basics of our story.” BCI also operates the much more active site for the Falls Church News-Press at



Open Kitchen is hosting an “Open Invitation” to all local businesses to come meet the Open Kitchen team, unwind from the work week, and enjoy complimentary finger foods on Friday, October 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. Open Kitchen is located at 7115 Leesburg Pike, #107 in Falls Church. Bistro hours are Mondays through Fridays 6 – 10:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for lunch and then Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner.  Call 703-942-8148 for more information.


The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s October 8 Luncheon will feature a presentation by Brian Williams, President of Falls Church-based Viget Labs, on social networking tools for small businesses.  The luncheon will take place from 11:30-1:15, Tuesday, October 20 at the Italian Café.  Tickets are $27 for Chamber members, $32 for nonmembers. A $5 charge is added for walk-ins.  Call 703-532-1050 or email to reserve a seat. The Italian Café is located at 7161 Lee Highway.


Always There Pet Care is hosting its 3rd Annual Haunted House on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission is $5 for this people-only event.  Proceeds will benefit animal causes. Always There Pet Care is located at 130 W. Jefferson Street in Falls Church. Call 703-237-5522 or visit them on Facebook for more information.