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F.C. Business News & Notes: December 3 – 9, 2009


Curry’s Auto Service one of three finalists for the Tire Review Magazine’s national Top Shop Awards. Curry’s Auto Service, the only automotive shop in the DC area named, to was selected as a finalist from nearly 100 entries.

The Award honors the “best of the best” independent tire dealers in North America. Headquartered in Sterling, Curry’s is one of the area’s largest independent service and repair shops with six locations including one in Falls Church. Matt and Judy Curry founded Curry’s Auto Service in 1997. Chris Coulter joined the company and became a partner in 1999. Curry’s Auto Service posted 2008 gross sales of $7.8 million and expects to reach $11 million for 2009. For more information visit or call 888-8Currys.

Nicholas Paradise is the new branch manager of the recently opened Falls Church location of Virginia Commerce Bank. Paradise served as the Branch Manager of VCB’s Reston branch, then moved on to the Dulles location prior to accepting the position in Falls Church. VCB opened its first branch in 1988 in Arlington, Virginia, where it maintains its headquarters. The Falls Church branch is located at 7115 Leesburg Pike. For more information call 703-962-5510 or visit

New demographic information on the City of Falls Church has been made available online by the Falls Church City Economic Development Authority. Businesses interested in this information to help with marketing plans, financial forecasts, etc. can access the information by going to and clicking on the “Data Center.”



Chefs from Willow Restaurant will be participating in the Falls Church Farmers Market Demonstration from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5. Tracey O’Grady, Debra Rubin, Kate Jensen and Maeve Curtin will be demonstrating Mushroom Bisque and Apple compote. Recipes and tastings will be available. The Falls Church Farmers Market is open Saturdays until noon year-round in the City Hall parking lot at 300 Park Avenue.

The deadline for the Virginia Department of Taxation‘s “Get Square VA” tax amnesty program is Saturday, December 5. Through the program, taxpayers, including businesses, who have an outstanding bill or delinquent return for any tax administered by the Virginia Department of Taxation to pay only the tax due and half the interest on eligible outstanding bills and delinquent returns; the remaining interest and penalties will be waived. For more information on the program including a list of business taxes eligible for this program, visit

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs is sponsoring a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Open Kitchen‘s commercial kitchens on Wednesday, December 9 at 11 a.m. Robert Bloxom, Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry will be in attendance. Governor Tim Kaine has been invited. Open Kitchen is located in Unit 107 at 7115 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Email for information or to RSVP.

Dogwood Tavern is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corp Toys for Tots program. Unwrapped toys will be collected in the large box located in the vestibule at the front of the restaurant until 9 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Members of the Marine Corps will be at the restaurant from 5 – 9 p.m. to meet families and children and pick up the boxes of collected toys. Dogwood Tavern is located at 132 W Broad Street, Call 703-237-8333 for details.

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Falls Church City Economic Development Office are sponsoring “Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward” from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 14. The workshop is designed to provide information on available business resources and deliver practical, hands-on training covering key elements of business practice. Entrepreneur Express will take place at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls Street. The event is free but seating is limited. Go to to register.

The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be e-mailed at