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Falls Church Business News & Notes

Famous Footwear has opened a new boutique concept store in Falls Church with more than 13,000 pairs of shoes from more than 80 top brands. The new store offers more comfortable seating, a central showcase of the latest trends, soft lighting, and lots of mirrors. Famous Footwear, operated by the retail subsidiary of Brown Shoe Company, Inc., is one of the largest footwear retailers selling brand-name footwear for the entire family, with 1,100 stores nationwide. The new concept store is located in Tyson’s Station at 7502 Leesburg Pike. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.famousfootwear.com.

 


Velocity Five is now offering a Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring Groove Selective from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.. The buffet features eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc. A la carte menu items are also available. The cost for the buffet is $14.95 per person, $5.95 for children under 12. Velocity Five is located at the corner of Lee Highway and Gallows Road in Falls Church. Call 703-207-9464 for reservations. For more information, visit www.velocityfiverestaurant.com.


Mark Werblood of Tesler & Werblood is hosting his annual Rowell Court Block Party for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available from a wide variety of Falls Church restaurants and raffle prizes will be offered from a number of Falls Church businesses. The mixer will take place in the Rowell Court courtyard just off of Broad Street across from Bangkok Blues. If you are interested in donating raffle prizes, please call 703-534-9300.




A Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be held in Virginia from Sunday, May 25 through Saturday, May 31. During this period, items designated by the Virginia Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment include generators, inverters and inverter cables costing $1,000 or less, as well as batteries, food-storage containers, first-aid kits, bottled water and 18 other items costing $60 or less. The complete list of exempt products can be found at www.vaemergency.com/threats/hurricane/2008taxholiday.cfm. The Virginia Department of Taxation’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and Rules are available on Fairfax County’s Web site, at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/news.htm.


 Benton & Potter, P.C. has secured John M. Murdock as a member of the firm now to be called Benton Potter & Murdock, P.C. The women and minority owned law firm has more than four decades of combined experience in representing businesses, including government contractors, throughout the United States and Canada.  The firm provides assistance in government contracts, health law, civil litigation, employment law, and corporate and business law. Previously, Murdock was a partner with Epstein Becker & Green where he represented clients in general commercial litigation, class actions, federal and state civil and criminal investigations, qui tam matters, healthcare regulatory matters, and bid protests. He will work out of both the D.C. and Falls Church offices. For more information visit www.bentonpottermurdock.com.


 Viget Labs has hired Tom Osborne as its new Design Director. Osborne will lead Viget’s team of designers and work closely with clients in Falls Church, Viget’s Virginia headquarters. Osborne’s web design background began when he co-founded eman communications design in 1996 —which later merged with Telegraph.net — supporting clients like PGA of America and Motorola. He joins Viget after four years at AOL, where he helped the AIM Product Design Team in their messaging and social media efforts. Founded in 1999 by Brian Williams and Andy Rankin, Viget Lab provides strategic consulting, web design, application development and online marketing consulting services. For more information visit www.viget.com.

"Negotiating Today’s Fairfax County Commercial Real Estate Market," a free breakfast panel organized by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), will be held Tuesday morning, June 3, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. An FCEDA representative will discuss commercial real estate market trends and a representative from Capital Properties will discuss how small and mid-sized firms get the best office-space deals. Registration is required. RSVP to Minetta Minor at mminor@fceda.org. The event is the latest in the FCEDA’s Business Challenges and Solutions series of panel discussions

The Falls Church Home & Garden Tour, which was organized by PTA volunteers and sponsored by the business community, raised more than $15,000 for the City’s public schools Outdoor Classroom hands-on learning program. Title Sponsor Falls Church Cabinetry and Premier Sponsors, Cox Communications, Pie-Tanza, Terra Landscape and Design, and Moore Architects will be recognized with an outdoor plaque placed in the Outdoor Classrooms. The funds raised will help purchase a Tree House Observation Structure at Thomas Jefferson and an outdoor Amphitheater at Mount Daniel.

For more information visit www.fallschurchpta.org.


 Commerce Bank is hosting a summer reading program to encourage kids to read and save their money. Through September 30, children up to 21 years of age will receive a deposit of $10 into their new or existing Young Savers account when they read 10 books. For more information visit the Commerce Bank nearest you or contact Dennis Prescott, Dennis.Prescott@yesbank.com. Formerly with First Horizon in Falls Church, Prescott is now with Commerce Bank as Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Tyson’s Corner Store located at 2070 Chain Bridge Road in Vienna.

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