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Falls Church Business News & Notes

Falls Church’s Argia’s restaurant was named DC Central Kitchen’s “Eating Well/Doing Good Restaurant of the Month.” To celebrate, Argia’s will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from three special entrees — Mussels Argia, Linguine Campagnola, and Pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin — to DC Central Kitchen through the month of August.

Additionally, Argia’s is participating in the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 13th Restaurant Week by offering a three-course, fixed-price menu for $35.08 from Aug.11 – 17. A la carte items will also be available. For information about the locally owned Italian restaurant located at 124 N. Washington Street, visit www.argias.com. For more information about the RAMW or DC Central Kitchen, visit www.ramw.org or www.dccentralkitchen.org.


Ana Visage Institute is hosting a grand opening event at its new Falls Church location from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.16. A ribbon-cutting with Vice Mayor Hal Lippman, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Chairman Gary LaPorta and other local community and business leaders will take place at 10:30 a.m. Ana Visage provides a wide array of European day-spa services to the general public, as well as board-certified training in massage therapy, electrolysis, esthetics, permanent make-up and make-up artistry. Ana Visage is located at 350 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information, visit www.anavisage.com.


The Unity Club will be holding a carwash at Two Sisters Coffee on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Along with the carwash, there will be live entertainment and a cookout, as well as coffee and refreshments available for purchase. The cost of the carwash is a donation of your choice to The Unity Club. For more information, contact Dan Greenwood at 703-477-9242 or manager@unityclub.com.


Falls Church-based North Shore Design is hosting an Open House at their recently completed home addition located at 636 N. Harrison Street in Arlington from 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6. North Shore Design, LLC is a nationally award-winning local design/build firm dedicated to creating beautiful home remodeling projects from start to finish using high quality craftsmanship, honest business practices and environmentally friendly techniques. For more information, visit www.northsd.com.


Virginia Commerce Bank has appointed Paul Garcia as Vice President, Sales Manager for the Bank’s Mortgage Lending department. As Sales Manager, he will oversee recruitment, sales training and loan originations. Mr. Garcia has over 23 years of experience in mortgage lending. Established in 1988, Virginia Commerce Bank is a full-service, community bank headquartered in Arlington, with over $2.6 billion in assets. The Bank serves the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg markets with twenty-six branches, a mortgage lending office and an investment services department. For more information, visit www.VCBonline.com.


City First Bank of DC recently closed on a $2.7 million transaction with the Falls Church Housing Corporation. It is the first deal in Falls Church financed by City First, the only community development bank serving the Washington, D.C. metro region. The deal signals the growing problem of inadequate affordable housing not just in low-income communities in Washington, D.C., but increasingly in suburban jurisdictions. The City First financing allowed FCHC to acquire a commercial office building which it is proposing be transformed into City Center South Apartments, 172 units of permanently affordable rental housing. A public hearing and City Council vote on this proposal will take place on Monday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in Falls Church City Hall. Should the project be approved, it will be part of Atlantic Realty Companies’ redevelopment plans to include retail, offices, condominiums, rental housing, a grocery store, bowling alley and hotel. For more information about this project, visit www.fallschurchva.gov. For more information about City First Bank, visit www.cityfirstbank.com.


The City of Falls Church provides a number of business incentive programs available to businesses located and licensed in the City of Falls Church. For information about the City’s Commercial Property Rehabilitation Tax Abatement Program, Industrial Revenue Bonds, Technology Zone Program or any of the City’s business assistance services, visit www.fallschurchva.gov and click on Business Services.


Based on job availability, range of housing opportunities, schools and other sought after attributes, four Fairfax County locations were included in Money magazine’s 2008 top 100 “Best Places to Live”: Hunter Mill (19), Sully (25), Burke (31) and Reston (37). For more information about doing business in Fairfax County, visit www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org). For more information about Money magazine rankings, visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008.


The Commonwealth of Virginia maintained its top ranking in Forbes’s 2008 listing of the best states for business. Forbes’ listing ranked all 50 states in six main categories: business costs, economic climate, growth prospects, labor, quality of life and regulatory environment. Virginia has ranked #1 in the listing each year since its inception in 2006. Utah, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia rounded out the top five states. Maryland was ranked #14, down from #12 in 2007 ranking. For more information visit www.forbes.com/2008.

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