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Marking History at Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza

by Karen Goff June 2, 2015 at 11:00 am 11 Comments

Lake Anne Historical Marker

Lake Anne Plaza has a new addition: a historical marker that recaps Reston’s significance as a planned “new town.”

The state historical marker, issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was installed in between the parking lot and the entrance to the plaza on Friday.

Speakers at the ceremony included State Sen. Janet Howell, Del. Ken Plum, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Shelley Mastran, chair of the Reston Historic Trust.

The Reston Historic Trust and the Lake Anne Condominium Association covered the cost of creating the sign. The marker was approved by the Department of Historic Resources in March 2014.

  • Ming the Merciless

    On the back of the sign, purely for historical interest, is a list of all the businesses and restaurants that have failed in Lake Anne Plaza.

    It’s a small font… because it’s a looooong list.

    • Wings!!

      If Reston has a Hooters, it’s name wouldn’t be on that list.
      #HootersForReston

    • Eve Thompson

      Actually Ming the Plaza has had some of Reston’s longest running businesses and their vacancy rates have traditionally been lower than regional norms.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Doubtless the recent closures (Jasmine Cafe, Lake Anne Pharmacy, Cafe Lakeside, Cupcake Ladi, New Family Naturals, Lake Anne Florist, and Virginia Wine and Gourmet) and the coffee house being put up for sale are just a hiccup then.

        • LakeAnne Resident

          Jasmine Cafe – Didn’t pay his bills while other restaurants prospered in the same area (simple economics)
          Lake Anne Pharmacy – Retired (+40 years?)
          Cafe Lakeside – Business was good, owner wanted to retire and move onto other things
          Cupcake Ladi – Kept crazy hours, not very friendly (go figure)
          New Family Naturals – Business changed for the better, didn’t need store front any longer
          Lake Anne Florist, and Virginia Wine and Gourmet (same business I think) – Retired (+30 years?) – Chocolatier continues on.
          Coffee shop will live on under new ownership and without a doubt be much much better – are the current owners even trying anymore?
          Thai place moved to Jasmine space (they stuck around and move was probably not cheap)
          Lake Anne Brew House opening later this year in former Thai space
          Rumored Indian and Sushi places going in (unconfirmed)
          Kalypso’s is kicking a** after 5 years
          Not sure how Monmarte is doing, but they have a solid set of regulars and have been around forever

          No chains and essentially word of mouth advertising. I see it only getting better even through the the Lake Anne Revitalization Project, which will generate some construction chaos but only short term.

          • Ming the Merciless

            I’m sure you could compile an even longer list of excuses for all the businesses that failed even before these ones.

            And why do they need that revitalization project if it’s such a great place to do business?

          • Ralph Wallace

            Ming, Why so negative? Did someone nick your Dale Arden doll at one of these places? I’m a regular at Kalypsos now after living in Reston since 2008, and I’m telling all of my friends who are other regulars in the Town Center at Mon Ami Gabi, Barcelona, Clyde’s, and Morton’s to get over there and taste Vicki’s Souvlaki. A LOT of RTC regulars are coming over to enjoy Kalypsos (plus manager and wait staff of Il Fornaio, Bartenders from Mon Ami Gabi, Morton’s, and Barcelona.) Also, on Sunday mornings I used to sit in that comfy chair in the front window of the coffee shop with a french press of Kona coffee with a good book and enjoy the morning…If the people working the places in RTC are showing up, and liking it, there must be something good going on? Tell you what… I’ll get you a new Princess Aura doll to play with…maybe that will put a smile on that face…

          • Ming the Merciless

            Ralphie, when you grow up, you will learn that the truth is neither positive nor negative. It just is. I can’t control your emotional reaction to the truth; you will have to learn to do that for yourself, if and when you reach maturity.

            Those who have lived in Reston much, much longer than you have seem many businesses come and go at Lake Anne. Pop quiz for the guy who has lived here so long: what restaurants occupied the prime Kalypso space before it opened? How long did that space sit empty before Kalypso opened?

            That is why I am all in favor of revitalization, despite all the whining complaints from the NIMBY crowd. Demolition of those squalid dens of filth, Lake Anne Fellowship House and Crescent Apartments, is long overdue.

          • YouSuck

            Face it Ming- you’re a DB.

          • Ming the Merciless

            Ming counts your post as a “like”.

    • Cluster Tycoon

      Sorry I cannot read the sign even if I click on the pic. Did I fail the eye test or does it have failed businesses front and back?

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