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Friday Morning Notes

by Karen Goff September 9, 2016 at 8:30 am 12 Comments

RA Dog Paddle/Credit: Sammy Monaghan for RA

Paid Parking Perspective — Paid parking at Reston Town Center is on hold until January, but it is still going to happen. Read the perspective of one small business owner who has been a tenant at RTC for 20+ years. [Patch]

Football Tonight — In week two of the 2016 high school football season, South Lakes (1-0) travels to Briar Woods. Herndon (1-0) hosts JEB Stuart. Both games are at 7 p.m.

High Marks for ViniferaThe Fairfax Times checks in on new chef hires at the Westin Reston Heights’ Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro. [Fairfax Times]

Gallery Visit — Local artist Dorothy Donahey has a new exhibit, Sunrise …Sunset at Lake Anne’s Reston Art Gallery & Studios through Oct. 6. [Connection]

Chalk It Up This Weekend — Reston Town Center’s ChalkFest begins will take place Friday and Saturday. Check out the colorful murals by professional and amateur artists all along Market Street. [Reston Now]

Photo: RA Dog Paddle/Credit: Sammy Monaghan for RA

  • Thomas Day

    Love this point of view from a retailer. Every whiner and boycotter needs to read it now. I’m so happy you shared it.

    • John

      The retailer is trying to make her customers and future customers feel guilty because they don’t like being taken for a ride. What kind of marketing plan is she running that she would think this would encourage customers to continue shopping at her business. She should be writing her letter to BP rather than customers. The tone on her letter would make not want to shop there and encourage others to do the same. There are LOTS of small independent retailers at lots of other places close by. Reston Town Center isn’t the only game in town. Plus a boycott is the only real way consumers can express frustration with being lied to constantly by Boston Property.

      • Thomas Day

        So you are punishing the retailers for what their landlords are doing. Yeah, that seems fair. You don’t realize that BP doesn’t give a hoot if the tenants complain. There’s a list of new tenants waiting for spots a mile long with the metro on its way.

        • Edward Calvert

          The argument works both ways. Instead of punishing retailers at rtc I am supporting retailers at the other various locales. I think from reading this bb I’ve heard of quite a few smaller and unique stores than the many chains at rtc. Though I may still support a few favorite sites like the movies. But frankly whether they own it or not why should I pay 2 bucks to park. I wouldn’t pay 2 bucks more for a gallon of gas at the ExxonMobil though it’s convenient I’d simply move on

    • Nate_VA

      She had me until she said “isn’t it worth $2”. This is the crux of the problem, $2 is nothing to the ‘elite’ visitors to RTC, but it’s something to the working class and retirees who also enjoy going there.

      • John

        You are not her ideal client. She is selling a few high end items with high margins so she can afford to validate the few customers she has without it impacting her bottom line that much. That is not the case for most of the casual dining restaurants that operate on very low margins with lots of customers.

        • Mike M

          Excellent point! In fact, because of its uniqueness, I wouldn’t be surprised if this business gets breaks from BP. There may be client relationships at work here too. Either way, it can’t hurt to say nice things about people who can broil your biz if they want to do so. That is why public opposition from other vendors will be somewhat suppressed or measured.

      • Thomas Day

        That’s like saying Passion Fish should charge less for their meals so everyone can afford it. And i doubt people of limited means are frequenting RTC anyway.

        • Nate_VA

          No, it’s like saying Tysons Corner Center should not charge for parking, because it would raise prices in their stores.

    • Mike M

      I love how when people disagree with me I can declare them “whiners.”

      • Thomas Day

        Whiners is what they/you are. You want something for free and cry if you don’t get it.

        • Mike M

          If we don’t like being lied to and paying more for less, we are whiners. Thanks for the clarification.

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