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Town Center Small Businesses Band Together for ‘Support Sundays’

by RestonNow.com — May 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm 16 Comments

Independent retailers at Reston Town Center are joining forces in the effort to entice patrons to shop local and support small businesses.

Fourteen businesses are participating in the “Small Business Support Sundays” promotion, which will begin this Sunday at the Town Center. Each will be offering specials, freebies and other treats between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Aug. 27.

Leslie Combemale, co-owner of ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art (11921 Freedom Drive) is leading the effort.

“Some would be surprised at the number of independent, small businesses that make their living at Reston Town Center,” she said. “We hope the public will make the effort to visit us, at least every Sunday, to enjoy the specials and free offerings.”

The initiative’s goals, she said, are for recognition of the quantity and quality of small businesses operating at Reston Town Center. She also said some larger chain shops are throwing their support behind the initiative, as many of the managers are local residents.

Family-owned business Pitango Gelato (11942 Democracy Drive) is also participating. Its manager, Alisa Dan, said the initiative is “an opportunity for Pitango to give back and support our awesome neighbors.”

“We are lucky to be rooted in communities that stand by our delicious offerings,” Dan said.

Other businesses participating in the initiative include:

  • American Tap Room (1811 Library St.)
  • Athleta (11923 Market St.)
  • Davelle Clothiers (11921 Freedom Drive)
  • Edibles Incredible (11917 Freedom Drive)
  • Eyewear Gallery (11900 Market St.)
  • Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive)
  • Il Fornaio (11990 Market St.)
  • PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive)
  • Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.)
  • The Tasting Room (1816 Library St.)

In addition, Pottery Barn (11937 Market St.) will host local and national pop-up shops each Sunday. There will also be Art in the Park each Sunday evening through Aug. 13, from 7-8 p.m., with a variety of free performances by the Shenandoah Conservancy.

All parking is free at Reston Town Center on Sundays. For more information, including specifics about offerings, visit the initiative’s website or find it on Facebook.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    I feel bad for these companies, but I’m still avoiding RTC for as long as there’s paid parking.

    • obxers

      Just in case you didn’t see it, they’ve eased back on the paid parking a bit – not enough, but a bit – effective next week. One hour free during weekdays, and free parking weekday nights and weekends.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        I did see that today. Still not happy with BP.

        • obxers

          Nope, me either. It was all a money grab by them and their responses to the fiasco were entirely disingenuous.

      • Kara Gardner Wills

        For the ‘free hour’, you still have to use the insidious ParkRTC app

        • obxers

          I’m not touching the app, myself. But, I thought they said they were adding some new kiosks and I only guessed that might take care of the need for the app?

          • Kara Gardner Wills

            Nope…still need to use the insidious ParkRTC app for the free hour 🙁

    • Tom

      Then you don’t really feel bad for them.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        Not enough to patronize BP. I feel bad that they’re in this position, since I doubt they asked BP to start paid parking, but I don’t feel bad enough to go to RTC. If everyone starts coming back for this pittance (first hour free plus free evenings), BP will leave it at that. If people don’t start coming back, BP may have to lighten up further.

    • vdiv

      The games and inconvenience too.

    • Blair Miller

      I’m in the same boat. Want to support local small businesses. Hell, I want to support all the businesses in RTC, but BXP’s failure to fully reverse their decision on paid parking is keeping me and my family away.

  • 40yearsinreston

    paid parking = not going

    • Jeremy s

      First hour free and free after 5pm….!!!!!!!!!

      • 40yearsinreston

        It should​ be free with no spyware

        • 80yearsinreston

          Why can’t you just get with the times?

          • 40yearsinreston

            Because I’m not a sheep

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