by Karen Goff January 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Reston’s last photo developing store will shut its doors on Jan. 30.

The owner of Fotoimage 1HR, which had been at 1436 North Point Village Center since 2003, says its lease it expiring and will close.

Just a few years ago, there were camera stores/processing centers at South Lakes Village Center and Plaza America, to name a few.

But with the popularity of camera phones, digital cameras and self-service photo kiosks at places like CVS and Target, storefront photo operations are becoming a thing of the past.

“This has been a hard business to be in the last few years,” said owner Tim Klement.

Meanwhile, everything in the store, which also has framing services, is on sale. Camera bags are $5, for instance. Frames are buy one, get one 50 percent off.

No word from North Point owner Lerner Enterprises whether a new tenant has been signed.

by Karen Goff December 14, 2015 at 10:30 am 8 Comments

North Point Village CenterPet Valu, a franchise pet supply store, has been issued permits to renovate the space at 1422 North Point Village Center.

That storefront formerly housed an AT&T store, which closed in October 2014.

This will be Pet Valu’s second location in Reston. There is a Pet Valu at South Lakes Village Center selling pet food, toys, treats, grooming supplies and other necessities. It also features pet rescue group adoptions on weekends, as well as a do-it-yourself dog wash.

No opening date has been announced.

by Karen Goff November 6, 2015 at 11:30 am 5 Comments

 A long-rumored plan for opening a second Chick-fil-A restaurant in Reston is in the works.

Chick-fil-A recently filed Planned Residential Community (PRC) documents with Fairfax County to establish a fast food restaurant (with drive-through) at 1490 North Point Village Center.

Interestingly, the former Burger King spot, which has been vacant since March of 2o14, is located at 1494 North Point. The application is for 1490 North Point Village Center, which currently houses a BB&T Bank branch. (Editor’s note: The address could be a clerical error; future documents will confirm exact location).

The application is being reviewed for quality control before official acceptance. There is a Fairfax County Planning Commission hearing scheduled for March 16, 2016.

The application should go through, however, as the site on which Chick-fil-A intends to open is designated Village Center Mixed Use in the Reston Comprehensive Plan and formerly contained a fast-food restaurant.

Meanwhile, the owners of the nearby Chick-fil-A on Sunset Hills recently confirmed on their Facebook page that the plan for North Point location is “moving forward.”

by Karen Goff January 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Grand Opening at Glory Days North Point/Courtesy of Glory Days

Glory Days Grill opened its doors at North Point Village Center on Wednesday — just in time to welcome crowds to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The sports-themed restaurant, located at 1400 North Point Village Center, will serve $5.99 burgers all day in Sunday in honor of the big game.

The North Point location is more than 5,500 square feet of bar, dining and patio seating, and has more than 40 televisions and tableside speakers. The company has hired 100 employees for the North Point location, a company spokeswoman says.

This is Glory Days 22nd location. The locally owned chain has restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Florida.

Other regular specials at Glory Days:

  • $5.99 Classic Burgers on Mondays.
  • $5.99 Tacos on Tuesdays.
  • Pizza Thursdays – Enjoy $5.99 Pizzas All Day..
  • Friday Fish Fry. $9.99
  • Snack Attack ($3/$4/$5 snack-sized portions) after 9 p.m.
  • Lunch Loyalty Special. See location for details.

Glory Days hours: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

See the full menu on Glory Days website.

Photo: Grand Opening at Glory Days/Courtesy of Glory Days

by Fatimah Waseem July 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm 0

Banner’s Hallmark in North Point Village Center is reopening on Saturday, July 27.

The gift shop, which offers, ornaments, greeting cards, and gifts, closed on July 22 for renovations. The store is located at 1438 North Point Village Center.

The retail chain has multiple locations throughout Northern Virginia, including two in Sterling and one in Ashburn.

Image via Google Maps

by RestonNow.com March 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

Now that spring has finally arrived, warmer weather will invite locals outside to mill around Reston’s many shopping areas.

While Reston has an abundance of stores at Plaza America, Reston Town Center and the Spectrum, one of Reston’s unique design elements lies in its mix of residential and retail at its five village centers.

The first one — the Lake Anne Village Center — looks almost the same today as it did in 1976.

Many of the other village centers, though, are undergoing transformations, including South Lakes and Tall Oaks.

The Hunters Woods Village Center, which saw most of its original buildings demolished and replaced with more modern retail in the 1990s, is on a 2017 list of potential spots for new residential development put together by the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning.

Meanwhile, North Point Village Center has seen retailers and businesses leave and open. Most recently, a Thai restaurant opened at the village center.

Reston Now wants to know if there is a certain village center you frequently visit or really love going to.

Photo via Courtlyn McHale/Flickr

by RestonNow.com Sponsor March 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm 0

Since 1982 The Fur Factory has been grooming the Reston region’s canines.

Even Dawn Caicedo, the Reston resident who has owned the shop since 2005, can’t imagine how many dogs — and how much fur — have been shorn in the Tall Oaks Village Center shop, both in her previous location at the center and her new location in the recently remodeled retail building at 12054 North Shore Drive.

The number of satisfied clients — both human and otherwise — are legion, and the confidence in the groomers comes from the years of experience each has put into the craft. The groomer at the Fur Factory with the least amount of time in the trade has 83 dog years of beautifying just about any breed to their credit (that’s 15 “human” years).

The Fur Factory experience begins with a shampoo bath — oatmeal, medicated, hypoallergenic and others — before towel and blow drying (depending on the desired look). The finishing includes brushing, combing, de-shedding (when needed), nail trim and sanitary trims.

Others will want the full haircut, and the Fur Factory’s experienced staff of certified groomers is skilled in the standard look for all breeds, as well as happily following the styling from a photograph.

A community staple, The Fur Factory is located in Reston’s Tall Oaks development and is one of the most valued amenities of the neighborhood. The Fur Factory’s early hours (7:30 a.m., Tuesday to Friday; 8 a.m. Saturdays) accommodate many dog owners’ schedules.

Tall Oaks Village Center is undergoing an exciting transformation as Stanley Martin Homes plans a mix of residential developments that will include townhomes and condominiums, as well as a landscaped plaza which will provide a central community gathering place between the residential area and retail offerings.

Additionally, the recently renovated commercial and retail buildings offer several new and unoccupied professional office and retail suites that are available for lease from 1,290 to 5,430 square feet.

Located less than one mile from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Tall Oaks Center is conveniently situated in North Reston, at the intersection of Wielhe Avenue and North Shore Drive.

For Tall Oaks Village Center office or retail space leasing information, call Ty Hausch at 703-272-2680 or send an email to [email protected]The Fur Factory is located at 12054 North Shore Drive, Suite 100D, in Reston. To schedule an appointment, call 703-437-7794 or send an email to [email protected].

by Vernon Miles February 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

Reston is built on planned village centers. Sometimes they work. Tall Oaks didn’t.

This week on Reston Then and Now we return to the Lake Anne area where Fairfax County’s Historic Imagery Viewer shows us the rise and fall of Tall Oaks Village Center and the plans that indicate how the area hopes to recover.

Like much of Reston, the site was open fields in aerial photography up to 1976. The development opened in 1974 as the smallest of Reston’s five village centers. According to the Washington Business Journal, the location enjoyed a brief golden age with 240,000 square feet of retail by 1990.

But gradually, Tall Oaks faces more modern competition. Between the 1990s and the early 2000s, Reston Town Center, North Point, Spectrum and a range of other retail options expanded throughout North Reston.

The first big blow was losing Giant in 2007, and two replacement stores failed within a year of opening in 2009 and 2011, leaving the location without an anchor tenant since 2011. Curves, Domino’s and 7 Eleven all vacated their locations as well.

But work is underway on a new project to for Tall Oaks. The redevelopment will convert the area into a largely residential neighborhood with 156 homes with more limited retail. The Reston Association recently voted in favor of vacating an easement it held in the Tall Oaks village to facilitate the redevelopment.

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by Catherine Douglas Moran February 8, 2019 at 9:45 am 4 Comments

BB&T’s signs and outdoor ATM machines are gone at its former branch spot in Reston Town Center.

A sign on the door at 1864 Explorer Street say that “this financial center is closed,” encouraging people to go to the BB&T branch and ATM at 1490 North Point Village Center.

Locals looking for the closest location can find it at 230 Herndon Parkway.

Reston Now has not heard back yet from BB&T as to why and when the branch closed.

Building permits from CH Realty indicate that the vacant spot is set to undergo interior alterations.

First image via Google Maps

by Vernon Miles January 30, 2019 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

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If you’re looking for a post-work drink or bite to eat, stopping by Glory Days at North Point Village Center could also help out the local high school.

Today from 5-9 p.m., the sports bar and restaurant will be raising money for the South Lakes High School class of 2021, which is already fundraising for graduation events.

A manager at Glory Days said the restaurant regularly hosts “dining for dollars” events to support local organizations. All meals at the restaurant are eligible for the donation.

“Once you eat, you put your receipt at an envelope at the front,” the manager said. “We will donate 10 percent of the bill.”

Photo via North Point Village Center

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 25, 2019 at 1:15 pm 0

Updated at 2:05 p.m. — The owner confirmed that the store is closing today.

Less than a month after the Koko FitClub closed in the North Point Village Center, the Herndon location is set to close as well.

“We are closing this location as we have another place in Herndon but waiting on permission and buildout, but our landlord did not agree for a short term lease,” Kavitha Reddy, the owner and managing director for the Herndon location, told Reston Now in an email.

Reddy said that the spot at 2537 John Milton Drive in the Fox Mill Shopping Center will close by the end of today (Jan. 25). 

“[We are] hoping to start back in April [or] May as so many members shared their story on how Koko helped improve their health,” Reddy wrote, adding that the new location is slated to be along Sunset Park Drive. “We want to give something back to the community.”

Back in December, Koko FitClub closed at 1424 North Point Village Center. The owner of that location declined to say why the Reston spot shuttered. 

The “digital gym” offers a three-step Koko Smartraining System, individualized coaching, personalized nutrition, 30-minute strength conditioning and 15-minute HIIT cardio training.

More than 60 locations span 20 states and Canada. The Herndon and Reston closures will leave Koko FitClub without any locations in Virginia.

Image via Google Maps

This story has been updated

by RestonNow.com April 5, 2018 at 10:15 am 10 Comments

After a windy campout that began at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Chick-fil-A at 1494 North Point Village Center is now open.

The 2,800-square-foot restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

Customers participating in Chick-fil-A’s promotional “First 100” event camped overnight at the location and received 52 chicken sandwich meals.

They were then ceremoniously welcomed down a red carpet to the sound of “When The Saints Go Marching In” and the banging of pots, pans and cowbells, according to a restaurant representative.

The store is run by Larry Everett, a retired firefighter who worked for the fire departments in Fairfax County and Montgomery County, Md. for more than 30 years.

Here’s more about Everett from the company:

Chick-fil-A is a family business for the Everett family. In addition to his son, Philip, a franchise owner in Rockford, his son, Joshua, will serve as facilities director at the new restaurant where Everett’s daughter-in-law, Stevie, will work as assistant human [resources] director and granddaughter, Evangeline, will be director of playground safety and designated Cow handler at North Point Center. 

During his 30-year firefighting career, Everett was a first responder to the Pentagon during 9/11 and spent most of his career serving the local community in Fairfax County. He and his wife, Andrea, and their family are looking forward to continuing that spirit of service among their friends and family in the Reston community. 

Photos via CP Communications

by Fatimah Waseem April 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm 15 Comments

Registration will open at 6 a.m. tomorrow for Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” overnight campout ahead of the grand opening on Thursday.

The restaurant, located at 1494 North Point Village Center, is offering selected participants 52 free chicken sandwich meals during the event. Campouts begin the day before grand opening day. Participants will be selected through a random drawing.

A valid ID  is required to participate in the event. For more information on acceptable documents to verify current residence, as well as specific rules for the campout, visit Chick-fil-A’s website.

Larry Everrett, a retired firefighter of 30 years from Fairfax County, will operate the store. Everrett also served as a first responder to the Pentagon during 9/11.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem

by RestonNow.com March 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

The Northern Virginia Restaurant Week is back this year. The annual event, which runs from March 19-26, offers reduced price at more than 50 restaurants in Northern Virginia.

Customers are strongly encouraged to make reservations.

Several eateries in Reston and Herndon are participating in the event, including:

For a complete list of all eateries taking part, visit the event’s website.

Photo via Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

by Fatimah Waseem February 28, 2018 at 11:30 am 0

After some hiccups with final construction, the Chick-fil-A at 1494 North Point Village Center will open on April 5. An opening date for the store was originally set for March 28.

The decision was prompted by a “siding issue” and the impact of weather, according to the company.

Despite the date change, the “First 100” grand opening event is still on. The first 100 people to enter the restaurant will be in for a “crazy night of games, food, [and] fun for the entire family,” according to the company.

To date, 29 staff have been hired. The company hopes to hire a total of 70 to 80 employees.

Photo via Facebook

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