Lake Anne Plaza is turning a new leaf as iconic, quirky pharmacy icons that once served as advertisements for the Lakeside Pharmacy, a legacy Lake Anne Plaza store, were removed this week.
The building, which was vacated in 2014 after Larry Cohn, pharmacist and owner for 44 years, retired. Now, two new businesses — a hair salon and a cycling studio — will open up in the former pharmacy location, which remained vacant since September 2014.
The Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association donated the icons to the Reston Historic Trust & Museum this month. They will be placed in storage until they can be reinstalled at a new location in the plaza.
“New businesses are moving into the old pharmacy and because the icons do not reflect the new businesses coming in, it was determined that they would be removed with the idea that they would be preserved,” said Alexandra Campbell.
Liz Kamp, a Reston resident, hopes to open her indoor cycling studio, New Trail Cycling Studio, sometime in September in the former pharmacy pace.
Inspired by the original icons, Kamp said she’s in the process of seeking design approval for a new cycling-related icon similar to the old icons.
“I, too, loved the icons and would love to honor the history of the space,” Kamp said. She has lived in Reston for about a decade.
The icons were designed by Chermayeff and Geismar, a New York Graphic design firm known for creating logos for NBC and PBS. Locally, the firm designed many of the plaza’s original storefronts.
A new hair salon will also take up the other half of the old pharmacy location near the lakeside. The owner was not immediately available for comment.
Plans for the relocation of the icons are not final. The Reston Historic Trust & Museum plans to raise funds to help preserve the icons.
Photos by Charlotte Geary
You have just a little over a week to get that bike all fixed up and ready, because Bike To Work Day is coming up around the D.C. Metro area next Friday, May 18.
More than 100 pit stops are planned from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. throughout the area, including one in Reston and one in nearby Herndon.
The Reston pit stop will be held at the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, at 1862 Wiehle Avenue.
For those who take the W&OD Trail, a pit stop is planned in Herndon right by the trail entrance at the corner of Lynn and Elden streets.
The first 20,000 people who register ahead of time can pick up a free Bike To Work Day 2018 t-shirt at one of the pit stops, as well as enter drawings for new bicycles and other prizes.
Nervous about riding your bike during the busy rush hour by yourself? Anyone is welcome to join a bicycle convoy to ride together with others going in the same direction as you. A list of local convoys is available online, and there is no need to sign up in advance. You can join up with a convoy at any point along their path.
You can also find individual “bike buddies” through a number of local cycling groups.
For more information, visit the Bike To Work Day Metro D.C. website, or for questions about the Reston pit stop, call or email Ashleigh from the Reston Association at [email protected] or 703-435-6577.
File Photo: Bike To Work Day 2017 in Reston