Wednesday Morning Notes

Motorcyclist Deaths at Decade High — State officials are reminding motorcyclists to wear their helmets. This year, seven motorcyclist deaths occurred in cases where the rider was not wearing a helmet. [Virginia of Department Motor Vehicles]

Herndon-based Company Secures $50 Million Loan — BlackSky, a satellite imaging company, has secured a loan from Tysons-based firm Intelsat. The two companies are also establishing a commercial partnership to develop data and imagery products. [Space News]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Police Investigate Business Robbery at Worldgate Drive

Local police are looking for a male suspect involved in a robbery at a business on the 1300 block of Worldgate Drive.

Officials from the Herndon Police Department said the business was robbed at around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Police did not disclose the name of the business.

Surveillance video shows that a man entered the business through a back door and took cash from two registers. There were no signs of forced entry.

A description for the suspect has not been issued. The case is under investigation.

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Veteran-owned Family Business Brews Coffee Culture with a Dash of ‘Weirdness’

The last thing Army veteran Paul Olsen and his brother Kenny wanted was another pretentious coffee shop in Herndon.

After spending two years learning the fine art of roasting coffee beans in Paul’s backyard, the brothers — embracing their self-described weirdness– opened the first coffee roaster in Herndon. 

Their business, Weird Brothers, quickly took off after modest beginnings as a mobile coffee bar on wheels in early 2015.

Now, the locally-owned coffee shop has two brick-and-mortar locations: the first shop and roastery at 321 Sunset Park Drive and a new coffee bar that opened — at the request of the property owners — at 12825 Worldgate Drive.

But with each big step, the family-run business experienced hiccups along the way.

Shortly after the first Weird Brothers location opened, co-owner Kenny and the expert barista and go-getter of the brothers’ duo, died unexpectedly. Then, a few months before the second location’s opening, Paul’s father, Daryl, a retired businessman and teacher at a California High School who helped the business start-up, also died.

Despite difficult times in the family, Paul says the coffee shop has remained committed to brewing coffee and community spirit.

“We just keep pushing forward,” Paul said, describing the business as a family affair, “We have to make Kenny and my dad proud.”

Weird Brothers prides itself in selling a product that is unpretentious and different from corporate coffee.

The owners were inspired by the coffee culture on the West Coast and Paul’s experience traveling the world in the Army. After retiring from the Army in 2009 and with six years of government contracting experience, Paul decided to launch the business.

Having little roasting experience of their own, the brothers, who grew up in California with their parents, worked on their technique.

Now, as the business expands, they hope to create a place where people can experience the whole process of coffee from the bean to the cup. 

For the Weird Brothers, coffee has always been about fostering community and personal connections. Olsen and his family — including three children — live in Herndon.

“We take our coffee seriously,  but we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” Paul says.

Every Sunday, 15 percent of the day’s proceeds are donated to the charity of the day.

Even though Paul prides the now growing list of flavors the business serves, he concedes a simple truth that he often tells customers about:

“The best coffee is the coffee that you enjoy the most,” he says.

Photos by Jay Westcott

This story is part of a recurring feature on independent businesses in Herndon and Reston. To submit suggestions on businesses to profile, email us at [email protected].

 

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New Cafe Spot Planned in Dulles Corner Park Building

A new cafe is coming soon to Dulles Corner Park,  an office park located at 2411 Dulles Corner Park.

County permits indicate a cafe by the name of Bytes has been approved for a new tenant permit. The approval, which lists 13820 Sunrise Valley Drive as the address, was issued on Oct. 9.

So far, no signage has been put up at the property. The contractor behind the project declined to disclose information about the business.

Photo by Jay Westcott

 

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Report: The Largest Cybersecurity Companies in the Region are in Herndon, Reston

Some of the area’s largest cybersecurity companies are located in Herndon and Reston, according to a ranking by the Washington Business Journal.

Three companies in Reston and Herndon topped WBJ’s list, which ranks the largest cybersecurity companies in the Greater DC area by the number of employees, total revenue last year, and total Metro-area revenue.

More information on the local companies is below:

  • Carahsoft Technology Corp. (Ranked #1): The company, which helps the public sector manage and reduce cybersecurity risks, has 1,282 employees, including 948 in the Metro-area. Last year, the company brought in $5.4 million in total revenue.
  • Iron Bow Technologies LLC (Ranked #2): Located at 2302 Dulles Station Boulevard, the company boasted $1 billion in revenue last year.  It has 680 total employees, 510 of which are based in the Metro-area.
  • ThunderCat Technology LLC (Ranked #3): The company, which is located at 1925 Isaac Newton Square, brought in $503 million last year,  roughly $289 million of which was in the Metro-area. The company has 84 employees.

Overall, 18 of the region’s 25 largest cybersecurity companies are located in Fairfax County.

Photo via Unsplash

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Now Open: Virginia Tire & Auto in Herndon

Virginia Tire & Auto is now open at 199 Elden Street in Herndon.

The company, which has 16 locations and first opened up shop in 1976, offers automotive maintenance, repair and tire services.

The 11-bay facility will be Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It includes a kids’ play area, free WiFi, refreshments and a waiting area.

Mike and Julie Homles, CEOs of the company and also husband and wife, say they’re excited about expanding their footprint in Fairfax County.

Here’s more from Virginia Tire & Auto:

One of Virginia Tire & Auto’s hyper-local community initiatives is an automotive internship program for students at Fairfax County Public Schools. They also run Wheels for Work, a program offering free automotive repair service to low-income families through Shelter House, a Fairfax County-based non-profit organization that offers services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

Virginia Tire & Auto is also committed to keeping its youngest customers safe through hosting monthly Car Seat Clinics. During the clinics, certified Child Passenger Safety technicians inspect car seats and teach parents how to properly install and use child restraints.

Virginia Tire & Auto plans to host its next Car Seat Clinic at Virginia Tire & Auto of Herndon on November 12, 2019. The clinic is by appointment only. For more information about the Car Seat Clinic or to make an appointment, email [email protected]

To celebrate the opening of the Herndon location, the company is offering $20 off oil changes through Nov. 30 using the code HD20LOF.

Photo via Virginia Tire & Auto

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Family-owned Weird Brothers Coffee Opens Second Location in Herndon

A local coffee shop has something exciting brewing. Weird Brothers Coffee has opened a second location in Herndon (12825 Worldgate Drive). The first day of business is today (Tuesday).

The community-based and family-run coffee roaster and coffee shop is the first coffee roaster in Herndon (321 Sunset Park Drive). 

Brothers Paul and Kenny Olsen, who describe themselves as “weird brothers,” first began serving fresh-roasted coffee from a mobile coffee truck along major commuter routes.

When the coffee hit off, the family opened a location at Sunset Park. Although Kenny passed away soon after the coffee bar opened at the roasting factory, the family continued the business.

Paul, an army veteran, drew his inspiration for quality coffee after traveling to Ethiopia and its ancient city of Harar.

Photo via Weird Brothers Coffee

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LA Fitness to Open in Herndon Centre by Early 2020

LA Fitness plans to open in Herndon by early 2020, according to a company representative.

The gym, which has more than 700 clubs around the country and Canada, is set to open on Feb. 1 in the Herndon Centre. A company representative told Reston Now the gym could open earlier depending on the speediness of construction and weather.

A number of new businesses are opening in the redeveloped center. Sprouts Farmers Market, an organic grocer, opened its doors earlier this week and IHOP plans to open on Oct. 10. No word yet on when MOD Pizza is expected to open.

The gym is currently seeking partnerships with local businesses to promote the new club. Members can enroll online to take advantage of pre-opening rates.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Sprouts Farmers Market to Offer Deals, Free Samples at Tomorrow’s Grand Opening in Herndon

Sprouts Farmers Market will open its first store in Virginia in Herndon tomorrow (Wednesday). The new market, which offers natural and organic products,  will open at Herndon Centre (494 Elden Street).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony before doors open is planned for 7 a.m.

The first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off of their first purchase. Muffin and coffee samples will also be available to serve guests in line before doors open. All customers who make a purchase on the grand opening day will receive a free reusable bag.

To celebrate the opening, Sprouts Health Communities Foundation will donate $5,000 to the YMCA of Reston and Food for Neighbors, which gives nutritious food to youth who are food insecure.

Sprouts also plans to donate unsold and edible groceries to Capital Area Food Bank. Last year, the business donated 27 million pounds of food across the country.

The store is expected to bring 140 jobs to Herndon.

IHOP is slated to open on Oct. 14. No word yet on when LA Fitness and MOD Pizza are expected to open in the center.

Photos by Jay Westcott

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Herndon-based Company Acquires Silicon Valley Company — iDirect Government, a Herndon-based unit of Singapore’s ST Engineering paid $20 million in cash to acquire Glowlink Communications Technology. [iDirect Government]

Reston Semi-Annual Book Sale Kicks Off Today — The book sale is open for Reston Friends today from 5-8 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. It will open up to the public for the rest of the week. [Reston Regional Library]

Last Week to Vote in Preference Poll — The deadline to vote in Reston Community Center’s annual preference poll for online and in-person ballots is on Friday, Sept. 27. Mailed ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. [Reston Community Center]

‘Meet Me at the Movies’ for Seniors — Reston Association and Reston Town Center Bow Tie Cinemas presents the 25th anniversary of the movies series. This month, seniors can watch “The Best of Enemies” at 9:15 a.m. at the cinema. [Reston Town Center]

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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Aslin Beer Co. Begins Construction on New Location in Herndon

After a nearly two-year-long wait, Aslin Beer Company has begun construction on its new tasting room and bar in Herndon after receiving a green light from the Town of Herndon in July.

The company has begun constructing its new location — which will include a tasting room, terrace seating, and a rooftop bar — after it was told to leave its former location at Sunset Park Drive roughly four years ago. The new tasting room and bar will be located at 771 Elden Street.

The start-up left its home at 257 Sunset Park Drive after the owners were told to scale back operations due to a ruling by the county’s fire marshal, Reston Now previously reported.

Based on its currently approved permits, the business must halt building its Herndon location when the structure is built up to the original location. Additional building permits are required to complete the remainder of the project, said Bill Ashton, the Town of Herndon’s town manager.

“We’re watching them like hawks,” said Bill Ashton, who recently updated the Herndon Town Council about the developer.

Aslin Beer Company did not return requests for comment from Reston Now.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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Adda Restaurant and Lounge Coming Soon to Herndon

A new restaurant and lounge, which markets itself as “the best hangout place,” is coming soon to Herndon.

Adda Restaurant and Lounge plans to open at 2310 Woodland Crossing Drive in Herndon. A wine and beer license for the establishment, which will seat more than 150 people, is pending, according to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

The business has another location in Ashburn, which offers karaoke nights, Bollywood dancing and a motley of foods, including kabobs, biryani, soups, and pasta.

The owners were not immediately available for comment.

Photo via Adda Lounge & Restaurant/Facebook

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Sprouts Pushes Tentative Opening Day to Early October

Sprouts Farmers Market has pushed back the opening of its first location in Virginia.

The grocery store, which offers fresh, natural and organic foods, is expected to open on October 2, according to its website. It will be located at 494 Elden Street.

The opening day was pushed back from late August to early October for unknown reasons.

The company did not immediately respond to a request about why this was the case. Last week, Sprouts held two hiring events. It plans to hire 150 employees.

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New Event Center Opens on Dulles Technology Drive

Companies and organizations looking to host events in Northern Virginia have another option for a venue following the opening of a new event center in Herndon.

Trajectory Event Center, which is located at 13665 Dulles Technology Drive, Suite 150, includes meeting spaces for up to 300 people.

The center is designed to host corporate events, training sessions, sales meetings, product launches, receptions, and other events, especially for companies within the Dulles Technology Corridor.

Different packages are available to reserve rooms. Room features include live streaming, duplex video conferencing and polycom phone access.

An open house is set for Wednesday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photos via Kristen Quin Cody

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Sprouts Farmers Market Looks to Hire 150 Employees Ahead of Opening

Sprouts Farmers Market is looking to hire 150 employees for its newest location in Herndon Centre this week.

The grocery story, which offers organic and natural foods, plans to open in Herndon Centre at 494 Elden Street.

Walk-in interviews are scheduled for Thursday (August 22) from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday (August 22) from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Interviews will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn (22400 Flagstaff Plaza).

The store is hiring for cashiers, grocery clerks, meat and produce clerks, as well as staff for the deli and bakery.

The hiring events are scheduled in partnership with Snag.

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