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VB Juice Bar, which serves up a variety of fresh juices, opens in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood today (Tuesday).

The owners told Reston Now they pride themselves in serving clean juices without unnecessary sugars and processed ingredients.

VB Juice Bar offers a selection of cold-pressed juices — from “beet it” to “black detox” — as well as ginger and turmeric shots. Customers can also purchase smoothies and nut milk like strawberry almond milk, vanilla chaser milk, and cocoa almond milk. Other products include toast and a dragon fruit bowl.

The business is located at 702 Elden Street).

Photos via VB Juice Bar

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After more than a year of preparation, a new juice bar in the Junction Square neighborhood of Herndon has announced its opening date.

Vb Juice Bar plans to open on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The business hopes to transform the juice bar experience by offering “total ingredient transparency,” according to the company.

A preview video — including a tour of its bathroom —  is available online.

Photo via Vb Juice Bar

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Wednesday Morning Notes

‘The Game’s Afoot’ Gets Thumbs Up — The Maryland Theatre Guide gave Ken Ludwig’s production by Reston Community Players high praises, noting that the director’s “affection for his subject matter is palpable in this nearly farcical murder mystery.” [Maryland Theatre Guide]

Juice Bar Coming Soon to Junction Square — Vb Juice Bar plans to open up soon in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood. The business has been posting frequent updates on Facebook, including a recent video of a store tour. Still, there’s no official word on the opening date. [Vb Juice Bar/Facebook]

Stateside: Senate Moves to Scrap Lee-Jackson Holiday — “The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals. The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to pass legislation that would make Election Day a state holiday instead of Lee-Jackson Day.” [NBC4]

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A new barbershop has opened in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood.

The business, called Town Barber, opened in June at 704 Elden Street, Suite A.

The business describes itself as a “modern barber shop for today’s gentleman of leisure.”

Other recently announced tenants in Junction Square include California-based chain BurgerIM and a gallery for painter Trisha Adams. An African and Caribbean grocer also opened its doors recently.

Photo via @TownBabrer1/website

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A new juice bar is coming to the Junction Square neighborhood.

A company representative told Reston Now an opening date has not been determined yet.

On its Facebook page, Vb Juice Bar promises to transform the juice bar experience:

Vb Juice bar has entirely transformed the juice bar experience, offering total ingredient transparency by eliminating hidden fillers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its entire menu.

Our juices are made to order without any mystery ingredients. Just clean, healthy eating that tastes just as good as it makes you feel.

Recently, BurgerIM, a national burger joint, also announced plans to come to the neighborhood.

Photo via Vb Juice bar/Facebook

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A new barbershop is coming to Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood.

The business, called Town Barber, will take up a location on 704 Elden Street, Suite A, in Herndon.

Herndon’s Heritage Preservation Review Board will consider a signage application for the new business at a meeting today (Wednesday).

No word yet on when the business is expected to open.

Other recently announced tenants include California-based chain BurgerIM and a gallery for painter Trisha Adams.

Photo via Town of Herndon

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A new burger joint is coming to Herndon’s Junction Square.

Headquartered in California, BurgerIM is a national chain spanning 15 states, with plans to operate about 500 spots by the end of the year, according to its website.

Renaud Consulting announced that it recently helped BurgerIM sign a lease for a 1,500 square foot space at 1700 Lynn Street, Suite A. No word yet on when it’s opening.

Local news blog The Burn reported in April that Burgerim is also planning to open in Reston.

Photo via BurgerIM/Facebook

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The owner of an upscale piano bar has reneged on plans to open an upscale piano bar in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood.

Risky Ricky’s planned to open last year at 700 Elden Street. But after waiting for two years as the builder completed the project, the owner says he recently decided to pull the plug on the project, which would have featured an upscale wine and piano bar.

“At a later stage, the developer still had no idea as to when the project will finish,” Rick Khosla, the owner, told Reston Now. He originally planned to open in September 2017 — a date that was later pushed to late 2018.

Khosla says the property did not come with any dedicated parking spots — which also prompted him to back off on his business plans. He says the cost of completing the space was also too excessive “to make the numbers work.” Khosla also hinted “animosity from local businesses” because of his decision to sell wine.

Earlier this month, artist Trisha Adams opened up a new art gallery at Junction Square. Work to get other businesses in motion is ongoing.

Risky Ricky’s is still on the market for a new location in Herndon or Reston. Khosla is planning to move back to Herndon after two years in Sterling and hopes to see projects like Junction Square succeed.

“Herndon is close to my heart,” he said.

Image via Google Maps

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Painter Trisha Adams has opened up a gallery at Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood, bringing some life to vacant storefronts in the new property at 708a Elden Street.

Adams, a Californian who started painting when she was 44, set up shop on May 1. She is known for her bright and colorful landscapes and still paintings.

“I love the look and location of Junction Square,” Adams told Reston Now. “The front windows are great to display new paintings.”

She says it took six months to complete build-out and she’s still in the process of outfitting the building.

Junction Square is a 55,000-square-foot mixed-use development that includes 20 luxury town homes and storefronts. It is located at the central intersection of Elden and Monroe streets.

Work continues on a new beauty and barber shop planned in the neighborhood. So far, there’s been limited activity where a new juice bar is planned to open at 702 Elden Street.

Visitors are encouraged to call 540-454-5922 before dropping in, Adams said. The gallery is typically open between noon and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Photo via Trisha Adams

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The Town of Herndon’s Heritage Preservation Review Board is taking issue with several design elements of the newly constructed Junction Square neighborhood at 700 Lynn Street.

At an HPRB meeting last night (April 17), no resolution was reached. Andrew Garcia, the Town of Herndon’s deputy zoning administrator, said the developer has not responded to the board’s comments and requests for information. The applicant did not attend the meeting.

Local staff said parts of the building are different from the design previous approved by the town. The commercial building at 700 Lynn Street has different window and door openings, as well as a different downspout configuration, according to staff. The color of windows on the second floor of the same building are tan instead of dark brown. Flood lights have also been above five Elden Street storefronts and the Lynn Street building. The base of two storefronts on Elden Street also do not match HPRB-approved drawings. Awnings along the facade of the commercial building and one Elden Street storefront has not been installed, staff indicated.

The board deferred discussions about the issue to a May 15 public hearing. The seven-member entity issues “Certificates of Appropriateness” for exterior alterations, additions, new construction and demolition of structures in the Heritage Preservation Overlay Districts. Properties in these districts are scrutinized by the town more closely than others in order to preserve the town’s traditional neighborhoods and maintain a community identity apart from the “suburban growth of the urbanizing region,” according to the town’s policies.

But it’s unclear how town officials will ensure the development conforms with heritage preservation guidelines. Garcia said the developer could consider deconstructing part of the building to fix the downspout configuration. Legal action could be an option, but its likely the applicant could challenge that course of action, Garcia said.

“There may not be a reasonable solution at this point,” he said.

Photo via Google Maps

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Painter Trisha Adams is setting up shop in Herndon’s Junction Square.

According to her bio, the Californian started painting at age 44 when she decided to make art to fill an empty frame. Adams is known for her bright and colorful landscapes and still paintings, which often feature flowers, birds, boats or gardens.

This will be Adams’ fourth gallery — she currently has her art showcased in Richmond; Sarasota, Fla. and Watch Hill, R.I.

Her website says that the dates for the grand opening range from last Friday (March 15) to Sunday, March 31. Locals can check out her gallery at 708a Elden Street.

Image via Google Maps 

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Ground was recently broken on the second stage of Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood, which will feature an upscale wine and piano bar among its offerings.

Risky Ricky’s is planning to open around September at 700 Elden St. in Junction Square. The restaurant’s planned menu shows options including Australian lamb chops, grilled Alaskan Salmon fillet, braised short ribs and more. According to its website, its bar will feature private-reserve wine imported from Argentina.

Located at Elden and Monroe streets in the center of Herndon, Junction Square is a 55,000-square foot mixed-use development that will feature 20 luxury townhomes in addition to its storefronts. Work on the project, being done by Tradition Homes, began last February.

Image courtesy Town of Herndon

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