Reston, VA

Wednesday Morning Notes

Nominations Sought for Annual Volunteer Service Awards — Reston Association is seeking nominations for the ward by Friday, Feb. 28. [Reston Association]

Hours Extended at Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion — Hours will be extended on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. due to President’s Day. [Reston Town Center]

Reston-based Tech Firm Acquires Danish Company — “Reston-based federal contractor and tech firm SOS International LLC (SOSi) has acquired Denmark-based analytics software company NorthStar Systems, SOSi announced Tuesday, making it the company’s fifth acquisition since 2016, including New World Solutions, Defense Group Inc., STG Group Holdings Inc. and Vykin Corp.” [Virginia Business]

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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While some Reston Town Center tenants may be closing their doors, the Apple store, which opened in 2009, plans to expand its footprint.

The store (11949 Market Street) will double its 5,000 square foot location by moving into the 10,000-square-foot space next door that was previously occupied by Pottery Barn.

Apple did not return multiple requests for comment on when the expanded space is expected to be open to customers.

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Editor’s Note: This article was updated with new information about the temporary closure and comment from the owner.

Kiln & Co., a paint-your-own-pottery studio that also serves up custard, has temporarily closed for renovations, according to company owner Sarah Selvaraj.

The company, which first opened at Lake Anne Plaza in 2017, plans to reopen by the spring or summer of this year. Selvaraj said it is not unusual for the business at Lake Anne to go on hiatus for the winter.

The Reston location was forced to close overnight on Sept, 11 last year due to water damage. “We might have a relocation within Lake Anne due to the infrastructure issues as indicated…  and if the real estate was sold,” she stated.

Here’s more from the company:

Lake Anne has been part of the Kiln & Co family ever since our first 2016 pop up covered by RestonNow’s Karen Goff on June 16, 2016. My relationship with Lake Anne dates back even before opening my first store. I have taken several sculpture classes and ceramic classes at the Reston Community Centre with amazing instructors like Guy Zoller and Marianne Cordyack that teach there to this day.

As of yesterday (Thursday), the company’s website lists the Reston location (1631 Washington Plaza-N) as “closed.” 

Late last year, the owner expressed concerns about the lack of upkeep and maintenance at the plaza and several businesses. 

File photo

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The Naderi Center for Plastic Surgery & Dermatology has relocated its offices from Herndon to Reston, according to a company release.

Facial plastic surgeon and founder Shervin Naderi says the move will improve patient’s access to specialized and advanced surgical care. The new location (1850 Town Center Parkway, Pavilion II, Suite 551), is within the Reston Hospital campus.

Here’s more from Tuesday press release:

Other benefits include easy access to Metro transportation, free parking, valet parking at a nominal cost and a convenient location on the hospital campus with plenty of accommodations and eateries nearby. Being on an HCA Hospital campus also provides extra unparalleled safety.

With two locations, one in Chevy Chase, MD, and the new office in Reston, VA, Dr. Naderi and his team will be able to better serve both local and out-of-town patients. Dr. Naderi says that he’s always been focused on providing exceptional service for patients and ensures that their needs are put first. He emphasized, “We never double book or rush patients through an appointment. I want patients to be treated like my own family, with the same care, respect, and attention to detail I’d give them.”

The center has one other location in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Free garage and surface parking is available at the Reston location, as well as valet parking for a fee.

Photo courtesy The Naderia Center/Facebook

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A company that specializes in delivering vitamin infusions created by its medical professionals will celebrate its grand opening next week.

Core IV Therapy recently opened at 1900 Campus Commons Drive. It offers “on-demand vitamin IV hydration,” according to its website. Customers request concierge mobile services in Northern Virginia or make an appointment at the Reston location.

Here’s more from the company:

We specialize in providing a fast and effective way to deliver hydration, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes right into your bloodstream for 100% absorption and bioavailability by one of our experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals.

Our drips are designed to help you achieve increase energy, enhanced mood, improved stamina and muscle recovery, decreased stress and anxiety, better immunity, hydration, improved skin, and overall wellness just to name a few.

A grand opening ceremony with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is set for Wednesday, Feb. 12. from 3-5 p.m.

Image via Core IV/YouTube

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Dania Abimourched’s baking business bloomed out of the Reston Farmers Market in December 2018 when the Reston resident began selling granola bites and other sweets.

A little over two years after her launch,, who has lived in Reston for more than 30 years, is opening a new location for her business, “Dano’s Granola,” in Chantilly.

An open house to celebrate the opening is set for Feb. 8 and will include the chance to try new products and tips on how to use granola in different recipes.

A $5 registration fee will be donated to the charity No Kid Hungry, a DC-based nonprofit organization.

Photo via Dania Abimourched

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Reston Business Campus, a nearly eight-acre property with four office buildings, officially has a new owner.

The property, which is located at 12320-12350 Pinecrest Road, was bought for $13 million by 10th Street, real estate and development company, for $13 million, according to a report.

The office campus is part of a larger portfolio of commercial space acquired by Maryland-based commercial real estate firm Finmarc Management, Inc. four years ago.

Tenants in the campus include Goldfish Swim School and Kiddie Academy of Reston.

Photo via Google Maps

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The latest tenant to open near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is celebrating its opening at an event next week.

M&T Bank, which is located at 1886 Metro Center Drive, plans to hold a grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The company says the new location will “include more business bankers to meet the needs of local small-business customers and feature a new design intended to improve the customer experience by removing barriers between customers and bank employees.”

Customers of the M&T’s former branch at Wiehle Avenue are encouraged to visit the larger branch at Reston Station, the company says.

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce President Charles Kapur will attend to share a few remarks. 

Image via Google Maps

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Editor’s note: A press release from the company previously misstated a location was planned at Reston Station.

Australian fitness company F45 Training will open a location in Reston Town Center, according to a company news release.

F45 Training plans to open at 11840 Freedom Drive in Reston Town Center by May this year.

Here’s more from the company about the expansion in Reston:

The rapid growth of F45 Training indicates that F45 is filling the gap left in the fitness industry by traditional gyms, where members commit to a cheap membership fee to work out individually, but pay for high-cost personal training sessions.

“We are very excited to have F45 Training as a part of Reston,” says Tariq Mojadidi, Studio Manager of F45 Reston Town Center and F45 Reston Station. “What we will bring to the Reston community is very unique and unlike anything else that is offered in terms of boutique fitness. F45 offers a unique concept, where personal training is offered in a group team environment, and trainers will work with you to correct your form, prevent injuries and offer nutritional support. The concept is a perfect fit for the Reston community.”

F45 Training combines elements of three separate cutting-edge fitness training styles: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. The blend of these three training concepts offers a variety of different 45 minute workout experiences, keeping F45 members challenged, eager to grow and set to have fun. This combination of cardiovascular, strength and resistance training has been proven to be most effective in burning fat and building lean muscle.

The business will begin offering limited memberships on March 1. Membership reservations — which include discounted month-to-month rates — are available online.

F45 also plans to open a location in South Riding in April.

Photo courtesy F45/Facebook

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A Reston telecommunications company has announced plans to shut down, according to the company.

NII Holdings, which sold wireless services in Latin America, filed a certificate of dissolution in Delaware, according to a press release. Stocks stopped trading on Jan. 9. Its headquarters were located at 12110 Sunset Hills Road.

The company first formed when mobile phones first hit the market. Here’s more from a recent report by the Washington Business Journal:

Founded in 1995, NII Holdings came of age during the early years of mobile phones, capitalizing on Nextel’s push-to-talk service. At one point, Nextel owned a stake in the company, which had millions of subscribers throughout Latin America and quarterly earnings of more than $1 billion. It was listed on the Forbes 2000. 

But the shifting winds of the wireless business took their toll. Nextel was acquired by Sprint, which disabled the push-to-talk Network in 2013. NII rolled out an iPhone version of the app in 2014, though it never became widely used. 

The company cut more than 1,400 in 2013 after filing for bankruptcy that year.

Image via Google Maps

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Metro Releases Operating Budget for Silver Line Extension — “Metro will need $24 million from the District, Maryland and Virginia to begin hiring employees and preparing for service on the Silver Line extension, according to an operating budget proposal for the project released Monday. The transit authority plans to devote $60 million — including the local contribution — in this fiscal year to staff the long-awaited nearly-11-mile rail extension, which will connect Dulles International Airport to Loudoun County.” [The Washington Post]

Washingtonian Features Reston Company —  Today Parabon has become the hottest thing in cold cases, with law-enforcement agencies lining up for help in solving old crimes. Using an innovative method that can analyze DNA from incredibly small samples, Parabon’s Snapshot creates a genetic-genealogy report that’s used to find possible familial links via public DNA databases. Parabon contributed to breaks in several hundred crimes over the last year alone.” [Washingtonian]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Tuesday Morning Notes

New Express Route to Pentagon, Changes Come to Fairfax Connector — A new express route to the Pentagon will be available later this month after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s approved changes to the bus system. Minor time adjustments will also go into effect on Route 950 –from Herndon-Reston. [Fairfax County Government]

Former comScore CEO and Board Member Steps Down — “ComScore has had a number of CEOs and board members come and go. Its latest executive to depart points to “clear skies and smooth waters” ahead for the embattled Reston company.”  [Washington Business Journal]

Reston Woman Dropped off by Redskins’ Player Died of Accidental Overdose — “A woman who was dropped off “unconscious and unresponsive” at a Loudoun County medical center by Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson and a friend in November died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, authorities said a Virginia medical examiner has ruled. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the investigation into the death of Julia Crabbe, 21, of Reston, remains ongoing and that detectives are still trying to determine the source of the drug that killed her. No charges have been filed.” [The Washington Post]

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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A new tenant at Reston Station, Comstock’s mixed-use development at the Wiehe-Reston East Metro Station, has delayed its opening plans.

CVS Pharmacy plans to open sometime in March at the project, according to a company representative.

The healthcare giant initially hoped to open by mid-December. A “coming soon” sign remains plastered on a fence near the construction site.

The roughly 8,451-square-foot store will be located at the entrance of Metro’s north pedestrian bridge at the station.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Monday Morning Notes

Reston Telemedicine Has Big Plans — “Hammad Shah has two key goals for 2020: Serve more patients and reach more health systems. To do that, the CEO of Reston telemedicine provider SOC Telemed is shepherding the company further into post-acute care, to connect skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities with its team of doctors to remotely care for patients after they’re discharged from the hospital — and, consequently, prevent readmissions.” [Washington Business Journal]

Reston Association Replaces Reston Magazine with Activities Guide — Reston Association is expected to mail out a new activities guide this week, replacing the Reston magazine. The print version will be published four times a year. A digital version will be uploaded each quarter. [Reston Association]

Nearby: Loudoun County Seeks to Build Affordable Housing — “As the demographics of people moving to the suburbs shifts, Loudoun County is attempting to create more housing options to address would-be residents’ unmet needs. While Loudoun has grown at a fast pace over the past few years, like many jurisdictions in the region it has an affordable housing crunch, and many young adults can’t afford to live in the area.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Photo by Elizabeth Copson

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