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by Fatimah Waseem March 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

New Trail Cycling Studio is opening at Lake Anne Plaza in the late summer at 1614 Washington Plaza.

Liz Kamp — a Reston resident of nearly 10 years, an avid indoor cyclist and a mother of three — is behind the venture, which will offer indoor cycling classes for all levels.

Kamp hopes to use the studio to create a welcoming, tight-knit community.

“I’ve always wanted to create a fitness business where community is important. Cycling offers that,” she said.

The studio takes up half of the former location of Lakeside Pharmacy, which closed in 2014 after 44 years of business. Another tenant is expected to take up the other half of the site.

Classes, which blend authentic cycling drills paired to the beat of music, will be offered for adults, teens and individuals age 55 and and up. Riders of all levels are welcome to take classes.

Kamp, who has 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, said the idea for her business has been “a long time coming.”

“I’ve been planning on launching a brick and mortar store for the last six years. There’s a real need for building and capitalizing on this great community,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Liz Kamp

by Fatimah Waseem March 6, 2018 at 10:15 am 18 Comments

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, an Annapolis-based restaurant, will replace Red Velvet Cupcakery (11939 Democracy Drive).

Buildout for the 800-square-foot restaurant will begin in late summer, according Dan Beck, lobster maven and the company’s founder.

The news comes as Aaron Gordon, owner of Red Velvet Cupcakery, announces plans to shutter his business at Reston Town Center on May 27 — a move he hinted at last year.

Gordon has vehemently and visibly opposed Boston Properties’ paid parking structure — a program that drove his decision to close his store.

“I have no interest in staying with our current landlord, which in my opinion, completely disregards it’s retail partners,” Gordon said. He may reconsider finding another location in Reston in the future.

Late last year, Mason’s opened its first franchise locations in Baltimore, Md. and National Harbor. Masons’ serves lobster rolls, lobster bisque, clam chowder, salads, and more.

Beck said his company selected Reston Town Center because the franchisee lives in Reston and because the community’s urban core has “strong foot traffic and strong demographics,” especially customers from nearby offices.

The store will be similar to other locations, but will also include a “very strong Monday through Friday lunch business.” Customers will be able to place online orders through an app.

Plans for build-out are still on the drawing board as the company works through the permitting process. The restaurant’s sign should be up in the coming weeks.

by Fatimah Waseem February 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Beloved Yoga: A Sanctuary for All, a local studio with another location in Great Falls, is reopening in Reston on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The previous studio at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive closed at the end of March last year. The new 6,000-square-foot facility at 11109 Sunset Hills Road has four studios, three well-being rooms and lounge.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 3 p.m. From 7:30-9:30 p.m. that evening, the GuruGanesha band will play rock n’ roll for the soul to “activate the space,” said Michelle Delino, who heads public relations and marketing for the studio. On Sunday, Feb. 11, the studio will offer free classes and talks in the lounge throughout the day. 

Here’s more about the studio from its website:

At BelovedYoga, we embrace all traditions and paths of yoga and our classes are designed to give you a complete yoga experience. Our teachers come from different lineages offering you a well balanced practice and exposure to this ancient practice. One intention that you will find in all our classes is the philosophy of flow, integrating breath with movement creating a meditative space for the mind, body and spirit.

To attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, RSVP by emailing [email protected].

by Fatimah Waseem January 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm 17 Comments

Eric Lundberg, an engineer by training, began dabbling with pretzel recipes in his Reston home. The hobby, which he hoped would build bonding time with his daughter as she went through high school, transformed into something bigger: a locally-owned bakery called Nordic Knot.

His production quickly overwhelmed the countertops of his home, which he had certified for the business. After a temporary stint operating through Lake Anne Brew House, Lundberg has found a permanent production site for his bakery just two doors down from the business that drove his success, the brewhouse.

“This was a complete departure from what I’ve done before,” Lundberg said. “I’ve taken something I enjoy and turned it into a good product.”

The store on 11412 Reston Plaza West operates as a production center since late last year. Lundberg and Melissa Romano, the brewhouse’s co-owner, hope to establish a store in the spring. For now, they’re taking online orders, distributing wholesale and delivering locally.

Their business partnership grew from the moment Lundberg came to Romano with a brown paper bag full of pretzels and a business pitch before the brewhouse opened. Retail sales ran through the brewhouse since it opened in 2016.

“The pretzels were so amazing it was not a hard decision to forward and team up with Eric,” Romano said.

They’re now working on plans to capitalize on the emerging breweries market. Many local breweries lack fully operations kitchens, often leaving a good beer without good food to match, they said. They currently deliver to Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, and local businesses.

“We’re both community-minded individuals and Lake Anne really provides a good canvas for community-oriented businesses,” Romano said.

Nordic Knot also sends out an electric scooter to deliver locally on bike trails in Reston — an effort to embrace the “progressive” and “forward-thinking” feel of the community, Lundberg said.

They hope to open a storefront where customers can walk-in to place orders and take a bite sometime in the spring.

Photos by Studio-M Photos &  Jennifer Heffner Photography

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Nordine Salon & Day Spa is now open in Reston Station on 11389 Reston Station Blvd. after experiencing construction delays that pushed the opening date from September to Black Friday.

The spa will host an open house on Dec. 4 from 5 – 9 p.m. to celebrate the new move. The business closed its Reston Town Center location last year after 15 years of business.  Spokesperson Heather Shaw Menis told Reston Now part of the decision to not re-up was because of client complaints about parking.

“For more than two decades, Nordine Salon & Spa has been the go-to resource for sophisticated, yet on-trend beauty in Northern Virginia. Our approach begins with a unique combination of timeless and modern sensibilities and continues with attentive care in a blissful environment,” she said.

According to a press release, the salon will feature eight hair stations, a color bar that seats six, three manicure and pedicure stations, and three state-of-the-art spa treatment rooms. Some of Salon Nordine’s most popular stylists from the RTC location will also be returning.

The decor of the business, fused with black and white with 20-foot high ceilings, is modeled after the Italian decor of award winning designer Marcel Wanders, according to the release.

The spa and salon has two other locations in Fairfax in the Mosaic District and another in Gainesville.

Photo courtesy of Heather Shaw Menis 

by Fatimah Waseem October 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments

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Lake Anne Brew House, Reston’s only brewery, returned from the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition in Denver, without any medals but plenty of high hopes for next year.

The brewery submitted two beers to the festival, which hosts more than 2,200 breweries with nearly 8,000 entries in 98 categories of competition. The contest, which is run by the Brewers Association, took place over three days and was judged by more than 250 beer experts from 13 countries, according to a release.

Competition was stiff this year, according to Melissa Romano, the brew house’s co-owner.

“We are extremely proud of our beers, and know that they showed well in competition. We’re looking forward to returning next year, with more entries and another shot at bringing [a] GABF gold home to Reston,” she said.

The business submitted its Lord Fairfax English Pale, which previously won an award in last year’s Virginia Beer Cup, and its Belgian Golden Strong Ale in two categories.

Other breweries in Virginia also struggled to bring medals home. The Dulles-based Ocelot Brewing Co. was the only local brewery to bring back a bronze medal in the state in the baltic porter category, according to Romano.

Romano said she was especially impressed by the collaboration between breweries in Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Several local businesses shipped beers for judging to Denver in a single shipment.

“It’s a pretty cool thing in an industry where we’re all competing together and yet we all ship together. A win for one is a win for all,” Romano said.

Since opening in April last year, Lake Anne Brew House has won several competitions, including three awards during the Virginia Craft Beer Cup in June, which is presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. Its Lord Fairfax EPA and Reston Red Ale were honored with second and third-place awards in the 2016 Craft Beer Cup, just months after the brew house opened last spring.

Next year, Romano said the brew house plans to submit more entries to increase chances of a win.

“We all had a great time for sure. It was just fun to be there with brew houses from all over the country and learn from each other. We hope to bring back a gold for Reston next year,” she said.

Photo via Lake Anne Brew House via Facebook

by Dave Emke July 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 41 Comments

(This article was edited at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, July 6. The Staples spokesperson had provided us with an incorrect date of the store’s closing. It will close Oct. 7, not Aug. 8 as originally reported.)

Office supplies will soon be replaced by alcohol at Plaza America.

Staples (11620 Plaza America Drive) will close Oct. 7, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed to Reston Now. According to a statement:

We continually evaluate our store performance to ensure we’re operating the business in the best way. As customers shift online, we are taking aggressive action to right-size our retail footprint. We are committed to providing great service and every product businesses need whether it’s in-store, online or through mobile.

Our customers in this area can continue to shop with us at our Sterling and Vienna, VA locations and online at Staples.com.

The Staples at Plaza America opened in 2011.

The Washington Business Journal reported last week that Staples will be replaced by beer, wine and spirit purveyor Total Wine & More, which plans to open by the end of the year.

According to the Total Wine & More website:

We’re passionate about wine, and know many of our customers feel the same way. So we are committed to offering the nation’s best wine selection, with an emphasis on fine wines. Our typical store carries more than 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world, including more than 2,000 wines not available in any other store. The typical Total Wine & More also carries more than 2,500 beers, from America’s most popular brands to hard-to-find microbrews and imports, and more than 3,000 different spirits in every style and price range.

There are several other Total Wine & More locations in the area, including in Sterling, Fairfax, Chantilly and McLean.

by RestonNow.com June 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce honored the best of the best Thursday during its annual meeting for Awards and Chamber Excellence.

Winners of this year’s ACE honors are:

  • Large Business of the Year: Leidos
  • Medium Business of the Year: Not Your Average Joe’s
  • Small Business of the Year: Pinot’s Palette
  • Member of the Year: Kevin Taylor, Communicate by Design
  • New Member of the Year: Jennifer Rhodes, Tagence
  • Volunteer of the Year: Dave and JoAnne Adams, Dave & JoAnne Adams Group — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • President’s Award: Michael Delpierre, Conversion Pipeline
  • Pinnacle Award: Angela Inzerillo, Impact Business Solutions
  • Committee of the Year: Ambassadors Committee

https://twitter.com/LeidosInc/status/877940945970380800

The GRCC Board for the coming year will include:

  • Matt Brennan, Brennan & Waite PLC
  • Mike Coogan, Leidos
  • Michael Delpierre, Conversion Pipeline
  • Kevin Krestch, Hyatt Regency Reston
  • John Dierdorff, Reston Hospital Center
  • Mike Franz, SOSi
  • Bruce Gemmill, John Marshall Bank
  • Leila Gordon, Reston Community Center
  • Kelly McSweeney, Google
  • Maggie Parker, Comstock
  • Laura Siko, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Mark Watts, CST Group CPAs PC

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce provides programming, education, connections and advocacy for its 670 members and organizations in the Dulles Corridor.

by RestonNow.com April 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm 4 Comments

After a successful pop-up venture at Lake Anne Plaza, a shop combining the worlds of pottery and custard will open a permanent location there.

Kiln & Co. set up at the former home of Lakeside Pharmacy last summer. According to a press release, it “immediately became a community favorite.” It plans to open for good Saturday, in conjunction with Founder’s Day festivities at the plaza, at 1631 Washington Plaza N., next to Small Change Consignment.

The new location of Kiln & Co. is the former home of children’s store Baby Blossom, which closed last year. Company owner Sarah Selvaraj has purchased the space.

The Vienna-based business offers paint-your-own pottery, sculpture, wheel and handbuilding work through a variety of classes, workshops and summer camps. And in addition to its “Kustard & Co.” custard, it sells cakes, shakes and other treats.

To celebrate, the first 50 people in line at 10 a.m. Saturday will receive a free “Krazy Kustard Shake” and a chance to win free shakes for a year. All kids 12 and under will receive an ice cream scoop bowl they can paint on site, which they will be able to later bring back for $2 refills. And any kids who are painting pottery Saturday will receive a free kid’s scoop.

For more information, visit Kiln & Co.’s Facebook page.

by Dave Emke February 21, 2017 at 9:00 am 9 Comments

Sunrise at Reston National - Twitter/JonnyMacGolf

(Updated 2:15 p.m. after the victim in Route 28 crash was identified by authorities.)

Crash Leaves Woman Dead on Route 28 — A fatal single-car collision at about 2 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Dulles Toll Road interchange left the road closed for several hours. Gabrielle Perry, a 22-year-old from Leesburg who was a passenger in the vehicle, was killed. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, 26-year-old Andre Glenn of Sterling, is facing a DUI charge. [Washington Post]

Reston Woman Fights Gender Bias in Clothes — Eva Everett is co-founder of Svaha, a clothing line that aims to break stereotypes in children’s and women’s apparel. [NBC Washington]

Anna Redican (South Lakes High School)SLHS Swimmers Break Records at States — Gianmichel D’Allesandro, Michael George and Anna Redican (pictured) all set individual Seahawks records last week at the state championships. The boys’ 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of Hunter Ellis and Tyler Ellis along with D’Allesandro and George, also set a record. The event also marked the end of coach Scott Brown’s 23rd and final season with the team. [South Lakes High School]

‘Sisterhood’ Event Promotes Togetherness Among Cultures — The Reston Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom recently co-hosted a unity vigil for Muslim and Jewish women. The event took place in McLean last week. [McLean Connection]

Photo of sunrise this morning at Reston National Golf Course via Twitter user @JonnyMacGolf

by Dave Emke January 24, 2017 at 9:00 am 8 Comments

Washington & Old Dominion Trail

Metro Station Saw Long Lines for Women’s March — Many attendees of the Women’s March on Washington this past weekend took the Silver Line to get to D.C., and that resulted in some massive crowds at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Photos shared on social media showed the huge turnout Saturday morning. [Patch]

Volunteer Group Prepping for Future Disasters — Every part of Fairfax County will soon have its own Community Resiliency Group, which would be activated to help recover from disasters such as floods, earthquakes or chemical spills. Nearly 200 people have registered to be part of the volunteer group in the Hunter Mill District, and many participated in a Volunteer Fairfax/Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management seminar earlier this month to learn more. [Reston Connection]

Motorcycle Crash in Sterling Leads to Reston Man’s Arrest — James E. Basham, 30, of Reston, was charged with driving under the influence and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Reston-Based Startup Gets National Recognition — ScienceLogic, headquartered on Parkridge Boulevard, has been named one of Business Insider’s “18 hottest under-the-radar startups to watch in 2017.” The business helps companies locate and monitor IT assets in their own data center or in the cloud. [Business Insider]

Reminder: Submitting Events — As a reminder to those who are planning events in Reston, the best way to submit events to us is via our event calendar. Sending a press release is usually not necessary. [Reston Now]

by Jennifer van der Kleut December 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

Reston Company Growing By Leaps and Bounds — The Reston-based media firm VideoBlocks is growing by such leaps and bounds that they will have to leave their longtime home in Reston for bigger digs in Arlington in 2017, CEO TJ Leonard said this week. The subscription-based company provides stock video footage, photos, music and other similar types of media, and has grown from six employees to 77, all while still occupying the same 7,500-square-foot office space. [DC Inno]

RA Calendar Moving to WebTrac in January — In just a few days, Reston Association’s new WebTrac system will be fully implemented. That means the calendar of events, usually viewable on RA’s main website, Reston.org, will be moved to WebTrac. Under “Events” on the RA website, visitors can now select “View RA Web Calendar.” Remember, you have to create a WebTrac account before you can make purchases or register for events via the new site. This can be done on the home page. [Reston Association]

More Than 36,000 Local Students Receive Donated School Supplies — This week, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) tweeted out a special thank-you to the local community for making it possible for more than 36,000 county students to receive much-needed school supplies, thanks to generous donations. The supplies were collected via FCPS’s “Collect For Kids” campaign. [Twitter/@FCPSnews]

Fairfax County Firefighters Learn Emergency Paramedic Skills — This week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue shared a bit about the progress 11 local firefighters are making in the 10-month paramedic training they are taking part in. The 11 firefighters are learning emergency medical skills, and how to prepare for and respond to real-life emergency situations. Get an inside look at the training course and what they are learning on the department’s blog. [Fairfax County Fire & Rescue]

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by RestonNow.com November 1, 2016 at 10:10 am 2 Comments

Dr. Tisseron't Candy Butback netted more than a half-ton of candy/Photo courtesy of Astrid TisserontLocals who want to get rid of some of their leftover Halloween candy will have a chance to do so while earning a little bit of extra cash next week.

The office of Reston orthodontist Stephan Tisseront plans to hold its annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event at 11720 Plaza America Drive.on Monday, Nov. 7, from 12-4 p.m.

For every pound of candy the office collects, $1 will be paid to the donor and another $1 will be donated to Children’s National Medical Center. Then, nonprofit Operation Shoebox will ship all donated candy to U.S. military troops overseas.

The event will also include hot apple cider, a raffle and a station where attendees can write letters of gratitude and draw pictures to send to soldiers overseas.

This is the 11th annual Halloween candy buy-back event at Dr. Tisseront’s office.

Previous Tisseront Candy Buy-Back/ Reston Now file photo

by Karen Goff October 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Cosmo Boutique/Courtesy Cosmo Boutique

Lake Anne Plaza has a new clothing store.

Cosmo Fashion Boutique recently opened its doors at 1635-C Washington Plaza. The small space features women’s clothing, shoes, and costume jewelry accessories.

Owner Amy Nguyen, who also owns Forever Shine nail salon on the plaza, said she thought Lake Anne could use a pop of color and style.

“I love to when customers come to get their nails done,” she said. “They want to look good or they are on their way to party.” Having an option to pick up something to wear will be good for her customers, as well as general Lake Anne shoppers, she said.

Cosmo Boutique is open Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It opens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

Photo courtesy Cosmo Boutique

by Karen Goff October 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm 17 Comments

Gas-ePressed for time? There are no shortages of apps and services that come to you. You can get a meal in a box, an Uber ride with the click of a finger, and pretty much anything at any time within the hour on Amazon Prime Now.

Reston has a new service: Gas-e, which will skip you a trip to the gas station.

Gas-e is a new app-directed service now available here, the first place in what the company hopes will be several spots in Northern Virginia, says Thomas Monson, a founder of the company.

Gas-e works like this: Users park their car and request a fill up via the app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. They choose what kind of gas they prefer (regular unleaded, premium, etc.). Gas-e then delivers gas directly into their cars (clients need to leave the gas door popped open) and charges the credit card on file.

Users get a text when the truck is on its way and another one when the car’s tank is filled. Prices are comparable to those at nearby gas stations.

Reston Now had a few questions for Monson. Here’s what he had to say:

Reston Now: How did you get the idea for Gas-e?

Thomas Monson: The idea for gas-e came one day at a gas station watching a mother manage two screaming kids in the back seat. I felt like there had to be a way to help make her day run a bit smooth.

The car that she was driving sits idle for more 90 percent of the day, so why fill it up during the busiest time of her day? We can do this during the work day or at night. Thus, offering the highest level of convenience and flexibility in achieving an uninterrupted commute. Now if we could only do something about DC traffic. (more…)

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