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&pizza to Open in Reston Town Center Tomorrow

A new fast-casual restaurant is opening in Reston Town Center tomorrow. &pizza, which is known for its oblong-shaped pizza, will open its doors at 1826 Library Street, the former location of Teavana.

The Reston Town Center location is &pizza’s 30th restaurant in the country. The business will offer free pizza to the first 30 people line during the opening tomorrow. The square footage of the restaurant is 1,363 square feet.

The restaurant has roughly 58 seats, including outdoor seating, Emily Drago, a spokesperson for the company told Reston Now. This will be the company’s eighth location in Virginia.

Photo via &pizza

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Reston Companies Top Rankings in Washington Post Workplace Survey

Reston-based companies ranked high for their workplaces across all categories, according to annual rankings compiled by the Washington Post.

Appian, a Reston-based software company ranked 57th among midsize companies last year, shot up to the number one spot for highly ranked, large companies. Macedon Technologies, a software company, was also ranked the top small company and Acclaim Technical Services, a government contractor, also topped the midsize company list. 

Rankings are determined based on feedback from a survey of employees. The complete list of Reston and Herndon companies on the Post’s annual rankings is below:

Large Companies (of 30)

Midsize Companies (of 55)

Small Companies (of 65)

Photo via Washington Post

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Reston Couple Opens Winery in Leesburg

A couple who have called Reston home since 1986 opened a winery called Fleetwood Farm Winery in Leesburg last month. The owners, Skip Edgemond and Jamie McClellan have raised three children in Reston and decided to start a winery near home so it would be easily accessible to friends and family in Reston.

Continuing the tradition of making the winery a Restonian affair, Dave Williams, the general manager, is also a Reston resident since 1999. Williams lives with his wife and three children in the community.

The winery, located at 23075 Evergreen Mills Road, will kick off a “Farm to Fleetwood” series on Friday. Chef Michael Kozich of Bluewater Kitchen of Bluewater Kitchen will prepare dishes for guests to pair with wine. Acoustic Soul will perform live music from 5-9 p.m.Co-owner Edgemond is also the founder of Greenworks, Chantilly-based landscaping company and nursery, which he founded in 1986. He also serves on the board of Access National Bank.

The winery offers six Fleetwood wines and a rotating series of premier wines from around the world, Williams said. It extends off of the manor house on the property and contains two tasting rooms and a balcony that overlooks the landscape and vineyard. The couple hopes to preserve the history of the estate, which was originally owned by Colonel William Ellzey. Ellzey had envisioned to produce wine on the property.

“Fleetwood has always been destined for wine. We are just continuing the story,” said Edgemond. McLellan hopes the winery will remain a family affair “for generations to come.”

Photo via Dave Williams

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Cast your vote — Primary elections in Virginia and Fairfax County are today. The county’s 243 precincts will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are encouraged to cast their ballot before or after school hours, if possible, as schools are still in session. [Fairfax County Government]

Junior day camp — School is almost out and Reston Association is offering four-week camps this summer for kids between the ages of 5 and 7. Several sessions for the Junior Day Camp are open. [Reston Association]

Settling a new score — ComScore, Inc, an audience measurement company that faced recent leadership challenges and investigations, is now under the leadership of Bryan Wiener. The new CEO lays out strategies for the coming year. [Washington Business Journal]

Family history research this afternoon — Research your family history with a library staff member using local history and genealogy resources. The event is geared towards adults and teenagers. [Reston Regional Library]

Photo by Wade Gilley, Sr. 

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Monday Morning Notes

Why Bechtel matters — The corporate giant already has a Virginia home, so why does the move of its headquarters to Reston matter? [WTOP]

Alerts about pool alerts — On Saturday and Sunday, two Reston Association pools were closed. On Sunday, Autumnwood pool closed early due to a failed mechanical component and on Saturday, Uplands fountain pool closed due to water contamination. [Reston Association]

Making bank –– The Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department can expand medical services after winning a $10,000 grant from a toll road network manager. [Fairfax County Times]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market to Open in June

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market (11850 Freedom Drive) will hold its grand opening on June 22 at 11 a.m.

The opening weekend will include chef demonstrations, food tastings, a beer bar and member-only offers throughout the store.

Parking is free daily in the silver garage for two hours for customers. No app is required.

In 2005, Balducci’s former location in The Spectrum, closed because it was underperforming. The new location is on the ground floor of The Signature, a 508-unit apartment building.

Grocery deliveries will also be offered soon. The gourmet market has seven other locations, including one in New York, Connecticut and Maryland.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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Lululemon to Open in Reston Town Center

Lululemon, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, is coming to Reston Town Center.

The business will take over the former location of bebe, a women’s clothing store, at 11957 Market Street. The store closed in early September of 2016.

Company officials did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesperson for Boston Properties said the new business should open by late summer of this year.

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A New Indoor Cycling Studio is Coming to Lake Anne Plaza This Summer

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

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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls Is Coming to Reston Town Center; Red Velvet Cupcakery Says Goodbye

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.

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Beloved Yoga to Reopen on Sunset Hills Road This Month

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].

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Reston Residents Expand Nordic Knot, Deepen Community Ties

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

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New Salon and Spa To Celebrate Opening in Reston Station

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 

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Reston’s Lake Anne Brew House Returns from Great American Beer Festival

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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

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Staples Closing at Plaza America; Total Wine & More Reported to Replace It

(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.

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Leidos, NYA Joe’s, Pinot’s Palette Big Winners in Chamber Awards

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

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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.

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