Reston, VA

Reston resident Taruna Rijhwani knew telehealth was the way to go when she added the digital service to her Reston-based physical therapy clinic more than two years ago.

Now, as COVID-19 public health emergency prompts the restaurant industry to shift to delivery and carryout, Rijhwani says she’s shifting Health Watchers Physical Therapy and Wellness to video visits and telehealth.

Here’s more from the clinic on telehealth appointments:

They use secure HIPAA compliant platforms to connect with their patients and are able to continue to provide care without asking patients to leave their homes, keeping them safe & healthy.

Physical Therapist, Taruna Rijhwani has specialized training in the advanced system of Physical Therapy called Mckenzie Method which is especially suited for telehealth and guiding patients through right movements to help with their back, neck, shoulder or knee problems.

She notes that the number of patients coming into her office on 11250 Roger Bacon Drive has been steadily decreasing.

“We are making it up by transitioning to telehealth or video visits,” she told Reston Now.

Rijhwani initially began providing the service to keep the business relevant in the digital age.

“Look at Amazon. That’s our inspiration right there. No one goes retail shopping as much as they used to,” she told Reston Now.

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A Reston based global company is using data to try and track COVID-19 discussion around the world.

Comscore, headquartered at 11950 Democracy Drive, helps clients “evaluate media across platforms” to boost audience engagement, according to its website. Major clients for the company include Pepsi and Oracle.

The company recently expanded its efforts to provide “insights” into COVID-19.

Those insights range in data from things like media consumption during the outbreak to surging levels of in-home data usage.

Now that people are staying home, the company announced that as of today (Tuesday, March 24,) data use by gaming consoles is up 48% along with a 44% data use rise by in-home speakers.

When it comes to media consumption, roughly 3.2 million people checked governmental websites including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. Between March 9115, roughly 24.4 million people logged on to these websites. That’s over a 670% increase from the first few days of January, according to Comscore.

Due to recent changes in commerce, Comscore also noticed changes in other industries like retail and manufacturing.

“In looking at total digital visits to an aggregate of Amazon, Walmart and Target’s sites, we saw 779 million visits the week of March 9-15,” the company’s website said.

According to a blog recently released by Comscore, studies show that people are turning to local news when they face uncertainty during the pandemic.

“We need local news in times of crisis to learn about the changes impacting our daily lives,” Rachel Cooper-Blank, the author and company’s lead account manager, wrote in the blog.

Going forward, it seems that Comscore will continue to track changes to the economy and people’s habits during the pandemic.

Reston Now reached out to Comscore for comment and is awaiting a response.

Photo via Comscore/Facebook

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A new hair salon is coming soon to Reston Town Center.

Madison Reed, a professional hair salon, plans to open at 11874 Market Street. The salon offers hair color services through a “color bar,” according to its website.

The company, which sells hair care products, has color bar locations across the country, including in Bethesda, Md. A new location is expected to open in Rockville in March this year.

No word yet on when the Reston location is expected to open. So far, signage on the storefront just says “coming soon.”

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Reston Baker Builds Granola Empire — Reston resident Dania Abimourched recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her business, Dano’s Granola. [Reston Patch]

Virginia Heads Toward Peer-to-Peer Auto Rental Law — “Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish rules for peer-to-peer car rentals, in which a car owner could rent a vehicle to a stranger, for a fee. Unlike traditional car rental companies that monopolize airport rentals, and established ride-sharing companies that enable a driver to rent a car by the hour, in peer-to-peer rentals, the car owner lists a vehicle for rent in an online, searchable marketplace.” [WTOP]

Reston-based Company Signs with CBS — Comscore, a digital audience measurement firm, signed a multi-year renewal with all 27 local television stations owned by CBS. [Potomac Tech Wire]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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A new salon is coming to Lake Anne Plaza soon.

County permits indicate that the salon, which is listed as “My Salon” in documentation, will open up at 1613 Washington Plaza.

An application for interior changes was processed by the county on Feb. 12.

The space was previously occupied by Zen Nail and Day Spa, which moved a few doors down from its current location in 2018, a business representative told Reston Now. That spa is now located at 1635 Washington Plaza.

No word yet on when the new salon is expected to open.

Photo courtesy Zen Nail and Day Spa

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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. 

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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.

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