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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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]
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
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]
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]
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
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
Pressed 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…)
Reston has a new coffee spot and Reston Station has its first full-time retailer.
The Reston Station Starbucks opened on Friday in the ground floor of Comstock’s BLVD apartments.
While Reston Station has Urban Pop, a series of pop-up shops along the plaza at Wiehle-Reston East, this is the first permanent retailer there.
This Starbucks location (there are seven in Reston, not counting inside Target and Safeway) is quite large, with counter seating overlooking the plaza, a meeting nook, couch space and other work areas.
Founding Farmers is still on track to open a restaurant in the space in the next building. Founding Farmers signed a lease last fall, and the sign in the window says “coming late 2016.” However, no interior work has started, so it likely won’t meet that deadline.
Meanwhile, there will be validated parking for Starbucks customers. Visitors who park in the ParkX Garage (first left off of Reston Station Boulevard), then park in retail spaces (take a right up the ramp, take parking ticket and go straight ahead) will get two hours free, Comstock says.
Have you seen “Sir George?”
This 8-week-old Pit Bull/Yorkie puppy was stolen from the Reston Petsmart on Saturday, according to Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.
Sir George has black fur with a white chest.
The rescue group says they have reported the puppy heist to Fairfax County Police and the suspects could face felony charges if the dog is not returned in the next 24 hours.
If you have seen Sir George, text or call 703-638-2567 or email [email protected].
Davelle Clothiers is showing off its new store at Reston Town Center with a special event on Friday.
The locally owned men’s clothing store recently moved from 11904 Market St. to 11921 Freedom Dr. That location is basically in the same building, but facing Freedom Drive rather than the Mercury Fountain.
The ribbon-cutting event is on Friday, Sept 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.
There will be a display of exotic cars and new vehicles from Acura on display, followed by an in-store wine tasting from Tarara Winery from 6 to 8 p.m.
Davelle will also be offering a special gift-with-purchase throughout the weekend.
Reston has a new eatery located in an unlikely spot. Laredo Taco Company is now open inside the convenience store at the Exxon Station at 11854 Sunrise Valley Dr.
This is Laredo Taco’s first Reston location as the Texas-based company makes a push into the Northern Virginia market.
Laredo Taco is a popular chain of fast casual Mexican restaurants found inside 480 Stripes convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Laredo Taco bills itself as “fast, fun, friendly and delicious,” offering “generous portions of your favorite Mexican food, handmade with the freshest ingredients every day.”
On Friday morning, staffers were busy making homemade tortillas to fill with eggs and other breakfast fillings. Breakfast is available from 7 to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch and dinner are available from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Laredo Taco Company has made a push towards the East Coast recently, opening locations in gas stations in Ashburn and in Pennsylvania.