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DC-based Fitness Gym Coming to RTC West

Big plans are in the works to expand Solidcore, a DC-based fitness chain. Funder and CEO Anne Mahlum hopes to open 125 studios by 2022 and Reston is one location on the list.

The fitness company offers pilates classes, a boot camp for full-body workouts and other classes. It has locations throughout the country, including Arlington, Ashburn, Tysons Corner and the Mosaic District in Virginia.

Robin Diamond, a spokesperson for the company, told Reston Now that a location is planned for 12100 Sunset Hills Boulevard, JBG Smith’s RTC West Development. Thus far, several new restaurants have opened in the mixed-use development.

Diamond said Solidcore is likely to open sometime early next year. The studio will have 13 “sweatlanas“, a machine used for workouts.

An exact opening date has not been determined.

Photo via Solidcore

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Reston Companies Top Cybersecurity Sector in Greater Washington

Reston companies topped rankings for the most prominent and largest cybersecurity firms in the Washington region.

The rankings, determined by the Washington Business Journal based on last year’s revenue, included 25 companies, 21 of which are in Fairfax County. Based on the rankings, eight of the 25 companies are located in Herndon and Reston.

Reston-based Carahsoft Technology Corp., a distributor, and reseller of services that aim to reduce risks associated with cybersecurity topped the list. The company, which is located on 1860 Michael Faraday Drive, reeled in $4.1 billion in revenue and has 900 employees.

Herndon-based Iron Bow Technologies, which offers services related to defense, threat visibility, policy enforcement, and data protection, came in second, with $862.8 million in revenue last year and 661 employees.

ThunderCat technology, which offers forensic analysis and other services, ranked third, with $320 million in revenue and 70 employees. Knight Point Systems ranked fourth, Amyx Inc. ranked sixth, ITility ranked seventh, SeKON Enterprise Inc. ranked fourteenth and Electrosoft ranked 24th.

Photo via Carahsoft Technology Corp.

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Coming Soon: Thai Restaurant to North Point Village Center

Finn Thai Restaurant and Bar, a Thai restaurant, is coming soon to North Point Village Center.

The restaurant has one location in Purcellville and a second location in Martinsburg, West Virginia. It will take up space formerly occupied by Payless. (1466 North Point Village Center), which closed in April last year after the company announced plans to file for bankruptcy.

A restaurant representative from the Martinsburg location told Reston Now that the opening day could be several weeks from now. But an exact date was not known yet, the representative said.

Photo by Twitter user 

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Friday Morning Notes

From the ground up — Ken Yarmosh was on the ground floor of app development when he founded Savvy Apps of Reston in 1999. Now he’s working with Fortune 500 companies and being recognized by Google and Apple for his contributions. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Local unemployment numbers — Northern Virginia’s unemployment rate fell from 2.7 percent to 2.4 percent in July. The statewide rate was 2.9 percent compared to the national rate of 4.1 percent. [Virginia Business]

Final Summerbration concert tonight — Join Chris Vadala with the Rick Whitehead Trio for a fresh mix of bebop jazz tonight at Reston Station Plaza. Parking is free from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Follow signs to ParkX. [Reston Community Center]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill 

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Now Open: lululemon in Reston Town Center

Lululemon, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, is now open in Reston Town Center, becoming a companion to Athleta, another athletic store located also located on Market Street.

The business takes up up the former location of bebe, a women’s clothing store, at 11957 Market Street. The store’s first day of business was on August 24. 

An official grand opening is planned for September 9 from 9-10:20 a.m. A complimentary yoga class will be led by the store’s mindfulness ambassador, Jafar Alexander, in Reston Town Square Park.

Snacks will be provided for all attendees and participants of all levels are encouraged to attend. Registration is required online.

Photo via Facebook

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New Private Preschool to Open on North Village Road

Primrose School of Reston, a private preschool that will provide early education and childcare, is expected to open at 1309 North Village Road in the fall.

The new facility, which is part of a franchise, will take up the former site of North Village KinderCare. Registration and enrollment have begun for the fall.

The facility serves children between the age of six weeks and five. The Reston location is owned by Rina Patel, as well as Beau and Urvi Athia.

Primrose Schools is a franchising company that offers early childhood education. It has more than 300 locations around the country and is accredited through AdvancED. The company has been known fo its “balanced learning” approach, which aims to teach children academic fundamental and inculcate a strong foundation for good character, according to a school representative.

Other schools are located in Chantilly and Ashburn. New locations are also expected to open in Aldie and Leesburg, according to the company’s website.

The school will be open from Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. An exacting opening date has not yet been determined.

Photo via Primrose Schools

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What is the Best Age For Your First Visit to the Orthodontist?

What is the best age to see an orthodontist for the first time? The current recommendation from the American Association of Orthodontists is for children to have their first exam with an orthodontist at age 7 — and for good reason!

“Adult teeth typically begin to erupt around age 6-7, which makes this the ideal time to ensure that these teeth are erupting properly, and that the upper and lower jaws are growing correctly in relation to each other,” shared Northern Virginia Orthodontics’ very own Dr. Robb.

If there are any indications for early treatment, Northern Virginia Orthodontics (NVO) can offer interceptive treatment to prevent more severe issues down the road.

Lucky for you, August is a great time to visit Northern Virginia Orthodontics! Not only can you get your child’s complimentary consultation taken care of before the school year begins, but NVO is offering all new patients $1,000 off and 2 tubes of take home whitening until August 31, 2018. Just mention “Reston Now” when scheduling your appointment to secure your savings and whitening!

No matter what age you are, NVO would love to help you transform your smile! Dr. Casagrande, Dr. Barcoma, Dr. Robb and Dr. Cole rank as the #2 Invisalign providers in the nation, and have treated the most Invisalign patients in the state of Virginia. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, and this month is the best time to get started.

Learn more about NVO today at nvorthodontics.com or submit an appointment request online and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

*Offer valid for new patients and full treatment only. Not valid on Smile Express by NVO. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer expires August 31, 2018.

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L’OCCITANE en Provence in Reston Town Center is Temporarily Closed

L’OCCITANE En Provence, a natural skin care, body and bath products store, has temporarily closed in Reston Town Center (11951 Market Street).

The French bath and body store closed on August 13 for renovations. Construction is expected to be completed roughly six weeks from this week. The store first opened in September 2011 in Reston Town Center.

Amanda Pasquariello, a spokesperson for the company, offered the following details about the renovation:

Through a sleek new design, with a hint of vintage detailing, a focus on warm elegant materials, and an emphasis on light, the new in-store experience will convey a renewed sense of modernity & conviviality for the brand. Stepping inside the new store guests will be greeted with an ‘Ice-breaker’ sink unit and this is where they will begin their L’OCCITANE discovery journey…  Other parts of the boutique will feature an area dedicated to professional skincare consultations, an inviting Provencal lounge, and an enhanced cashier area featuring an impactful Gift Atelier where customers can explore our expertise in the Art of Gifting. The new store is due to open Fall 2018 and we are excited to bring the Sunshine & hospitality of Provence to Reston Town Center.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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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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