Tysons, VA

Updated 2/17/2020 – Corrects hours of Harris Teeter in Merrifield.

Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

For people who want to grab food late at night, several grocery stores are open late in the Tysons area.

Both the Whole Foods stores in Tysons (1635 Boro Place) and the Falls Church area (7511 Leesburg Pike) are open until 10 p.m. daily. The Trader Joe’s at Tysons Station (7514 Leesburg Turnpike) is also open until 10 p.m. daily.

The Giant stores in Vienna (359 Maple Avenue E.) and Falls Church (1230 W. Broad Street) are open until midnight Monday-Saturday and until 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the Harris Teeter stores in Tysons (8200 Crestwood Heights Drive), Merrifield (2675 Avenir Place) and Falls Church (301 West Broad Street) are open until midnight.

The local Safeway stores in downtown McLean (1330 Chain Bridge Road), McLean by Kirby Road (6244 Old Dominion Drive) and the Falls Church area (7397 Lee Hwy) are open until midnight, according to their websites.

Hungry after midnight? Two grocery stores are open 24 hours in the Tysons area, according to their websites: the Giant in McLean (1454 Chain Bridge Road) and the Safeway in Tysons (1688 Anderson Road).

While it sells more than just groceries, Walmart in Tysons (1500 B Cornerside Blvd) is open 24 hours as well.

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Within the last weeks, there have been several changes at the Mosaic District.

After Neiman Marcus closed in the Mosaic District, home goods store Great Gatherings decided to take over the vacant spot at 2905 District Ave.

The store’s new location opened a couple of weeks ago, according to the manager, who added that the business decided to switch spots because it is a slightly smaller space and more visible to traffic.

Employees were in the process of putting finishing touches on the store when Tysons Reporter stopped by yesterday (Feb. 13).

Down the street at the former spot of Brine (2985 District Ave, Suite 120), it appears that crews are doing work at the location. It is unclear what will move into the unoccupied space.

Nearby, Black Dog Beer Shop (2672 Avenir Place, Suite M) opened for business today (Feb. 14).

The location offers a variety of brews for consumption off-site and will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to the website.

Customers can purchase specialty brews not found anywhere else except the breweries themselves, Jeff Kirkland, the store manager, told Tysons Reporter, adding that there are almost 300 varieties of beer at the shop.

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(Updated 11 a.m.) Presidents’ Day is almost here and there will be closures around the area.

All Fairfax County government offices, public schools and public libraries will be closed, according to the county website.

Trash and recycling will be collected on a regular schedule if community members are customers of Fairfax County, the website said, which added that people with a private company should contact the company directly.

The Fairfax Connector will be running on a Holiday Weekend Schedule on Monday.

The Metro will be running on a Saturday schedule from 5 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., according to the WMATA website.

The Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church (120 N. Virginia Ave) will be closed, according to the website, along with all city offices.

Since waste collection falls on a Wednesday in Falls Church, it will not be affected by the holiday.

In the Town of Vienna, all government offices will be closed but waste collection will run on a regular schedule, according to the website.

The McLean Community Center will be closed on Monday.

Tysons Reporter will also have the day off on Monday.

Photo by Lucas Sankey via Unsplash

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Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church is about to move and set up shop just down the street.

The car dealership plans to move from its location at 1231 W. Broad Street to an adjacent property, an employee said.

Though it is unclear when the construction will be complete, the employee said the company hopes to move into its new spot by June or July.

One person on Twitter spotted construction and signs for the new dealership.

Tysons Reporter reached out to a manager for more information and is awaiting a response.

Image via Google Maps

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Two new Baddpizza locations are expected to open in McLean and Falls Church a little later than expected.

Although the location in Falls Church (346 W. Broad Street) was supposed to open in November, according to the owner, a store manager said yesterday (Feb. 12) that it will instead open in about two weeks.

Meanwhile, the McLean location (6263 Old Dominion Drive), which was set to open in December or early 2020, will open in late March, according to the manager.

Opening dates for both of the locations are dependent on staffing, the manager said.

Both locations plan to serve a variety of pizzas, wings, salads, dessert and chicken tenders, according to the website.

Photo via Baddpizza/Facebook

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When Wawa comes to the Town of Vienna later this year, people might be able to get wine and beer.

A pending license indicates that the convenience store company is seeking “wine and beer off premises” for its upcoming location at 465 W. Maple Avenue.

The 6,200-square-foot convenience store plans to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be the first location to feature a partnership with Tesla — meaning people will be able to use eight charging stations for electric cars. The store is hoping to open this spring along Maple Avenue.

While the Vienna location is boasting a lot of “firsts” for Wawa, the beer sales are nothing new. According to news reports, Wawa jumped into the beer sales market several years ago.

Photo via David Levy and Associates 

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After volunteering with Food for Others, Christine Kenny founded Fairfax Diapers in the Vienna area to help at-risk mothers in Fairfax County by supplying clean diapers.

Diaper insecurity is more prevalent than people realize, Kenny said. She hopes the organization will raise awareness and boost diaper donations.

“I have experienced people try to bargain with me at the food bank, willing to trade their food for diapers,” she said about her time spent volunteering with food banks around the area. “I have fielded calls from frantic new moms desperate for enough diapers to get them through the weekend.”

Organizations that offer diaper support for parents end up giving away roughly 10,000-12,000 diapers a month in Fairfax County, she told Tysons Reporter. Fairfax Diapers is run by Kenny, who is the director, and four other members.

Diapers collected through Fairfax Diapers will be given away locally through organizations such as Food for Others and the Fairfax County Visiting Nurses Association.

The Fairfax County Visiting Nurses Association will check in on around 300 new mothers per month, Kenny said.

Until Tuesday (Feb. 18), the group is hosting a drive at Crunch Fitness Tysons (8371 Leesburg Pike). Anyone who brings in a pack of diapers will receive a free day-pass to the studio and anyone who brings in a case will receive a complimentary pass for the week, according to Crunch’s Facebook page.

From March 2-6, the group will also be hosting a drive at Westbriar Elementary School in coordination with parents, teachers and the student council, according to Kenny.

Though the group does not have a website yet, since the project launched last June, Kenny said people can stay up-to-date by following Fairfax Diaper’s Facebook page.

Going forward, she is trying to find other organizations that want to host drives and form partnerships.

Photo via Fairfax Diapers/Facebook

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Movies are weeks away from coming to the big screen at The Boro development in Tysons.

Caroline Flax, an associate at The Meridian Group, said via a spokesperson that ShowPlace Icon is planning to open in March at 1667 Silver Hill Drive.

“This location, the seventh in the U.S. under the Showplace Icon brand for Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, spans 72,000 square feet, with 1,795 seats spread across 14 theaters, plus a restaurant and a bar and lounge,” the Washington Business Journal reported.

The opening of the 70,000-square-foot store, Mid-Atlantic flagship Whole Foods store in the fall marked when the development started to come alive with places for people to eat and shop.

So far this year, several eateries have opened — North Italia, Fish Taco and Paris Baguette — along with Tysons Nail Lounge.

International ramen restaurant Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (1636 Boro Place) also plans to open this March.

Flax said that people can also expect these stores and eateries later this year:

  • Tasty Kabob in the “spring”
  • Paper Source in the “spring”
  • Caliburger in the “summer”

According to The Boro’s social media accounts, other summer newcomers will include El Bebe Tacos & Tequila, Open Road Grill and The Shade Store.

Photo via The Boro/Facebook

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Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors plans to soon laud the James Madison High School’s marching ensemble for its achievements last year.

In a joint board matter, Supervisors Walter Alcorn and Dalia Palchik, who represent the Hunter Mill and Providence districts, want to recognize the school’s marching ensemble several for “an outstanding season and historic championship.”

Called the “Pride of Vienna,” the marching ensemble won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative State Championship in the fall for the second year in a row.

The group also won the Bands of America Regional Competition last fall.

“This victory was [the] first time a Virginia band has won a Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition in nearly 40 years,” according to the board matter.

The group competed on the national level, ultimately becoming semi-finalists.

The Board of Supervisors voted yesterday (Tuesday) to invite the marching ensemble and the Town of Vienna to an upcoming board meeting to receive congratulations.

“I look forward to having ‘Pride of Vienna’ come here,” Palchik said.

Photo via Marsha Komandt/Facebook

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Alfie, a 3-year-old terrier raised in Vienna, is looking to bow-wow the judges at this year’s Westminster Dog Show.

The annual show in New York awards prizes to various dog breeds. Alfie recently won Westminister’s “Best of Breed” award for Bedlington Terriers yesterday (Monday).

Breeder Linda Freeman told Tysons Reporter told Alfie is a “world traveler” who has won championships in the U.S., Sweden and Finland.

“Alfie loves dog shows,” Freeman said. “He was in Tucson, Arizona in November and had a huge specialty win. We show him because he loves it.”

Alfie travels with Patricia Eriksson, who obtained Alfie from Freeman and takes him and other dogs around Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., Freeman said.

After showing horses as a child, Freeman said that she’s been showing and breeding dogs since 1981 after discovering they “were easier to transport.”

People can watch the competition on tonight (Tuesday) to see Alfie compete in the terrier group in Madison Square Group.

Photo courtesy Linda Freeman

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