Tysons, VA

SoulCycle and Equinox are facing a backlash and boycotts, including in Tysons, after news broke that the company’s billionaire owner is hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

Stephen Ross, the owner of the parent company for the two fitness studios, plans to host a fundraiser for Trump on Friday and “will reportedly charge attendees up to $100,000 for a photo with the president,” ABC7 reported Wednesday (Aug. 7).

Many of the 150 comments under Equinox’s Aug. 6 Facebook post for the Tysons spot expressed disappointment and anger about the support for Trump.

People wrote that they plan to boycott Equinox by canceling their memberships and working out at other fitness places, like FlyWheel.

“I have been considering an Equinox membership for a while now, but not anymore given what I’ve learned about where my money would be going,” one person wrote.

Another commented, “Quit supporting Trump! Boycott until then.”

“Why is Stephan Ross hosting a fund raiser for trump??? I do NOT>>NOT>>NOT want a portion of my dues going to fund trump! Damn I just joined your Burbank Blink Gym..with this news I will have to look for a new gym,” another person wrote.

Comedian Billy Eichner and model Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to push for boycotting Equinox.

Equinox’s Tysons spot is at 8065 Leesburg Pike. SoulCycle’s only Virginia location is in Arlington.

Both Equinox and SoulCycle responded to the criticism on social media by saying that neither one endorses the political fundraising, adding that Ross is a “passive investor” who does not manage their business.

“SoulCycle has nothing to do with the event and does not support it,” SoulCycle tweeted

Equinox tweeted that “no company profits are used to fund politicians.”

Ross has defended the fundraiser.

“I always have been an active participant in the democratic process,” Ross said to a Bloomberg reporter. “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions.”

Photo via Equinox Tysons Corner/Facebook

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Three cafeterias in Tysons office buildings are being investigated as part of a Cyclosporiasis outbreak.

Since May 1, 2019 there have been 39 confirmed cases of Cyclosporiasis in Virginia, according to the Virginia Health Department.

According to a press release:

  • Capital One Building at 1600 Capital One Drive
  • Valo Park Building at 7950 Jones Branch Drive

Valo Park is home to the corporate headquarters of newspaper giant Gannett.

The source of the outbreak has not been found, but health officials warned that the illness could be contracted by consuming food contaminated with feces or stool that contains the parasite.

Symptoms can begin one week after exposure to the parasite, and typically include explosive diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, aching muscles, and a low-grade fever. Symptoms can last days or a month for some, but others can be a carrier of the parasite and experience no symptoms.

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Orthodontics company Candid has a “coming soon” sign in Tysons Corner Center.

Candid offers a direct-to-consumer approach by shipping clear, orthodontist-designed, aligners for about $2,000 to customers. Recently, the company raised $63 million, Forbes reported.

Candid will be a tenant of BrandBox, a collection of pop-up stores in the mall. Located on the lower level, Candid will neighbor The Lounge near H&M.

Currently, Candid is looking to hire a retail sales associate.

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A new mall kiosk at Tysons Corner Center now lets shoppers buy products with cannabidiol, a natural remedy commonly known as CBD.

CBD is one of the chemical compounds found in marijuana plants and has quickly gained prominence in the health and wellness world for reportedly helping with pain and anxiety.

While possessing and selling marijuana is illegal in Virginia, except for approved medical marijuana use, state laws remain hazy concerning over-the-counter sales of CBD oil.

Located on the first floor between Zumiez and Forever 21, Create Bright Days offers a variety of CBD-infused products, including $27.99 pet treats, $24.99 massage oil, $124.99 vape e-liquid and $39.99 body butter moisturizer.

The self-described boutique store for CBD products claims on its website that the oil helps with pain relief, seizures, anxiety, cancer and reducing the risk of diabetes.

“Products on this site are not meant to cure or treat any ailment,” the site says. “The FDA has not approved these products.”

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The Town of Vienna will roll out new fitness classes to help people with arthritis and other chronic conditions in June.

Vienna’s Parks and Recreation Department is one of the 40 park and recreation agencies in the U.S. that received a grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a press release.

The grant pays for instructor training for the Walk With Ease program — a fitness initiative the Arthritis Foundation developed to help reduce pain and stiffness linked to arthritis and other chronic conditions, the press release says.

“Sixty percent of adults in the United State, including people who live right here in Vienna, suffer from one or more chronic conditions,” Recreation Coordinator Kathy Blevins said in the press release. “This grant allows us to help older adults in our community and provides a new way for Vienna residents to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Certified and trained instructors will teach the low-impact exercise program through the town’s Parks and Recreation Department starting June 3.

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Free Bike Rides on Earth Day — In celebration of Earth Day today (April 22), Capital Bikeshare wants to encourage more carbon-free transportation by offering a free 24 Hour Pass, which gives cyclists a full day of unlimited 30-minute rides. [Capital Bikeshare]

Restaurant Site Faces Redevelopment — “D.C.-based Northfield Investment and Development has acquired the former Marco Polo restaurant site in Vienna with plans to develop 44 condominium townhouses and 8,200 square feet of retail. The former Marco Polo restaurant at 245 Maple Ave. had already closed when it was heavily damaged by fire in October and later demolished.” [Washingtom Business Journal]

Virginia Tops Distracted Driving List — “April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and this year, a new study ranked Virginia as the worst state for texting and driving… In 2019, Zendrive found that Virginia drivers use their phone an average of 9 percent of the time, which is a 3 percent increase from last year.” [Inside NoVa]

Pop-Up Fitness Class at Caboose Commons — People can lift, tone and drink brews at a free pop-up class by Falls Church Pure Barre at Caboose Commons tonight at 4 p.m. Happy hour will take place from 3:30-6 p.m. [Caboose Brewing]

Vienna Students Win National Merit Scholarships — “The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the first 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships Wednesday, April 17… Chloe E. Martin of Paul VI Catholic High School received a scholarship from the PwC Charitable Foundation. Martin plans to study business in college. The other winner, Richard H. Wang of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, got a scholarship from Northrop Grumman. Wang will likely study engineering.” [Vienna Patch]

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You’re looking good, Falls Church. Have you been working out?

The City of Falls Church has been ranked the third healthiest community in the United States, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The study assessed nearly 3,000 counties and other jurisdictions across 81 indicators, including population health, food and nutrition, and public safety. Falls Church was ranked just behind Los Alamos County, New Mexico and Douglas County, Colorado.

Falls Church scored particularly high on education and public safety, though like most of the top-ranked communities it ranked fairly poorly in housing affordability.

Falls Church News-Press noted that the high ranking was actually a slight dip for Falls Church, which last year was ranked at the top of the list.

Falls Church was immediately followed in the rankings by Loudoun County at No. 4. Fairfax County was ranked No. 13, though its actual population health score (95) was higher than Falls Church (92.8).

Photo via Instagram

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Davita Dialysis is bringing a new kidney care facility near the Dulles Toll Road in Vienna.

Davita offers home calls, health centers around the U.S. and conducts clinical research to improve kidney care.

Davita signed a lease back in December for a 4,008-square-foot space at 8605 Westwood Center Drive, according to Renaud Consulting, a commercial real estate company.

The spot is near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and the Dulles Toll Road.

An opening date for the Vienna facility has not been announced yet.

Image via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

Lee Highway Blocked — Updated at 9:05 a.m. — “Lee Highway is shut down in both directions at Kalmia Lee Court in Falls Church due to utility wires across the roadway. Please use an alternate route as you travel this morning.” [Twitter]

Longtime Local Firefighter Retires — “Today Master Technician George Hood from Station 13, Dunn Loring, B-Shift is serving the residents of Fairfax County one last time. He will be retiring after 34 years of dedicated service at the end of this shift.” [Facebook]

McLean Girl’s Struggle with Arthritis — “Last August, 2-year-old Reese Sheers began waking up, saying she was stuck and couldn’t move her arms. Then it started happening every two hours, and she couldn’t roll over or sit up in her crib. She would get better as the day went on, but the pain would become frequent enough that the family would seek medical help.” [Patch]

Author Signing Books in Tysons Tonight — Columnist Michael Tomasky will be signing copies of his new book “If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved,” at the Tysons Barnes & Noble store tonight. [Instagram]

Discussion of the Gender Pay Gap — “The Women of Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church) will be hosting a comprehensive forum titled, ‘Gender Pay Gap and You’ as a part of the fifth annual Women’s Empowerment Program on Sunday, Feb. 10.” [Falls Church News-Press]

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The following article excerpt is from our content sharing partner, FairfaxNews.com.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and a coalition of 17 attorneys general yesterday filed an expedited motion to challenge Friday’s opinion in Texas v. HHS, which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor wrote in his opinion Friday that “(t)he remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole.” O’Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

The AGs’ motion seeks clarification on the impact of Friday’s decision and requests that the judge prevent any confusion about the opinion. The motion requests the court to make clear that the ACA is still the law of the land and will continue to be enforced and implemented by states, the federal government, and entities across the country unless and until an order by the court expressly states otherwise.

Read more at FairfaxNews.com

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