Tysons, VA

The new Dunkin’ Donuts near the Spring Hill Metro station plans to offer a free donut deal on Friday.

The coffee and donut chain recently arrived in Tysons West Phase III — a redevelopment that added new retail buildings across from Walmart — along with other food and drink options, including Smoothie King and B.GOOD.

The celebration on Friday (Nov. 22) is set to take place from 7-11 a.m. Attendees will be able to get a free donut — excluding fancy and speciality ones — with any purchase and can enjoy a Dunkin’ prize wheel, photo opportunities with Dunkin’ mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles, an on-site DJ and customizable screen-printed donuts that guests can put their face on. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m.

The store (1495 Cornerside Blvd, Suite 1C) is open 5 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends.

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Several new stores took residency in Tysons Corner Center throughout the last weeks — including a holiday shop with locally sourced gifts.

Newcomers to the mall include the Creative Collective POPUP, Seletti, Terres da’ Afrique — all in BrandBox spaces on the first level — and Beauty Nail Bar upstairs.

Creative Collective reopened for the season on Friday (Nov. 15) and will remain open through Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) during mall hours from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily.

The shop acts as a market for roughly 2o local vendors offering a variety of goods including hats, jewelry, leatherworks, prints and even children’s books. Shoppers also have the opportunity to meet the artists and vendors in person and ask them about their craft.

Meanwhile, Italian home goods store Seletti sells furniture, decorations, lights and other items. The Tysons Corner Center location is the company’s first physical store in the U.S.

One of their bestsellers is a $400 monkey lamp, a store representative told Tysons Reporter.

“Some people are familiar with our brand and others are just intrigued,” the spokesperson said about people who stop in for a look, adding that the company is trying to gauge interest for the brand around Tysons.

If the pop-up is successful in the next six months, the brand might decide to open up a permanent shop elsewhere in the mall, the representative said.

Terres da’ Afrique, which opened Saturday (Nov. 16), sits right next to Seletti in BrandBox and offers shoppers personal skincare products including massage and facial oil.

Located on level two of the mall near the Paul Mitchell School, beauty Nail Bar made its debut roughly two weeks ago, an employee told Tysons Reporter.

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Updated 11/21/19 — Corrects location’s hours.

Virginia Tire and Auto recently rolled into Tysons with a brand new location.

The auto repair shop is now open at 2055 Chain Bridge Road, the former Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers, a spokesperson for the company said. The 11-bay facility will be open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

“It is especially meaningful to now have two Virginia Tire and Auto locations in our hometown,” Mike Holmes, the co-CEO of Virginia Tire and Auto with his wife, said in a press release. “Given that we live in Vienna, we’ve had a front-row view of the rapid transformation of Tysons.”

Earlier this year, Virginia Tire and Auto opened a location in Vienna at 141 Maple Avenue.

To celebrate the opening, the auto repair shop is offering an oil change special at the Tysons spot through Dec. 31.

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The Town of Vienna welcomed a new natural health center last week.

The Health Improvement Center held a grand opening on Thursday (Nov. 14) at 407 Church Street NE, Suite C.

Founded in 1997 and run by Dr. Katie Thompson, the center offers chiropractic care, applied kinesiology, nutrition, allergy clearing technique and weight loss programs.

The center is open from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is closed on weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Photo via Town of Vienna/Twitter

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Absentee Ballots Rushed to Voters — “Roughly 1,300 new ballots were sent out Oct. 16 and 17 to accommodate the new Republican candidate, Eric Anthony Jones, on the ballot, Fairfax County’s general registrar Gary Scott told the News-Press.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Advisory Firm Moves to Tysons — Capstone Strategic, Inc. announced Friday that it has moved to 8521 Leesburg Pike, Suite 230. [Benzinga]

Facebook Considered Tysons For New Spot — “Social media giant Facebook Inc. has reached a deal to take a large block of office space in Reston Town Center after weighing other potential locations, including Tysons.” [Washington Business Journal]

Calling All Volunteers — “The City Council is looking for seven volunteers to join the newly-created Stormwater Task Force, which will update the list of stormwater improvement projects in the City’s Watershed Management Plan.” [City of Falls Church]

New Glass Recycling Container in Vienna — “We worked with Fairfax County to get our very own exclusively glass purple recycling container that is hungry and waiting at its location on Mill Street NE in the gravel shoulder next to Capitol Building Supply.” [Town of Vienna]

Car Crash Closed McLean Road — The 1800 block of Great Falls Street in McLean was closed due to a car crash on Sunday. The road has now reopened. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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As Whole Foods prepares to open next week, several new businesses are also planning to open their doors in The Boro throughout November.

At least five new stores and businesses that were aiming to open in late summer or early fall have extended their planned opening dates to November.

Whole Foods is expected to open this upcoming Wednesday (Oct. 30), followed by Tysons Nail Lounge on Friday, Nov. 1.

Coworking company Spaces plans to open its office spaces at The Boro on Monday, Nov. 11, according to Mark Pankowski, a spokesperson for the development.

A new Verizon Wireless store will likely open early in November, while Ethan Allen and F45 are expected to open halfway through the month, Pankowski said.

The stores and restaurants opening in the new development by the Greensboro Metro station may face a slow start at first.

John Beinert, a senior associate with Greystar Development, told Tysons Reporter that he keeps tabs on other regional development groups like Meridian Group, which developed The Boro.

Beinert said that March, April, May, June and July are the best months for a new development to host its grand opening, adding that people tend to move during this time and explore new places in a neighborhood.

Despite an off-season start, he said that the timeline shouldn’t hurt the development.

“You’ve just got to get to the next season,” he said, mentioning that the Whole Foods and other businesses in The Boro will attract people to the area.

Beinert also said that the new businesses will benefit Greystar’s four nearby developments, which include the Adaire Apartments.

“Whole Foods is a game-changer in a neighborhood,” Beinert said.

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A nail salon is set to open in The Boro around early November.

Tysons Nail Lounge (1640 Boro Place, Suite 205) will be located near Whole Foods and offer customers waxing services and nail treatments. The location is expected to open next Friday, Nov. 1, according to Kieu Nguyen, a co-owner of the business.

“Our philosophy focuses on healing, wellness and relaxation with an emphasis on natural ingredients. All of our treatments are quality spa experiences,” Nguyen said.

The location will use products that are free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene, according to Nguyen.

“Our salon is extremely focused on strict hygiene standards,” Nguyen said.

Tysons Nail Lounge will operate Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Image via Facebook

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EcoPlay, a new children’s playspace, is now open along Leesburg Pike in Tysons.

The children’s center held grand opening events over the weekend (Oct. 19-20). The indoor play area replaced the Performance Bicycle Shop’s space in Pike 7 Plaza.

EcoPlay originally planned to open in the summer, but experienced “minor construction delays,” according to a Facebook post.

According to the company’s Facebook:

EcoPlay provides children with an environment that sparks creativity and promotes learning through play. When designing the play space, we researched (and researched) to ensure that every toy, every surface and play area is non-toxic, BPA and PVC free, and made of plant-based materials.

Open playtime supervised by a parent or other responsible adult costs $20 per child, while supervised playtime with a drop-off option is $30.

Parents can also book the facility for private or semi-private party spaces for up to 25 children.

Photo via EcoPlay/Facebook

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A virtual reality entertainment center plans to open this week at Tysons Corner Center — more than a year after signs for the VR business popped up at the mall.

The Void is set to open on Friday, Oct. 18, and people can experience “Avengers: Damage Control,” which launches the same day, an employee at the business, told Tysons Reporter.

“Coming soon” signs have been at the mall for more than a year.

Tysons Reporter spotted that the VR company failed — and then passed — five inspections at the mall from June to October. A spokesman for the mall wasn’t able to confirm that the failed inspections caused the delay.

It’s unclear if the year-long wait is typical for the company.

In June 2018, The Void announced several new locations — the Santa Monica location opened at the start of this year, while the Minneapolis one opened this summer, followed by the Atlanta location a few weeks ago.

The VR business, which is backed in part by Disney, has locations in eight locations — including the Tysons one — in the U.S. and three in Canada. The company is looking to expand in the U.S. and internationally.

Tickets are $39.95 per person and up to four people can take part in groups, according to the website. People can find The Void located on the first level by Barnes and Noble.

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Squash players in the Tysons area now have a new place to practice at.

Play Squash Academy held a grand opening earlier this month for its spot at 8455-L Tyco Road.

The Tysons location is the third one for the squash academy, which offers programs for junior and adult players in McLean and Potomac, Md.

The new facility has three internationally sized courts. The academy programs include clinics, private lessons and match play.

Photo via Play Squash Academy/Facebook

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