Tysons, VA

Monday Morning Notes

Second Dead Capitol Police Officer Was Madison Alumnus — The Capitol Police announced on Saturday (Jan. 9) that officer Howard Liebengood had died — reportedly by suicide — after being on the scene when a mob breached the U.S. Capitol last week. Liebengood attended Vienna’s James Madison High School in the 1980s and participated in the school’s wrestling team. [The Washington Post]

Fairfax County Libraries Return to Curbside Service Only — “Effective Monday, Jan. 11, all Fairfax County Public Library branches will provide curbside and virtual services only. Please stay home if you’re sick, if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or if you’re awaiting your own COVID-19 test results.” [Fairfax County Public Library]

Bowlero to Move into Former Macy’s at Tysons Galleria — “Bowling alley operator Bowlero plans to open its fifth location in Greater Washington this November at Tysons Galleria…The new location will house 36 bowling lanes, more than 70 arcade games, a full-service kitchen, sports bar and audio-visual capabilities including hi-definition video screens above the bowling lanes.” [Washington Business Journal]

Construction on New George Mason High School Nearly Complete — “The new school set to replace the old George Mason High School in the City of Falls Church will be opened in the coming weeks, but in-person learning may not be allowed despite a recently announced reopening plan.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Fairfax County Requests Flexibility and Funding from State — During a public hearing on Jan. 9, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay told the county’s General Assembly delegation that localities need the flexibility to determine their own priorities as they try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. [WTOP]

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Friday Morning Notes

Vienna Police Move into New Temporary Home — With construction on a new station set to begin soon, the Vienna Police Department relocated to the former Faith Baptist Church at 301 Center Street on Jan. 7. Operations and responses haven’t been affected by the move, but the department is taking non-emergency calls at 703-255-6366. [Vienna Happenings]

Mosaic District to Add Dutch Snack Outlet — Poffy will serve traditional Dutch mini pancakes called poffertjes that are often prepared by street vendors. Owner Lilian Wanandy-Perez hopes to open the store in May or June, depending on the permitting process. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Golf Training Center Opens in Tysons — “GOLFTEC Tysons Corner, a golf instruction and club fitting center, has opened in Tysons. Located at 1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 102, McLean, the 2,500 -square-foot facility offers golf lessons for a variety of individual needs.” [Patch]

Tysons IT Company Receives Acquisition ProposalDXC Technology confirmed on Jan. 7 that it received an unsolicited, preliminary and non-binding proposal from Atos SE to acquire all DXC shares. The company’s board of directors will be evaluating the proposal. [Business Wire]

Home Sales in McLean Were Up in 2020 — “Year over year, there has been marginal improvement in the number of home sales with a total count of 1,249 in 2020 compared to 1,219 in 2019. Compared to one decade ago in 2010, there is significantly better news as sales are up 39 percent over that time frame.” [Connection Newspapers]

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Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare has opened an outpatient center in McLean, marking the Tennessee-based mental health services network’s first venture into Virginia.

Located at 7927 Jones Branch Drive, the Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center will specialize in treating adults with mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, Odyssey announced in a press release on Dec. 17.

In addition to providing outpatient services, the center houses a partial hospitalization program that provides access to more intensive treatment and support for individuals who experience depression, anxiety, or behavioral challenges, and may be at risk of putting themselves or others in danger.

Treatment services are available both in-person and virtually, according to the center’s website.

“We’re thrilled to be able to serve the McLean community,” Odyssey CEO Scott Kardenetz said. “Outpatient treatment programs are an integral component of ongoing recovery for so many, and we’re excited to partner with the clinical and payor communities in providing clincally excellent care for those struggling with mental health disorders.”

The new McLean facility is one of four outpatient centers in Odyssey’s Pasadena Villa Psychiatric Treatment Network, which says it provides care for “adults who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness while maximizing social functioning in the real world.”

Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., Odyssey operates more than 20 behavioral health facilities that collectively have over 300 beds in eight states around the U.S.

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Foam mattress company Purple is opening today in Tysons Corner Center in the mall’s BrandBox space.

Purple is a company that specializes in cushioning products, like mattresses, pillows and seat cushions. The company is moving into BrandBox, an flexible area designed to feature a rotating set of smaller companies that don’t need a full store location.

“The store is full of amazing product and has been built out with top of the line technology and AI and is definitely something to see!” the company said in a press release. “The Purple team will be on-site to speak to the brand as well as the store.”

BrandBox is located on the first level of the mall, between Arhaus and Seasons 52. Purple joins Tailor on Tap as one of the pop-up brands filling the space after sitting vacant for months during the pandemic.

Photo via Purple/Facebook

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Alexandria coffee shop Java Loco is planning to open a new location in Tysons starting this weekend.

Java Loco is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7516 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Station shopping center.

“We can’t wait to serve customers at our new location in Tysons Station,” Nga Ho, owner of Java Loco, said in a press release. “We always love inviting customers into our relaxing space and we’re so appreciative of the customers who have supported us with their business over the years. We’re so excited to become a part of the Falls Church community.”

 The location will be a 1,385-square-foot space with gourmet house coffee, Italian espresso, espresso-based drinks, and exotic drinks like Cuban or Vietnamese coffee. The beverage menu also includes a selection of decaf items, fruit smoothies and bubble tea from Ocha Bubble Tea in Annandale, which is also owned by Ho.

The location is planned to offer a limited breakfast and lunch sandwich selection, along with bakery items like muffins, croissants and pastries.

The Tysons Station location of Java Loco will be open from Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo via Java Loco/Facebook

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Custom clothing brand Tailor on Tap will hold the grand opening of its showroom in Tysons Corner Center on Oct. 16. 

The grand opening will be preceded by a private, invite-only event on Oct. 15 to celebrate the opening.

“I’m excited to bring our custom clothing options to Tysons Corner shoppers,” Adam D’Angelo, the founder and CEO of the company, said in a press release. “I founded Tailor on Tap to provide high-end, tailor-made clothing to anyone from college students and athletes to young professionals. Our new showroom allows them a chance to meet with stylists, browse fabrics, and create their unique pieces in comfort and style.”

There will be different promotions running throughout the grand opening, according to the release. The first 50 shoppers to enter the store on Friday will receive free gift bags with a value of more than $100. Additionally, shoppers who spend more than $749 will receive a free custom blazer.

The brand was founded in Pittsburgh, Penn. in 2018 by four college students. Their showroom claims to offer the “comfort of home,” while letting customers browse dozens of fabrics, threads, and buttons with the help of their own personal style consultant, according to the release.

The showroom is located in BrandBox on Level 1 of Tysons Corner Center. Operating hours will go from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., or by appointment with a style consultant.

Photo courtesy of Tailor on Tap

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Tysons Chamber Hosting Free Webinar for Nonprofits Facing Pandemic Issues — “Experts in risk mitigation, pandemic related grants, and remote employee morale will be discussing best practices and lessons learned.” [Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce]

TeamLogic IT Opens Tysons-Focused Office — “TeamLogic IT, a national provider of managed IT services and technology support for businesses, just opened offices in Northern Virginia focused on the Reston and Tysons Corner markets.” [Franchising.com]

McLean-based Mars Company Announces Big Reduction in Palm Oil Supply to Prevent Deforestation — “U.S. confectionary, food and pet care giant Mars claims to have eliminated deforestation from its palm oil supply chain after shrinking the number of mills it works with from 1,500 to a few hundred, it announced this week.” [GreenBiz.com]

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There’s no indoor spa, no exotic perks meant to appeal to younger startup crowds. Tom Passarelli’s upcoming Boost McLean is a no-frills or gimmicks approach coworking.

Passarelli is working on getting Boost McLean set up at 6731 Whittier Avenue in the aftermath of a pandemic that devastated the business built on a bunch of strangers working in close proximity in a shared space. The building is still under construction and Passarelli hasn’t moved into the full advertising push yet.

“We’re not marketing yet, but we do have a waiting list,” Passarelli said.

Instead of a sprawling complex taking up a floor or two of an office, building, Passarelli is putting together Boost McLean as something substantially smaller, around 40,000 square feet.

Passarelli said his goal is to serve the McLean business community, catering more towards being an office location for established businesses rather than chasing the latest startups.

The program will offer food and snacks, coffee, and beer and wine if an ABC permit is approved. Passarelli said Boost McLean will also offering catering services if people want them. There will also be wi-fi and printing capabilities.

“It’s a business center and small business club,” Passarelli said. “It’s not a WeWork for the younger crowd and startups, but for people who are a little further along in their careers and don’t want to go downtown but can’t work out of their homes.”

The project was in the works before COVID-19, but Passarelli said he’s made some changes to the program to adapt to the new challenges. Passarelli said the website will include a chance to see how many people are currently in the facility and an anti-microbial filter for the HVAC system.

Image via Boost McLean

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A new cafe could be coming to a former drive-thru United Bank at 7787 Leesburg Pike.

Applicant Mohamed Rafaei is seeking a permit from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to convert the first floor of the building (built in 1980) into a restaurant.

“The proposed sit-down restaurant will replace the first-floor financial institution,” a report on the project noted. “The proposed hours of operation for the restaurant are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., 7 days a week. Approximately 4 employees and a maximum of 72 patrons are proposed.”

The application noted that the second floor of the building is currently an office, which would continue to be in use after the restaurant change. Given that the site is zoned for office buildings and hotels, a special exception is required for a restaurant use, but a staff report said the restaurant could support the surrounding offices and is “in harmony” with the Comprehensive Plan.

There was once a local Tysons establishment called Mint at 8346 Leesburg Pike, next to the former Tysons Biergarten, but it’s unclear if the two are related.

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A new addition to Tysons Corner Center, Brookiegirl is a Black-owned, father-daughter run business that now offers shoppers specialty skincare products.

Dad and daughter duo Bobby and 16- year old Brooklynne Hand decided to start the business after Brooklynne struggled to find suitable products for her sensitive skin.

With two locations becoming increasingly popular in Maryland, the Hand family decided to open a third location in Tysons on Aug. 14, according to Bobby.

Products include bath bombs and teas, lip balms, body butter, hand soaps, body mists and even hand sanitizer. Offerings range in price from around $4 to $35.

For the pair, a location in Tysons Corner Center is a milestone since the traffic and notability of the mall will likely open doors in the future.

“If you’re a retailer, you want to prove yourself at Tysons Corner,” Bobby said. “Tysons is like our Times Square for the area. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

Sales and turnout at the Tysons location so far have been great, according to Bobby, who added that foot traffic in the mall allows people to try out Brookiegirl’s products. “We are hitting the mark that we thought we might have hit, even if COVID wasn’t a factor.”

When it comes to product brand and identity, Bobby said that they think of a “Broookiegirl” as someone who “not only is a well rounded and empowered lady of various nationalities, ages and races but someone who is a defender of her own imagination, beliefs and is big on defending others’ individuality.”

Since they are a military family, Bobby said that individuality and hard work is an American trait they work to embody.

All of Brookiegirls products are produced locally by young adults looking to enter the job market, often in college or high school who want to learn about the business or the beauty industry, according to Bobby.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the company’s growth means that Brookiegirl was able to bring back all of its employees to once again operate at full capacity.

“That made us feel great – not only that they felt we were able to take care of them and they trusted us to provide a safe space, but they wanted to continue growing the business,” Bobby said.

Bobbygirl is open seven days a week offers discounts for military, veterans and first responders.

Photo via Brookie Girl/Facebook

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