Happy Friday! Here are the latest stories about the Tysons area that the Tysons Reporter team has been reading:
The Hole Story Behind Doughnut Spot — Arlington Magazine profiled Curiosity Doughnuts inside the new Whole Foods in Tysons. [Arlington Magazine]
Driving Force Behind Road Civility Push — Here’s a profile on the Falls Church resident who is running a “campaign for road civility is rooted in awareness, compassion, and the humanization of drivers.” [Fall Church News-Press]
Tysons Spots Land Best Asian Restaurants List — Northern Virginia Magazine’s roundup of the best restaurants for Asian cuisine included several spots in Tysons like Asian Origin and Elephant Jumps. [Northern Virginia Magazine]
Sneak Peek: Tuesday kicks off the first meeting for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (meet the new supervisors here) and Tysons Reporter will be following along.
Weekend Send Off: Let Tysons Reporter know what your plans for the weekend are in the comments section.
The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.
We’ve scoured the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!
Tysons Reporter also complied a list of the upcoming holiday events, for those seeking festivities.
Monday (Dec. 9)
- NVTC Tech 100 Party — 6 to 8 p.m. at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Blvd) — This event invites community members involved with technology to network and enjoy drinks and food. The cost of the event ranges from $195-$235.
Wednesday (Dec. 11)
- Holiday Cooking Party — 7 to 10 p.m. at McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Avenue) — Attendees will learn how to create recipes including festive fruits, veggies and desserts. Registration is $80 for the public and $65 for district residents. Participants must be over 18 years old.
Thursday (Dec. 12)
- Tysons Women’s Business Book Club — noon to 1 p.m. at 1751 Pinnacle Drive #600 — This book club invites industry professionals to come network and enjoy a new book. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and a lunch or snacks to share. It is not necessary to read the book beforehand.
- Holiday Happy Hour — 4 to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods (1635 Boro Place) — High Point Pub will host a happy hour with live music and drinks from Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard Cocktail Company.
Friday (Dec. 13)
- “The R-Word Film” Screening — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capital One Bank (1680 Capital One Drive) — The McLean CapAbilities chapter will host this free event to educate the community on the lives of people with disabilities, using key characters in order to shift the conversation and societal views. Lunch will be provided and attendees will hear from the director and people highlighted in the film.
- Vienna Town Council Holiday Reception — 4 to 6 p.m. at Town Hall (127 S. Center Street) — Community members are invited to celebrate the holidays with the Vienna Town Council. This event is free and registration isn’t required.
- Live Nativity Scene — 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1325 Scotts Run Road) — This event will celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus with a nativity — including live animals petting zoo and actors. Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available.
Saturday (Dec. 14)
- “Another Silent Night – The Musical” — 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Columbia Baptist Church, The Sanctuary (103 W. Columbia Street) — This musical invites families to hear about an Army officer who returns from WW1 during the Christmas Season. Childcare for kids ages 5 and under is available with preregistration. Tickets are $5 per person or up to $20 per family.
Photo via Ed Robertson/Unsplash
The grocery chain signed a lease in early November to anchor the redevelopment of the corner of E. Broad and N. Washington streets, Falls Church News-Press reported.
The upcoming 50,000-square-foot store will be a part of a mixed-use project that also plans to include a 5,000-square-foot community theater space that will be occupied by Creative Cauldron, according to a press release from Arlington-based Insight Property Group.
Broad and Washington LLC, a venture of Insight Property Group, signed the 20-year-long lease for Whole Foods, Falls Church News-Press reported.
Approved by the City Council last year, the “plan was derailed a little over a year ago, when developer Todd Hitt pleaded guilty in November 2018 to investor fraud,” the paper wrote.
Now, Whole Foods will come to a spot just a little over a block away from Harris Teeter (301 W. Broad Street).
“Whole Foods Market will bring an incredible amount of activity to downtown to both complement and help support the existing and longstanding businesses that make Falls Church so unique,” Maury Stern, a principal at Insight Property Group, said in the press release.
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.
The new Whole Foods in The Boro has caught the attention of people looking for happy hour deals after work with its brand new bar High Point.
Located on the top floor inside Whole Foods, the bar offers guests 16 regional beers and ciders along with a variety of cocktails and wine. People can enjoy their drinks at the bar, anywhere throughout the store while they shop or while they play shuffleboard and various arcade games like pinball.
High Point also offers happy hour deals Monday through Thursday, including $1 off ceratin pours. For those who don’t want to commit to a full drink, the bar also offers sample size tasters for $3 — all day, every day.
Last Friday night, Tysons Reporter decided to enjoy a 16-ounce pumpkin favored Wild Hare Hard Cider from Leesburg, which cost $7, while people-watching.
By 5 p.m. the bar was getting busy and seats were scarce. Young professionals in their mid-20s’ to early-40s’ enjoyed the hangout spot.
Tysons residents Tim McCall and Miguel Barrios told Tysons Reporter that the new Whole Foods is two blocks from their apartment, so they decided to try it out as a pregame spot before they went for a night out in D.C.
“This is going to make us sound old, but it seems like a quiet place for a drink,” McCall said.
Around five different bartenders assisted customers throughout the evening, each staying busy and serving customers in rapid succession. For those who don’t want to wait for a drink at the bar, the self-serve wine and beer stations were a popular option, even though they had a narrower selection.
ESPN was playing on the flat-screen TVs scattered throughout the area for all of the sports fans.
By 5:30 p.m. there was only standing-room at the bar, and different groups were sharing nearby tables. Things began to get rowdy as people raised their voices to compete with the conversations going on around them. Laughter echoed around the room and people seemed eager to kick off their weekend.
A bartender told Tysons Reporter that business has been extremely steady all week and the spot is pretty popular, especially around lunchtime.
The energy in the room stayed pretty consistent until 8 p.m. Then things began to slow down, and people went about their evening.
High Point is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Tysons’ first Whole Foods officially opened its doors today.
The 70,000-square-foot store in The Boro development by the Greensboro Metro station is the Mid-Atlantic flagship store for the Texas-based grocery chain.
People on social media captured the long line of people early this morning awaiting the store’s opening at 8 a.m.
For the first 200 people who showed up, Whole Foods promised to offer a savings card ranging from $5 to $100 along with a reusable canvas tote bag featuring the Tysons store, according to a press release.
And this isn’t the line for Nats tickets – this is the line to get into the grocery store. Wraps around the block. pic.twitter.com/fV6knaUTsB
— Adam Tuss (@AdamTuss) October 30, 2019
— Adam Tuss (@AdamTuss) October 30, 2019
Inside, customers can find self-serve machines that slice pineapples, squeeze fresh orange juice and offer wine and beer that shoppers can sip while shopping.
A fresh bakery, premade meal options and a bar with happy hour specials and on-site dining also are available.
A bevy of food and drink options include a food hall featuring Officina, Genji Izakaya, Curiosity Doughnuts and Rappahannock Oyster Co., along with self-serve hot and cold bars. There’s also an in-house bakery, butcher and seafood departments, a specialty foods section, an Allegro coffee and tea bar and a JRINK juice bar.
This location also features a bar called High Point — the largest bar in any Whole Foods, according to the store manager — on the second floor, along with a game room.
With the grand opening of Whole Foods, other businesses in The Boro are following suit.
MyEyeDr opened its doors yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 29) for customers.
The new spot will host an official grand opening party next Saturday (Nov. 9), a store spokesperson said, adding that the location will offer discounts for patrons.
MyEyeDr is an optometrist chain that specializes in eye care and eyewear, according to its website. Patients and customers can find a list of their local doctors and book appointments online.
Nearby in The Boro, Fish Taco is expected to open in December, according to a sign outside its upcoming location.
The eatery serves up a variety of fast-food options including tacos, burritos, appetizers and alcoholic beverages, according to the menu on its website.
Fish Taco has not released more information about the opening yet, but a sign says the location is hiring.
The 70,000-square-foot store was almost entirely furnished and set-up, with the exceptions of occasional minor details. Brightly colored, organic produce adorned shelves throughout the store.
The store features surprising amenities for customers, including self-serve machines that slice pineapples and squeeze fresh orange juice, a self-serve station where customers can enjoy wine and beer on-site while they shop and a gaming area.
A fresh bakery, premade meal options and a bar with happy hour specials and on-site dining also are available.
Around the store, associates were seen preparing food for the grand opening, including a woman carefully balancing a cheese display and butchers preparing fresh cuts.
A full-time “certified cheese professional” will help customers find products to suit their needs, a spokesperson told Tysons Reporter on the tour.
The store features more than 1,000 local products from the D.C. area, which includes a few brews on tap, a spokesperson said.
Food and Drink Options
In addition to grocery shopping, customers can grab a bite to eat from several fast-food options.
The store’s food hall on the first floor will include:
- Italian food from Officina, which was founded by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli
- Sushi, poke, dumplings and ramen from Genji Izakaya
- Curiosity Doughnuts
- Rappahannock Oyster Co.
The store also has prepared foods at the self-serve hot and cold bars, along with a pizza bar, an Indian venue with two in-store tandoori ovens, a barbecue bar and a deli, according to a press release.
This location also features High Point, the largest bar in any Whole Foods, according to Carl DePree, the store manager.
Customers are also able to “sip and shop,” the store representative said. There will be eight wines, craft cocktails from Pratt Standard Cocktail Company and about a dozen beers on tap, the press release said.
Grand Opening Details
For the grand opening tomorrow, the location will offer the first 200 people a savings card ranging from $5 to $100 along with a reusable canvas tote bag featuring the Tysons store, the press release said.
DePree said he is excited to see the reactions of customers tomorrow at 8 a.m. when they finally open for business.
On Thursday (Nov. 7), the store will donate 5% of sales to Food For Others, a local charity fighting food insecurity in the Northern Virginia area, according to the press release.
Wednesday (Oct. 16)
- Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking — 7 to 9 p.m. at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Second Floor (400 Center Street S.) — This panel will discuss human trafficking in local neighborhoods and how to end it.
- Boro Fall Festival — noon to 2 p.m. at Whole Foods (1635 Boro Place) — This free event offers attendees a chance to try fall foods, participate in crafts, enjoy live music and enter into a raffle.
Thursday (Oct. 17)
- Avenir Pumpkin Festival — 5 to 8 p.m. at Modera Avenir Place Apartments (2677 Avenir Place) — This event is free to attend and features a Biergarten, music and pumpkin decorating.
- Local Candidate Forum — 7 p.m. at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike) — This public forum will allow community members to gather and hear from local candidates running for office on Nov. 5.
- Wild Game Beer Dinner — 7 to 10 p.m. at Caboose Commons (520 Mill Street NE) — This event will feature a five-course meal from chief David Rabin. Tickets are $90 and will include meat such as antelope, bison and goat.
- Meet Author Bill Lewers — 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library (101 E. Maple Avenue) — This author will discuss his upcoming fiction book “Gatekeepers of Democracy,” which discusses those who serve on election day. Copies will be available for purchase during the book signing.
Friday (Oct. 18)
- “One Man, Two Guvnors” — 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry Street SE) — This play explores the life of someone who ends up employed by gangsters in England around 1963. Tickets start at $15.
Saturday (Oct. 19)
- Vienna Halloween on the Green — 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Vienna Town Green (144 E. Maple Avenue) — Kids ages two to 10 are welcome to join in some seasonal fun including trick-or-treating, crafts, games, pumpkin decorating and age-appropriate activities. This event is free and open to the public.
- Recycling Extravaganza –– 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Center (217 Gordon Road) — People are encouraged to bring things they may not be able to get rid of at the curb including toxic chemicals, shredded documents, and electronics. A list of accepted items can be found online and people wishing to drop things off must prove residency.
- Party for a Cause — 9 p.m. t0 2 a.m. at Inca Social (2670 Avenir Place) — This free event will raise money for breast cancer awareness and support for families.
Sunday (Oct. 20)
- McLean Pet Fest — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McLean Central Park (1468 Dolley Madison Blvd) — This event gives pet owners the chance to learn about opportunities that will enhance the lives of their furry friends while watching a pet-parade. This event is free and open to the public.
- Ito’s Taste of Colombia — all night at Blend 11 (111 Church Street NW, Suite 101) — Chef Andrés Julian will prepare a five-course meal for guests that includes traditional Colombian dishes. The price is $55 with an optional $21 wine pairing.
Photo via McLean Community Center/Facebook
As residents start to populate the new Boro development, several eateries and businesses have announced opening dates.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is now open. Flower Child and Spaces are not far behind.
Spaces has already rented several offices, Rocco Nori, a sales manager for Spaces in The Boro said, adding that some customers also chose to relocate to the new location.
“This suite of private offices, meeting rooms and communal areas is flooded with natural light and entrepreneurial spirit,” the website said.
Earlier this week, Whole Foods announced its grand opening for Oct. 30. The flagship store for the Mid-Atlantic region will include a food hall with offerings from Officina, Genji Izakaya, Curiosity Doughnuts and Rappahannock Oyster Co.
A little more than a dozen other eateries, stores and services have yet to announce when they will open.
Get in on the ground floor at the new Whole Foods Market at The Boro at Tysons Corner when the soon-to-open store conducts interviews for key leadership and team member positions.
The store is rapidly staffing one of the largest Whole Foods Markets on the East Coast, a store that will offer an array of innovative, customer-centric shopping experiences.
Members of the Whole Foods Market management team will meet prospective supervisor and store support employees on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Details for applying are here.
Day and night positions and skill requirements, paying $15 and up depending on experience, range from cashiers and housekeeping to meat and seafood specialists to prepared foods cooks and bakers. Product stockers are needed for each department, including body care, supplements and vitamins; clothing and gifts; and dry goods, bulk, dairy and frozen products. Specialty positions are open throughout the store, including cheese bar, coffee bar, and wine and beer bar.
No prior retail experience is required.
Industry-leading benefits include competitive health benefits, 20 percent in-store discounts, PTO cash-outs, career learning and development opportunities, and week-long health getaways for selected team members.
Begin your career with Whole Foods Market by applying today at this site.