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Farmers Markets in Annandale

Farmers Markets in Annandale
Organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority, these Farmers' Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.  There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh pasta, honey, jam, teas and cider to purchase.  Milk and cheese products, and homemade ice cream, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights offered.  If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larg
er landscape plants for those ambitious projects. Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site, at both Mason District and Wakefield Park, to answer questions about plants in your landscape.  For dates, times and locations READ MORE


Summer Concerts in the Park

Spotlight by Starlight is a free summer concert series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority at Mason District Park.  All performances are on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday beginning at 7:30 PM.  Performances for children are held on Saturdays beginning at 10 AM. A full schedule of children programs will be available after May 1st at   In the event of inclement weather, call 703-324-SHOW after 6 p.m. for performance cancellation updates.

Mason District Park:  6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
703-941-1730  ~



It Takes a Community to Build a Business
The Most Important Key to Our Success was to Open Our Doors in Annandale.
Beanetics Coffee Roasters in the Annandale Shopping Center

Almost a decade ago we opened our first business venture -- Beanetics Coffee Roasters -- in the heart of Annandale.  Many of our family members and friends thought we had lost our minds leaping into the world of entrepreneurship.  As we look back and think about the hundreds of choices that we made (or avoided) there is one that stands out as the most important key to our success – our decision to open our doors in Annandale.

Coffee is a ubiquitous product, enjoyed by nearly every ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic group.  Our mission was to introduce a higher-end product than offered by the traditional coffee shop chains.  But if we built it and roasted it, would the customer come?  

We thought that choosing Annandale would give us a fighting chance to succeed because we believed it was a community with a pool of potential customers who would indeed come if we took the risk and made the investment.  READ MORE


Artisans United, Annandale VA
Your Year-Round Craft Show & Gift Shop

Infant Gifts handmade at Artisans UnitedArtisans United, Inc., (AU) was officially established in 1988.  As a creative forum where craftspeople may exchange ideas, experiences, and materials, AU offers instruction in the visual arts and crafts and provides public service programs for groups and institutions.  AU serves as a community resource through its demonstrations, displays, and classes. We are pleased to share our love of crafts with the public, school groups, social clubs, scouting groups, and with those who are just interesting in learning something new and fun. 

Today this non-profit organization consists of individual crafts people and members of the following local Guilds:  Northern Virginia Carvers, Potomac Polymer Clay Guild, Capital Area Woodturners, Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, Waterford Weavers, Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, National Capital Art Glass Guild, Quilters Unlimited, High Country Basketry Guild, and Knitting Artists of Northern Virginia.  Each of these Guilds seeks to promote its craft and attract new members, and in many instances they reach out into the community to do good.  For example, the Capital Area Woodturners make canes for the Wounded Warriors project; the Knitting Artists of Northern Virginia make items for homeless women in the area; and the High Country Basketry Guild is participating in a program with the Vanderbilt Hospital for Children in Nashville by making Angel Baskets.  READ MORE

At Last, High Speed Passenger Rail to Richmond
High Speed Passenger Rail

Over the past two hundred years, trains have dramatically changed both industry and the settlement of nations.  From steam trains to the modern Bullet Trains, millions of passengers, and ton upon ton of freight have been carried to all corners of the earth.  The development of many civilizations can even be mapped by train routes.  Just look at the journey from the east coast of the US to the west. It used to take up to two months, but with the dawn of train travel, it could be accomplished in a few days.

Today, urban environments depend on underground systems to carry millions of commuters each day.  Over 40% of worldwide goods are carried by train between communities and countries.  There is also a well-deserved romanticism associated with train travel.  The simple mention of the Flying Scotsman, The Yankee Clipper, the Spirit of the Outback, or the Himalayan Queen conjures images of fine dining, amazing scenery, masterful engineering feats, and leisurely travel.

Let’s face it, however necessary automobile travel to points south of Washington may be, it is stressful.    READ MORE


Annandale REAL ESTATE:  Sometimes You Connect the Dots

Townhouse in Annandale, VALike all people who derive their living from the real estate market, we focus on the local landscape to determine which way the market is going and what actions we and our clients should take to take advantage of trends.  This intelligence gathering of local data can, if you aren’t careful, lead to missing the forest for the trees.

Despite continued low interest rates and an increase in saleable home inventory, the house prices in Annandale crept-up just a few percentage points during 2015, and is expected to continue a slow rise during 2016. Although we concur that the Federal Reserve will likely initiate a gradual increase in interest rates this year (no more than 1/4 point per quarter), we do not anticipate a heated market. Yes, it may spur some buyers fearful of higher rates, but it should not increase home prices by more than 3%.  READ MORE


VIEW ON NATURE:  Now and Then

Wood ThrushI’ve lived in Annandale and now in Mc Lean since I was two years old.  As a kid I spent much of my time safely wandering what we called “the woods”. Living next to a 50-acre forest and later an 80-acre wood in the 1950s and 60s taught me about Nature. So how have our woods changed over the last six decades?

It was a different time and ecosystem-- for some species a haven, for others, not so kind, or non-existent.  I bet you don’t know there were no deer in Annandale for decades. I saw my first deer in the 1970s; today controlled deer reduction hunts are routine. Much the same applies to the Canada Goose which were mostly migrating fowl just stopping for rest, and a bite to eat with only spotty resident populations living on the Potomac River and lakes, but certainly not the nuisance flocks everywhere today.  READ MORE


Heritage Mall Redevelopment
Good Growth is Good for Annandale; It's also Good for Your Pocketbook.

New Residential Mews at Heritage, Annandale, VARepresentatives of both the Webb Companies and Madison Homes recently unveiled their plans to build 68 townhouses behind Heritage Mall. 

Originally a mixed-use development with two hundred apartments had been planned (see Fig. 3, to the right) and approved in the 10 year old Comprehensive Plan.  The developers are now asking for a revision to the plan before the Planning Commission on May 25, 2016.  When approved, they will seek a rezoning of the 11 acre property, which currently calls for neighborhood-serving retail. Braddock Supervisor John Cook supports the rezoning, commenting on the current zoning,  “The higher density of development is no longer feasible.”  A full impact on traffic, schools, and public facilities will be closely examined during the comprehensive review.  The preliminary studies were well researched and confirm that neighborhood concerns are more than adequately being addressed. 

Providing that the Planning Commission approves the project in May, the project will be placed on the June 21st agenda for the County Board of Supervisors.  

This new development will offer lush landscaping, comfortable walkability, safe lighting and storm water management; which are all long-term benefits to the larger community. 


New Proffer Legislation Update:  The ramifications of this legislation are still being studied, but a letter released by Fred Selden, Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning indicated that the Annandale CBD will be exempt because it is a designated revitalization area, is covered by an approved small area plan that encompasses mass transit, includes mixed use development and allows density of 3.0 FAR and above in a portion of the area.  It is this FAR that is most noteworthy.  


Tuesday, August 2
Annandale's National Night Out Celebration

 National Night Out in Annandale Virginia

Annandale celebrates National Night Out at the Annandale Shopping Center on Tuesday, August 4th, where a free outdoor movie, popcorn, glitter tattoos, refreshments, martial arts demonstrations, raffles and children's activities are planned (all FREE) to promote community involvement in crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, the family, your neighbors and friends to enjoy this evening of family fun, and the opportunity to meet local fire and police officers.


When:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time:    6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Annandale Shopping Center  - 
7042 Columbia Pike (& Gallows Road)  

The Annandale Comprehensive Plan: Not Always so Comprehensive

Comprehensive Planning is a term utilized by land use planners to describe a process that determines goals, in terms of community development. The outcome of comprehensive planning is the Comprehensive Plan which dictates public policy such as transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing. Comprehensive plans typically encompass large geographical areas, a broad range of topics, and cover a long-term time horizon. (1) The latest plan for Annandale was enacted in 2011 and can be read in full on the chamber’s website under Our Community/Revitalization.

In general, the plan dictates how Annandale will look and function in the future, and what amenities the community can anticipate.  Annandale is a community, not a township, meaning that our government services come out of Fairfax County.  In all other important ways, Annandale is a close assemblage of people united by 329 years of history; mirroring the history of America.  Turn the looking glass to our forefathers and we march in-step with our early Gaelic settlers, following their example, we welcome any hungry or tired traveler to our communal door.  Annandale’s distinctive personality has been developed by embracing layer upon layer of rich cultural experiences.  We also have the most central & convenient location, earning us the title of, “Crossroads of Northern Virginia.” TM
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NVM Contractors:  A Proud Chamber Partner

NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc. is a full-service asphalt and concrete company serving DC, NVM Commercial ContractorsMaryland, and Virginia.  They have the ability to provide commercial services throughout Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina, in addition to offering nationwide resources.

Established in 1985, NVM has completed quality work for property owners, property managers, municipalities, homeowner associations, and general contractors for more than 25 years.  They began with the idea that ONE company should be able to provide asphalt and concrete services. Throughout the next two decades, the company followed that goal and grew into a full-service pavement company. Today the company continues to grow and is large enough to handle any size project, while continuing to provide each client with the personal attention and detail they deserve.

NVM also provides snow removal services to industrial, retail, and multi-residential housing complexes throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. With more than 100 pieces of equipment, their professionally trained crews specialize in snow removal operation.  Arrange snow removal services early in the year before all crews are booked at

NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc.
PO Box 1467  .  Annandale, VA 22003

Chamber Membership is an Effective Business Strategy

According to a recent study conducted by the Shapiro Group: 

“When consumers know a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of that business, and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.” 
  For more information on benefits when joining the AnnandaleChamber of Commerce please see.........

Membership Information.

The full study can be viewed at:


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The American LegionThe Annandale American Legion Post 1976 is recruiting new members.  Veterans and family members welcome to join.  Party hall rental is free for all members.  Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey.

4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
(behind the Bank of America building on Columbia Pike)

Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept.The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. host BINGO every Monday and Thursday with doors opening at 4:30pm – Early Birds start at 6:45pm – Regular Sessions starts 7:45pm.

  • 42” LCD TV monitors display next ball to be called.
  • Must be 14 yrs of age to play bingo at AVFD.
  • ATM machine available.
  • Bingo Hotline is 703-941-1328
  •  Non-smoking inside format

 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
Ample parking on site. 


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