ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking Opportunities

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Spring Cleaning Event
Clear out your closets, make room in the garage, shred old paperwork and files, all for FREE!  They will take, paperwork & documents to shred, old electronics, old gas propane tanks, household hazardous waste, paint, pesticides, paint thinner, etc.  They will recycle appropriately and shred documents in front of you.  They are also collecting coats, clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags for charity.  9 am to 1 pm.
Re/Max 100, 5501 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22151.  703-642-3380  .


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thinking of selling your home?  Could it use some updating? “What preparations for sale are financially worthwhile? Pat Sawhney of Re/Max 100 Realty will discuss the Do's and Don'ts.  Allow Pat and contracting experts to guide you. 

Your home is a major asset, maximize your sale with these professional tips.

Where:   Juke Box Diner - 7039 John Marr Drive (at the corner of John Marr & Columbia Pk.)
When:    NOON - 1:30 PM
Cost:      $20 Chamber members; $25 Non-Members, payable at the door
Details: Please RSVP by no later than Wednesday, May 11th with reservations to

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Annandale Hospital Bed Race

Burke and Herbert Bank Team at the 2015 Annandale Bed RaceThe Annandale Hospital Bed Race is a community-building event that raises funds for local activities and projects. This year it will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Businesses gather teams of 5 for this whacky relay race using pediatric hospital beds that have been decorated with great enthusiasm.  Awards for best decorated bed, most enthusiastic team, and the fastest team will be presented at the end of the race.

Where else will you have a chance to see slices of pizza racing against firefighters?   More Information
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Westminster Shakespeare Festival

12:00 – 5:00 p.m., the public is invited to join the Westminster School community in a family-friendly, fun-filled RWestminster School Shakespeare Festivalenaissance-style festival in celebration of William Shakespeare.  Attractions will include Renaissance-themed rides, games, activities, crafts, performances, and food for adults and children.  Admission is free.  Participation in individual activities and vendors will require the purchase of tickets on site. 

Special events include private viewings of Westminster’s spectacular 4’ x 4’ stained-glass Shakespeare windows, recitations and performances by Westminster students, period musical performances, and raffles of Renaissance-themed prizes.

The festival will be held at Westminster School, 3819 Gallows Road, Annandale, Virginia.  For more information please contact Ms. Bodil Lund at


Smooth Move:  Transitioning from a Home Base to Office Space

Bill Weaverling, Cox Communications

Are you ready to conduct meetings in a board room rather than in your pajamas? If you’re at a point in your business venture where you’re ready to stop meeting clients in your living room or at the local coffee shop, it may be time to think about moving to an office space. As exciting as that sounds, there are lots of moving parts to ensure a smooth transition from home to office.

The majority of us know what it’s like to move a home and how daunting it is – days of packing, turning off utilities, connecting utilities, forwarding mail, and sometimes living in limbo for a few days with no home phone or Internet connection. When you think about moving your business, can you afford to be out of pocket or in limbo for a few days? Who can afford to miss an important phone call or email or not have access to your online files because there’s a lag between moving your technology from your home office to your new office space? The last thing small business owners need is a lost sale or a negative customer experience because you’re waiting on telecommunications to be set up in your new office. Here’s a checklist that will help you transition from home to office and ensure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to running your business and serving your customers:  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


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


The Four B's to Using Media to Brand Your Business

Sharon Fanto, Cox CommunicationsIdentifying and using the right media tools to market and brand your business can be a daunting process. In the early 20th century, businesses simply placed an ad in the daily newspaper and then waited for people to come into their store and buy. Fast forward to 2015 and those traditional tools don’t necessarily work anymore. Due to the explosion of technology, a combination of traditional and digital media is needed to have a successful marketing strategy and brand.  It is even more important that the messages utilize what the Millward Brown Ad Reaction report calls the Four B’s. (1) 

They are: Be Consistent, Be Connected, Be Considered, and Be Concise. Let me explain further:

Be consistent. Your brand messaging should be uniform across all platforms so that the consumer’s experience is the same using any electronic device so they have a consistent experience.

Be connected. Give consumers a reason to go from TV to website. Think about second-screen experiences, specifically how your marketing can interact engagingly between screens and travel seamlessly across screens.

Be considered. TV messaging may not work on the web.

Be concise. Don’t clutter small screens with lots of type. Use mobile-friendly, shareable content that entertains first, informs second.

To better interpret the “Four B’s” we must first understand the traditional sales funnel that has been around since the 1800’s: inquiries = qualified leads = opportunities = revenue. Ultimately your efforts are focused on reaching the smaller and more engaged group who is likely to buy from you.  READ MORE


Art and Music are Necessary to Expand Our Imagination
Creativity is often Overlooked in the Classroom

Creativity is often overlooked in the classroom. Time given to music, dance, theater, and creative writing tends to be limited as we devote our attention to other fields of study. Meanwhile, skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving fall through the cracks when we take away these crucial creative outlets for students.

In elementary school, we were encouraged to learn creatively. We finger-painted pictures on orange construction paper and built dioramas of the solar system. We sang songs about the state capitals and acted out skits about our founding fathers. We were told to “use our imagination.” But as we grew up, we lost this connection to the arts. Creativity is necessary in order to develop new ideas, find solutions to problems, and allow all students to flourish in a classroom environment. Yet using art as a teaching method has become increasingly more uncommon.  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.  

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

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Ample parking on site. 


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