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Editor’s Note: Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

When serial entrepreneur Alecia Vimala couldn’t find a way to directly purchase a product from a social media feed without being redirected to another website, she decided to build a way to do so herself.

Peercrate operates as a social commerce platform in which users create either a public or private profile, post social photos and tag the items they’re wearing or using. When other users see a post, they can easily learn the details of the tagged items, such as the brand and the price, and add it to their cart within the app.

“It’s like Snapchat meets Amazon,” said Vimala, who moved to Arlington from Nashville, Tennessee this month to be closer with other like-minded startups.

Within the next two to three months, Vimala says, they expect to run the app through a round of private beta testing, during which they will onboard a few hundred people per week. Anyone who is interested can sign up for a waitlist, and they’ll be emailed a link where they can download the product.

For users who don’t want to use the app as a social media platform but still want to shop, they can scroll through public profiles for inspiration.

“For instance, if someone wants to find a pair of sunglasses, they can search for it and everyone with a public profile who has posted a pair of sunglasses will pop up,” said Vimala.

Previously, Vimala founded a similar platform, ALECIA, which allows users to shop for clothes they see while seeing television and movies.

Once public, Peercrate will be available for iOS and Android.

Photo (top) via Twitter

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Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday, October 14

Columbus Day Boat Race 
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 12-2 p.m. 

Create your very own sailboat with cardboard materials, then hike down to a stream for a friendly sailboat race. Appropriate for all children four years and older, with children under eight requiring adult supervision. $15.

Professional Emailing Etiquette
Columbia Pike Branch Library (816 S. Walter Reed Drive)
Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Learn how to properly compose emails to colleagues, supervisors, clients, and the public at this workshop, which will examine how to craft an email pitch, politely make commands, among other tips. RSVP for an event reminder. Free.

Tuesday, October 15

Arlington Community Foundation Spirit of Community Luncheon*
Renaissance Capital View Hotel (2800 S. Potomac Ave.)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join the Arlington Community Foundation’s annual “Spirit of Community Luncheon” to honor the Spirit of Community Award recipient, Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr. Honorary co-chairs Kristian and Chuck Todd will be present.

First Time Home Buyer Seminar*
Keri Shull Team (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m. 

Learn about the possible mistakes that come with the first time you purchase a home at this seminar. Topics covered include how to avoid double-paying a rent and mortgage, and how to properly calculate a budget.

Wednesday, October 16

Wakefield HS Fall Chorus Concert
Wakefield High School Auditorium (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Enjoy this free concert performed by students in the Wakefield High School chorus. Songs to be performed include Bridge Over Troubled Water and Keep Holding On. There will be a cash-only concession stand and donations accepted for the chorus.

Candidate Forum
St. Agnes Parish Hall (1910 N. Randolph St.)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Join local Arlington government candidates Rip Sullivan, Audrey Clement, Katie Cristol, Christian Dorsey, Arron O’Dell, and Reid Goldstein at this public forum, hosted by local civic groups such as the Cherrydale Citizens Association.

Thursday, October 17

Virginia Tech Executive MBA Online Info Session*
Virginia Tech Research Center (900 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 12-1 p.m.

Find out more about Virginia Tech’s Ballston-based Executive MBA program at this information session with conversation around the program curriculum, tuition, financial aid, application information, and more. Free with RSVP.

Smithsonian Habitat Program
Little Falls Presbyterian Friendship Hall (6025 Little Falls Road)
Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Barbara Faust, director of the Smithsonian Gardens, will introduce the gardens’ first-ever exhibition “Habitat.” The exhibition uses a single theme to tie together all fourteen exhibits across the Smithsonian’s exterior and interior garden spaces. Free with a $5 optional lunch.

Book Talk: Author of ‘Barack and Joe’
One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland Street)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Join One More Page in welcoming Steven Levingston, the non-fiction editor of the Washington Post, as he shares his vivid and inspiring account of the “bromance” between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

MONA Preschool Fair
Williamsburg Middle School Cafeteria (3600 N. Harrison Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Come meet representatives from close to 50 local preschools all under one roof at the annual Mothers of Northern Arlington preschool fair. The event is free with free onsite babysitting, with advanced registration recommended.

Friday, October 18

Fridays at the Fountain 
Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5-9 p.m. 

Enjoy the fall weather at Crystal City’s seasonal pop-up beer garden at the Crystal City Water Park. A rotating list of vendors will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages, while live music will be performed from local bands and musicians.

Saturday, October 19

National Chamber Ensemble — Mozart Celebration*
Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang Street) 
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Check out the National Chamber Ensemble’s opening act for the 2019-20 season with this performance of orchestral works from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “re-imagined” for a more intimate chamber ensemble. Pieces include Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 4 in G Minor.

Copperwood Tavern’s ‘Shucktoberfest’
Village at Shirlington (2700 S. Quincy Street) 
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Beer and oyster lovers, rejoice! This Oktoberfest festival will feature over forty craft brews and four different oyster vendors. Tickets begin at $35 and come with a take-home souvenir mug. Family and dog-friendly.

Pumpkin Carving at Potomac Overlook Regional Park 
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 12-2 p.m. 

For $12 per person, get into the Halloween spirit and carve or paint your own pumpkin at the Potomac Overlook nature center. The park will provide the tools necessary, and the event is open to everyone ages four and up.

Fall Family Celebration
Columbia Gardens Cemetery (3411 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 12-3 p.m. 

Celebrate the season and explore the grounds of the Columbia Gardens. Activities include beehive visits, pumpkin carving, and a talk with rose expert Pam Powers. Refreshments will be provided, and RSVP is recommended.

Sunday, October 20

Kinhaven 5K and Family Fest*
Bluemont Park, South Shelter (601 N. Manchester Street) 
Time: 9-11 a.m.

Join the tenth annual Kinhaven 5K and Family Fest to promote childhood health and fitness. Events include a 5K run, a 1K run, and a toddler dash. There will be a “fan zone” with a dance party, moonbounce, face painting, and refreshments.

*Denotes sponsored (featured) event

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Morning Notes

It’s Columbus Day — Despite the federal holiday, all Arlington County government offices, courts, libraries and facilities will be open today. Barring breaking news, ARLnow will be publishing on a limited schedule today. [Arlington County]

Theft from Casual Adventure — From an Arlington County Police crime report: “At approximately 11:35 a.m. on October 10, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered a business at approximately 5:30 p.m. on October 9, selected numerous fleece jackets before fleeing the scene without paying.” [Arlington County]

ACPD Warns of Phone Scam — “Residents have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals fraudulently claiming to be technicians with Dominion Energy. These individuals accuse the victims of having overdue bills which must immediately be paid, or their power will be disconnected. The caller then provides a fraudulent claim number and phone number where the funds may be paid and often requests payment using a prepaid debit or gift card.” [Arlington County]

Governor Issues Drought Watch — “Governor Ralph Northam today announced a statewide drought watch advisory for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A drought watch is intended to increase awareness of current conditions that are likely to precede a significant drought event.” [Press Release, Capital Weather Gang]

Circus Returns to Rosslyn — Updated at 3:45 p.m. — Conservative provocateurs Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl are holding yet another press conference this week outside Burkman’s Rosslyn townhouse. The duo say they will be joined by a “longtime drug dealer” for prominent Democratic members of Congress. [Twitter]

Nearby: Four Mile Run Trail in Alexandria to Reopen Soon — “A bridge spanning the last gap on the Alexandria side of the Four Mile Run Trail has been put into place, but the trail remains impassable for pedestrians.” [ALXnow]

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Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!

Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include William Miller: Family Law Attorney, Cecile Hult: Certified Divorce Financial Adviser, John Hurst: High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage.

Submit your own community post here.

This content was written and sponsored by The Keri Shull Team, Arlington’s top producing residential real estate team.

Feeling hangry? Well, don’t be crabby. Let’s taco bout where to eat in Rosslyn, Virginia!

There are so many delicious restaurants in Rosslyn, it was hard to narrow it down to just these 6! Check out our list of the restaurants and nightlife spots that you HAVE to try if you are visiting or moving to Rosslyn.

What’s your favorite place to eat and drink in Rosslyn? Let us know in a comments below, we’d love to try it!

Are you planning to move to Rosslyn, or anywhere else in D.C, Maryland, or Virginia? You should get the best help when finding your new home! If you want to learn how our team of superstar agents can find your dream home (and get you in it for a great price!) contact The Keri Shull Team today!

As always, if you know anyone who’s looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV, The Keri Shull Team is here to helpClick here to contact us.

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Start-Up with Financial Success

If you’ve started a business within the last year, you know how easy it is to get overwhelmed by the financial aspects. From choosing the right accounting software, to setting up your service agreements, to paying your quarterly tax estimates,

Firefighters responded to a blaze on the second floor of a low-rise apartment building near Ballston Friday night.

The fire was first reported just before 10 p.m. on the 4100 block of Henderson Road, in the Buckingham neighborhood.

Arriving units found smoke coming from the second floor and worked quickly to bring the fire under control. Firefighters from Ft. Myer and Fairfax County assisted with the firefighting effort, ACFD said.

The fire is being investigated by the Arlington County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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It’s Columbus Day weekend — or Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend, in Alexandria or D.C. — which means an extra day off for federal employees and others.

It should be a close-to-perfect weekend weather-wise, full of fall events in Arlington and other parts of D.C. area.

ARLnow will be publishing on a reduced schedule on Monday, though our staff will be in the office working on future projects and ready to tackle breaking news.

Here are the most-read articles we published this week:

  1. Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill Closed After ‘Zoning’ Problem
  2. Six of the Top 10 Priciest Zip Codes for Va. Renters Are in Arlington
  3. Taco Bamba Owner to Open New “All-Day Egg” Restaurant in Ballston
  4. Memorial Bridge to Close For First Weekend of November
  5. Truck Overturns, Blocks N. Glebe Road at Chain Bridge
  6. Major Crowding on Metro This Morning
  7. Cowboy Cafe: Three Decades of Arlington’s Dive Bar
  8. ACPD Investigating Overnight Shooting in Alcova Heights
  9. Video Game Reference Shouted During Movie Led to Ballston Active Shooter Panic

Feel free to discuss these stories or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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The following op-ed was written by Andrew Loposser, Chairman of the Arlington GOP.

Mark Kelly is correct. In his most recent “Right Note” opinion column, Kelly writes:

It would serve the community well if a qualified Republican or Independent ran for all of these offices rather than leaving so many of them uncontested. An electoral contest provides the voters with the opportunity to hear a real debate on the issues and forces Democrats to make a case for the vote.

As the Chairman of the Arlington GOP, I have begun the process of identifying and recruiting credible, qualified candidates for office up and down the ballot for 2020 and beyond. Arlington voters are well-educated and expect government to work for them — especially local government.

That’s why we’re looking for candidates who are already invested in this community — potential candidates may currently serve on boards and commissions or be involved in their civic associations or other civic groups.

The Arlington GOP has a platform focused on local issues.

  • Increasing the number of school seats and the supply of market-rate affordable housing
  • Improving Metro management
  • Ensuring community input into major decisions like incentives to attract large businesses
  • Separating bond referenda to avoid forcing all-or-nothing votes on a mixed bag of marginally related projects

Arlington Republicans — like many Arlington voters — expect local government to be responsive and accountable to the taxpayers.

In 2016, roughly 27,000 voters cast ballots for a presidential candidate other than the Democratic nominee at the top of the ticket. That is a significant number of voters un-represented or underrepresented by the Arlington County Democratic Committee machine.

Republicans want a seat at the table, and we’re working hard to outline positions on local issues and talking with friends and neighbors across the aisle.

As I wrote at the beginning of this letter, Mark Kelly is correct. We do deserve a rigorous debate on the important issues our community faces. So if you’re dissatisfied with the Democratic Establishment, I encourage you to give us a first or second look. And perhaps even consider running for local office as a Republican.

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Following a successful debut last year, an oyster-focused Oktoberfest celebration is returning to Shirlington next week.

Shucktoberfest” will be hosted in and around Copperwood Tavern (4021 Campbell Avenue) on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m-5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Northern Neck’s Waverly Point Oyster Company, attendees can expect over forty craft beers and four oyster vendors. Local breweries expected to attend include Lost Boy Cider and Fair Winds Brewery.

“Last year we underestimated how serious the oyster enthusiasm was going to be, we couldn’t shuck them fast enough,” said a spokeswoman for the event. “So we’ve doubled the number of oysters we’re ordering to 20 to 25 thousand.”

A $35 ticket includes a 5 oz beer tasting mug and 10 tickets. One ticket is redeemable for either one beer sample or two oysters.

In addition to plenty of shellfish, at least twenty merchant and food tents expected as part of the festival.

The event is also dog-friendly and open to families, with a “massive kids zone” planned with face painting and a DJ. Outdoor games include corn hole and Connect Four.

Tickets are available for the event on its website.

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