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by ARLnow.com July 7, 2011 at 8:31 am 2,173 20 Comments

Local Real Estate Market Lags — While the average home sales price in Arlington was up 4.6 percent for the first half of 2011, the total volume of sales was down 19 percent compared to 2010. [Sun Gazette]

Garvey ‘Home’ in Alexandria, Arlington — State Senate candidate and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey is trying to play up her local chops to both Arlington and Alexandria Democrats. “Garvey, a resident of Fairlington, considers Alexandria to be her neighborhood,” the Huntington-Belle Haven Patch reported yesterday. Meanwhile, Garvey told the Arlington County Democratic Committee last night that after debates in Fairfax and Alexandria, “it’s really nice to be home tonight.”

Shirlington Jazz Festival Starts Tonight — Shirlington’s outdoor summer jazz festival starts tonight. Local jazz group The Oscillators will perform at the Village at Shirlington Plaza from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festival runs on Thursday nights through August 25. [Shirlington Village Blog Spot]

Shirlington Hilton Garden Inn Gets a Chef — The Shirlington Hilton Garden Inn (4271 Campbell Avenue), which has been trying to lure local diners to its Great American Grill restaurant, recently hired a new chef. [Shirlington Village Blog]

  • Coverage, including video of opening and closing statements, from last night’s Arlington County Democratic Committee debates for the 30th and 31st Senate districts.

    http://bluevirginia.us/diary/4283/30th-31st-senate-district-candidates-debate-at-arlington-county-democratic-committee

    Also, from Rebecca Jaramillo:

    “The LA of the Caucus Chair confirmed to me, to my face that she Is now telling everyone that Jaime, Georgetown grad, Stanford Law, corporate international lawyer, White House Fellow in the Treasury Department, Director of Latinos for Deeds, Lt. Col JAG Officer and USAID Counsel Obama appointee, was a ‘volunteer intern.’ And Barbara Favola told me she had no problem repeating it far and wide…He was the Caucus Chair’s policy adviser. He was not paid, but as you can see from his credentials, he was not an ‘intern.’ They are saying that now to diminish his role in her office.”

  • Evil

    Wiinky’s!!!
    Ate there (again) last night – I’m seriously addicted to their burgers!
    Here’s hoping they stick around 🙂

    • CrystalMikey

      I still need to check them out.

      • JamesE

        Same, I have yet to try them.

        • Burger

          there are okay for an 8-9 burger.

    • G

      Where exactly is this place in Ballston?

      • G

        Oh I see, near Gold’s. I was spelling the name wrong when I searched for it.

    • billj

      It’s really good!

      • FrenchyB

        I’ll second that! Guess I won’t be eating light for lunch today…

  • Steve

    That lookation isn’t very successful though. Was even something after the Pike Grill recently as well. I walk by it semi often as I walk home from Harris Teeter once in a while to courthouse, but I’m trying to avoid eating unhealthy foods.

  • nauckneighbor

    Ok, so does Libby Garvey even know where she lives? She came (late) to the Columbia Pike Neighborhood Planning event on June 24th, grabbed a microphone and stated that she was from the neighborhood and then spoke about the problem of adding density when the school system is oversubscribed. Here’s a tip, when you’re in charge of one of the wealthiest school districts in the country and you can’t even plan on the number of students attending your schools to the point where trailers are coming in a few years after a new school is built then you don’t know what you are doing and shouldn’t be elevated to any higher office with the incompetence shown in your current position.

    • Tabby

      When she was canvassing and I opened the door, she made sure to point out that the other two “live in Alexandria.” I mean, really, who cares.

  • Vik

    The interior of Wiinky’s is better than what was there before. They’re also open until 3 am on the weekends. I stopped by and they asked me if I had suggestions and I suggested beer and some outdoor seating, and both had been mentioned to them plenty of times and that they’re working on it. They also said something about better signage and landscaping.

    • CrystalMikey

      Not much available for them to landscape though…

    • Evil

      They should also start advertising more! Maybe even a groupon or living social deal to get people in the doors.
      Everytime I’ve been there (which is probably close to a dozen times now) the manager is there, working and interacting with the customers – he seems to be a really nice guy. I asked him how business was and he said that business was slowly improving.
      I’d think a coupon deal would get things really moving!!
      (and yes, I also recommended outdoor seating to them – they certainly don’t need all of that space for parking)

      • CrystalMikey

        Keep a couple spaces for us S. Arl’s.

    • Greg

      Rooftop deck!

    • PikerShorts

      Post workout to-go meals. Chicken breast and mixed green salads with hard boiled eggs. Cheap protein shakes. I’d stop twice a week after working out next door.

      They really should take advantage of the close proximity to a gym that is always packed to the gills.

  • novanglus

    How did the Hilton Garden get away with naming their restaurant “Great American”, when that’s already the trademarked name of the chain that owns the Carlyle nearby?

    Sounds like a simple cease and desist letter is in order.

    • Tabby

      Great American Grill is a mouthful–and the obvious nickname would be its acronym, GAG. Change the name!

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