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Daily Deli Becoming ‘Ballston Art and Framing’

by ARLnow.com September 24, 2012 at 11:45 am 4,753 17 Comments

The former Daily Deli at 1000 N. Randolph Street is becoming “Ballston Art and Framing.”

The store, which is hoping to open at some point this week, will sell artwork and offer framing services. A banner announcing the store is now covering the existing Daily Deli sign. Artwork and sports memorabilia can be seen in the window.

Ballston Art and Framing has the same ownership as K.H. Art and Framing at 4745 Lee Highway, according to building permits. A store rep tells us that the new store is the business’ fifth location; other locations include Falls Church, Lorton and Washington, D.C.

  • karzai

    Finally, something other than fro-yo and pizza and burgers….

    • VA_son

      Yes but this will be around less than 12 months.

      Bank it.

      • JohnB2

        Yeah, I can’t see a framing shop doing enough business to make the rent in Ballston. Lee Hwy, sure, but not in that location. I wish them luck though. I hope the stench from the cigar shop doesn’t scare away customers.

        • zimmy

          Not to mention there are at least two other framing/art shops in that area already. One in the mall and one right off of the VA Square metro.

          • Modwop

            Actually, the one in VA Square closed over a month ago. Possibly as long as two months ago. Now there are two empty retail spaces in that building – that one, and where the Capital One Bank used to be around the Fairfax Drive side.

        • D’oh

          What? This place will kill. Think of all the fresh grads looking to class up their apartments by framing their DMB posters instead of using thumb tacks.

          • Ballston Resident

            I got this tropical island poster from the bookstore that would look great framed over my new breakfast nook bench.

      • DynaFlash 8

        You win!

  • Ricardo

    Disappointing, but glad to have discovered over the weekend that Earl’s is now serving breakfast.

    • BluemontFred

      They have always served breakfast

  • TomTom

    Yea, don’t give it long. This is not a place where you will ride Metro too (bringing art on Metro). And parking is not easy during the day/night in that area.,

  • JimPB

    What kind of business would meet a need and generate sufficient business (sales) to pay the rent (and other operating costs) at that location?

    • speonjosh

      If most downtown areas are a guide, the depressingly short list is:
      1. restaurant
      2. clothing store
      3. newsstand
      4. coffee shop
      5. dry cleaner/tailor/shoe repair
      6. Convenience food (e.g., Pret a Manger)
      7. Cell phone store (marginal)

      That’s about it.

      • nom de guerre

        Indian Spice and Appliances and Triathlon Gear

  • Phineas

    I would never try to frame a football helmet by myself. Take it to a professional.

  • shortypowers

    For what it’s worth, it’s still the same owners as the deli. Not gonna last long, IMO.

  • CCMunnie

    I strolled in the other day. It’s actually pretty awesome– they have nice, Etsy-ish art. As as a typical prissy female living in Ballston, I would rather buy interesting art for my overpriced condo than eat.


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