Arlington County firefighters assisted Fairfax County on a fire at a strip mall near Bailey’s Crossroads Friday afternoon.
The fire broke out in a mattress store on the 5900 block of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) just before 4:30 p.m. A second alarm was sounded shortly thereafter.
Several ACFD units responded to the scene after a Rapid Intervention Team was requested by Fairfax.
— IAFF Local 2800 (@IAFF2800) May 5, 2017
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) May 5, 2017
And perhaps the rain and colder temperatures had some of you yearning for the warm days of summer, based on some of this week’s most-read articles.
The planned new beer garden called The Lot and the soon-to-open Wilson Hardware, both in Clarendon, got plenty of attention this week, as did the Westover Beer Garden’s efforts to add more outdoor seating.
And in case you missed them, a bronze eagle was unveiled this week outside George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, and an umpire in Arlington Little League has gotten some attention for being the only female ump in the league.
Feel free to discuss these stories and anything else that’s on your mind below. Have a great weekend!
Want somewhere new to live? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing in Arlington this weekend.
4320 N. Pershing Drive
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Mary Meredith
Open: Sunday 1:30-4 p.m.
1336 N. Ode Street
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Matthew Leighton
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
4908 30th Street S
1 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Christine Fischer
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
4805 28th Street S
2 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Timothy Pierson
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.
1423 N. Rhodes Street
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Robert Kenney
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
5714 9th Road N.
3 Beds/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Keri Shull
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
4011 Nelly Custis Drive
5 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Stacey Romm
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.
2908 N. Edison Street
List Price: $1,739,000
Open Houses: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m.
This gorgeous custom home is on one of the prettiest streets in North Arlington and ideally located within short walking distance to Discovery, Williamsburg and Yorktown schools and athletic facilities, plus neighborhood parks, shops and restaurants.
Enjoy the high quality 2003 construction of a Keswick Home on a mature 12,000+ square foot lot. This home shows like new, has an open floor plan including a gourmet kitchen with granite island, 2016 appliances, two home offices on the main level, great room with stone fireplace overlooking a private backyard.
All 5 bedrooms (including 2 suites) and 4 full bathrooms on upper level. The master suite has a tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and spacious master bath with spa-tub, two vanities, separate shower and water closet. The second suite has it own private staircase that is ideal for guests or au pair. Fully finished basement offers high ceilings, enormous recreation room, hobby room (that has potential to be 6th bedroom), full bath and rough-in for lower level wet bar/kitchen area.
The attached two car garage, mudroom and storage make daily life a breeze. The large and welcoming stone front porch is a storybook gathering place but also useful for people with muddy feet to enter from into the well thought out mudroom. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to live in a greatly admired home in an ideal North Arlington location. You’re not just buying a house, you’re buying a lifestyle!
Almost 200 people gathered May 2 for the awards, which are presented to area businesses for their customer service, industry leadership, growth or stability over the lifetime of their business and interest in the success of the Arlington community.
This year’s winners, by category, were:
CNA – 2017 Business of the Year
Hyatt Centric Arlington – 2017 Business of the Year
Beach Geeks, Inc. – 2017 Technology Small Business of the Year
Current Boutique – 2017 Retail Small Business of the Year
Child Care Aware of America – 2017 Nonprofit of the Year
Wolcott Hill Group – 2017 Home-Based Business of the Year
Clarendon Animal Care – 2017 Service Small Business of the Year
“Our community depends upon the businesses that go above and beyond for clients, employees, and the community, and these seven businesses exemplify that kind of dedication,” said Chamber president & CEO Kate Bates in a statement. “We are proud to present this year’s winners with these well-deserved awards and thank all of them for their continued investment in Arlington.”
The Chamber also inducted John Milliken and Richard Doud, Jr. into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame, which honors men and women who have demonstrated a long record of successful management, expertise, and business skills. Milliken is a former County Board member, while Doud served as Chamber president for 23 years.
“John and Rich are the true definition of what it means to be an Arlington legacy,” Bates said. “Their many important accomplishments and efforts to support and advocate on behalf of local business have helped make Arlington the place it is today. It is an honor to induct both of these outstanding community leaders into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame.”
Photos via Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). It is written by Garrett Cruce, a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server.
Hey, that’s today! From 5-8 p.m., join Virginia Beach’s Commonwealth Brewing Co. at Dominion Wine & Beer for a Cinco de Mayo party and beer tasting. Check out the beers that will be on tap tonight:
- Mano Del Puma Blonde Mexican Lager
- Wapatoolie Tropical IPA
- Big Papi Double IPA
Those three beers, Papi Chulo IPA and Marvolo Imperial Chocolate Stout will be available in tall boy cans (see the photos below.) Stop by and taste all five beers and take some home.
Below are my thoughts on the five beers that Commonwealth has to offer tonight. Each beer is a fantastic example of its style — and they’re beautiful to look at. Check out my thoughts, then grab some cans or crowlers for yourself.
It’s corn that makes a lager a Mexican one. Adding corn to the grain bill adds a sweetness and contributes to the crispness that you’d expect from a Mexican lager like Corona or Dos Equis. Mano Del Puma is a simple, but delicious brew. Inhaling, I get fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro bracketed by clean, white flour. The sip is crisp soda cracker with a subtle sweetness. It’s all on point. At only 4.8% ABV this is great for a hot summer day after mowing the lawn or grilling. This isn’t just crushable, it’s totally poundable.
Often I pour so-called tropical IPAs and I find only the typical aroma of passion fruit, while not entirely unwelcome, it’s kind of plain. Wapatoolie is anything but plain. This is the first time I’ve poured a tropical IPA and done a double take to make sure that I’m pouring a beer. Hazy and straw-colored, Wapatoolie smells like a piña colada — all pineapple and coconut. Lest you think that this is going to be a frou-frou cocktail of a beer, pineapple essence blends with creamy coconut milk, there is little sweetness. This is a serious beer that hits all the right “tropical” notes in a way that I was not expecting. It was delicious and made me smile the whole time I sipped it.
Do you remember the frozen concentrate juice blend, 5 Alive? It blended orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and lime. Papi Chulo is a juice bomb that took me back to the days of standing on a stool with a big wooden spoon stirring a pitcher of 5 Alive. While the aroma suggests sweet mandarin orange and dank pine, the flavor is nearly as complex as the juice it reminds me of. Rather than just candied mandarin, Papi Chulo is a delightful blend of citrus flavors with just a hint of the dankness that I smelled. The result is a seriously fruity and crushable hazy IPA.
If Papi Chulo is like a glass of 5 Alive, it’s big brother, Big Papi is like the Hawaiian juice blend POG. Passion fruit, orange and guava are the juices in POG — get it? Just like the beers above, the very specific aromas — POG in this case — carry through amazingly into the flavor. At 8% ABV, this beer is slightly sweet with a bit of astringency, imagine if you spiked glass of the Hawaiian juice. Even hazier than its little brother, Big Papi has a velvety mouthfeel. This is a special beer — it’s big and delicious — that’s perfect for sipping and savoring.
After all the bright and hazy lagers and IPAs from Commonwealth, this strong and sweet stout made a wonderful dessert. Pouring pitch black with a fine, tan head, Marvolo has a smooth body with fine carbonation. Flavors of sorghum molasses and cocoa combine to give this stout it’s namesake chocolatey-ness. There’s just enough bitterness from the black malt to keep this otherwise sweet beer from being cloying. Sip this at the very end of the day when the air begins to cool, but be careful — it’s so smooth that you might overdo it!
The demolition of the pedestrian bridge over Wilson Blvd in Ballston is now expected to begin next weekend.
A spokeswoman for Forest City, which is carrying out the revamp of the Ballston Common Mall, said residents will start to see work being done on the bridge on Saturday, May 13.
That day, she said, crews will remove various trees and strip the bridge down to its barebones. On May 14, the spokeswoman said, a crane will be erected to remove the bridge structure. Then on May 20, final remaining bridge components will be demolished, including its columns and footings.
The bridge between Ballston Common Mall and 4201 Wilson Blvd — which houses the soon-to-be-relocated National Science Foundation — closed last year as part of the mall’s renovation.
Wilson Blvd will be shut for construction between N. Stuart Street and N. Randolph Street, with no cars or pedestrians allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The parking garage at Stafford Place II will remain accessible, as will the pedestrian entrance to CVS from N. Randolph Street.
“Please note that should an unforeseen unsafe condition be encountered that necessitates the operation to extend beyond these hours, we will require the closure to remain in place until such time that the road and sidewalk can be opened to allow for safe passage,” the spokeswoman said in an email.
The bridge is set to reopen with the revamped and rebranded Ballston Quarter mall in fall 2018.
Arlington Taking Roadwork Suggestions — “Arlington’s Neighborhood Complete Streets Program is asking residents to nominate neighborhood streets they believe could be made safer and more comfortable for all users for potential improvement projects. If you know a neighborhood street that is missing a section of sidewalk, needs an accessible curb ramp or better street lighting, consider nominating it. The County is accepting submissions through Friday, June 16.” [Arlington County]
Commuting Habits in Arlington — Arlington County’s new “Profile 2017” data packet has a surprising statistic on community habits: more Fairfax County residents commute into Arlington each day than Arlington residents commute into D.C. [Twitter]
Candidates Dither on Exotic Pet Ban — Three out of four of the Democratic candidates for County Board would not give a straight answer to the question of whether they support a proposed ban on wild and exotic pets. [InsideNova]
Metro 29 Named Best Diner in Va. — A new list of the best diner in all 50 states lists Metro 29 diner on Lee Highway as the best in Virginia. [Mental Floss]
Beyer on House Healthcare Bill — Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) says yesterday’s narrow passage of the GOP healthcare bill is “a dark stain on the history of the House of Representatives.” [Rep. Don Beyer]
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Saved from closure by a new owner, House of Steep on Lee Highway is now in the process of adding new ways for its customers to relax.
The Cherrydale business at 3800 Lee Highway had been set to close late last year, after founder and previous owner Lyndsey DePalma suggested it was not making enough money.
But it was bought by long-time customer Patrick Vaughan and reopened in January, and now Vaughan is looking to bring some new ideas.
The tea house and “foot sanctuary” will soon offer wine to customers, after filing a license application with Virginia ABC. Vaughan said that new innovation could help turn House of Steep into more of a wine bar in the evenings.
“I envision people having a glass of wine while doing a sit and soak essentially, or getting a foot massage,” he said. “The theme of the place is relaxation, so to me I know a lot of people consider a glass of wine at the end of the day the ultimate relaxation.”
Vaughan said he also hopes to expand walk-in availability for House of Steep’s reflexology and massage services. Previously, he said, customers would have to schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance, but Vaughan said he wants to have a system where people can be seen straight away or an hour or two later.
House of Steep’s community outreach is also set to be expanded. Vaughan, a trail and ultra-marathon runner, said he has already partnered with the charity D.C. Capital Striders to host a weekly run from the store. He has other plans too.
“We’ve been proactively inviting community groups to host their meetings in the space or holding wellness seminars or doing open mic nights,” Vaughan said. “We’re definitely trying to create a little bit more of a community environment space for people to use throughout the day and evening.”
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Arlington until 9:30 a.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Washington DC, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA until 9:30 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/WQOoHZTTw5
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) May 5, 2017
NWS said severe thunderstorms are along a line from Fort Belvoir to near Prince Frederick, and are moving north towards the D.C. metro area at 65 miles per hour. Residents should expect gusting winds up to 60 miles per hour that could cause some trees to fall and damage homes and cars. Heavy rain is expected to last all morning.
NEW: Severe Thunderstorm Warning now includes Washington, DC and parts of Montgomery, Fairfax, & Arlington counties until 9:30am pic.twitter.com/DNuemdjuZi
— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) May 5, 2017
The Capital Weather Gang noted this morning that some isolated storms may be possible in the region later this afternoon. Those storms could be powerful, and bring with them hail, wind and even a tornado.
More from NWS:
The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
The District of Columbia…
Central Anne Arundel County in central Maryland…
Northern St. Marys County in southern Maryland…
Southeastern Montgomery County in central Maryland…
Northwestern Calvert County in southern Maryland…
Prince Georges County in central Maryland…
Northeastern Charles County in southern Maryland…
Southeastern Arlington County in northern Virginia…
Southeastern Fairfax County in northern Virginia…
The City of Alexandria in northern Virginia…
* Until 930 AM EDT
* At 835 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Fort Belvoir to near Prince Frederick, moving
north at 65 mph.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches
to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as
damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by
downed trees. Localized power outages are possible.
Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.
* Locations impacted include…
Arlington, Alexandria, Waldorf, Bowie, Annapolis, Clinton, College
Park, Crofton, Fort Washington, Greenbelt, Langley Park,
Beltsville, Fort Hunt, Groveton, Forestville, Huntington, Largo,
Coral Hills, Bladensburg and Mayo.
Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”
Arlington got the biggest boost in inventory for the year this week with 95 fresh new listings. And buyers were almost as quick to snatch them up with 90 ratified contracts, many of those transactions with multiple offers. The “days on market” dropped significantly to just 22 days, the lowest so far this year. Nearly all homes sold this week had been on the market under 100 days, and about 38% sold within a week.
Mortgage markets were stable this week with virtually no change in rates. The 30-year fixed rate remains at about 4.125%. The Fed met this week for two days and emerged without raising short term bank rates. Economists still expect the Fed to raise rates twice later this year on consumer debt.
Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.
- 2811 ARLINGTON BLVD #202, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $275,000
- 2931 COLUMBUS ST S #B2, ARLINGTON, VA 22206 – $409,000
- 611 WOODSTOCK ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 – $667,750
- 6822 31ST ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22213 – $775,000
- 5714 9TH RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 – $800,000
- 2928 1ST RD N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $850,000
- 921 DANVILLE ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $899,900
- 3814 ROBERTS LN, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 – $1,050,000