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A Cleaning Service: Meet the Woman Behind Three Decades of Independent, Dedicated Service to the Region

A Cleaning Service
Beatriz Sampaio, Owner
Phone: 703-892-8648
Email: [email protected]

Beatriz Sampaio came to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 after studying at a university there. After less than a year in the states, she and a friend-turned-business-partner acquired a house-cleaning company based in Arlington. The previous owner was looking to leave the business, and handed over the keys to Beatriz and her partner.

In the last 32 years Beatriz has seen the residential and commercial cleaning industry evolve. And over those years her own company, simply called A Cleaning Service, has evolved as well.

A Cleaning Service has been providing high-quality, competitively priced and diligently performed cleaning to residences and businesses in the Arlington and Washington, D.C., area for more than three decades. It’s a business that Beatriz has devoted her life to, but it was never her first idea.

Beatriz had no experience running a business but was eager to take on the challenge. She said she learned by working and watching.

“I was so young then, and so fresh,” Beatriz said. “I had the knack for it. I was born to be an entrepreneur.”

Part of that knack was having a competitive instinct and a flair for leadership. She empowers her more than 50 employees and gives them opportunities to grow. “I guide them so they can succeed,” she said. “We work as a team and work together. Some have been with me all 32 years.”

Their quality has been recognized as an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner (2011-2016).

A Cleaning Service is independently owned and operated and is deliberately not a franchise. “I like being my own boss and I like being competitive,” Beatriz said. “And I’m very creative.”

In what spare time she has she enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, playing classical guitar, painting and solving math problems.

To reach Beatriz Sampaio to schedule service or arrange for an estimate, call 703-892-8648. See their website here.


Group Behind Bar Bao, Pamplona Opens ‘The Stand’ in Crystal City

The restaurant group behind Pamplona and Bar Bao in Clarendon has opened an outdoor food stand in the Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Drive).

Called The Stand, it features a rotating menu of what it describes as “the best new food trends the area has to offer, right in the comfort of your own neighborhood.” It officially opened for business today (Wednesday).

The Social Restaurant Group partnered with venture capital firm Catalyst Venture Group on the project. It opened a few months after the water park’s former concession stand was forced to close when landlord Vornado declined to renew the lease.

November’s line-up at The Stand is as follows:

  • All day, every day: Breakfast with B Doughnut and La Colombe Coffee
  • November 1-3: Cookie Dough & Co. (cookies)
  • November 6-10: Capital Chicken & Waffle (comfort food)
  • November 13-17: Donburi (Japanese)
  • November 20-22: Pinch Dumplings (traditional Chinese)
  • November 27- December 1: Timber Pizza (pizza)

The partners are also behind the upcoming Common Ground Food Hall in Rosslyn, set to open in late 2018.

“We are so excited to introduce The Stand in Crystal City,” said Zi-Heng Zhu, co-founder of Common Ground Food Hall, in a statement. “Crystal City is full of creative people with an appetite for discoverable new kinds of food. It’s the perfect canvas for our chefs to share and test ideas in a fresh outdoor setting.”



Arts Focus: Holiday Shopping at Courthouse Plaza

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

The MADE IN ARLINGTON pop-up retail market is dedicated to beautiful, wearable and edible wares from entrepreneurs and artisans in Arlington, VA. You’ll find them in a new home this fall at the Library Plaza Shop in Courthouse.

In a partnership with Arlington Public Library, the retail mini market will be part of the Plaza Shop for November and December, offering unique items beyond the regular Arlington logo hats and t-shirts. Patrons will find custom chocolates, home goods, puzzles, coffee and more right in time for holiday shopping.

Starting with Livin’ the Pie Life on November 2, weekly pop-ups in the lobby will host more Arlington artisans who will be on hand every Thursday from 11am – 2pm.

This year, MADE IN ARLINGTON welcomes several new makers. Stas Casa from Can You Solve Me has been making unique brainteaser puzzles at TechShop in Crystal City. Stas is a Moldovan born entrepreneur whose passion for puzzles took root when he first solved the Rubik’s Cube. After a 7 year career in finance at Bloomberg, LP, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Can You Solve Me.

For fitness fans, Arlington Weaves brings beautiful hand woven yoga mat straps to the shop. The weaving studio on Washington Blvd, a signature program of Arlington Department of Human Services and administered by Service Source, has been the training and support center for artisans with intellectual disabilities for many years.

Sponsored by Arlington Economic Development, the pop-up shop is another way the County supports collaborations, small businesses and entrepreneurs through initiatives like Creative Economy and BizLaunch.

The Plaza Shop is located on the 1st Floor lobby of 2100 Clarendon Blvd and will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Crime Report: Pair Surprised to Learn Used Car They Bought Was Stolen

Two people who bought a used car and went to register it at county government headquarters this past Friday received some very bad news.

Police were dispatched to 2100 Clarendon Blvd on Friday afternoon for a report of someone trying to register a stolen vehicle.

Upon questioning the person, it turns out that the pair had apparently bought the used car not realizing it was “hot.”

Police are now looking for the man who reportedly sold the stolen car. More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2017-10270211, 2100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 4:02 p.m. on October 27, police were dispatched to the report of an individual attempting to register a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, it was determined that two individuals purchased a used vehicle and while attempting to register it, discovered the vehicle to be reported stolen out of Virginia. The seller is reported to be a black male, approximately 5’8, 160 pounds and between 27 and 33 years old. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, after the jump.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 2017-10310080, 1300 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 9:51 a.m. on October 31, police were dispatched to the report of an attempted strong arm robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that a known male suspect approached the victim in a park and demanded money. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and attempted to grab the money from his hand. A witness yelled at the suspect, who then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10 and skinny, with shoulder-length blonde hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. The suspect was wearing dark, baggy pants and a hat. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2017-10270128, 2300 block of N. Quincy Street. At approximately 10:52 a.m. on October 27, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered an unoccupied residence and an unlocked vehicle overnight, moved items around and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 2017-10270185, N. Pollard Street at 9th Street N. At approximately 2:53 p.m. on October 27, police were dispatched to the report of an attempted robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that a male victim was calling the police to report a suspicious person soliciting in the area when the same individual approached the victim, grabbed his wrist and attempted to steal his cell phone. The suspect then fled the area on foot. The victim was uninjured. The suspect is described as a black male, about 18 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black backpack. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BREAKING & ENTERING (late), 2017-10290142, 5100 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 2:21 p.m. on October 29, police were dispatched to the late report of vandalism. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 9:30 p.m. on October 28 and 11:30 a.m. on October 29, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry to a business unsuccessfully. Nothing was reported missing. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY (late), 2017-10260064, 4300 block of 4th Street N. At approximately 8:54 a.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the late report of a robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that on October 25 at approximately 8:00 p.m., a male victim was walking in the area when he was approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet and assaulted him before fleeing the area with the wallet. The suspect is described as a young, black male with short hair. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2017-10260112, 3500 block of N. Pocomoke Street. At approximately 11:41 a.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering just discovered. Upon arrival it was determined that between 9:05 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. on October 26, an unknown suspect forced entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2017-10260166, 3400 block of N. Emerson Street. At approximately 2:43 p.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 1:30 p.m. on October 3 and 2:31 p.m. on October 26 an unknown suspect forced entry to a residence. It is unknown at this time if anything was stolen. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2017-10250005, 300 block of N. Oxford Street. At approximately 12:10 a.m. on October 25, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male victim was walking his dog when he observed an unknown male suspect enter his residence. The victim confronted the suspect and a physical altercation ensued. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Officers canvased the area and located the suspect based upon the description provided by the victim. Michael Bowles, 58, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Entry, Assault and Battery and Trespassing. He was held on no bond.

BURGLARY, 2017-10250227, 4800 block of Old Dominion Drive. At approximately 6:54 p.m. on October 25, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 9:20 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. on October 25, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.


Arlington Pet of the Week: Lucy

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lucy, a 2-year-old Boxer.

Here is what her owner Lacey had to say:

Ms. Lucy is a super playful, affectionate, wiggle-butt 2-year-old Boxer. She was born in the great outdoors of Shenandoah Valley and now sleeps inside on a king-sized bed in Arlington. She still enjoys the outdoors, but also loves chasing squirrels, eating cookies, and peanut butter-filled Kong.

Lucy has a very expressive personality to say the least. She loves giving hugs and kisses, and can be quite emotional at times. If you are talking too loud or sitting in Lucy’s favorite spot on the sofa, she’ll look at you and let out a loud sigh.

An only child, Lucy also likes to be the center of attention and will try anything for acknowledgement–howling and whining, nudging you with her nose, or a slapping you on the wrist with her paw. In her teen years Lucy does not like to be left behind and has a serious case of FOMO.

As part of a working-class dog family, Lucy works patiently alongside her momma by day and leads a very active lifestyle by night. She especially enjoys walking her parents around the neighborhood and socializing at Towers Doggie Park.

On the weekdays, Lucy prefers later morning office hours and on weekends she likes to catch up on her beauty rest–don’t expect Lucy to wake up any earlier than 11am. Please say hello next time you see Lucy and be prepared for plenty of hugs and kisses!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.


County to Accept Pumpkins for Composting on Saturday

With the candy collected, the monsters mashed and the ghouls gone, Arlingtonians are anticipating trash day so that Halloween haunts us no longer.

This year, however, there is an option for getting rid of one Halloween staple in a decidedly un-scary, eco-friendly way: Arlington residents can drop off their pumpkins for composting on Saturday.

Arlington County’s Solid Waste Bureau will be accepting pumpkins for composting as part of its free monthly services on Saturday, November 4 at the Earth Products Recycling Yard (4300 29th Street S.) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The service is for county residents only, not businesses or other commercial establishments. Anyone wanting to drop off their pumpkin must remove any decorations, candles or paint beforehand.

Residents can also have up to two boxes of paper shredded, including checks and checkbooks, and can drop off the following inert materials:

  • Asphalt
  • Ceramic tile
  • Concrete
  • Earth
  • Masonry block
  • Rock
  • Sand

Only a small pickup truck load or three cubic yards of material can be accepted. Brush material is not accepted.


‘Made in Arlington’ Pop-Up Shop Now Open in Courthouse

Just in time for the holidays, a pop-up store celebrating local businesses and artisans opened today (Wednesday) in Courthouse.

The “Made in Arlington” pop-up shop is on the ground floor of county government headquarters at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, in the Plaza Library.

It will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between now and December 22. And on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., special exhibits will take place in the lobby from local artists.

The shop, which features vendors selling food and gifts, “will help Arlingtonians find that one-of-a-kind gift during the holiday season, while also supporting local businesses and artists,” according to a press release.

The new products are just inside the library entrance, next to the shop’s usual array of Arlington-branded t-shirts, water bottles, chocolate and other items.

From an Arlington Economic Development press release, the vendors include:

And on Thursdays, representatives from the following businesses will be on hand:


New Starbucks Now Open in Ballston

A new Starbucks has opened its doors in Ballston.

The chain’s latest cafe in Arlington is located at 1000 N. Glebe Road, in the new Marymount University complex, built on the site of the former Blue Goose.

The new development should supply plenty of potential Starbucks customers. It consists of a nine-story office building and a 12-story, 267-apartment residential building that will house students and other renters.


Morning Notes

Local Reaction to NYC Terror Attack — Local officials are offering words of condolence for the victims of yesterday’s terror attack in New York City. [Twitter, Twitter]

Did Gorka Park on a Rosslyn Sidewalk? — A photo posted on Twitter seems to show the Ford Mustang convertible owned by former Trump administration official Sebastian Gorka parked on a sidewalk in front of the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn. It is unclear why Gorka would have parked on the sidewalk and he has thus far not confirmed that it was indeed him. [Twitter, Washingtonian, Washington Examiner]

More on Rosslyn Food Hall — New details about the new food hall planned for Rosslyn: it will be called Common Ground, it will have about 10 different food vendors and it is not expected to open until late 2018. [Washington Business Journal]

VRE Picks ‘Option 2’ for Crystal City — Virginia Railway Express says it will move forward with “Option 2” for its planned Crystal City station upgrade. The plan places the station within easy walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station but it was opposed by condominium residents concerned about noise and pollution. [InsideNova]

Arlington’s Homelessness Effort — “Now nine years into a 10-year push to end homelessness here, Arlington County has virtually wiped out homelessness among veterans, and it’s on track to house the vast majority of single individuals who still need a roof over their heads.” [Arlington Magazine]


Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes. 

Hello, November! It’s one of my favorite months of the year, with pleasant fall temps (for now), Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait until the insanity of Black Friday for a stellar deal on common household items. In fact — and, this is a fun fact — November is traditionally one of the best months of the year to buy furniture, with prices typically slashed across the board upwards of 30 to 40 percent.

If you need a new bunk bed for the kids or a new sofa for the man cave, now is the time.

But, before you buy that new loveseat or coffee table, you’re going to need a home to keep it in. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy a home of your very own, my award-winning team is here to help you GET MORE out of your transaction.

And now, for this week’s spotlighted properties…

As of October 30 there are 218 detached homes, 44 townhouses and 299 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 50 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.


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