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Listing of the Day: 213 N. Fillmore Street

Address: 213 N. Fillmore Street
Neighborhood: Lyon Park
Listed: $1,775,000
Open Houses: Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Beautiful three car garage for sale in the heart of Lyon Park. Bonus — it comes with a stunning five bedroom home.

This American Craftsman features four finished levels, a gourmet custom kitchen with high end Bosch and Viking appliances, 6 bathrooms (4 full and two half bath), an expansive family room with a striking central gas fireplace, classic study with built in bookshelves and formal dining and living rooms.

The home also includes gleaming hardwoods throughout the main floor and master bedroom, distinctive crown molding, a freshly carpeted lower level recreation/game room, a huge deck and an inviting front porch. All of the bedrooms have walk-in closets and three have en-suites.

The location is ideal, close to the Clarendon Metro (.8M), Trader Joe’s (.8M), the Lyon Park Community Center (.2M), restaurants, coffee shops, Lyon Park (.2M), Rockwell Park (.1M), bike paths and playgrounds. And one more time, the icing on the cake: A rare three-car garage.

Listed by:
Natalie U. Roy
Keller Williams Realty Metro Center
Bicycling Realty Group
Cell: (703) 819-4915 Office: (703) 224-6000
[email protected]


Crystal City to Host Annual Fashion Show

The annual Crystal Couture fashion show in Crystal City will return this weekend.

The free event includes models walking the catwalk in fashions from local designers, plus more than two dozen pop-up shops from local boutiques and designers. There will also be a bar and free five-minute makeup and hair makeovers.

The event is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 2) from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday (Feb. 3) from 2-9 p.m.

Special guest hosts slated for appearances include Ashley Darby from the Real Housewives of Potomac, media personality Paul Wharton and Sunni from radio station WPGC.


‘Little Community Pantry’ Helps to Feed the Hungry in Ballston

After the 2016 presidential election, Tori Phillips said she felt “helpless” and thought there was a community divide in Arlington.

To address that, Phillips reached out to multiple churches in 2017 with the idea of launching a “Little Community Pantry.” The idea is similar to that of a “Little Free Library,” from which people can give and take books as they please, except with Phillips’ pantry people can donate non-perishable food items and other items such as foot and hand warmers, packaged toothbrushes and tampons.

This past August Phillips was able to establish her “Little Community Pantry” outside the Central United Methodist Church, just across the street from the Ballston metro.

Phillips said she monitors the pantry weekly with the help of family, friends and members of the church. A member of the church also painted the pantry box, she added.

Some weeks she has been pleasantly surprised to find the pantry full, but in general she said the demand is higher than the supply.

Phillips said she thinks the pantry has helped bring the community together. Multiple people have stopped and thanked Phillips when she fills up the pantry. Sometimes people donate scarves, hats and gloves though the pantry doesn’t prompt it.

In the future Phillips hopes to see more pantry boxes outside of Arlington. She has her sights set on the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria as the next Little Community Pantry location.

Photo by Tori Phillips


Crime Report: Tires Slashed in Columbia Forest

Someone slashed the tires on seven vehicles parked in the Columbia Forest neighborhood near Columbia Pike, according to police.

The vandalism spree was reported Saturday morning around the intersection of S. Columbus Street at 10th Street S.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (Series), 2018-01280098, S. Columbus Street at 10th Street S. Between 2:30 a.m. on January 27 and 11:00 a.m. on January 28, seven parked vehicles had their tires slashed. Nothing was reported missing and no further damage was reported on any of the vehicles. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.

Map via Google Maps

BURGLARY, 2018-01290020, 1600 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 3:35 a.m. on January 29, police were dispatched to the report of trouble unknown. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown male suspect forced entry to a business and stole items of value. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8-6’2, weighing 150-190 lbs., wearing a black jacket. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-01290031, 3100 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 5:56 a.m., police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that two unknown suspects forced entry into a business and stole prescription drugs. Suspect One is described as a black male, between the ages of 25-35, approximately 6’0-6’5, with an athletic build, wearing a black sweatshirt with a grey hood, black pants, white shoes and a black mask. Suspect Two is described as a black male, between the ages of 25-35, approximately 6’0-6’5, with an athletic build, wearing a black jacket/sweatshirt with a black hood, black pants and tan gloves. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY BY FORCE,  2018-01270034, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 1:56 a.m. on January 27, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male victim was walking in the area when he was assaulted by a group of suspects who stole cash and items of value from his pockets. The suspects fled prior to police arrival. The victim suffered minor injuries. There are no suspect descriptions. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2018-01280189, Unit block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 8:17 p.m. on January 28, police were dispatched to an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached from behind by two male suspects who threatened him with a knife and assaulted him. The suspects stole cash from the victim and fled on foot prior to police arrival. A K-9 track was initiated, but yielded negative results. The victim was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. Suspect One is described as a black male in his teens, approximately 5’4 to 5’5, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, a du-rag and carrying a red backpack. Suspect Two is described as a black male in his teens, approximately 5’5 to 5’6,  wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-01260220, 2600 block of S. Veitch Street. At approximately 5:14 p.m. on January 26, police were dispatched to the report of a juvenile incident. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim heard commotion in the hallway of his apartment and something bang against the door. The victim opened the door and noticed multiple juveniles running away from the area. Approximately 10 minutes later, the victim heard the door to his apartment open and upon investigation, observed two juvenile male suspects, who then fled the residence. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 13 to 16 years old, 5’7 to 5’9, with skinny builds. The investigation is ongoing.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-01260116, 2800 block of 24th Road S. At approximately 12:20 p.m. on January 26, police were dispatched to the report of a late breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that a suspect forced entry to a residence, causing damage to the door. Nothing was reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-01260313, N. Rolfe Street at N. 16th Street. At approximately 10:37 p.m. on January 26, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was entering a parked vehicle when an unknown suspect approached her and exposed his genitals. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival. The suspect is described white male in his 20’s or 30’s, 5’10” tall with an average build. He was wearing a striped zip up sweatshirt and dark pants at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


‘Bash Boxing’ to Replace Cafe Asia in Rosslyn

Bash Boxing, a boxing-focused interval workout studio, will open its first location this spring in Rosslyn.

The new studio will be replacing Cafe Asia (1550 Wilson Blvd), which closed in 2016 after nearly 15 years in business.

The boutique studio’s fitness routine combines boxing on an water-filled aqua training bag and high intensity interval training for a total 45-minute workout. Half of the workout is boxing on the water bag and the other half is on the floor doing interval training.

Alex Trakas, one of the co-founders of Bash Boxing, noted the benefits of using an aqua training bag over one filled with sand.

“There’s no pain that goes into your joints. Every time you hit into the bag it just absorbs all the punch and all the energy,” Trakas said.

What differentiates Bash from other boxing gyms in the D.C. area is that it’s interval training focused, but uses boxing for cardio, said Lee Smith, another co-founder of Bash.

Trakas said the studio is “driving a community vibe” and is one of the reasons she and other co-founders invested into Bash Boxing. She added that there will be a pre-sale mid February that future members can access on the studio’s website.

Other partners in the brand include Arlington area entrepreneurs Scott Parker (A-Town, Don Tito, Barley Mac, The G.O.A.T.), Win Sheridan (Apex Systems, Echostage, Soundcheck, Bresca) and Sherif Abdalla (TTR Sotheby’s).

The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday that Bash will take up just over half of the cavernous former Cafe Asia space.

Photo courtesy Andy B.


Pet of the Week: Sherman

Becky's Pet Care

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Sherman, a Corgi who loves trips to the Clarendon dog park and is quick to make friends.

Here is what his owner Julie had to say:

Meet Sherman — the cutest little Corgi in Arlington.

Sherman (commonly known as Sherm, Shermie, Shermando, or Shermberger) can be found taking walks in Rosslyn, frolicking at the Clarendon Dog Park, or hanging out with his mom and dad.

Sherman loves his fellow pups, especially Piper, Winnie, Roo, and Nola, and is always eager to make new friends, both canine and human.

When he’s not outside, Sherman enjoys playing with toys from his BarkBox, eating cheese, and guilting mom and dad to let him snuggle on the bed with them.

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.


Small Biz Focus: 5 Top Things to Know When Seeking Financing for Your Business

This column sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

By Tara Palacios and Amanda Gant

When is the best time to seek financing for your business? Small business owners tell us they don’t need financing… until they need it. Based on our experience, the best time for a new business or a startup to acquire financing is when you don’t need it.

Why is this? Typically, a financial institution will want to know your business can pay back a loan. As a business owner, you will want to be in the best position financially to afford to take the risk. Underwriters will also want to know that you are personally invested (some cash on hand) in the endeavor, understand what you will use the proceeds for and have background and experience in your industry.

Speaking on the topic of small business and financing, we are excited to announce BizLaunch and the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) will be offering personalized one-on-one appointment opportunities for entrepreneurs who are interested in acquiring financing on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 7. If you have questions about financing any aspect of your business feel free to set up an appointment by calling us at (703)228-0808.

Below are our 5 top things to know when seeking financing for your small business:

  1. Make sure your business is registered

For your loan to be a business loan (instead of a personal loan) your business will need to be registered. The business loan will start or continue to build your business’s credit. For this purpose, if your business isn’t already registered, now is the time to do so, and BizLaunch can help with this, too.

  1. Gather the right documents

Documents are the building block of a loan application, so having your documents ready will help speed along the loan process. Documents often required for a small business loan are:

  • 3-6 months of bank statements
  • Taxes from the previous two years
  • Business plan for startups
  • Business registration and licenses
  • Business lease (if applicable)
  • Business financial statements
  1. Create a strong business plan

Many financial institutions will require a business that has been operating less than two years to provide a business plan. Your business plan will need to communicate basic ideas about how you are running or plan to run your business. When a plan is submitted, your lending officer will follow up with any points that need clarification or additional information that may be needed.

  1. Devise a plan for collateral

Most small business loans require collateral that is valued at 50-100% of the loan value. The most popular items for collateral are cars (i.e., with no liens). Business assets are also popular to use for collateral. Make a list of items that you could potentially use as collateral (make a list of the items, and explain how much each item is worth, making reference to a webpage showing the actual cost(s) of the object(s). Some banks can put liens on your primary home or investment properties if you have built up equity. However, keep in mind that due to the increased time and cost associated with using real property as collateral, you should only consider this if your business loan is for $50,000 or above.

  1. Check your credit

There are many websites that will allow you to check your credit score for free. Knowing your credit score, and the credit score of your co-signers, will help you be able to tell what interest rate you can expect from a loan. You can also proactively take care of any mistakes or blemishes on your credit report. Traditional banks usually require a 680 or above, while a credit union or CDFI may be more flexible. For instance, with LEDC there is no credit score cut-off to qualify for a loan. This blog post offers many options to check your credit report for free.

Stay tuned! Sign up here to stay up to date on the programming that BizLaunch and LEDC offers. We will be offering more specialized financial programming and credit resources to our small businesses in Arlington, Virginia.

Please leave a comment below: What do you think? Do you have any additional questions? Have you successfully applied for a small business loan? What were the lessons you wish you knew ahead of time? Do you have any tips for entrepreneurs seeking their first business loan?


‘Yong Kang Street’ Coming to Pentagon City Mall

A Taiwanese noodle and dumpling restaurant is coming to the food court level of the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

A construction barrier and “coming soon” signs are up outside the storefront, located between Garrett Popcorn and Haagen-Dazs.

Described as a “dumpling and noodle house,” Yong Kang Street has existing locations at a mall in Houston and on the Las Vegas Strip. From the mall’s website:

Yong Kang Street showcases the flavors of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China with a menu that is structured differently than a typical Chinese restaurant. With everything made fresh, it features a variety of Dumplings, a large selection of Noodle Soups, Dry Noodle Dishes, Fried Rice, wok-tossed vegetables, dessert as well as Dim Sum carts.

Just steps away from the future Yong Kang Street, also on the Pentagon City mall’s food court level, a “Mediterranean patisserie” called Al Bohsali recently opened. The kiosk, which offers baklava and other baked goods, has another location at Tysons Corner Center mall.


Morning Notes

Market Common Redevelopment Approved — The Arlington County Board last night approved a plan to redevelop a portion of Market Common Clarendon. The project is described as “a major renovation and expansion of a commercial-retail block in the heart of Clarendon,” which will preserve the A&R Engravers building and widen the Wilson Boulevard sidewalk at Edgewood Street. [Arlington County]

Gondola Idea Not Dead Yet — “A gondola connecting Georgetown and Rosslyn adjacent to the Key Bridge is still in the works,” with those on the D.C. side of the Potomac continuing to work on it despite Arlington’s public reticence. However, the project now faces an exceedingly complex Environmental Impact Study. [Washington Business Journal]

Man Shot and Killed in Philly IDed — A local man who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in South Philadelphia after allegedly deliberately striking a pedestrian with his car has been identified. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Khalil Lawal, of the 100 block of South Frederick Street in Arlington, Va., was shot early Monday morning by the officer in the face, torso, and legs, police said.” [Philly.com]

Mitten Under Consideration for Michigan Job — Arlington Deputy County Manager Carol Mitten is among three candidates under consideration for the job of City Manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan. [Grand Rapids Business Journal]

Ship’s Hatch Under New Ownership — Long-time military gift store Ship’s Hatch has been sold to a new owner. Founder Mary Beth Cox, 73, is retiring after more than three decades of running the store in the Crystal City Shops. [Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by GM and MB


Meanwhile in D.C.

Photo by John Goucher

Lots of things to do next month, a coffee shop controversy, and other news of the day over in the District.


Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

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.  

The last day of January has arrived.

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Alright, so by now you may have skipped a day or two at the gym. Perhaps you gave in to that ridiculously delicious looking cookie (I don’t blame you). And, maybe you just missed the mark on a financial goal.

I’m here to tell you: Don’t give up.

And, if your dream in 2018 is to find a home for you and/or your family, you can do it! As the temps warm up, more and more homes will be listed in our area, meaning more options for pinpointing the home of your dreams.

Sometimes the best first step in achieving a goal is asking for help. We’re here to help you GET MORE out of the most important transaction you’ll make this year. Let’s roll!

As of January 29 there are 146 detached homes, 19 townhouses and 153 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 19 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.


Job Listing: Manager of Accounts and Marketing

Local News Now, the publisher of ARLnow, Reston Now and other local news websites, is seeking an individual of uncommon organizational and interpersonal skills to be our Manager of Accounts and Marketing.

This new position, within a growing startup-style company, will entail working closely with LNN’s Director of Operations and our founder to help achieve the marketing goals of our clients and of our company. This person will coordinate with clients and help them create successful advertising campaigns, while also executing internal marketing and digital lead generation campaigns.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Exceptional ability to communicate effectively with clients to ensure we are consistently meeting their needs and goals.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
  • A passion for problem solving and overcoming business challenges with high attention to detail.
  • Basic knowledge of digital marketing techniques. Understanding of Google DFP, Google Analytics and/or WordPress is a plus.
  • Technical aptitude and ability to quickly learn how to use new digital tools.
  • Ability to organize, juggle and prioritize multiple client accounts and campaigns.
  • Someone who is proactive, responsible and can work independently.
  • Prior sales or account management experience is a plus.

The position offers:

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Health insurance.
  • Energy-filled work environment in a Clarendon co-working space.

Do you possess the attributes listed above? Does helping to build a successful business model for online local news sound like a mission that you would like to support? If so, email us ([email protected]) a resume and a two-sentence explanation of what excites you about this opportunity. Please also note if you have any of the following optional skills/experience:

  • Graphic design/Adobe Photoshop.
  • News-style writing.
  • Digital inbound marketing and/or paid social marketing.
  • Notable social sports or pub trivia skills, should any inter-office competition arise.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash Blocking Lee Highway

Lee Highway is currently blocked at the Spout Run Parkway due to a crash in the middle of the intersection.

Initial reports suggest 2-3 vehicles were involved and at least one person might have been briefly trapped in their vehicle.

Police and firefighters are on scene and all lanes of Lee Highway are temporarily blocked due to the emergency response, though some lanes are expected to reopen shortly.


Vehicle Decal Design Competition Winner Announced

Arlington County’s 2018-2019 vehicle decals will have a drawing of its skyline behind blossoming cherry trees.

At the Arlington County Board’s meeting Tuesday (January 30), Treasurer Carla de la Pava announced that Schuyler Workmaster, a junior at Bishop O’Connell High School, won first place in the annual design competition over three other finalists.

Workmaster, in her third year as a finalist, said she chose to draw the design as she was inspired by the county’s mix of urban and natural settings.

“I chose to do this because it shows both the urban and nature aspect of Arlington,” she said at the meeting before her win was announced. “It just comes together in both pieces, and works together to create beauty. I think it represents Arlington because it’s very diverse, but it comes together to form something beautiful.”

Workmaster’s work was chosen among design finalists from three fellow student competitors: last year’s winner Amy Kohan, a junior at Wakefield High School; Washington-Lee junior Tom Bolles; and Yorktown High School junior Maddy Heinemann. Workmaster will receive a $750 cash prize from the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and her design will be displayed on approximately 160,000 vehicles starting later this year.

A record 3,619 votes were cast in the competition, a figure de la Pava said is up 11 percent from last year. She said the interest in voting in the contest is huge across the county.

“The part that really tickles me is that it comes from all areas of Arlington,” de la Pava said. “All the nooks and crannies except for [Arlington National Cemetery]… it really represents how widespread the interest is in voting for this decal.”

Students are instructed to produce a design that represents Arlington. This year’s competition was widened to include anything that they felt represented World War I and the county’s participation in the war.


Police: Burglars Stole Prescription Drugs

Two men broke into a Lee Highway pharmacy and stole an unspecified quantity of prescription drugs, according to police.

The burglary was reported early Monday morning at the Walgreens at 3130 Lee Highway. The store was closed for a period of time while police investigated, a tipster told ARLnow.com.

More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

BURGLARY, 2018-01290031, 3100 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 5:56 a.m., police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that two unknown suspects forced entry into a business and stole prescription drugs. Suspect One is described as a black male, between the ages of 25-35, approximately 6’0-6’5, with an athletic build, wearing a black sweatshirt with a grey hood, black pants, white shoes and a black mask. Suspect Two is described as a black male, between the ages of 25-35, approximately 6’0-6’5, with an athletic build, wearing a black jacket/sweatshirt with a black hood, black pants and tan gloves. The investigation is ongoing.

Photo via Google Maps


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