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by Alex Koma April 26, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

Ballston Quarter is adding five more shops ahead of its planned opening this fall, with both local and national retailers signing up for space in the new development.

Forest City, the company that owns and manages the former Ballston Common Mall, announced the site’s first round of retail tenants on April 26.

The stores set to move into the 850,000-square-foot development include:

  • Francesca’s: ​A national clothing and jewelry boutique with more than a dozen locations in the D.C. region. The store will be located in a roughly 1,700-square-foot space in Ballston Quarter.
  • Gossip: A women’s fashion boutique “with a West Coast vibe” offering clothing and accessories priced under $100. The store will move out of a Crystal City storefront to set up shop in a 760-square-foot space.
  • Potomac River Running: ​A family-owned, Virginia-based running specialty store. The company plans to relocate its current Ballston location along N. Fairfax Drive to a 1,430-square-foot space in Ballston Quarter.
  • Steadfast Supply: ​A D.C.-based creative retail shop and curated events hub. The store will be the company’s second location in the D.C. region, with a 1,025-square-foot space.
  • Scout and Molly’s: ​A North Carolina-based fashion boutique with 35 locations nationwide. The company will occupy a 1,141-square-foot space at Ballston Quarter.

Some stores at Ballston Quarter are set to start opening this fall, to go alongside holdovers from the old Ballston Common Mall, like the Regal Cinemas and Sport & Health club.

Forest City previously announced that the new development will also feature an 18-restaurant “food hall” and several “experience-oriented” businesses, like a recreational culinary school and an indoor play space.

By the time it’s finished, Ballston Quarter is also set to feature a 22-story, 406-unit apartment building and 176,000 square feet of office space.

Photo courtesy of Forest City

by ARLnow.com April 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm 0

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) A restaurant called “Gorilla Taco” appears to be coming to the Pentagon Row shopping center.

The new Mexican restaurant has applied for a Virginia ABC permit to serve wine and beer at 1201 S. Joyce Street.

Gorilla Taco has a Facebook page, but it lists little information except for the address and a logo.

A phone number in the permit application is a listed number for Basic Burger, which is in the process of opening a new location on Pentagon Row.

Basic Burger co-owner Jamie Mansy confirmed that Gorilla Taco will be a sister restaurant to Basic Burger and will be an “eight-month pop-up” restaurant based on a food truck the company had for special and private events. It will serve “authentic street tacos,” he said

Additional information about the the restaurant was not immediately available.

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 24, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

Someone squealed on the owner of a pet pig who has been bringing his or her precious porcine to the Shirlington dog park.

A tipster tells ARLnow that a pig has been coming to the dog park with its owner for at least the past two Saturdays, even though county code specifies that “no animals should be inside the dog park perimeters whether on or off of a tether or leash except for dogs.”

Additionally, Arlington residents cannot keep or maintain “any pig, shoat, sow, hog, or other porcine animal anywhere within the confines of the county.” Pigs have been illegal to keep as pets in the county, according to the local ordinance, since 1935.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington have heard of the pig, which arrives on a leash and harness with its owner.

“It was casually mentioned to me today that a friend was aware that a pig had been in the dog park,” said Jennifer Toussaint, the county’s chief animal country officer, told ARLnow Monday.

However, the AWLA had not received any complaints or service calls regarding the prohibited pig. Toussaint has never received a formal complaint about a pig in the county during her ten years with organization.

The Dept. of Parks and Recreation would, in fact, have to be first to get involved, given that it is a question of inappropriate park usage, according to Toussaint.

AWLA is an education-based agency, she added, so pigs wouldn’t be confiscated immediately. After informing owners of the county code, the shelter’s policy would be to give owners a week, as a compliance period, to re-home their pet where it could be legally kept.

If an owner was unable to find a suitable home, there are “quite a few farm sanctuaries known to assist locals in Northern Virginia with pets” that were, intentionally or otherwise, illegally acquired.

Unlike some more nuanced local laws, Toussaint said it’s not difficult to understand that it’s illegal to have a pet pig in Arlington.

“Some ordinances are very tricky to understand,” she said. “This is pretty much a clear, one sentence ordinance.”

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by Bridget Reed Morawski April 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm 0

(Updated at 3 p.m.) Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday, April 23

Free Home Buying Workshop in Rosslyn*
Keri Shull Team (1600 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Attend a free workshop for first-time home buyers that will delve into a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process and will include a $1,500 credit for future home purchases.

Tuesday, April 24

Samuel Beckett: Play/The Old Tune
The Woman’s Club of Arlington (700 S. Buchanan Street)
Time: 8-9 p.m.

Arcturus Theater Company presents two Samuel Beckett shorts together as an hour of evening entertainment: the love triangle affair, Play, and a reading of the radio play, The Old Tune.

Wednesday, April 25

How To Bullet Journal
Connection: Crystal City Library (2117 Crystal Plaza Arcade)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Understand how to bullet journal and plan your day in an efficient, creative, and customized way. Bring your own notebook. Attendance is first come, first served.

Thursday, April 26

Stand Up For Pits with Rebecca Corry
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.

The Stand Up For Pits Foundation and Rebecca Corry return with the Stand Up For Pits comedy tour. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will host a silent auction and bring adoptable dogs.

Friday, April 27

Exclusive Invisalign Event*
VCO Orthodontics (1600 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

For one day — only on April 27 — VCO Orthodontics is offering Invisalign treatment for $4980. That’s a savings of over $2000, and the first 20 people to call get a free tooth whitening.

Crystal City 5K Fridays Series*
Crystal City Courtyard Green (2121 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Crystal City’s after work Friday evening 5K series. Registration fees start at $25 for one race, and runners receive post-race happy hour drink tickets for select Crystal City venues.

Saturday, April 28

Birding Arlington by Bike
Barton Sports & Fitness Center (4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive)
Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A 17-mile jaunt around Arlington’s birding hotspots to enjoy the spring migration and see how many species can be observed. Novice birders are welcome.

Operation Deploy Your Dress D.C. Pop-Up Event*
AUSA Headquarters (2425 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

ODYD collects and distributes formal attire to military families to offset the cost of attending military balls and other formal events. Open to all military personnel regardless of rank or service branch.

9th Annual MOVE ME Festival*
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Bowen McCauley Dance Company is celebrating 22 years of creating community through dance with a free festival with over 20 performers, workshops, face painting, and food.

Sunday, April 29

Leaders Light the Way: Brunch with Paige Kimble, Executive Director Scripps National Spelling Bee
Top of the Town (1400 14th Street N.)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A series of events celebrating prominent women who epitomize a spirit of resilience, leadership, and hope. Kimble has spent her career inspiring young people to excel.

Wine Dinner*
Osteria da Nino Cucina Italiana & Bar (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-10:30 p.m.

For $70 per person, enjoy a multi course Italian dinner with wine pairings from the Puglia region of the country. Dishes includes roasted lamb with cherry tomatoes, garlic rosemary, and fingerling potatoes.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com April 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm 0

Someone placed a mannequin alongside a busy road near Ballston this morning.

The female mannequin was wearing a knit hat, a t-shirt and a sign about being a “DoD based experiment,” a tipster told ARLnow. It was placed at the corner of N. Wakefield Street and N. Carlin Springs Road.

The sign on it referenced Secure Planet, a Ballston-based biometrics and facial recognition technology company. A phone number printed on the sign rings through to a company executive, though it was not answered when an ARLnow.com reporter called Friday afternoon.

At some point, someone placed another typed sign on the mannequin, criticizing the company for alleged privacy violations.

The mannequin, signs and all, appears to have been moved just before the end of the morning rush hour.

“Very bizarre,” the tipster concluded.

Update at 6:30 p.m. — The person who put the second sign on the mannequin discussed it on Twitter yesterday.

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) A Japanese chain restaurant may be a few steps closer to opening its doors in Clarendon.

Interior work has finally started on the restaurant, which first announced that it was “coming soon” to the former Brixx Pizza space at 1119 N. Hudson Street last May. The restaurant has an active commercial tenant buildout permit.

A application for Virginia ABC permit to serve wine and beer, meanwhile, was filed on Monday and is now pending. The permit suggests the restaurant will seat 101-150 people.

The restaurant’s interior was still in the buildout phase as of Tuesday afternoon, when a propped open front door showed construction material and unfinished fixtures within.

Gyu-Kak is a Japanese yakiniku restaurant chain with locations throughout the U.S., in addition to locations in Japan and other countries. This would be the chain’s first Virginia location, according to Gyu-Kaku’s website.

An email to Gyu-Kaku was not immediately returned, and a phone call to the number listed on a permit application had a full inbox and couldn’t accept a voicemail.

by Anna Merod April 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

Less than three months after Freshbikes closed its Ballston location, another bike store has opened its doors in the space.

After 11 years in business, Freshbikes closed its Ballston location  “due to circumstances outside our control,” according to a message on the store’s website.

The bike store closed its two other regional locations as well.

In its place, Spokes Etc. opened this week.

Tyler Flowers, Spokes Etc.’s manager, said he isn’t worried about a lack of demand for bikes in Ballston and thinks Spokes Etc. will do just fine along the Metro corridor. The store faces competition from nearby Conte’s Bike Shop.

Though Freshbikes is gone, its sign is still there due to permitting issues, Flowers said. Once Spokes Etc. puts up its own sign in several weeks, it will hold a grand opening, he added.

Spokes Etc. already has five other locations in Northern Virginia including Alexandria, Belle View, Fairfax, Leesburg and Vienna.

by Anna Merod April 17, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

A yarn bomb will be hitting the Clarendon Metro Plaza this week to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer.

More than 30 trees in the plaza will be covered in colorful yarn from April 20-30, according to Arlington native Ann McLean, the project’s organizer. McLean has been collecting both knitted pieces and monetary donations through her organization called Stitch 4 Stage IV, which was created in November.

More than 200 knitted pieces were donated for the yarn bomb.

“I was really worried that we weren’t going to get enough and it turned out we got more than enough,” she said. “We actually may turn out doing more trees than we thought we were going to do.”

McLean is also using the yarn bomb as a way to celebrate the six-year anniversary of her own diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. This type of cancer has no cure and the survival rates are grim — around 70 percent of people with it don’t live past 3 years, she said.

“I’m considering this quite an anniversary,” McLean added.

It also sends cancer cells to other parts of the body, and in McLean’s case, it’s in her liver. The cancer is treatable, but not curable, she noted. The yarn bomb is symbolic of the cancer, she said.

“Metastatic breast cancer is like a bomb going off, sending breast cancer debris to other parts of your body — bones, lungs, liver and brain,” McLean wrote in an email.

McLean also got 40 people to sponsor a tree for $100 each and also received other donations, totaling $10,000 raised for the Karen Ribeiro Drug Discovery Research fund at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

Knitting was a hobby for McLean when she was a child and she picked it back up when she got her diagnosis. She said it helps her feel “zen,” keeps her busy, and calms any anxiety.

She also got the idea for a yarn bomb when she took a trip to New Zealand and thought the knitting community would support a similar project in Arlington. But the donations have come from all over, including Encinitas, Calif., Palm Harbor, Fla., Rehoboth Beach, Del. and even the United Kingdom.

This will not be Arlington’s first yarn bombing — a group called the Guerrilla Stitch brigade covered Rosslyn in yarn back in 2013.

by ARLnow.com April 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm 0

Though National Skip The Straw Day already passed this year, three local Girl Scouts are asking their fellow students not to use plastic straws for a week.

The Claremont Immersion School students presented their research on the effect that plastic straws have on the environment to third through fifth grade science classes last week.

The project is part of a Girl Scouts bronze award project, in which junior level scouts tackle a project that they believe will “create a long-lasting change in their community.”

The trio, all members of Arlington Troop 4594, hopes to have at least 300 students sign the pledge and use paper, silicone, bamboo or steel straws — or no straws at all.

According to one of the girls’ parents, Levi Novey, the girls also intend to approach two restaurants, pitching a plastic straw-free dining area.

According to Novey, the three girls are being advised by two mentors: Kate Ceste, the Arlington County Solid Waste Bureau’s contracts manager, and Elenor Hodges, executive director of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

Photos courtesy of Levi Novey

by ARLnow.com April 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm 0

Ambar in Clarendon opened for lunch today (Monday), a day after a rooftop air handler caught fire and prompted a large fire department response.

“Ambar Clarendon passed inspection this morning and was able to re-open for lunch service today, two days sooner than expected,” a spokeswoman tells ARLnow.com. In a statement, the restaurant’s owners said that “we appreciate everyone’s support, and are grateful that we were able to reopen quickly.”

A fire department spokesman said that the fire was caused by excess grease in the air handling system.

Photo courtesy @DrRachael_09

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Wednesday, April 18

Arlington Reads: Katherine Boo
Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

A conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, author of ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.’ Books sold at event.

Thursday, April 19

Väsen Beer and Donut Night
Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee (1014 S. Glebe Road)
Time: 4:30-9 p.m.

Richmond’s Väsen Brewery will be pouring its sustainably brewed pale ales, stouts, and sour beers alongside beer-glazed donuts and board games.

Allyship Workshop
Unitarian Universalist Church (4444 Arlington Boulevard)
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

A workshop on allyship, which is about moving people to a new paradigm of thinking about privilege and marginalized communities. Registration required.

Friday, April 20

Crystal City 5K Fridays Series*
Crystal City Courtyard Green (2121 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Crystal City’s after work Friday evening 5K series. Registration fees start at $25 for one race, and runners receive post-race happy hour drink tickets for select Crystal City venues.

Yorktown High School Theatre: One Person Shows
Yorktown High School (5200 Yorktown Boulevard)
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Each Theatre IV student chooses a literary, fictional or historical character and then writes, stages, directs, and acts in a 30-minute show about that character. Free and also taking place on Saturday.

Saturday, April 21

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast*
Clarendon UMC (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

A fun-filled morning of pancakes, moon bounces, raffles, and more to benefit the ELIMINATE Project, aimed at eradicating maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Arlington Community Foundations Annual Spring Gala*
Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street)
Time: 6-10 p.m.

The Arlington Community Foundations Annual Spring Gala! Enjoy food & drink, silent and live auctions, and a live performance by Arlington’s very own Amy Wilcox.

Sunday, April 22

Full Dome Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Davoid M. Brown Planetarium (1426 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 8-8:30 p.m.

Discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity for those of us on Earth, and the possibility of using asteroids as stepping stones to other worlds.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com April 16, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

A shopper at a store in the Pentagon City mall confronted a man after she found a cell phone in her dressing room with its camera pointing upwards.

Police say the confrontation happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday. The man denied involvement and walked off.

“The investigation is ongoing,” police said.

More from the Arlington County Police Department:

UNLAWFUL FILMING, 2018-04110221, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 7:57 p.m. on April 11, police were dispatched to the report of a peeping tom. Upon arrival, it was determined that while the female victim was in a dressing room, she observed a cell phone on the floor with its camera pointing upwards. The victim confronted the male subject in the dressing room next to hers who denied involvement in the incident. The subject fled the scene prior to police arrival. The subject is described as an Asian male, approximately 5’9″, with a heavy accent, clean shaven with scars on his face, wearing a dark jacket, dark jeans, and carrying a backpack on his back. The investigation is ongoing.

by ARLnow.com April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm 0

Today we are highlighting select deals and events around Arlington, with help from Tim’s Arlington Directory.

Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements. If you find this list helpful and would like to see it more often, please leave a comment or email Tim @ [email protected]!

Saturday, April 14:

​Sunday, April 15:

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by ARLnow.com April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm 0

Today we are highlighting select deals and events around Arlington, with help from Tim’s Arlington Directory.

Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements. If you find this list helpful and would like to see it more often, please leave a comment or email Tim @ [email protected]!

Saturday, April 14:

​Sunday, April 15:

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by Anna Merod April 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

The most successful women in the U.S. live in Arlington, according to a new study by the website SmartAsset.

The study looked at 100 cities in the U.S. and ranked them based on six factors: the percentage of women with a bachelor’s degree, full-time working women’s median earnings, the percent of female business owners, the female unemployment rate, full-time, working women’s housing-income ratio, and the percentage of working women with an income of at least $75,000.

Here’s what SmartAsset wrote about Arlington:

Arlington, Virginia takes the top spot. This city has the highest paid women in the study, according to Census Bureau data. The median full-time working woman in Arlington earns over $80,200 per year. In total nearly 57% of women here earn at least $75,000 per year. And Arlington women do more than earn large paychecks.

For one, they also make up 38.6% of people working in their own private businesses and just under 35% of women here have a bachelor’s degree. In fact, the only metric this city does not score in the top 10 for is housing cost as a percent of income. According to our data, if the average full-time working woman paid for the average home they would spend just around 30% of their income

Arlington’s neighbors, D.C. and Alexandria, also broke into the top ten, with Alexandria in a tie with San Francisco for fourth place and D.C. ranked No. 8.

SmartAsset also recently ranked Arlington as the number one “city” for runners.

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