The Clarendon Apple Store is back open today (Monday), after closing briefly over the weekend.
The shop at Market Common Clarendon started turning customers away Friday afternoon, citing a leak in the ceiling due to problems with the apartments above the store.
But an employee at the store told ARLnow that those problems have been resolved, and the shop is now open on its normal schedule once more.
One of the store’s hefty glass doors remains missing, however, still replaced with the black plywood visible from the store’s exterior Friday. Some stains remain visible on the store’s ceiling, and the shop’s large video screen along the back wall wasn’t turned on as of Monday morning.
The management company for the apartments above the Apple store, Avalon Clarendon, did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking clarity on what caused the leak.
The Clarendon Apple store closed suddenly Friday and has remained closed since.
The closure appears to be temporary. A sign posted on the door says: “Effective immediately, Apple Clarendon is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to visit our nearby stores.”
The store’s windows are blacked out, and one of the doors appears to be missing, replaced with plywood painted black. Through a portion of the door not covered, several large air blowers — the kind used to dry carpets after a flood — could be seen inside.
Within seconds of a reporter trying to photograph through the glass, a security guard appeared and blocked the view. The guard said he could not say what happened to prompt the closure.
While there is thus far no official explanation, tipsters who contacted ARLnow alternately said the closure was due to a “sprinkler bursting” in the store or “some water problem” in the apartments above. No word yet on when the store may reopen.
Update on 7/2/18 — The Apple Store reopened as of Monday morning, with some visible damage inside.
Remembering Barbara Bush — Via the Arlington GOP Twitter account: “Former First Lady Barbara Bush died today at age 92. She will always be remembered for representing the best of America. We pray for and send condolences to her family.” [Twitter, CBS News]
Arlington Man Facing Firearms Charges in Pa. — From a TV station near Pittsburgh: “A Virginia man is facing charges after police said he possessed 14 guns despite having a protection from abuse order against him. Perry Georgeadis, 63, of… Arlington, Virginia, is charged with 14 counts of person not to possess a firearm.” [WJAC]
Arlington’s Gain is New Jersey’s Pain — The announcement that Gerber is moving its corporate headquarters to Rosslyn, to the same building as corporate parent Nestle USA, is bad economic news for New Jersey. “This means close to 180 New Jerseyans will be out of a job. But the company promised to help employees affected, mostly in corporate positions such as marketing, finance and HR, by offering them the chance to relocate, and severance and outpatient support for those that can’t make the move.” [NJ.com]
Arlington Students Make TJ Science Cut — “Students from Arlington’s public-school system will represent about 5 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology. A total of 25 APS students have been offered admission to the regional magnet school.” [InsideNova]
Nearby: Alexandria Debates High School Lights — In a situation that may sound familiar to those in Arlington, the question of whether or not to add lights to the soon-to-be-renovated T.C. Williams High School stadium is pitting neighbors of the school against high school athletic boosters and school administrators. [Alexandria Times]
Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley
Walk around Clarendon or other Arlington environs and it’s clear that the iPhone is king here, disproportionately more popular in Arlington than it is in other parts of the country, where Android has the market share lead.
Given that Arlington is an Apple town, we thought we’d see how many are planning to take the $1,000 iPhone X plunge.
Photo via Apple
The Pentagon City mall Apple Store, which closed for renovations last September, is due to reopen this weekend. A grand reopening party is set for Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m.
“You’ll love what we’ve done with the place,” the company wrote on the store’s website and in an email.
“There’s a lot more to see at your new Apple Store in Arlington,” said the email. “Stop by on March 4 to take a look at what’s changed and try the latest Apple products.”
According to the aficionados at MacRumors.com, the store is slated to reopen with a “next generation” design that includes indoor trees, wood tables and 6K video screens throughout the store.
Last year, the Clarendon Apple Store also temporarily shuttered for a facelift. That location reopened in September.
File photo. Hat tip to Chaz P.
Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.
You might not think that a smartphone app that plays background sounds to help people sleep could be particularly lucrative or innovative. But then you would be underestimating both the market and the vision behind the app.
TMSoft, a small software company based in Crystal City’s 1776 space, released version 7.0 of “White Noise,” its flagship app, over the summer. The update pushes the app in the direction of being a social network, of sorts, for ambient sound.
White Noise, as we’ve previously reported, was released in 2008, just after the Apple App Store started letting iPhone users easily download third-party apps to their phones.
“When I first started I didn’t think anyone was going to download the thing,” said its creator, Ballston resident Todd Moore. “I just ran around my house with a recorder and recorded eight different loops: a bedroom fan, the outside crickets, rain, my HVAC [system]” and so on.
Thanks in part to media exposure — it was written up in the Washington Post, featured on the Today Show and made fun of by Jimmy Fallon — and a first-mover advantage, it became the No. 1 free app in the App Store. Through in-app advertising and a paid-for “pro” version, it was soon bringing in enough revenue that Moore quit his otherwise lucrative R&D job to focus on apps full time.
“I was making more money in a week than I was making all year at my job, and I said to myself, why don’t I quit and do this full time,” Moore recounts.
White Noise remains popular to this day, with the main app and its variants — including a “White Noise Baby” version for parents that includes a built-in baby monitor — generating the bulk of TMSoft’s revenue. (The company has some popular games and novelty apps in its catalog, but none were sustained smash hits on the scale of White Noise.)
“Putting people to sleep is our bread and butter,” Moore quipped, although White Noise is also used by those who want to use background sounds to help them work or study. “It was definitely the story of an app that bootstrapped a company.”
“The goal is to catalog the world’s sounds,” Moore said. “I want every country covered and every sound available.”
Why do that when a simple fan or rainstorm noise will usually suffice? User feedback, Moore said, has made him realize that the most impactful sounds represent a specific time and place in people’s memories.
“People are most comforted by sounds of their childhood,” Moore said. Thanks to user submissions, if someone wants to find a loop of a certain type of frog they heard once upon a time in Bermuda, for instance, there’s a sound for that.
Version 6.0 of White Noise introduced the feature that allows users to record sounds on their phone and, through an algorithm, seamlessly loop the sound so that it can play on repeat without distracting clicks or pops — no small engineering feat.
With version 7.0, users can now upload those sounds — and mash-ups of existing sounds — and download others from a marketplace that can be searched geographically. Users can then “heart” and comment on each other’s sounds.
“It’s definitely been an evolution,” said Moore, who still writes code alongside his developers. “This idea is about five years old, so it’s taken me a long time to get to this point. This is the big version I’ve always wanted to get out.”
As of a month ago, TMSoft had seven full-time employees, most of whom work out of the Crystal City office. The company is profitable, growing and hiring, Moore said, and has finally gotten to the point where its revenue is higher than it was when White Noise was topping the early app charts. Those were much simpler times, Moore remembers, compared to the current crowded and competitive app marketplace. (There are now more than 2 million apps in Apple’s App Store.)
“It’s taken me awhile to get the company back to making that kind of money again, it’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would,” he said.
Part of the strategy has been diversification — in addition to app advertising and download revenue, White Noise sounds are available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming via Spotify. (A fan noise created by TMSoft has been streamed more than 5 million times.) White Noise also supports Apple TV and will soon have Android TV and Chromecast support.
As for what’s coming next, Moore wouldn’t say — except to confirm that there will, indeed, be a version 8.0.
The Clarendon Apple Store (2700 Clarendon Blvd) has reopened after nearly six months of renovations.
The updated look isn’t too radical departure from the previous design. MacBooks, iPads and iPhones are still arranged on large tables for customer to try out; purchases are still made with the assistance of iPhone-toting employees rather than at registers.
One thing noticeably absent: any sign of an Apple logo near the entrance.
The Pentagon City mall Apple Store is up next for a redesign. The store closed on Sunday for several months of renovations.
Arlington won’t be temporarily without an Apple Store, after all.
In an email sent to local customers this afternoon, Apple said its Clarendon store, which has been under renovation since April, will reopen this weekend. A grand reopening is planned for Saturday, Sept. 24 starting at 10 a.m.
“You’ll love what we’ve done with the place,” the iPhone maker said in the email and on the store’s website.
“There’s a lot more to see at your new Apple Store in Arlington,” the email continued. “Stop by on September 24 to take a look at what’s changed and try the latest Apple products, including iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.”
Some exterior work was still underway outside the store today.
The Apple Store in the Pentagon City mall is scheduled to close for renovations starting this coming Sunday, Sept. 25.
Hat tip to Chaz P.
The Apple Store in the Pentagon City mall has announced that it will be closing for renovations starting on Sunday, Sept. 25.
“We’re making the Apple Store you love even lovelier,” the announcement says.
Meanwhile, the Clarendon Apple Store remains closed due to renovations and no reopening date has been announced. The renovations may have been hampered by a large electrical fire at the Market Common Clarendon shopping center.
The new iPhone 7 launches this coming Friday, Sept. 16, leaving only 9 days to get one before the Pentagon City store shuts its doors. Other Apple Store locations in the D.C. area include Georgetown, Tysons Corner and Bethesda.
Update at 9:30 a.m. — A number of readers have said that they’ve received emails or had conversations with employees at other Apple stores indicating that the Clarendon store will reopen on or around Sept. 24. The store’s website and phone number still does not list an opening date, and no opening date was posted on the store’s exterior on Monday.
In two weeks, the always-busy Apple Store in Clarendon (2700 Clarendon Blvd) will close for renovations.
The store will be closed starting Sunday, April 3, according to a sign in the store. An employee was unable to say how long the renovations would take.
That means that customers will only have a couple of days to get a new Apple iPhone SE at the store before it closes. The new smaller, cheaper iPhone was unveiled by the company today.
Update at 9:55 a.m. — Various readers report being told by Apple Store employees that the renovations would take about 6 months to complete.
(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) Police tackled and arrested a theft suspect inside the Clarendon Apple Store on Tuesday.
The incident happened around 4:15 p.m., at the store at 2700 Clarendon Blvd. We’re told that the suspect tried to use stolen credit cards at the store, then tried to flee when police arrived. He was tackled and taken into custody.
As police confronted the suspect, one officer erroneously radioed that he had a gun. That prompted a large police response to the scene, but ultimately no gun was found.
“While officers were attempting to arrest the suspect, he resisted arrest violently and during the struggle, one of the officer’s ammunition magazines became dislodged from its carrier,” Arlington County Police Department spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm told ARLnow.com. “The officer, who was still struggling with the suspect, saw the magazine and believed it to be from the suspect so he requested additional backup. After the suspect was taken into custody, they were able to quickly determine that the suspect was not armed.”
Just two hours later, three more suspects were arrested at the Apple Store for “attempting to obtain iPhones through false pretenses,” Malcolm said in an email.
“As the iPhone is viewed by many to be a valuable commodity, there are many attempts to fraudulently obtain or steal them from Apple Stores in the region,” he said. “Because there are a high concentration of Apple Stores in our region, suspects will often travel to the D.C. metropolitan area to perpetrate these crimes.”
No injuries were reported.
Photo (left) courtesy Clayton Lott
Joe Tenne packed his black Tundra truck full of camping supplies Wednesday night, said goodbye to his wife and son — and then headed to the Clarendon Apple store.
Tenne, 43, was first in line at the 2700 Clarendon Blvd. shop to buy the new iPhone 6. The Woodbridge resident, who got a tweet of support from William Shatner, arrived Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
He was followed by hundreds of Apple fans who waited for the phones Friday morning.
“It’s a whole social experience, in addition to getting the phone,” Tenne, who runs an I.T. company, said minutes before the product went on sale.
The line at 8:00 a.m. snaked around the Market Common Clarendon complex, nearly reaching the Crate & Barrel store.
A photo of Tenne with a camp chair and cooler caught the eye of Shatner on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
“If you’re by the Clarendon Apple store & see this guy-bring him a coffee or offer to stand in for a bathroom break,” the actor tweeted.
Tenne said he used the restroom in the Apple store and at the nearby Starbucks, and ordered pizza with the second and third people in line — a couple from Alexandria who arrived at the store on Thursday at 11:00 p.m. Tenne, who has staked out the tech outpost for new products for the past three years, said he appreciated the sense of community.
“I’ve met all the store managers and made a lot of friends.”
Before 8:00 a.m., Apple employees ceremoniously removed black curtains from the shop windows, counted down the remaining seconds and then let a first set of customers rush inside.
Tenne bought the thin, fast iPhone and shook the hand of a staffer as he headed to his truck.
“See you next year,” she said.
Asked how he would spend the rest of the day, Tenne said he was headed back to Woodbridge.
“I’ll probably go home and play with it for 15 minutes and then go sleep for eight hours,” he said.
On Monday afternoon, an alleged thief stole two items from the Clarendon Apple Store and fled the scene in a customized BMW coupe.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY, 140324046, 2700 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. On March 24 at 4:10pm, an unknown suspect fled the Apple Store with two items without paying. He fled the scene in a early nineties model dark blue BMW coupe, with a slightly faded bumper and lower body kit. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 35 years old, and was wearing blue jeans, a light grey hooded sweatshirt with a black jacket on top and tan Timberland boots at the time of the incident.
Early Saturday morning, two men at Darna Lounge (946 N. Jackson Street), near Clarendon, allegedly flashed badges and claimed to be police officers.
IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER, 140322003, 900 block of N. Jackson Street. On March 22 at 12:43am, police responded to a report of two bar patrons displaying badges and claiming to be officers. Samuel Wesley Aples, 40, of Alexandria, VA was charged with impersonating a police officer and private security violations. He was held on a $5000 bond. Austin James Jones III, 30, of Woodbridge, VA was charged with private security violations and was released. Both were banned from the establishment.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 140321077, 1600 block of N. Pierce Street. On March 21 at 7:20pm, a suspect was observed masturbating in a park near two female victims. The suspect fled the scene in a light blue pickup truck. The suspect is described as a white male with white hair, between 55-65 years of age, and approximately 5’0″-5’6″ and 220 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a blue hat, beige jacket and blue pants.
BURGLARY, 140324070, 5800 block of N. 20th Street. On March 24 at 11:20pm, police responded to reports of a burglary in progress at residence as witnesses saw a subject entering/exiting the house through a window and fleeing the scene in a Jeep. Police located the vehicle with three subjects inside, along with a four year-old child. Burglarious tools and stolen items from the residence, to include antique silverware and gold coins were in their possession. Nehemiah Guillermo Gonzalez, 30, of Arlington, VA was charged with burglary, possession of burglarious tools, conspiracy to commit burglary, and child endangerment. Naomi M. House, 35, of Arlington, VA was charged with burglary in the second degree, conspiracy to commit burglary, and child endangerment. Tara Michelle Lumsden, 30, of Herndon, VA was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, child endangerment, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and driving on a suspended license. They were held without bond. The child was released to a family member.
BURGLARY, 140319028, 2300 block of S. 24th Road. On March 19 at 12:00pm, police responded to report of a burglary at an apartment complex. There were signs of forced entry and it was discovered a ring and laptop were missing from the residence. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 140321036, 2200 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. On March 21 between 7:00 and 10:00am, an unknown subject(s) entered a victim’s apartment and stole various. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 140322071, 5800 block of N. 20th Street. Between 6:30 and 8:38 pm on March 22, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence and stole antique silver items. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 140324054, 2300 block of S. 25th Street. On March 24 at 5:40pm, a victim reported that between March 4 and March 13 someone entered her apartment and stole jewelry and medications. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 140324062, 1400 block of N. Taft Street. Between 7:30 am and 8 pm on March 24, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence and stole various items including two laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.
03/21/14 6002CF VA, Toyota Prius SD 2003, Teal
4600 block of N. 13th Street
VANDALISM, 140319008, 4700 block of N. Dittmar Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140319030, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, 140319038, 1300 block of S. Fair Street
PETIT LARCENY, 140319044, 2100 block of N. 15th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140319052, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140319059, 4200 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
TRESPASSING, 140319061, 2400 block of S. Shirlington Road
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 1403190362, 2100 block of S. Crystal Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 140319066, 2100 block of N. 15th Street
VANDALISM, 140320011, 2700 block of S. Cleveland Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140320031, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 140320032, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 140320037, 2900 block of S. Quincy Street
CHECK FRAUD, 140320043, 1400 block of S. Fern Street
VANDALISM, 140320044, 3700 block of S. Kemper Road
TAMPERING, 140320052, 4300 block of S. Columbia Pike
PETIT LARCENY, 140320060, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 140320066, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140320067, 2700 block of S. Lang Street
FRAUD, 140320077, 6100 block of N. 18th Street
TAMPERING, 140321006, 2500 block of N. 10th Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140321017, 4600 block of N. 13th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140321027, 2500 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 140321037, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140321044, 1500 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
SHOPLIFTING, 140321061, 2500 block of S. 9th Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140321067, 1100 block of N. Stuart Street
POSSESSION OF BURGLARIOUS TOOLS, 140321068, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140321074, 500 block of S. 23rd Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140322005, 5800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
FAIL TO ID, 140322006, 1900 block of N. Johnson Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140322007, 800 block of S. Harrison Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140322010, 2200 block of N. Pershing Drive
TRESPASSING, 140322014, 1200 block of S. Clark Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140322021, 1300 block of S. Taylor Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140322024, 1300 block of S. Nelson Street
LARCENY, 140322029, 2600 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway
GRAND LARCENY, 140322032, 2200 block of S. Shirlington Road
THREATS, 140322035, 3000 block of S. Buchanan Street
PETIT LARCENY, 140322048, 2000 block of N. Adams Street
GAMBLING, 140322052, 4800 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 140322058, 3500 block of S. 2nd Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140322078, 3700 block of N. Glebe Road
NOISE COMPLAINT, 140323004, 800 block of N. Quincy Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140323012, 2400 block of S. Eads Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140323013, 1100 block of N. 19th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140323018, 5300 block of S. Columbia Pike
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140323019, 700 block of N. Nelson Street
GRAND LARCENY, 140323039, 2800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
TRESPASSING, 140323042, 4100 block of N. Vacation Lane
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140323049, 1600 block of S. Eads Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 140323050, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
IDENTITY THEFT, 140323063, 2900 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140323068, 4200 block of S. 16th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140323069, 3000 block of S. Buchanan Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140323070, 4200 block of N. Pershing Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140324011, 2800 block of N. Yucatan Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 140324022, 7000 block of N. Williamsburg Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 140324025, 2200 block of S. Crystal Drive
LARCENY, 140324033, 1700 block of N. Moore Street
FORGED/ALTERED REGISTRATION, 140324034, southbound I-395
EMBEZZLEMENT, 140323050, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
FRAUD, 140324051, 3600 block of N. Vacation Lane
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 140325011, 1800 block of S. Columbia Pike
PETIT LARCENY, 140325013, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
LARCENY, 140325017, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 140325021, 1100 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
FRAUD, 140325035, 5800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 140325039, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street
Steve Jobs Memorial Grows — The Post-it-Note memorial to Steve Jobs at the Clarendon Apple Store is getting bigger. Since we arrived at the Apple Store yesterday morning, the memorial has grown from zero to dozens of hand-written notes for the late Apple founder.
Favola Takes Aim at Merrick on NRA Rating — Republican State Senate candidate Caren Merrick was given an “A-” rating in a new candidate “scorecard” issued by the National Rifle Association. Democrat Babara Favola, meanwhile, received an “F” rating. But it was Favola who took the offensive. It’s “not a grade my opponent should be proud of,” Favola Tweeted. Said Favola campaign manager Adam Scott: “Caren Merrick is supported by the Tea Party, the NRA, and anti-choice extremists who want to chip away at a woman’s right to choose in Virginia. That’s just not what we need in the state Senate.”
Relocated ‘Nine’ Starts Tonight — The Arlington Players production of ‘Nine’ starts tonight at the Kenmore Middle School Theater. The musical — which was made into a Hollywood movie two years ago — was originally scheduled to be held at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Theater. It had to be relocated, however, due to earthquake damage at the theater. [The Arlington Players]
Lots of Events This Weekend — There’s plenty of stuff going on in Arlington on what promises to be an absolutely beautiful fall weekend. If you want to support a high school car wash, or attend an Oktoberfest, or party with artists, check out our Events Calendar.
Photo courtesy @btrpkc
A memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has formed outside the Clarendon Apple Store.
Store employees and Apple fans have been leaving heartfelt notes of condolence for Jobs, who passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 56.
Hailed as a visionary for the way he helped to revolutionize personal computers, smartphones and digital media, Jobs is being mourned at Apple Stores around the country. In Clarendon, flowers, digital printouts, a dozen hand-written Post-it-Notes and a lone apple adorn the entrance to the store.
“I cried last night,” admitted one Apple fan, as reflected upon what Jobs and his company has meant to him over the years.