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by Tim Regan — June 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

A familiar red and white converted hearse/ambulance stopped at the Clarendon Metro station earlier this afternoon.

Ride-hailing service Lyft parked the Ghostbusters’ ride of choice, Ecto-1, outside the Metro station just after 12:30 p.m. today. The driver, clad in the drab Ghostbusters jumpsuit, posed for photos with passersby.

The vehicle was there to promote a partnership between Lyft and the new “Ghostbusters” film called “ghost mode,” a feature slated to run later this week where riders can hail an original Ecto-1 or a replica.

“We have one Ecto-1 on the road and we will have four other vehicles that will be replicated to look much like this,” said Lyft’s Morgan Gunter. “There will be some fun giveaways such as Twinkies and Hi-C. It’s a fun promotion around the opening of Ghostbusters.”

Riders can use “ghost mode” across the D.C. and Arlington area this Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Additional reporting and photos by Jackie Friedman

by ARLnow.com — June 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

A pizza delivery driver was T-boned in a crash near Clarendon this afternoon.

The crash occurred shortly after noon at the intersection of Washington Blvd and N. Kirkwood Road.

A pickup truck slammed into the passenger side of the Paisano’s Pizza delivery car at the intersection. The circumstances leading to the crash are unclear at this point.

According to scanner traffic, one person was bleeding from the head and required medical attention following the wreck.

by ARLnow.com — June 27, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Daily food specials at Mister Day's in Clarendon

Power Restored at Market Common — Power is back on at the Market Common Clarendon shopping center, following last Tuesday’s transformer explosion and fire. The electricity is being supplied by mobile generators over the next two weeks, before the shopping center can be reconnected to Dominion’s power grid. [Facebook]

Fire at River Place — A fire broke out in the kitchen of one of the units at the River Place residential complex in Rosslyn Saturday afternoon. The fire charred the walls of the kitchen. Smoke spread to several floors of the building. [Twitter]

Some Inconvenienced By Latest Metro Surge — The second phase of Metro’s maintenance surge is entering its second full week and riders have mostly adjusted to the latest round of station closures and service changes — but some are feeling the effects more than others. The current phase of “SafeTrack” work will run through July 3. [WJLA]

AFAC Seeks Fresh Food Donations — The Arlington Food Assistance Center is asking gardeners to donate fresh produce to help feed families in need in Arlington County. [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com — June 23, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Linda and Justin Stegall outside of Bakeshop in Clarendon (photo via Facebook)

It’s a tad out-of-the-ordinary for a business owner to let his mom tell personal family stories on the business’ Facebook page. But Bakeshop (1025 N. Fillmore Street) in Clarendon isn’t your ordinary business.

On Monday the quirky bakery posted the first in what it says will be a series of “Humans of Bakeshop” posts — a takeoff on the human interest stories compiled by the popular social media publication Humans of New York. The story was from Linda Stegall, mother of shop owner Justin.

“I married my college sweetheart and then put him through 5 years of post grad school while teaching and getting my own masters degree at The University of Virginia. We had two adorable little boys and then we separated when they were 2 and 3 years old. In the absence of their father, I worked hard to be a good mother and father and taught them and their friends how to play football, baseball, how to fish and ride bicycles. I was the neighborhood “dad” and mother. It was the greatest time of my life. I also had the perfect career to be a single parent – I was an elementary school teacher and just retired a few years ago after 35 years of teaching 2nd and 3rd grade! I loved teaching and feel fortunate to have had a career that I was so passionate about.

Family means so much to me.

I still live in northern Va and so do my sons, Justin and Joshua. I’m so proud of both of them- they have grown to be such amazing, kind individuals! My youngest, Josh, married a short while ago to a wonderful girl and we have become part of her extended families. He recently received his MBA from UVA. He is making his way as a leader in the corporate world. He and my amazing daughter in law, Katie, gave me the greatest gift recently, the birth of my first grandchild.

My older son, Justin, followed his dream, which coincidentally began in my kitchen as a child, and is the owner of a lovely neighborhood bakery. It’s doing very well and I am so thankful. I retired to spend more time with my mom and to help him get started in 2010. I love being here, baking and meeting and talking with our customers and working alongside my son.

I’ve worked hard all my life to be able to keep my sons in their childhood home and to take care of the house and yard. My dear father was an engineer and taught me how to do repairs on the furnace, car and tractor. I became very independent and self-sufficient after my divorce.

Hopefully, this paints a small picture of what I’ve been through and what has shaped me.”

As of this morning, the post had received more than 400 likes.

“The reaction was great,” Stegall told ARLnow.com. “We didn’t anticipate the response with my mom’s feature. That blew her away. As her son, I found it so special because she was able to reflect on how many lives she has touched. It was a very emotional experience for her.”

“My mom is an Arlington legend having taught here for 30 years and now helping in the shop where she gets to see many of her former students come in all grown up,” Stegall noted. “People really seem to like the old-school aspect of a neighborhood bakery run by a son and his mom.”

More “Humans of Bakeshop” posts are in the works — perhaps up to one per week.

“A big thing I have worked hard to build is a sense of community for the bakery,” Stegall said said. “For example, we have people that have met at the bakery and gotten married, couples that now have children and spend their Saturday mornings with us. Grandparents that grew up in the area bring their grandchildren here. It’s very special for us. That’s why we started the Humans of Bakeshop series. We want to share the personal stories of people that help operate the bakery and customers that spend their time with us.”

by ARLnow.com — June 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm 0

Crews with video cameras. Television production lights mounted on the ceiling.

It appears that some reality show filming was underway at Oz restaurant in Clarendon as of Wednesday evening.

The restaurant, at 2950 Clarendon Blvd, is co-owned by Ashley Darby, a cast member on the Bravo TV show Real Housewives of Potomac. The show began filming its second season in April — a process that was expected to take 3-4 months.

There were no tables being flipped or wine glasses being hurled when an ARLnow.com editor walked by today, just a seemingly mundane conversation between two people on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant.

by ARLnow.com — June 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm 0

(Updated at 6:20 p.m.) The effects of Tuesday’s major electrical fire at Market Common Clarendon (2800 Clarendon Blvd) are still being felt.

Large, noisy mobile generators are now providing power to the shopping center and its attached apartment complex, Avalon Clarendon. Nonetheless, some stores remain closed and the apartment building was still without air conditioning, hot water and elevator service.

Building management sent the following email to residents Wednesday evening.

Dear Residents,

We would like to provide the latest update on the power situation. We regret to inform that A/C, hot water and elevator service will not be restored today. Our team is making every effort for these services to be available tomorrow.

Comcast has notified us that phone, cable and internet has been restored in all three buildings. Verizon has yet to confirm a timeframe for their services.

The Whole Foods Market across the street also lost power after the transformer explosion and fire. Although the store reportedly brought in a freezer truck Wednesday, large quantities of meat, milk, cheese, juice and other perishables had to be thrown away.

Store employees were busy restocking throughout the day on Thursday.

by ARLnow.com — June 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

A new Sweetgreen in Clarendon will open on Friday, July 8, a company rep tells ARLnow.com.

The restaurant is currently under construction on the ground floor of the 3100 Clarendon Blvd office building, near Pacers.

Salad purveyor Sweetgreen has been expanding quickly in Arlington. The company is also working to open a new location in Pentagon City.

by ARLnow.com — June 21, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Update at 5:15 p.m. — Residents of the Avalon Clarendon apartments at Market Common Clarendon are being told they should consider booking a hotel room, as power for two of the three buildings is not expected to be restored until Wednesday. Management sent the following email to residents Tuesday evening.

Dear Residents,

While we are still awaiting additional details from Dominion Virginia Power on the full repairs, please know that we are actively working on a temporary solution. Our third party contractor is currently making every effort to get temporary power to the East and West buildings. They are working to get generators here tonight; however the connection process will take into tomorrow to complete.  Please note that temporary power does not include elevators, hot water or A/C.

We recommend each resident to make the best decision for their own comfortability as far as staying in your home or searching for a hotel. While many hotels are booked, we have found 3 that may still have availability.
Hilton Arlington 703-538-6000
Hilton Garden Inn DC 202-783-7800
Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington 703-820-0440

We will have associates monitoring the stairwells and doors throughout the evening, available to escort residents up the stairs to their apartments, as well as our Concierge on duty at the Front Desk.

We will send additional updates as we receive them. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this.

Thank you,

Avalon Clarendon Team

Avalon Clarendon
2800 ClarendonBlvd.  | Arlington, VA 22201

Update at 10:50 a.m. — The fire is contained, ACFD says. A number of road closures remain in the Clarendon area due to the emergency response and power outage.

Update at 10:20 a.m. — The fire is out and was contained to an electrical vault, according to Arlington County Fire Dept. spokesman Capt. Gregg Karl. No injuries have been reported. Power is being restored to parts of Clarendon (it was just restored to Le Pain Quotidien, pictured above, two blocks away) but the shopping center is expected to remain without power for an extended period of time.

Update at 10 a.m. — The smoke has largely dissipated as foam continues to be used to extinguish the flames. Another tanker unit is en route from Dulles International Airport, according to scanner traffic. According to Dominion, 933 customers in the area are currently without power.

Update at 9:40 a.m. — A foam tanker truck from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority fire department is attempting to extinguish the flames. Power is out to much of the Clarendon area.

Firefighters are battling a large fire at the Market Common Clarendon shopping center at 2800 Clarendon Blvd.

A “large electrical transformer has exploded and is on fire in the basement,” according to the Arlington firefighters union Twitter account. A second alarm has been sounded as the fire has grown.

A large, multi-jurisdiction fire response is on scene. Thick black smoke can be seen rising from the shopping center from miles around.

Stores at the shopping center include Crate and Barrel, Barnes and Noble and an Apple Store that’s currently closed for renovations.

(more…)

by Jackie Friedman — June 20, 2016 at 11:05 am 0

The fourth Arlington location of Orangetheory Fitness is coming to Clarendon in early October.

Store manger Alex Shabo said that opening in October “is our game plan right now, it all depends on how construction goes.”

The gym will be located at 3001 Washington Blvd, in the ground floor of the building.

Orangetheory specializes in one hour group interval workouts that are half cardio endurance and half strength and power. The workouts use a combination of rowing machines, treadmills, free weights and a suspension system. Each participant wears a heart rate monitor during the workout to maximize calorie burn.

The company has existing locations include Ballston and Rosslyn. A Pentagon City location will be opening in August.

Pre-sale membership sign-ups are expected to begin at the Clarendon location in late July.

by ARLnow.com — June 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

MakeOffices Clarendon

MakeOffices opened its 40,000 square foot, flagship Clarendon co-working space on June 1. This Thursday, June 16, the company will be celebrating with a “can’t miss” launch party — and you’re invited.

“Enjoy our tasty cocktails and drinks, indulge in food from local hotspots, and rock out to a live band,” says the event’s RSVP page. “Weather-permitting we’ll take the party out on the patio with cornhole. Come mingle with us and meet [hundreds of] fellow movers and shakers.”

The event will feature:

The party is taking place from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday at MakeOffices Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd, second floor).

MakeOffices is a destination for startups, small businesses and freelancers who want to grow their network and get serious work done. Plus, your employees will love coming here too — the offices attractive and well-furnished, and the space is stocked with all the coffee and beer you could ever need. The staff is friendly and takes care of all of the office-related upkeep, allowing your company to focus on what it does best. Plus, there’s ample parking for those who need it and a direct, underground connection to the Clarendon Metro station.

ARLnow.com has its offices in MakeOffices Clarendon — from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday if you ask for us we’ll show you around, point out our office and tell you more about why we like it here.

The event is totally free, but you must RSVP here.

by ARLnow.com — June 14, 2016 at 11:10 am 0

Police car (file photo)Arlington County Police have arrested two men for forcibly stealing purses from two women in the Clarendon area.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on the 2600 block of Clarendon Blvd, less than a block from the Whole Foods.

“Two female victims were walking in the area when three male subjects approached them from behind, shoved them to the ground, and took their purses,” according to an ACPD crime report. “The female victims, as well as witnesses, were able to provide police with detailed descriptions of the subjects.”

“Officers in the area identified two subjects matching the descriptions,” the crime report continued. “Christopher Reed, 29, of Alexandria VA, and Justin Payne, 28, of Springfield VA, were charged with robbery and held on no bond. The investigation into the third subject is ongoing.”

by Adrian Cruz — June 10, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup (photo by timkelley)Extensive road closures are planned in the Clarendon and Crystal City areas over the weekend, for the annual Air Force Cycling Classic event.

Those heading to the bicycle races are encouraged to use Metro, despite the ongoing SafeTrack maintenance work on the Orange and Silver lines. On Saturday, Clarendon on the Orange and Silver lines will be closest station. On Sunday, the closest station will be Crystal City on the Blue and Yellow lines.

For those who decide to drive, there will be restrictions on street parking with temporary “no parking” signs being placed in the race areas.

On Saturday, the following roads will be closed from 4:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wilson Blvd. from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd.
  • Clarendon Blvd. from Washington Blvd. to N. Fillmore Street
  • Washington Blvd. from Wilson Blvd. to N. Highland Street
  • N. Highland Street from Wilson Blvd. to Washington Blvd.
  • N. Garfield Street / N. Fillmore Street from Wilson Blvd. to Washington Blvd.

On Sunday, the following roads will be closed from 4:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Crystal Drive from 15th Street S. through S. 23rd Street
  • Wilson Blvd. from N. Kent Street to the ramp to Route 110
  • S. Clark Street from 20th Street S. to 23rd Street S.
  • 20th Street S. from Crystal Drive to S. Clark Street
  • 18th Street S. from Crystal Drive to Bell Street
  • 23rd Street S. from Crystal Drive to S. Clark Street
  • Crystal Drive (west side) from 23rd St S. to the Century Center parking garage

Photo courtesy Tim Kelley

by Adrian Cruz — June 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal Cup (file photo)This weekend, over 2,000 cyclists will gather in Arlington for the annual Air Force Association Cycling Classic.

The Cycling Classic will hold races for all levels of cyclists ranging from amateurs to elite.

The first day will take place in Clarendon and the second will take place in Crystal City. On Sunday, before the normal slate of races and rides, the event will honor the memory of a fellow cyclist and race competitor.

A ceremony will be held Sunday morning to honor former Navy SEAL and two-time Challenge Ride gold medalist Tim Holden, who was killed last summer after being hit by a car while riding his bike in Bethesda. A special presentation will be made to Holden’s wife, Pam, as part of the ceremony.

The weekend’s schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 11 (Clarendon)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Amateur Races
  • 10:05 a.m. – Women’s Elite Pro Race
  • 11:35 a.m. – Kid’s Race
  • 12:00 p.m. – Men’s Pro Race 
Sunday, June 12 (Crystal City)
  • 6:45 a.m. – Coin Ceremony for Tim Holden
  • 7:00 a.m. – Challenge Ride
  • 10:20 a.m.  – Men’s Pro Race
  • 12:25 p.m. – Kid’s Race
  • 12:35 p.m. – Women’s Elite Race

File photo

by Jackie Friedman — June 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Lilly Pulitzer signature store The Pink Palm has opened its new store in Clarendon.

The store, at 2871 Clarendon Blvd, is the company’s fifth. It opened two weeks ago, after moving to Clarendon from their now-closed McLean location. The store is located in the former Knightsbridge Trading Co. space.

“We are so excited to be in Arlington because it is in the middle of where our prime demographic is,” said Pink Palm owner Lizanne Jeveret.

The privately-owned Lily Pulitzer store carries clothes, accessories and gifts. As a signature store, non-apparel brands such as Jack Rogers and Kendra Scott are also sold.

Customers can earn points for every purchase they make with the customer loyalty program. For every $500 spent, a $20 in store credit will be rewarded.

“We focus on getting to know our customers and we have a very specific interaction with our customers,” said Jeveret.

Aside from dropping by the store, customers can also order products online. Other Pink Palm locations include Alexandria, Bethesda, Richmond and Charlottesville.

by ARLnow.com — June 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Bank of Georgetown (photo via Google Maps)

The Bank of Georgetown branch at 2300 Wilson Blvd in Courthouse has closed permanently.

The branch closed Friday afternoon, as the $269 million acquisition of Bank of Georgetown by competitor United Bank was completed. It is being “consolidated” into the United Bank branch at 2930 Wilson Blvd in Clarendon.

The closed bank branch was located on the ground floor of the Navy League building, near the Five Guys burger restaurant.

Photo via Google Maps

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