Friday, March 22, 2013
Entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a panel of judges at AOL Wednesday.
Several Loudoun entrepreneurs jumped into the Dolphin Tank Wednesday at AOL’s Dulles campus to get feedback about their business ideas. And while panels of judges on television tend to have a bit of a bite, like ABC’s Shark Tank, this panel acted more like a team of swim instructors. “Dolphin Tank gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business idea to a supportive panel of industry experts,” said Loudoun Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager Debi Roder, adding that participants received “positive, actionable feedback, along with input from the audience. It’s a much more friendly, respectful experience than Shark Tank.” Springboard Enterprises brought Dolphin Tank to Dulles in partnership with Loudoun County, AOL’s Fishbowl …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Store offers cosmetics, fragrances, salon styling tools and more.
Beauty lovers in Leesburg will be happy to hear a new ULTA Beauty will be opening at the Village at Leesburg this summer. The cosmetics and beauty retailer has leased the space at 1606 Village Market Blvd. "We’re extremely pleased to announce ULTA Beauty, a quality tenant, will be joining the Village at Leesburg community," said Michael Wheat, executive vice president and director of leasing for Cypress Equities, in a press release. "We know that ULTA will enhance the shopping experience at our center and look forward to having a fantastic national retailer join our great merchants." ULTA is the largest beauty retailer in the United States, and sells cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, skincare, salon styling tools and hair care products, as…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Westline Commercial Real Estate facilitates move for one of DC's top law firms
Friday, July 27, 2012
At least five groups have surfaced so far with plans to bid on Metro’s project to extend rail to Dulles and Ashburn.
CORRECTION: Five groups have already begun assembling teams to propose bids, not four as initially reported. All five teams are listed at the bottom of the story. Initial story: Hundreds of people representing contractors and subcontractors hoping to be part of the winning bid to construct the second phase of the Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport and Ashburn attended a conference Thursday to learn more about the process and meet construction teams planning to bid on the project. At least five groups have already begun assembling teams to bid on the $1.4 billiion to $1.5 billion “Package A” of the construction project, which includes everything except the rail yard and the five parking garages that may never go to bid. If all goes as …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A divided board sends the Silver Line project forward.
During dozens of conversations leading up to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors decision to participate in the proposed Metro project to Dulles Airport and beyond, no one knew how the votes would fall. Would it be 5-4, 6-3? People in the audience, county staff members and even supervisors waged small bets on the final vote, and those who picked 5-4 won the day. Heading in to the vote, there were two supervisors considered potential swing votes: Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian). Speaking with a wide range of “insiders” during the past two months, odds appeared to be on Volpe to support it, with Reid possibly joining the majority. But that would have been the wrong bet. Reid, who had a history of opposing the rail project…
Loudoun Opt Out members remind the Leesburg supervisor about his work with Chris Walker.
Less than 24 hours before the Loudoun Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether Metro’s Silver Line extends beyond Dulles International Airport to Ashburn, opponents of the project stepped up pressure on Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian). Both were considered to be leaning against the project at one point, but have since offered more conciliatory comments. And both are specifically identified on the Loudoun Opt Out website. Reminding Reid of his past statements and past employer, members of group spoke during the board’s public input session Monday directly to Reid. As Patch previously reported, several years ago, Reid co-founded notollincrease.org with Chris Walker, a developer who died in 2011. Walker constructed…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Loudoun is set vote on Metro Tuesday, giving residents a few more opportunities to speak out.
Loudoun residents, and some from beyond, just may show up one more time Monday to tell the Board of Supervisors how they feel about the county's participation in the Metro's Silver Line project. With a vote set for Tuesday and deadline on Wednesday, supervisors have a regularly scheduled public input session at the County Government Center in Leesburg, during which resident may speak about any issue they wish. Let everyone else know how you feel in comments below. We've had lots of folks weigh in on Patch. Has your voice been heard? Residents also have another day to try to get their email messages in support or against to board members. Contact information for supervisors is as follows: All Board members receive mail and calls at: Loudoun…
Friday, June 8, 2012
R-rated film opening this weekend is spectacular, spotty, yet satisfying.
In Greek mythology, Prometheus got in big trouble for handing over the secret of fire to mere mortals. In modern day, he represents the quest for human knowledge and achievement. Of course, he wound up tied to a rock and having an eagle peck his guts out every day. Apparently the team who embarks on their own quest for knowledge in the spacecraft that supplies the title of Ridley Scott's highly anticipated new film hadn't gotten the foreshadowing memo. For them, asking questions about human origin, and actively seeking answers, is the beginning of Bad Things happening, but then we audience members, who are privy to Ridley's dark horrific alien past, know that going in. Much has been made of keeping the plot under wraps. "Prometheus" is …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Leesburg Economic Development Commission will host the first time event this Wednesday for those who are interested in doing business within the town.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Leesburg Economic Development Commission will host its first-ever Retail Opportunity Forum on Wednesday, May 2. The free event will provide attendees with a retail market analysis for Leesburg, highlighting the opportunities for retailers to take advantage of unmet retail demand—current and future—within the local market. “We recognize that small retailers often don’t have the time or money to invest in market research and analysis,” said Leesburg Economic Development Manager Marantha Edwards. “Even if they do, purchasing data from a national company doesn’t give them the local insight about Leesburg’s current retail market that we will provide at the forum.” Attendees will receive a packet of information valued at close to $1,000…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Books and Other Found Things is full of hidden treasures, local art and books.
Last September, Allen Robinson and his wife Nancy were walking through downtown Leesburg and wandered past a beautiful old building at 13 Loudoun St. that was for rent. This caught their eye, as they had only recently moved to the town and happened to be looking for a new business opportunity. Even though they had never been in the retail book business, they immediately thought it would be a “neat old building to use as a bookstore,“ Allen Robinson said. The couple did their homework by calling a Realtor, conducting some research and looking at comparable prices in the historic downtown. After some due diligence, their first instincts proved valid and they rented the building and moved in. In November 2011, Books and Other Found Things was…