Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fifty Arlington-based businesses to participate in Nov. 24 event.
Business owners are asking Arlingtonians to shop local between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the county’s own Small Business Saturday. “What I wanted to do was build a community around small businesses in Arlington,” said Shana Lawlor, who came up with the idea about a month ago. “I want to build that community and draw sales to them this time of the year.” Fifty small businesses in Arlington have signed up to participate. Lawlor, who owns Álainn Exporting, first put forth the idea on the county’s PLACE Space forum for residents to share ideas. The concept quickly took off. “We’ve had some wonderful responses,” Lawlor said. “We have had some businesses jump on board right away.” Lawlor said she and a group of volunteers are focusing on…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Cantina Mexicana is opening a second location off Columbia Pike near the Arlington Drafthouse.
Cantina Mexicana is opening a second location just off Columbia Pike on 922 Walter Reed Drive. The restaurant has been in business since 1974 at their Crystal City location at 515 South 23rd Street. “The owner has been looking to expand and this was the perfect opportunity,” said Ernesto Oropeza, operations manager for the restaurant. Owners are taking their plans through the county’s permitting process at the moment, but they hope to open in late November or early December. They plan to have the same menu and ambience from their first location. “We are excited about the new location,” Oropeza said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s a good thing.” In other business news, Italian restaurant La Tagliatella is opening in Clarendon…
Friday, October 26, 2012
uKnow.com lets parents stay abreast of what children are doing online.
With all of the opportunities for young people unlocked by the Social Web also comes an increase in potential pitfalls — even dangers. Steven L. Woda learned that firsthand. A child in his own family, 14 years old at the time, friended someone online who turned out to be a predator. The child was physically unharmed and the predator is now serving time, Woda said. But it was a wake-up call. "This person was using the social networks as his own personal hunting ground for kids, looking for opportunities and weaknesses," Woda said. Such predators take advantage of a young person's nature to build their number of friends, which can give the impression of increased popularity, and the naivete that leads them to "pour their hearts out," posting…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Online voting now open.
Arlingtonians can cast their vote for their favorite local businesses starting now. The 2012 People’s Choice ABBIE Awards, presented by Arlington Economic Development, give awards in 17 categories, including best restaurant, best boutique and best nonprofit. Voting is open through Nov. 9. Voting is tracked via IP address; only one vote per IP address will be counted. Nominations for businesses were culled online, with more then 1,100 votes cast for companies up for consideration. Read the full list of nominees and categories here. The Arlington County Board will announce the winners at its Nov. 27 meeting. To cast a vote in the ABBIE awards, visit this online survey. For more information, visit the ABBIE's website.