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A location in Annandale is planned (via TOUS les JOURS/Facebook)

A French and Asian fusion bakery is coming soon to Annandale.

TOUS les JOURS, a South Korean bakery, plans to open a new location in Annandale. It will be located in the same strip as The Block food hall at 4243 John Marr Drive, according to county permits.

The business did not immediately reply to requests for comment, but county permits indicate that an application for its fire alarms system was processed last month.

The franchise — which means everyday in French — launched in 2004 and has since expanded to 70 stores in the United States and more than 1,650 stores around the world.

Items on the menu include breads, pastries, cakes and light meals, according to its website.

The Annandale location will be Virginia’s first. The nearest location is in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Photo via TOUS les JOURS/Facebook

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The production launches in Tysons through an apprentice program (courtesy Heather Regan Photography)

Through a new youth-focused program, Reston Community Players will grace the stage of Capital One Hall in Tysons next month as part of its new apprentice program.

RCP, which typically performs at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage, will present a youth-centered production of “Newsies” from July 8-17. The program, which launched in the fall, enables students between the ages of 13 and 18 to get exposure to the process of building a theatrical production.

Capital One Hall opened in October and offers “steeply discounted” rates for small nonprofit organizations, according to RCP President Kate Keifer.

Keifer told FFXnow that RCP has been working with Capital One for the past three years as one of the first community partners to take advantage of the program, which is overseen by the local arts agency ArtsFairfax. The organization was selected to perform in The Vault, a 225-seat black box theater.

Here’s more from RCP on the production of “Newsies”:

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by the true story of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies tells the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who dreams of a better life. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies a ragged band of newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right.

RCP’s production of Newsies is directed and choreographed by Alisa Claire and Brian Collier, visiting teaching artists from NYC’s The LMproject, located in New York City.  The production team also includes Merissa Driscoll (musical director), Dan Widerski (technical director) Mary Jo Ford (company manager), Franklin Coleman (lighting designer), Richard Bird (sound designer), and Lori Crockett (costume designer).

“Newsies” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available online.

However, RCP will still call RCC home.

“While our full mainstage season will still perform at Reston Community Center, and that will remain RCP’s performance home, we have developed our Apprentice Program as a brand new offering of our organization to provide young students with a pre-professional theatrical experience that matches the tone of this fantastic new venue,” Keifer wrote.

Keifer hopes the program will marry the group’s longstanding tradition of producing high-quality theatrical productions with an emphasis on student education.

The ultimate goal is to reach new audiences and develop “a new generation of performing and technical artists.”

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The dessert shop Insomnia Cookies plans to open a new location in Fairfax soon (via Insomnia Cookies/Facebook)

Good news for George Mason University students and anyone else looking for a late-night snack: Insomnia Cookies is adding a location in Fairfax County.

The business plans to open up shop soon in University Mall at 10669 Braddock Road, according to its website. The plaza is anchored by Giant and includes other businesses like Domino’s, United Bank and Gathering Grounds Cafe.

The company did not immediately indicate when it plans to open, but its website anticipates that it will open “soon.”

Founded by a University of Pennsylvania student in 2003, Insomnia Cookies sells fresh cookies and ice cream. Popular cookie flavors include chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, and s’mores deluxe. Delivery options will also be available at the new store.

Insomnia Cookies already has several shops in Virginia, including Richmond, Blacksburg, and Charlottesville, but this will be its first in Fairfax County. Another location is also planned in Williamsburg, according to the company’s website.

Photo via Insomnia Cookies/Facebook

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Fourth of July fireworks (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Town of Herndon is looking ahead to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, activities and entertainment.

The town’s July 4 celebration, which is set for 6:30-10 p.m. that Monday, will feature live entertainment by Hipshack, a band that will perform party songs and modern hits. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

A tentative rain date for the fireworks is set for the next day at 9:30 p.m.

Town staff note that traffic will be rerouted at the event, which is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue around the Herndon Community Center and Bready Park Softball Field.

Admission is free.

Motorists should expect significant detours and changes to traffic routes in the area until the fireworks display is finished. Individuals parked at the community center won’t be able to exit until given the all clear by the fire marshal and Herndon Police Department.

Ferndale Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Vine Street to Barton Oaks once parking lots are filled. The lots will remain closed until the show is completed, with the exemption of access for ADA-friendly parking.

Here’s more from the town on planned traffic adjustments:

Herndon Parkway will be reduced to one lane approaching Ferndale Avenue;

No turns from Herndon Parkway onto Ferndale Avenue will be permitted;

Elden Street southbound into town at Monroe Street will be closed during this period and all traffic must turn right onto Monroe Street;

Elden Street traffic northbound at Alabama Drive will be re-routed;

Herndon Middle School traffic exiting from 5th Street must turn left (west) on Locust Street and may only then turn left (south) onto Elden Street;

Locust Street access will be restricted on School, Spruce and Grace  Streets;

St Joseph’s Church parking lot will exit onto Peachtree Street and may turn left only onto Elden Street;

Bready Park softball and Herndon Centennial Golf Course parking lots will exit onto Ferndale Avenue towards Herndon Parkway only

Ferndale Avenue traffic will turn right only onto Park Avenue or Herndon  Parkway;

Sterling Road (Route 606) southbound from Herndon Parkway, is restricted to local access only;

Crestview Drive – no access to Sterling Road from Bayshire Lane;

Vine Street will be closed from Ferndale Avenue to Grace Street;

Main Drive will be closed.

Town staff encourage residents to leave their pets at home and bring a blanket or lawn chair. Coolers and bags are subject to searches and alcohol, glass containers and personal fireworks are not allowed.

For fireworks viewing only, it’s best to nab a spot at the Station Street municipal parking lot and watch from the town green. Food is not allowed on the turf field.

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Uniqlo will take over the store that was vacated by Kirklands (via Google Maps)

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is inching closer to opening its second location in Fairfax County.

Uniqlo plans to open this fall at Kirkland’s former location, which was 13041 Fair Lakes Shopping Center, according to representatives for Peterson Cos., which owns the center. The business already has a locations in Tysons Corner Center.

Uniqlo did not return multiple requests for comment from FFXnow over the last several weeks.

The business was founded in Yamaguchi, Japan first as a textiles factory in 1949. The first store opened in 1984 with a unique element: the manufacturer retail model controlled the entire process from product planning to marketing. Since then, the company has cemented a global presence.

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Staff raised several issues with the cohesion of the former Fannie Mae site in Reston (via Fairfax County)

The redevelopment of the former Fannie Mae campus in Reston is still waiting to clear the docket of the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

At a meeting last night (Wednesday), lack of agreement on whether or not part of the nearly 9-acre townhouse project should have security gates led the group to defer a vote to June 22.

Instead of the two additional office buildings currently approved for the site at 11600 American Dream Way, the applicant is seeking the county’s permission to build up to 74 townhouses and eight two-over-two units. The existing 396,074-square-foot office building will remain on the site.

The deferral was hung up by a discussion on whether or not it was appropriate for the applicant to retain a gate along American Dream Way around the existing office building. This is the second deferral for the project, which was delayed by six weeks to work through a litany of issues.

Developer Wheelock Street Capital said discussions are underway with a prospective tenant that has a strong need for security gates around the road.

As a compromise, the county attempted to draft a proffer that would let the owner put in and take out gates, depending on the needs of future tenants.

But county staff and planning commissioners called that approach confusing for the area, particularly for residents of the townhomes whose access could be cut off sporadically.

“It’s coming and going and coming and going…There’s no consistency there,” said Mary Cortina, planning commissioner for the Braddock District.

Mary Ann Tsai of the Department of Planning and Development’s zoning evaluation division also said allowing the removal and reinstallation of the gates was contrary to the county’s vision for a mixed-use project in a transit area.

“We felt it was a very confusing situation,” Tsai said, particularly regarding getting in and out of the facility.

Ultimately, Wheelock agreed to drop the proffer and instead apply for a final development plan that could retain the gates, prompting the deferral to give staff the time to draft language for the revision.

Although the gates issue held up a vote on the project, Hunter Mill District Commissioner John Carter said the developer agreed to a number of changes to the project.

“The project has come a long ways over the years and especially since the initial application,” he said.

According to Carter, the changes include ensuring that residential units are not built inside the site’s ponds, that the site isn’t completely gated off, and that appropriate setbacks are put into place.

He noted that the plan now ensures that adequate setbacks are provided, public access is provided for ponds and trails, and the ponds are preserved with a joint maintenance agreement is in effect. Between eight to 10 units were shaved off of the project to accommodate the changes.

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A bar and lounge is slated to open in Reston soon (via Eve’s Garden)

(Updated at 1:45 p.m. on 6/14/22) A new lounge and bar is filling out ground-floor space at a residential neighborhood on Reston Station Boulevard.

Eve’s Garden plans to open soon at Faraday Park, a redevelopment of a 7-acre site into two apartment buildings and townhouses. The restaurant will be located at 11207 Reston Station Boulevard, according to county permits. (An earlier version of this article had the wrong address number.)

The business did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FFXnow.

Eve’s Garden has some familiar names as business partners like Herndon’s Alo Vietnamese Cuisine, Emiline Day Spa, Elan Studio and La Botanica.

Its website says the Reston location is “almost open.”

Faraday Park includes two seven-story apartment buildings with 408 units and ground-floor retail, along with 26 townhouses built around public parks. The project was formally broken up into two chunks: Faraday East converted surface parking into 166 apartments, while Faraday West includes 252 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail.

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An exotic snack shop has opened at Springfield Town Center (via Springfield Town Center/Facebook)

Cravings for every wacky snack-related desire have a high chance of fulfillment at Highs & Lows, a new exotic snack shop in Springfield Town Center.

Located on the lower level near JCPenney, Highs & Lows sells a mix of foreign snacks, sodas and treats.

Items at the store include Choco Banana KitKat, cucumber-flavored lays potato chips, Japanese steak Cheetos, and ocean bomb sparkling water.

The business launched in 2020 at 6436 Richmond Highway in Groveton. Customers can also purchase snacks online. Other items for sale include music, toys and pop culture-related merchandise.

The Springfield Town Center location opened late last month. The mall also recently welcomed Caragari, a boutique that offers Pakistani, Afghani, Bangladeshi and Indian clothing, jewelry and shoes. Pink & Blue, a store that sells baby and kids’ clothes also relocated on the lower level near the kids’ play area.

Photo via Springfield Town Center/Facebook

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Fairfax County police car (file photo)

A man reportedly assaulted someone with nunchucks in Reston.

Fairfax County police say that a man assaulted and robbed a victim with nunchucks on June 5. The incident happened on Glade Drive near Cocquina Drive at around 12:53 p.m.

The victim was treated for injuries that are not considered life threatening.

No immediate information was released on the suspect and no arrests have been made.

Nunchucks are used in martial arts primarily as training weapons.

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Sanchez was found slain on a wooded path in Reston earlier this month (via FCPD)

Local police are seeking the public’s help in a homicide investigation after a 27-year-old man was found slain on a wooded path in Reston.

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating the death of Rene Alberto Pineda Sanchez, a Reston resident, as a homicide. His body was found on June 2 on a path behind apartments in the 12000 block of Greywing Square.

Police believe the man was killed overnight on May 31.

This was the county’s eighth homicide this year, though that count climbed to 10 this week after three people were found dead with gunshot wounds in Fair Lakes on Tuesday (June 7).

Earlier this week, police said they canvassed the area where Sanchez was found with a one-page document showing his picture.

Reston District Station police also hosted a town hall meeting yesterday (Thursday) at the Reston Community Center in Hunters Woods that included discussion of the homicide investigation.

The FCPD is asking people to contact them if they saw Sanchez in their neighborhood or if they have any information regarding the incident.

“The information you have, regardless of how trivial you feel it may be, could be the critical link in solving this case,” the one-pager said.

Police are offering a cash reward of between $100 to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest or closure.

Tipsters can submit information by contacting Crime Solvers over the phone at 866-411-8477 or by texting TIP187 to 274637. Information is also accepted over the phone at 703-691-2131. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

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