New spa in Reston, high-end grocery stores take over region and TechShop gets a second chance

The latest development news in Northern Virginia.

Photo courtesy of Wegmans

Nordine Salon and Spa reopens in Reston
After closing down the Reston Town Center location in 2016, Nordine Salon and Spa has reopened in Reston Station. The popular salon, with locations also in Mosaic and Gainesville, offers the typical services along with babylights and lash lifts, mani/pedi stations and spa treatment rooms, all in a super luxe Italian décor atmosphere with a black and white color scheme and crystal chandeliers.

Long Bridge Park Aquatic Center moves forward
After a four-year delay, the Arlington County Board approved construction of the Long Bridge Park Aquatics Center with a $60 million contract, down $20 million from the initial plan. The project will include a 50-meter pool with three diving platforms, leisure and family pool, fitness center and community rooms. The estimate operating cost of the facility is $1.1 million a year. Construction is expected to start this summer with a completion date of 2020/2021.

Wegmans expands again
The popular grocer that is currently building a store in Chantilly (expected to open in the spring), recently broke ground on a location in Tysons and is looking at locations in Reston has also announced two more locations: one in Loudoun in the planned Arcola Center, and another in Alexandria on the second floor of the Hoffman Town Center. Construction on the Arcola location should begin in a couple of years, and the Alexandria location is expected to begin construction in 2019.

Crystal City connects to National Airport
Keeping with a pedestrian-friendly way of life, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is looking into plans for an elevated bridge connecting Crystal City to the Reagan National Airport that will feature moving sidewalks and access to the Mount Vernon Trail. Plans are in the infancy stage, but the BID is being influenced by the High Line in New York City as a way to bring in the aesthetics along with functionality.

Earth Fare coming to Fairfax
Northern Virginia is getting another organic grocer, this time in the form of Earth Fare, an Asheville, North Carolina-based store that carries high-end health foods free of added hormones, artificial and trans fats, antibiotics and all the other artificial additives found in foods nowadays. The store, located in the Kamp Washington shopping center, at the intersection of Routes 29 and 50 in Fairfax City, is expected to open this winter.

TechShop gets a second chance
The Crystal City maker space that closed in November due to bankruptcy is getting a second chance with new ownership, according to The Washington Business Journal. New owners stated in a email to the publication that their goal is to reopen as soon as possible and reactivate memberships.

(January 2018)