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Sheetz Mapledale Plaza wins approval

DALE CITY — Sheetz will be the gas station and 24-hour convenience store in Mapledale Plaza.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the nearly 6,000 square foot convenience store that will sit on two and a half acres of land at the corner of Dale Boulevard and Queensdale Drive in Dale City.

The gas station and store will operate 24-hours a day and have eight fuel pumps, allowing for up to 16 vehicles to refuel at once.

Some residents who spoke at a public hearing prior to the board vote said the new gas station would bring more traffic to the neighborhood, as well as provide a place for people to loiter.

Sheetz will replace an old Mobile gas station that used to sit on the same corner but closed about 10 years ago, said Jay Du Von, a spokesman for the company developing the gas station. Since then, the old mobile has been boarded up, what Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey Stewart a blight on the neighborhood. (more…)


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Work to demolish the old Toby Keith’s restaurant begins

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WOODBRIDGE — Things are starting to happen at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge as crews prepare to demolish the building that once housed Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. 

An Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse will soon be built. A pedestrian plaza that will be used for live events during summer ice skating in winter will replace the old restaurant building.

From Stonebridge spokeswoman Anastasia Paszkiewicz:

Construction fencing has gone up and the outer ring road around the property has been closed in sections to allow the site work (plumbing, storm water drains) to be moved first.  Once this is completed the outer ring road will be reopened and the road immediately behind the vacant Toby Keith’s will be closed so they can start tearing the building down. The whole construction project including the building of Alamo will last until early fall of 2018. 

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center opened in 2008 with the addition of a 138,000 square-foot Wegmans grocery store. Since then, apartments, restaurants, and retail shops to include an Apple Store opened at the mixed-use shopping center.

The Potomac Nationals Minor had been in negotiations with Prince William County officials to relocate the ballclub to a new 6,000 seat stadium at the shopping center, however, team owner Art Silber pulled the project from the discussion last week and is now reportedly in talks with Alexandria to bring the team there.

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Prince William County to sponsor Serious Play Conference

Prince William County is hosting for the first time the Serious Play Conference, a program that encourages the application of game mechanics for education and training.

The conference also looks to educate students of potential career options in the field, and bring together pioneers in the field to share what they’ve learned. 

From a press release:

Prince William County Department of Economic Development is proud to sponsor this year’s industry-leading Serious Play Conference taking place on July 18-20, 2017, at the George Mason University Science & Technology Campus, Prince William County, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

More than 100 thought leaders driving the adoption of game-based and simulation learning will gather to share experiences in implementing serious games. They represent leading public and private institutions including the U.S. DOD, private industry sectors and higher education, according to a press release.

DOD training leads, contractors, state and local government CIOs will share what they’ve learned training the country’s armed forces with developers and instructional designers from the serious games industry.

This year’s speakers include training personnel from the Office of National Intelligence; the Center for Deployment Psychology; Defense University; UCF; OPM; contractors from the Veterans Affairs Administration, the Army and the Navy; police departments; prisons; as well as companies implementing gamification programs, healthcare providers, researchers, developers, instructional designers and K-12 faculty using games in education, according to Serious Play. (more…)

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Novant Health UVA Health System names Gill CEO

The leading healthcare provider in western Prince William County is now under new leadership.

From a press release: 

Maggie Gill has been named the chief executive officer of Novant Health UVA Health System.

Gill comes to Novant Health UVA from Memorial Health (Memorial) in Savannah, Georgia where she served as president and CEO since 2011. She joined Memorial in 2004 as vice president of finance and managed care and became Memorial’s chief operating officer in 2005. Prior to working at Memorial, Maggie was chief financial officer at several hospitals in the Tenet Healthcare South Florida region.

As CEO, Maggie expanded the on-campus medical school and physician residency programs, in partnership with Mercer University School of Medicine, to improve the region’s medical education opportunities. She partnered with physicians to grow Memorial’s clinical services, including trauma, specialized surgery, heart and vascular, and oncology. She also executed a $140 million capital plan that included a children’s hospital and the implementation of Epic. In 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review named Gill one of its “135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know,” as well as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”

In addition to various ambulatory clinics in the region, Novant also operates two larger facilities: Prince William Medical Center in Manassas and Haymarket Regional Medical Center just outside Haymarket. (more…)

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Drive-through Starbucks planned at Cheshire Station

DALE CITY — A drive-through Starbucks could soon replace this small hillside.

The 2,082 square feet building would allow commuters to pull in, order, and pick up their coffee at a window. It would also have room enough for those who want to get out of the car and walk inside and order their beverages.

Outside, there would be about 360 square feet of patio seating. The front door of the building would face an existing Safeway store across a parking lot.

The standalone building would be new construction at the Cheshire Shopping Center at the corner of Minnieville and Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

The building would be placed in an existing space that today is an embankment. Trash dumpsters and parked cars sit at the bottom of the embankment, next to Yogi Cream frozen yogurt, the first in a series of shops in an adjacent strip center. The embankment would be replaced by a wooden retaining wall, according to plans submitted to county officials.

This new Starbucks would replace an existing walk-in only Starbucks already located inside the shopping center, at the opposite end of the aforementioned adjacent strip center. 

The Prince William County Planning Commission must approve the construction before its built. It will take up the matter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at a public meeting at the Prince William County Government Center McCoart Building.

If approved, it will be the second drive-through Starbucks in Prince William County behind a new drive-through location under construction at the old double drive-through McDonalds, at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Worth Avenue near Potomac Mills mall.

A standalone drive-through Starbucks also sits near the corner of Liberia Avenue and Signal Hill Road in Manassas City.

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Stafford to enter tax break negotiations with Harris Teeter

STAFFORD — The stalled revitalization of Aquia Town Center is the biggest failure of Paul Milde’s political career.

For more than 10 years the once bustling shopping center at the corner of Route 1 and Garrisonville Road in North Stafford has been nothing more than an empty field. The last of the buildings in the strip center, excluding a Rite Aid pharmacy, are demolished.

“When I ran for office I promised to fix it, and I couldn’t have done a more miserable job,” Milde said Wednesday.

Now the Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, preparing to leave office in December after 12 years representing the Aquia District, Milde is making a last-ditch effort to kickstart the redevelopment project — again.

County leaders voted 5-2 Wednesday to allow County Executive Thomas Foley to begin negotiations with the current owners of Aquia Town Center, Mosiac Realty Partners. The developers asked for $18.3 million in tax incentives over 20 years, on top of the $6 million in tax breaks already awarded to jumpstart development and lure a grocery store to the center.

Eron Sodie, of Mosaic, says a 67,000 square-foot grocery is what’s needed to anchor the shopping center, and attract other businesses. Harris Teeter, its parent company Kroger, is the only grocer that has shown interest in the site, he adds. (more…)

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Didlake, Hylton partner for sensory friendly performance of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’

From an email: 

We have partnered with the Hylton Performing Arts Center (HPAC) and the Prince William Little Theater (PWLT) to offer a sensory friendly performance of the musical Oklahoma! On Saturday, July 22 at 2:00 pm at the Hylton in Manassas.

Didlake’s Director of the Autism Center of Excellence, Rachel Payne, and Marit Majeske the Hylton’s Community Inclusion Manager are providing consultative services to the PWLT to ensure the performance is both entertaining and accessible. I’ve attached the flier for the event. 



PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE

PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE, the budding co-workspace in Downtown Manassas.

The seven-year-old digital media company with a focus on local news, politics, and transportation issues in the Prince William County region will not only produce news coverage and content at the Manassas co-working center but will engage with readers and local business owners there, too.

“My job as an entrepreneurial journalist on any given day requires me to be in multiple places in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. While a traditional office has never been in our plans, the flexibility, open work environment, and business support from the staff at CENTERFUSE are just what our company needs to grow,” said Potomac Local Media Founder and Publisher Uriah Kiser.

With Potomac Local’s acquisition of a dedicated workspace at CENTERFUSE, the company will launch a new podcast to discuss issues facing area residents. Additionally, Potomac Local will hold community events at CENTERFUSE to engage readers and residents, as well as hold scheduled publisher’s “office hours” where readers may visit with Potomac Local writers to share story ideas, as well as voice
neighborhood concerns in a one-on-one setting.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Potomac Local as our newest member of CenterFuse.  Our facility, located in Downtown Manassas lends a perfect opportunity for Uriah to connect with areas of Prince William County while working in a pristine location in the City of Manassas,” said Historic Manassas Inc. Director Debbie Haight. 

CENTERFUSE opened in early May and caters to entrepreneurs in need of shared workspace. Historic Manassas Inc. is contracted to provide small business support services to CENTERFUSE members.  

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Stafford Chick-fil-A under renovation, will reopen later this summer

From Garrisonville Chick-fil-A Franchise Owner Leslie Brown:

The Garrisonville Chick-fil-A in Stafford, which originally opened in April 2001, closed on June 15 for renovations that will incorporate the chain’s newest innovations to increase capacity and improve the customer experience, whether guests choose dine-in, carry out or drive-thru service.  
 
The kitchen will be reconfigured to create a smoother flow, improved team member environment and room for future growth. The dining room will be updated and the drive-thru will be reconfigured, resulting in increased vehicle capacity and better use of the parking area.
 
The restaurant is projected to reopen later this summer with its normal operating hours of 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Monday through Saturday.

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Prince William Chamber urges officials support new Potomac Nationals stadium in Woodbridge

From a press release: 

This morning the Board of Directors of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to endorse the proposed Potomac Nationals stadium in eastern Prince William County. After several months of meetings with representatives from the County and the project, Chamber Board members agreed the new stadium represents a significant economic opportunity that should not be missed by Prince William County.

“Earlier this year, Prince William County approved their new strategic plan. That plan calls for what the County has branded as their ‘moonshot goal’ of more than doubling the existing commercial tax base,” said 2017-2018 Chamber Chairman, Jim Elliott. “Projects like this one only come around but so often and if the County is serious about meeting their economic development goals, they should support these types of initiatives.”

The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee Chairman, Gary Jones, II, stated, “I hear from business owners regularly on how they would like to see our region be more aggressive in terms of our approach to economic development. I am glad that the Chamber’s Board voted to endorse the stadium. This project, along with the great work JBG Companies has already done in the corridor, has the opportunity to fundamentally reshape economic development in eastern Prince William County.” 

See attached letter sent to Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

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Manassas EDA explores legal options to recoup $5,000

The Manassas Economic Development Authority is prepared to pay $1,500 to recoup $5,000 in public funds.

A $10,000 city grant to the now-closed “The NEW School” stipulated the non-profit had to remain open for five years or pay back the funds.

The now-defunct after-school program for children paid back half of the money. The full grant was meant to be used for scholarships for city children to attend the center’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program. 

The NEW School closed last fall after six months in operation in a shopping center on Liberia Avenue. Representatives from the closed business did not return requests for comment.

The EDA ordered the Manassas City attorney to explore legal options and costs — up to $1,500 — to recoup the funds, according to EDA Chairman Board member Holmes Smith who voted against pursuing a lawsuit.

The majority of the board voted to proceed with a 4-2 vote.

“The EDA signs these performance agreements with the company, and the performance agreements state that if the company does what is says it’s going to do, that we are obligated to pay them and, in some cases depending upon how the agreement is written, there are recapture provisions that if the company does not stay in business or does not meet its obligation, they’re obligated to pay us back,” said Manassas Economic Development Director Patrick Small.

The agreement differed from others, like retail shop “Totally Vintage” in Downtown Manassas, where the business agreed to move to a new corner location, invest in new store fixtures to improve the business, and then afterward be rewarded with a $6,000 EDA grant for which the business applied.

The city attorney is expected to return to the EDA if the cost to pursue a lawsuit exceeds $1,500. If it does, the EDA will take a second vote on the matter, said Holmes.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in Stafford on Wednesday a prototype store

From a press release: 

Stafford’s very first Walmart Neighborhood Market – and the second business in the Stafford Complex Center development – will open on Wednesday, June 28. In addition to being a new prototype that only exists in limited markets across the country, the store offers the convenience of a drive-thru pharmacy, the first Online Grocery Pickup service in the area and creates approximately 95 local jobs.

The 40,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market at 14 N. Stafford Complex Center is a new prototype – featuring wider aisles, lower counter tops in the deli and bakery for easy ordering, and made-to-order pizza. Customers can pick out their pizza toppings and shop while their pizza cooks, or take it home and cook in their own oven.

Neighborhood Market offers fresh produce and organic selections; a full-service deli and in-store bakery with fresh bread and more; convenient Grab-and-Go prepared meals; and a full grocery department with favorite name-brand products at the same affordable prices as our larger stores. In addition, customers will find a convenient, full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru, health and beauty items, baby and pet supplies and select household goods.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, preceded by a short performance by the North Stafford High School Drumline. Area residents are also invited to a community celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 1 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Highlights will include music, activities for kids and food samples, including pizza, hot dogs, fresh fruit and Marketside cookies.

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Orangetheory Fitness opens in Lake Ridge tonight

Submitted: 

This Friday, June 23 from 5:30pm – 8pm come join us for our Grand Opening Party at Orangetheory Fitness Lake Ridge in the Glen.  Please invite friends and family.  Come join us at our brand-new studio in the Glen. We will have plenty of giveaways, food, drinks and much more… We are located at 4172 Merchant Plaza.

If you have not signed up for your free classes you must call now. This is your last chance to sign up for classes this week before Grand Opening. 

Also come in and sign up for our weight loss challenge. A six-week competition winner receives $2,500.

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Festival at Manassas sells for $20 million

From a press release: 

“Finmarc Management, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland-based commercial real estate firm, has announced the purchase of the Festival at Manassas, a 117,000 square foot neighborhood shopping center located at 10280-10388 Festival Lane in Manassas, Virginia for $20 million. Anchored by Global Food and approximately 97% leased at the time of purchase, the asset was formerly owned by Katz Properties. Bill Kent of CBRE represented the seller in this transaction.

With this acquisition, Finmarc currently owns and manages 92 office, flex, industrial and retail properties as well as several residential projects in the Mid-Atlantic area, totaling 6.7 million square feet of space. (more…)

Bare Knuckle American Rye release June 17: ‘Everyday, all of us on this planet are fighting for something’

For the first time since prohibition in the 1920s, a distillery in Manassas will sell its very own rye whiskey to the public.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey, bottled at KO Distillery is a drink that harkens back to older times but produced for a younger generation. An explosion of rye whiskey drinkers at area restaurants, mostly among millennials, has made popular once again a drink that was popular in the mid 20th century.

While rye whiskey may have been a favorite of the Don Draper era, KO’s new spirit is not your grandfather’s whiskey.

“What was old before is now new again,” said KO Head Distiller John O’Mara. “The younger people are trying out all of the older type cocktails at restaurants and really spurred on a big interest.”

Rye differs from the other whiskeys because a mix of spices that bring out, as O’Mara calls it, the “heart of the heart” in the brew. At 90 proof, Bare Knuckle American Rye is a smooth drink.

“You know, I was always strictly a Bourbon drinker, but the spiciness of the rye, that big, bold mouth feel that you get with the Rye. I just I just love the complexity that it has,” he said. “I drink it on the Rocks mostly, but in cocktails, I drink Manhattans. I’m starting to experiment with those.”

KO’s rye has aged 18 months in a barrel and will be ready for a release at the distillery on Saturday, June 17

“What happens inside that barrel is amazing. Basically, not through anything we do, but by the chemistry of the spirit, and the barrel, and the char inside the barrel, it’s amazing how liquor, over time, transforms into something that’s like golden nectar,” said KO Distillery Co-Owner Bill Karlson.

This is the second whiskey in the Bare Knuckle line for KO. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving 2016, the distillery released its first wheat whiskey under the same brand name. A third, yet-to-be-announced brown spirit is also planned for the Bare Knuckle line.

The Bare Knuckle bottle label features the early 1900s bare knuckle fighter and African American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack G. Johnson. Johnson’s image printed on the bottle’s label came from a trading card once distributed by a cigarette company.

“We started doing some research and found out that in 1910, The American Tobacco Company, if you bought cigarettes, inside that carton would be a coupon, and if you got enough of those coupons, you could mail them in,” explained Karlson. “What came back was a boxing trading card. And it wasn’t the size of the current baseball trading cards; it was called cabinet card, probably five inches by seven inches, really nice card.”

Karlson and O’Mara, both founders of KO Distilling, hence the initials, found an un-copyrighted image of the boxer Johnson and decided it embodied the Bare Knuckle brand. To the distillers, the image represents less of a bloodied fighter and more of a symbol of handcrafted, artisan whiskey.

“Everyday, all of us on the on this planet are fighting for something, and it’s tough. Everybody has their good and their bad days,” said Karlson. “I’d like people to think of it less like a boxer, but that we’re making this whiskey every day with our hands you’re out there in the world doing it every day with your hands. And, you know what? It’s OK to take a break and enjoy life.”

A release party for Bare Knuckle American Rye will take place Saturday, June 17 from noon until 7 p.m. To mark this special occasion, KO is offering a limited number of commemorative bottles of Bare Knuckle Rye.

Each rye bottle comes with a commemorative label that has been hand-numbered and signed by both Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO’s founders.

Admission to this event is free. Food and beverages provided by Burnt Ends BBQ and BadWolf Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by the Rogue Johnsen Trio.

KO Distilling is located at 10381 Central Park Drive #105 in Manassas.

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Dogtopia expanding to new Gainesville location

Dogtopia, a one-stop shop for all things canine, will soon be opening a  location in Gainesville, VA. Dogtopia offers full or half-day dog day care, seven days a week. For dirty dogs, spa services will be included with boarding. The state-of-the-art facility is set to open soon although a date has not been listed. Company representatives have not returned requests for comment.

For those nervous about leaving their beloved dog alone, Dogtopia offers webcam access in each of their four playrooms so you can check in with your pet. Dogtopia’s indoor playrooms are fully climate-controlled, and the rubber flooring is designed for the dogs’ comfort and to ease stress on paws, joints, legs and hips. 

Dogtopia has nearby locations already open in Woodbridge, Springfield and Manasssas. 

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Long & Foster’s Gainesville office hosts community service day

The Gainesville, Virginia, office of Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, will take part in the company’s 20th annual Community Service Day on June 7, 2017. The Gainesville office will join the brokerage’s over 220 offices in the day of giving back by hosting a packing party for Comfort Cases.

Thousands of children enter the foster-care system each year, and most carry little more than the clothes on their backs. Comfort Cases was founded on a mission to provide the essentials to these brave children on their journey to find a home. Founder Rob Chasteen-Scheer, an adoptive father of four, experienced the foster care system first hand as a young adult which led to the formation of Comfort Cases.

“Our Gainesville Long & Foster agents appreciate our community’s support and this is our way of showing how much we appreciate our customers and clients,” said Managing Broker Zhanneta Lopez. (more…)

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Market at Opitz Crossing sells for $29 million

From a press release: 

Sterling Organization, a vertically integrated private equity real estate investment firm has announced the sale of Market at Opitz Crossing, a 157,724-square-foot grocery-anchored shopping center in the Washington, D.C. MSA, to Klein Enterprises for $29.25 million. Market at Opitz Crossing was originally acquired on November 18, 2013, via Sterling’s institutional fund Sterling Value Add Partners, LP (“SVAP”) for $17.75 million. Geoffrey Millerd and Mat Adler of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the Sterling-managed fund in the recent disposition of the asset.

Located at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (US-1) and Opitz Boulevard just 1 mile east of Interstate 95 in Woodbridge, VA, Market at Opitz Crossing is anchored by Wakefern’s grocery concept PriceRite. During Sterling’s ownership, a new Chipotle Mexican Grill outparcel building was added and the occupancy of the shopping center increased from approximately 77% to 96%. (more…)



Water’s End Brewery knows ‘sometimes you just need a Damn Beer’

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

After Prince William County had changed a zoning code that longer restricted breweries to industrial areas and allowed them to open in neighborhood shopping districts, Water’s End Brewery chose Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge, and the rest is history.

Owners Zach Mote, Ryan Sharkey, and Josh Fournelle are dedicated owners; you can always find them behind the bar serving customers. As of now, the brewery doesn’t have any other employees, but Ryan Sharkey, one of the three co-owners, noted that when they do start hiring employees, an owner will always remain present.

“We receive constant feedback and the raw experience of serving our customers face to face makes us focus intensely on producing the highest quality beer we can,” said Sharkey. “Our brewer has actually taken a “taproom vote” on which style of beer to brew the next day- that’s not something that would happen at most other breweries.”

Their most popular drink is “Damn Beer,” which they promise to always have on the menu. Sharkey describes it as an “easy-drinking golden ale that is often referred to as their ‘gateway beer.”

Sharkey notes that many customers are new to craft beer and it can be difficult to distinguish a brew that customers like. The Damn Beer gives an easy introduction for newcomers and provides a break from stronger flavors seen in stouts and other darker brews.

“Sometimes you just need a Damn Beer, and our craft beer aficionados will order it too as a break from the big flavors of some other beers,” said Sharkey.

There’s also a method behind the naming madness of each brew courtesy of their brewer, Zach Mote.
“Our Adventure Hat, strong American black ale, describes the hat Zach would like to wear while on brew days on the back deck,” said Sharkey. “You’ll find the hat proudly hanging behind the bar.”

The HopDrop, a white IPA, describes Water’s End logo; Sharkey explains that it’s a water droplet transforming to hop cone as “water ends and the beer begins.” Some names will also have references to the community.

Make sure to also keep an eye out for their Beer Club, one that sports 270+ members who can enjoy larger pours, discounts, special events, and beer releases.

More: Comics, sci-fi, and beer. A one of a kind brewery in Prince William.

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‘We passed a bunch of cows on the side of the road’ and Moo Moo Junction was born.

James Smith was going to tear down Moo Moo Junction before he decided to open an ice cream stand there.

The small, walk-up ice cream stand opened at the corner of West and Church Streets in Downtown Manassas. The opening came one year after Smith purchased the adjacent building; a house turned office building at 9119 Church Street.

The building that is now home to the ice cream shop was a storage shed, one he thought he no longer wanted.

“That’s where they store all the files [for his office building], and it would flood a lot, and it has some drainage issues,” said Smith. “It was in pretty rough shape, so I was going to tear it down because I needed more space for the parking lot.” (more…)

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Jitterbugs Ice Cream Cafe dedicated to memory of owner’s late parents

It’s like taking a step back in time.

The new Jitterbugs Ice Cream Cafe is now open on Center Street in Downtown Manassas. The ice cream shop’s interior is that of a classic diner featuring chrome fixtures, a jukebox, a lunch counter, and tables designed to look like your sitting in a 1957 Chevy convertible.

“The inspiration is, it is truly a tribute to my mom and dad. I had started the plans for this in 2011 believe it or not, everything in here is custom-built,” said Bren Compton, the owner of the family restaurant.

Customers will find multiple flavors of ice cream, milkshakes, and soon sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads. No alcohol will be served.

“Nothing alcoholic,” said Compton. “It is a family restaurant cafe.”

Compton said Jitterbugs will be a destination for downtown and will increase foot traffic to the area. This the second business for Compton in Downtown Manassas. She’s operated the Alyssa Bryn boutique for the past 17 years.

Ice cream was something Compton shared with her late parents. During the renovation process, she wrote on a piece of unfinished drywall a dedication to her mother and father who passed away seven, and 10 years ago, respectively.

“I used to call them up even after I was married and I had children, and I would ask them to meet me for ice cream, and they always came,” said Compton. “Then my mom’s last year of five she was not able to drive, so she would call me to come pick her up and take her for ice cream.”

Jitterbugs Ice Cream Cafe is located at 9125 Center Street.

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