WE ARE LOCAL News in Prince William, Virginia




Prince William leaders grant $50,000 to find Zika cure

From Prince William County Economic Development: 

“The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced that it has authorized a $50,000 public-private performance agreement with Caerus Discovery, LLC, to work with George Mason University, the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to discover an antibody for the Zika virus.

Caerus Discovery, LLC, a biotechnology company newly located at the Prince William Science Accelerator, will use its proprietary elements to identify and develop a new antibody to fight the Zika virus. The work will be performed at the George Mason University Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL), located on George Mason University’s (Mason’s) Science & Technology Campus, Innovation Park, Prince William County, Va. The data generated from this work will also be used by Caerus Discovery, LLC to seek continued funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), angel, venture or other private investors, to further advance this important research.

Twisted Cork Grille in Bristow surrounded by homes, opportunity


BRISTOW, Va. — Nancy Skipper spent more than 20 years working in the corporate restaurant world.

It’s a place where everything from the menu items, the decor, and the rules for customers service are all the same. After starting with Denny’s as a service and working her way up to a regional manager, Skipper was sent to New York to train new managers after the company purchased 28 restaurants from a competing chain.

All told, it was corporate a career that also included jobs at Bob’s Big Boy and Cracker Barrell restaurants. She later left restaurants and earned a nursing degree. But something pulled her back. (more…)

Plans, rental rates laid out for Manassas co-work space CENTERFUSE

MANASSAS, Va. — The Kricks and Whitlocks on Monday presented their vision for a grand, new co-working space in Downtown Manassas.

Gail and Bennett Whitlock, of Whitlock Wealth Managment, and Jacqueline and Ken Krick, of ECU Communications, together purchased the old Hynson’s men’s department store that most recently housed The Fauquier Bank at the corner of Center and Main Streets.

Both sets of owners came to the Prince William Chamber of Commerce to describe how their new co-working space dubbed “CENTERFUSE,” which they will locate on the bottom floor of the building at 9073 Center Street, will operate. (more…)

Prince William firm develops urine-based test to detect Lyme disease

Photo by Flickr user Prince William County

From Prince William County Department of Economic Development: 

Ceres Nanosciences, Inc., a Prince William Science Accelerator startup company, recently announced the completion of a $3 million Series A financing as part of a larger $9 million Series A round.  GreyBird Ventures, an early-stage venture fund firm, is leading the round with a commitment of up to $5.5 million over the next year and additional support.  The funding will support the acceleration to market of a highly-sensitive diagnostic test for Lyme disease. 

The Nanotrap®, a new transformative biotechnology, will enable the first-of-its-kind, urine-based Lyme Antigen test that will provide the most sensitive detection of Lyme disease, at the earliest stages of the disease.  The Nanotrap is Ceres Nanosciences’ core technology, which is a novel nanoparticle technology, that provides powerful bio-marker capture and bio-fluid sample processing capabilities for a wide array of diagnostic applications and sample handling needs.  (more…)

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, donates culinary tours


Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated two Tuscan culinary tours for the Comfort Cases, based in Silver Spring, Md. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. 

The winners of the Cook in Tuscany culinary tours will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities. (more…)

Mix Colors Art Studio will mix crafts, wine, and parties

BRISTOW, Va. — There’s soon to be a new place in Bristow where adults and children can explore their creative side.

Mix Colors Art Studio is expected to open during the first weekend in March. Owner Julia Turner says her new business will offer children the chance to get creative, and adults the opportunity to sit, relax with a glass of wine, and then work on arts and crafts.

The studio is located in 1,800 square feet of space in the Bristow Commons shopping center at the intersection of Linton Hall and Devlin roads. There is a new kiln for customers’ pottery projects, as well as classroom space that will be used for teaching arts and craft classes, as well as studio party rentals.

This is the first independent business for Turner, of Haymarket, who taught classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

End of Life Doula to present at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday


At Aging Matters, my goal is to disrupt Ageism and the stigma of aging and dying.  As a Gerontologist, I help guide families through the Aging journey.

We begin with an assessment and assist families in making decisions by understanding the journey, resources, and process. Service to clients can be ongoing or a one-time event. We have expanded by adding an End of Life Doula service.

I would like to begin conversations with the community and business owners on how to age and die consciously.

1 Million Cups Prince William meets 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. It’s free to attend, drink coffee, present your business, and participate in the weekly masterminding session.

Editor’s note: Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser is a volunteer organizer at 1 Million Cups Prince William. 

Horizon Business Brokers just finished their best year ever by brokering the sale of 19 local businesses. But was 2016 a fluke?

Horizon Business Brokers just finished their best year ever by brokering the sale of 19 locally owned businesses.

Horizon Business Brokers, LLC was founded in 2006 by Dustin Zeher, a longtime resident of Prince William County having grown up in Lake Ridge, where he still lives.

Horizon Business Brokers: I was introduced to the Business Brokerage Industry by my father’s childhood friend who was a Business Broker in New York and immediately became interested as I always had a passion for small business ownership, law, real estate, finance, and helping people; business brokerage was an industry that allowed me to play a role in each.

I decided to get my feet wet and see if I liked the business, so I became an Associate Business Broker for a Maryland-based firm. I worked with them for about a year where I quickly realized I enjoyed the business and had the promise to be a good deal maker.

I soon took the leap of faith to go into business for myself and Horizon Business Brokers was born soon after that.

Potomac Local: Do Businesses in our area sell?

Horizon Business Brokers: Absolutely, and they sell fast. The national average time to sell a business is 8 to 12 months. Our average is only 5-7 months, and we have sold businesses in as little as 30 days.

PL: What kind of businesses sell? (more…)

Stafford has 2 new breweries

Photo by Flickr user Doug Kerr


Stafford congratulates its two newest breweries: 6 Bears and a Goat Brewing Company, located at 1400 International Parkway, and Highmark Brewery, located at 390 Kings Highway!

6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Co. is named after its founders (and the mascots of their respective military services). The six Bears are 20-year retirees from the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Goat is a retiree from the U.S. Navy. Their Brew House is now open and when their kitchen is finished, they will offer a full menu and table service. (more…)

Prince William gains 596 new jobs from economic development projects

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development today announced it logged $1.3 billion capital investment, added 596 new jobs and retained 80 existing jobs from 23 economic development projects in 2016.

From an agency press release: 

The 23 projects consisted of 18 new business attractions, 3 expansions of existing businesses and 2 business retentions. The projects spanned a range of industries (information technology, life sciences, data centers, distribution, recreation, federal contracting and manufacturing) – representative of the diversity of the underlying Prince William County economy.  Of the 596 new jobs to be created from these projects, approximately 70% will be in industry sectors targeted by the County.

In the last five calendar years [2012-2016], projects closed by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development alone intend to invest a record of nearly $4.0 billion and create approximately 2,600 new jobs


Manassas business owner invited to the White House

President Donald Trump invited small business leaders to discuss regulatory concerns and business growth this week. 

From Jacqueline Krick, CEO of ECU Communications in Manassas:

President Trump invited small business owners from various parts of the country to a small business discussion focusing on the issues that affect small businesses. Many of the issues raised were similar in nature and included, access to capital, regulatory reform, and taxation. (more…)

Golden Marketplace in Gainesville touted future ‘city center for the Asian community’

*Story tip and photo from Deron in Bristow.

It looks like the old Shoppers Food Warehouse in the Somerset Crossing shopping center in Gainesville is being marketed as a new indoor mall/flea market style shopping experience dubbed “Golden Marketplace.” 

The project targets investors, and its website notes retail offerings for Washington, D.C.’s growing Asian marketplace has not kept up with the population.

The property and buildings, developed and built in 2002, is valued at $18.6 million, according to Prince William County property records. 

Here’s some text from a YouTube video use to promote the project to potential investors: 

Washington D.C., the international capital of the world is about to introduce its newest groundbreaking attraction which will alter the region’s shopping experience Washington D.C. which has some of the highest wealth and education demographics in the United States and attract sophistication and talent from every corner of the nation and the world.

The new and modern upscale shopping center Golden Marketplace with more than 150 stores and restaurants locals and tourists will be drawn to unique shopping that only independent retailers can produce. Golden Marketplace will…offer the individual investor a chance to own their own real estate in a marketplace.


Dulles Glass and Mirror relocating to Prince William, bringing 40 jobs

From the Virginia’s Governor’s Office: 

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Dulles Glass and Mirror, a manufacturer of glass, mirror and shower doors, will invest $7.5 million to consolidate its corporate headquarters, research and development, manufacturing, and warehouse operations in a renovated 84,010-square-foot facility in Prince William County. The company will retain 96 jobs and create 40 new jobs over the next five years.

Dulles Glass and Mirror [currently located at 9151 Euclid Ave in Manassas City] is a privately held company that manufactures glass, mirror and shower doors for residential and commercial uses. The company delivers its products nationally and offers installation services in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Dulles Glass and Mirror also offers a large variety of glass and mirror products that are customizable through its online store.

1 Million Cups answers your questions


Jessica Drummond with JD Wellness was our presenter at 1 Million Cups Prince William this Wednesday. 

Last week, we had an impromptu session where attendees had the opportunity to present their own challenges. As always, it was a dynamic session full of great ideas.

Some of the questions that were addressed:
-When considering supporting a fundraising event for a charitable organization, What sponsor perks are most important?
-What are some best practices for identifying target clients?
-What are some best practices for attracting attendees for classes and events?
-What steps should I take before opening a business in Virginia?

We meet every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser will present at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. He’s also a 1 Million Cups volunteer organizer. 

Imagewerks presents at 1 Million Cups


Kathy Strauss from Imagewerks Photography and Art presented Wednesday at 1 Million Cups.

Strauss discussed with the group of about 20 people in attendance her efforts to offer more photography solutions to her customers, which include the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. She also talked about an upcoming photography cruise, which is a new venture for her company.

1 Million Cups Prince William meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The group brings an entrepreneur to the front of the room each week to talk about their business. The leader also presents a challenge question to the group, and the group helps to mastermind a solution to the challenge.

The event is free to attend. 

Editor’s note: Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser is a 1 Million Cups Prince William volunteer organizer.

AMC Potomac Mills 18 adds ‘premium large format’ screens, Dolby sound

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — New screens with enhanced sound were added to AMC Potomac Mills 18 Theatres on December 30. 

From a press release: 

AMC Theatres and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. have elevated the movie-going experience in Woodbridge, as movie lovers at AMC Potomac Mills 18 can now experience the next generation of premium large format theatres with the opening of Dolby Cinema™ at AMC.

Dolby CinemaTM at AMC combines Dolby’s spectacular imaging and sound technologies with innovative seating that takes comfort to the next level with AMC’s spacious recliners. Guests of Dolby Cinema can expect:

DRAMATIC IMAGING – The picture comes alive with astonishing brightness and contrast, and captivating color that more closely matches what the eye can see.

MOVING AUDIO – Guests are transported inside the story withsound that flows all around them, including overhead, with breathtaking realism that creates a powerfully moving experience.

INNOVATIVE SEATING – Moviegoers enjoy next-level comfort with spacious, high-power, reserved recliners that pulsate with the action.


From Facebook: 

Katy Lau Our movie was at 2 pm, the tickets cost $16.25 each. I think this is about $3-4 more than a regular theater at the same time if i remember correctly. The movie we saw only had this theater or 3D available though.

GM Bunno Brinkley Yeah. Saw underworld in it. They need to turn the volume down a notch or 2. I understand great new option look at us but still there is a thing called too much… Not alot just a notch or two.

Shawn Riley You can go to the one in centerville for half the price, recliners, reserved seating, and many more perks.

Crazy if people are paying what the movie costs when it comes out on blu ray.

I’ll drive the extra, go to Sweetwater for dinner then slide on over. Had a better dinner than around Potomac mills and saved money with better experience at theater.

Donna DeFife I’ll wait & watch at home in my own recliner.

NyeasParty owner, balloon decorator Annia Jaffa will present at 1 Million Cups Prince William

party, birthday, woodbridge

Party Store owner and Balloon Decorator Annia Jaffa will present at 1 Million Cups Prince William on Wednesday, Jam. 18, 2017. 

From Jaffa: 

I retired in 2014 to open the party supply store in Woodbridge. My prior experience was 30 years as a telecom professional with a major corporate firm.

As a new entrepreneur I have learned lot about the party industry becoming involved with the community and listening to my customers and clients. I have taken balloon decorating classes, attending the World Balloon Convention and taken several party and balloon workshops. I have also extended balloon decorations as a major service to my customers and clients.

In 2015, we were awarded the Thumbtack’s Best of 2015 in the Event Decorators category. This award was a direct result of customer reviews.

In 2016 were awarded the Red Tricycle’s “Totally Awesome Award Phenomenal Party Supply Stores” category.

Award is based on parents voting for their favorite stores in each city.

NyeasParty also supports the community and provides discounts to all teachers and military personnel.


Editor’s note: Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser is 1 Million Cups Prince William volunteer organizer.

What do you think of Gabe’s?

This discount clothing store for men and women brands itself as “unbelievable.”

From shirts, pants, shoes, to home accessories, Gabe’s is a one-stop shop for fashionistas on a budget looking for department store brands.

After opening a store just outside Fredericksburg, Gabes is now open in Featherstone Square in Woodbridge.

Have you shopped there? What do you think? Is the store as “unbelievable” as they say it is?

Tell us in the comments.

Manassas Health and Rehab Center turns 10, celebrates

Manassas Health and Rehab Center turned 10 years old. The staff held a thank you celebration for residents earlier this month.


To celebrate we hosted all patients, residents, families, and staff on December 7 to a formal dining experience here in our renovated dining room. Staff assisted our patients and residents with getting dressed in their best to come out and celebrate. 

Our chef and his team prepared a delicious meal and the staff served the families and residents. This celebration was to recognize our patients and residents and thank them for choosing us as their center to receive care and reside. The Center hired a band which included a live singer who sang during the event while we raffled off gift baskets and prizes.

Kathy Strauss’ photography cruise will be first 1 Million Cups presentation of 2017

Kathy Strauss is merging photography with the pleasure cruise. 

Strauss’ Prince William County -based business ImageWerks, will hold a special photography cruise to Bermuda in 2017: 

From ImageWerks: 

Everything is included in this one-of-a-kind adventure—hotel, meals, entertainment—even photography lessons with award-winning photographer Kathy Strauss of ImageWerks & the Workhouse Arts Center. Kathy will teach you to embrace your creativity by discovering stories to be told, refining your composition skills, learning to share your photos in new ways, and so much more!

And this is not just any cruise, it is also a special fundraiser to help support the education programming at the Workhouse Arts Center.

What you’ll learn
You’ll spend your days at sea learning (or improving) your ability to “see” amazing photographs, becoming more skilled in using your camera to make pictures, and experimenting with new ways to share your photographic creations. Through lessons, creative exercises, and feedback from Kathy and your peers, you’ll take your first steps beyond vacation snapshots to make photographic art at sea and in Bermuda! Other highlights of this photography cruise include:

  • Learning to take photos tailored to a theme or a story
  • Group photography field trip while in Bermuda
  • Access to the ship’s onboard image studio
  • Learning how to turn your photos into fun products to share or sell
  • Cocktail reception while onboard
  • Special access to restricted parts of the ship for photo exercises
  • Special art show and competition onboard, judged by the ship’s official photographers!
  • Opportunities to share your cruise photography

Our photographic adventure continues at the Workhouse Arts Center upon our return, where we’ll host an event for friends, family, and the public to view your best photographs from the cruise.

Strauss will be the first presenter for 2017 at 1 Million Cups Prince William where will present her business, more details about the cruise, and learn from others in the group how the cruise may become a new revenue stream to build her business. 

1 Million Cups is a free, educational event held Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas. 

Editor’s note: Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser is 1 Million Cups Prince William volunteer organizer. 
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