Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Some proceeds from this year's Taste of Arlington will benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Thousands of hungry residents of Arlington and Northern Virginia will descend on Ballston this Sunday, May 19 for the 2013 Taste of Arlington, presented by the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID). The event is from noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday on Wilson Boulevard between North Glebe Road and North Randolph Street. According to the Ballston BID, Taste of Arlington is the “largest food+beer+wine+art festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington's food scene and attracting over 15,000 food lovers from all over the region. More than 40 of Arlington's favorite restaurants and most exciting chefs will serve up their specialties at this year's festival and this is your chance to sample them all!” This year, some of the Taste of Ballston …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Ballston Business Improvement District will unveil the statues next month at the annual Taste of Arlington.
Want to have your picture taken with Washington Capitals team captain Alex Ovechkin, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall or D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius? The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, wants to make that a reality — an augmented reality, actually. The BID will unveil a series of augmented reality statues at this year's Taste of Arlington, which will be from noon to 5 p.m. on May 19. The "statues" are actually 15-second video loops of Ovechkin, Wall or Pontius in different poses that can be accessed by downloading the BID's app and targeting one of the augmented reality markers. The markers are similar to quick response or QR codes that smartphones and tablets are able to scan. So if you stand next to the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Three finalists will get to pitch their ideas to Ted Leonsis, a nationally renowned investor and entrepreneur.
Do you have the next big idea? The Ballston Business Improvement District wants to hear about it. And with hard work and maybe a little luck, you could end up pitching your idea to Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals and a nationally renowned entrepreneur and investor. The Ballston BID, as it's called, will begin accepting applications for its LaunchPad initiative on Friday. Submissions will be accepted through April 19. "We're definitely excited about it," said Tina Leone, the BID's chief executive. "This is what we hoped to accomplish, to bring together the business community. People have really stepped up to be a part of this and support the program. "We expect to see some great plans and hear some great ideas." …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Ballston Business Improvement District undertakes agressive 'placemaking' campaign.
Coming soon to Ballston: More WiFi hotspots, more public gathering spaces, several beautification efforts and a virtual showcase of area innovators. It's all part of an aggressive placemaking push by the Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID — separate but complimentary to a new "where minds meet" marketing campaign and LaunchPad challenge for area entrepreneurs that kicked off last week. "Now, we're rolling," said Tina Leone, chief executive of the BID, later adding "How do we connect our parks? How do we make the public experience more pleasurable in Ballston?" The BID has several ideas. First on the table is increasing the number of WiFi hotspots in the roughly five-block radius around the Ballston Metro. The BID also wants to …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Efforts to keep NSF and land FBI are wholly unrelated, congressman says.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who has spent months working to keep the National Science Foundation in Arlington, is optimistic that work will pay off. "People have come to the conclusion that the best location is right near where they are — in the Ballston corridor," Moran told Patch last week following a news conference about Virginia's efforts to land the new FBI headquarters. "I think the NSF is going to stay in Ballston," he said, noting the number of its employees who live within a short distance of the facility. Moran, who brought together Northern Virginia leaders with a "singular focus" of landing the new FBI headquarters in Virginia, said the two projects were wholly unrelated. Arlington is perhaps the only jurisdiction in Northern …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Ballston BID launches initiative, competition to help startups.
Ballston rolled out the orange carpet for area entrepreneurs and investors Thursday night. The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, formally kicked off its new marketing campaign to brand the community "where minds meet," as the new slogan goes. "Truer words have never been spoken," Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said. "Ballston is Arlington's hub of science and technology." About 150 people showed up to the exclusive event at what was once the Chevy's Fresh Mex space at Ballston Common Mall — but now has been transformed into a place where the BID can host programming for its new entrepreneurship initiative, LaunchPad. Even the margaritas were orange, a nod to the nearby Metro line. [PHOTOS: LaunchPad Takes Off …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Business Improvement District, too, will announce new LaunchPad program for area entrepreneurs.
The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, tonight will kick off a major new marketing campaign that highlights the hub of innovation in that community — plus a new program designed to help entrepreneurs take advantage of that talent. The invitation-only event in the former Chevy's Fresh Mex space at Ballston Common Mall serves multiple functions. It will highlight Ballston as a place "where minds meet," a core focus of the new branding campaign. It will introduce Ballston LaunchPad, a new program for startups that has the support of Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals and a nationally renowned entrepreneur. The LaunchPad program itself will announce a new challenge designed to find the next big idea in Ballston. And…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The farmers market is from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.
The Ballston farmers market is offering new vendors, live music and food sampling this season. The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, took over the market this summer. That paved the way for new vendors this year, said Allie Krafft, a spokeswoman for the BID. The vendors were chosen by Fresh Farm Markets, which promotes local food in the Chesapeake Bay region. All of their vendors sell only locally grown products. "You want to have the right product mix — one conventional grower, one organic, bread, cheese, some specialty items," said Juliet Glass of the Fresh Farm Market. The market currently has anywhere from 10 to 15 vendors each week. Chef Tracy O'Grady from the nearby Willow Restaurant cooks free samples for visitors …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The market will feature vendors selling everything from kettle corn to crab cakes.
More than a dozen local and regional vendors will be selling produce and much more at the grand opening of the Ballston Farmer's Market on Thursday. The market, co-sponsored by FRESHFARM Markets and the Ballston Business Improvement District, will be held between North Stuart and North Taylor streets, across from the Ballston Metro, from 3 to 7 p.m. According to an announcement by the BID, the following vendors will be included in the grand opening: Let us know if you plan on patronizing the Ballston Farmers' Market. If it becomes your new favorite, let us know in the Readers' Choice nominations for best farmers' market in Arlington. We're taking nominations through July 9 and voting on the finalists will start later in July.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Ballston Business Improvement District celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday.
Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center, addressed members of the Ballston business community at the Ballston Business Improvement District's 1-year anniversary celebration at the West Arlington Gateway on Thursday. According to a press statement released by the Ballston Business Improvement District, "Ballston, home of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is well positioned to promote its unique community as a premier place to live, work and play. “The goal was to bring a new world-class practice facility much closer to where we play at the Verizon Center and build a fantastic place where young players wanted to come and wanted to live. We wanted to build and activate a sense of …