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PatMacName:   Pat Macintyre

Name of Business:  Reston Art Gallery & Studios

Years in Business:  1986 – Present = 31 years

Hometown: Washington, DC

Where Do you Live in Reston: Began in Vantage Hill, then to South Lakes area

  1. Why did you decide to open your business in Lake Anne vs another location? What made you get into this line of work of owning/running a small business/art gallery?

Lake Anne is so beautiful and the gallery space has such great light! I was a professional painter and enjoyed bringing art to patrons. The Gallery was a natural outgrowth of that love.

  1. Tell us one thing most don’t know about you or would be a surprise?

My “other life” is in aerospace/magnetics. My husband and I run a family business called MEDA which stands for “Macintyre Electronic Design Associates.”

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Archaeologist and astronaut

  1. If you had only one word to describe owning a business, what would you say and why?

“Heartwarming” Because we bring beauty to so many people, and because the art world is a true community.

  1. What are three things on your bucket list?

Three things, visit Machu Pichu, attend one of our satellite launches (our  magnetometers) live,and enjoy a thriving Lake Anne! I still think it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, the architecture, the fountain and lake, I just love it.

  1. Why do you love the world of art?

Creative and free!

chiName: Chai Lerlertkitsakun

Business: Singh Thai Restaurant

Years in Business: 6

Where Do You Live in Reston? Cameron Crescent

Why did you decide to open your business in Lake Anne vs another location? What made you get into this line of work of owning/running a small business/restaurant?

I found that Lake Anne is a good community with good people. I decided to open up a Thai restaurant because I wanted to share what authentic Thai food tastes like to other people. I discovered upon arriving to this country that most Thai restaurants “Americanize” their recipes for Thai food and I was really disappointed. My dad, who is the chef, and I owned a restaurant in Thailand for a number of years, and we use the same recipes that we used over there to serve our customers.

Tell us one thing most don’t know about you or would be a surprise?

I used to be an artist and I also used to work in the Computer Information Systems field.

What do you like to do outside work?

I like watching action-fantasy films and go to the gym.

What are three things on your bucket list?

Make my parents happy, have a family, and build a second location for Singh Thai.

If you had only one word to describe owning a business, what would you say? 


Doris_ChesChoco-17Take a minute to get to know Doris Tyler- owner and creative force behind Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More.

Name: Doris Tyler

Name of Business: Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More

Years in Business: 19

Hometown: Born and grew up in Baltimore, MD

Where Do you Live in Reston: I moved to Herndon in 1981 and have lived here ever since. I live just south of the Reston line and have enjoyed the Herndon/Reston proximity. I’ve had opportunities to enjoy Fritzbie’s and Il Cigno, to see the two lanes of Reston Avenue grow to Reston Parkway, and to cheer for my guys playing Reston Youth Basketball. Now, I enjoy Thursday night concerts on Lake Anne, the Reston Chorale at the Community Center, and taking a walk through the Walker Nature Center.

1. Why did you decide to open your business in Lake Anne vs another location? What made you get into this line of work of owning/running a small business/restaurant?

Linda from Lake Anne Florist was relocating and invited me to join her on Lake Anne…flowers and chocolates, a great combination! My sister operates a wonderful chocolate shop in Massachusetts and employs people with special needs. With a background in special education, I aspired to replicate her business model, a goal I’m still working to achieve.

2. Tell us one thing most don’t know about you or would be a surprise?

I’ve been an Oriole fan since my Dad signed his kids as Junior Orioles. He drove anyone who wanted to go to games in the Rambler station wagon. I’ve been to 25 consecutive Opening Days, sat through snow storms at Memorial Park, dated my husband in the bleachers and named my oldest son after the two famous Robinsons who played for the Orioles.

3. What would be your baseball walk-up song?

“All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers…refrain is “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier”.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

First, a hippie with flowers in my hair, then a teacher for kids with special needs (that, I achieved)

5. If you had only one word to describe owning a business, what would you say and why?

The highlights and challenges of owning a small business are unending. It offered me the flexibility to be with my children as they grew up, the ability to shape my business, and to be part of the community. It has also brought on the challenges of tight deadlines, balancing budgets and time, and dealing with the occasional broken wrist at the busiest time of the year.

6. What are three things on your bucket list?

Watching a hurricane at a beach (maybe just a Category 1)
Sipping wines in cafes around the world.
Owning a business that provides community based employment for people with special needs

Susaan Gerstein
small change consignment
Years in Business: 35 Years
Hometown: New York City
Where Do you Live in Reston: Next to Lake Anne Elementary School

1. Why did you decide to open your business in Lake Anne vs another location? What made you get into this line of work of owning/running a small business/restaurant?

Lake Anne Plaza has always been the heart & soul of Reston since it served as the town’s 1st neighborhood center in the 60’s, and it’s only grown more beautiful, & beloved. Also -All of our kids could walk or bike here without crossing a street, (which was true for me too, since I don’t see well enough to drive!) Friends Kathy Paolini, Margaret Johnson and myself knew a kids’ shop would fit right in & recycling was an eco ethic that would be embraced, even in 1981.

2. Tell us one thing most don’t know about you or would be a surprise?

My father taught me all about sports when I was a tiny kid with coke bottle glasses & no chance to actually participate. As a result, I’ve been a lifelong passionate fan of mostly NY teams. My 1st book report ever was about Willy Mays, even though he was in San Fran by then.

3. What do you like to do outside of work?

Nearly any time I’m not behind the counter these days it’s because we’re spending time with our kids & grandkids, or traveling.

4. What are three things on your bucket list?

1)Spend another 45 years with my husband
2)Have much longer visits with our three sons and five grandchildren & our larger extended family
3)Read all the books I haven’t gotten around to on our miles of bookshelves

5. If you had only one word to describe owning a business, what would you say?


Spend the summer outdoors on Lake Anne Plaza – nearly every day there’s somethin’ happenin’  – Saturday Farmers and Crafters Market, Tuesday Kids programs,  Thursday concerts, Friday movies and Sunday Yoga plus 3 more festivals. Next up is the 6th Annual Ukulele Festival on July 9th  followed by Jazz Week from August 26 ending with the 10th Annual Jazz Festival on September 3rd,  followed by the Multicultural Festival on September 24th.  Dock Diving Dogs return on September 17th.   Click on the calendar link to see what the merchants are planning and for more details of these events.

The Farmers and Crafters return to Lake Anne on May 7th! This kicks off the return to browsing the crafts, catching some fun music and sampling those fabulous farmer wares. Many of the restaurants offer Saturday brunch or you can grab a freshly made taco prepared for you by Wendy at the Farmer’s Market. Be sure to drop by the new Lake Anne Brew House to sample a craft brew!

The Markets open on May 7th with the Farmers beginning at 8:00 am and the Crafters ready to sell by 9:00. There will be music in front of Reston’s Used Book Shop starting at 11:00. Come by and say hello to your neighbors!


100_2993This Founders’ Day will be our first without Bob Simon. There’s a week of activities planned that include art exhibits, speakers, the Best of Reston Gala, and a wonderful day of family focused fun and entertainment on Lake Anne- including a ferris wheel! The week will end with a celebration of Bob’s life hosted at the Town Center Hyatt.

It won’t be the same without Bob, and we are already missing his presence around town. We believe it is important to celebrate our community and to honor the legacy he has left us with, and we hope to see everyone out and about during the week of April 3rd. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all that Reston has to offer!


January 11, 2016 – (Reston, VA) – The frigid February event that draws fans and participants from across Northern Virginia is gearing up for its largest turnout to date. The 9th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip is set to take place on Saturday, February 6th in the bone-chilling waters of Lake Anne in Reston. The mid-winter tradition event will kick off at 12:30 PM with music by Danny DJ, family friendly activities, and warm-up – with the Dip scheduled to take place starting at 2:00 PM.  Each year the event draws record crowds of both spectators and jumpers raising over $100,000.  The event participation has increased over the years with the first year consisting of 33 jumpers to 2015 consisting of 338. This year’s event is estimating approximately 350 individuals to take the dive off Lake Anne’s dock. Registered participants will take a chilly full dive or a “Chicken Dip” – to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a national year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The creation of the Virginia Polar Dip was started in 2008 by Northern Virginia based family the Toths after a long history with Camp Sunshine. They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since.  After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families.  Since 2008, 1269 people have participated in the Virginia Polar Dip raising over $519,000 for the camp.  The camp organizes 9 polar dips on the East Coast each year. The event will be emceed for the sixth year in a row by 97.1

WASH-FM morning show radio personality Chilli Amar.

Camp Sunshine is nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake and provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness.

This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, which will allow 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to come to Camp Sunshine.   Through pledges or self-sponsorship, each participant will raise/donate a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to plunge into the frigid waters, and will receive a commemorative “I DID IT” event shirt.  Spectators are welcome to come and cheer for the plungers.

On Thanksgiving weekend, it seems like every article is focused on how to cook the perfect turkey (in a paper bag buttered very liberally, FYI) or where to find Black Friday deals. So I thought I’d share some places to spend Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting locally owned businesses. Since Thanksgiving weekend is one of busiest shopping times of the year, shopping local and small is a way to join millions of Americans in fueling the economy. Last year, Americans spent $14.3 billion at small, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. But we can beat that.

The Reston area is home to many small, businesses — several of them at Lake Anne (Chesapeake Chocolates, Reston’s Used Book Shop, PetMac and small change). In fact, I suggest stopping by the Lake Anne Coffee shop & the Lake Anne Brew House to see how our renovations are coming along and then wandering around the plaza to see what you can find.

Interested in other ways you can support Small Business Saturday? Check out some of the great ideas from people in the community!

The dogs of Reston had so much fun at the first annual Howl-O-Ween party last year, they begged the Lake Anne Merchants to do it again. And you know how persuasive the pups can be when they turn those puppy dog eyes on you.

So come and show us just how flashy Fido can be in the pet parade. The competition for best costume is pretty fierce, but we’re sure the tails will be wagging. And we have tons of fun animal games for dogs and children alike. Having so much fun you don’t want to go home? No worries: stay after for Yappy Hour! What better way to spend Halloween? The best part—you’ll be home in time to great the adorable trick-or-treaters that come knocking on your door.

We’ll see you on Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 on Lake Anne Plaza.


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