As we all know, no self-respecting urban area is worthy of its "street cred," as the kids today don't say, without two essential things: a) a cupcakery and b) flash mobs. Well, now Lake Anne Plaza will be two for two:
Love cupcakes? We do. That’s why we’re thrilled to have the Queen of Cupcakes moving into the neighborhood. Nefertiti, aka the Cupcake Ladi, will soon be selling her amazing, decadent, and delectable creations from her shop on the Quayside. She plans to open in December. Maybe if we ask nice, she’ll open sooner…So now the fancy Fake Downtown won't be the only place with a cupcakery. Suck on that, Unos-eaters! The Cupcake Ladi will be moving into the old Rita's Express Alterations shop, and she already has an existing Internet business -- which isn't a bad approach for a new business opening at the Plaza during the quiet winter months.
But the cupcakery isn't the only new business opening at the Plaza. A Thai restaurant is coming to the spot once occupied by Roti Grill before it moved to the pharmacy:
Singh Thai’s owners Young Lee and Chef Chai are working hard to be open by the end of October. They’re by the dock with a fantastic outdoor porch that looks out over the lake. Stop by and say hi while their finishing up construction.And the Roti Grill, not wanting to be left out of all the culinary whimsy, is offering two fancy new dishes: something called "Kathy's Peanut Butter Pancake Sandwich" and "Sweet n Spicey Pinky Poppers."
And that's not all! A third new business has moved to the Plaza after its owner created a product to help dogs and other pets recuperate from surgery and other trauma:
Dogleggs Therapeutic Rehabilitative Products expects to have about $500,000 in sales this year, and the company expects that number to triple next year, Schon Gross said. Now expanded to an office in Reston's Lake Anne Plaza, the business designs and sells a line of dozens of pet-therapeutic products. Seventeen thousand units have been sold worldwide. Gross also has expanded into products for cats, horses, goats and even ferrets.(insert lazy joke about the Plaza "going to the dogs and/or ferrets" here.)
"Dogleggs products are revolutionary in the field of veterinary rehabilitative medicine," said veterinary orthopedic surgeon Peter Lotsikas, of the Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Md. "In addition, Schon is a fantastic seamstress," he added.
He said he prescribes a Dogleggs shoulder stabilization system for every dog that undergoes rotator cuff surgery at his facility.
"It's basically a shoulder harness encompassing the legs that keeps the post-surgical patient from being able to inadvertently pull at the affected area by limiting the extension of the shoulders," he said. "Nothing like it existed before Schon developed it."