From last week's presentation on the early history of Reston at the Reston Museum, please to be enjoying this schematic of the "J Building" (so named for J.J. Walker) at Lake Anne Village Center, ca. 1965. It's interesting for two reasons: 1) It lists the original tenants of the Village Center, and 2) it provides concrete evidence that the Village Center was 100 percent occupied at one time.
Some of the tenants remain well known to this day -- Lakeside Pharmacy, the Community Center, the long-lamented Safeway, etc. Others provide an interesting glimpse of
- Gallagher Dry Cleaning. When customers asked for extra starch, did they smash a watermelon with a sledgehammer?
- The Quay Club. Sounds fancy! And exclusive! And given the era, also that a bowl in which couples tossed their car keys upon arriving might have been involved, if you know what we mean and we think you do.
- Something called "Scandinavian" (the second word was cut out of the presentation slide). Was this a purveyor of fancy minimalist furniture that has since been sourced for the Mad Men set, or a merchant of fine meatballs and turtle soup?
- "Lawyers." Just as the best barber shops are simply called "barber shop," if you want to initiate a hostile takeover of a Fortune 500 company, look no further than the firm called "Lawyers."
- "Restaurant." Clearly, the earliest Restonians eschewed the whole trendy ethnic cuisine movement. We're guessing folks who worked at "Lawyers" had lunch here a lot.
- Something called "Youngland." NOT. GOING. THERE.