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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center — advancing a trend that combines an old-fashioned barbershop experience with the latest in hair-care services and products for men and boys — opened Aug. 6 in Herndon.

Customers are invited to relax in oversized leather barber chairs in eight semi-private barber stations. The menu of custom services includes precision haircuts and shaves with hot steam towels, deep cleansing facial massages, moisturizing lotions, and top-of-the-line hair and skin care products for men.

Roosters’ barbers and stylists provide a level of quality “not readily available to men,” noted Nivedita Gokhale, who co-owns the shop with husband Sachin Gokhale. The Gokhales are longtime Fairfax residents.

The grooming center, at 13346B Franklin Farm Road in the Franklin Farm Village Shopping Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 703-689-8900.

Roosters MGC in Herndon, part of Regis Corp., is one of nearly 60 franchises nationwide and the third store to open in Virginia. For more, visit

New businesses open

• Evolution Home, a vintage, antique and consignment home furnishings store at 6239 Shields Ave. in Alexandria, represents the rebirth of retailer Susan Driscoll’s two former stores — Not Too Shabby Consignments and Potomac West Interiors & Antiques Gallery.

The two stores were combined and now occupy the former St. Clair appliance building south of the city of Alexandria.

Evolution Homes, which opened Aug. 10, accepts consignments; call 703-519-3555. For more, visit

• Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, offering hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and, of course, pizza, has opened at 1030 Elden St. in Herndon.

Options for vegetarians, vegans, kids and those on a gluten-free plan are also available, according to owners Pooja Mehta, Amit Mehta, Danny Trehan and Vance Rossell.

Mellow Mushroom is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more, visit

Workplace kudos

Thompson, Greenspon & Co. P.C. of Fairfax, one of the area’s largest accounting firms, has announced several new hires and promotions.

Rose Du has joined the firm as a senior accountant in the tax department. Du is experienced in preparing estate and trust tax returns and individual returns. Before joining Thompson, Greenspon & Co., she worked in the tax department of other local and regional accounting firms.

Julianna Prince has joined the firm as marketing manager. Prince will lead the firm’s marketing, communication and branding strategies. She has six years of marketing experience in the accounting industry, as a marketing coordinator and in-house graphic designer for a large regional firm. Prince graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Gray Coyner and Erin Easterbrooks have been promoted to supervisors in the audit department, effective Aug. 1.

Coyner began as an intern with the firm in 2007 and joined the audit department full time in 2008, after graduating from Union University. His experience includes overall audit and review services and tax return preparation.

Easterbrooks joined the firm in January 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and an accounting certificate at George Mason University. She provides auditing, accounting and tax services to nonprofit organizations, construction firms, small businesses and pension benefit plans.

David Falwell has been promoted to manager in the tax department, effective Aug. 1. Falwell has served government contractors, real estate developers, high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. He will review corporate, partnership, and high-net-worth individual federal and state tax returns. Falwell graduated from the College of William & Mary, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a master’s in accounting.

Melissa Ware recently earned her certification as a Professional in Human Resources. The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Ware passed a rigorous examination demonstrating mastery of her field.

Thompson, Greenspon & Co. is known for its expertise in the areas of construction, financial services, nonprofits and government contracting.

Safeway grants help local nonprofits

The Safeway Foundation presented grants totaling nearly $105,000 to some 40 nonprofit agencies in the mid-Atlantic region during a recent ceremony at Safeway’s Eastern Division Headquarters in Lanham, Md.

Included among the recipients are six from Fairfax County.

• Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Area Chapter, Fairfax: $3,000

• Carpenter’s Shelter Inc., Alexandria: $2,500

• Kids R First, Reston: $2,500

• Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Falls Church: $5,000

• Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation, McLean: $2,500

• Neediest Kids, McLean: $5,000.

The foundation’s resources are provided through annual employee payroll deductions. Staff members designate the amount they wish to contribute during an annual pledge campaign.

Safeway is one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,638 stores in the United States and western Canada.

Vienna is the place to live

Money has ranked the Town of Vienna third on the magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live — America’s Best Small Towns.” Rankings were based on population, family income, job growth, housing, safety, schools, health care, arts and leisure, diversity and ease of living.

Sharon, Mass., was ranked No. 1 on the list; Louisville, Colo., was No. 2. Vienna was one of two Virginia localities to make the list this year, with Leesburg coming in at No. 35.

“Vienna offers walkability, a historic center and unique businesses that give Vienna an identity all its own,” the magazine noted. “The small-town feel comes with access to all the D.C. metro area attractions.”

That access to D.C. comes at a price: According to Money, $550,000 was the median price for a house in Vienna in 2012, which made the town the second-most expensive place to live, after Walnut, Calif.