It seems like just yesterday that we were one day from opening and I was standing at the door of Dominion Virginia Power’s main office begging them to turn power on to the shopping center. It was August 2005, and we were the first tenant to open in the Cameron Chase Shopping Center in Ashburn. There was no power, no phone line, and no internet to the shopping center. That, the numerous construction workers and piles of construction debris were among the obstacles we faced the day before we opened. Nonetheless, we got it all together and, with much anticipation, we threw open our doors to Northern Virginia.
Since then, 34,155 customers have attended over 20,000 sessions in VA. You have made over 842,470 dishes, each with six servings. That equates to about 5,054,820 plates of food that have been served on your dinner tables. We have been a part of your birthday celebrations, your baby and wedding showers, your in-law visits, your teacher appreciation lunches, your pot lucks dinners, and, of course, your every day dinners and leftover lunches. We have been with you when tragedy has struck, too. When things go wrong, regardless of whether they are sudden or expected, you, your family and your neighbors have come to us to help get a meal on the table of a family in need.
We have gotten to know so many of the great people in Northern Virginia as our customers and we are grateful for each one. We love to see your smiling faces come through our doors. We love to hear about your latest adventures and the progress of your children, grandchildren and parents. We like to say that our friends are our customers and our customers are our friends. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of your community.
Thank you for the last five years in business. I’d like to personally invite you to join us at our anniversary celebration on Wednesday, September 1st from 4pm to 7pm at our Ashburn store. We look forward to dishing with you for many more years!
Let’s Dish! Ashburn • 44260 Ice Rink Plaza #122 • Ashburn, VA 20147 • 703.858.7900 • firstname.lastname@example.org