Chamber Supports Belle View Businesses Damaged in Fire
10/20/2020 02:34 PM



To support the businesses in Belle View Shopping Center affected by the devastating fire of October 2019, Mount Vernon Lee Chamber presented a check for $4,000 to Kevin Green, owner of The Virginia Florist and president of the Belle View Merchants Association.


“We all know that life and business guarantee set-backs,” said Stanley Koussis, chairman of the Chamber.  “Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce came together with the Belle Haven community to establish a fund to help the come-back of the fire damaged Belle Haven Shopping Center.”


This money was raised from the community through generous donations to a Fundly campaign. Steve Larsen, New Alexandria Citizens Association, was instrumental in establishing and supporting the fire relief fund.


Working with Julie Stoltz, Cherry Tree Digital, the Belle View Merchants Association has developed a website for the restaurants and stores in the  shopping center at  There are also new Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts that are linked to the website.


Interviews from many Belle View merchants are posted on the website and social media accounts to spotlight their products and services. This expands the online presence of all Belle View businesses.


“We’ve been posting throughout Covid,” said Stoltz “And I’ve been working with the stores to advise them on how to work on their digital footprint.”


This marketing effort will reassure existing customers that their favorite stores and restaurants are still open while enticing potential customers to come and see, come, and experience what is available in Belle View. This shopping center is home to many unique, locally owned small businesses.


Repairs to the shopping center continue while many businesses are open and ready to serve the community. Please continue to support these merchants, your neighbors, and friends, who serve you and try to make your day better in every way.


Photo:  Stanley Koussis, Chamber Chairman, Kevin Green, Belle View Merchant's Association, and Alison Ross Tompkins, Chamber Vice President at the Belle View Shopping Center. More than $6,000 has been donated to support the businesses damaged by the October 2019 fire.

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