Sport & Health Buys Loudoun Fitness Club

Sport & Health Co., of McLean, announced last week that it has acquired Loudoun Racquet & Fitness Club in Leesburg.

Loudoun Racquet, now called Loudoun Sport & Health Club, was built in 1974 and has 1,000 members. The club's new owner will retain the 30 employees.

"Our company has been following this club for two years, and we feel it is the ideal portal into the growing eastern end of Loudoun County," Don Konz, chief executive of Sport & Health, said last week.

The company, which operates 26 clubs in the Washington area, plans to spend about $1 million to upgrade the 55,000-square-foot Leesburg club and its equipment.

Auto Glass Shop Opens in Purcellville

Purcellville resident Ken Damon recently announced the opening of his new business, Purcellville Auto Glass, on West J Street.

Damon, who has worked for nearly 10 years at auto glass companies in Sterling, said he saw a need in Purcellville, where he has lived for three years. "I saw a key opportunity," he said, noting the rapid development of the area.

In addition to a growing population, the town's oldest auto glass shop, Todd's Auto Upholstery and Glass, recently went out of business after almost 33 years. Damon said he gets a lot of referrals from the shop's retired owner, Stanton Todd.

Damon, 41, said he thinks he will have plenty of work. But "just in case the glass doesn't keep me busy," he said, he will keep his job as a janitor and maintenance worker at his church, Hamilton Baptist.

Hillsboro Winery to Double Production

After its first year in business, Breaux Vineyards, of Hillsboro, plans to increase production this year from 15,000 gallons to 38,000 gallons. Since it opened, the vineyard has grown from 28 acres to 33 acres, with plans to add 12 more acres in 2000.

Paul and Alexis Breaux purchased their farm in 1994, hoping to grow grapes and make wine for themselves. Local horticulturist David Collins heard of the couple's hobby, offered his help and eventually persuaded them to go into business. Collins became their official winemaker.

The couple are also planning to build a laboratory where they can test new blends and the wine's chemistry, checking for such things as acidity.

Paul Breaux still owns a real estate company in Nags Head, N.C. "I'm a commuter, just like most people in Washington," he joked, noting that he visits the company's headquarters twice a month for two days at a time. But he has found a way around the traffic problem -- he flies his own airplane.

Discussion on Family-Friendly Policies

George Washington University's Virginia campus, in conjunction with Women in Technology, will hold a panel discussion on how companies can help employees balance work and family.

The session will take place at the university's campus on Academic Way in Ashburn from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24. The seminar is free for the university's Corporate Liaison Program members and Women in Technology members and costs $25 for nonmembers.

Panelists will include executives from small and large companies who will share case studies and examples of family-friendly policies.

To register, call 703-729-8300.

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