The Flower Den, an Annandale institution for the past 25 years, is moving to Lorton.
“The last thing I want to do is move,” says Jenny Kalifa, owner of the flower shop in the Bradlick Shopping Center at the intersection of Backlick and Braddock roads. But the landlord is raising the rent when the shop’s lease is up for renewal in August.
She tried to negotiate with the shopping center’s management company, Combined Properties, “but they told me no,” Kalifa says. “They go by the rules. They don’t understand that a specialty tenant that’s been there for a long time brings foot traffic to the shopping center.”
Kalifa says the rent has been going up by about 3 percent every year. She declined an offer from the company for another smaller space in the Bradlick Shopping Center for the same rate.
Instead, she found another space at 8196-C Terminal Road in the Backlick Center South Shopping Center near the Fairfax County Parkway and Interstate 95. “They were very welcoming,” she says of the owner, and the rent is one-third less for the same amount of space.
Jenny and her husband, Sami Kalifa, opened the Flower Den in 1990. Jenny has been operating the shop on her own since Sami, a former president of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce who had been involved in many Annandale activities, passed away in 2008.