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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Expanded Party Co. and AnnSandra will offer more options for entertaining

There will be lots more options for party planners in Annandale once the expansion of the Party Co. and AnnSandra shops is completed in the next few months. 

The Party Co., at 4421 John Marr Drive, Annandale, is moving to the much larger space vacated by Super Pets in the same shopping center. After that happens, the AnnSandra gift shop, which offers items for more upscale entertaining, will expand into the old Party Co. space.

The new Party Co. store “will be five times larger and will have a broader selection in every category,” said Richard Raport, president the Party Co., which operates four stores in the D.C. area. It will have machine rentals for things like snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn; an expanded balloon section with custom balloon arrangements, including balloon arches and columns; in-store invitation printing; and a larger selection of greeting cards, he said. Cards will still be 49 cents.

The interior remodeling of the old pet store is just about finished, and the move should be completed in two to three months, said Raport.

All permits for the move were approved in April. “The process took longer than anyone anticipated,” said Fred Carey, manager of AnnSandra.

The new, larger AnnSandra is expected to open this fall, Carey said. The store will continue to focus on fine china, crystal, flatware, gourmet foods, Vera Bradley bags, and housewares, but the men’s and baby sections will be expanded, and there will be a broader array of categories and manufacturers.

The shop often hosts special events, such as a lemonade and dessert iced tea party May 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with a representative from the Juliska tableware company, and a donut tasting June 1, noon-2 p.m., with Stonewall Kitchen.

Both stores have been longtime Annandale institutions. AnnSandra has been here for 33 years, and the Party Co. is in its 23rd year. 

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