On April 25, 2021, Capital Commercial Properties, Inc. and Eden Center, Inc. founded by Norman Ebenstein and currently run by president Douglas Ebenstein celebrated 10 years with our Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Graham Eddy. We look back at an interview from 2012 with E-Nexus Magazine regarding the Eden Center shopping center:
Introduction: Eden Center, the iconic Vietnamese shopping and dining spot, has provided goods, services and food, and contributed to Vietnamese community in DC metropolitan Area for a very long time. Today, we interviewed Mr. Graham E. Eddy, a member of the Eden Center property management team, to learn more about the management side of the center. Mr. Eddy graduated in 2002 from University of Virginia, School of Law. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Eddy has worked in many areas of the law, including business disputes, securities litigation, anti-trust disputes, and government contracts litigation. Mr. Eddy joined the management team for Eden Center last year as the Associate General Counsel at Capital Commercial Properties, Inc. When we spoke to him it was apparent that he is very passionate about running a Vietnamese shopping center.
E-Nexis: What do you like best about Eden Center and working as the management team?
E-Nexis What Vietnamese foods do you like the best and which restaurant at Eden Center is your favorite.
E-Nexis. What is the role of Eden Center in Vietnamese community?
E-Nexis: How do you manage and help tenants at Eden Center?
E-Nexis How often do businesses change owners at Eden Center?
E-Nexis How has the management team improved Eden Center so far?
Epilogue At the end of the interview, Mr. Graham told us about the upcoming Moon festival at Eden Center, which is going to be a very fun, family friendly, and culturally diverse event. It takes place on October 6th, 2012 and features an Annual pageant “Miss Vietnam-DC”, games for children, Eden Idol Contest, and many other giveaways. At the event, visitors can also make a paper lantern and join the lantern parade. I have never been to a moon festival in the United States, but this year, I will go to Eden Center for sure. Thanks to Mr. Graham and the rest of the Eden Center management team, Eden Center is truly an iconic place, a landmark for the Vietnamese community and too many other customers who love Vietnamese culture.
Capital Commercial Properties is proud to own and manage Eden Center shopping center located in Falls Church, Virginia, conveniently located minutes from the nation’s capital.
Open 365 days a year, Eden Center is the place to feed your craving for everything Vietnamese. Eden Center, with over 230,000 square-feet of family-run retail stores and eateries is the largest Vietnamese shopping center in the East Coast and among the biggest and the best Vietnamese shopping centers in USA. Over forty years ago, Norman Ebenstein had a vision to create a destination shopping center that was cultural hub for the Vietnamese American population in Virginia. Today, Eden Center, now managed by Norman’s son, Douglas Ebenstein, has over 130 businesses. These stores include restaurants serving cuisine from every province of Vietnam, numerous bakeries selling fresh Vietnamese delicacies and treats, jewelry stores with the very best prices on jade, gold, and other precious metal and stones, full-service beauty salons, and much more. In fact, Eden Center has grown so large that it is often referred to as Saigon Mall or the Little Saigon of the East.
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Back when Cha Oc Gia Huy was just a single, slender storefront in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Garden Grove, Calif., customers visiting from the East Coast would bring coolers into the shop to haul their loot back home. Owner Huy Pham felt for his Vietnamese American clientele from the other side of the country. He knew they could visit his store maybe once or twice a year, tops, so he came up with a rather industrious plan to get food into their hands on the regular.
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As advocates for diversity and inclusion in America, we are deeply troubled by the stigmatization of Asian Americans, many of whom have faced blame for the pandemic solely due to their racial identities.
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Eden Center – Like a Trip to Vietnam . . . Without the Jetlag.
“Eden Center is the finest Vietnamese shopping center in the entire country,” said Alan Frank, the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Eden Center. “We listened to our tenants and customers and created a shopping experience that is unmatched.” When asked about the influence of the Eden Center on Vietnamese American life, he said, “Eden is the hub of the Vietnamese community … Eden Center supports local Vietnamese organizations and holds several annual festivals celebrating Vietnamese holidays.” For three generations of Vietnamese immigrants, the Eden Center has been a home for the Vietnamese American community of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Today, it still seems that the Eden Center will forever be an integral part of the Vietnamese heritage. Eden has a fine tradition of contributing to Vietnamese charities and organizations, “Eden Center is a proud supporter of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce,” said Alan Frank.
New visitors from Vietnam, whether visiting their relatives or on a business trip, always want to travel to the Eden Center. For them, it means shopping, eating, and business opportunity. “I would like to taste all the best Vietnamese food available in the Eden Center, so I will recommend them to my customers,” said, Ms. My-Dung, owner of Spirit Travel Company. Just like many other Vietnamese tour operators in the area, she was looking for ways to expand her “outbound” tours in the US. “Virginia is an ideal transit for Vietnamese travelers. It is strategically located between New York and Florida. There are a lot fine universities in the East-Coast of the United States. It is a good location for Vietnamese students.” she said.
Eden Center’s Associate General Counsel Graham Eddy, said “from the first time that I tasted the food at our bakeries, delis, cafes and restaurants, I have not wanted to eat anywhere else.” His comments have been echoed by many food critics and connoisseurs. Boasting more than 40 restaurants and bakeries Eden Center is listed in many prestigious publications, such as the Washingtonian magazine, Vanity Fair magazine, and the Washington Post. “Vietnamese food has become my favorite cuisine,” said Graham Eddy, “when I began worked at Eden Center, I was very impressed with the quality and the value of product sold at our stores.”
It is understandable that once people get a taste of one of the many diverse Vietnamese food options available at the Eden Center, they always come back for more. The design of the Eden Center also plays a role in its success. The “Lion Gate” entry arch on Wilson Boulevard, the plaza with a water feature, and the façade of the center made to resemble a Vietnamese marketplace symbolize the commitment of the center to Vietnamese culture. As it has been for many years, Eden Center will remain a cultural hub and community center for all Vietnamese Americans. Whether you are a regular visitor to Eden Center and are already familiar with its outstanding bargains and unique charm or have never been to the Center and want to see for yourself what all the excitement is about, there has never been a better time to visit.
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