Local Business

Craft Brewery and Cidery Plan to Open Alexandria

Two new separate businesses plan to open in Alexandria this year – a craft brewery and a cidery.

Aslin Beer Co. plans to open a production facility and a large tasting room at 847 South Pickett Street in mid-2019.  The company is encouraged by the success of Port City in Alexandria.

The company brews the #1 beer by Virginia Beer Advocates, Double Orange Starfish, a New England IPA voted on by beer fans.  They currently have a production facility in Herndon.

In other beverage news, Lost Boy Cider has applied for a special use permit for a cider production facility in the Eisenhower East neighborhood that would include an accessory tasting room (for sales and tastings).

Tristan Wright, the brains behind Lost Boy Cider, was seeking an alternative to wine and beer when he discovered he was allergic to soy and gluten.

Lost Boy Cider focuses on using Virginia apples in its cider.

Get ready for some tasting Alexandria!

Events, Restaurants

Galentine’s Day in the AVA

Leslie Knope, fictional superwoman and small town government employee from Parks and Recreation, played by Amy Poehler, created the newest holiday.  Galentine’s Day falls on February 13 and is a day to celebrate all the lovely ladies in your life.

Make your Galentine’s Day extra special at Mia’s Italian Kitchen!

Round up the ladies and head to Mia’s second-floor lounge on February 13th, from 5-7 PM to create your very own unique jewelry at their Kendra Scott Color Bar.  KS staff will be on hand to help!

And that’s not all – enjoy Happy Hour specials plus Wine Down Wednesday (half off bottles of wine) along with 15% off all jewelry.  Cheers to the ladies!

Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Voting is Open for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award



Six Finalists Announced for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award

Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray.  The winner is determined by a votes cast by you: the neighbors, clients and customers.  Finalists all demonstrate warm and welcoming attitudes as well as commitment, contribution and generosity to the Del Ray community.

The nominees for the 2019 Heart of Del Ray are:

Evening Star Cafe
The restaurant is a favorite in the region, recently making the Washington Post food critic’s list of favorite restaurants.  The Cafe offers a patio, bar and restaurant with a great menu.  They often sponsor community events, support local schools and non-profits, and offer their space for community events, such as free monthly film screenings with Del Ray Films.  

Four Direction Wellness
Four Directions Wellness has emerged as a leader in Del Ray’s health and wellness community. They offer health and wellness coaching for your body, mind and spirit. In addition to working with local non-profits, Four Directions Wellness offers “Mindfulness Mondays,” a free community meditation every other Monday that is open to all.

Nature’s Nibbles
Pet owners know where to go for their furry friends’ all nature diet. In addition to hosting adoption events for local rescue centers, the recent government shutdown was a reminder of how interconnected the Nature’s Nibbles community is; not only did the retailer provide discounts to furloughed pet parents, but a network of customers also provided a wall of gift cards for those impacted.

ROAM — Rock of Ages Music
ROAM was created to provide the area’s young people with all of its musical needs. They teach up-and-coming musicians how to rock, build a safe community for Del Ray’s kids, all while embracing the arts!  Kids are challenged and given a sense of accomplishment all while having fun performing around the city.  

Stomping Ground 
Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits and so much more!  Stomping Ground is a great neighborhood restaurant with amazing food, friendly staff, and locals!  They also have special events, like post-Halloween Parade porch parties and pig roasts, that bring the community together.  They often buy local from the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and provide coffee and biscuits for the farmers on Saturday mornings.

Taqueria Poblano 
Taqueria Poblano is known for the area’s best margaritas, a welcoming atmosphere and dedication to the community.  The restaurant also supports community of events providing gift cards and donations to nonprofits.

Click here to vote but hurry, voting closes at noon on Thursday February 7.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Friday February 8 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.



Events, Lifestyle

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration

We sure do love George Washington in this city!  And there are so many ways to celebrate his birthday!  He would have been 287 this year!

Here are some ways to celebrate:

The GW Cherry Challenge

The GW Cherry Challenge is a competition among the finer restaurants in Alexandria. Each restaurant develops its own cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, and/or dessert, in honor of the great man himself.  It runs from January 27 through February 10.

Click here for a full list of restaurants.

The 2019 George Washington Birthday Parade

Held annually on the third Monday in February, the George Washington Birthday Parade winds through the historic streets of Old Town Alexandria on George Washington’s Day.  This year it falls on February 18, 2019.  It is the largest parade celebrating the birth of George in the country!

Click here for the parade route.

George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet & Ball

This Ball replicates the famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday set in the year 179 9. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors plus the General and Mrs. Washington themselves.  It takes place Saturday, February 16 at Gadsby’s Tavern (of course).

For information on how to purchase tickets click here.

If you just can’t get enough of George Washington’s Birthday celebration, there is a whole website devoted to the events celebrating his big day.

Click here for a link to the Birthday website.