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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!


Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.



You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!


You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their popular seasonings and meat.  Add the seasonings to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

Another thought is an acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.)  Click here for more details!


The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!


Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair 2018

The Annual Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair is this weekend.  Come to Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street) on Saturday, June 09, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the fun.

Take a walk down King Street to Waterfront Park and you can enjoy jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, fabric artists, and much much more.

Food will be available from:  Bunny & the Bear Food Festival (smoothies, lemonade), ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Company, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, and Together We Bake.

Local beer from Port City Brewing Company will be sold.

Everyone will have a chance to leave their mark on a boat with paint.  And face painting will be available from 10am-3pm and as well as Henna art for all ages!

It is sponsored by Volunteer Alexandria.

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Cat Cafe Planning to Open in Alexandria

Mount Purrnon is in the works to become the first cat café in Northern Virginia.  Kristin Cowan and Adam Patterson launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of creating a place where adoptable cats can roam and animal lovers can relax with a glass of wine.  And they reached their $25,000 Kickstarter goal with less than 24 hours left in the campaign!

Their hope is to provide a site with wine, beer, snacks, free high-speed wi-fi and adoptable cats!  If cats aren’t your thing, you can still stop by for a drink but we bet you will take a peek in the cat room!   The co-owners also hope to partner with local animal shelter and pet rescue organizations to get cats adopted.

Cat cafés have become popular across the country including Crumbs & Whiskers on O Street NW in Washington, DC.  Mount Purrnon will be in Old Town and they hope to open in late 2018.

Cowan and Patterson also anticipate hosting fun events like cat yoga, trivia, and game nights!

Learn more about it by visiting their Facebook page.


A Taste of Del Ray

The 10th Annual Taste of Del Ray is coming!  It is Sunday, June 3 from 1:00 – 3:00PM.  A delicious variety of food from a number of neighborhood restaurants will be offered.

Ticket holders can enjoy unlimited tastes from top Del Ray restaurants.  And then you can cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. The event will take place at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and the parking lot behind United Bank (Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue).

Participating restaurants include local favorites: CheesetiqueEvening Star CafeJunction Bakery & BistroKAiZEN TAVERNLena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & TapLive Oak RestaurantLos Tios GrillNectar Coffee and Wine BistroNorthside10Pork Barrel BBQSnackBarSt. Elmo’s Coffee PubMarket 2 Market Del RayStomping GroundSwings Coffee RoastersTaqueria Poblano Del Ray, and The Happy Tart Del Ray.

Advance tickets online are $15 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age.  Or you can purchase tickets in person at The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del RayGreener Cleaner of Del Ray, and at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market.

Day-of ticket sales will begin at noon, if available but only 1,000 tickets will be sold and it has sold out during pre-sales in the past.  So don’t wait!