Lifestyle, Restaurants

Alexandria’s RT’s Named A 2018 Best Southern Restaurant

According to Open Table’s new list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018, Alexandria’s RT’s Restaurant is one of the best.  It was the only representative from the entire state of Virginia.  The Mount Vernon Avenue classic has been offering authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine for more than 30 years.

The list includes restaurants from 14 states and Washington, D.C. but only 10 of those states are Southern.

The rankings are based on 12 million reviews on Open Table for over 27,000 restaurants in 50 states and DC.

If you’ve never tried RT’s, Alexandria Restaurant Week (August 17-26) is a great time to give it a go. They will be offering a $35 three-course dinner and $22 lunch.

Click here to see the full list of the Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018.

 

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Events, Local Business

Ninth Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

The 9th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 in Old Town and Del Ray.

The event is led by Visit Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association.  More than 50 local Alexandria boutiques will be offering summer merchandise at up to 80 percent off.  If it rains, sidewalk tables will be brought inside.

If you are looking for end-of-summer savings on clothes, jewelry, home decor, culinary goods, and gift items this is the event for you.  Participating stores include The Shoe Hive, Periwinkle, The Lucky Knot, The Dog Park, fibre space, Pacers Running and Kiskadee.  Boutiques with yellow balloon markers outside of their storefronts are in on the sale.

The city will provide free parking at meters in Old Town on both Saturday and Sunday; parking is free in Del Ray.

For a complete list of all participating businesses and examples of sale items, visit: VisitAlexVA.com/SidewalkSale.

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Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Week is Coming

August is around the corner and although no one wants to think about school yet, it will be here before we know it.  And the Virginia sales tax holiday will be here soon, too.  So that means it is time to start thinking about the clothes, shoes, backpacks and other supplies your kids will need to have a successful school year.

During this special week, Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. sales taxes will be waived on certain school supplies, clothes, appliances and hurricane preparedness items.

School supplies that are $20 or less, per item, are included in the tax exemption. Your clothing and foot ware purchases must have a price of $100 or less, per item, to qualify.   Accessories such as handbags, jewelry, makeup and wallets, as well as sports equipment (unfortunately) are not eligible for the exemption.

Hurricane-preparedness items such as portable generators at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories at $60 or less qualify for exemption.

Consider picking up extra supplies to donate to those in need!  Happy shopping!

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Alexandria Among 2018 Best Places To Live In Virginia

According to HomeSnacks, a website that analyzes the quality of life in places around the United States, Alexandria ranks seventh in the 2018 Best Places to Live in Virginia.  We moved up two spots from ninth place last year.   We would say #1, but we are biased.

HomeSnacks reviewed 62 cities with populations over 5,000 across the state. Criteria include median home values, median income, population density, unemployment rate, commute time (oh no), crime, education levels, health insurance coverage and poverty rates.

Alexandria’s pros were diversity, amenities and jobs. The only two rankings that were less-than-excellent were affordability and commute (but we knew that).

It was nice to learn that our crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Virginia that were examined.

The top 10 places to live in Virginia are:

  1. Vienna
  2. Bridgewater
  3. Purcellville
  4. Falls Church
  5. Poquoson
  6. Leesburg
  7. Alexandria
  8. Warrenton
  9. Salem
  10. Virginia Beach

Number seven in this survey, number one in our hearts!