Events, Restaurants

Happy Tart Grand Re-Opening

Happy Tart Bakery is having their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 14th and you won’t want to miss it!  The bakery (2307 Mt Vernon Avenue) has recently reopened after closing for renovations last December.

Happy Tart is known as THE place to go for gluten-free baked goods.  It was named a top gluten-free bakery in the U.S. for good reason.  The owner and executive chef Emma Cech, who has two kids with Celiac disease, has found a way to bring tasty treats to everyone!

There’s lots of changes to the bakery.  You will now find bright red paint on the walls, a mural leading up to the entrance, indoor seating and outdoor seating with patio heaters for the cold days.

The shop is hoping you will give their crepe offerings a try. During brunch hours, the bakery now offers a crepe/omelet combination called a “crepelet.”  Another exciting new addition will be alcoholic beverages which should be available in a couple of months.

Grand re-opening festivities are scheduled for Saturday, October 14.  On this day, customers can come in and enter for a chance at multiple $10 gift cards (must be present for this drawing).  And they can also enter for a $50 gift card drawing (do not need to be present for this drawing).

For more information visit Happy Tart Bakery‘s website.


Come See Laurel at Art on the Avenue



Get ready for live music, food vendors, scarecrow making and, of course, art to create and buy!  You will find that and more at Art on the Avenue, this Saturday, October 7th.  It is a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts!

It takes place on Mt. Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues.  You can find a map of the vendors and music stages by clicking here.

There will be over 300 artists including jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptures and more at this great event.  Kids’ activities have always been a huge part of the festival — stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, weave screen art and more.

And if you are looking for some of that AVA swag that you see everywhere, come by St. Elmo’s early in the day.  Laurel Conger (McEnearney Realtor) will be giving away AVA car magnets and coffee sleeves.  If you display your coffee sleeve at the festival, Laurel will buy you a cup of coffee at St. Elmo’s!  Say hello and grab some free stuff!





42nd Annual Wine Festival Comes to Alexandria

Get ready to taste over 200 Virginia wines at the 42nd Annual Wine Festival!  Bottles will be available for purchase.  There will be dozens of ciders available, too.  Click here for a list of wineries.

Dates:  October 14th & 15th, 2017

Location:  Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA

General Admission ($35/ticket)  includes Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting from many VA Wineries (Cider too!), and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, and all concessions and musical entertainment


Or if you want to get the VIP experience you can buy a ticket for $65.  This entitles you to 1-Hour Early Admission, Special “Exclusive” VIP Reserve Wine Tasting- Private Tent & Bathrooms and it also includes the Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, as well.

The VA Oyster Pavilion (included in the ticket price) gets you briny freshly-shucked oysters from VA’s Chesapeake Regions.  There will also be food trucks, local food vendors, and vegan and gluten-free options.

All this with live music and kid activities!  We can’t wait!



Events, Lifestyle

King Street Art Festival

When: September 17–18, 2016

Every year, Alexandria’s main street transforms into a wonderful, eclectic outdoor art gallery at the King Street Art Festival.  This great event brings more than 165 international artists to Alexandria.  You will find sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography and more.

Six blocks along King Street will be lined with festival booths.  You can also partake in the Art League’s annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.  There you can enjoy artisanal ice cream from bowls handmade by local artists. Win/win!  You can also participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront.

It was named one America’s Best Small Art Festivals by

Come for the art and the shops and the fun!  How can you resist?