Local Business, Restaurants

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.

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Events, Lifestyle

Local Paper Goods Store Celebrating National Letter Writing Month

Old Town’s local paper goods store Penny Post is inviting us all to put pen to paper and write a letter to someone in April.  This month is National Letter Writing Month – a national campaign that encourages connections and creativity through hand-written correspondence.  And the challenge is to write 30 letters in 30 days.

They are kicking off the month’s events with their monthly Correspondence Club at Penny Post, (1201 King Street).  This Wednesday, April 4, they will welcome Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy for a demo on how to create your own greeting card.  And all attendants will get a kit to make five greeting cards of their own.

Next up is a Saturday Morning Social with Penny Post and Nole Garey of the blog, Oh So Beautiful Paper, on April 7th from 10:00AM until noon.  They will gather at Nole’s new workshop/photo studio, Common Room Studio, (428B Hume Ave., Alexandria) to write some letters, sip some coffee, grab a snack from Stomping Ground.

On Wednesday, April 11th there will be a happy hour at The Hour, (1015 King St.), in their new event space, Cocktails on King.  Cocktails and Correspondence will go from 6:30PM -8:00PM where you can learn how to make classic cocktails and write letters to someone in your life.

There are more events later in the month.  You can follow them on Facebook to learn more about those happenings.

Lifestyle

Splash Park Proposed For Del Ray

It is looking like the “gateway” into Del Ray will be transformed into a splash park and memorial garden to honor the late Nancy Dunning!

The corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues currently holds a park and the former Colasanto Pool, which has been closed since 2010.  But the Del Ray Community Partnership is hoping to transform it into Gateway Park.

Nancy Dunning, a.k.a. the “The Queen of Del Ray,” was an Alexandria real estate agent who was credited with bringing new business to Mount Vernon Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, she was killed in 2003 inside her Del Ray home.  It would be appropriate and fitting if the Nancy Dunning Garden becomes a beautiful entrance into Del Ray

According to the city plans, the spray park could be open by 2020.  Before that time, it would be a green space available to everyone.

For more information on the project, visit the Del Ray Gateway’s website or their Facebook page.

Events, Restaurants

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2018

For 10 days and two weekends, more than 60 Alexandria restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week!  This year the event will run January 26 to February 4.  And if lunch is more your thing, more than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to their dinner offerings.

There are some new restaurants joining the fun this year.  They include Hank’s Pasta Bar, Sunday in Saigon, Cedar Knoll, La Trattoria, Café 44, and Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro.  All chefs at these local restaurants will be showing off their culinary skills during the annual event.

You can find fine dining and casual food in several neighborhoods throughout the city including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End.

To find the menu flip-book and to make reservations click here.

Here are a few of the menu highlights:

Hank’s Pasta Bar’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring options such as Bucatini Carbonara, Fettucine & Clams and Mafalde

Vermilion’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring menu items such as Braised Pork Cheek, Tagliatelle and Roasted Bluefish

Columbia Firehouse’s $15 per person lunch featuring items such as Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cake Sandwich and Vanilla Bean Créme Brule

So many destinations and meals to choose from!