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, Lifestyle, Local Business

The Fourth Annual Well Ray Festival is here!

On June 23 from 9AM-1PM the Del Ray Business Association, presents the fourth annual Well Ray Festival.  The event celebrates health and wellness in our fine city!  Grab your family and your yoga mat a come down to Mt. Vernon Avenue between Custis and Uhler Avenues to the health and lifestyle-inspired tents.

Local wellness and holistic health-practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, meditation, wellness coaching, energy work and more.

And treat yourself to wellness-inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers and boutiques.

Try some free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more.   Visit the meditation garden, the yoga sanctuary or the cycle deck.

There will be a raffle and donations will be accepted at all classes for their non-profit partner this year, ROCK RECOVERY – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the journey to freedom from disordered eating through an affordable outpatient recovery program and community empowerment events.

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.

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.