Marty the robot (about 500 models of him) will be deployed this year to every Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Giant location to work alongside employees.
All 172 Giant grocery stores will have “Marty,” a tall, thin, gray robot with googly eyes, to work alongside staffers. The robots will move around the store unassisted identifying and reporting hazards such as spills for quick cleanup. Giant officials said that the robots work will free up associates to spend more time serving with customers.
Over the past year, the grocery chain has been testing Marty and the in-store robotic program in its stores located in Harrisburg and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Furloughed workers will get a little relief around Alexandria.
Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue) announced that it would offer free pulled pork sandwiches to furloughed federal employees for as long as the government shutdown lasts.
Owners Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson published this statement on their Facebook page around 10:30 on Tuesday, January 2:
“We are all in.
We been getting questions about shutdown sandwiches. Starting today we are offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich. We hope to see this end soon, the offer is good until this shutdown is over.”
Another generous offer comes from Diya Indian Cuisine (218 N Lee St 2nd Floor). They are offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID.
And if you have always wanted to learn to knit, Fibre Space (1319 Prince Street) is offering knitting classes for furloughed federal workers. Sessions run Wednesday through Friday at 2 pm and another at 3 pm. If you can knit but need to learn purl and ribbing, come at 3:30! For those who can knit and purl already, they will add brioche classes next week!
There is one more weekend to catch the Del Ray Artisans Fine Art and Fine Craft Holiday Market. Hours are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. It will held at Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue).
The Market offers unique handmade fine arts and fine crafts from local artists. You will find pottery, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts, and glass for purchase. There will also be 2019 wall calendars, cookbooks, and upcycled tote bags.
All artists will donate a percentage of their sales to help support Del Ray Artisans’ mission to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community. This weekend’s artists include:
Marcel Artes Deolazo
Marie-B Cilia De Amicis, Marie-B Photographs
Chris Fedderson, MacroFine Photography
Lynn Fernandez, Now Brace Yourself
Sharon Harley, The Art of Sharon
Maria Frescas Illingworth
Stephanie Lynn Morse
Patti North, All Fired Up!
Madeline Ramsey, Unique Stained Glass
Lisa Sikes, Heart & Hammer Furniture Co llc
Christine Vinh, StitchesnQuilts
Diane Wilson Burley, Craftstitches.com
Admission is free. Click here for more information.
Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and big box stores.
This year Small Business Saturday is back and bigger than ever when more than 50 independently-owned boutiques in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray will offer special in-store activities. The Elf Prize Patrol returns from 11AM until 1PM offering shoppers with surprise giveaways in Old Town as well as Del Ray. You can enjoy free parking at parking meters, pop-up musical and DJ performances and special activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Alexandria Restaurant Partners is also offering 10 percent off your total restaurant bill with a receipt from a local business. Alexandria Restaurant Partners restaurants include Vola’s Dockside Grill, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar and Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap.
And don’t forget Museum Store Sunday with Alexandria museum stores featuring unique and historically-inspired gifts with special offers and seasonal refreshments.