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.

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Local Business

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!

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Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.

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You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!

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You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their popular seasonings and meat.  Add the seasonings to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

Another thought is an acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.)  Click here for more details!

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The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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, Local Business

How to Use Instagram, Social Media, and Email to Grow Your Business

Join Meg Biram, established full-time blogger and consultant with close to 40,ooo followers on Instagram, for a workshop to gain more knowledge on Instagram, Instagram Stories, and how to use a website, email newsletters, Pinterest, and other social media platforms to help you get the word out about your business.  It will be held at AR Workshop Monday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00PM.  If you are creative, a small-business owner, an artist, all of the above, this is for you!

There are proven strategies for using Instagram, Instagram Stories, and other platforms to build your business.  You will learn these and also how to collaborate with other businesses to help expand your client/follower base.  Bring your questions because there will be a Q & A session!

The more you know about the features of Instagram before the workshop, the more you will get out of the class.  You should bring your phone (with an Instagram account) and pen and paper.

Meg is an established full-time blogger, consultant, entrepreneur, and artist.  She has been blogging for 10 years, and has launched multiple successful businesses from her blog.

See Meg‘s work at MegBiram.com and find her on Instagram @megbiram

Click here to sign up and to see AR Workshop’s other offerings.