Local Business

Craft Brewery and Cidery Plan to Open Alexandria

Two new separate businesses plan to open in Alexandria this year – a craft brewery and a cidery.

Aslin Beer Co. plans to open a production facility and a large tasting room at 847 South Pickett Street in mid-2019.  The company is encouraged by the success of Port City in Alexandria.

The company brews the #1 beer by Virginia Beer Advocates, Double Orange Starfish, a New England IPA voted on by beer fans.  They currently have a production facility in Herndon.

In other beverage news, Lost Boy Cider has applied for a special use permit for a cider production facility in the Eisenhower East neighborhood that would include an accessory tasting room (for sales and tastings).

Tristan Wright, the brains behind Lost Boy Cider, was seeking an alternative to wine and beer when he discovered he was allergic to soy and gluten.

Lost Boy Cider focuses on using Virginia apples in its cider.

Get ready for some tasting Alexandria!

Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Voting is Open for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award

       

 

Six Finalists Announced for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award

Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray.  The winner is determined by a votes cast by you: the neighbors, clients and customers.  Finalists all demonstrate warm and welcoming attitudes as well as commitment, contribution and generosity to the Del Ray community.

The nominees for the 2019 Heart of Del Ray are:

Evening Star Cafe
The restaurant is a favorite in the region, recently making the Washington Post food critic’s list of favorite restaurants.  The Cafe offers a patio, bar and restaurant with a great menu.  They often sponsor community events, support local schools and non-profits, and offer their space for community events, such as free monthly film screenings with Del Ray Films.  

Four Direction Wellness
Four Directions Wellness has emerged as a leader in Del Ray’s health and wellness community. They offer health and wellness coaching for your body, mind and spirit. In addition to working with local non-profits, Four Directions Wellness offers “Mindfulness Mondays,” a free community meditation every other Monday that is open to all.

Nature’s Nibbles
Pet owners know where to go for their furry friends’ all nature diet. In addition to hosting adoption events for local rescue centers, the recent government shutdown was a reminder of how interconnected the Nature’s Nibbles community is; not only did the retailer provide discounts to furloughed pet parents, but a network of customers also provided a wall of gift cards for those impacted.

ROAM — Rock of Ages Music
ROAM was created to provide the area’s young people with all of its musical needs. They teach up-and-coming musicians how to rock, build a safe community for Del Ray’s kids, all while embracing the arts!  Kids are challenged and given a sense of accomplishment all while having fun performing around the city.  

Stomping Ground 
Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits and so much more!  Stomping Ground is a great neighborhood restaurant with amazing food, friendly staff, and locals!  They also have special events, like post-Halloween Parade porch parties and pig roasts, that bring the community together.  They often buy local from the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and provide coffee and biscuits for the farmers on Saturday mornings.

Taqueria Poblano 
Taqueria Poblano is known for the area’s best margaritas, a welcoming atmosphere and dedication to the community.  The restaurant also supports community of events providing gift cards and donations to nonprofits.

Click here to vote but hurry, voting closes at noon on Thursday February 7.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Friday February 8 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

     

 

Events, Local Business

Boutique District Warehouse Sale returns to Old Town

The annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale returns featuring more than 25 boutiques from the city and the D.C. metro area.

The event, now in its fourteenth year, will take place Saturday February 2nd from 9AM – 4PM at The Westin Alexandria.

Participating vendors include Gossypia, J.McLaughlin, Kiskadee, Lettie Gooch, Mission Edit, Pacers, Perwinkle, Sara Campbell, The Hive, TSALT, Eye2Eye, Fornash, Mystique, Queen Bee, She’s Unique, Top It Off, Little Birdies, Bishop Boutique and The Shoe Hive.

This year’s event will include complimentary pilates and yoga classes, hands-on classes for creating custom home decor from AR Workshop Alexandria and a complimentary glitter and mini braid bar from Salon DeZen.

Get up to 80 percent off clothes, jewelry and accessories.  Doors open at 9AM but savvy shoppers line up early.

Those attending the sale can park on the street or at select garages surrounding the hotel for $5. In addition, the Westin is offering a shuttle from the King Street Metro beginning at 7AM.

For more details click here.

Local Business

Robots Coming to VA Giant Stores

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.

Kids might want to go to Giant now!