Blüprint Chocolatiers

If you are looking for premium, hand-dipped and molded chocolates, give Blüprint Chocolatiers a try.  It is unique artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria (1001 King Street) that has been open since 2014.  Chocolatiers Kim and Bruce Gustafson use the finest chocolates, fruit purées, select coffees, spirits, nuts, premium teas, and spices in their creastions.  The results are a distinctive and beautiful chocolate selection.  Flavors range from the more familiar mocha, chocolate caramel and dark chocolate to the more daring lavender honey, fig orange blossom and grand marnier.

To complement their chocolate selection, they offer tea, espresso, coffee and hot chocolate.  They also offer a limited assortment of chocolate-themed desserts and bean-to-bar chocolates. Chocolate gift boxes for special and holiday occasions are available.

They can also provide a tasty touch of class to a wedding, a reunion, or a corporate event.  Give this local business a try!



Grandpa Titan

If you have ever been to a T.C. Williams Football game or men’s basketball game, there is a good chance you have seen and heard Mike Oliver, a.k.a Grandpa Titan.  A beloved fixture and super-fan, Oliver has been attending T.C. Williams athletic events for decades, cheering loudly and proudly!

Although he himself did not attend T.C. (he attended high school in West Virginia and was student body President), he was introduced to T.C. when his two daughters, Kathleen (class of 1982) and Sarah (class of 1987) attended the school.  Kathleen participated in crew while Sarah played soccer.  And that spirit can also be found in his wife, Linda, a.k.a Grandma Titan, who was awarded an academic letter for her service as the T.C. Williams cafeteria manager.

He mostly attends home games but has traveled as far as Charlottesville and Lynchburg to watch the Football team vie for State Champion.  Some were successful and others were not.  He recommends bringing a T.C. Williams seat cushion for the Football games with aluminum seats in December!  He has also traveled to Richmond to watch the basketball team in the State Finals.

After the Football games you might find him in the end zone giving words of encouragement, especially after a tough game.

Between games you can find him sitting in front of his house in a a chair by the street.  During this interview at least 12 people stopped by to say hi or give a wave from their car!

If you see him at a game, give him a wave!  Go Titans!


2017 Historic Alexandria Homes Tour

Get ready, this year’s tour is coming!  It will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

Eight historic homes, all in Old Town, and within walking distance of each other, will be open.  Take a walk and a look!  All proceeds will benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Some highlights:

A 1812 townhouse that was the first free girls’ school in America and later housed a Civil War prison

A yard where a large tree toppled in a storm has been replaced by metal trees that muffle sound and provide privacy

Tour tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the tour.  Tickets are available for purchase on-line and at the Ramsay House Visitor Center.

Click here for on-line ticket purchase.


Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause


Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause

Volunteer Alexandria would like to invite you to join us at Salon Amarti & Spa (1010 King Street) on Wednesday July 19 from 6:00 – 8:00PM for Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause.

As you might have guessed, this event is for women 21 years and older who enjoy wine and are interested in getting to know other women in our fine city.

You might be wondering, who is Women & Wine of Alexandria, Cheers to a Good Cause?  The group was established four years ago by three women interested in networking and mingling, drinking wine, and giving back to the community.  Proceeds of this event will support volunteerism in Alexandria.

For more information or to reserve a spot for this event, click here.

And to learn more about Volunteer Alexandria, the convener of this event, click here.