Local Business

AHDC to Break Ground on New Carpenter’s Shelter

The new Alexandria Housing Development Corporation will break ground on August 29 on a new Carpenter’s Shelter and almost 100 units of affordable housing.  The development will be at the First Street location, with 97 units of affordable housing which will be called the Bloom.  It will include a playground, a community gathering area, a produce garden and underground parking.  (Carpenter’s Shelter is temporarily in a portion of Landmark Mall.)

To qualify for the affordable housing, you must make less than 60 percent of the median income of $70,320 for a family of four.  The Bloom will also include 10 units for families transitioning out of Carpenter’s Shelter.

Gov. Ralph Northam, Rep. Don Beyer, and Alexandria city officials will attend the groundbreaking in late August.

Below is a rendering of the facility.


TC Williams Fall 2018 Fall Sports Schedules

Come out and support TC Williams’ Fall Sports.  TC has the following teams competing in the Fall:


Cross Country


Field Hockey



You can click on the sport name above to get to that team’s Fall Schedule. Or click here for the August calendar for all sports.  Show your Titan Pride!

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.


Events, Local Business

Ninth Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

The 9th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 in Old Town and Del Ray.

The event is led by Visit Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association.  More than 50 local Alexandria boutiques will be offering summer merchandise at up to 80 percent off.  If it rains, sidewalk tables will be brought inside.

If you are looking for end-of-summer savings on clothes, jewelry, home decor, culinary goods, and gift items this is the event for you.  Participating stores include The Shoe Hive, Periwinkle, The Lucky Knot, The Dog Park, fibre space, Pacers Running and Kiskadee.  Boutiques with yellow balloon markers outside of their storefronts are in on the sale.

The city will provide free parking at meters in Old Town on both Saturday and Sunday; parking is free in Del Ray.

For a complete list of all participating businesses and examples of sale items, visit: VisitAlexVA.com/SidewalkSale.