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.

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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!

Events, Restaurants

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week is Coming

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week will provide you with an opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been wanting to visit.  Cuisines are varied and range from international, to BBQ, to Southern cooking.

For 10 days and two weekends, 65 restaurants in Alexandria will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week January 18-27.  More than 35 restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person.  Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 14 restaurants.

Several new restaurants are joining Restaurant Week.  Diya Indian CuisineOld House Cosmopolitan, and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company are joining returning restaurants including Bastille Brasserie & BarBRABOChadwicksColumbia FirehouseDel Ray CafeThe Evening StarHank’s Pasta BarVirtue Feed & Grain, and Vermilion.

 

 

 

Starting in January, you can review the restaurants and menus being offered by clicking here.

For more information on the week click here.

 

 

 

Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Free Offerings for Furloughed Workers

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!

Great offers all around!