Events, Restaurants

Happy Tart Grand Re-Opening

Happy Tart Bakery is having their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 14th and you won’t want to miss it!  The bakery (2307 Mt Vernon Avenue) has recently reopened after closing for renovations last December.

Happy Tart is known as THE place to go for gluten-free baked goods.  It was named a top gluten-free bakery in the U.S. for good reason.  The owner and executive chef Emma Cech, who has two kids with Celiac disease, has found a way to bring tasty treats to everyone!

There’s lots of changes to the bakery.  You will now find bright red paint on the walls, a mural leading up to the entrance, indoor seating and outdoor seating with patio heaters for the cold days.

The shop is hoping you will give their crepe offerings a try. During brunch hours, the bakery now offers a crepe/omelet combination called a “crepelet.”  Another exciting new addition will be alcoholic beverages which should be available in a couple of months.

Grand re-opening festivities are scheduled for Saturday, October 14.  On this day, customers can come in and enter for a chance at multiple $10 gift cards (must be present for this drawing).  And they can also enter for a $50 gift card drawing (do not need to be present for this drawing).

For more information visit Happy Tart Bakery‘s website.

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Events

Come See Laurel at Art on the Avenue

 

 

Get ready for live music, food vendors, scarecrow making and, of course, art to create and buy!  You will find that and more at Art on the Avenue, this Saturday, October 7th.  It is a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts!

It takes place on Mt. Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues.  You can find a map of the vendors and music stages by clicking here.

There will be over 300 artists including jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptures and more at this great event.  Kids’ activities have always been a huge part of the festival — stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, weave screen art and more.

And if you are looking for some of that AVA swag that you see everywhere, come by St. Elmo’s early in the day.  Laurel Conger (McEnearney Realtor) will be giving away AVA car magnets and coffee sleeves.  If you display your coffee sleeve at the festival, Laurel will buy you a cup of coffee at St. Elmo’s!  Say hello and grab some free stuff!

 

 

 

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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!

 

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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!