Tuesday, May 7, 2013
City staff are recommending approval of a new restaurant at the foot of King Street that would include outdoor dining.
Old Town Alexandria businessman Jody Manor is proposing to open a restaurant on the Union Street waterfront at the corner of the unit block of King Street by the Torpedo Factory. The space is currently occupied by the City of Alexandria’s Old Historic Alexandria museum store. The restaurant — open breakfast through dinner — would have 76 indoor seats as well as 20 outdoor spots along King Street and 54 seats along the city marina plaza area. Wine and beer would be available for on- and off-premise sales. The store would have large-screen televisions behind the counter for entertainment and kiosks with Old Town marketing information. Office of Historic Alexandria retail items also would be located in the space, according to the applicant, …
Monday, May 6, 2013
New cafe specializing in the ice tea specialty drink proposed to open on South Washington Street.
Ice-cold and trendy, bubble tea may soon be within Old Town's reach. Chi Squared has applied to operate a new restaurant, Bubble Tea Café, on South Washington Street. Bubble Tea Café “will bring something new to Old Town…in a nice warm inviting place for people to come sit and spend some time,” business applicant Jessica Gurney told Patch. The café would be Gurney’s first venture at a small business. The Alexandria resident said bubble tea is “huge in New York” and she sees a market for it here in Alexandria. Gurney, formerly a paralegal, hopes to open the café by July 1 if the commission and council approve it. City staff is recommending approval of the firm’s special use permit to set up shop at 321 S. Washington St., where the specialty…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Business owners can claim their free listing in Patch Places to promote their business and inform local Patch readers.
When Patch launched in late 2010, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. They made Patch Places into a spot where local consumers can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more for stores and restaurants around town. All Patch readers can add information about local events, can rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and can add a review. But many owners of local businesses don't realize the full advantages and extra bonuses they get when they claim a listing. How to Claim Your Listing—and Why Owners or managers should search for their business listing on Patch in the search box above, click on your business listing and then click on "claim your listing…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The home furnishings and fashion boutique expands to The Strand in Old Town Wednesday.
The home decor boutique Coco Blanca is opening in Old Town Alexandria May 1. The shop also has a location across the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. The store offers home accessories, lighting, furniture, tabletop linens as well as women's accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry. It will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. opening day with a discount on all items. White wine and white tea will be served at the new shop, located in The Strand at 210 S. Union St. For more small business news, sign up for the Old Town Alexandria Patch daily email newsletter. Find out more here. We're also on Twitter and Facebook.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Owner Liz Davis says to expect the return of Cicada Crunch frozen custard in May.
The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood is greeting the expected peak of cherry blossom season in the DC area with the return of cherry blossom-flavored frozen custard available Friday and Saturday. “It’s just a fun thing to do,” said owner Liz Davis. “We do it every year to welcome the blossoms. It really is the exact color.” Davis said she uses a blush of Bordeaux cherries in vanilla custard to create the flavor. The cherry blossom trees around the DC Tidal Basin will most likely peak this weekend or early next week—and the weather will cooperate with pleasant temperatures and sunshine. The Dairy Godmother, located 2310 Mount Vernon Ave. is just a 15-minute drive from the Tidal Basin. It’s also a 20-minute walk from …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The bluegrass bar's Facebook fans say it's closed. What do you know?
Update: Tiffany Tavern's owners tell Patch that they have decided to retire and have shut the tavern after 33 years in business. ----- Tiffany Tavern appears to have closed its doors, according to its Facebook fans. The bar, known for its burgers, bluegrass and open mike nights, has been in business for 30 years. The tavern’s Facebook page advertises open mike March 17, but recent posts by fans say: “Sad news today. Tiffany Tavern in Alexandria VA has closed.” “So sorry to hear tha the Tiffany Tavern is closed. Nancy and Ted, the Tiff, have been at the heart of Old Town, the heart of bluegrass music, the heart of live entertainment for years. City Farm band will miss being with you all on our regular gigs there at the TT." ‘Love you …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Small business expert Frank Felker discusses whether it's worth it to swim with the sharks in the TV program Shark Tank.
Even if you’re not a fan of reality shows, allow me to suggest you watch at least one episode of Shark Tank, which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Like most reality shows, little about it is not scripted or staged. But the drama that unfolds is educational nonetheless, if you are - or wish to become - the owner of your own small business. The Sharks are a panel of five billionaire (or at least multi-hundred millionaire) serial entrepreneurs who sit hungrily in their easy chairs, watching as three small companies per episode pitch them on the idea of investing a given amount of money in their firms in exchange for a certain percentage of equity ownership. The best known of the Sharks is Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, currently …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The housewares, clothing, jewelry and accessories boutique is choosing South Union Street for its newest shop.
Coco Blanca plans to open a new boutique on The Strand in Old Town Alexandria. The new shop is expected to move into 210 S. Union St. The store also has a location at National Harbor in Maryland. Coco Blanca's website currently shows a home collection of items with the themes "Beach Bungalow," "Chic City Loft," "French Farm House" and "Rustic Lake Cabin" along with jewelry, apparel and other goods. For more local business news, Like Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook, Follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter and sign up for the daily, email newsletter.
Monday, March 4, 2013
The shop's owners are considering a move to Turkey.
After 12 years of running a business and nine years in its current King Street location, the owners of Bizim Collection are closing shop. Co-owner of the family-run business Jody Uyanik says she and her husband Mikail Uyanik are considering moving to Turkey, where Mikail is from. Jody Uyanik said the shop would close at the end of April and everything in the store is currently 50 percent off. The shop sells items for home such as lamps, decor and furniture as well as jewelry, handbags and shoes created and purchased directly from Turkish artisans. "We have had such a wonderful time being here in this community," she said. The store opened in August 2001, right before many businesses' sales plummeted after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Service industry firms like dog walking and dog day care businesses say pay cuts and furloughs will hurt their small firms.
While the specter of sequestration has government workers worried about the possibility of pay cuts and furloughs, service industries like pet day care businesses and dog walkers are also bracing for a bite to their bottom lines. Katie Wright has successfully built her dog walking business from a one-person shop to four staffers during the past 18 months. It’s something she’s proud of, and many residents of the Old Town community and elsewhere rely on Fairy Dogmom’s services to help them care for their dogs while they are away from home during the workday. "We work with many clients that work for government agencies and this has the potential to interrupt our service and affect our bottom line,” said Wright. “When owners are home they …