Friday, November 16, 2012
Community members including schools and churches are creating artworks for display as part of the Holiday Advent Calendar Art Celebration.
Old Town staple The Christmas Attic has teamed up with area schools, businesses and community groups to produce its second annual Holiday Advent Calendar Art Celebration. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24 at sundown each day, the store at 125 S. Union St. will reveal advent art featuring creations from the community. All art is either placed in windows or on the brick building facing Union Street. Each Saturday in December at sundown, the store will host entertainment, activities and a visit from Santa. At the event’s close near the end of December, the art will be auctioned at a post-event celebration. Proceeds from the auction, which does not yet have a firm date, will go to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. The nonprofit grants the wishes of children…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
New market moving into storefront next to Buzz Bakery.
A new market located just off Slaters Lane carrying fresh produce, dairy products and other sundry items is expected to open in December. Called Slaters Market, ownership hopes to get the doors open at 1561 Potomac Greens Ave. between Buzz Bakery and Tropical Smoothie Cafe in a little more than a month, according to the market’s Facebook page. The storefront previously housed Hairy Situations, which moved across the street in September. Along with produce and dairy products, the 800-square-foot Slaters Market will carry beverages, bread, flowers and other household items. Nearby residents are urged to leave suggestions on items that the store will carry on its Facebook page.
Owner of Pretty People opens boutique described as "French chic."
Pretty People owner and vintage fashion collector Annie Lee is opening a new Old Town venue, Zoubeck. The boutique, which Lee describes as “French chic,” is located at 1213 King St. and will carry a mix of contemporary and vintage clothing and accessories. Lee named the store after her grandfather, Robert Zoubeck. “I have always loved French clothing and cuisine, so I decided to channel my love for the culture with this new boutique,” Lee said. “My French upbringing was the inspiration for this concept and excited to launch it right around the corner from Pretty People.” Zoubeck’s size offerings will range from size 2-10 in modern and vintage apparel. The store also will feature a line of reproduction vintage dresses in plus sizes (up to …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Boutiques have banded together to offer big sales and the city is offering free parking on Nov. 23, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.
Shops in Old Town Alexandria are offering enticing deals seeking to lure Black Friday shoppers to the neighborhood. Additionally, the city is offering incentives like free parking and expanded public transit hours. The free King Street Trolley will begin operating at 6 a.m. Shoppers can board a trolley every 15 minutes and hop on and off at 20 stops between the King St./Old Town Metro station and the waterfront. The city is offering free parking at parking meters and in all city-owned garages and parking lots as a special incentive for shoppers to visit Old Town. The following garages and lots are opening at 6 a.m., with free parking all day: Many of Alexandria’s independently owned shops are offering special discounts, with early and …
Kara Gorski co-founded Alexandria-based business braGGs after coping with issues stemming from cancer.
So one day you’re walking into Disney’s Animal Kingdom with your family when you get a call. The news is so disturbing you hand the phone to your husband. It is August 2010, you have just turned 35 and discovered you have breast cancer. You are Kara Gorski. The call was heartbreaking on so many levels, but it also made Gorski think of her mother, who died of breast cancer at 39, when Gorski was seven and her sister, Kristin, was 12. When Gorski was diagnosed, both sisters discovered they carried the genetic mutation for breast cancer – BRCA1, which carries a 90 percent chance of developing breast cancer, a 20 percent chance of developing a second round of breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer. Combined, they …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Free trolley service will begin at 6 a.m. on the biggest shopping day of the year.
Alexandria's free trolley service running from the King Street Metro down to the waterfront will have extended hours on Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving. On Nov. 23, the trolley will begin its first run at 6 a.m. instead of its usual 11:30 a.m. It runs every 15 minutes, with 20 stops to encourage residents and visitors to explore the shops, restaurants and attractions throughout Old Town.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Husband and wife small business owners are opening their second store on Jefferson Street.
Chocoholics – and pretty much everyone else – rejoice. Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates is here. Husband and wife team Robert Ludlow and Ashley Hubbard are opening their second store on 724 Jefferson St. this week in Old Town, right around the corner from Faccia Luna and Southside 815. Ludlow trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia, and later studied under Tim Gearhart of Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates. The duo opened their first store on P Street in Georgetown, but their second shop is something of a homecoming. They started and grew their business selling chocolates at the Old Town Farmer’s Market. They searched for a place in Old Town, but veered away from popular King Street. Ludlow said they love the street’s historic charm…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Donations will help the SBDC hire a business analyst.
The Virginia Commerce Bank Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. The Alexandria SBDC, a non-profit organization hosted by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and partially funded by the Small Business Administration and the City of Alexandria, is a community resource that provides counseling, training and information in small business management. Virginia Commerce Bank has provided more than $165,000 in financial support to the SBDC since 2001. The donation will help the SBDC hire a business analyst, who will work one-on-one with businesses to provide guidance, including help with financial statements and company plans, at no cost to the business. This enables new businesses to get…