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  • September 01, 2020 1:02 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

          The 25th Annual Art on the Avenue festival will move to a virtual format for 2020, launching on Saturday, October 3 and running through the holidays.  The event will feature over 150 artists, virtual experiences, and a wide range of opportunities to support local artists and connect as a creative community while social distancing. 

          "Throughout the pandemic, art has brought us together while apart -- providing much peace and enjoyment during uncertain times," said Art on the Avenue founder Pat Miller.  "Our primary concern will always be the safety of our artists and our attendees, which makes an in-person event impossible this year.  But cancelling Art on the Avenue entirely was never an option for us -- our artists depend on the community's support to keep creating."

          Over 150 artists will be featured, offering handmade items in a wide range of mediums, including wheel-thrown vases and bowls, tiles, sculpture, tote bags and purses, drawings and pastels, knitted and crocheted hats and gloves, woven scarves and shawls, gourmet food, fused and blown glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, and much more.  

          "We're excited about continuing this vibrant, 25-year tradition with a virtual show," said 2020 Art on the Avenue chair Amy Eggers. "Throughout the fall and winter, our constant goal will be to connect our artists with the Alexandria community and beyond with the Del Ray creativity and spirit that has made this a beloved community event."

          Traditionally held each fall on Mount Vernon Avenue, Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival that strives to reflect the vibrant mix of the Del Ray community through the artists and their work, and draws an estimated 75,000 visitors each year.   Virginia Living readers named Art on the Avenue the top arts event in the Northern Virginia region in 2020.  For more information, visit www.artontheavenue.org.



  • August 24, 2020 9:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        For over 40 years, the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) has unified small businesses adjacent to and along Mount Vernon Avenue, emphasizing community, diversity, and inclusion. The numerous wellness businesses represented here are a reflection of that vision.

        Within Del Ray is a dynamic group of health, wellness and fitness professionals offering a comprehensive and broad range of services. Often working in tandem, a unique network has innately developed, making the Del Ray community a hub for health and wellness.

        “Over the past twenty years, Del Ray has become the center of health and wellness in the region, with a wide range of award-winning wellness providers and fitness studios,” said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. “We are proud of the tireless work that The Wellness District does to connect the community to resources that help them live their best lives." 

         In addition to day-to-day collaborations for best patient care, the group works tirelessly to educate the public on health issues and promote wellness.  The Wellness District hosts wellness workshops throughout the year, plus National Wellness Week events; a self-care focused Twelve Days of Wellness over the holidays; plus their signature event, the Well Ray summer festival, that draws thousands of participants each year.  

       “When we opened Chrysalis Chiropractic in 2003, we knew this community offered something special. We have since seen the wellness businesses explode here, and it seemed apparent that the next natural growth opportunity for the DRBA wellness businesses was to collectively deem ourselves The Wellness District,” said Dr. Lola Capps.

        The Del Ray Business Association is an organization of business owners and professionals that strive for growth, visibility and success of its members. It serves as an advocate, representative, and educator for businesses within the community of Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • July 04, 2020 2:56 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        After ten years in Clarendon, Cristian Velasco is moving his popular cafe, featuring homemade gelatos, empanadas, pastries, gelato shakes, and coffee to Del Ray.  Immediately after the announcement, there was concern in the community that Del Ray Boccato may have ties to Killer ESP owner Robert Shelton.  

        "In response to the recent online discussion of a possible connection between Killer ESP and Boccato, I wanted to assure the community that Boccato has no relation to Killer EDP or its owner, Robert Shelton," said Del Ray Boccato owner Cristian Velasco.  "Shortly after the initial Boccato location in Clarendon was created 10 years ago, Rob and I parted ways, due to difference in our business philosophy and approach. Since then, we have no relationship and have not been in contact."   Velasco clarified the partnership dissolved before Killer ESP in Alexandria opened.

        Del Ray Boccato is scheduled to open in August at 2400 Mount Vernon Avenue.  "We have long wanted to have a Del Ray location," said Velasco. "Boccato has and always will be a shop that welcomes all people, and we look forward to welcoming you at our Del Ray location." 

        "We are thrilled to welcome another independent, local, and immigrant-owned small business to the Avenue," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. "We're confident that Del Ray Boccato shares the Del Ray community's commitment to inclusion."

           The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and hosts community events, including First Thursdays, Taste of Del Ray, The Del Ray Halloween Parade, The Alexandria Turkey Trot, and more.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

  • June 29, 2020 2:38 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    First Thursday Porch Party: Red, White, and Blue Takes Place July 2
    Socially-Distant
     Event Benefits Alexandria Boys & Girls Club

        The Del Ray Business Association presents First Thursday Porch Party: Red, White, and Blue from 6 p.m. to dusk on Thursday, July 2. In the spirit of Del Ray's summer street festivals, the event features a wide range of activities that promote community while maintaining social distancing standards.

        Wear your mask, keep social distance, and participate in these community activities:

    -- Support our restaurants: Order dinner and drinks for carryout from one of Del Ray's local restaurants, and have dinner on your front porch, front steps, or front yard, and wave to neighbors from a distance!

    -- Be a hero to kids in need: Participants are encouraged to donate individually-wrapped children's snacks, fruit cups, juice boxes, or hand sanitizer to the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club. On Thursday, July 2, plastic bins will be placed on Mount Vernon Avenue by 4 p.m. at the intersection of all streets from Hume to Braddock; in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center; and at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the following streets: Braddock, Monroe, Alexandria Ave., Windsor, Del Ray, and Ashby. Items will be picked up by 7:30 p.m. Cash donations can be made by clicking here: tinyurl.com/donateALXBGC   (This also completes square #1 on Del Ray Bingo! For details on playing, visit www.visitdelray.com/bingo).  

    -- Show community spirit: Decorate your house, porch, door, or sidewalks red, white, and blue by Saturday, July 4 -- get creative and decorate in any way you wish! Enter to win $100 in Del Ray Dollars by registering your house by emailing delraybingo@gmail.com.  Special thanks to the Alexandria Boys & Girls Club members for judging!

    -- Recognize our community heroes: Do you have an employee, friend, neighbor, or family member that has gone above and beyond to serve the community during this challenging time? Post photos or videos on your social media accounts recognizing our community heroes, with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delrayheroes

    -- Share the love: During First Thursday, take a video or post it on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay

         Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.


  • June 11, 2020 11:05 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The Del Ray Farmers' Market footprint is expanding to accommodate social distancing, thanks to the generous support of Bonaventure Realty Group.

        As the City of Alexandria moves into Phase 2, the Del Ray Farmers' Market is expanding to the parking lot across Oxford Avenue to accommodate additional vendors and walk-up customers.  Farmers primarily offering produce will be located at the traditional market location -- the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Oxford Ave.  Vendors offering meat, fish, dairy, baked goods, and prepared foods will be located in the parking lot across Oxford Avenue.

         "Bonaventure has donated space in the parking lot across Oxford for us to use in order to have a larger footprint in order to maintain social distancing," said Market Manager Pat Miller.  "We're thrilled that we can continue to care for our community by offering the opportunity to purchase fresh, local food in a safe, outdoor market."

          The Del Ray Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  While the Market encourages pre-orders as a way to help make things run more efficiently and maintain social distance, walk-up customers are also welcome.  For information on participating vendors, visit www.delrayfarmersmarket.com.

           At press time, the following vendors will be located in the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square: Biggs Family Farm, The Threeway Farm, Shlagel Farms, Toigo Orchards and Smith Meadows.  Vendors in the new footprint across the street from Oxford:  Tom's Cheese Store, Honey Brook, Fork & Hoe, Conchita's Salsas, Grace's Bakery, Baked by Yael, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Hog Haven, Fresh Crunch, Cold Country Salmon, Kings Mushrooms, Ana's Twist and Ashbank Farm.

          The Del Ray Farmers’ Market is an award-winning food and plant-based market located in the heart of one of Alexandria, Virginia’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. During the peak season, there are more than 20 farmers and vendors offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheeses, breads, fresh pasta, baked goods and cut flowers.  For more information, visit www.delrayfarmersmarket.com.

  • April 30, 2020 9:24 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association is proud to present the first-ever First Thursday: Porch Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.  In the spirit of Del Ray's summer street festivals, the event features a wide range of activities that promote community while maintaining social distancing standards.  

        Wear your mask, keep proper social distancing, and participate in these community activities:

    • Support our restaurants: Order dinner and drinks for carryout from one of Del Ray's local restaurants, and have dinner on your front porch, front steps, or front yard, and wave to neighbors from a distance!  For a list of the operating status and ordering information for our restaurants, visit www.visitdelray.com/covid-19

    • Give to those in need:  Participants are encouraged to donate canned food for the Grace Church Food Pantry, which provides food staples to needy families and individuals.  Our goal is to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items!   On Thursday, May 7 (by 4 p.m.), plastic tubs  or boxes will be placed on Mount Vernon Avenue at the intersection of all streets from Hume to Braddock; in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center; and at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the following streets: Braddock, Monroe,  Alexandria Ave.,  Windsor, Del Ray, and Ashby.

    • Show community spirit:  Decorate your house, porch, door, or sidewalks -- get creative and decorate in any way you wish!  Enter to win $100 in Del Ray Dollars by registering your house as a participating house by emailing delraybingo@gmail.comRally cars will be going around taking pictures. The more houses on your street, the better!  Chalk is available at the Del Ray Farmers' Market during market hours (Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or under the covered entrance at  Del Ray Psych & Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Avenue).

    • Make some noise:  From 7 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., let us hear you!  Bang on pots & pans, get out your noise makers, blast music, or play an instrument in honor of our health care heroes!  

    • Share the love: During First Thursday, take a video or picture and post it on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delraystrong. (This also completes square #1 on Del Ray Bingo!  For details on playing, visit www.visitdelray.com/bingo). 

        Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  

        Wear your mask, keep proper social distancing, and participate in these community activities:

    • Support our restaurants: Order dinner and drinks for carryout from one of Del Ray's local restaurants, and have dinner on your front porch, front steps, or front yard, and wave to neighbors from a distance!  For a list of the operating status and ordering information for our restaurants, visit www.visitdelray.com/covid-19

    • Give to those in need:  Participants are encouraged to donate canned food for the Grace Church Food Pantry, which provides food staples to needy families and individuals.  Our goal is to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items!   On Thursday, May 7 (by 4 p.m.), plastic tubs  or boxes will be placed on Mount Vernon Avenue at the intersection of all streets from Hume to Braddock; in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center; and at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the following streets: Braddock, Monroe,  Alexandria Ave.,  Windsor, Del Ray, and Ashby.

    • Show community spirit:  Decorate your house, porch, door, or sidewalks -- get creative and decorate in any way you wish!  Enter to win $100 in Del Ray Dollars by registering your house as a participating house by emailing delraybingo@gmail.comRally cars will be going around taking pictures. The more houses on your street, the better!  Chalk is available at the Del Ray Farmers' Market during market hours (Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or under the covered entrance at  Del Ray Psych & Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Avenue).

    • Make some noise:  From 7 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., let us hear you!  Bang on pots & pans, get out your noise makers, blast music, or play an instrument in honor of our health care heroes!  

    • Share the love: During First Thursday, take a video or picture and post it on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delraystrong. (This also completes square #1 on Del Ray Bingo!  For details on playing, visit www.visitdelray.com/bingo). 

        Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  

  • April 27, 2020 1:24 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association launched DEL RAY BINGO, in an effort to promote a safe and fun way to support our small businesses while social distancing.   

    The Del Ray Business Association will release a new bingo cards every two weeks, featuring ways to support our restaurants, retailers, and wellness providers; plus challenges to build community and give back to our nonprofits -- safely.  Thanks to the City of Lancaster for the inspiration!

    The first card, which covers April 27 to May 10, includes special challenges for Mother's Day, plus activities for a socially distant First Thursday, scheduled for May 7.

    How to Play:

    • Click here for a printable DEL RAY BINGO WEEK ONE CARD
    • Wear a face mask, maintain social distance, and support our small businesses!
    • Complete five squares in any row & take a picture of your food or retail purchase, your challenge, or a screenshot of your receipt.
    • Every bingo line you complete (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) is a chance to win $50 in Del Ray Dollars.  Complete more than one bingo line for more entries!  Each row is another entry in the drawing -- fill the entire card for 12 chances to win.
    • Once you are ready to submit your have a bingo (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), send your pictures by email to delraybingo@gmail.com. Be sure to include a photo of your marked card.
    • The deadline to submit your cards is the Wednesday after the final date on the card.  We will draw one winner every two weeks.
    • Questions?  Email delraybingo@gmail.com 
    • Please note: By sending your photos, you are giving Visit Del Ray permission to share on social media channels, unless you indicate otherwise in your email. Thank you!


    Details on each of the challenges:

    1. May's First Thursday is moving online and to Del Ray's front porches while maintaining social distancing!  Decorate your porch, draw inspirational chalk art, and tag #VisitDelRay for a chance to win prizes.  Visit www.visitdelray/firsthursday for more details.

    2. The Del Ray Farmers' Market is open on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for pickup of pre-orders only.  For details on how to order from our local farmers and vendors, visit delrayfarmersmarket.com

    3. The Purple Goose and Bellies & Babies are both open for curbside pickup and Facetime shopping, or shopping while maintaining strict social distancing.  For more information, visit thepurplegoose.com and www.belliesbabies.com.

    4. In addition to its incredible biscuits, Stomping Ground is offering dinner to go bags.  Order online for curbside pickup at www.stompdelray.com

    5. Truly-Life Eco-Friendly Gifts features all-natural, locally produced skin care products and gifts, with free delivery to 22301, and free DIY hand soap kit with purchase.  Online at truly-life.com.

    6. Dinner is done with Cheesetique's Family Dinner to go bags -- and includes wine!  Visit cheesetique.com to order online for pickup, or order via DoorDash for delivery.  

    7. Del Ray is hosting a Virtual Pop-Up Market from May 3-10 -- just in time for Mother's Day!  Visit visitdelray.com for details on unique gifts from local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs. 

    8. Order bagels & fixins at Bagel Uprising for curbside pickup. Order online at www.bageluprising.com.

    9. Del Ray Artisans moved their "Tell Me A Story" exhibit online!  You can purchase artwork from local artists from the exhibit by contacting Gallery@DelRayArtisans.org by June 10; the art will be available for pick up once the gallery reopens. For more information, visit delrayartisans.org.

    10. Our fitness studios have moved online!  Visit Ease Yoga & Cafe at www.easeyogacafe.com or Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga at mindthemat.com and take a yoga class online. 

    11. Order cocktails-to-go or a cocktail making kit from Pork Barrel BBQ!  Curb-side pickup available; visit alxhgr.com to place your order. Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.

    12. So many of our neighbors are in need.  Donate canned foods for ALIVE! and the Grace Episcopal Food Pantry during First Thursday: Porch Party!  On May 7, walk your donations down to the intersection of your street and Mt. Vernon Avenue or Commonwealth Avenue (from Braddock to Hume) and leave them on the sidewalk for pickup.  Please maintain social distancing.

    13. FREE SPACE!

    14. Many of our restaurants -- including Market2Market, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Cheesetique, and Hops N Shine offer grocery store staples with contactless pick up.  Add flour, yeast, milk, toilet paper, produce and more to your dinner order and avoid the grocery store!

    15. Kiskadee's latest arrivals are featured online, with phone orders accepted with free delivery. Kiskadee is also offering shopping by appointment outside of their regular hours -- text or call the owner at 703-606-5254 for an appointment. Visit online at www.kiskadeeshop.com or call the store at 703-549-0813.

    16. The Dog Store offers free delivery of dog food, chews, treats, and other needs directly to your doorstep, with no delivery charge; curbside pickup is also available.  Call 703-685- 9166. 

    17. The CDC now recommends all individuals wear face masks in public settings.  Hand-made face masks are available from The Purple Goose, Greener Cleaner, Yates Dry Cleaning, and Bellies and Babies.

    18. Purchasing gift cards now helps businesses maintain cash flow during this challenging period.  Purchase one from your favorite retailer, restaurant, or wellness provider for future use.

    19. Order brunch for mom from Del Ray Cafe on Mother's Day (or any day -- they are now open for brunch seven days a week!) Visit www.delraycafe.com for menu information; call 703-717-9151 to order.

    20. Many restaurants, including Pork Barrel BBQ/Holy Cow/The Sushi BarHops N ShineLena's Wood-Fired Pizza and Tap, and Evening Star Cafe have relief funds for laid off employees.  If you're able please consider making a donation.

    21. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap offers curbside pickup and delivery via ChowNow and UberEats. For more information, visit lenaswoodfire.com.

    22. Planet Wine offers wine and beer for delivery and curbside pickup; visit planetwineshop.com for details. 

    23. Order Spice Kraft online for carryout at www.spicekraftdelray.com or delivery via Grubhub, UberEats or Doordash.

    24. Like @visitdelray on Facebook for community updates!

    25. Hops N Shine offers carry-out food and beer (canned beers, growler fills, and filled-to-order 19.2 ounce in-house can fills), and cocktails at hopsnshine.com; for curbside delivery, call when you arrive. 


  • March 17, 2020 9:43 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Updated 4 p.m. March 25, 2020

          With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, small businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria are constantly updating their procedures to best serve their customers -- safely.  

          "Any time a restaurant or a small business closes, so many customers come forward to say how much they wish they could have helped," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky.  "These are unprecedented times, and our business owners are leading the way in responding to this rapidly changing situation, always prioritizing the health and safety of their customers.  We need to rally around our local businesses so they stay in business." 

        Here are a few ways the community can help local businesses:

    • Our business owners are in constant contact with health department officials and have updated their procedures prioritize the health and safety of our community.  Support our businesses -- while keeping the commitment to social distancing -- through carry-out, delivery, and online orders
    • Purchase gift cards to help businesses maintain cash flow during this challenging period 
    • If you're financially able, continue to pay service providers like pet care, home cleaning services, and fitness memberships despite cancellations
    • If non-profit's fundraiser is cancelled, consider making a donation to help them offset this missed revenue; if you planned to attend, consider donating the cost of a ticket rather than requesting a refund

         See below for social distancing modifications and special promotions from Del Ray businesses; this list will be updated regularly as the situation evolves:

    RETAILERS

        In addition to being open (some with modified hours -- please call in advance) -- retailers are offering opportunities to shop while social distancing:

    -- Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique: View expanded list of available items on Facebook at @belliesbabiesconsignment; curbside delivery or shipping available. Free grab & go activities for young children on the front step. Visit online at www.belliesbabies.com or call (703) 518-8908.

    -- Kiskadee:  Latest arrivals featured online, with phone orders accepted with free delivery.  Kiskadee is also offering shopping by appointment outside of their regular hours -- text or call the owner at 703-606-5254 for an appointment.  Visit online at www.kiskadeeshop.com or call the store at 703-549-0813; gift cards available at paypal.me/KiskadeeAlexandria or www.venmo.com/Celeste-Crutchfield-1.  

    -- Planet Wine: Wine and beer available for delivery — visit planetwineshop.com for details.

    -- The Purple Goose: Special outdoor display of screen-free activities for children, plus FaceTime shopping available by calling 703-683 2918. Visit online at www.thepurplegoose.com

    -- Truly-Life: Free delivery to 22301, and free DIY hand soap kit with purchase; order online at truly-life.com.


    RESTAURANTS

        Take-out and delivery options:

    -- Al's Steak House: Both curb side pick-up and full delivery available; visit alssteakhouse.business.site for menu info and call 703-836-9443 to order.  

    -- Bagel UprisingCarry out only. Order online at www.bageluprising.com

    -- Cheesetique Del Ray:  Visit cheesetique.com to order online for pickup, or order via DoorDash for delivery.  Purchase a $100 digital gift card at cheesetique.com and receive a bonus $10 gift card.

    -- Dairy Godmother: Carry out only from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; order at the front door.  Pre-made custard sandwiches, baked goods, and puppy pops also available. 

    -- Del Ray Cafe: Full menu available for carry out; visit www.delraycafe.com for menu information; call 703-717-9151 to order.  Family-sized Rotisserie Chicken Dinner To-Go now available every night starting at 5 p.m. for just $25; includes chicken, oven-roasted garlic potatoes, a baguette, and rosemary chicken gravy (afternoon pre-orders appreciated).

    -- Del Ray Pizzeria​: Open Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm-9:00pm; Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm; and Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm offering "contact-less" carry-out and curbside pickups for all prepaid online orders. Menu at www.delraypizzeria.com. Delivery available via UberEats; in-house delivery also available when able (weather dependent, as they are walking or on bike). Del Ray Pizzeria is accepting donations of nonperishable food and household items daily for all affected restaurant workers until this mess is over, and we will distribute goods to those in need every MONDAY from 3:30pm-6:30pm.

    -- Dolce & Bean: Curbside pickup of desserts and gelato pints available. Call (703) 721-3151.

    -- Evening Star Cafe: Visit eveningstarcafe.net for menus and call (703) 549-5051 to place an order for pickup; Delivery available via DoorDash. 

    -- The Garden:  Closed until further notice. Purchase The Garden swag or a gift card for future use here: thegardendelray.com/merch.

    -- Holy Cow: Curb-side pickup available; visit alxhgr.com to place your order.  Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.

    -- Hops N Shine: Carry-out food and beer (canned beers, growler fills, and filled-to-order 19.2 ounce in-house can fills) available at hopsnshine.com; for curbside delivery, call when you arrive. 

    -- Junction Bakery & Bistro:  Curb-side pickup and delivery though Uber Eats.  Visit www.junctionbakery.com.

    -- Kaizen Tavern:  Carry out and delivery available; place your orders with the restaurant directly by calling 703-836-1212; delivery within the borders of Route 1, Monroe Avenue, Russell Avenue and Glebe.  Menu available at www.kaizentavern.com.

    -- Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Online ordering available via ChowNow and delivery via UberEats. Free $20 gift card with $100 gift card purchase.  For more information, visit lenaswoodfire.com.

    -- Live Oak Restaurant: Closed until further notice.  Purchase a gift card for future use here: liveoakdelray.com/giftcards

    -- Los Tios:  Closed until further notice.  

    -- Market2Market: Call ahead at (571) 312-3010 or order online via our website at www.m2mdelray.com. In-house delivery offered for 22301, 22302, and 22305 (includes signature artisan subs, as well as beer and cider, and a selection of grocery items); for those outside the area, delivery available through GrubHub.

    -- Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro: Closed until further notice.

    -- Northside10: Open 5pm to 9pm with full menu take-out, family-style meals and beer and wine to-go; curbside pickup is available. Visit www.northside10.com.

    -- Planet Wine: Wine and beer available for delivery — visit planetwineshop.com for details. 

    -- Pork Barrel BBQ:  Curb-side pickup available; visit alxhgr.com to place your order.  Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.

    -- Royal Nepal: Delivering to areas within two miles of their restaurant starting March 20 (and on a trial case-by-case basis starting immediately); call 571-312-5130 to order or visit www.royalnepalva.com.

    -- RT's Restaurant: Carry out orders available; free delivery within two-mile radius with $25 minimum (UberEats coming soon). For curbside pickup: pay over the phone then call 703-684-6010 when you are outside. Menu available at www.rtsrestaurant.net

    -- Sicilian Pizza: Menu available at www.sicilianpizzava.com; call (703) 838-0202 to place orders for pickup or delivery.

    -- Smallcakes:  Call 703-664-0312 to place your order for porch pickup or curbside delivery; flavor menu available at www.smallcakesnova.com   

    -- Spice Kraft: Place an order for carryout at www.spicekraftdelray.com.  Delivery via Grubhub, UberEats or Doordash; beer & wine also available for pickup/delivery.   Purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $10 bonus gift car; purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $5 bonus gift card.

    -- Stomping Ground: For carry out, order online at www.stompdelray.comdelivery via UberEats.

    -- The Sushi Bar:  Curbside pickup available; visit alxhgr.com to place your order.  Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates. 

    -- Swing's Coffee Roasters: Carry out and curbside pickup; cafe is now cashless and pausing the use of personal cups.  Visit swingscoffee.com for more information.

    -- Taqueria Poblano: Full menu available for curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; view www.taqueriapoblano.com and call 703-548-8226 to order.


    FITNESS STUDIOS 

    -- Ascend Cycle:  Studio closed until further notice; over the next few weeks, Ascend we will be posting virtual workouts to Ascend at home! All of the videos will be shared on our Instagram at @ascendcycle & @ascend.underground. Visit www.ascendcycle.com for updates. 

    -- Ease Yoga & Cafe: Studio closed until further notice; visit www.easeyogacafe.com for updates.  Ease has started a free YouTube channel featuring full classes, meditations, breath work and more -- visit tinyurl.com/easeyoutube   

    -- Studio Body Logic:  Studio closed until further notice.  Online classes to come; visit studiobodylogic.com for updates.

    -- Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga: Studio closed until further notice; online pre-recorded library of classes and live streaming available via a special weekly digital access pass for just $29 at mindthemat.com

    -- Xtend Barre: Tuesday and Wednesday, Xtend will share a free virtual workout via Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. to allow viewers to preview their new live streaming classes.  For more information, visit www.xtendbarre.com.


    WELLNESS PROVIDERS

    -- breathr and Mindful Junkie will host free, 5- to 10-minute daily meditations at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Join in on Zoom at https://lnkd.in/eCUmuUy or on Instagram and Facebook Live at @breathr_vr or @mindfuljunkie

    -- Del Ray Psych & Wellness:  All services will now take place via telehealth; Del Ray Psych will also share online resources through their @delraypsych social media channels. 

    -- Four Directions Wellness: $40 off of a videoconferencing Four Directions Wellness session as part of their 4th Anniversary celebration.  Available sessions include Nutrition coaching, Reiki, Finding Your True North, Chakra Healing and Intuitive Energy Readings — all from the comfort of your own home.  Schedule online at www.fourdirectionswellness.com/sessions; be sure to chose ZOOM videoconferencing and use code 4Years.

    -- Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray:  Delivery service now offered twice daily, to include over-the-counter medications; send requests and questions via email to info@delraypharmacy.com, their website www.delraypharmacy.com, or their app Rx2Go. To maintain proper social distancing and for the safety of their patients and staff, please limit in-person visits to emergency pickups and sick medications.  


    SERVICES  

    -- Greener Cleaner: Free pick-up and deliveries; call (703) 909-8831.

    -- Yates Automotive: Complimentary full-service gas pump attendants, plus complimentary white glove vehicle pickup & delivery service. For more information, visit bit.ly/YatesNewServices


    PETS

    -- The Dog Store:  Free delivery of dog food, chews, treats, and other needs directly to your doorstep, with no delivery charge; curbside pickup is also available.  Call 703-685- 9166. 

    -- Nature's Nibbles: Free delivery on Wednesdays and Saturdays with expanded delivery zone. Call 703-931-5241 or email NatNibDelivers@yahoo.com to place your order.

    -- Passionately Pets is encouraging everyone to continue to pay service providers like pet care and home cleaning services despite cancellations during these unusual times, if you are financially able. You can purchase a Passionately Pets gift certificate by emailing jenna@passionatelypets.com or calling 240-888-1134.

          The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com  

  • February 15, 2020 10:16 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    The Del Ray Business Association is proud to present our first-ever Forever Heart of Del Ray to Affordable Signs & Banners. "Affordable Signs and Banners has been in Del Ray from the beginning, when there were so few businesses on the Avenue," said Del Ray Business Association board member Gayle Reuter. They help business open up -- and stay open -- and do amazing projects with little notice and make them look so good. This team is amazing -- they are what Del Ray is all about."

    In 1989, Ken Boland started his sign company in his basement on Hume Avenue, outgrowing three locations (including one on Mount Vernon Avenue) before ending up in their current 5,000 square foot facility on Route 1, utilizing several state-of-the-art, large format, digital printers. Boland: "As we travel up and down 'The Avenue,' we see a countless number of our signs and we also see long-time and new friends behind all those signs. In the years we have been in business, we have outgrown three locations but we have always managed to relocate to a new facility within Del Ray's boundaries. We wouldn't want it any other way."


  • February 14, 2020 9:47 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association Board presents the 2020 Heart of Del Ray to Ms. Preeti's 7-Eleven

    ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The Del Ray Business Association presented Ms. Preeti's 7-Eleven with the 2020 "Heart of Del Award" on Feb. 13.  The annual award, given to the business that represents the heart and soul of Del Ray, is determined by a public vote of neighbors and customers.

        "I'm so glad to be a part of this community," said Preeti Patel, who has owned and operated the 7-Eleven at 2108 Mount Vernon Avenue for 10 years.  "There are kids who came in here buying candy and Slurpees who now are grown or in college.  As a mother myself, I love watching them grow over the years."

         "It's really unusual for a 7-Eleven to become such a huge part of the neighborhood," said Del Ray Business Association board member Gayle Reuter. "There's never been a time when we have an event that she hasn't asked, 'How can we help?' ... Ms. Preeti, you are a neighbor. You are a friend. You are family. And the voters obviously felt the same."  

           Patrons cited Patel's warm smile, welcoming spirit, and her support of local events and causes.  7-Eleven has donated over 2,000 hot dogs for the Halloween Parade every year.  “She knows all the families, supports all our events, supports the schools, and so much more,”  read one nomination.  “She is always pleasant, always working hard, and always so kind and welcoming to my kids,” read another.

          Over 1,000 neighbors, friends and customers participated in online voting. Past winners of the award include A Show of Hands, Jen Walker McEnearney Associates, Bobi Bomar Homes of Alexandria, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, Greener Cleaner of Del Ray, Del Ray Pizzeria, Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, Caboose Cafe, Del Ray Cafe, Pork Barrel BBQ/Holy Cow/the sushi bar, and Taqueria Poblano.  A business cannot win the award multiple years.

         The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.  

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