• May 02, 2016 10:05 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    First Thursday, Del Ray's monthly street festival, takes place May 5 from 6pm to dusk with the theme "Dog Days in Del Ray."  Bring your favorite four-legged friend out to Mount Vernon Avenue for a wide variety of canine-themed activities, including an obstacle course,  K-9 Unit demonstration, doggie beer & wine tasting, dog massage & reka; a dog wash, and more.

     Participants are encouraged to bring unopened cans of dog or cat food, or small puppy training treats, for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria provides shelter to animals in need and promotes adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in the Alexandria community. Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, formerly known as the Farmer's Market lot, at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

    The event, sponsored by Your Dog's Best Friend and the Del Ray Business Association, is free and open to all.  

  • April 18, 2016 11:31 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    Del Ray's Mount Vernon Avenue has been nominated for Independent We Stand's Main Street contest -- and our fantastic Del Ray Business Association could win a $25,000 grant!

    Click below to vote daily (no email or registration required) -- and please share!  The first round of voting ends on Saturday.

    THANK YOU for voting -- and for your continued support of our local businesses!

  • April 12, 2016 9:09 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Congratulations to Kevin Reilly of Alexandria Hyundai, who was named a 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year Finalist!  The program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service.  
         "I have worked hard to build my dealership, my family, my community and my industry," said Reilly, who left a law and consulting career to open his Alexandria Hyundai dealership in 2001, following in the footsteps of his father, who also worked in the auto industry. "I had always wanted to start a dealership from the ground up and here was my chance."
        Reilly supports a variety of organizations, schools, churches and community activities throughout Alexandria. He is also committed to the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program, an organization which helps fight pediatric cancer.
        Reilly is proud to have received several community service awards, including the Potomac West Business Association's STAR Award for community service. Whether in his role as president of the local business association, on the executive board of the local citizens association, or as a business owner, Reilly has worked hard to be part of the solution in bringing residents and business together to make the Del Ray area of Alexandria a great place to live, work and play. "The STAR Award was special to me because it exemplified what I've worked so hard to do all my career -- find common ground and arrive at solutions that benefit all parties involved," he said.
        For more information on this much-deserved award, click here.  

  • April 10, 2016 11:02 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 7th and the 2016 Del Ray House & Garden Tour.  A biennial project of the Del Ray Citizens Association, the tour serves as a fundraiser for neighborhood projects and the Alexandria Scholarship Fund.

         The 11 homes on this year’s tour range from a house featured on the cover of Country Living magazine to one with a modern addition and a rooftop garden.  We will revisit two homes from the 2014 tour.  The “project house” will be back to show the incredible transformation of this home, and a farmhouse from the early 1900’s will be back with a newly constructed garage and guest/office suite in the backyard.  The recently released Del Ray Pattern Book of residential architecture and additional information about the history of Del Ray (formerly the town of Potomac) will also be highlighted on the tour.

         The tour is wonderful reflection of Del Ray’s diversity as well as an opportunity to see the work of local architects and builders and to get great ideas on paint colors, tiles, decorative hardware, bath and kitchen fixtures, and much, much more. Be sure to look out for sneak previews of the homes on DIY Del Ray.

          Tickets are $20 each until May 1, when they will increase to $25.  Tickets can be purchased online now at, and will also be available at the Del Ray Farmers Market starting April 23.

         The self-guided tour runs from 11:00am to 5:00pm, rain or shine.

         Proceeds from the tour are used to fund a $1,000 per year donation to The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. Proceeds beyond the scholarship donation go towards beautification of the neighborhood and public art.

  • April 07, 2016 10:08 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Hold on to your hats!  Due to rain, this month's First Thursday will take place Thursday, April 14. The street festival in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria will take place from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        Pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation, and stroll the Avenue for the theme "Hats Along the Avenue."  The April 14th event features music from Mars Rodeo, a photo booth, discounts for wearing your hat at select local businesses, and more. Pets are welcome -- pets with hats are welcome, too!

        Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to support Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that serves over 100 local children at Mount Vernon Community School and Maury Elementary School.  Blessings in a Backpack provides food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.  Suggested items include macaroni and cheese, microwave rice or mashed potatoes, apple sauce, crackers, granola bars, cereal bars, oatmeal packets, black beans, canned ravioli or pastas, small boxes of milk, canned chicken, and pudding cups; single-serve items are best.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, formerly known as the Farmer's Market lot at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

        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.  This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Bobi Bomar's Homes of Alexandria.

  • April 02, 2016 4:06 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 7th from 6pm to dusk!  This month's theme is Hats Along the Avenue -- grab your favorite hat, Easter bonnet, or throwback to your elementary school days and make a crazy hat creation!

    This month's First Thursday will benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a wonderful non-profit that provides food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. 

    The program was recently expanded to include Mt. Vernon Community School, and already serves 50 families.  The program has served Maury Elementary since 2014, and serves 53 families. 

    Single-serving items to benefit Blessings in a Backpack will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square at the intersection of  Mt. Vernon Ave. & Oxford Ave. during First Thursday.  Suggested items include macaroni and cheese, apple sauce or pudding cups, granola bars, cereal bars, oatmeal (individual packets), black beans, or canned pasta -- whatever snack-sized or single-serving items you or your kids like!

    Join us on the Avenue Thursday to support this worthy project!  Our neighborhood kids should be thinking about crazy hat day at school -- and not worried about going hungry when the school cafeteria is closed.

    This month's First Thursday is sponsored by Bobi Bomar's Homes of Alexandria and the Del Ray Business Association.

  • March 30, 2016 12:51 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In 1916 in Washington, DC, a father-son duo opened the M.E. Swing Co., and began roasting and serving premium coffee. Now a century later, Swing’s is a legendary local tradition -- so much, in fact, that it was featured on an episode of The West Wing. Although the Del Ray Coffee Bar and Alexandria Roastery are more recent locations in the Swing’s family, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop by to wish them a very happy 100th birthday and celebrate with a special signature drink.

          M.E. Swing's Del Ray coffee bar is located at 501 East Monroe Ave.

  • February 11, 2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Del Ray’s Affordable Signs & Banners is excited to announce they are moving to 2100 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, VA on February 15, 2016. Longtime customers and individuals curious about what they have to offer are encouraged to visit their new facility, meet the staff and discuss the latest in signage materials and methods.

    The inevitable development of the Oakville Triangle was the catalyst for the move from Calvert Ave. where they have been for the past ten years. According to owner, Ken Boland, “We are deeply embedded in our community and wanted to stay in Alexandria and specifically in Del Ray. It is only by happenstance that this new space, just four blocks away, became available and I knew we had to jump on the opportunity to stay nearby.”

    For over 26 years, Affordable Signs & Banners has built a solid and dedicated following based on providing excellent customer service, expert advice and quality products. In their new location, with expanded capabilities and state of the art equipment, creating awesome signage and happy customers will remain Affordable Signs & Banners’ number one priority. 

  • February 05, 2016 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association during the Valentine’s Day holiday to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray. We want to thank everyone that nominated a business -- over 35 wonderful businesses were nominated making it very tough to narrow it down to just five. Many of you also expressed your continued strong support for past winners which is a tremendous compliment to them and reaffirms how lucky we are to have such great businesses in Del Ray.
    We are excited that you, our neighbors, customers and friends will determine the winner of this prestigious award. Selection should be based on which business best demonstrates their warm and welcoming attitude to the community/customers, their commitment and generosity to the community, and to their overall contribution to what makes Del Ray the best place in the world to live, work and shop! In other words, what business warms your “heart” when you here its name?

    We congratulate and are honored to list the following five businesses that have been nominated for the “2016 Heart of Del Ray Award”:

    Each person is only allowed one vote by emailing  If we get more than one vote per email, none will qualify & be counted.   You can vote anytime between now and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10th.  Once votes are calculated and a winner is determined, a large heart shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Friday, February 12th to greet them for the Valentine’s Day holiday. We will also notify the various list serves of the winner so you can stop by and congratulate the winner.

    Last year over , 1,600 neighbors, friends and customers voted so we encourage you to tell your neighbors to be sure and support their favorite nominee. A business can only win once and we congratulate our past winners which 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, and Mind the Mat.
    Happy Valentine’s Day & be sure to shop for that special Valentine at one of Del Ray’s many businesses!!! 

  • January 19, 2016 3:16 PM | Anonymous


    Neighborhood icon Nora Partlow was presented with a Key to Del Ray at the Del Ray Business Association Annual Meeting today.  "We wanted to acknowledge everything that Nora has done to put Del Ray on the map," said DRBA President Bill Blackburn.

    Partow opened St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Del Ray in 1996, seeking to provide an anchor to the struggling neighborhood.  In the 19 years since, the Del Ray community has grown and flourished, and St. Elmo's has been a big part of that growth.

    To date, Nora is the only recipient of the Key to Del Ray.

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