• August 01, 2014 10:20 AM | Deleted user

    Join the DRBA members for a project update on the Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor redevelopment. Presenters will be Doug Firstenberg from StonebridgeCarras and Duncan Blair from Land, Carroll & Blair PC.

    Networking: 11:30am-12pm

    Luncheon: 12pm- 1pm

    $15 for members
    $20 for non-members

    Location:  Rosemarino d’ Italia
                  1905 Mt. Vernon Avenue

  • July 27, 2014 11:04 PM | Anonymous

    Del Ray’s Affordable Signs & Banners is celebrating 25 years in business with promotional offerings and an Open House on Tuesday, August 5 from 5pm – 7pm. Longtime customers or individuals curious about what they have to offer are encouraged to stop by and join them for a beverage and a piece of cake.

    Originally from Detroit, Ken Boland moved to Virginia in 1988. When the direct marketing firm closed the sign division Ken was managing, he decided to set out on his own. With a $5,000 start-up loan and a leased vinyl cutter, Ken launched Affordable Signs & Banners. Foreseeing the future potential the Del Ray neighborhood offered small businesses, Ken searched for four years before he found a suitable storefront and moved the shop from his tiny basement to a 1,000 square foot space in the Potomac Square Town Center on Mt. Vernon Avenue. It was in this space that Ken and employee, Ray Williams cheerfully served the business community for over 13 years. 

    In addition to ordering or picking up signs, many regular customers would make a point to stop in and say hello or linger to discuss sports and current events. Although Ray has since retired, most customers from those early days are still customers today.

    As Ken’s reputation for providing excellent customer service and quality products spread throughout the Washington, DC area, business boomed and Affordable Signs & Banners required a substantial expansion. Still in Del Ray, Affordable Signs & Banners now operates in a 4,800 square foot facility in the Oakville Industrial Park. To keep up with customer demand, the staff has grown from two to eight employees with most living in Alexandria. 

    The inevitable development of the Oakville Triangle will soon have Ken looking to purchase a building for Affordable Signs & Banners’ next location. However, due to residential development pressures, industrial space in the area is now almost non-existent. No matter where their next location will be, providing excellent customer service and quality products will remain Affordable Signs & Banners’ number one priority for the next 25 years.

    To learn more about their products and services, visit To R.S.V.P. and get directions to the Open House, call Jessica at 703-836-4199. 

  • July 02, 2014 5:24 PM | Deleted user
    Check out the new blog post "Living Like a Local in Del Ray" that The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association (ACVA) recently published on its ExtraAlex blog.
  • July 01, 2014 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    The Del Ray Business Association will hold their July First Thursday (postponed from July 3 due to weather). Many fun things are planned for this month's theme, Home Sweet Home. July's event is sponsored by Brett Rice from Arlandria Floors.

    At the Farmers Market parking lot from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, learn about home renovations, energy efficiency in your home, canning, decorating, exercising around your home, and decluttering.

    Arlandria Floors will demonstrate how to install flooring.

    We will be building an actual dog house and the kids can help paint it.

    There will also be displays and activities along the Avenue, including face painting at R & B Plumbing and Heating and adoptable pets from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria next to United Bank.

    Community Lodgings in the featured nonprofit, and the community is encouraged to bring their "seconds" to help with worthy organization fulfill its mission "to lift families from homelessness to independence and self-sufficiency." Suggested items include that second blender you never use, an extra frying pan, silverware, etc. Bring your donations to the Farmers Market parking lot and know that you will be helping families as they begin their new lives.

    See you on Thursday on The Avenue!

  • June 09, 2014 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks to all the Volunteers, Restaurants, and Attendees for making Taste of Del Ray so special. 

    Congratulations to the Taste of Del Ray Winners - Judge Jessica Sidman's Choice Awards:

    First Place -- Evening Star with Chilled Corn Soup

    Second Place -- Cheesetique with Macaroni and Cheese Balls

    Third Place -- Caboose Cafe with Lentils and Vegetable Samosas

    Congratulations to the People's Choice Award Winners:

    First Place -- Pork Barrel with Smoked Chicken Chili

    Second Place -- We've got two! True Heath and Wholeness with Pork Carnitas, Los Tios with Beef Fajitas

    Third Place -- Kaizen Tavern with Seaweed Salad and Calamari Salad

  • May 22, 2014 3:39 PM | Anonymous
    We have indoor storage space available on Leslie Avenue. This space is in a climate controlled building with 7 day a week, 24 hour access and security. Private access to the building and the storage area. 
    We have flexible terms and sizes of space to rent. Great for downsizing opportunities to store excess furniture, etc. Also suitable for office furniture storage, seasonal storage and business inventory .
    Space is available immediately in already built out bins or in larger areas that can be immediately configured to fit your specific needs. 
    Month to month leases up to long term commitments. Prices determined by size and length of contracts. On line payment is available.

    Leslie Avenue Real Estate Group
  • April 24, 2014 10:31 PM | Anonymous
    Teacher Appreciation week is the week of May 6. The PTA will be doing things that week to show appreciation for the Mt. Vernon Community School teachers, including sending them notes and redecorating their lounge. The PTA would love to show them how much our whole community appreciates them too. If your business would like to run a special/provide a discount for teachers during that week/weekend, please let Jen know so the PTA can publicize it. Our teachers all have MVCS teacher ID cards, so they can identify themselves to your business as an MVCS teacher. Thanks so much for your continued support! And don't forget the Big Flea this weekend!

    Here is a good opportunity to support the teachers at Mt. Vernon Community School -- just drop an email to Jen Atlins and put in the subject line "Teacher Appreciation"...hope you can help!  
  • April 09, 2014 5:24 PM | Anonymous
    April 23rd, 2014
    5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Join us for an evening of light refreshments, networking and fun with other business professionals. Bring lots of business cards!

    $10 for members before noon on 4/23. $25 at the door
    $25 for Non members

    The Art League, Inc.
    105 N. Union Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314

    Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
    To promote the interest of its members by:
    Formulating and advocating business positions on critical issues

    Representing its membership before elected & appointed officials

    Assisting the development of the competitive position of its members through educational, networking, and marketing programs

    Involving business in the wider Alexandria community by stimulating a general awareness of public affairs among its members & promoting good quality of life 
  • April 09, 2014 5:23 PM | Anonymous
    This awards program is dedicated to honoring the public safety personnel of the Alexandria Fire Department, Police Department and Sheriff’s Office for heroic acts of valor.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    11:30am 1:00pm

    Crowne Plaza
    901 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314

    Tickets to the luncheon are $65 for chamber members, $85 for nonmembers, $35 for public safety family.
    * family guests - Please put the name of the honoree with whom you would like to sit with in the comments section. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Register at 
  • April 09, 2014 5:22 PM | Anonymous
     register at

    This will be a joint networking event with the Arlington Chamber!

    Promote your business before the workday even begins. The breakfast focuses on roundtable power networking and gives attendees the chance to exchange business cards, develop new prospects and share a 60 second commercial with each table. Meet more business contacts than ever before. Bring plenty of business cards – you’ll need them!

    Seats are limited - Sign up today! Please register for this event before noon on Monday, November 5th (the day prior to the event) at a cost of $35.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. All registrations that occur after that time will be considered "same day" and charged $50.00

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