• February 14, 2015 1:22 PM | Deleted user
    Gayle Reuter named a Living Legend
    by Kevin Jahns

    Watch for details about the Meet The Legends Reception, which will be held Thursday, March 19, 6:00 PM, at the Patent & Trademark Office (Madison Building), 600 Dulany Street.

     Picture by Steven Halperson/TISARA Photography
    In 1993, long before Del Ray was the desirable neighborhood it is today, Gayle Reuter and some neighbors decided to put on The Block Party to celebrate efforts to revitalize Mount Vernon Avenue. Reuter went door-to-door to (some quite rough) businesses and solicited donations. After three successful years under her leadership, The Block Party became today’s Art on the Avenue, a regional, multicultural arts and music festival attracting over 50,000 people each year. The festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and Reuter is still a huge part of the event, one of the principal organizers, recruiting sponsors and volunteers and helping manage it from start to finish. Only a few years after Art on the Avenue began, a neighbor suggested a children’s Halloween parade. Reuter asked what he had in mind and immediately started to implement the idea. Since its inception in 1997, Reuter has been the chairperson or co-chairperson for the Del Ray Halloween Parade each year. Today the event draws over 10,000 people from all over the area.

    Reuter has served on the board of the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA, formerly Potomac West Business Association) since 1991, chairing their events committee. Under her leadership the DRBA produces numerous events each year including the Taste of Del Ray highlighting local restaurants and benefitting a different charity each year and the Turkey Trot five-mile run on Thanksgiving morning with over 5,000 participants. She also is instrumental in the themed First Thursday festivals each summer month encouraging neighbors to enjoy each other while supporting local businesses and charities. Reuter gets Santa to the Del Ray Christmas tree lighting and helps line Mount Vernon Avenue with luminaries in honor of Nancy Dunning, a lost friend.

    Reuter has volunteered with Community Partners for Children for several years, collecting and distributing school supplies and holiday toys to needy families and with ALIVE!, distributing food and furniture to others in need. In the early 1990s, she served as the Executive Director of Christmas in April (Now Rebuilding Together Alexandria) assisting Alexandrians in need of help with the upkeep on their homes. She has served on the boards of the King Street Metro Enterprise Team (KSMET), Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, the Del Ray Citizens Association and Alexandria’s Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Board.

    Not venturing far from serving her community in her professional career, Reuter worked for Alexandria city council member David Speck from 1991–1993 and U.S. Congressman Jim Moran from 1996 to his recent retirement in 2014. On Saturday mornings you’ll find her selling produce for one of the local farmers at Del Ray’s Farmer’s Market and as the market closes each week, she loads produce the farmer donates and delivers it to Alexandria’s Battered Women's Shelter.

    A pillar of Del Ray, Reuter’s vision and dedication were instrumental in revitalizing Del Ray into the thriving neighborhood it has become. Always willing to help, she does it all with kindness and a caring attitude and truly is a Living Legend of Alexandria. 

  • February 04, 2015 6:53 PM | Deleted user

    The O Globe newspaper and website with a combined circulation of 580,600 recently published an article in their travel section on regional Washington, DC, locations. Both St. Elmo's Coffee Pub and Cheesetique received call outs.

    If you don't read Portuguese, here is an English translation.

    Near the bustle of Washington DC, the small Del Ray preserves indoor climate

    City in Virginia, across the Potomac River, has thrift shops, charming cafes and quiet lanes

    WASHINGTON DC - After exploring the monuments, museums and nightlife of American capital, tourists can get a bucolic retreat across the Potomac River in Virginia, for a day of decompression. The more traditional tour is by the old center streets of Alexandria, but a little further north, lies the village of Del Ray and its gist of country town. By bike, bus or taxi, you will reach the wooded Mount Vernon Avenue, punctuated by ice cream parlors, cafes, shops for bargains, houses with delicate paintings on the facades and a busy tarot reading store.

    Teas and toasty warm drinks, accompanied by sweet and savory, are the highlight of St Elmo's Coffee Pub (2300 Mount Vernon Ave.), with its outer wall honoring graphite big names in music such as Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. For more appetites great choice is the fantastic Cheesetique (2411 Mount Vernon Ave.), cheese shop, sausages, spices, oils and utensils. In the bistro Store background, the client finds a varied menu with wine matching tips, the friendship prices. There are eight types of enhanced hot cheeses, accompanied by potato salad, fried with green rosemary or Saladinha, for $ 10 or $ 11.

    It also makes success the mac & cheese menu (pasta with traditional cheese US) as leading cauliflower and pancetta, $ 9 or $ 10 The cheeseboard and cold expense of $ 8 (one item ) $ 28 (six). The Cheesetique also has excellent menu of microbrews.


    He opened not have much time another exciting restaurant, the comrades prices on the 14. Street corridor with Greek menu, the Kapnos is a cool place, which serves in small portions, favoring the tasting. Start with warm bread and pastinhas (spreads), mixing favorite ingredients to the Greeks as dill (dill), feta cheese, tahini, eggplant and kohlrabi ($ 22 for three).

    Be sure to try the falafel house. There are options of dishes with seafood, lamb, meat, mushrooms and vegetables. And the moussaka (an eggplant lasagna with lamb, tomatoes and many spices) is divine. Kapnos is in number 2201 14th Street NW, on the corner of W Street in Washington DC.


    The Hirshhorn Museum ( is the least fashionable museum between the Smithsonian institutions, on the Mall in Washington. But the house of modern and contemporary arts in DC, which spans a sculpture garden, worth a visit for its collection and, by April 2015, the exhibition "Days of endless time", videos and movies of 13 international artists . There are 14 facilities that value the slow passage of time and contemplation, in a frantic world where millions of information travels without borders 24 hours a day. Among the highlights are the award-winning play "L'Echo", the artist Su-Mei Tse, Luxembourg, in which she plays the cello on the edge of a cliff in the Swiss Alps and "Cruising 1980s," Matthew Weinstein.

  • February 01, 2015 4:47 PM | Deleted user

    Red Tricycle, a website whose mission is to help busy parents find the best things to do with their kids in their city, recently published an article on 10 Local Mompreneurs You’ll Want to be Friends With. The blurb mentions three of our local DRBA members, Dawn Luepke from Bellies and Babies, Amy Barnes Morgan and Kathryn Zajac from Swēt-Ride, and Michelle Mitchell from YoKid! Click the links above to read the stories on Dawn, Amy & Kathryn, and Michelle.

    Bellies and Babies is a consignment boutique where parents can find the perfect blend of quality clothes, upscale baby toys and trendy maternity clothing…without breaking the bank.

    Dawn Luepke - Bellies and Babies

    Swēt-Ride is the perfect spin studio where they believe sweat is sweet and a sweet life starts with a workout that challenges you and builds confidence and a better life on and off the bike.

    Amy Barnes Morgan and Kathryn Zajac – Swēt-Ride

    YoKids aims to teach yoga to youngsters in hopes that it will benefit their lives both physically and emotionally to help them deal with stress, stay active, and work through tough situations.

    Michelle Mitchell – YoKids

  • January 22, 2015 9:25 AM | Deleted user
    On Tuesday, January 20, the Del Ray Business Association members elected Bill Blackburn as the new president for 2015. Six new board members will join Bill on the board. Serdar Basegmez, Leslie Duss, Hilary Riedemann, Darby Rush, Meghan Stewart, and Brian Story will have two-year terms and join existing members, Pat Miller, Dennis Belmont, Pam Fitzgerald, Sue Kovalsky, Gayle Reuter, and Stacey Swartz, who all have one more year in their terms.

  • January 05, 2015 7:44 PM | Deleted user

    Displaying 09-DSC_0182.JPG

    Pictured is Keshaun Clark (United Bank) and Jeff Wallingford (Taqueria Poblano) with their Holiday Tree Bow Wow Boughs, the winner of the DRBA Best Decorated Tree Contest.

    Keshaun's staff at United Bank worked to obtain photos of neighborhood dogs and created handmade ornaments of them. In additional to the photo ornaments, Taqueria Poblano painted Christmas bulbs with fire hydrants and doghouses.

    Displaying 15-DSC_0192.JPG

    There were a total of 12 trees decorated by Del Ray businesses and local nonprofits. The Bow Wow Boughs tree garnered 56% of the votes, proving that Del Ray is definitely a dog-friendly zone. The winners are donating the $500 prize to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

    The tree decorating contest is an annual event sponsored by DRBA.

    Displaying 04-DSC_0176.JPG

  • January 03, 2015 6:32 PM | Deleted user

    New DRBA banners have been installed on the Avenue.
    Many thanks to Dennis Belmont for designing the banners and to  Sediment Press for the illustrations.

  • January 03, 2015 5:41 PM | Deleted user

    Tim Carmen from The Washington Post recently reviewed Del Ray's Rosemarino d’Italia for the Going Out Guide. The article highlights the daily preparation of fresh pasta, "It’s a rare and often lovely experience, dining on these fresh noodles and such."

    Rosemarino d’Italia in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

  • January 03, 2015 12:28 AM | Deleted user

    Click here to view and download photos from
    DRBA's 2014 Holiday on The Avenue.

  • December 18, 2014 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    Enjoy holiday carols during your Saturday shopping on Mt. Vernon Avenue from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The Choir will stroll the Avenue performing holiday favorites.

    The TC Williams High School Choir has had a busy holiday season this year performing throughout the community. Members also will participate in "Christmas in Washington," a musical program to be televised on Friday, Dec. 21.  They are also performing during First Night Alexandria on New Year's Eve.

    Under the direction of Theodore Thorpe III, the choir has made its mark in the region over the last two years. In national choir competitions last year, the choir earned Grand Champion honors as the highest scoring ensemble at the OrlandoFest in Orlando, Fla., and won first place in the critically acclaimed iSing competition. Choir members also have been selected to perform in the "Christmas in Washington" national television holiday show for the President and First Family, in the "Kennedy Center Honors" program and with cast members of the television show "Glee." Choir members are frequently asked to sing the
    National Anthem at Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) sporting events and community events such as the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria annual gala.

  • December 17, 2014 10:39 PM | Deleted user

    Del Ray's own Gayle Reuter and Jen Walker are nominees for the 2015 Living Legends of Alexandria. recently announced all nominees.

    Gayle Reuter
    Photo by Living Legends of Alexandria
    Jen Walker
    Photo by Living Legends of AlexandriaP

    The Legends of 2015 will be selected in January. The Legends and nominees will be introduced at the Meet the Legend Reception on March 19 at the Patent & Trademark Madison Building. Click here for information about the reception or call 703.683.4035.

    Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing 501(c)(3) photo-documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle the people making current history in Alexandria. The project was conceived in 2006 to create an enduring artistic record of the people whose vision and dedication make a positive, tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. Visit for information about the project.

©2021 Del Ray Business Association | 2308 Mt. Vernon Avenue, #727, Alexandria, VA 22301
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software