• January 22, 2020 5:53 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Spice Kraft Indian Bistro celebrated its grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Jan. 20.  The new restaurant, which brings features Indian cuisine, catering, and takeout, is located in the former Bombay Curry Company space at 2607 Mount Vernon Avenue.
        "This is a place we have loved for a very long time," said Del Ray Business Association president Sue Kovalsky, nodding to Bombay Curry Company owner Balraj Bhasin, who retired in 2019 after 23 years in Del Ray, and was selective in choosing the new restaurant to fill the space.  "We couldn't ask for a better businessman, community leader, and friend who waited to find the perfect fit for this neighborhood."
        Spice Kraft owner Anthony Shankar managed Taaza, a popular Indian restaurant in Roanoke, for seven years before relocating to Alexandria to open Spice Kraft. He brought along former Taaza chef Premnath Durairaj, who has worked with Shankar for more than two decades. "'Our chef's name means 'love' -- perfect for Del Ray," said Shankar, noting the warm welcome the restaurant has received from the neighborhood.
       “We are thrilled that Anthony is continuing the tradition of bringing great Indian food here to Del Ray,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson  
       For restaurant hours and menus, visit

  • December 19, 2019 12:11 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association presented its annual Star Awards on Dec. 16, to recognize key individuals who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles serving the Del Ray community.

          The Business Award was presented to "Mango" Mike Anderson of Homegrown Restaurant Group, which includes Pork Barrel BBQ, The Sushi Bar, and Holy Cow in Del Ray. “He’s always the cheerleader, always trying to figure out what can he do to help make things better,” said Del Ray Business Association board member Gayle Reuter. “Holy Cow has donated 450,000 quarters to nonprofits. He is giving every single day and brings such excitement, such positivity.”

           The City/Government Award was presented to Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center.  “Bill is one of the most supportive, kind, but stern taskmasters,” said Jill Erber, the founder and owner of Cheesetique and a former Del Ray Business Association president, who presented the award. “When times were tough, and I got stuck, and I didn’t know what to do my first call was always to Bill Reagan."

           The Citizen Award was presented to Amy Shopkorn, who is the Del Ray Business Association's volunteer coordinator and co-chair of the Well Ray Festival.  "This year's Well Ray was bigger and better than ever, thanks to Amy's great efforts," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. "We are so fortunate to have someone like Amy be our point of contact for volunteers year-round. She brings a tremendous energy and dedication to all that she does."

           The Youth Award was presented to William Jahns, 14.  "Del Ray is so fortunate to have both active business owners and community members who work together to make incredible events happen," said Reuter.  "William has been volunteering for most of his life at the Turkey Trot, and helps set up at numerous community events. It's been amazing to watch him grow up, and become more and more involved in the community each year."  

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

  • December 01, 2019 10:57 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Holiday Season Kick-Off will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, beginning a month-long holiday celebration on Main Street. The holiday activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round.

    All events are open to all. Among the activities planned:

    • Holiday Season Kick-Off: The Del Ray community will come together on Sun. Dec 8 at 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues. The event features an appearance by Santa, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring full-size lotions, full-size soaps and/or body wash, men's and women's deodorant, new men's and women's underwear in various sizes, new men's and women's long johns in various sizes, or twin air mattresses for Carpenter’s Shelter. Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.

    • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray: From Dec. 9-20, the Del Ray wellness community will offer twelve days of self-care during the holidays, featuring special promotions, classes, workshops, and more.

    • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out: Join the Shops of Del Ray on Th., Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine. Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an outdoor pop-up market featuring local artisans at the Del Ray Psych & Wellness parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

    • 4th Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at top Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting Community Lodgings.  Click here for tickets.

    • Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market: Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs on Sat., Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square.

    • First Night Alexandria: On New Years' Eve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring the entire family out for an old-fashioned carnival featuring games, face-painting, and more at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

         All events are presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. For complete information, visit

  • November 23, 2019 6:59 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In recognition of his service to the City of Alexandria and the Del Ray community, Jack Taylor has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 44th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

        "There is no one in Alexandria with a bigger heart than Jack Taylor,"  said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky.  "On a day that is about giving, we're thrilled to recognize his devotion to the City of Alexandria and his incredible work with Alexandria non-profits."  Taylor, a self-made businessman, philanthropist, and owner of Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, has been recognized as a Living Legend of Alexandria and past recipient of ACT for Alexandria’s Legacy of Service Award.  Earlier this year, T.C. Williams High School dedicated the Jack Taylor College and Career Wing in honor of his 25 years of generous donations to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Th., Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 5,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast.

        The five-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

        In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received over 2,000 pounds of food, $485 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!'s Food Program as part of the 43rd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

          For complete information on the race and to register, visit  Due to high registration numbers, early and pre-registration is recommended.  
  • October 31, 2019 1:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Superheroes, ghosts, goblins, the T.C. Williams Zombie Band, and scores of decked-out strollers and pets in costume marched down Mount Vernon Avenue for the 23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 27.  

       As part of the parade festivities, the Del Ray Business Association presented awards for best stroller, best pet costume, best decorated business, and best decorated house.

       The winners:

    Stroller Contest
    Most Creative: Signs of Elements & the Atoms Family
    Less is More: DJ Joe & Hype Mom
    Most Humorous: Thank You for Being A Friend
    Best Group: Dawn of MTV
    Best Overall: The Seas are Rising and So Are We

    Pet Contest
    Most Creative: Mario Cart
    Best Team (tie): Batman, Robin, Wonder Women + Villians and Super Girl  
    How Could You Do This To Me:  Chocolate Taco
    Vola Lawson Best in Show:  Racehorse & Jockey

    Best Decorated Businesses
    1st Place: The Garden
    2nd Place: Del Ray Psych & Wellness
    3rd Place: The Front Porch
    Honorable Mention: Artifacts, Pork Barrel BBQ, and Waxing the City

    Best Decorated Halloween Houses
    1st Place: 307 E Clifford
    2nd Place: 410 E Nelson
    3rd Place: 4 W Custis
    Honorable mention: 104 W Monroe, 8 E Bellefonte 
    People's Choice: 410 E. Nelson

       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

  • October 22, 2019 5:14 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Voting is now open for Del Ray's Best Decorated Halloween House!  Click here to cast your vote.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Del Ray Halloween Parade after-party on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields.  PHOTOS BY WILL NICCOLLS

    The ten finalists:

    410 E Nelson Ave.

    8 E Bellefonte Ave.

    104 W Monroe Ave.

    4 W Custis Ave.

    2215 Russell Road

    25 W Mt. Ida Ave.

    11 W Uhler Ave.

    69 Kennedy St.

    317 Hume Ave.

    307 Clifford Ave.

  • October 15, 2019 9:21 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, treat bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  
          Among the events on the day's program:
    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition takes place before the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 20 at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to by October 20; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at Oxford & Mount Vernon Ave.) or on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. In 2018, over 200 costumes were distributed.  Click here for our Boo-tique's Amazon Wish List, and have the costume shipped directly.
       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit

  • October 02, 2019 1:24 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held its annual Best in Business Awards on Oct. 2, to recognize and celebrate the city’s top businesses.  The Del Ray Business Association was named the 2019 Non-Profit/Association of the Year.

    "As a Del Ray resident and former Del Ray Citizens Association president, I have seen tremendous growth in the Del Ray neighborhood, thanks to the great efforts of the Del Ray Business Association," said Mayor Justin Wilson in his nomination letter. "Del Ray is the perfect example of how small, local- and independently-owned businesses, working together with committed neighborhood volunteers, build strong communities."

    "Year-round, all events hosted by the Del Ray Business Association serve a dual purpose: to highlight and promote the Del Ray business community and to generate awareness and support for Alexandria non-profits," said Jennifer Ayers, the executive director of ALIVE!.  "The Del Ray Business Association is made up of a thriving group of caring and involved businesses and individuals that work not only for the benefit of its membership, but also for those most in need in the Alexandria community." 

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

  • September 15, 2019 1:04 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    During National Wellness Week (Sept. 15-21), local wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria will feature free classes, educational talks, and discounts throughout the week. The Well Ray businesses of the Del Ray Business Association are dedicated to providing the community with services that contribute to a strong foundation of wellness. Join us for the following:


    Tuesday, Sept. 17

    • Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Ave.): Free Introduction to Reiki Class on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7pm. Join Four Directions Wellness owner, Mara Benner, to explore the ancient healing technique of Reiki. Learn why clinical settings are adopting the technique and how it is used to balance the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Plus, learn a technique to support you too! No need to RSVP but look forward to seeing you there! Visit for more information.  

    Wednesday, Sept. 18

    • Chrysalis Chiropractic (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): Complimentary 20-minute chair massage on Wed., Sept. 18 from 9am to 12pm. By appointment only; please call 703-535-7881 to book.

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.): Join Dr. Eng on Wed., Sept. 18 at 7pm to learn how simple mindfulness techniques can bring an increased sense of peace and calm in your everyday life. Please note there is a $5 fee for this class; all money goes toward the selected charity of the month.

    Thursday, Sept. 19

    • Chrysalis Chiropractic (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): Complimentary 20 minute Chair Massage on Th., Sept. 18 from 9am to 12pm.  By appointment only; please call 703-535-7881 to book.

    Friday, Sept. 20

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Free 15-minute career counseling consultations on Friday, Sept. 20.  Email

    Saturday, Sept. 21

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Introduction to Acupuncture Special -- $25 off first session.  Email

    • Del Ray Artisans (2704 Mount Vernon Ave.) hosts a Sound Meditation with Dante on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10-11:30am, featuring a soothing asana and breathwork class with sound vibration to build awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm, and stable state. No experience necessary. $30 fee. Click here to register by Sept. 18.


    • Acupuncture Alexandria (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): All new patients that make an appointment during Wellness Week will receive a wellness swag bag.

    • Acupuncture in Del Ray (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): New patients will receive a gift certificate for a for a complimentary initial acupuncture session to share with a family member or a friend. 

    • Ascend Cycle (2413 Mount Vernon Ave):  Two weeks of unlimited classes for $20; new customers only.  Click here to purchase.  For questions please contact

    • Ascend Cycle (2413 Mount Vernon Ave):  Free health coaching consultation for any non-Ascend members during Wellness Week

    • Core Wellness & Physical Therapy (2212 Mt Vernon Ave,): 40% off our 10-pack of Far Infrared Sauna Suite Sessions.  Limit one package per person.  Click here to purchase online.

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  10% off Fall Programs: Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss and Mindfulness-Based Stress & Relaxation.  Email for program discounts.   

    • Ease Yoga and Cafe (3051 Mount Vernon Ave.): Introduction to Ease offer: unlimited yoga classes for 30 days for $30; new clients only. 

    • Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Ave.): Experience the wonderful and relaxing modality of Reiki, a Japanese technique for balancing the mind, body and spirit.  Schedule your session today at Four Directions Wellness  Sessions available on weekends too!  Use code; DelRay to enjoy $10 off of your first session.

    • The Healing Tree (2101 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Free posture screening and half price initial evaluation for all new patients over the age of 50!  For more information contact Dr. Cynthia Durakis at 703-706-9500.

    • Organic Facialist (2201 Mount Vernon Ave, #103): 15% off product and services for new customers.

    • Rachel Boehm - YesYou is partnering with PT Solutions for a foam rolling and self massage class on Facebook Live on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9am -- visit  Plus, 10% off a one-month holistic health coaching getting started package.  Contact

    • Synergy Float Center (1240 N. Pitt St.):  $49 for one 60-minute float (regular price: $89).  Limit three per customer; new customers only; expires one year after purchase.  Click here to purchase.

    • Terrain Clinic (105 Oronoco St., #115): $75 off an initial visit for anyone who mentions Wellness Week when they book throughout the week (the appointment itself does not have to be during wellness week).

       Wellness Week in Del Ray is sponsored by the Wellness Group of the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned health and wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit

  • July 08, 2019 8:31 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
      A cold beer, food from top Alexandria restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music -- the formula for a perfect summer night.

        Top local bands will perform on two stages at the 12th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 13 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray.  Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and nine of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens.

        The full line-up:

    Pat Miller Neighborhood Square Stage:

    3:00 – 3:40pm – Most Savage Gentlemen 

    3:50 – 4:30pm - Lacklustre 

    4:40 – 5:20pm - BETAMAX

    5:30 – 6:40pm – Feel Free 

    7pm – 8:30pm – RDGLDGRN

    Mt. Vernon Avenue Stage:

    3:00pm – 3:30pm – Smile and Nod 

    3:40pm – 4:20pm – Rok Tati 

    4:30pm – 5:30pm – Hanoi Ragmen 

    5:40pm – 7:00pm – Jack Kilby and The Front Line

         Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all.  For more information, visit  To volunteer at the Del Ray Music Festival, click here.

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