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  • 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.  

  • February 03, 2020 12:57 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Voting is now open for the 2020 Heart of Del Ray award, sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

        Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray, as determined by a public vote of neighbors and customers. Selection is based on which business best demonstrates their warm and welcoming attitude to the community and customers, their commitment and generosity to the community, and to their overall contribution to Del Ray.

         The nominees for the 2020 Heart of Del Ray -- plus comments from the customers who nominated them -- are:

    • LENA'S WOOD-FIRED PIZZA & TAP: For decades, the Yates family has been known for their commitment to the community and customer service -- values that they have carried over to their restaurant, Lena’s.   The restaurant hosts regular fundraising nights for local schools and community organizations, and leads the party during Del Ray’s popular charity bar crawls.  “They are the epitome of the neighborhood,” read one nomination.  “Good food and a great environment.  The staff is wonderful,” read another nomination.

    • MS. PREETI'S 7-ELEVEN: The biggest smile in Del Ray is the one behind the counter at 7-Eleven.  Owner Preeti Patel is a fixture in the community, known for her welcoming spirit and her support of local events and causes -- including donating 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.

    • ROCK OF AGES MUSIC (ROAM): Founded by Alexandria native John Patrick, ROAM strives to be "an all-inclusive music center to provide the area with all of its musical needs."  That mission is at the core of all that Patrick does -- not only does he teach up-and-coming musicians, he volunteers countless hours chairing the Del Ray Music Festival, bringing top local talent to the neighborhood. “They are building a safe community for our kids, all while embracing the arts,” read one nomination.  “The end results are amazing and fill the kids with such a sense of accomplishment and self esteem."

    • STOMPING GROUND: Three words are used most often to describe chef/owner Nicole Jones’ Stomping Ground -- friendly, welcoming, and delicious -- all the things a great neighborhood restaurant should be.  “Nicole’s energy, community involvement and culinary talent are the very best Del Ray has to offer.  Her actions and work bring great credit upon her and our town,” read one nomination.  Another nominee summed up the restaurant’s community vibe: “It’s like Cheers for biscuits!”

    • STUDIO BODY LOGIC: For over 20 years, Studio Body Logic has been a leader in the wellness community, with a commitment to giving back; the studio offers free Pilates classes for wounded veterans through their non-profit, Next Step Pilates. “The women who run it are widely recognized as some of the very best in their fields, and most importantly, they have formed a supportive community of people who laugh, hurt, and grow together,” read one nomination.  “They have been improving lives of residents like myself for many years, and they are also helping some of those who need it most,” read another.

         Visit www.visitdelray.com/heartofdelray to vote; voting closes at 12 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 12.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Th., Feb 13 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

          A business can only win the award once. Past winners of the award include A Show of Hands, The Jen Walker Team, 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.

  • 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 www.spicekraftdelray.com.

  • 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 www.visitdelray.com.

  • 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 www.visitdelray.com.


  • 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 www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  Due to high registration numbers, early and pre-registration is recommended.  
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