• 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.

  • December 24, 2015 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Del Ray Business Association presented Star Awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support the Del Ray community at their Annual Holiday Luncheon.


    Read the full article here

  • October 13, 2015 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    During the ribbon-cutting at last Saturday's 20th Annual Art on the Avenue, DRBA Treasurer Pat Miller was the subject of a surprise announcement: the site of the Del Ray Farmers' Market, located at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Oxford Street, is to be named "The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square," pending approval by the City.

    The naming of the square recognizes Pat's tireless efforts to improve Del Ray and the City of Alexandria. In addition to her position on the Del Ray Business Association Board, Pat also manages the Del Ray Farmers' Market and sits on numerous Boards and committees throughout the City, including Art on the Avenue. In 2012, Pat was named a Living Legend of Alexandria.

    Although the proposal has to go through a City approval process, the entire City Council, Mayor Bill Euille, the Del Ray Citizens' Association and the Del Ray Business Association have all publicly endorsed the effort, and no opposition is anticipated. "Pat is one of the hardest-working, most dedicated champions of Del Ray. It was a no-brainer," said DRBA President Bill Blackburn regarding DRBA's endorsement.

  • October 01, 2015 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Law Office of Rachel Baer, a boutique estate planning and elder law practice, has relocated to the post office building on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. The Law Office of Rachel Baer, which is woman owned and operated, opened in 2012 just outside of Old Town. Ms. Baer is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Del Ray Business Association.
    Ms. Baer is excited to move her practice to Del Ray. She and her husband recently purchased a home nearby because they appreciate the community atmosphere. Ms. Baer believes her estate planning and elder law practice will provide valuable services in the Del Ray and surrounding communities. “Estate planning is not just for people facing retirement. It’s for young parents who want to have a plan in place to provide for their children, and for people who want to choose someone they trust to make their medical or financial decisions in times of crisis.” Likewise, the elder law practice will provide important resources for aging members of the community and their families.
    Ms. Baer plans to offer free informational seminars in the upcoming months that will cover topics such as: helping your parents plan for the aging process; coordinating life insurance and retirement accounts with your estate plan; and estate planning for single parents. To request information about any of her upcoming seminars or to schedule a consultation, email
    Learn more about the Law Office of Rachel Baer at or by calling (703) 405-8567. 

  • August 17, 2015 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Del Ray Artisans will participate in Thanks Y’all, a special event art exhibit sponsored by The Arts, Hancock County marking the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Nearly ten years ago, the entire country witnessed the devastation of hurricane Katrina and reacted in various ways. Many of us wondered if and how we would survive such great losses. In the midst of grief, acts of love and kindness emerged. People wanted to help. Del Ray Artisans (DRA) offered help by reaching out to a group of Gulf Coast artists in Mississippi called The Arts, Hancock County (TAHC). They sounded like us, but they lost their families, friends, neighbors, homes, studios and for some, their life’s work.
    In 2007, Del Ray Artisans offered up its gallery for an entire month of Southern Surge, an art exhibit held by DRA exclusively for the benefit of Gulf Coast artists, allowing them to show any works they could get to Alexandria. Patrons could make payments directly to the artists without any reimbursement to DRA, offering immediate relief. The Arts, Hancock County enthusiastically responded with a couple of their members driving a packed van of art from fellow TAHC artists through harsh weather to Alexandria. They welcomed the relief from the Katrina fatigue and FEMA trailers and were able to enjoy the hospitality provided in the homes of our DRA members. The show was a huge success as were the special events of workshops, demos and lectures throughout the month, including a very special event at the U.S. Capitol. Throughout all of this, friendships were formed and we continue to be inspired by them.
    On the upcoming anniversary of Katrina, The Arts, Hancock County is presenting a special exhibit called Thanks Y’all, inviting Del Ray Artisans and various groups around the country who reached out with helping hands after the disaster. This exhibit will take place among a cluster of commemorative events in the adjacent towns of Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Gulfport, Mississippi on August 28 and 29.
    Thanks Y’all will open to the public on Saturday, August 29 at 5:30pm following a 5:00pm Remembrance of Lives Lost at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum (335 Coleman Avenue, Waveland, MS). The exhibit will be in the auditorium with live music, food and beverages.
    Art from Del Ray Artisans will be delivered by DRA members Theresa Kulstad and Karen Schmitz to Hancock County where they not only look forward to seeing the community rebuilt and thriving, but will share in the emotional and solemn memorials. Theresa and Karen welcome you to join them in Mississippi as they witness stories of survival and revival.
    For more information on Del Ray Artisans participation, please contact Linda Elliff at For more details on the Thanks Y’all exhibit, please contact Vicki Niolet at 228-671-9790 or

  • August 13, 2015 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    FireFlies Restaurant is under new management. Same owners, new management. After almost 13 years on the Avenue, we've spent the last few months reinvigorating what we do. We've returned to our roots; which was bringing you fun, casual food in a fun, casual atmosphere. Visit our new staff and say Hi!

    We'd like to share our new daily specials:

    Monday- Burger Night is back!
    Tuesday- All-U-Can Eat Peel & Eat Shrimp
    Wednesday- All-U-Can Eat Snow Crab Legs
    Thursday- Thirsty Thursday-- $3 Draft Night
    Friday- Live Music most Fridays
    Saturday- Brunch and Pizza Night- buy 1, get 1 half off
    Sunday- Bluegrass Brunch featuring Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

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