• July 31, 2015 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Be sure to take a break from the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale on Saturday to visit Bon Vivant Café + Farm Market as they celebrate their first anniversary!

    Click here to read the Del Ray Patch article. 

  • July 23, 2015 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Holy Cow, "Del Ray's Gourmet Burger Joint," has done it again. has included the Cow in its  "20 Best Burgers in Virginia".

    "The burgers you’re about to meet are anything but boring.." writes Thrillist.  They specifically highlight "The Popper," then go on to praise the restaurant's donation of 25 cents of every burger to the charity of your choice.  Click here to read the full article.

    Visit Holy Cow at 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue.  Visit their website at to see hours and menu.

    Congratulations Holy Cow!

  • July 13, 2015 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    Del Ray's own Bon Vivant was featured on Fox 5's morning program "Good Day DC" during their recent segment about Taste of Alexandria.

    Bon Vivant, located at 2016 Mt. Vernon Avenue, offers a menu full of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that are all cooked in-house. They use only the best local farm foods, including 100% grass-fed beef, free-range chicken & pork from Polyface farm, which are all absolutely 100% drug free!  They also offer many gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and paleo options, all without compromising even a dash of flavor.

    Click here to view the segment on the Fox 5 website:

    The Bon Vivant website, including their full menu, can be viewed at 

  • June 30, 2015 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Holy Cow, "Del Ray's Gourmet Burger Joint," was recently featured on WUSA 9's "Table for 9".

    Holy Cow, located at 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue, offers a full menu of imaginative burger combinations, each made with 100% grass-fed Angus Beef.  Not into burgers?  You'll also find fish, turkey, hot dogs, and even a quinoa veggie patty option.  One of the most popular items on the menu is their "Build-a-Burger," where restaurant customers can use their own imagination to make the perfect burger.

    Bill Blackburn, co-owner of Holy Cow, told WUSA 9, "It's not just a meat and potatoes world anymore.... people are a lot more adventurous now."

    To view the WUSA 9 segment, go to

    The Holy Cow website, including their full menu and Build-a-Burger options, can be found at

  • April 14, 2015 11:24 AM | Deleted user

    Getaways Mavens travel blog article, Alexandria VA: Making Life Happy for Dogs, Presidents, and Visitors Alike, talks about Del Ray as a neighborhood and highlights Cheesetique.

    "VISIT: Del Ray Section of Alexandria. This is the “funky, “SoHo” counterpoint to more traditional King St. in Old Town. Stroll down Mount Vernon Ave. From butcher shop “Let’s Meat on the Avenue” to “Neighborhood Pharmacy” to “Greener Cleaner” it’s a great way to see a part of Alexandria that many people don’t experience. Plus, there’s Food & Wine Magazine darling, Cheesetique ..."

  • April 14, 2015 11:14 AM | Deleted user
    Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Travel Writer, and Northeast getaway expert published in April the Top 25 Things to Do in Northern Virginia. Number 7 on her list is Cheesetique.

    "Don't miss the groovy Del Ray section of town, where you'll find the award-winning Cheesetique. Owned by software developer, Jill Erber, who obviously veered off on a very different career path, Cheesetique is a destination cheese shop/ restaurant for District diners in the know. Food and Wine Magazine named the Mac and Cheese one of the Best in the USA in 2012, and the accolades keep piling up."

  • April 14, 2015 11:12 AM | Deleted user

    See full story and photos at Red Brick Town.

  • March 11, 2015 10:05 PM | Deleted user

    Ultimate Networking Reception, Wednesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 PM
    Free with advance registration by Friday, May 1. (After May 1, pay at door, $10.)  

    Take advantage of this opportunity to meet members of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Del Ray Business Association, the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Old Town Connections and West End Business Association.

    Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

    Info and Reservations:

    Hollin Hall & The Meeting House, 1909 Windmill Lane (off Ft. Hunt Road), Alexandria, Va., 22307. Hollin Hall/The Meeting House is located on seven beautifully-landscaped acres on the grounds of Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church. Weather permitting, the event will spill over from it's newly expanded "Commons" to the exterior slate patio.

    Contact for additional information.

  • February 18, 2015 6:20 PM | Deleted user

    Maintenance Plans, Off-Site Storage, Snow Removal and Consultations Available

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Harry Braswell, Inc. is now offering Concierge Home Services for homeowners in Northern Virginia. The members-only suite of services includes home maintenance plans, snow removal, off-site storage and a-la-carte consultation. For an initial $100 fee, new members receive a whole-house photographic inventory of their home’s structure and systems, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical and roof systems and a service plan priced and tailored to their home’s needs.

    “We’ve been in the home renovation business for more than 30 years,” said President Harry Braswell. “We’ve had many clients ask us to help solve challenging home maintenance problems, provide green expertise, or lend a hand to shovel snow. We’re excited to now offer our home expertise and care to our service members at highly competitive rates. We can relieve more homeowners of the headaches of homeownership.”

    Snow removal service includes email communication in advance of pending storms, pre-snow treatment with environmentally safe salt brine, and shoveling of walkways and driveways within six hours of the end of the storm. Home maintenance plans include quarterly performance of a specified set of routine maintenance tasks, like changing air filters, cleaning out area drains, testing smoke detectors, and winterizing outdoor hose bibs. Concierge secure storage provides containers and pick up and drop off to and from a secure, climate-controlled, off-site location.

    Members also have priority access to Harry Braswell, Inc.’s “A La Carte Consulting” services. The firm will take care of what’s broken, flooded or worrying a homeowner even when the homeowner is out of town, including arranging for repairs or service and overseeing the work.

    Each service has its own separate price structure. Preventative home maintenance starts at $125 per quarter, snow removal can cost as little as $40 for a townhouse, and handyman services are billed at $75 per hour.

    For more information, contact Harry Braswell, Inc. at


  • 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. 

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