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  • April 02, 2018 1:48 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 5, with the theme "Hats Along the Avenue." The monthly street festival takes place from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and is free and open to all.

         In April, pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation and stroll Mount Vernon Avenue and enjoy live music from the Billy and Bob Classic Country Trio, plus themed activities. Pets are welcome. Pets with hats are welcome, too!

         Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter, to help give women escaping domestic violence a safe, fresh start. Needed items include pots, pans, dishes, glasses/cups, toasters, can openers, coffee makers, diapers (sizes 4-6), batteries (D & AA), and gift cards. Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

        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. 

  • March 28, 2018 1:49 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Kick off the spring season by grabbing your friends, family, and neighbors for a celebration of community! Wear your best Del Ray swag (or your hometown tees) and join us for an afternoon of cheer, cocktails, and raffles along the way. The 2nd Annual Del Ray Spring Bar Crawl, featuring 13 of the area's top restaurants, takes place Saturday, April 7th, from 1-6pm and benefits The Del Ray Gateway Project & Rebuilding Together Alexandria.

    Advance tickets are available exclusively online for $10 ($15 at the door), and include:
    --- Beer and cocktail specials at each bar
    --- 16 oz cups for the first 200 people 
    --- 1 Raffle ticket for the grand prize (a basket of local business gift certificates and items)

    Please note: Advance ticket sales end at 10pm on Friday, April 6th. No refunds; your registration fee is a donation to The Del Ray Gateway Project & Rebuilding Together Alexandria.

    Participating bars/restaurants: Cheesetique, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, KAiZEN Tavern, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak, Los Tios, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, SnackBar, and Stomping Ground. Don't miss this fun event for a great cause!

    CHECK-IN POINTS (1-3pm)
    *LENA'S (401 E. Braddock Road) 
    *NORTHSIDE 10 (10 E Glebe Rd)

    CHECK- IN POINT (3PM or LATER)
    *Pork Barrel BBQ


  • March 16, 2018 3:47 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Image result for julie carey nbc4  The Del Ray Business Association will host a Del Ray Community Mayoral Debate on Wed., May 2, moderated by NBC News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey.   The debate will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Community School Auditorium, located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave.  Del Ray citizens and those involved with businesses in Del Ray are encouraged to attend. 

         "We look forward to a robust, wide-ranging discussion of the issues affecting those who live, work, or own small businesses in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. "There are few Alexandria residents who know the challenges facing our city and region better than Julie Carey.  We're thrilled that she will lead this important debate."

          City of Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson have both confirmed that they will participate in the May 2 debate.  The primary takes place on June 12. 

        Carey, the Northern Virginia Bureau Chief for NBC News4, has covered Northern Virginia since joining the station in 1992. She has covered the governor, the general assembly, and every statewide election since 1993, and frequently moderates debates for local elections across the region.  

        The Del Ray Business Association is comprised of the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, serving as an advocate, representative, and educator. 
  • February 26, 2018 10:21 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Business Association is thrilled to welcome From Head to Tail Grooming Spa to Del Ray!  The grooming spa will host its Mayoral ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m., featuring an open house, refreshments, nail trims to benefit a pet rescue, and more.  From Head to Tail Grooming Spa is located at 430 Hume Avenue in Alexandria.

         "As lifelong animal lovers, we created a grooming spa that our own dogs would be happy to go to, and that we, as dog parents, would be comfortable taking them to -- one that offers the best products, patience and kindness and delivers top-notch service in a safe, comfortable and friendly atmosphere," said owner Jodi Goldberg.

          From Head to Tail Grooming Spa provides safe, gentle, high-quality professional grooming in a clean, stress-free, holistic environment.  They are the first -- and only -- groomer in Virginia to offer an all-natural, Thera-Clean micro-bubble bathing system that deep cleans the skin into the pores and follicles for better results -- including less shedding, itching, odors, and irritation.

           As part of the grand opening celebration on March 1, From Head to Tail will offer Thera-Clean demonstrations and free nail trims from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with donations to benefit Operation Paws for Home.   Operation Paws for Home is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs who are rescued from overcrowded high kill shelters in the southern region of the United States.

         "We can't think of a better and more pet-friendly city than Alexandria for our new business," said Goldberg. " We are so thrilled to be here and look forward to getting involved and giving back to this great community."

          For more information, visit www.headtotailspa.com.

  • February 22, 2018 8:27 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Join Well Ray for four 30-minute classes & lots of sweating in the 'hood! Experience the best of Del Ray's fitness classes at Mind the Mat, Ascend Cycle, Studio Body Logic & Ease Yoga.

    Once you're done with the crawl, we'll celebrate with an after-party at Pork Barrel BBQ. Your first drink is on us!

    The event takes place on Saturday, March 10 from 1pm to 4pm.  Grab a spot while they last -- spaces are limited!  Click here for tickets.

    All crawls include the following classes. Your personal Fit Crawl schedule will be provided in advance of the event date.

    Sample Fit Crawl schedule:

    1:00-1:30 PM: HAWT Pilates at Mind the Mat
    1:45-2:15 PM: Ride at Ascend Cycle
    2:30-3:00 PM: Barre at Studio Body Logic
    3:15-3:45 PM: Yoga at Ease Yoga 

    All event sales are final; no refunds will be honored. Prior to the event, you will be required to sign a participation waiver. We recommend bringing a water bottle, yoga mat, and comfortable fitness clothing. Ascend Cycle requires cycling shoes to participate and shoes will be provided to borrow free of charge.

    Questions? Email mclyne@homedcmetro.com. Thank you!

  • February 19, 2018 10:18 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Join the Del Ray Community Partnership on Monday, Feb. 26  for The Del Ray Gateway Night of Giving from 5pm to 8pm at Pork Barrel BBQ (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue.  The event, which will feature raffles and other specials, will help raise money for the Del Ray Gateway Project.

    The Del Ray Community Partnership has taken on a major improvement project that will be a wonderful additional to the Del Ray community. We, in PARKnership with the City, will be transforming the corner at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth into a beautiful new Gateway which will include the Nancy Dunning Memorial Garden and a community Spray Park. Currently at this site is the Colasanto pool and a corner pocket park. The Community Partnership was able to apply for and obtain a matching grant for $48,000 from the city, to assist with Phase I development and construction of the current site, and while we have raised some money, we still need to raise just over $42,000 by June 2018. The Del Ray Citizens Association will be donating all of their proceeds from their Home & Garden Tour this year but we need to raise a lot more and this is where we could use your help. 

    During the Del Ray Gateway Night of Giving, raffle tickets will be sold for the opportunity to win amazing gift baskets, including  "Dining in Del Ray," "Wellness in Del Ray," "Dogs in Del Ray," and more.  Raffle tickets will also be available at the Del Ray Farmers' Market on Saturday, Feb. 17 and 24.

    *Proceeds from this great community activity will benefit The Del Ray Gateway, a collaboration of community members, business owners, and the City of Alexandria as we redevelop the triangle park at the corners of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. The development will include the Nancy Dunning Garden (NDG), in honor of Nancy Dunning and honoring all that she gave to her community. In addition to the NDG, the Colasanto Pool (which has been closed since 2010), will be reconstructed into a wonderful and artistic splash park for the community to enjoy!

  • February 09, 2018 12:57 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    The Del Ray Business Association presented Bill Blackburn and "Mango" Mike Anderson of Pork Barrel BBQ, Holy Cow, and the sushi bar with its 2018 "Heart of Del Award."  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. 

         "Besides great food, they are one of the most community-minded businesses in the DC area," read one nomination.  "Holy Cow donates a quarter of every burger to area non-profits, They even organized a fundraiser for Al's, one of their competitors, and they rent a flatbed to cut down and donate Del Ray's gigantic Christmas tree every year. No matter the event, they pitch in by volunteering or sponsoring. They are what makes Del Ray so special."     

           Close to 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, and Del Ray Cafe.  A business cannot win the award multiple years.

  • January 26, 2018 4:52 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Voting is now open for the 2018 "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/customers, their commitment and generosity to the community, and to their overall contribution to the Del Ray community.

         The nominees for the 2018 Heart of Del Ray -- plus comments from the customers who nominated them -- are :

    • BEAN CREATIVE: "Bean Creative always gives to the community. Young and old look forward to Spooky Bean every year for Halloween. Their yard is filled with bands, artists, dogs, and others during Art on the Avenue, La Bella Strada, First Thursdays and other Del Ray events. They provide space for the We Live Big public art projects that inspire us all. Finally, Bean Creative opened their yard the evening of June 14, 2017 for the community to gather, share the shock and start the healing process after the Simpson Field shooting".
    • PORK BARREL BBQ/HOLY COW/THE SUSHI BAR: "Besides great food, they are one of the most community-minded businesses in the DC area." "Holy Cow donates a quarter of every burger to area non-profits. They even organized a fundraiser for Al's, one of their competitors, and they rent a flatbed to cut down and donate Del Ray's gigantic Christmas tree every year. No matter the event, they pitch in by volunteering or sponsoring. They are what makes Del Ray so special."
    • ROCK OF AGES MUSIC (ROAM): "What John Patrick and his team of talented instructors have done for musicians and children in the neighborhood is astounding and I know they do it with all of their heart!! They coordinate great community events like ROAMFEST and the Del Ray Music Festival that help showcase what a great neighborhood Del Ray is, and at the Halloween Parade, they donate every year to the TC Williams HS Marching Band.”
    • ST. ELMO'S COFFEE PUB: “What can one say – an institution in Del Ray. A great place to meet friends or listen to music.” “When you think of anchors in Del Ray, you think of St. Elmo’s. Staff always makes you feel welcomed and the owners are wonderful in supporting local causes and events.” “Have been going to St. Elmo’s for years and thankful for having such a friendly and welcoming place to go and meet friends or just relax.”
    • TAQUERIA POBLANO: "A neighborhood favorite -- like Cheers where you walk in and they know your name." "We love the food and love to take friends from out of town because it always feels so welcoming." "Appreciate Jeff [Wallingford] and Taqueria Poblano who are always willing to support community events.” “Besides the best margaritas ever, the staff is always friendly and happy to see you. Taqueria Poblano is the heart and soul of Del Ray.”
         Click here to vote; voting closes at 12pm on Th., Feb. 8.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Fri., Feb 9 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

          Last year, over 1,600 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, and Del Ray Cafe.  


  • January 19, 2018 9:09 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


         The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is presented annually by the Del Ray Business Association to the business that the community feels serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray. On January 26th, we will announce the 5 finalists and open up voting by the community. Before the voting process to select the winner begins, we would like to get YOUR nomination for who you think should be one of the five businesses on the ballot. The Del Ray Business Association Board will then take into consideration all the nominations and comments in order to determine the five finalists.

          Nominations 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? Please note: A business can only win the award once!

         Former winners of the Heart of Del Ray Award are as follows:
    • 2009: A Show of Hands 
    • 2010: Jen Walker McEnearney Associates 
    • 2011: Bobi Bomar, Homes of Alexandria, Weichert Realtors 
    • 2012: The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray 
    • 2013: The Greener Cleaner of Del Ray 
    • 2014: Del Ray Pizzeria 
    • 2015: Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga
    • 2016: Caboose Cafe 
    • 2017: Del Ray Cafe 
         Nominations must be submitted by noon on Monday, January 22nd by emailing gtrdelray@yahoo.com. Please feel free to include a sentence why you feel they deserve to be nominated. Remember - we are just soliciting nominations - we are NOT voting yet. The five finalists will be announced on January 26th and voting will begin at that time until February 8th. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.
  • January 18, 2018 10:28 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association elected Sue Kovalsky president of the business group representing small, independent, and locally-owned businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

         "I am humbled and honored to be able to represent the many businesses of Del Ray and this vibrant community that I love so much," said Kovalsky. "I look forward to serving the Del Ray area and participating in its continued growth and blossoming potential."

          Kovalsky, a realtor with McEnearney Associates and the Jen Walker Team, and has served on the DRBA board since 2010; most recently as Vice President.  She has been an active member of the events committee and received the Business Star Award from the Del Ray Business Association in 2016 for her community involvement and service. 

         During her term as president, Kovalsky plans to use her business background to streamline the association's current processes. "While preserving the heart and soul of our organization, I will promote an open organization where we can work smarter and more effectively market our events to our current audience as well as a broader local audience," said Kovalsky.  Kovalsky and her wife, along with their four pets, live in Del Ray.

          Also appointed to complete the terms of three recently vacated board positions are Maureen Clyne of @home real estate, Matthew Gillette of National Community Church, and Daniel Mallon of Friends of Guest House.

         They join Bill Blackburn of Pork Barrel BBQ, Mara Benner of Four Directions Wellness, Shannon Catlett of John Marshall Bank,  Lauren Fisher of Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates, Anthony Istrico of Istrico Productions, Pat Miller of Art on the Avenue, Sandy Modell of Wholistic Hound Academy, citizen member Gayle Reuter, and Hilary Riedemann of Idea Sink Marketing on the board.

         The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria; DRBA also hosts community events, including First Thursdays, Taste of Del Ray, Well Ray, The Del Ray Music Festival, The Del Ray Halloween Parade, The Alexandria Turkey Trot, and more.

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