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  • 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.

  • January 17, 2018 10:20 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) President Sue Kovalsky and Wellness Chair Lauren Fisher present a $6,000 check to Neighborhood Health executive director Basim Khan, MD.  DRBA hosted a Candy Cane Bar Crawl in December to raise money for the local clinic, which provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to over 17,000 children and adults across the region, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. DRBA places a focus on giving back to the community through its events; in 2017, the organization, which represents small businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, raised over $20,000 for Alexandria-based non-profits.



  • January 08, 2018 3:27 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    In The Zebra's 1st Annual Readers Choice Awards, local businesses in Del Ray won awards in 53 categories! Thank you to Zebra readers for recognizing Del Ray as the best place to eat, shop, and live! 

    BEST BAKERY: Junction Bakery & Bistro
    BEST BBQ: Pork Barrel BBQ
    BEST BREAKFAST: Stomping Ground
    BEST BURGERS: Holy Cow Del Ray
    BEST CHEESE SHOP: Cheesetique Del Ray
    BEST CHINESE TAKE-OUT: South China
    BEST COFFEE HOUSE: St. Elmo's Coffee Pub
    BEST DELI: Market 2 Market Del Ray
    BEST DESSERT: The Dairy Godmother
    BEST ICE CREAM: The Dairy Godmother
    BEST INDIAN FOOD: Bombay Curry Company
    BEST MARGARITA: Los Tios 
    BEST MEXICAN FOOD: Los Tios
    BEST NIGHTLIFE: Evening Star Cafe
    BEST PIZZA: Del Ray Pizzeria
    BEST SUSHI: The Sushi Bar
    BEST TACOS: Taqueria Poblano Del Ray
    BEST THAI FOOD: Thai Peppers Restaurant
    BEST WINE SHOP: Planet Wine Shop
    BEST WINGS: Del Ray Pizzeria 
    BEST ACUPUNCTURIST: The Healing Tree. Therapeutic Massage, and Chiropractic Care.
    BEST CHIROPRACTOR: Del Ray Chiropractic & Massage
    BEST GYM: Orange Theory Fitness
    BEST MIND-BODY SERVICES: Four Directions Wellness
    BEST OPTOMETRIST: eye2eye Optometry Corner
    BEST PHARMACY: The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
    BEST PILATES STUDIO: Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga
    BEST PSYCHOLOGIST: Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates
    BEST YOGA STUDIO: Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga
    BEST ART GALLERY: Del Ray Artisans
    BEST AUTO DEALER: Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota
    BEST ATTORNEY: Lonnie C. Rich
    BEST BANK: Burke & Herbert Bank
    BEST BOUTIQUE: Kiskadee
    BEST BRIDAL SHOP: Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria
    BEST CAR REPAIR: Yates Automotive
    BEST DRY CLEANER: Greener Cleaner of Del Ray
    BEST FLOORING: Arlandria Floors in Del Ray
    BEST GARDEN CENTER: Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray 
    BEST GAS STATION: Yates Automotive
    BEST HVAC CONTRACTOR: R&B Heating And Cooling
    BEST CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE: The Purple Goose
    BEST LANDSCAPING: Rosemont Landscaping and Lawncare
    BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL: Yangs Taekwondo Academy
    BEST PLUMBER: Kesterson Plumbing & Heating
    BEST REALTOR: Jen Walker of The Jen Walker Team
    BEST SALON: Anne Welsh Salon
    BEST WAXING SALON: Waxing the City
    BEST PET BOUTIQUE: Your Dog's Best Friends’ The Dog Store
    BEST DOG PARK: Simpson Dog Park
    BEST DOG WALKING COMPANY: Bow Wow Meow
    BEST PET STORE: Nature's Nibbles
    BEST PET SITTER: Bow Wow Meow

  • December 19, 2017 10:15 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Business Association presented its annual Del Ray Star Awards on Dec. 18, to recognize key individuals who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles serving the Del Ray Business Association and Del Ray community.

           The Del Ray Business Association presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Bailey.  Bailey, who has lived in Del Ray since 1958, has been an integral part of Del Ray's signature events from their inception, from managing the permitting process to day-of logistics. "There is no one like Carol Bailey, who was born and raised in Del Ray and who has literally dedicated her life to others and to Del Ray -- first as an advocate for children with special needs and then for the last several decades working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure every special event in Del Ray happens without a hitch," said Del Ray Business Association Board Member Gayle Reuter.  "Her dedication to Del Ray truly comes from her heart and always with a smile."

          The Business Awards were given to Paul Haire of Your Dog's Best Friends and The Dog Store, and Karen Johnson of PawsGo.   Haire, a long-time Del Ray business owner, was the inspiration behind the Del Ray Halloween Parade 21 years ago, and consistently supports community efforts and events in Del Ray.  "Whenever we need something, Paul's there," said Reuter.   Johnson was recognized for her tremendous efforts in building the Del Ray community; she was instrumental in launching the Del Ray Farmers' Market 25 years ago, chairs the annual Taste of Del Ray, and has worked to build Del Ray as a dog-friendly community -- while supporting animal welfare organizations and local businesses -- through PawsGo.

           The Citizen Award was presented to Jennifer Atkins, who works tirelessly to support the youth in our neighborhood as a past president of the Mount Vernon Community School PTA; the chair of the Mount Vernon Big Flea, the school's largest fundraiser; and as a volunteer at community events, including as coordinator of the Kids Art Corner at Art on the Avenue.

         The City/Government Award winner is Sergeant Daniel Briel of the Alexandria City Police Department, who is the Police Department's liaison for special events.  "We are so fortunate to work with a City that is literally partners with us in everything we do," said Bailey. "Sgt. Briel is great about attending early morning planning meetings and often taking care of last minute requests, always with a positive 'we can make this happen' attitude."  

         The Youth Award was presented to the T.C. Williams High School Key Club and T.C. Williams High School Leadership Team, for providing key support and energy for many of Del Ray's events. "We have some of the most amazing students at T.C. Williams," said Reuter. "For the Halloween parade, there were here from the moment of set-up until the last-minute tear-down, and were unbelievable."

         Outgoing Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont also presented Presidential Awards, recognizing Mara Benner, Lauren Fisher, and Brian Story for their work on the Del Ray Business Association board.  

         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 08, 2017 3:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Take a break from holiday preparations, don your most festive attire, and join us for an afternoon of cheer, cocktails, and several raffles along the way! The 2nd Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl takes place Saturday, December 9 from 2-6pm, and benefits Alexandria Neighborhood Health.  Spend your snow day in Del Ray -- this event is SNOW OR SHINE! 

    Advance tickets are $10 through 10pm on Friday, Dec. 8 ($15 at the door), and include:
    --- Beer and cocktail specials at each bar
    --- Free trolley transportation to spots along the bar crawl route
    --- 12 oz cup for the first 150 people
    --- 1 Raffle ticket

    Day-of registration is available for $15/person at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (401 E. Braddock Road) or Northside 10 (10 E Glebe Rd).

    *YOU MUST CHECK-IN AT LENA'S OR NORTHSIDE to begin your crawl!

    Participating bars/restaurants to date include Del Ray PizzeriaEvening Star CafeFireFliesJunction Bakery & BistroKAiZEN TAVERNLive Oak RestaurantLena's Wood-Fired Pizza & TapNectar Coffee and Wine Bistro,Northside10Pork Barrel BBQSt. Elmo's Coffee PubSnackBar, andStomping Ground! Don't miss this fun holiday event for a great cause!

    More than 14,000 children and adults across the region rely onNeighborhood Health for basic primary medical, dental and behavioral health care. The majority of their patients are low-income; most are uninsured or underinsured. Your support will help Alexandria Neighborhood Health build a strong safety net for those who need it most. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause!

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