• July 10, 2016 8:45 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In response to the three-alarm fire that occurred at Al’s Steak House on their grand reopening day, Holy Cow Del Ray, along with the Del Ray business community, will host a pop-up fundraiser to aid the Breeding family.

         On Thursday, July 14, Holy Cow will transform into Al’s Steak House Pop-up from 5:30pm to 10pm.   The fundraiser will feature favorites from the Al’s Steak House menu, with food prepared by celebrity Del Ray chefs under the guidance of Bo Severson.  All sales will go to the Breeding family to aid with rebuilding.  Holy Cow is located at 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. 

         A Del Ray institution, Al's Steak House closed in December 2015 after the death of John Severson, who took over the shop from its namesake in 1965. The Breeding family -- longtime customers of Al's Steak House -- bought their favorite restaurant, and worked with the Severnson family to preserve the neighborhood landmark and signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches.

         For those who want to support this local, family-owned business but cannot make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up at

         For more information on the fundraiser, visit

  • July 08, 2016 12:50 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        A cold beer, food from some of the area's top restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music.  We can't think of a more perfect summer night. 

        Local musicians will perform on two stages at the 9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 23 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray. 

        New this year, Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens -- a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria. "The Del Ray Community is excited about this signature event, we hope to show once again that Del Ray is the best neighborhood for fun in Alexandria," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn.

        Headlining this year's festival is Anthony Pirog, a winner of the Washington Area Music Association's Best Modern Rock Instrumentalist award. In an interview with Guitar Moderne, Andy Summers, the guitarist of The Police, recently said that Pirog is "one of my favorites at the moment."  The Washington Post has praised Pirog for his “fusion of talent and creativity," while Guitar Player Magazine named him a “Rising Artists You Must Hear."

         The main stage lineup:

    • 3pm: Jack Kilby & The Front Line
    • 3:45pm: Noise In The Basement
    • 4:15pm: Elroy Jenkins
    • 5pm: Geno & The Spirit of Jazz
    • 5:30pm: Wanted Man
    • 6:15pm: Near Northeast
    • 6:45pm: Anthony Pirog

          Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all, with the main stage sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association; Jen Walker, McEnearney Associates; Bobi Bomar's Homes of Alexandria, Weichert Realtors; and Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota.  For more information, visit

  • July 06, 2016 10:54 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
         The July 7th First Thursday will be a very special one as we honor our veterans and those currently serving in the military. The Del Ray Business Association and the following businesses (as of 7/5/16) want to say thank you to those serving or have served by offering the following discounts or specials.  Military ID must be shown when ordering or checking out & specials are only good on July 7th from 6 pm – 9 pm unless otherwise stated.

    Bellies & Babies, 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off of any purchase

    Belmont Inc., 2001 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Special discount on “The Courage To….” T-Shirts, normally is $17, for Military, only $10 

    Bombay Curry Co., 2607 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Buy one entrée, get one free! (in-house only)

    Child Space Learning Center, 2721 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% tuition discount for military families – available all year

    Del Ray Pizzeria, 2218 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free Appetizer to any table that presents military ID

    The Dog Store, 2301 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% off all non-food items

    Fireflies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Special $3 drafts

    Four Direction Wellness, 2001 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% discount during the month of July & August – coupon must be picked up during First Thursday

    Foundation Fitness, 2305 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    30% off the first month when you purchase at least a 4-month contract on July 7th

    Holy Cow, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20 % off your meal

    Kiskadee, 2205 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off full price items in the store

    Nature’s Nibbles, 2601 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% off purchases

    Pork Barrel BBQ, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal

    Purple Goose, 2005-2007 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    50% off Red White & Blue Accessories and Hair products (July 7th)

    Rosemarino d’Italia, 1905 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal

    Stomping Ground, 2309 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free Mouthwatering Biscuit w/sorghum butter

    Studio Body Logic Offers, 2417 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    A series of ten FREE one-on- one sessions with trained instructors to help alleviate physical problems associated with injuries during service – promotion has no expiration date -

    The Sushi Bar, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal 

    Top it Off, 1906 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free piece of jewelry if you spend $25 or more

    FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray's monthly street festival, takes place Thursday, July 7 from 6pm to dusk, with the theme "A Nation's Celebration: Red, White & Blue." The event takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various local businesses; plus music by Mars Rodeo, old-fashioned cake walk (and treat walk for dogs!), and more at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford Ave.)  The event is free and open to all.  Participants are urged to bring new single or queen size sheets, new towel sets, or grocery gift cards to benefit New Hope Housing, a part of the City's effort to ensure there are no homeless veterans in Alexandria. 

  • June 29, 2016 5:45 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Whom do you know who significantly has  improved the quality of life in Alexandria, VA. and should be fully recognized for that contribution? Helped the disadvantaged? Created or revitalized public space? Brought arts to new audiences? Mentored children?  Improved lives of the needy?​

    Look at these current Living Legends of Alexandria to be inspired to add to that prestigious list by submitting nominations for consideration by July 31st at

    Living Legends of AlexandriaSM is a 501(c)3 non-profit that identifies, honors and chronicles individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Alexandria. By sharing their stories, Living Legends serve as role models to inspire others to become part of the Living Legends legacy.

  • June 28, 2016 3:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         During the July First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates our country and recognizes our veterans and military families with "A Nation's Celebration: Red, White & Blue."  The monthly street festival takes place on July 7 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        First Thursday takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various businesses; plus music by Mars Rodeo, an old-fashioned cake walk (and treat walk for dogs!), and more at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford Ave.)   The event is free and open to all. 

        Participants are encouraged to bring new single or queen size sheets; new towel sets (bath, hand & wash cloth); or gift cards to Target or grocery stores to benefit New Hope Housing, which is part of the City's efforts to ensure there are no homeless veterans in Alexandria. Recently, New Hope Housing  was able to secure a home in Del Ray and, with repairs completed by Rebuilding Alexandria, this housing is available for three formerly homeless vets.  The Del Ray Business Association is proud to support this extraordinary effort to “help a formerly homeless veteran make a new home."  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. For more information on New Hope Housing, visit  

        Held the first Thursday of the month 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.   This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Jen Walker, The Realtor for Del Ray and beyond! Since 1999, of McEnearney Associates.

  • June 17, 2016 11:37 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The third annual Well Ray festival is a community-wide effort to highlight resources for living healthily and happily.  Join us at the open field across from Mind the Mat Del Ray (between our friends Bean Creative and Kiskadee) on Saturday, June 25th! Come browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Wellness practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, and more. Check out wellness inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers, jewelers, and boutiques.

    Win prizes and make sure to bring your mat and be prepared to move! Free yoga, Pilates, and dance classes will be offered inside and outside all afternoon, led by Mind the Mat’s exceptional team of instructors. Get the whole family involved in health! 

    WELL RAY Outdoor Class Schedule Saturday, June 25th:

    8:15a Yoga
    9:45a Pilates Boot Camp
    10:45a FIELD DAY GAMES for kids & forever kids
    11:45a Yoga
    12:30p lululemon Goals & Vision Experience

    And More: Stretch for Athletes & Runners, Cycle Station, Sheriff's Department Tug-O-War, Music & FUN! MOMs Organic Market will be here with healthy refreshments.

    Kids' Dance and Yoga Third Floor at Mind the Mat!

    WELL RAY is sponsored by Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga and MOM's Organic Market.  For more information, visit

  • June 06, 2016 12:54 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Thank you to all the fantastic Del Ray restaurants who participated in the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 5!   Visit Alexandria President & CEO Patricia Washington, who served as one of the judges: "We have an incredible culinary scene in Alexandria, and especially in Del Ray .. what an incredible community this is."

    The winners of the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray are...

    People's Choice
    1st Place: Stomping Ground -- Biscuit Sausage Balls with Sriracha Cream Cheese and Sorghum Butter
    2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- Korean Hillbilly Sliders 
    3rd Place: The Happy Tart -- Trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Judges' Choice
    1st Place: Del Ray Cafe -- Chocolate Beignets 
    2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- Korean Hillbilly Sliders
    3rd Place: Swings Coffee -- Nitrogen-fused Lattes

    We look forward to another delicious, spirited competition next year!

  • June 04, 2016 9:56 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Due to forecasted rain, the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray will take place at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria.  The event will still take place on Sunday, June 5 from 1pm to 3pm.   

         Over 15 neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2016 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Advance tickets are still available online at Eventbrite until 11am Sunday.  Tickets are $15 at the door, with sales beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

         Participating restaurants include many of the Washington, DC area’s most popular culinary destinations, including Bombay Curry Company, Caboose Café, Cheesetique, Chickpea Mediterranean Grill, Del Ray Café, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, The Happy Tart, Market2Market, Pork Barrel BBQ, Rosemarino d'Italia, Stomping Ground, M E Swing Coffee Company, Shakthi South Asian Cuisine, St. Elmo's & M2M, and others.

         This delicious event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

  • June 04, 2016 1:03 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    We had a very successful Fox 5 broadcast from Del Ray, with weather segments during the 6 o’clock hour and many features throughout the morning from 7 to 11 a.m. Thank you so much to Visit Alexandria, and all our local businesses and leaders, who worked with Fox 5 to coordinate more than 20 segments featuring 12 businesses and other local individuals and groups. Pat Miller was honored as Del Ray’s Hometown Hero. Mayor Allison Silberberg was interviewed about Del Ray and Virginia Delegate Mark Levine made an appearance as well. 

    You can view many of the segments online now:

    Zip Trip: Del Ray| Where Main Street comes alive!

    5 Must Stops – Featuring Del Ray Artisans, Mind the Mat, The Birchmere, Dairy Godmother, and Del Ray Farmers Market

    Firehouse Friday Alexandria Fire Department 203

    Hometown Hero Pat Miller

    Junior Reporter Claire Beekman

    Mind The Mat Yoga

    The Happy Tart

    Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg

    Your Dog’s Best Friends: The Dog Store

    Velocity Bike Co-op

    Dairy Godmother

    DIY Del Ray

    Taste of Del Ray – Featuring Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground and Junction Bakery & Bistro

  • June 01, 2016 10:19 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Every Friday throughout the summer, FOX 5 Zip Trips spotlights the best spots to visit around the D.C. region.   On Friday, June 3, FOX 5 is spending the morning in Del Ray! Tune in all morning – or come out to the Avenue to cheer on our featured businesses! Note: all times are subject to change

    • 8-8:30AM – Mind the Mat hosts an outdoor exercise class in the farmer’s market parking lot

    • 8:15AM - "FOX 5 First 5" with Del Ray's Lucia Ovalle (age 3) at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:30-9:30 AM – Live music with the Irish Breakfast Band at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:30AM – Interview with Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:45AM – Cake decorating segment with The Happy Tart outside of their store

    • 9 AM – Irish Breakfast Band at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 9:15AM – Taped package featuring "5 Must Stops" in Del Ray

    • 9:17AM - Pet-friendly Del Ray segment at Your Dog’s Best Friends store with puppy pops from The Dairy Godmother

    • 9:50AM – Segment with Christian Myers and Marty Devine from VéloCity Bicycle Co-op in front of their store

    • 10-11 AM - Live music featuring Erin Flynn & Kevin Pace at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10AM hour - Junior Reporter Isabelle Frye at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10AM hour - Hometown Hero Pat Miller at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10:15AM- DIY Del Ray – bubble project at tables outside of Pork Barrel BBQ

    • 10:40 AM – The Dairy Godmother debuts “Fox 5-flavored” treat 

    • 10:50AM – Taste of Del Ray at the main set outside of Stomping Ground featuring Stomping Ground, Pork Barrell BBQ and Junction Bakery & Bistro

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