Junction Bakery + Bistro on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

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1407 Russell Road in Alexandria, Virginia
I don’t know about you but, this makes me sad. The Rosemont homeowner on Russell Road who LOVES the holidays has sold their home.

Via Sheriff Dana Lawhorne

Neighborhoods are defined by traditions. Delray has many but none better than the annual Halloween pirate show at 1407 Russell Road. Earlier today, Tami (the pirate lady) called me to break the bad news. She sold her house and is moving to Florida to help her aging parents. Her voice quivered as she told me the sad news. She talked about how much she enjoyed doing this for the community, especially the kids. It gave her great joy. I think she started off with a few pirates and it grew each year. Helping her was a blast. Working on it each year was a tradition that I looked forward to. I will miss the thousands of people who came to see it. I will miss helping Tami do something that allowed us to think about something other than bad news. It was a great distraction. It was a reminder that no matter what, traditions go on and so do it’s people. Tami never let us down. She is a wonderful person who spent all her free time and hard earned money to make us smile. She has a big heart. No surprise that she is moving to be with her parents who need her. Loyalty trumps tradition and that’s ok with me. I will miss her. If you can find time, send her a card or a note to say thank-you:
Tami Sarjeant
1407 Russell Road
Alexandria, Va. 22301

(Photo credit: Google Maps)

local cafe, St. Elmo's

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Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia. You can see other Flickr pool submissions we have posted about at this link.

Check out this cool panorama photo of St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The pub recently underwent a complete makeover. Pretty cool don’t you think? Be sure to follow Bill on Flickr!

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(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

Alexandria Sidewalk sale in Old Town and Del Ray Alexandria, Virginia

7th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale Set for August 13-14, 2016
50 Participating Boutiques. Free Parking. Snap Your Swag Instagram Contest

Alexandria’s summer time deal-grabbing tradition returns with the 7th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale coming Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, 2016 to Old Town and Del Ray. The event lead by Visit Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association, will feature over 50 Alexandria boutiques offering deeply discounted summer merchandise (up to 80% off). The sale is one of the most anticipated summer events in Alexandria, the DC region’s Shop Small headquarters.

The Alexandria Sidewalk Sale is a chance to find incredible bargains and unique treasures from Alexandria’s acclaimed small business boutiques. Local retailers will display a wide range of goods from fashion and jewelry to home decor, culinary, seasonal and gift items at discounted prices. Participating stores such as The Shoe Hive, Kiskadee, La Cuisine, the Purple Goose, Red Barn Mercantile, and Olio Tasting Room to name a few, will have bright yellow balloon markers outside of their store fronts.  The City of Alexandria will provide free parking at City meters (Saturday and Sunday) in Old Town and Del Ray and DASH’s free King Street Trolley will start at 9 a.m. (Saturday only).  (more…)

Alexandria Drug Take Back

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and Partners Holding Drug Take Back Event July 16

To help prevent abuse and theft of medication, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, and the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray are holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM outside 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

Deputies will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications in front of The Neighborhood Pharmacy. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.  (more…)

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