Former Heart of Del Ray winners Pat Miller, Serdar Basegmez, Bobi Bomar, Eric Reid, and Megan Bellamy Brown present the 2016 Heart of Del Ray award to Caboose Cafe. Voting is now open for the 2017 contest. Photo by Gayle Reuter

Former Heart of Del Ray winners Pat Miller, Serdar Basegmez, Bobi Bomar, Eric Reid, and Megan Bellamy Brown present the 2016 Heart of Del Ray award to Caboose Cafe. Voting is now open for the 2017 contest. Photo by Gayle Reuter

Voting Now Open For “Heart of Del Ray” Award

Five Nominees “Represent the Heart and Soul of Del Ray”

Voting is now open for the 2017 “Heart of Del Ray” contest, 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 2017 Heart of Del Ray — plus comments from the customers who nominated them — are :   (more…)

Heart of Del Ray 2015

In the photo: Sara VanderGoot (Mind the Mat), Jen Walker (McEnearney Associates), Serdar Basegmez,(Greener Cleaner), Bobi Bomar (Homes of Alexandria), Eric Reid (Del Ray Pizzeria), Pat Miller (A Show of Hands), & Megan Brown (Mind the Mat). Missing Stacey Swartz (Neighborhood Pharmacy)

Vote for the ‘Heart of Del Ray’ now thru Wednesday, February 10th

The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) during the Valentine’s Day holiday to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray. The DRBA wants to thank everyone that nominated a business — over 35 wonderful businesses were nominated making it very tough to narrow it down to just five. Many of you also expressed your continued strong support for past winners which is a tremendous compliment to them and reaffirms how lucky we are to have such great businesses in Del Ray.

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Heart of Del Ray 2015

The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) during the Valentine’s Day holiday to the business that serves as the heart and soul of the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Over 30 businesses were nominated in 2015. Businesses can only win the award once.

Nominations are OPEN until Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

On February 4th, the DRBA will announce the 5 finalists and open up voting by the community. Before the voting process to select the winner begins, the DRBA 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?

Former winners of the Heart of Del Ray Award include:

  • 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

Nominations must be be submitted by 5;00 p.m. on February 3rd by sending an email to gtrdelray[at]yahoo[dot]com.

(Courtesy photo via Gayle Reuter)

Heart of Del Ray award presented to Del Ray Pizzeria in 2014

Image via DRBA

The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association during the Valentine’s Day holiday to the business that serves as the heart and soul of the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Over 30 businesses were nominated in 2015 with folks really making a push for previous winners this year. Businesses can only win the award once.

Voting for the 2015 award is open NOW through 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 12th. You can vote at this link. The Del Ray Business Association wants to know from you, what Del Ray business warms your “heart” when you hear its name?

The following five businesses have been nominated for the “2015 Heart of Del Ray Award”:

  1. Caboose Cafe & Bakery
  2. Holy Cow/Pork Barrel BBQ
  3. Mind the Mat
  4. Rock of Ages Music (ROAM)
  5. St. Elmo’s Coffee Shop

Once votes are calculated and a winner is determined, a large heart shaped award (see 2014 above) will be displayed on the winning business on Friday, February 13th to greet them for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

Last year over , 700 neighbors, friends and customers voted so we encourage you to tell your neighbors to be sure and support their favorite nominee. A business can only win the award once.

Past winners of ‘The Heart of Del Ray’ 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

Happy Valentine’s Day & be sure to vote NOW readers!!

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