Pendleton Woolen Mills in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Pendleton Woolen Mills, where you can shop classic and contemporary fashions for men and women, distinctive home furnishings and world-famous wool blankets is closing their Old Town Alexandria, Virginia location. There’s a store closing sale going on NOW where you can get 50%-70% off items.

There has been no word about this on their Facebook page. We have asked the store for comment and will update when and if received. Pendleton Woolen Mills has been family owned and operated for 150+ years.

For other Pendleton Woolen Mills locations, visit this link.

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Dusk on the Potomac
For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are five (5) news items that caught our eye.


Five Guys at 725 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Five Guys Opens Largest Location in Northern Virginia

The ‘new’ Five Guys King Street location in Alexandria, Virginia, which replaces the old Bertucci’s restaurant, opens Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 11:00 AM. The eatery will have 83 seats inside and seating for 12 outside on the N. Columbus side of the restaurant. The eatery is located at 725 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Hours of the eatery will be 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.



Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash's of Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash’s of Old Town

In a continued effort to be the premiere knowledge-based clothier in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area, Dash’s of Old Town will host Andrea Benedini of Luigi Bianchi Mantova Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 21-23, 2016 during business hours at their Old Town Alexandria store at 1114 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

Luigi Bianchi, a historic Northern Italian manufacturer, will have one of their fourth-generation company leaders on hand to showcase their latest textiles, patterns, fabrics, trends and techniques. Since 1911, Luigi Bianchi LUBIAM has guaranteed a highly professional and specialized service in custom tailoring.

NOTE: During their Weekend Trunk Shows, Dash’s of Old Town encourages you to call ahead or schedule your appointment via phone or email. Call (703) 299-4015 or email

“During our signature event I want our clients, old and new, to meet our suit manufacturer and gain valuable insight on the creation of their suits that will meet their personal needs,” owner Victor Dash said. “A custom made suit, using the most prestigious fabrics, refined tailored details and the excellence of Made in Italy, will complete your custom made life, and that’s what I want to give my clients.”

The trunk show will be hosted on Friday and Saturday from 11:00am6:00pm, to Sunday from 12:00pm5:00pm, October 21-23, 2016. There is a savings opportunity of $300-$500. Prices are 30-40% lower than other competitive made-to-measure suit makers. No cost on alterations for Made-to-Measure orders.

New location of Nicecream Factory in Old town Alexandria, virginia

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Arlington based Nicecream Factory opening up shop in Old Town

According to planning documents filed this week with the City (PDF), Nicecream Factory, located on Clarendon Blvd in Arlington, is opening a new shop at 726 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. The shop will be replacing the Jeymi Salon & Spa. The salon has apparently closed based upon reader input below. We have heard that the rent is this space has run fairly high.

According to their website, Nicecream uses a freezing agent and liquid nitrogen which allows them to freeze the ice cream on the spot in front of guests, creating the freshest handcrafted cup of ice cream. Their slogan is ‘It’s not just ice cream – it’s Nicecream’.

Here, Sandra Tran and her business partner Gilbert Welford discuss the Nicecream process…

They plan on having 250 to 400 patrons a day with 3 employees per shift for a total of 6 employees per day.

The proposed hours of operation for the new store will be:

  • Monday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.until 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

If you have any comments regarding the request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at(703) 746-4666 or email the Planner associated with this case no later than September 22, 2016.

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