New home of expanded Comfort One Shoes at 200 King Street in Old town Alexandria, virginia
Comfort One Shoes Expansion to occur in 2017

This is an update to this post. As we were the first to tell you, the owner of The Why Not Shop in Alexandria, Virginia this past winter announced the shop was closing the doors after 53 years in business in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Now, we can be the first to tell you what is replacing the Old Town institution at 200 King Street.

A new owner has taken over the building and plans to lease the first two (2) floors to Comfort One Shoes. Sources tell me this will be an expansion of the current store located right across the street at 201 King Street and tell me the expansion will occur in mid to late 2017.

There will be changes forthcoming at the historic 19th century building that was built by Jacob Hoffman between 1802 and 1810. These changes are to accommodate the new tenant.

Plans, which have been approved by the Board of Architectural Review, call for:

  • Demolition of the two projecting first floor bay windows on South Lee Street.
  • Replacement of all first floor doors with metal (Hopes brand) inset storefront doors. The
    primary Lee Street door will have sidelights, while the new door system on King Street
    will consist of full-light glass double doors. Both doors will have an integrated multilight
    transom. The single door on South Lee Street will be replaced with a single fulllight
    glass door.
  • Replacement of the existing wood multi-light storefront windows with new metal
    storefront windows with a single pane of glass under a multi-light transom.
  • Replacement of the existing multi-light windows on the second and third floor with new
    Jeld-Wen (Siteline EX) wood, double-hung windows with simulated divided lights.
  • Conversion of the two fire stair doors on South Lee Street to multi-light casement
    windows above painted wood panels.
  • Installation of a metal mesh over a rooftop utility well to locate mechanical equipment.
  • Installation of a recessed alcove with a steel door on the alley (south) elevation.

Bradlee Shoe Repair in Alexandria, Virginia

Bradlee Shoe Repair has been in business for 50 years in Alexandria

After deciding to close in January 2016 after 50 years in business in Alexandria, Virginia, it appears Bradlee Shoe Repair is making a comeback in Bradlee Shopping Center. There’s a new sign on the door that says ‘Coming Back Soon’.

Have been trying to find out more about this and will update as I get more information.

Bradlee Shoe Repair in Alexandria, Virginia

(H/T Pam)

Five Below logo

Five Below Opening Two Stores in the Alexandria, Virginia Area

We hear a Five Below store, where everything costs $5 and below, is slated to open Friday, May 20 in Alexandria, Virginia at the Plaza at Landmark Shopping Center, located at 6198 Little River Turnpike Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

Five Below is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country with more than 430 stores in 27 states. Five Below expects to cut the ribbon on approximately 85 new stores and enter four new states in 2016, on top of opening 70 stores in 2015. There is a second store opening in the Alexandria area in Mount Vernon Plaza (south of Alexandria in Fairfax County) on June 17, located at 7696 D Richmond Highway,  Alexandria, Virginia 22306.

Catering to teens, pre-teens and their parents, Five Below carries an ever-evolving and exciting assortment of cellphone cases and chargers, remote control cars, yoga pants, graphic tees, nail polish, baseball and soccer balls, tons of candy and seasonal must-haves for Summer, Back-to-School, Christmas and more.

For more information about the company, visit Five Below online.

(H/T Carmen)


Souvlaki Bar coming soon to Alexandria, Virginia at 2700 Jefferson Davis Highway and E. Raymond Avenue at Tony's Corner

Potomac Yard’s new retail center Tony’s Corner, which replaced the popular Afghan Restaurant, will soon have its first tenant opening their doors. Souvlaki Bar, a new authentic Greek restaurant is opening this summer at the corner of 2700 Jefferson Davis Highway and E. Raymond Avenue in Alexandria.

The 56-seat restaurant will be offering delivery and we hear will be open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday and 7:00 am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The slogan for the restaurant as ‘Festive Greek’. Owners Christos Sarantis and Tom Christopoulos describe the new restaurant as ‘Greek-inspired casual dining, fresh food prepared and cooked to order on premises; beer and wine on premises, with table wait service, delivery and take-out services’ in their planning documents (PDF).

As you can see below, the restaurant is still being framed. While we wait for the new joint to open, consider giving them a like on Facebook.

Souvlaki Bar coming soon to Alexandria, Virginia at 2700 Jefferson Davis Highway and E. Raymond Avenue at Tony's Corner

Food trucks in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

We hear that the City’s Parks and Recreation Department has granted a ‘Special Event’ permit to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia to allow several food trucks to vend in the Carlyle neighborhood, for nine straight Tuesdays in May and June from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The ‘Special Event’ starts tomorrow, May 3, 2016. This ‘Special Event’ permit was granted to the USPTO in lieu of the neighborhood’s vehement opposition to food trucks.

While the USPTO employees have been dreaming about food trucks in the neighborhood, how will this event affect other food establishments in the neighborhood?

Snowy day at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia

Now through Sunday, January 31, we hear you can save 25% on adult & youth admission at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Just use the promo code SNOWDAY2016 when you purchase. You can purchase tickets at this link.

NOTE: This cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, friends, family, and more! 

(Photo via IIP Photo Archive, on Flickr)

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