Sunday, May 19, 2013
Elected officials lend a hand in Del Ray Business Association ribbon-cutting on E. Monroe Avenue.
M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters celebrated the opening of its new coffee bar on E. Monroe Avenue Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by Mayor Bill Euille, Councilmembers John Chapman, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper and Justin Wilson and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. The coffee bar, which serves coffee by the cup, espresso drinks and has iced coffee on tap, has been open for two weeks—the first week for a soft opening and then a following week of full service. • See: Swing's Prepares New Cafe • See: Swing's Officially Opens Coffee Bar The bar also offers selections from Alexandria Pastry Shop and coffee beans are available by the pound. Staff at the new facility is hosting coffee cupping events each Friday at 10 a.m. Neil Balkcom, a …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Del Ray Business Association holding ribbon-cutting at coffee roastery Saturday.
The coffee bar at M.E. Swing’s Coffee Roasters on E. Monroe Avenue is officially open for business, the company announced Monday on its Facebook page. The bar held a soft opening last week. Swing’s will keep hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and appease youth soccer parents at nearby Simpson Stadium Park on Saturdays with hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cafe, anchored by a long bar and featuring a variety of repurposed furniture, offers Swing’s signature blends of coffee, seasonal espresso drinks and a limited menu of non-coffee drinks. The bar includes cold-brewed iced coffee on tap. “We will be featuring pastries and a few savory items, but will not be doing any food prep,” Swing’s CEO Mark Warmuth told Patch in April…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Bank branch officially opened April 8.
The Del Ray Business Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new BB&T branch located in the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue during the First Thursday street festival. Located next to Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria, the bank opened its doors on April 8. The bank was a sponsor of Thursday's festival. • See: Del Ray BB&T Branch Opens Monday “As Mount Vernon Avenue continues to grow and expand, it's never a bad thing to see banks continue to be here,” said Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. “It's a sign of success.” The branch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The branch is closed on Sunday. It also includes an enclosed ATM on the corner of Mount Vernon and East …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday's street festival featured fitness demonstrations and more.
"Cirque du Del Ray: A Healthy Carnival" was the theme of Thursday evening's First Thursday street festival in Del Ray. The event, presented by the Del Ray Business Association, featured fitness demonstrations, healthy activites for kids and a bike rodeo. Enjoy this photo gallery from the festival. If you have any photos from First Thursday you would like to share, upload them yourself by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Street festival scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday along Mount Vernon Avenue.
Outdoor season officially kicks off in Del Ray this week with the return of First Thursday. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, folks are invited to head down to Mount Vernon Avenue for “Cirque du Del Ray: A Healthy Carnival” presented by the Del Ray Business Association. “Instead of a health fair, it’s a healthy carnival where kids and their families can come to participate in the fun of being healthy and active,” said event co-chair Megan Brown of Mind the Mat. Brown invites kids and adults to participate in a series of events that will be presented throughout the evening in the farmers market lot—redubbed “The Big Top”—at the corner of Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues. The schedule of events include at The Big Top is as follows…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Elected officials participate in ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Del Ray Variety, a new store located at 203 E. Custis Ave., held its grand opening on Saturday morning. The event included games and activities for children, animal adoptions from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and food from Del Ray Pizzeria, Caboose Bakery and Pork Barrel BBQ. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, Mayor Bill Euille and other city officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We got a store we needed and wanted,” said Moran, a former Del Ray resident. “They have things in here you don’t even know you need. …It’s another place that makes Del Ray a good place to live, work… and shop.” For more on Del Ray Variety, check out: For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Five street festivals scheduled for May through September.
The Del Ray Business Association is once again hosting a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue this spring and summer called First Thursdays. The dates and themes of this year’s festivals are as follows: For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Communications and media production firm set up shop in Mount Vernon Avenue office in 1999.
Mind and Media, a communications and media production firm located on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, is moving to a new office in Old Town on June 1. The company set up shop in its office located at 2016 Mount Vernon Ave. in 1999. After 14 years in the space, Mind and Media management and employees are beginning the arduous process of moving to Waterman Place, located at 901 N. Pitt St. • Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter. “It’s a lot of work to move after 14 years. … We’re getting into a more efficient space for the kind of company we are,” said Marilyn Finnemore, Mind and Media’s CEO and president. “We did not want to leave the area. We’re moving to another …
Friday, March 15, 2013
With the Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley project slotted for cancelation, should another way to move visitors and residents be considered?
The Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley project, which made a bumpy ride through City Hall in 2012, appears to be off the tracks. With the city facing a $31 million budget shortfall, City Manager Rashad Young is recommending abandoning the project and its $700,000 price tag in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2014. The pilot project was to be funded with money set aside for transportation projects in the city. • See: City Manager Proposes $626.6 Million Operating Budget The project was subject to plenty of scrutiny from lawmakers, business owners and citizens, who debated how far north into Arlandria the route would travel and later what other neighborhoods it would traverse. • See: Council Approves Trolley Route Serving Del Ray and Arlandria …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Serdar Basegmez presented with giant cardboard heart from Del Ray Business Association.
The “Heart of Del Ray” award is moving one storefront to the north. Greener Cleaner of Del Ray, located at 2210 Mount Vernon Ave., claimed the big cardboard heart after more than 550 people placed votes on the Del Ray Business Association website. The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, located next to the Greener Cleaner at 2204 Mount Vernon Ave., won the award last year. The heart is presented annually by the DRBA around Valentine's Day to the business that best demonstrates a warm and welcoming attitude to customers, shows generosity and commitment to the community and contributes to making Del Ray a great place to live, work and shop. “We’re happy to have it,” said owner Serdar Basegmez, who opened his drycleaners four years ago. “We’re …