Warning: Graphic Words and Images

Graphic novels have taken off in the world of publishing, as the line between books and cartoons with their heroes and their anti-heroes has begun disappearing in popular culture. They are no longer just comic books: they have something more obvious to say. Of course, not all of them are profound, any more than books […]

Brunch at the Grille

Now that we are into winter, we thought that we would take a different approach to our dining out column and write about a nice cozy brunch.  The Grille at the Morrison House has long been a favorite destination for local Alexandrians and now Chef Brian McPherson has introduced a Duck Press Brunch.  We went […]

January 2014 Pets of the Month

Jimmy John Aaarrrooooooooo! Hello! My name is Jimmy John and I hope you’re looking for a tried and true hound because that’s what I am! I love to play outside, and I especially love to sniff! I love using my nose, so I would a home where I could go for long walks every day […]

Publisher Notes – January 2014

Well, another milestone met.  With this issue we start our 27th year of publishing the Old Town Crier, and like that little log building on the cover…we have weathered the storm.  It hasn’t been easy, but it sure has been fun!  Starting with no investment money and no business plan, we still made it work, […]

Welcome 2014!

By the time most of you are reading this issue, New Years Eve will have passed and you are probably in the middle of taking down the last of the season’s decorations! This is a bittersweet time of the year for many of us. We are sad that the holidays are over but happy that […]

Rico Beetle

O’Connell’s Restaurant & Pub 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124 Danieloconnells.com How did you get started in the bar tending business? Shortly after I got out of the Navy I took a job working service bar at a very large restaurant. Here is where I pretty much learned to make all the drinks according […]

Gallery Beat January 2014

For the last two months I have been writing about art fairs, from the perspective of art galleries and from the perspective of artists. I have discussed predatory galleries and dealers as well as unethical artists. Art fairs are very expensive. As I’ve noted before, many galleries risk everything to come to Miami, and I […]

Eric Nelson, Chocolatier

Artfully Chocolate 2003A Mount Vernon Avenue 703-635-7917 and 506 John Carlyle Street 703-575-8686 http://www.artfullychocolate.com What brought you to the business of chocolate? My interest in chocolate took off in 2006 when I was looking to open my own business where I could show and sell my artwork.  I opened Artfully Chocolate in 2006 when I […]

Exploring VA Wines

So do we start talking about New Year’s resolutions now? The start of a new year is certainly a time for goal evaluation and setting… for me, 2014 is a year for farming. We are currently working to plant out more of the land at the Fabbioli estate. We are planting four more acres of […]

The (Happiest) Hour

I always appreciate meeting the local business owners and operators around the Alexandria area, but I must admit that some interviews and visits are mixing business with pleasure.  In preparation for the New Year, I was fortunate enough to meet with Victoria Vergason.  Victoria is the proud owner of The Hour, the very welcoming vintage […]