Product of the Month: Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Product of the Month Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum Formulated with Vitamin C ,konja root, ferulic and hyaluronic acid, and 4 other actives, this antioxidant blend is purported to: “Brighten, Tighten and Smooth Skin While Reducing Effects of Photoaging!” By leaving out harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance, Mad Hippie is said to help […]

Social Media Fails of 2017

Social Media Fails of 2017   We are only a few months in, and there have already been some hilarious and painful social media fails. Listed below are just a few of the many!   McDonalds: On March 16th the fast food conglomerate tweeted to its 150,000 plus followers, that Donald Trump was “disgusting” and […]

Howell Crim – Wooden Boat Builder, Mechanic & Captain

By Bob Tagert   Howell Crim – Wooden Boat Builder, Mechanic & Captain          Just like our Business Profile, this month’s Personality Profile is another local guy. Howell Crim grew up in the Hollin Hall area of Alexandria and attended Fort Hunt High School down the GW Parkway. Crim developed his taste for boats […]

Easter Fun!

EASTER BUNNY The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient […]

The Royal Restaurant…..Since 1904

By Lani Gering The Royal Restaurant….Since 1904 “For over one hundred years, the Royal Restaurant has been the most popular restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria. Originally located next to City Hall at 109 North Royal Street, the family-owned Royal Café became Alexandria’s premier lunch time eatery for the then bustling downtown shopping district during the […]


By Doug Coleman FITZ JOHN PORTER, SCAPEGOAT Fitz John Porter is a hero you have never heard of. In 1861-62, he was what the Union needed – a general officer with more competence than ego. Born in New Hampshire in 1822, he graduated West Point in 1845, just in time for the Mexican War. He […]

Publisher Notes

By Bob Tagert        Well…we made it into spring even though as I write this, the high is barely going to hit the mid 40’s. At least the sun is out and it is Cherry Blossom season. Peak bloom was predicted for March 14th, a record, and then the cold hit and destroyed half […]

The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods By Miriam Kramer   Those of us who live in Washington, DC’s political tangle or even in the bustling historic environment of Old Town, Alexandria might take a long weekend or week-long trip glamping near the Grand Canyon, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, or sailing the Potomac to reconnect with […]

Let’s Eat!!

Let’s Eat by Chef Charles Oppman Lamb Shanks With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to break out the lamb recipes. When we think spring lamb, most of think of that boneless roast or a bone-in leg, but let’s try something different. Of course, French cut lamb chops are wonderful, but expensive and lack […]

A Family Affair – King’s Jewelry

By Bob Tagert   A Family Affair – King’s Jewelry       In these uncertain economic times it is always nice to find a business that has weathered the storm for over 50 years…this is the story of Norman “Brad” Bradford. Bradford is also a local boy having grown up in Alexandria and attending school […]