From the Bay to the Blue Ridge!

From the Bay to the Blue Ridge! This issue of the Old Town Crier marks the 30th time we have printed a January issue. Looking back 30 years ago, not only does it seem surreal, but it also seems like it was just yesterday. We put our first issue together in December of 1987 in […]

Carol Supplee and Imagine Artwear

By Bob Tagert Carol Supplee and Imagine Artwear   This month’s business profile will be fun to write. Imagine Artwear is one of the great success stories in Old Town Alexandria and owner Carol Supplee has worked tirelessly behind the scenes with the city and business groups. I started the Old Town Crier in January […]

Specs-NY New York City Chic in the Heart of Old Town

Specs-NY New York City Chic in the Heart of Old Town Who knew that sunglasses aka eyewear could be such a big business? Oren Goldberg and his father, that’s who. Opening in New York City in 2013 as a standalone eyewear boutique, Goldberg brought Specs-NY to Old Town Alexandria in April of 2016. Located at […]

The Horse’N Hound

By Lani Gering The Horse ‘N Hound Saddlery – Gifts – Outdoor Wear – Pet Supply No better time of year to check out an out of the way store that caters to the “horsey” set…and more…than in the fall. I know that lots of you are probably “leaf peepers” and will be trekking to […]

Your Dog’s Home Away From Home!

By Lani Gering Your Dog’s Home Away From Home! What better way to celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer” than featuring one of the area’s top full service dog daycare establishments in this space. Located in a large, lavender (very soothing color I guess) corner building on the Jeff Davis Highway in the Del Ray […]

The Old Town Shop- Where the Past is your Present!

By Maurisa Potts   The Old Town Shop – Where the Past is your Present! The Old Town Shop officially opened its doors this spring and is a welcome addition to the Alexandria retail community-most especially in Old Town. This cute shop brings to the area a unique take on local gifts that celebrate Alexandria’s […]

Waxing the City – A Smooth Operation

By Lani Gering Waxing the City – A Smooth Operation I have to start this column off with a disclaimer: I have never had any portion of my body waxed – either professionally or trying it myself. I did buy a kit for my legs when it first became popular but after hearing several friends […]

Silver Parrot – Uniquely Sterling….Silver and Stones!

By Lani Gering Silver Parrot – Uniquely Sterling….Silver and Stones! The Silver Parrot Jewelry Boutique, located in the coveted 100 block of King Street, has been a fixture in Alexandria since it was established in 1977. This unique business came from humble beginnings, with the founder starting out as a street vendor in Washington, D.C. […]

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 […]

Ralph Davis- Grad student turned Restaurateur

By Bob Tagert   Ralph Davis – Grad student turned Restaurateur            Ralph Davis is one of our own. He grew up in the Alexandria area and attended Hammond High School in the western part of Alexandria. After graduating in 1967 he attended old Dominion University and graduated with a degree in political science. […]