How Much is That Doggy In the Window?

By Bob Tagert How Much is That Doggy In the Window? The headline for this column is also a popular song from 1953 that was recorded by Patti Page. How much is that doggy in the window?                                     […]

Cookin’ Whiskey at Copper Fox Distillery

By Bob Tagert Cookin’ Whiskey at Copper Fox Distillery In July of 2009 we first wrote about Rick Wasmund, founder, owner and master distiller of Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia. We had chosen Rick as a Personality Profile instead of a Business Profile because he had just sold his first bottle of Wasmund’s Single […]

Welcome Back to the Market Place

By OTC Staff Welcome Back to the Market Place These last four months sure have taken a toll on “doing business as usual” – whatever that is/was. It sure has altered how we here at the Old Town Crier have had to approach our editorial. Our “normal” M.O. is to profile an individual small business […]

OTBA & Charlotte Hall – Queen of King Street

OTBA & Charlotte Hall – Queen of King Street The Old Town Business Association (OTBA) and Charlotte Hall have been operating off and on in tandem for many years. The group has ebbed and flowed over the years but it has been a force to reckon with and never more so than today. The woman […]

Maria and George Christou At the Helm of RT’s Restaurant

By Bob Tagert Maria and George Christou At the Helm of RT’s Restaurant Last October, after spending many years at her father’s restaurant, Taverna Cretekou in Old Town Alexandria, Maria and her husband George Christou decided to strike out on their own. The word in town was that owner Ralph Davis was considering retiring from […]

Do You Know Where Your Water’s Been?

By Lani Gering Do You Know Where Your Water’s Been? I’ve lived in Alexandria, both in Old Town and Del Ray, since 1992 and never actually gave any thought to what we are actually paying for when I write out the check that pays for the water that we use several times every day. I […]

Hurricane Bob’s – Small Batch, Gourmet Hot Sauce

By Lani Gering Hurricane Bob’s – Small Batch, Gourmet Hot Sauce The publisher of the Old Town Crier has known Commander Robert “Bob” Yakeley (retired) since the mid-90’s and I met him fairly shortly after. While we knew he had a fairly colorful career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy and was a […]

Tap Those ASSets: Emerging from ‘Prison’ to Becoming an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Savings Passionista

L. Tia Blount is a force to be reckoned with. I met Tia a few weeks ago after I had been eavesdropping on the conversation she was having sitting next to me and she immediately had me in awe. In the course of the 26 years that I have been associated with the Old Town […]

Natures Nibbles “Part Deux”

By Lani Gering Natures Nibbles “Part Deux” Many of our readers will recognize the couple in the photo accompanying this profile. Chris and Anne Gabriel opened the original Nature’s Nibbles in their home in Arlington in 2005 and then moved to the current brick and mortar location at 2601 Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del […]

It’s Goldfinch. Period! “A Curated Collection of Curiosities”

By Lani Gering It’s Goldfinch. Period! “A Curated Collection of Curiosities” Did you know that “goldfinch” is not only the name of a cute North American bird but is also a paint color that happens to be a favorite of local designers Jamie Brown and Jeff Akseizer who opened a beautiful retail store in the […]