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Alexandria Food Carts are Open on Market Square!

Alexandria Food Carts are Open on Market Square!

The bright yellow umbrellas and food carts are out on Market Square in Old Town Alexandria. These food carts are the City of Alexandria's pilot program that is limited to existing restaurants in Old Town and so far, the project has been a great success.

"It brings activity to the City square in the summer," said Barbara Ross, the Deputy Director for the Department of Planning and Zoning for the City of Alexandria.

Ross explained how the city wanted to start small, but this is a first step in a much larger project. 

"It's pretty, it's exciting, and it's delicious!" exclaimed Ross, who works in City Hall and got herself a crepe for lunch today. Check out the video to find out what other delicious eats you can get from the carts.

Vendor carts will be on Market Square from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

It’s that time of the year again where you, dear readers, can make your voices heard and help choose the absolute best the D.C. metro area has to offer. After an exhaustive elimination process, we have narrowed down the list to the below categories and selections so that you can help make our Best Of Issue the ultimate insider’s guide to the best of the best in this region. The deadline for voting is July 1st , so don’t wait and cast your vote for your favorite businesses and people in our area.


 

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY     

Local Starbucks Barista Gets an ‘Ambush Makeover’ in Old Town Alexandria

Local Starbucks Barista Gets an ‘Ambush Makeover’ in Old Town Alexandria

 

'Ambush Makeovers' are hitting the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Circe Salon and Spa Owners Richard and Ellen Vlasak were looking for ways to engage local merchants and sneak attack makeovers seemed like the perfect way to do this.

This morning Circe Salon and Spa surprised a local Starbucks barista with their first ever ‘ambush makeover.’ The lucky barista, Shannon Murry, was blindfolded and whisked away to Circe’s salon for an all day pampering and makeover session.

“Richard is very fond of her [Shannon] because she is so nice to him in the morning when he goes in for his coffee. We thought it would be a great idea to surprise her and get her in here for a total makeover,” said Ellen Vlasak.

Kara Allan, professional stylist of Style for Hire, and Glambassador for Glamour Magazine helped picked out shoes, jewelry, and the perfect dress for Day.

Loudoun Unveils Economic Development Marketing Video Series

Loudoun Unveils Economic Development Marketing Video Series

On Thursday, May 26, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development unveiled its new seven-part, marketing video series at an exclusive viewing event at The George Washington University Virginia Campus. The gathering of Loudoun VIPs was the first to see all seven videos produced by Emmy award winning company Electro-Fish Media, Inc. These videos position Loudoun as an ideal location for business by describing Loudoun’s competitive edge through the voices of nine Loudoun business leaders whose companies chose to locate in Loudoun County Virginia for access to it all.

All That Glitters: Laura Lee Designs Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at Finnish Ambassador's Residence

All That Glitters: Laura Lee Designs Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at Finnish Ambassador's Residence

It’s not every day that one gets an opportunity to celebrate a professional milestone at an ambassador’s residence, but Laura Lee Williams, owner of Laura Lee Designs, had the good fortune to do so when she celebrated five years at the helm of her handbag business at the home of Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu and his wife Laurel Colless.

“What an honor and gift to have the loveliest evening surrounded by advisors, supporters and dear friends,” says Williams. “The Finnish Ambassador and his wife Laurel Colless are supreme hosts and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening.”

Father's Day Manscaping at Salon Daniel

Dads can look healthy and feel healthy this year, when Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. pampers dads from Tues., June 14 through Sat., June 18, offering special services such as "color me natural," a special technique and color used to blend silver hair  to look natural  and feel younger. It will also be offering treatments for thinning hair, facial trimming and men’s waxing services, while donating 10 percent of all services to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. For a special treat, Salon Daniel will feature McLean-based, Sweet Leaf Café’s refreshing healthy teas and sandwiches on Sat., June 18 for their clients. To make an appointment, call Salon Daniel at 703.893.5000.

Small Business Focus: McKinley Marketing Partners Hires CMO

 Small Business Focus: McKinley Marketing Partners Hires CMO

With this week’s America’s Small Business Summit organized by the US Chamber of Commerce and last week’s National Small Business Week led by the Small Business Administration, both held in Washington, DC, many area small businesses are celebrating their successes. Among them is McKinley Marketing Partners, which just hired Mike Savage as its new Chief Marketing Officer.

With more than 15 years experience in leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies including vice president of customer marketing at Vocus and senior vice president of marketing at Merkle Inc., Savage is looking forward to growing McKinley Marketing Partners as he did these firms.