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SBDC Workshop, Women Who Mean Business Awards, New Businesses & More in This Week in Economic Develo

Wednesday, October 10, 2018  
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Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Week of October 9-14,



If you have questions about this weekly update, or would like to learn more about economic development opportunities in Alexandria, please contact the AEDP staff:


Tom Colicchio

Business Development Associate


Teresa Garrison

Director ofOperations


Adrianne Griffith

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO


Christina Mindrup

Vice President,

Business Development


Marie Plishka

Business Development Associate


Ryan Touhill

Chief of Staff


Elizabeth Watson

Business Services Coordinator




Welcome to ALX!

This week, we'd like to welcome a few newly-opened businesses to Alexandria! Welcome to:



Pendleton Carryout Co.


Do you know of a new Alexandria business we can welcome? Please email us to let us know!

This Week: Events & Activities

The Old Town Business and Professional Association will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting(Tues. 10/9 at 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Capitol Post, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400).

City Council will hold their regularly scheduled legislative meetingwhere items of interest include the consideration of a Lease Extension Between the City of Alexandria and Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority ("NOVA Parks") for the use of the Cameron Run Park Property, Framework for WMATA 2019 Shutdown and a King Street Initiative Oral Update(Tues. 10/9 at 7:00 PM, City Hall Council Chambers, 301 King St.).

The Alexandria SBDCwill hold a workshop, "Startup Guide to Nonprofit Organizations,"presented by Jennifer Ayers (JL Ayers Consulting) and Jennifer Gniady (the Geller Law Group). This is the first part of a two-part series; this workshop's target audience is new nonprofits(Weds. 10/10 at 9:00 - 11:00 AM, AEDP/SBDC Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St.,Registration Requested).

TheAd Hoc Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group will hold a meeting.The meeting will include an applicant update for the Public Storage Development Special Use Permit (SUP) at 880 S. Pickett St. as well as an overview of the Greenhill Coordinated Development District proposal for six parcels located between S. Van Dorn St., S. Pickett St. and Edsall Rd.(Weds. 10/10 at 7:00 PM, Cameron Station Great Room, 200 Cameron Station Blvd.).

The West End Business Association will host a special member appreciation event (boat cruise) formembers and guests(Thurs. 10/11 at 4:45 - 7:00 PM, 0 Cameron St., Registration Required).

The Washington Business Journal is hosting an awards dinner to recognize the region's most influential women- the 2018 Women Who Mean Business. AEDP President and CEO Stephanie Landrum is one of this year's awardees- congrats, Stephanie!(Thurs. 10/11 at 6:00 - 9:00 PM, The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C.,Registration Required).

City Council will hold their monthlypublic hearing meetingwhere items ofinterest include approvals for a hotel with ground-level and rooftop restaurant and valet parking at 699 Prince Street and 114 S. Washington Street; Parker-Gray Stadium Modernization at T.C. Williams High School to include new accessory buildings including restrooms, concessions, press box and ticket vending and associated site improvements including pedestrian access, track improvements, sound system upgrades, athletic field lighting and site lighting; and Monday Properties' request to convert office to residential uses, and the construct a multi-family residential building at 2000 Beauregard Street(Sat. 10/13 at 9:30 AM, City Hall Council Chambers, 301 King St.).

Upcoming: Events & Activities

Alexandria'sPortside in Old Town Festival kicks off the fun with activities along the Potomac River October 12 to 14, 2018. Festival-goers will enjoy a waterfront beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, a pop-up Pizzeria Paradiso, plus live music and history, art and fitness activities, and SO MUCH MORE!(Fri-Sun., 10/12-14, King StreetWaterfront Park).


This event includes the visit of the tall ship Godspeed,a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will dock in Alexandria October 12-14. Visitors will be able to tour the ship for free and enjoy dockside exhibits about Alexandria's history.

The event will now take place at Waterfront Park and the Alexandria City Marina. Due to extraordinary weather circumstances causing flooding that delayed construction, the new park space at the foot of King Street will not be ready to open to the public, but the festival will move forward on October 12 to 14 in the adjacent waterfront spaces close to King Street. The new park space is expected to open later this fall.

Rock the Blockis a new culinarytour coming to Alexandria.Eat at the top restaurants in Old Town andhelp rescue children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Each guest will received a wristband at their reserved "starting restaurant" and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants, including Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, Pizza Paradiso, Auggie's Mussel House, various food trucks at Market Square, Mia's Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Urbano 116 and Virtue Feed & Grain.

General Admission gets you access toeating and drinking at eight of Old Town, Alexandria's hottest restaurants, while VIP tickets add on a reception beforehand and access to the after-party.

Tickets are on sale, so get yours now!
(Weds., 11/4 at 6:00 - 9:00 PM,Waterfront Park,1A Prince St.Registration Required).

TheCarlyle Vitality Initiativeis a partnership with theCity of Alexandria, theCarlyle Council, and theAlexandria Economic Development Partnership. They will be sponsoring many ongoing events and programs throughout the fall and winter time frame, such as Movies Under the Stars, Wake Up Wednesdays, and more. Visit their website to see their currently planned events for October.

In the News

We are excited to announce our new blog series! Each month, check out "Growing in Alexandria," an AEDP blog series that will focus on businesses around the City.

For our first post, we visited Wag & Brew in Alexandria's West End. To learn more, head on over to the blog.


Buying New | Robinson Landing in Old Town Alexandria, Va.-Washington Post

Luxury condos along the Potomac in Alexandria have four floors and a terrace on top- Washington Post

Landmark Mall Redevelopment Plans May Move Forward with Sears Property-Alexandria Living Magazine

Pinkard Group, Principal Buy Stake in Carlyle Overlook- Globe

D.C. Office Market Posts Strong Q3 With Rising Demand, Slowing Construction- Bisnow

Home affordability watch: The 10 fastest-growing metro areas- Washington Post

Here are the 25 hottest neighborhoods for home sales in Greater Washington- Washington Business Journal[Feat. Del Ray]

Investors Lining Up To Pour Billions Into Opportunity Zones- Bisnow

Fun addition or dangerous trend? This is the debate over a rare carryout window in Old Town Alexandria.- Washington Business Journal

Amazon's HQ2's Potential To Transform A Housing Market- Forbes


Eight Virginia Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Award-Virginia Governor's Office[Feat.Blessed Sacrament School and Early Childhood Center]

Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria wins second Blue Ribbon- Catholic Herald

Planning Approves TC Lights- Alexandria Gazette

Metro-area jobless rates see uptick in August- Virginia

Dockless Bike, Scooter Pilot Program Considered In Alexandria- Del Ray Patch

City to host demo of dockless mobility devices- Alexandria Times

Alexandria Considers Allowing Dockless Bikes and Scooters- Alexandria Living Magazine

Fastest-Growing Cities In America: How Alexandria Ranks- Patch

Lights, Camera, Alexandria- Alexandria Living Magazine


Warby Parker opening in Old Town Alexandria with exclusive frame. It's not red brick.- Washington Business Journal

Warby Parker Opens Store in Alexandria- Alexandria Living Magazine

Will you try the fusion of Taco Bell fare and alcohol? Region's first Taco Bell Cantina nears opening.- Washington Business Journal

Alexandria Just Got a Super Stylish Carryout Operation- Eater

Pendleton Carryout Co. Opens Today- DC Outlook

Bagel boom: Farmers market favorite to pop up in Del Ray- Washington Business Journal

Two Local Chefs Driving New PENDLETON CARRY OUT CO. Now OPEN in North OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA- The Zebra

Coffee Shop Serving Small Plates Coming to Prince Street- Alexandria Living Magazine

Martial arts studio Ryushinkan Aikido opens in Old Town Alexandria- Hoodline

Dumplings And Pizza Carryout Place Opens In Alexandria- Old Town Patch

Sneak peek: Light Horse's new upscale dining bar in Alexandria- Washington Business Journal

New Indian Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria Elevates Ancient Flavors- The Zebra

Helpful Links


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