Category Archives: Old Town Commons

Old Town Commons at Braddock Metro Station

Boutique District Warehouse Sale

February 7, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Looking for the largest selection of boutique merchandise under one roof? The Old Town Alexandria Boutique District is holding their 10th Annual Warehouse Sale Saturday, February 7th.

Head to the historic George Washington Masonic Temple and delight in hundreds of designer brands up to 90% off! With so many boutiques onsite, you’re sure to find something perfect for you and your loved ones.

Steps from Old Town Commons and The Oronoco, the shops of Old Town’s Boutique District offer the area’s best selection of unique clothing, wares and more. Happy shopping!

Super Bowl Gatherings in Your EYA Neighborhood

January 30, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Whether you are rooting for the Seahawks or Patriots, or just a fan of the commercials, this Sunday’s Super Bowl is a great opportunity to gather with friends and enjoy the local establishments in your EYA neighborhood.

Silver Spring

Super Bowl excitement is in the air at Fire Station 1! A 100-year old restored Fire House in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, the venue features 3 levels, 2 bars and 10 big screen HDTVs. Doors will open at 4:30 and early arrival is encouraged. VIP packages are available and you can continue the festivities until 2 am at their After Party.

Bethesda

If you prefer to entertain friends at home, Luke’s Lobster Roll has a great Super Bowl catering option. For $11 per person, you will get a tasty ½ lobster roll, chips, pickle and Shipyard beer. $110 minimum required. What better way to finish off the meal than with Georgetown Cupcake’s Super Bowl Dozen! You can choose between the “Go Hawks” or “Go Pats” decorated cupcakes.

Old Town Alexandria

Old Town is full of game day excitement with many great venues to watch the big game. The medieval-inspired John Strongbow’s Tavern will have 2 huge 120” projection screens showing the game and plenty of Super Bowl food and drink specials. Reservations are encouraged. If you are a Patriot’s fan, Murphy’s Irish Pub is “where die hard fans gather to cheer on their team.” Meet other Patriots fans and enjoy their game day specials.

Fairfax

Watch the game at Dogfish Head Alehouse or pick up some party food to go. Special take out packages and growlers are available. For entertaining at home, check out the many shops and restaurants at Mosaic District to pick up some great party foods. Red Apron Butcher is offering game day specials, including subs, chili, dips and charcuterie boards. Be sure to place your order soon. And delight your guests with Artisan Confections special Seahawks or Patriots bon bons for dessert!

Enjoy the game!

Old Town Commons is a “WOW” House

January 16, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Real estate reporter Mary Ann Barton recently cited Old Town Commons as a “WOW” House, notable for its enviable walkable location and beautiful LEED design. It’s no wonder so many residents choose to call the community “home”. In addition to receiving a significant amount of local coverage, Old Town Commons has won a variety of national awards, such as the Best in American Living “Neighborhood of the Year”.

What’s New in Old Town

January 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Move over King Street. Some of Old Town’s best new eateries are finding a home in the north end.

Five major residential communities in Old Town are driving the growth of new retail north of Wythe Street, nearer to Braddock Metro Station.

Harris Teeter has recently opened in the lower level of The Kingsley and offers an impressive selection of to-go meals as well as Express Lane service for those on the run.

In the 1111 Belle Pre building, Lost Dog Cafe has opened their fifth location, now in Old Town. The spot offers dine-in pizza, sandwiches and beer – along with takeout. Also in Belle Pre will be Sugar Shack Donuts, a Richmond-based bakery.

The Asher apartments will welcome Bastille Restaurant, which is relocating from their former home on N. Royal Street into their new space at 620 N. Fayette. Bistro Royal will be taking the former location on N. Royal.

And of course, EYA’s Old Town Commons townhouse neighborhood and The Oronoco Condo have spurred the growth of independent retail such as the much anticipated Mason Social modern American spot with full-bar, which will open shortly.

 

Resolutions for a Walkable Lifestyle

January 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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As we welcome a new year, many of us will make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. More and more research indicates that living in a walkable neighborhood is good for you. From better health to reduced crime rates to increased social interactions, walkable urban living has many far reaching benefits. The studies show:

  • There is a significant connection between walkability and health benefits
  • Walkability encourages more civic engagement in our communities
  • Walkable urban environments spur social interaction and creativity
  • Walkability is a key to influencing housing prices

EYA is passionate about creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and resolve to start living your walkable lifestyle today!

Take a Stroll Through Alexandria’s Holiday Market

December 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo by @Cliff1066 Flickr.Photo by @Cliff1066 Flickr.

This holiday season, venture off King Street to nearby Carlyle District for Alexandria’s acclaimed Holiday Market. Located just three blocks from King Street Metro station in John Carlyle Square, the event is a lively European-inspired Holiday Market, complete with arts, crafts, gifts, European fare, sweet treats, specialty beverages, Santa appearances, kids’ activities and live entertainment.

The Holiday Market is open weekends from 11 AM – 8 PM, with additional open hours posted on their website.  This weekend delight your senses with sounds from Seth Kibel, one of the region’s most admired woodwind specialists, Saturday from Noon – 2 PM.

From EYA’s Old Town Commons Townhomes in Alexandria and EYA’s Oronoco Waterfront Condominium residences in Alexandria, stroll down to King Street and hop on the free trolley. It runs every 15 minutes and travels from the waterfront to King Street Metro station.

Happy holidays!

Shop Local: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals in Old Town

November 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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The Old Town Boutique District is gearing up for a Black Friday extravaganza! Many of your favorite shops will be opening early on November 28th and offering once-a-year deals on clothes, accessories, home goods and more. Early bird shoppers will be rewarded with the best deals as many stores will be featuring 30% off starting at 6 AM, 20% off starting at 8 AM, and 10% off starting at 10 AM. View the list of participating shops and their special offers here.

The free King Street Trolley will begin shuttling shoppers from the metro at 6 AM. The city will also be offering free parking at meters and city garages all day long.

After a fun day of shopping, head over to Market Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Beginning at 6 PM, the festivities will include special appearances by Mayor Euille and Santa Claus, live performances and the lighting of the City tree.

The deals and discounts continue on November 29th for Small Business Saturday. Many of the boutiques will offer gifts with purchase, merchandise discounts, yummy treats and more. Plus, bring two receipts from local Old Town shops to the Alexandria Visitors Center and receive a free Rebecca Minkoff designer “Shop Small” canvas tote bag (while supplies last).

Happy shopping!

EYA Holds Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons

October 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Pictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille,   ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy PriestPictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy Priest

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EYA gathered with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) for a Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons.

About 100 partners, consultants and business leaders attended the ceremony, which celebrates the six-year redevelopment effort. What was once five city blocks of outmoded public housing at the James Bland Housing Site is now a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

The redevelopment is a model for the preservation of public housing and public-private partnerships. EYA, ARHA and the City of Alexandria worked closely together to work through a host of complicated development decisions and designs. Today, Old Town Commons is smart, green, livable and worthy of emulation, thanks to the dedication of countless consultants, employees and partners.    

The community has won numerous local, regional and national awards, including:

  • ULI Award of Excellence, 2014 Finalist, Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment, 2014 Best Use of a Public-Private Partnership
  • Best in American Living Awards (BALA), 2013 Gold Award, Neighborhood of the Year
  • Delta Associates Awards for Excellence, 2013 Best Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Impact Condominium Community
  • Virginia Housing Awards, 2013 Governor’s Award, Best Mixed Income Project
  • The Great American Living Awards (GALA), 2011 Best Interior Merchandising, 2011 Best Designed Architecture, 2010 Best Green Community, 2010 Most Innovative Infill Neighborhood

The public rental apartments are now complete and the condominiums are sold and occupied. A limited number of new townhomes remain for sale. Learn more at http://www.eya.com/Old_Town_Commons.

Halloween Happenings in Your EYA Neighborhood

October 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.

Looking for some Halloween fun? From the Silver Spring Zombie Walk to trick-or-treating at the local boutiques, check out these ghoulishly good events taking place in your EYA neighborhood.

Old Town Alexandria

Get a jump on your trick-or-treating in the Old Town Boutique District. Stop by on Saturday, October 25th for Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques from 11 AM to 6 PM. Old Town’s favorite shops, including Red Barn Mercantile and lou lou, will be giving out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages. Be sure to bring the kids by Pink and Brown for its 5th annual costume contest. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the store.

For the grown-ups, head over to the Fish Market on November 1st for its Nightmare on King Street Halloween Bash. Come in your scariest or funniest costume. Prizes for best costume and scariest scream! For a fun date night, go see the classic interactive musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Now playing through November 15th.

Silver Spring

One event you won’t want to miss is the Silver Spring Zombie Walk! Back from the dead, this year’s Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, October 25th in downtown Silver Spring. Gather with your fellow Zombies starting at 7 PM next to Jackie’s Sidebar then wander through the streets ending at the AFI Silver Theatre. Be sure to join the Zombie Dance Party along the way! The AFI Silver Theatre will be showing a Zombie movie and retailers will have Zombie-themed specials.

Fairfax

What better way to celebrate Halloween than combining trick-or-treating, shopping and cocktails! Mosaic District has all this and more for your Halloween enjoyment on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 9 PM. Treat bags will be available on a first come, first served basis at the information table at the corner of District Avenue and Strawberry Lane. Come dressed in your best costume and get discounts at select local retailers including 25% off at Langford Market and 15% off at Mint Nail Lounge. Then head over to one of the exciting new restaurants for some scary good cocktails such as Deadly Hot Cider at Matchbox and Smashing Pumpkins at Gypsy Soul.

Bethesda

Bethesda Row offers some “retail scare-apy” on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM. About 40 shops and restaurants will offer special deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. Participating retailers include Bluemercury and Paper Source, who will have a drawing for a $100 gift card to the store. Georgetown Cupcakes is offering its special Halloween Dozen cupcakes now through October 31st.

If you are feeling adventurous, book a table at Mussel Bar & Grille on October 29th for its Halloween “Mystery” Beer Dinner. For $65, you will receive a 4-course beer and food pairing menu, however the items on the menu are a mystery until you arrive!

Happy hauntings!

Event: Wine & Cheese with Grape + Bean

October 6, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Online retailer Swirl and Sip takes the guesswork out of finding great wine. Coming to Mosaic District.Online retailer Swirl and Sip takes the guesswork out of finding great wine. Coming to Mosaic District.

Join us for a taste of Old Town this Saturday, October 11th, from Noon – 3 PM. Enjoy wine & cheese courtesy of Alexandria’s favorite Grape + Bean as you tour our model home. Don’t miss this final opportunity to call Old Town Commons “home”. Kindly RSVP to oldtowncommons@eya.com or 571-312-8910. Located at 735 N. Alfred Street in Alexandria.