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A Sweet Addition to Old Town Alexandria

February 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
donuts and coffee

It’s easy to spot someone leaving Sugar Shack – look for a big, satisfying smile!

Alexandria locals are raving about Sugar Shack’s new location at 804 N. Henry Street near Braddock Metro station. Some of the tweets about the new shop include, “Best donut I’ve had in my life”, “Most amazing donut ever”, and “Devoured”.

On the menu: hot apple fritters, bacon covered donuts, and kid-pleasing candy sprinkle donuts. There are over 30 other varieties to choose from. Some expected and some certainly not.

Warm beverages include coffee, specialty teas and hand-crafted espresso drinks.

Sugar Shack is steps from the townhomes at Old Town Commons and is open Monday through Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday 6am-11pm, Saturday 7am-11pm, and Sunday 7am-9pm.

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!

EYA’s Move Concierge Service Makes Moving a Breeze

February 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Pack an overnight bag. That’s all you’ll have to do when you move into an EYA home with Move Concierge™, a unique new partnership with Let’s Move, LLC.

Move Concierge is total “move management”.  Imagine a move with little more than decision-making on your end – a new space that is planned, unpacked and organized. Personal consultants from Let’s Move will help you with every step of the process, from space planning, to staging your existing home to sell, to coordinating third-party contractors and designers, to packing and unpacking for the move.

You need only bring your overnight bag on the day of your move. Your bed will be made, pictures hung and coffee pot set to brew in the morning.

It’s a move made simpler, easier and more relaxing so you can enjoy your new home and spend time exploring your new lock-and-go lifestyle.

Now, when you purchase a home at The Oronoco, Little Falls Place or Grosvenor Heights, Move Concierge service is included*.

Join us Saturday, February 7th at the Oronoco in Old Town Alexandria to meet with representatives from Let’s Move and hear more about this unparalleled new service. 2pm-4pm. 601 N. Fairfax Street, #607.  If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP to (571) 483-0286 or Oronoco@EYA.com.

*Prices, terms, features and incentives subject to change without notice. Seller will provide a specified number of hours of professional services for move-related activities to include: floor plan analysis; rightsizing sessions; packing and unpacking; personal concierge project management services; and move labor and transport. Professional services are provided by Let’s Move LLC. Purchaser shall be responsible for services beyond the scope of work outlined in the Seller’s agreement.

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!

Architect’s Newspaper Features The Oronoco

January 22, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
The Oronoco Waterfront Condos

Architect’s Newspaper Blog A/N released their coverage of The Oronoco Waterfront Condominium this week. It’s a beautifully written story that captures the building’s transformation from outmoded office building into “riverfront revival”. Learn more about the “sleek new residences” at our website.

Old Town Commons is a “WOW” House

January 16, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Old Town Commons

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
Homemade pizza with a glass of beer

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.

 

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!

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!