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Ada’s On The River is Now Open… and BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is Coming Soon!

You’ve probably already heard talk of or walked past the new development in Robinson’s Landing. Well, Ada’s On The River has officially opened its doors and BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is soon to follow this spring! Late January 2021, Ada’s On The River gave Alexandrians a taste of something new. Next door to Ada’s, BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is preparing to open with a twist on al fresco dining, constructed in the ever popular industrial-chic style using repurposed shipping containers!

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Be Mine on the Water and Support Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so let’s show love by supporting a local charity: The Seaport Foundation! Join me on February 11th as I host Be Mine on the Water supporting Alexandria Seaport. This unique virtual event will feature wine from Brut Wine Bar, paired with delicious gourmet chocolate, and my husband Geoff making his big comedy debut! Seriously, you won’t want to miss this. Be Mine on the Water, pre-covid known as Wine on the Water, is happening this week, Thursday, February 11th, from 7:30pm – 8:15pm from the comfort of your own home! For 45 fabulous minutes we’ll make fundraising fun!

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This Season's Newest Accessory is a Tiny Home!

Have you heard the term “accessory dwelling unit (ADU)” recently and wondered what that means and why people are talking about it? Well, you’re likely to hear more about them in the coming months because Alexandria City Council has approved ADUs for Alexandria! An accessory dwelling unit can assume many forms, such as an in-law apartment, granny flat, tiny home, she-shed, basement apartment, covered garage, or any new structures that are detached from a primary residence. Ideally, these ADUs could be used to bring in rental income, provide on-site housing options for caregivers, as well as help expand housing options, affordability, and accessibility by expanding choice. Many other neighboring jurisdictions have developed ADU policies, including Arlington. We’re thrilled to see Alexandria passing similar measures.

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These Local Cookies are a Batch Made in Heaven!

If you haven’t already stumbled upon her mouthwatering Instagram @sugarcookiesisters or experienced her cookie decorating class, we want to introduce you to local cookie artist Rachel Lilly of Sugar Cookie Sisters. Sugar Cookie Sisters’ owner and baker, Rachel Lilly is a local mother of two right here in Alexandria. From custom cookie orders to cookie decorating DIY kits, Rachel offers many ways to make your event, party, small gathering, or even time with your “quarantine pod” special with custom sweets.

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ALX-opoly is on its Way!

When the pandemic lockdown began, we turned to our favorite board games… and Alexandria’s Chamber of Commerce did the same! To all my Alexandria-loving and competitive board game players out there, ALX-opoly is coming soon to your next family game night!

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New Year, New You, New Home!

In Alexandria, it’s not uncommon to see new construction seemingly at every turn. But what is it about a newly constructed home that is so appealing? What are the benefits of purchasing a new home? Well, here are just a few of the many reasons new constructions are so popular.

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2021 New Year Market Update

2020 was a year full of uncertainty and frustration, however, the housing market showed incredible strength. We expect 2021 will have similar demand as we respond to the challenges and changing preferences that emerged in 2020.

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Hey 2021! What are you planning?

In three days, we will turn the page on 2020 and look to 2021 with full hearts! So, what are our predictions for 2021? Well, this year allowed us to look at our homes with new eyes: problem-solving eyes. Where can the kiddos do homework… undistracted? Where can I do work… undistracted? How can we utilize our space, stay sane, and stay out of everyone’s hair?! We took a look at our spaces and needs, and we predict 2021 will bring these needs some solutions.

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It's Christmas Eve...

It’s Christmas Eve and only eight days until 2021! I think this calls for a celebration! Well Alexandria, we’ve had some ups and downs, some roses and thorns, some highs and lows. But through it all, our community prevailed. I’d say our community definitely made it to the top of Santa’s nice list this year… and he won’t even have to check it twice!!

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