Photo by: Claire Tamburro

Old Town North Thursday Farmer’s Market – The Temperature is expected to be quite high, so be sure to drink lots of water when you come out to the Market!

Free Yoga in the Fresh Air is on for Thursday, July 22nd, 5:00-6:00pm

Bring a mat and join us in the Park!
All are Welcome!
Weather permitting.

Sunday, July 25th, 2021
Pop Up Market

The CDC Guidelines now allow fully vaccinated residents to go about their business without masks but we ask that shoppers, vendors, and staff who have not been fully vaccinated continue to wear masks at the market.

Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors for your continued support of our local, small businesses and the Old Town North Community Partnership.


Shop local, shop happy!

Please see the farmers’ market vendor page on the Old Town North Community Partnership website for contact information for our vendors.



Happy Tuesday, Margaret!

The first official fp2p Pastry With Purpose class (via Zoom) is THIS SUNDAY. Join me for my popular (and fun!) homemade Dog Treats Class this Sunday July 18th at 4pm eastern/1pm pacific, held in collaboration with a fellow Alexandria, VA small business, Teddy’s Tumeric Tamer (an all-natural dietary supplement powder for dogs) to benefit Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington, VA (50% of registration fees will be donated). You can easily register here. This is a child-friendly class with minimal adult supervision required. The four ingredients are all-natural, and the final product can be eaten by humans. It doesn’t get much better than this for your four-legged friend(s)! And, since all my classes are virtual via Zoom, you can join the class from anywhere in the world. Hope to see you this weekend!
Summer vacation is here, folks!
 from politics to pastry will be on holiday from a Monthly/Weekly Menu July 19-August 15th. Custom orders and virtual classes will still be available as the calendar allows. So this week is your last chance to stock up on fp2p goodies from our weekly menu! Fill your freezer while you can (all three of the colorful and delicious choices on our July menu freeze great). Speaking of which…
Weekly Menu

…our menu for the week of July 12th is the following three delicious and patriotic choices:

  1. Red, white, and blue Italian rainbow cookies ($15/dozen, $1.50/ea): delicious layers of almond cake sandwiched with apricot jam and raspberry jam and topped (and bottomed) with semi-sweet chocolate;

  2. Red and white Italian pasta di mandorla amaretti with glacé cherry center ($10/dozen, $1/ea): naturally gluten free cookie made from almond flour that’s crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside, just like on Sicily; and

  3. Italian lemon ricotta cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles ($10/dozen, $1/ea): light and fluffy lemon cookies topped with a lemon glaze and patriotic jimmies.

For pickup this Friday-Saturday (July 16-17), place your orders by tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 14th. Orders can be placed by responding to this email. All payment must be contactless via PayPal, Venmo, or credit card over the phone. Minimum total order of $20.00. 

Virtual Classes and Events
In addition to my Pastry With Purpose Dog Treats class this Sunday, July 18th, I’ve got one more class in July (and am currently working to schedule classes through the end of the year, so if there’s something you’ve been looking for, let me know!). I’m teaching Almond Biscotti (with a whipped Dalgona coffee demo) on Tuesday July 20th.  You can register for the Almond Biscotti class here.


Many thanks to all our neighbors and local businesses for supporting

The Taste of Old Town North, Reimagined, a two month stroll through the neighborhood. The Taste provided  an opportunity for our neighbors and friends in the surrounding area to sample the goods and services of our local businesses and do some good. During the 2-month long Taste, participating businesses offered discounts to Taste Passport Holders. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit ALIVE! Participating businesses included River’s Edge Yoga, Cafe 44, St. Elmo’s Old Town North, Goldfinch, a la Lucia Restaurant, Kidcreate, Expert Handyman ,Mayweather Boxing and Fitness, Alphagraphics, Yunnan on Potomac MAS Seafood Market, Chewish Deli the Vendors and Artisans of the Thursday Farmers Market and The Royal Restaurant.

Outdoor Home Improvement Checklist
The dog days of summer have arrived, and now is the perfect time to head outside! While you’re enjoying your outdoor space, take a moment to consider these important home improvements that you may not have gotten a chance to tackle yet this year.

Power Washing

If your sidewalk or patio is looking a little grungy, it’s time for some TLC. Nothing is more satisfying than renewing the original glory of your concrete and washing away years of dirt and grime. 

Is your siding looking dirty? Power washing can help with that too! We are experts at cleaning off dirt, pollen and whatever else may be clinging to your house. You’ll be the freshest home on the block!

Deck Enhancements & Fixes

Proper deck maintenance is critical for the safety of yourself, your family and your guests. Wood decking structures are particularly vulnerable to weathering over time, so it’s always best to get a professional inspection to ensure the stability of your deck.

Looking to make an addition? We can help with that too! We can help you build the deck of your dreams so that you can fully enjoy your outdoor space.

Patio Work

Stone patios are notorious for developing weeds in between the stones and may even cause drainage issues if not installed properly. Don’t let a minor problem fester until it becomes a much bigger issue – call in a professional to assess the situation early.

Don’t waste your precious summer days tackling home projects – that’s what we’re here for. Give us a call and we’d be happy to provide an estimate for your project.

Our friends at Goldfinch, in the 800 block of North Fairfax Street, have added wine by the bottle, and gourmet goodies to their offerings. Keeping your canine buddy in mind – they also have Zen Dog pup treats.

Our friend at NOTICe invite you to explore the neighborhood.

Please find the NOTICe Newsletter here: NOTICe Newsletter

Alexandria Times highlights Old Town North our local businesses and events!

Cafe 44 now has a wonderful Happy Hour, head to the roof, enjoy the view and the company of friends Tuesday-Saturday 3-6pm

For reservations call (571) 344-9100 or book online at or OpenTable.

Our friends. at Alphagraphics remind us that “We Speak Sign Language”  As CoVid Restrictions ease check in with them for your event and promotional needs, both business and social.

We have a few events coming up! See each linked below.

Paint Night for Adults at Kidcreate Studio!

Olympics Workshop for Kids

FALL Open House! (free event)


The Old Town North Community Partnership is looking for volunteers to help us with the market and other events throughout the year. Interested? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Margaret Townsend (River’s Edge Yoga) 571-218-2161 or email:


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