Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors for your continued support of our local, small businesses, and the Old Town North Community Partnership. The following vendors WILL be at the Farmers Market this Thursday! 

  • Ana’s Twist
  • Papa’s Market
  • TAL Single Origin
  • Qualia Coffee Roasters
  • WaXx N’ Wiicks
  • Amish Cheese Store
  • Dapper Jack

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.



March Issue of the Zebra

  • Z-NEWSLETTER (03-22-21): Al’s Steak House, Maury Elementary Name Change, Pop-Up Rec Check it out! March 2021
    Check out the Old Town North Column and read all about Old Friends and New and the Coolest Block in Town!

ALIVE Food Bin

The ALIVE Food Bin is located at the Community Table, donations of healthy, non perishable foods are distributed to Food Pantries in Alexandria. We are also accepting donations of food for our four legged friends for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Read all about the latest efforts by our friends at ALIVE-inc to reach out to our neighbors in need… Read More

Dear Friends of ALIVE!,

One year ago, the Alexandria community asked ALIVE! if we were “ready” and “How can I help?” Thanks to our supporters, ALIVE! staff and volunteers successfully responded to unprecedented emergency needs in an uncertain time. Through hard work and faith, we are proud to have helped Alexandrians in the following ways:

Distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food

Provided shelter, virtual learning, and childcare to ALIVE! House residents

Supported financial and rental assistance to 1,500 households

Launched with partners the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership and responded to 400+ calls in the first few weeks

Reopened our Housewares Program and our Furniture Program will be re-opening soon

Read the full COVID Anniversary Message from ALIVE! available on our website at

Learn more about how you can help or donate at

Photographs by Elaine Halchin

The ALIVE Food Bin is located at the Community Table, donations of healthy, non perishable foods are distributed to Food Pantries in Alexandria. We are also accepting donations of food for our four legged friends for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at ALIVE-inc for their dedicated work for our neighbors in need over the past year

Hunger Free Alexandria have shared their most recent food resource list.

Alexandria Libraries Reopening to Public!
Alexandria Library set to reopen to the public with limited hours starting Monday, March 15th… Read More

Master Gardeners Online Workshops

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia offers a number of online workshops. They are very popular so RSVP soon!

  • Composting and No Till Gardening: Create a Garden That Thrives, April 2 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

  • Outdoor Container Garden Basics & What’s Trending, April 23 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

  • The Kitchen Herb Garden, April 30 @10:00am – 11:30am

You can also check out these great online resources for gardening!






The Reimagined Taste of Old Town North, a two-month stroll through the neighborhood, begins April 21st. The Taste provides 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.



We will continue to share the latest news and special offers from our local, small businesses throughout the year.

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. They hope to be having wine tasting at the shop during the taste.

Easter Sale:

  • 20% off Easter Collection – Fri. 3/19 – Sun. 4/4

  • Automatically applied at checkout

  • *Exclusions apply

  • In-store & Online 

I met Louis Matsikas, the new General Manager of The Royal Restaurant, Tuesday and he shared with me the restaurant’s new focus on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their menu. Great for the health of their loyal customers and our local farmers and artisans. I just heard from the General Manager of The Royal Restaurant that they will be open on Easter Sunday with a super special buffet until 5pm $19.95 per plate 

A La Lucia Restaurant continues to share Chef Michael’s delicious take on fine Italian Cuisine. The restaurant is open in the evening for preorder with curbside pick up or outdoor dining.

Cafe 44 has a new menu in the works for Spring 2021 in celebration of all things cherry!

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub opened on January 11th. Look for them in the 500 block of Montgomery Street. I spoke with owners Larry and Christine last week and was so happy to hear about the warm welcome they are receiving from the neighborhood as they work to create a community gathering spot. I’m becoming very fond of their oat milk cafe au lait.

Read more about Cafe 44 and St. Elmo’s Old Town North in Old Town North…Old Friends and New, a new Column in the Zebra Magazine. The column premiered in the March Issue of the Zebra

Take the Pledge

Pledge to support one local restaurant through the Winter!



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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