The Sun Returns and the Thursday Farmers’ Market is On! Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors for your continued support of our local, small businesses.

Shop local, shop happy! 

Several of your favorite vendors are planning to accept preorders with pick up and or delivery.

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



  • Thank you to all of our local restaurants for participating in Restaurant Week to Go, our neighbors for their support and many, many thanks to Visit Alexandria for organizing this event!
  • January Issue of the Zebra

  • Gone but not forgotten…Chef Declan was a joy when he was with us at the market and we are thrilled that he will be the first European on Hell’s Kitchen. His lips are sealed about how he did on the series but…The first episode of the season aired on January 7th. Chef Declan will also be hosting cooking classes at Toscana Market, both in-person and virtual.
    Toscana Market | 414 K Street
  • 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.
  • Hunger Free Alexandria have shared their most recent food resource list.

    Weekly Food Distribution at the YMCA, 420 E. Monroe Avenue. They distribute food for children 18 and under every Monday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

  • Alexandria Libraries Returning To Curbside, Virtual Service
    Alexandria Library cited increasing coronavirus cases in its decision to return to phase two of its reopening… Read More
  • Congratulations to Carpenter’s Shelter for their return to Old Town North. 930 North Henry Street.

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

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day and enjoyed some of Valentine’s Day-themed meals at our local restaurants.

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

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.

Yunnan on Potomac is closed while they revamp their outdoor and indoor seating areas. Can’t wait to see the redesigned space. We’ll keep you posted.

Chewish Deli has added Pizza to the menu!

Can’t wait to check out Magnolia Bakery in the 500 Block of Montgomery Street.

St. Elmo’s Coffee House opened on January 11th. Look for them in the 500 block of Montgomery Street. I spoke with owners Larry and Christine today 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.

Not an easy task in these challenging times!

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 premieres in the March Issue of the Zebra.

We welcome new neighbor Mas Seafood Market to Old Town North. Located in the 800 block Pendleton Street next to Chewish Deli, Mas Seafood currently offers retail and wholesale seafood for preorder and pick up or delivery. They hope to have the brick and mortar store open by the Summer.


Take the Pledge

Pledge to support one local restaurant through the Winter!


Old Town North has been designated Alexandria’s Arts and Cultural District and a perfect example of Art and Public Space.

>> read more 


Ever wonder what our neighborhood was like 100 years ago? Our friends at NOTICe, the Civic Association for Old Town North did and will share what they learned with a virtual presentation on March 4th.


Many thanks to our friends at the Old Town Alliance for reminding us here of the beauties of Old Town North in Winter



Who’s Who in Old Town North

As we work to create a more vibrant, vital, walkable community for those who live, work and own small businesses in Old Town North we are grateful to partner with two other local not-for-profit organizations, the Old Town North Alliance and NOTICe… READ MORE

Old Town North Community Partnership and the Old Town North Alliance supports small businesses

The Alexandria Planning Commission and City Council are considering several text amendments to the Zoning Code that would reduce slightly the conditions imposed on small businesses seeking to operate in Alexandria, including restaurants, day care centers, farmers markets, amusement enterprises, and others. These proposed changes would also make it easier for restaurants to offer outdoor dining.


  • Updates: City of Alexandria – Coronavirus The Alexandria Health Department recommends that all community members change their daily behavior to reduce risk from COVID-19, particularly to protect our most vulnerable populations. The City of Alexandria has already taken proactive measures to further reduce risk and encourages all organizations and individuals to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Attached are two helpful resources, which we encourage you to share, either electronically or by printing the flyers and making them available to those without easy access to traditional media or electronic devices. For up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation, visit
  • For our Neighbors STAY UP TO DATE. To make sure you have the most updated information, stay tuned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site, which also offers an infectious disease outbreak response plan for businesses.
    Masks are required when entering all Public Spaces! Take steps to protect yourself
    • Clean your hands often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. – If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact – Avoid close contact with people who are sick – Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • For our Local Business Owners
    Please let your customers know what steps you are taking to keep them and your employees safe. Display your plan at your business location and/or on your marketing channels, like e-mail, website, or social. The CDC recommends using a hospital-grade cleaning solution or taking additional steps like more frequent disinfecting as an extra precaution.

    The Small Business Administration has recently announced $ 8 billion in funds available to help small businesses survive the impact of the Coronavirus on their business. Check the SBA site for updates and more information.


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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