Second Round of Small Business Grants Announced for Alexandria

Greetings from the Old Town North Community Partnership, the City of Alexandria has approved a second round of Back to Business Grants for local Alexandria Businesses. The application process will begin September 30th, 2020... read more


Outdoor dining and vending has been a win/win for both business owners and customers, and well-designed, landscaped and lighted outdoor facilities are attracting more customers SAFELY to those establishments. When multiple outdoor spaces create a critical mass, that entire neighborhood becomes a greater attraction.

Join our panel discussion at 2pm on Tuesday, September 29th to learn from those who've built such spaces. They'll share how they did it, sources of materials, costs, and lessons learned. There is NO cost for attending this meeting... 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.

Dogtoberfest, our Celebration of all things dog and cat is here!

The annual costume parade for pets is now virtual and we invite you to send us a photo of your four-legged buddy in costume to post on the website for all to admire.

Kudos to our friends at the Alexandria Animal Welfare League for their work to help animals in need.

Virtual adoptions have been strong during the pandemic. Once you bring your four-legged friend home, check out several of Alexandria’s top notch training programs, dog walking services and doggy gyms.

This week we invite you to learn more about Old Town School for Dogs.

The Reimagined Taste of Old Town North will launch in mid October and continue through the holiday season.

This year’s Taste will highlight the charms of Old Town North, it’s history, it’s three diverse neighborhoods, the Canal District, Parker Grey, Braddock East and its future as Alexandria’s Arts and Cultural District. Community Passports giving discounts at a variety of Old Town North businesses will be available for sale beginning in mid-October, online on the Old Town North Community Partnership Website (, at the Community Table during the Thursday Market and through our team of dedicated team of volunteers.

Passport sales will support the ongoing work of the Old Town North Community Partnership to create a more vibrant, walkable Community for those who live, work or own businesses in Old Town North. A percentage of passport sales will also benefit ALIVE.

The Taste is sponsored by the Old Town North Community Partnership with support from the City of Alexandria, NOTICe, the Old Town North Alliance and local businesses.


The Outdoor Market opens
Hours: 3:00-7:00pm
991 North Royal.



  • Free Yoga in the Fresh Air is on! Thursday, October 8th from 5 pm to 6 pm, weather permitting. Join us for an open level,  friendly flow class in Montgomery Park with River’s Edge Yoga Studio, owner, Margaret Townsend. All are welcome! Wear a mask, bring your mat and enter at the market entrance, 901 North Royal Street. Enjoy an hour of yoga, followed by some delicious local food at the market. A perfect Thursday!
  • An upcoming virtual event during the Taste of Old Town North - Our friends at NOTICe have created North Old Town Is Delicious - Thursday, October 15th at 7pm

    We plan to Livestream the event on our Facebook page so tune in at 7pm. If we run into technical challenges, ZOOM details will be posted.


We are working with the Alexandria City Office of the Arts on a program of Virtual Concerts during the Fall.

  • The Old Town North Community Partnership will once again be joining the Food and Friend’s “Slice of Life" Campaign in support of those in need of food and friendship. Pie sales begin in early October, please stop by the Community Table at the Thursday Market to learn more and place your order. Award-winning bakery Whisked will be baking the pies this year.
  • Alexandria comes together in support of the City’s Alexandria Holiday Sharing Program.
    The holiday time can be stressful for those experiencing financial or emotional stress. This is especially true for low-income families, older adults and children in foster care. Help support Alexandria residents in need through the Fund for Alexandria's Child Holiday Sharing Program. The program is committed to providing gift cards to 450 families, 120 children and teens in foster care, and 100 seniors. Learn how you can bring holiday cheer and much needed support at
  • Joint City-ACPS Facilities Master Plan: Virtual Community Engagement Opportunity... read more
  • Alexandria schools are Open, Virtually! read more
  • Congratulations to Neighborhood Favorite Yunnan by Potomac. They now have outdoor seating. Stop by and say "hi". Great food, great staff.
  • Our friends at the Patch share news about a new food drive in Alexandria to benefit hospitality workers... more info
  • We will continue to collect healthy non-perishable food for local food pantries. Donations may be left in the ALIVE Bin at the Community Table. We are also collecting food for the Animal Welfare League for their emergency food pantry. Helping animals and their owners during these challenging times.
  • Friday, October 16th is Alexandria Food Day, a part of the greater World Food Day Initiative, and in honor of this initiative we will be profiling organizations in Alexandria and the DMV working to address food insecurity in the community, including ALIVE, Hunger Free Alexandria and Food and Friends. Throughout the year we will continue to collect donations of healthy, non perishable food, for our neighbors in need. Food donations may be dropped left the ALIVE Food Bin at the Community Table. Food Donations are delivered to the Food Pantry at Meade Memorial Baptist Church on North Columbus Street. The pantry staff have asked for donations of diapers and baby wipes. We are also collecting dog and cat food for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria to give to pet owners facing financial difficulties and struggling to feed their beloved companions.
  • Many thanks to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for creating a great program of virtual Concerts.
  • The Torpedo Factory opened an exhibit celebrating the Suffrage Movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 18th.
  • Help us! Compost at the Market. Many of you have asked why there is no compost drop off at the Old Town North Thursday Market. We have lobbied with the City employees and elected officials since the market opened four years ago. Please reach out to Mayor Justin Wilson and his fellow City Council Members and Yon Lambert of Transportation and Environmental Services.  /  703-746-4205
  • Tennis Courts, Dog Parks and Playgrounds are open!
  • Sport and Health is open!
  • Many of your favorite restaurants are now offering limited outdoor dining along with preorder and curbside pick up.
  • The City and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) have been working together in a forward-thinking, collaborative process to develop a Joint City-ACPS Facilities Master Plan (JFMP). This plan will deliver a long-range, integrated, citywide blueprint for public facilities that benefits Alexandria residents.
  • Trader Joe’s is collecting donations of food and household goods for those in need.
  • The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs has outlined the plan for Phase 3 reopening. Learn more here.
  • Great news! Alexandria City Libraries are open. Library News
  •  Check out Visit Alexandria for the complete list of vendors and restaurants offering curbside pick up or delivery. Stay well!

Thank you to all of our neighbors and local businesses for their support of the Old Town North Community Partnership.

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: