Archive for 'Business'

City council candidates clash at final forum

City council candidates clash at final forum

By Chris Teale (File photo) The series of city council candidate forums ahead of Election Day on November 3 came to a rousing climax on October 14, as the 11 candidates clashed over issues of development, [...]

Van Fleet blames AEDP and Visit Alexandria for lack of commercial development

Van Fleet blames AEDP and Visit Alexandria for lack of commercial development

By Chris Teale (File photo) Throughout his campaign for city council, Republican candidate Townsend “Van” Van Fleet has said the city must do more to fill its vacant office space, which currently stands at approximately 13.5 [...]

Planning commission approves Robinson Terminal North redevelopment

Planning commission approves Robinson Terminal North redevelopment

By Chris Teale (Image/City of Alexandria) The plan to redevelop the Robinson Terminal North warehouse into a mixed-use community with housing, commercial space and a 132-room hotel received unanimous backing from the planning commission October 8, [...]

Port City Brewing Company celebrates national success

Port City Brewing Company celebrates national success

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) When Bill Butcher founded Port City Brewing Company on Alexandria’s West End four and a half years ago, he was not in it for the medals or victories at competitions. He [...]

City, chamber of commerce officials debate charter provision governing parking meter money

City, chamber of commerce officials debate charter provision governing parking meter money

By Chris Teale (File photo) At 1,548 pages long, Alexandria’s City Charter is a vast tome of a document that outlines how the city should be governed. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce asserts the city is [...]

Yves’ Bistro owner Yves Courbois dead at 75

Yves’ Bistro owner Yves Courbois dead at 75

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) He was a restaurant owner and entrepreneur who owned multiple restaurants in D.C. and Alexandria, and did not retire despite his advancing years and poor health. Yves Courbois, owner most recently [...]

Lotus Pedal bicycle shop blooms in Old Town

Lotus Pedal bicycle shop blooms in Old Town

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) When shopkeeper Amanda Carter was approached about opening Lotus Pedal, the first women-oriented bicycle shop in Old Town, she knew immediately that she wanted it to be welcoming to female bicyclists [...]

Chamber of commerce unveils 2016 legislative agenda

Chamber of commerce unveils 2016 legislative agenda

By Chris Teale (File photo) The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2016 legislative agenda September 17 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and outlined its top priorities for city council. Chamber officials presented the [...]

City historic preservation manager Al Cox gets in touch with his spiritual side as yoga instructor

City historic preservation manager Al Cox gets in touch with his spiritual side as yoga instructor

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Feck) In the never-ending cycle of community meetings, public hearings and legislative sessions that accompany each newly proposed development, city staffers work hard to prepare presentations, briefings and other information to help [...]

City council candidates share competing visions in forum

City council candidates share competing visions in forum

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Chris Teale) The 11 candidates running for city council this fall gathered for a forum Monday night at the city’s Departmental Progressive Club, and the battle lines became clear at the outset. “There [...]