Archive for 'Small Business'

Columbia Firehouse trademark opposition dropped by Firehouse Restaurant Group

Columbia Firehouse trademark opposition dropped by Firehouse Restaurant Group

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) The Columbia Firehouse has stood at 109 S. St. Asaph St. since 1883, served as a working firehouse for the city’s Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company, and in its second life [...]

City grapples with recent business closures

City grapples with recent business closures

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) The recent closure of several longtime locally owned businesses leaves city leaders with the tall task of counteracting a slowdown in sales and consumer economic activity. In the past few months, [...]

Alexandria Restaurant Partners buys majority stake in Waterfront Market

Alexandria Restaurant Partners buys majority stake in Waterfront Market

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) When Jody Manor opened the Waterfront Market at 101 S. Union St. in 2013, he believed that development at the waterfront would continue to be restricted by the uncertainty around the [...]

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 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 [...]

Pickup Guitar Club: a new way to educate young guitarists

Pickup Guitar Club: a new way to educate young guitarists

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) College students Jack Ross and Brian Abod first met at cross country practice as freshmen at Gonzaga College High School, and quickly bonded over a shared love of music that saw [...]