Archive for 'Small Business'

Local business owners grapple with new health care law

Local business owners grapple with new health care law

By Anna Harris (File Photo) Employers far and wide are grappling with the provisions of the nation’s new health insurance system, and Alexandria is no different. A confused, concerned and curious group of local business owners [...]

Port City prepares for Black Friday

Port City prepares for Black Friday

By Anna Harris (File photo) Alexandria’s annual spin on Black Friday is around the corner, which means area shoppers will have the option of avoiding the stress that comes with heading into big-box stores the day [...]

Touching up the law for massage therapists

Touching up the law for massage therapists

By Anna Harris (File photo) Until city officials relaxed rules governing massage therapists earlier this month, getting by as a hands-on worker could prove challenging. The old regulations — updated by city council during an October [...]

Recovering from the shutdown

Recovering from the shutdown

By Anna Harris (File photo) The 16-day partial government shutdown ended last week, but the deal struck to get Washington up and running again has left many with lingering doubts. The bill signed by President Barack [...]

Travel industry sees interest take off

Travel industry sees interest take off

By Anna Harris (File photo) Is the travel industry gaining newfound steam? At least one local agency has seen interest pick up — an anecdote that matches the results of a recently released national survey. Lida [...]

Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Just nine months into the Old Town Theater’s much-anticipated second act, the curtains quietly have fallen again on the King Street landmark. Owner Rob Kaufman put the nearly 100-year-old entertainment venue [...]

Port City mostly unfazed by government shutdown

Port City mostly unfazed by government shutdown

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) While the federal shutdown dominates headlines across the country, city officials said that Alexandria is largely unaffected — at least for now. City spokesman Tony Castrilli said in a statement that [...]

Going bumper-to-bumper with Uber

Going bumper-to-bumper with Uber

By Anna Harris (File photo) As cabbies continue to bemoan lost business with the arrival of Uber in the Port City, two local companies have teamed up to level the playing field. Greater Alexandria-based Taxi Magic [...]

Hostel project dealt major setback

Hostel project dealt major setback

By Derrick Perkins  Paul Cianciolo spent years pursuing his dream of opening a hostel in Alexandria — only to watch it unravel just before becoming reality. The young businessman learned last week that his prospective landlord [...]

Lighting up the night

Lighting up the night

By Julia Brouillette (File photo) Local businesses — led by David Martin, owner of Gold Works — are fighting for the right to light up King Street year-round. The festive tree lights adorning King Street illuminate [...]