Archive for 'Small Business'

Booming sales prompts Port City Brewing’s expansion

Booming sales prompts Port City Brewing’s expansion

By Derrick Perkins Port City Brewing’s line of local craft beers has got tongues wagging, so much so the West End brewery is expanding capacity — again. Owner Bill Butcher, a native of the city, is [...]

Smooth sailing for Waterfront Market project

Smooth sailing for Waterfront Market project

By Derrick Perkins Jody Manor’s concept for a shoreline eatery picked up steam last week when the planning commission overwhelmingly backed the proposal. Called the Waterfront Market, Manor’s restaurant would seat 150 patrons – indoors and [...]

Could a new waterfront restaurant spark interest in abandoned food court pavilion?

Could a new waterfront restaurant spark interest in abandoned food court pavilion?

By Derrick Perkins  Could a new shoreline restaurant make the nearby abandoned waterfront food pavilion more attractive to potential tenants? The prospect has got local economic experts hopeful. Once home to an unsuccessful food court, the [...]

Sushi with a twist on The Avenue

Sushi with a twist on The Avenue

By Melissa Quinn For restaurateurs Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn, a sushi restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood was a long time coming. But it wasn’t until they saw another niche — for an adults-only venue [...]

Alexandria’s cabbies pan proposed credit card mandate

Alexandria’s cabbies pan proposed credit card mandate

By Derrick Perkins A measure that would require Alexandria-based taxicabs to accept major credit cards drew the ire of drivers during Saturday’s city council meeting. As written, the proposal lets cab companies pick the credit cards [...]

Few options available to city officials hoping to relocate proposed Walgreens

Few options available to city officials hoping to relocate proposed Walgreens

By Derrick Perkins Del Ray residents may not want a Walgreens along The Avenue, but city officials can do little to dissuade the national retailer. The project, which would displace five small shops at the corner [...]

Agua Viva to get a makeover

Agua Viva to get a makeover

By Derrick Perkins Less than two years after throwing open the doors at Agua Viva, owner Michael Cordero is jettisoning the Latin infusion concept in favor of a 1950s-style steakhouse. “We came here as a Latin [...]

Opening a new business in Alexandria? Check the lease

Opening a new business in Alexandria? Check the lease

By Melissa Quinn For Joanne Sapp, the first-floor space in the building at 1314 King St. was perfect. It had everything she wanted — an Old Town address, a big window space to showcase her shop’s [...]

Are Alexandria’s massage laws out of touch?

Are Alexandria’s massage laws out of touch?

By Melissa Quinn For city residents, the comfort and convenience of an in-home massage remains far out of reach. Massage therapists looking to take their business mobile face multiple barriers — including coordinating with the police [...]

Decades old ordinance makes in-home massages ‘nearly illegal’ in Alexandria

Decades old ordinance makes in-home massages ‘nearly illegal’ in Alexandria

By Melissa Quinn For city residents, the comfort and convenience of an in-home massage remains far out of reach. Massage therapists looking to take their business mobile face multiple barriers — including coordinating with the police [...]