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The right touch in a local spa

The right touch in a local spa

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn (Courtesy photo) Tatjana Misulic touts her spa as being “without frills” — and it’s an apt description. From the moment Theo, the larger man working as the massage therapist that day, walked through [...]

Fresh to the shopping scene

Fresh to the shopping scene

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn (Courtesy photo) Alexandria got a little more organic last month as The Fresh Market opened up its 12th store in the commonwealth. The market debuted with a “gourmet version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony” [...]

The collaborator

The collaborator

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Newly appointed Superintendent Alvin Crawley said efforts to bring struggling city schools back in line with state performance benchmarks are merely a means to an end. Academic excellence, not compliance with [...]

SOL reform receives passing marks

SOL reform receives passing marks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) State officials want public school students spending more time learning and less time preparing for standardized tests, a move that has parents and teachers hopeful. The House of Delegates last week [...]

Rethinking cat licensing

Rethinking cat licensing

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Once the cat got out of the bag that City Councilor Justin Wilson was combing Alexandria’s codes for outdated or unnecessary laws, residents started coming to him with ideas. And more [...]

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The Alexandria City School Board revealed last week that interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley will helm the public school district on a permanent basis. Crawley began overseeing Alexandria City Public Schools in [...]

City council backs local retailer’s bright idea

City council backs local retailer’s bright idea

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) David Martin’s quest to keep King Street’s trees lit up for an extra few months is a success story. Owner of the custom jewelry shop Goldworks, Martin has long campaigned to [...]

City gets affordable housing boost

City gets affordable housing boost

By Derrick Perkins (Image/City of Alexandria) Just a few months after adopting a roadmap for saving Alexandria’s dwindling supply of affordable housing, city officials broke ground Saturday on the largest project for low- and moderate-income families [...]

Downsizing the office

Downsizing the office

By Derrick Perkins (Image/City of Alexandria) The developer behind a massive building project just a stone’s throw from the future site of the National Science Foundation drove home the dispiriting lack of demand for office space [...]

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Mayor Bill Euille remembers the good old days, when the Port City was close to balancing its tax revenues from commercial and residential property at a 50-50 ratio. “It’s been a [...]