Tag: Small business

BID debate to reignite this fall

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com As city council’s summer recess winds down, discussions are beginning again on the future of the proposed Old Town business improvement...

Opinion: 130 businesses oppose BID

 To the editor: We, the undersigned businesses and property owners, do not support the business improvement district as it is proposed and urge the city...

Opinion: Old Town needs a BID

To the editor: Bittersweet Café closed last July after 33 years of daily operation. I made a necessary business decision, but I did so with a heavy heart. Foot...

Our View: To BID or not to BID is the wrong...

It’s tough to get where you want to go if you choose the wrong departure point. That’s our primary takeaway from Tuesday night’s city council...

Lack of public bathrooms in Old Town create conundrum for small...

By James Cullum | jcullum@alextimes.com Alcohol, drugs and other bathroom-related messes led Dunkin’ Donuts to finally put combination locks on the bathroom doors at its Old...

Longtime Old Town retailer closes its doors for good

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com Frank Poland is deep in a conversation with a customer about tea at Old Town Coffee, Tea and Spice on a...

Clash over proposed business improvement district heats up

By James Cullum | jcullum@alextimes.com Arguments surrounding a proposed Business Improvement District for Old Town have grown heated within Alexandria’s business community, leading to shouting matches...

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...

New year brings diverse new businesses to Old Town

The new year has meant new shops and other businesses in Old Town for residents and tourists alike. Lulu Sage, an upscale salon and spa,...

Filling voids with virtual assistants

Thomas Taylor's been in the local paper recycling business for three decades. But staying on top of paperwork let alone embracing the digital age has been tough, so he's turned to a virtual assistant for help. 
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