Most of us are familiar with the push to support local small businesses during the holidays with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday promotions. In Alexandria, every season is small business season, and our colleagues at Visit Alexandria are promoting two special summer events to show our support.
On August 13 – 14, enjoy Alexandria’s 7th Annual Sidewalk Sale as over 50 boutiques throughout Old Town and Del Ray offer deeply-discounted summer merchandise. Don’t miss your chance to find incredible bargains and unique treasures in Alexandria, the DC Region’s Shop Small headquarters. Local retailers will display a wide range of goods, from fashion and jewelry to home décor, culinary, seasonal, and gift items at discounted prices. You can spot the deals by looking for bright yellow balloon markers outside of participating stores.
In Old Town, the City of Alexandria is offering free parking at all City meters on Saturday and Sunday, and DASH’s free King Street Trolley will start at 9 am (Saturday only). Parking in Del Ray is always free.
If this weekend is spent shopping until you drop, you can relax next weekend at Alexandria Restaurant Week. On August 19 – 28 more than 50 Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week. More than two dozen restaurants will also offer lunch deals at special prices in addition to the lunch deals. Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, and the West End. At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, you can savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries.
More information and a list of participants for both the Sidewalk Sale and Restaurant Week can be found on the Visit Alexandria website. So, if you are not fortunate enough to be spending the month at the beach or some exotic locale, act like a tourist in your own home town and support your fellow small business owners!