Join the fun July 31 at Artfully Paper’s Summer Fling. Everything in the store is going to be 15 percent off.
On Saturday, April 12, the Del Ray Farmers Market opened for the 2008 season, just in time to lift the ennui that can come from a long and indecisive winter. Located in the parking lot at the corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenues, the market began its 15th season with sounds of the Irish Breakfast Band and the aroma of coffee provided by St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. Dogs sat loyally along the perimeter of the market, while market goers, many of them with children in tow, greeted the farmers like old friends.
For over four years, Cheesetique has been offering cheese lovers a vast selection of artisinal and commercial cheeses to Del Ray and beyond. Soon after opening, word of mouth spread about the well chosen and cared for cheese selection, which resided in the small storefront shop. Owner Jill Erber, known as “The Cheese Lady,” quickly expanded her inventory to include meat, wine, beer, vinegars, oils, specialty salts and chocolates; but Erber wanted to offer more. She wanted greater space in order to open a café where cheese boards, charcuterie platters and Paninis could be expertly paired with wine and beer from an expanded selection.
For the farmers and vendors who sell their products at the Alexandria City Farmers Market, the alarm clock goes off before dawn. Beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. each Saturday, year round, the Alexandria City Farmers Market is open to the public, selling produce, home-baked goods, fresh eggs, arts and crafts, flowers, meats, and gourmet products.
Indigo Landing, formerly Potomack Landing, closed its doors “for the winter” in September of 2007. At the time, the restaurant enjoying success with Chef Bryan Moscatello’s low-country cuisine. Dishes such as Shrimp and Grits, Huguenot Waffles and Buttermilk Pie were a hit with diners and local restaurant critics alike.