Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) is an association of businesses which shares common interests and concerns. Its purpose is to provide networking, advocacy, and marketing opportunities for its members and to publicize the area as a progressive business district in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

OTBPA represents all of the business districts located east of Alexandria Union Station to the river and includes all of the business districts located from the northern to the southern boundaries of the City of Alexandria. (otbpa.org)















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 Barks, Brews and Bites 

Thursday, April 4

5:30 pm to 8 pm

The Alexandrian Courtyard

480 King Street

To benefit Alexandria Police Foundation
& the Retired K9 Program

Meet APD’s 4-legged Officers

Prizes & Games for People & Pups!

 Happy Hour Brews & Bites!

 Entry Ticket Includes a Port City Brew



Purchase your tickets here


Alexandria Police Foundation • A 501c3 Non-Profit Organization • 3600 Wheeler Avenue Suite 118 • Alexandria, VA 22304 • 703-746-1909 • Contact Us


Get to Know Your Sheriff’s Office!--Spring 2019 Sheriff's Community Academy

Apply now for the Spring Session of the Sheriff's Community Academy.

Classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include jail operations, judicial and special operations, civil process and warrant service, and inmate services and programs. Participants will tour the Adult Detention Center and the Alexandria Courthouse. 

WHEN: Classes meet every Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from March 30 through April 20, with graduation on Saturday, April 27.

WHERE:  The William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, 2001 Mill Road, in Alexandria. 

WHAT: The curriculum will cover core elements that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of the Sheriff’s Office operations.  As a result of their participation, residents will be able to better comprehend the vital and unique role that the Sheriff’s Office plays in the community's public safety. The Sheriff’s Office is simultaneously able to acquire a greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community through an enhanced relationship with the public. See the inaugural session's page to learn more.

MORE:  The academy is offered free of charge. Participants must 21 years of age and live or work in the City. Criminal history checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance. For more information, email Lieutenant Sean Casey at sean.casey@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5116. Visit City of Alexandria Academies to  learn about other community academy opportunities.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact sean.casey@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5116, Virginia Relay 711.

The Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy

Explore the role of the Sheriff's Office in Alexandria's criminal justice system by participating in an informative four-week experience on Saturday mornings.  Learn about your Sheriff's Office by touring the jail, going behind the scene at the courthouse, and meeting with deputies responsible for the care and custody of nearly 400 inmates every day. Also discover how the Sheriff's Office enhances public safety through a variety of specialized services and outreach programs. Visit Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy or call 703.746.5116 for more info.

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Business Association colleagues, 

Just before the holidays Bill Reagan of AEDP, forwarded an extensive survey from City staff regarding the Metro shutdown this summer. He mentioned that, because of holiday commotion, he would re-send that survey once you had time to settle back in from your time away. In the meantime, the Alexandria Chamber looked at the length of the City survey and decided they would develop a more succinct version that they hoped would be much easier for people to complete yet give planners critically needed information for summer preparations.

Please see the survey link below.  We encourage as many of you  as possible to complete it ASAP.   If you have questions about the survey, please contact Maria Ciarrocchi at MCiarrocchi@alexchamber.com

Chamber Survey on 2019 Summer Metro Shutdown


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is closing all Metrorail stations south of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019 for critical station platform restoration. The City of Alexandria is working with WMATA to mitigate the impact of the shutdown on Alexandria residents and visitors.


The Chamber wants to hear from business owners and their staff members about how they plan to deal with the shutdown. The results and comments from this survey will be shared with our membership, Alexandria City Council and City staff.


This survey should take 5 minutes or less for you to complete. The survey will be open until 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 16th.



Dear Members of OTBPA,

Please be sure to reply to the City Survey about the Metro Shutdown from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  While the form says the cutoff is December 14, the City will collect responses indefinitely.  Here is the link for the Metrorail Shutdown Feedback Form.  (Please note the city will accept forms after December 14).

Thanks, Catherine

Chamber to Honor Two OTBPA Members for Veteran's Day

The Alexandria Chamber Salute to Veterans event is a celebration of the incredible impact that servicemen and servicewomen have had on Alexandria. This breakfast program is a time honored staple for the Alexandria Business community as we gather veteran owned businesses and businesses that are making significant strides to employ them. 


Small Veteran Owned Business of the Year 
Gold Works by David Martin

Large Veteran Owned Business of the Year 
Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota

Business Empowering & Hiring Veterans 
Capitol Post

Distinguished Patiot 
Phillip K. Lundeberg

Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

8:00 a. m. - 9:30 a. m.
The Carlyle Club ALX
2050 Ballenger Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314

Click here to register.

RiverRenew Stakeholder Advisory Group Nomination for Alexandria Business Group

AlexRenew is seeking individuals from the community to serve on its Stakeholder Advisory Group in support of RiverRenew. RiverRenew is a major infrastructure initiative in Alexandria to reduce discharges of sewage mixed with rainwater into our local waterways through the construction of a deep tunnel system to capture and treat the additional flows delivered during rain events. The RiverRenew Stakeholder Advisory Group will provide diverse community perspectives throughout various phases of RiverRenew’s implementation, review and monitor program progress, and provide recommendations regarding mitigation of community impacts. These volunteers will be a balanced and diverse group of citizens from neighborhoods, businesses, and community groups who are committed to active engagement in the stakeholder process.

One of the main focus areas in developing the RiverRenew SAG is to ensure representation from neighborhoods that will be directly impacted by the proposed work. As such, we are seeking one (1) nominee from an Alexandria business group.

I have attached a letter here (see download link below) that provides further details about the SAG. We are requesting nominations be submitted to both the City Manager and AlexRenew General Manager by December 1, 2018. If you or your members have questions regarding this group or the nomination process, please reach out to Caitlin Feehan, RiverRenew Program Manager, at caitlin.feehan@alexrenew.com or (703) 549-3381 ext. 2205.

Many thanks to you and the members of the Old Town Business and Professional Association for your continued support for RiverRenew and your investment in the Alexandria community. We look forward to working with you in improving Alexandria’s waterways.

Click here to download letter.

City of Alexandria Seeks Feedback on Residential Pay by Phone Pilot Program

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is seeking feedback on a Residential Pay by Phone Pilot Program. City residents and business owners are invited to share opinions on the pilot via a feedback form, which will remain open through November 2.

In 2016, Alexandria City Council approved a temporary pilot that tests a program to allow residents on eligible blocks to request residential pay by phone signage. This means that non-residents who normally park for free for a limited time in residential permit zones are still allowed to park under that time limit, but they pay hourly fees. Hourly fees do not apply for residents and guests who display valid permits in their cars.

City Council approved this pilot program until March 2019, when they will evaluate and decide if it should be continued, modified, or discontinued. The feedback form is one of the methods staff is using to collect data and comments in order to evaluate the program when the term of the pilot expires.

City staff will evaluate results of the feedback form in conjunction with parking occupancy and enforcement information from before and after the implementation of the pilot program to inform a recommendation regarding the future of the residential pay by phone program. Staff recommendations will then be brought to a public hearing before the Traffic and Parking Board (tentatively scheduled for December 17, 2018) and City Council (tentatively scheduled for February 2019).

Visit alexandriava.gov/Parking to learn more about the pilot and to complete the feedback form before November 2.

For more information, contact Megan Oleynik, Parking Planner, at  megan.oleynik@alexandriava.gov.

Nina Tisara’s mosaic art to be displayed at
Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

November 2 through December 28.

 Tisara began her art career as a freelance photographer for the Alexandria Packet, (now the Gazette Packet) incorporating her  own studio in 1985. Tisara Photography is now owned by her son, artist-photographer Steven Halperson. She founded the nonprofit Living Legends of Alexandria in 2007. Now retired from the photography studio and Living Legends, Tisara has focused on creating intricate mosaics. 

Independent art critic Trudi Van Dyke, formerly director of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, wrote in the September edition of √©lan magazine, “Nina’s individualistic painterly style is founded in the incredibly tiny chips she meticulously crafts. Each small tile is cut numerous times by hand to just the perfect shape...’Serenity’ tackles a different challenge. One of several works with an ethnic inspiration she transforms a figurative study into a mosaic portrait. Her interpretation of the personality of the woman is captured with nuances of her facial features as well as the drapes and folds of the fabric enhancing her pose. As in all her work the background successfully plays the difficult role of receding and yet enhancing the subject.”

The public is invited to the opening reception, November 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is at 1909 Windmill Lane in the Hollin Hills section of Alexandria. RSVP: ninat@ninatisara.com

‘We Love Old Town’ clean-up, second Saturday each month at a different location

Please join others between 9 & 11 on the second Saturday of August for our next ‘We Love Old Town’ clean-up.  We then move around the city as each person sees fit.  This event recurs  the 2nd Saturday of each month but at a different location each time. Watch this news spot for next month's location.  Following is a list for discussion + any additional ideas:

  • Adopt-A-Block    I enjoy keeping two blocks on Prince between Union & the water swept.
  • CCC (Click, Call, Connect)
  • Consider hosting a table at Xmas Walk parade as Founders Pk. Community Assoc. does.

We still have plenty of bags & water provided by Steve or Tom from Trader Joes.  Please bring people you know and make people aware of our efforts to honor our Mission:

Citizens engaged in a partnership with local businesses and the City of Alexandria to keep Old Town clean, attractive & well maintained.

Clean up at King Street Gardens Park

Marjorie Scott of We love Old Town and Jay Thomas and Catherine Foltz of Old Town Business and Professional Association!


To download flyer, click here    

2018 Supper Under the Stars

Old Town vs Del Rey Restaurant Softball Game 

Tuesday, May 8 , 6:00-9:00

Four Mile Run Softball Field

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If you have any questions, please contact
Linda Vitello - lvitello@nvcc.edu

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