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)
















Pssssst!  Don't tell a soul, but there will be a 12-hour Flash Sale tomorrow (Friday, December 14, 2018) from noon-midnight. Tickets for First Night Alexandria will be discounted to $25 for online purchases only.

First Night Alexandria, an annual New Year’s Eve music festival and the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the Washington, D.C. region, returns to Alexandria December 31, 2018 with fun for the family beginning at 2 p.m., entertainment starting at 7 p.m. and a culminating spectacular fireworks display—the only one in the D.C. metro area—over the Potomac River at midnight. This annual New Year’s Eve bash presented by the City of Alexandria, Dominion Energy, MGM National Harbor and Virginia Paving Company, takes over Old Town with more than 100 performances at 25 warm indoor venues.

New This Year
Kids Karnival including a kids’ countdown at three locations: Families with children 12 years old and younger can enjoy face painting, balloons, special hosts in costumes along with carnival-style games, dancing and fun at the Kids Karnival from 6 to 9 p.m. happening at three  locations throughout Alexandria: the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town, the Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Del Ray and the William Ramsay Recreation Center in the West End. Each party will conclude with a special earlier-than-normal kids’ countdown to the new year.

Tickets here:

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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