I hear people grumbling about all the retail vacancies in Old Town and folks are lamenting the demise of brick and mortar, but I’m here to tell them to stop. And here’s why…in our three blocks of King Street between Patrick and Payne, we have seen four new businesses open in the last year. Penny Post, Lori’s Table, Serafino Leather, and Meggrolls. In addition, Acme Midcentury moved off the side streets to our neck of the woods and fibre space increased the economic viability of Old Town when she bought and refurbished the only flat iron building in town (and put a park in front!).
Something good is happening on upper King Street and we want to celebrate it! Twenty-four of Old Town’s finest businesses are excited to host the first Uptown Block Party. Events include face painting, balloon animals, fire truck visits, a visit from the George Washington Middle School Orchestra, as well as activities and specials in the businesses such as a visit from a local bee keeper at Olio Tasting Room, a braid bar at Salon deZen, food specials and free tastings at Hank’s Oyster Bar, Bluprint Chocolatier and Meggrolls, ribbon cuttings, and how-to’s from Today’s Cargo and Bellacara.
So many new businesses have launched or relocated in the three blocks between Patrick Street and Payne Street this year that we wanted to introduce you all to the new neighbors and re-introduce you to our veterans. To learn more visit our Facebook page. There will be fun for all ages!
Here’s the who, what, when and where…
Acme Midcentury, Art True, Bazzak Salon, Bellacara, Bluprint Chocolatier, Escape Quest, fibre space, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Imagine Artwear, Killer ESP, Lori’s Table, Lotus Bloom, Meggrolls, Olio Tasting Room, Om-Tibet, Penny Post, Pink & Brown, Red Barn Mercantile, Salon deZen, Serafino Leather, Stitch Sew Shop, The Hour, Today’s Cargo, Victoria at Home
Uptown Block Party
1000, 1100 & 1200 blocks of King Street, between Patrick Street and Payne Street
11 am-5pm, November 11, 2017
Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.
Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.
We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.
1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314