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Former Braddock lighting shop reopening with ‘European-style coffee shop’ in the West End today

Alexandria Lighting + Design (courtesy photo)

After relocating from the Braddock neighborhood, Alexandria Lighting + Design is hosting a grand opening in the West End today.

The opening is the debut of the shop’s new showroom and coffee shop at 444 S. Picket Street.

The store had been located at 701 N. Henry Street for around 60 years before being displaced by a new development.

The ribbon cutting for the new showroom is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

“Having served customers and design professionals for over 60 years, Alexandria Lighting + Design is excited to introduce ourselves to the next generation of Virginians and to usher in a new era for our existing clientele,” the shop owners said in a release. “The expanded fixture showroom will have display ceiling fans, chandeliers, wall lights and multi-systems, exterior and landscape lighting, table and floor laps, furniture and home accents.”

The release said the showroom fill feature displays from various styles, from contemporary/modern to nautical and rustic.

The new location will also have its own cafe with macarons and caviar on the menu.

“The new showroom will also be home to Electric Cafe,” the release said. “A cafe inside Alexandria Lighting serves as the perfect meeting place for architects, interior designers, builders, contractors and their clients to meet while having a European-style cafe experience, complete with Compass coffee & espresso, baguette sandwiches, macarons, beer, wine champagne and caviar.”

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