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Live Alexandria: Made in ALX

Explore Alexandria living in this bi-weekly column sponsored and written by Sandy McMaster of McEnearney Associates. Got a question or comment? Contact Sandy at [email protected].

How you live is as important as where you live. And living in Alexandria remains a top choice for many — including Santa’s elves.

The city’s appeal is more than its convenient location. It’s the charm. The special boutiques, like Made in ALX make Alexandria what it is, which is a city like none other.

I’m Sandy McMaster, a lifetime resident and realtor. I’ve helped people move in and around the city for more than 18 years. As the commercial says, “I’ve seen a thing or two” so I thought it was time to share a few of my favorite places and people, like Beth Lawton, co-founder of Made in ALX.

This fantastic shop is a collective of more than 40 local creators and artisans. The store features unique, hand-crafted items exclusively made in Alexandria. These are singular gifts you give to make your special people, feel special.

Besides the local honey, you’ll find terrific soaps, candles, ceramics, and more. My favorite? The Christmas tree decorations (the gnomes… so cute!) Be sure to stop in often because these creative wizards (elves) show up daily with new inventory for Beth to showcase!

After you’ve found all your stocking stuffers at Made in ALX, follow our new series on Instagram. I’ll share the city’s best-kept secrets and highlight businesses that help us build the lives we want in the city we love!

Happy Holidays!

To get to know more about me and how I help people build lives they want in homes they love, follow me @SandyMcMaster on IG or visit  www.SandyMcMaster.RealEstate

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Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information:, 770.789.3534.

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