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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The storm on Saturday, July 29, snapped this tree in the 300 block of Queen Street in Old Town (staff photo by James Cullum)

This week started with a bang: around 17,000 without after storms this weekend, but by early on Monday that power was mostly restored and the week got off to a better start.

There was exciting new business news around Alexandria this week, with a new craft brewery opening and a new vegan cookie shop coming to town. They couldn’t all be winners though: most of the sentiment on social media was disappointment that the Banana Republic on prime real estate in Old Town would be replaced with a Chase Bank.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Mieza Blendery, a craft beer brewery, opens in Alexandria’s West End (7837 views)
  2. Torpedo Factory Art Center plans draw concern from resident artists (6720 views)
  3. Alexandria still cleaning up after Saturday’s severe storm (6321 views)
  4. Manager sentenced 1.5 years for stealing $500K from Alexandria office by creating fake employees (6159 views)
  5. Restaurant Week returns to Alexandria in two weeks (4969 views)
  6. Notes: New vegan cookie shop opening in Old Town next week (4793 views)
  7. Notes: Patrick Henry Principal wins Virginia Mrs. America crown, heads to nationals this month (4255 views)
  8. Trail Does Not Stop: Proposed changes could prioritize Mount Vernon Trail users in Old Town North (3999 views)
  9. International food festival returning to Old Town next month (3955 views)

Recent Stories

The City of Alexandria is fighting with residents over a new development in court, but the battle spilled over into a public comment section that ended with a rebuke from…

Zero waste boutique Mason and Greens (913 King Street) seemingly closed in Old Town earlier this month. The store closed earlier this month with no public notice. Calls to the…

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Starting next week, Alexandrians can reserve picnic areas around the city for birthday parties, quinceaneras or other celebrations and events. The rental season runs from April to October. The parks…

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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM

Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.

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2nd Annual Pysanky Party This Sunday

Again this year, The Critical Mass, LLC, the Made in ALX store and local Ukrainian-American artists are throwing a Pysanky Party — and partnering on a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine.

The free event, from 5 –

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