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There will soon be a second Chewish Deli bagel shop in Old Town, as the company officially announced it is working to open at the former Dunkin’ Donuts space at 1640 King Street.

Chewish Deli opened its first brick and mortar at 807 Pendleton Street in the Braddock area in October 2020. It began seven months before that as a food truck selling bagels, hot pastrami and Reuben sandwiches.

The new location is blocks from the King St-Old Town Metro station.

“In this new location you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy your bagel, sandwich and coffee. With much more space in the front area than at Pendleton, we will be expanding out our traditional deli offerings,” the company announced on Facebook. “We will be offering more cold options and a few less hot items than Pendleton since there isn’t the option for a grill there.”

The company said that it is working on getting new equipment, renovations and hiring staff.

Owner Gregg Linzey, in a previous interview, told ALXnow the secret to making the perfect bagel.

“It’s simple, but not necessarily easy,” Linzey said. “You have to get every part of the equation right for all of your ingredients, like making sure the dough has the proper hydration. You need the perfect percentage of water, salt, flour, and we use malt syrup as our sweetener. That’s the key to getting a good New York-style bagel. No sugar, no brown sugar, no honey. Just malt syrup.”

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291 S Van Dorn Street, formerly Little Gym, via Google Maps

A new Ethiopian restaurant is coming to Van Dorn Plaza sometime next year.

Asmare Kebede is planning to open Roha Ethiopian Restaurant at 291 S Van Dorn Street, formerly The Little Gym.

Kebede said he is still in the permit process for the restaurant and estimates it could take up to five or six months. When the restaurant does open, though, Kebede said it will have injera and other traditional Ethiopian dishes, along with wine — if he secures the permit.

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Morning Notes

ACHS basketball coach resigns — “Alexandria City varsity boys’ basketball coach Darryl Prue said he resigned from his position Thursday morning following an in-game incident Tuesday night in which he went into the crowd to confront heckling fans at Wakefield High in Arlington.” [Washington Post]

French bakery ‘Fresh Baguette’ crossing the river into Old Town Alexandria — “Fresh Baguette bakery will be opening its fourth location — and first in Alexandria — at 1101 King St. in early 2022. The French bakery has stores in Bethesda, Rockville and Georgetown.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

City hires labor relations staff — “The city announced the appointment of two labor relations positions, Chief Labor Relations Officer Kevin Stokes and Labor Relations Administrator Sean Rogers, to oversee implementation of Alexandria’s collective bargaining ordinance, according to a news release.” [Alexandria Times]

Beeliner Diner opening in Bradlee Shopping Center — “The owners of Bread & Water Company are bringing their pastry skills to burgers, pizza, and fried chicken, besides an oversized pastry bar.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

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A new co-warehousing company for digital commerce platforms has filed a special use permit to operate at 4700 Eisenhower Avenue.

With e-commerce on the rise in Alexandria, Colorado-based Saltbox, Inc. filed the permit for the light assembly, service and craft establishment on Nov. 15, and the last day for public comments is Dec. 15.

Saltbox, which was founded in 2019, has locations in Denver, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The company offers office and warehouse spaces, flex storage, equipment rental and packing stations.

“With our purpose-built network of flexible warehouses in major metropolitan areas across the country, we are powering the e-commerce economy and the next generation of entrepreneurs by democratizing access to essential operations and logistics infrastructure,” the company said on its website. “From flexible and smartly designed warehouse and office suites to on-demand services like our Elastic Workforce, Fulfillment, and even photography studios Saltbox solves some of the most critical challenges ecommerce entrepreneurs face when starting, growing, and scaling their businesses.”

Saltbox did not respond to ALXnow’s calls for comment.

The 44,500 square-foot property is located in a heavily industrial area of Eisenhower Avenue, next door to Restaurant Depot, CubeSmart Self Storage and a FedEx Ship Center.

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Prince Street in Old Town (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Metro to keep reduced service through Dec. 31 — “Metro will continue offering reduced rail service through the end of the year, WMATA announced Monday.” [NBC4]

Bun Papa opens third location in Bradlee Shopping Center — “The newest Bun Papa location operates out of the future BeeLiner Diner which will open in Bradlee Shopping Center early next year.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Nominations sought for Alexandria Living Legends — “Once selected, each new Living Legend of Alexandria will be celebrated with a museum-quality photographic portrait, an interview with a professional print journalist and will have a segment in a lasting video produced by an award-winning film company.” [Zebra]

Virginia police stop teen suspect from jumping off bridge — “Virginia State Police stopped a teenager who was linked to several burglaries from jumping off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a report says.” [Patch]

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Man Fatally Struck on Alexandria Sidewalk — “A man died after he was hit by a truck when its driver jumped a sidewalk on Saturday night in Alexandria, Virginia. His family wants to know why the driver is not behind bars and said they think the driver’s actions after the crash may have killed their loved one.” [NBC4]

Alexandria named second-biggest art-buying city in US by Artfinder — “Yesterday the company released a list of the top art-buying cities in the U.S.  It appears that Alexandria residents love their art, because our city came in second place, behind Savannah, Georgia.” [Zebra]

Chopt opens its doors in Kingstowne — “Chopt Creative Salad Co. will open its doors Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Kingstowne Towne Center, the company announced Tuesday.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Alexandria tutoring consortium awarded $16K grant from AT&T — “[Alexandria Tutoring Consortium] (ATC), which helps the youngest students enrolled in Alexandria’s public schools learn to read, is the recipient of a $16,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation.” [Zebra]

Alexandria police union pleads for more pay and resources — “The union has requested a 10% raise while the city council is considering a 1.5% raise.” [WUSA9]

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Location of future Montessori School on S. Pickett Street (photo via Google Maps)

A Montessori program has filed a permit to open a new school in the city’s Landmark neighborhood.

National franchise Montessori Kids Universe is planning to open a “Montessori Kids Universe of Cameron Square”, currently under administrative review to open at 410 S. Pickett Street.

The program would be aimed at students 0-5 years old and would incorporate elements of both the Montessori and Reggio Emilia educational philosophies, in which students explore and direct their own educational experience with guidance from teachers.

The next closest Montessori Kids Universe school is in Ashburn, but the school is far from the first of its kind in Alexandria. There are at least three Montessori schools in Alexandria, though most of those are in Old Town and Del Ray. Two additional Montessori schools have filed permits to open this year.

The application said the school will have a capacity of 106 children.

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1001 King Street (photo via Google Maps)

A Tysons coffee shop specializing in Turkish blends is planning to move into a former chocolatier space in Old Town.

Turkish Coffee Lady is a cultural and coffee/tea kiosk in Tysons Corner Center that is applying to open a store at 1001 King Street, Zebra first reported. Owner Gizem Salcigil White has filed a special use permit (SUP) for a change of ownership for the building that once housed Blüprint Chocolatiers and, more notoriously, white nationalist Richard Spencer.

The Tysons Corner Center location opened 2017.

“The new business will be a Turkish coffee and dessert shop offering traditional Turkish coffee, tea, desserts and pastries,” the SUP said. “We will also have cultural gift items and coffee artwork items.”

No live entertainment or ticketed events will held at the venue and the application said there won’t be food preparation in the store.

“Turkish Coffee Lady is an authentic speciality coffee business continuing a 500-year-old tradition of bridging cultures,” the application said. “It is the first and only Turkish gourmet coffee business in the U.S. with the mission of empowering women.”

Photo via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

Sudshare app-based laundry service launches in Alexandria — “Sudshare has launched in Alexandria to connect people who hate washing clothes (or don’t have time to do it) with people who are willing to do it for you.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Alexandria gets another new mural — “The newest Alexandria mural was unveiled on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.” [Zebra]

Virginia Tech closes Alexandria student housing — “On Nov. 1, university leadership decided against the continued operation of The Gallery, student housing located in Alexandria, Virginia…” [Collegiate Times]

Lasting effects of segregation in NoVA detailed in new report — “A new report tells the history of exclusion and segregation in Northern Virginia and how the Black community has paid a terrible price.” [Patch]

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In the market for a cutting board in the shape of Virginia, Bloody Mary mix, candles and jewelry? You’re in luck.

Shop Made In VA opened for business last Thursday at 1121 King Street, offering workshops and products from more than 120 small business owners in Virginia.

“We’re looking for local gem maker in Virginia, and we need more jewelry makers,” Shop Made In VA store coordinator Mady Sieracki told ALXnow. “So far we’ve had a watercolor class with mimosas, a block printing class, and yesterday one of our makers was serving up Bloody Mary’s and tastings of hot sauces he sells.”

The Alexandria market is part of a regional expansion by Stacey Price of People Make Place and Michael Babin of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, who founded Shop Made in DC in 2017. The pair have opened five locations in D.C. alone, featuring more than 300 makers, and the Alexandria location is the first outside of the District.

Shop Made In VA is not working with other local maker’s groups in the city, like the Alexandria Maker’s Market and MadeinALX, the latter of which launched a holiday popup last week at 1 Wales Alley by the waterfront in Old Town.

“We’re not trying to be competition in the area,” Sieracki said. “We just want to be a centralized area to support small business owners in their state.”

The location is the former home of Foundation Fitness, which moved to 1901 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray.

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