“Buy Local, Learn Local” Holiday Discounts in Alexandria, VA through Dec. 31!

This holiday season, through December 31, 2013, Learning Life is promoting both local business and local history in Alexandria, VA, where Learning Life is based.

With support from the Alexandria Market Fund, the Office of Historic Alexandria and local sponsors (see the full list of sponsors below), Learning Life is now offering “Buy Local, Learn Local” wallet cards and tote bags (see the adjoining images) free to area residents.

With these wallet cards and tote bags, area residents benefit from special discounts at participating Del Ray businesses and Alexandria history museums (see Alexandria History Tote Bag & Pouchparticipating businesses and museums below, including their discounts and contact info), but only through December 31, 2013.  You can pick up your own discount card free at any of the fourteen Del Ray businesses listed below.

Sign up to receive details via email.  We’ll send you one “Buy Local, Learn Local” email per week in November and December only (and we won’t share your email with anyone else).  Each email offers:

* An Alexandria history fact of the week
* Opportunities to win rewards for learning about local history
* Fun day-out or night-out ideas for the holidays
* The discount and deal details below

In addition, area residents will have the opportunity to win gift certificates to participating Del Ray businesses by taking Learning Life’s five-question Alexandria history quiz.  Every week in November and December, a new winner is randomly selected from among those who score an A or B on Learning Life’s five-question Alexandria history quiz.  Each week’s winner is announced via our “Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday email.  Sign up now!

Details on the Del Ray and Alexandria history museum holiday discounts, as well as the list of our “Buy Local, Learn Local” sponsors follow below.  This project was made possible foremost through the support of the Alexandria Marketing Fund.

Wallet Card Front Side

(now through December 31, 2013!)

Click here to see the fourteen participating Del Ray businesses arrayed on a map, all within easy walking distance of each other.

1) Caboose Café & Bakery
Serving American favorites and our heritage’s Ethiopian specialties for nearly a decade — from Ethiopian Injera to fresh-baked artisan breads, sandwiches and delectable cakes there is something for everyone on our diverse menu!
Address: 2419 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-566-1283
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 8am-5pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 10% across the board

2) The Clay Queen Pottery
Functional stoneware pottery made by Renee Altman, and ten week wheel-throwing classes
Address: 2303 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-549-7775
Hours: Call for hours
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 10% off all pottery.  Cannot be used in conjunction with any gift certificate.

3) Dairy Godmother
Frozen custard and nostalgic treats
Address: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-683-7767
Hours: Sun-Mon 12-9pm, Wedn-Sat 12-10pm, closed Tuesdays
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: Buy an ice pop, get an ice pop free before 6pm.  One daily.

4) Del Ray Pizzeria
Southern-style comfort food and craft beer
Address: 2218 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-549-2999
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 10:30am-11pm, Sun 10:30am-10pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 25% off all specialty pizzas, applies Mon-Fri up to 5pm

5) Del Ray Variety
Modeled on the enduring five and dime stores of the past, Del Ray Variety is an upscale shop offering toys, party supplies, helium balloons, arts and crafts, school supplies, greeting cards, gifts, candy, household products, hardware, health and beauty, pet supplies, ice cream and more!
Address: 203 E Custis Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-683-2418
Hours: 9am-8:30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 10% off ice cream and arts and craft

6) The Happy Tart
A gluten-free patisserie.  Visit Paris in the heart of Del Ray.
Address: 2307A Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22301
Tel #: 571-244-3662
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: Free cupcake with purchase of $10 or more

7) The Healing Tree
Your one-stop for massage and wellness in Del Ray
Address: 2101 Mt Vernon Av, Alexandria
Tel #: 703-706-9500
Hours: 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, by appointment
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: $10 off first massage of 60, 75, 90 or 120 minutes

8) Joi Dreams Salon
A wonderful little salon serving women, men and children with all types of hair textures with expertise and a personal touch
Address: 2101A Mt Vernon Av, Alexandria VA 22301
Tel #: 703-518-5141
Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7-11am
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: $5 off men’s haircuts, $15 off women’s, and half off your haircut when you receive a chemical service.  Only new clients.  One time only. Cannot be combined with other offers.  By appointment only, please no walk-ins.  Appointments based on availability.

9) Kiskadee
A specialty boutique in the heart of Del Ray, offering women’s apparel, shoes and accessories, home, garden & gifts for all occasions.
Address: 2205 Mount Vernon Av, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-549-0813
Hours: Mon-Wedn 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: $10 off any item

10) Nature’s Nibbles
Natural food for healthier pets
Address: 2601 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-931-5241
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-7pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 20% off everything

11) Pork Barrel BBQ
Del Ray’s neighborhood barbecue joint
Address: 2312 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-822-5699
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm, bar open later
Restaurant: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 11:30am-9pm
Bar: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-12:30am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1:30am
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 10% off all to-go orders

12) A Show of Hands
Locally made craft and art work
Address: 2301 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-683-2905
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: 10% on any one item, one visit only

13) St. Elmo’s Café
St. Elmo’s the Community Gathering Place offering fresh brewed coffee, baked goods, life music, and much more.
Address:  2300 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-739-9268
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-6pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: one 1/2 price coffee drink per day.

14) Los Tios Grill
A Salvadoran Tex-Mex restaurant specializing in fajitas
Address: 2615 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel #: 703-299-9290
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
“Buy Local, Learn Local” holiday discount: Deal varies daily.  Show your tote bag or wallet card to the manager to get daily deal.

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Click here for a map pinpointing the participating Alexandria history museums below.

1) Archaeology Museum
Address: 105 N. Union Street, #327, Alexandria
Tel #: 703-746-4399
Museum hours: Tues-Fri, 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
Admission: Free

2) The Black History Museum
Address: 902 Wythe St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel #: 703-746-4356
Museum hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm
Admission: $2

3) Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
Address: 4301 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304
Tel #: 703-746-4848
Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, Park hours: Daily, 9am-Sunset
Admission: Free

4) Friendship Firehouse Museum
Address: 107 S. Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel #: 703-746-3891
Museum hours: Sat and Sun 1-4pm
Admission: $2

5) Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel #: 703-746-4242
Museum tour hours: November-March: Wedn-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.  Last tour 3:45.
Admission: Free

6) The Lee-Fendall House
Address: 614 Oronoco St, Alexandria 22314
Tel #: 703-548-1789
Museum hours: Wedn-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm, tours at the top of each hour.
Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5 to 17

7) Living Legends of Alexandria
Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing, not-for-profit, photo-journalism project to identify, honor and chronicle Alexandria’s recent history makers.  For information or to nominate a future Legend, visit the website, or call 703-625-8191.

8) The Lyceum
Address: 201 S. Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel #: 703-746-4994
Museum hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Admission: $2

9) Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum
Address: 105-107 South Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel #: 703-746-3852
Museum hours: Wedn-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm, last tour at 3:45pm
Admission: Free


Learning Life thanks our “Buy Local, Learn Local” Project sponsors:

Alexandria Marketing Fund

Office of Historic Alexandria

American Advertising Distributors of Northern Virginia

BB& T Bank – Del Ray Branch

George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association

Lee-Fendall House

Frank Fannon, Senior Loan Officer & Branch Manager, SunTrust Mortgage, and former Alexandria City Councilor

Justin Wilson, Alexandria City Councilor