Posted on | October 11, 2015 | No Comments
October Is the Month of Ghosts and Goblins
But in Alexandria, Spirits Walk Among Us All Year Long
By Kris Gilbertson
“About five years ago, an 8-year-old boy comes up to me while I’m selling tickets at the public tours,” said Wellington Watts, owner of Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. “He grabs my shirt sleeve and says ‘Mister, I see ghosts.’ Which sounds a lot to me like the movie, Sixth Sense.
“I think, this kid’s pulling my leg as well as my sleeve, so I say, ‘OK, what ghosts do you see?’ He said ‘I live in a house over on Prince Street. When I come down at night to get a drink of water in the kitchen, I see them all the time—I see two ghosts in my living room, and they are hanging from the rafters by their necks.’” Read more
Posted on | September 11, 2015 | No Comments
Alexandria Couple Is Worldwide Source of Impressive Tools
By Kris Gilbertson
Late 2011 into 2013 was a period of turmoil on the national scene as Congress and the president failed to agree to a federal budget. During this, federal agencies were funded month-to-month at previous budget levels, which meant they could not buy much or start new projects. Small businesses contracting with the government were hit hard.
“The time leading up to the government shutdown was really slow and it really hurt us,” says Christine Heiby, CEO of Beltway Supply, Inc. “When the Fed doesn’t have money, state government doesn’t have a whole lot of money either, and everyone is holding on to their dollars.”
Then, on October 1, 2013, the Federal government shut down. “That,” she says, “almost truly put us out of business.”
Posted on | January 15, 2016 | No Comments
By Cheryl Spangler
Alexandria is not the only waterfront undergoing changes, the southwest waterfront in Washington DC is the *HOT SPOT* for millennials, professionals and investors. Just like DC, Alexandria is transforming its waterfront and Robinson Landing is touted to be the focal point for the Old Town Waterfront. Here’s what is coming, how it will affect your home value and the positive changes it will bring. The current population for the primary Alexandria area is 101,000+ and is expected to grow 9% between now and 2020. 72% of those living in this area have a Bachelors degree, the average household income is $145,000 and the median home value is $662,000+. With the addition of the National Harbor MGM Casino, and the growth of the DC Waterfront, Alexandria home prices are sure to maintain values and increase as more jobs are created, businesses move in and it becomes the center for homeowners to live, work and play. Below are some exciting additions to the already existing Alexandria Waterfront. Read more
Posted on | December 15, 2015 | No Comments
by Cheryl Spangler
Ever wonder why your home is not selling, even though your price is clearly at or below market value, your marketing is spot on, your Realtor is actively pursuing buyers and communicating great with you weekly, but still NO OFFERS! Yes, there are many other factors, such as location, time of year, features of your home, uniqueness of your home, price range in general, but there is something else that is in high demand and increasing across the country especially in urban cities such as Alexandria, VA. Read more
Posted on | November 6, 2015 | No Comments
Yes’ legendary voice keeps the band’s music alive amidst new landscapes.
By Steve Houk
Just looking at and listening to him today, even in his early 70’s, you can still see why Jon Anderson was born to be the lead singer for Yes.
Physically, he doesn’t look a day over 60, and still has that whole prog-rock thing going on, so ethereal looking, gentle features, blonde-gray locks. And when a spotlight shines on him, it is still almost God-like. And musically? He hasn’t lost much vocally, if anything. His stunningly high voice and wide range still manages to reach the edge of the stratosphere. Yes, Jon Anderson was, and still is, the essence of Yes. Read more
Posted on | November 3, 2015 | No Comments
A piano master uses a health scare to craft more of his miraculous music.
By Steve Houk
The last time I interviewed George Winston, he was driving. It was about 4 years or so ago, and he was at the wheel of a rented Nissan heading from San Francisco to Minnesota for his next gig, talking away as he drove. It was amazing.
When I called to talk to Winston last week, lo and behold, once again, he was driving, to yet another show. Read more
Posted on | November 2, 2015 | No Comments
A musical legend puts herself out there in the latter part of her career.
By Steve Houk
Recently, a friend of mine told me that when he was in college back in the 80’s, he went to his school’s coffee house one evening to see an unknown artist he wasn’t very familiar with, a woman by the name of Joan Armatrading. In no time, she transformed that non-descript little venue into a world class concert hall, mesmerizing my friend and everyone there with her very special talents, all right at the beginning of her illustrious career.
Well it’s 30 plus years later, and as far as transfixing audiences, not much has changed. Read more