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First Thursday Finale Showcases The Best Of The Avenue

Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts

Eat, Shop, and Live in Del Ray during First Thursday!  On Sept. 1, the retailers and restaurants are partnering during First Thursday: Health and Wellness on The Avenue to showcase the best of Del Ray.

SHOP:  Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1.  Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated 9/1/16.

EAT:  From 6pm to 9pm, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree!  Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe , CheesetiqueEmma’s Espresso & Wine BarEvening StarFirefliesHoly CowJunction Bakery & BistroPork Barrel BBQStomping GroundStreets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Poblano, and The Sushi Bar.  Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt, from 6pm to 9pm only.

LIVE:  During First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios on the Avenue.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more.  Space in the free classes are limited; click here to register.

Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  This month, the Del Ray Business Association is collecting NEW teddy bears; they will be distributed to the City of Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter, and local hospitals to be given to children in crisis.  Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Ease Yoga & Cafe, and Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.

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