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Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Announces Best in Business Nominees

THE ALEXANDRIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S 2018 BEST IN BUSINESS NOMINEES ARE…Winners will be announced at the 2018 Best in Business Awards, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank on October 17, 2018.  Tickets are now available.

Businesses are nominated by their peers, or can self-nominate. Each nomination requires a detailed questionnaire about the business and must be accompanied by letters of recommendation and support by other organizations.  Winners are determined by a voting committee of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Small Business of the Year

Katie Nguyen Wells, the owner of AR Workshop Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

AR Workshop

A boutique DIY workshop offering hands-on classes for creating unique and charming custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere

107 N. Fairfax Street (26.80 mi)
Alexandria, Virginia 22314



Stacey Padova and Tonka Padova bring two decades of creative agency experience to their riverfront studio in Old Town, Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

Hudson Studio

A husband and wife team, plus a crew of extraordinary creative professionals, bringing the right mix of experience, savvy and fresh ideas to visual communications with a commitment to great design.

1199 North Fairfax Street
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314



Located in the exciting Carlyle neighborhood, Intelligent Office offers receptionist service, office space, conference rooms, and all virtual office options. (Courtesy photo)

Intelligent Office

Providing office space (hourly/full time), virtual reception and back office administrative services to businesses and associations.

2331 Mill Road Suite 100                                                Alexandria, VA 22314


Chelsea, Mike and Donna Anderson in Sweet Fire Donna’s. (Photo by Steven Halperson)

Sweet Fire Donna’s

Sweet Fire Donna’s is your Carlyle neighborhood bar and Carolina-Style BBQ restaurant.

510 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, Virginia 22314



Diann Hohenthaner, Peggy Bowers, Tricia Lude and Academy owner Sandy Modell, with FLURRY the dog.

Wholistic Hound Academy

Alexandria’s premier dog training and learning center. Life skills, manners, dog sports, behavior modification.

18 Roth Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Medium Business of the Year

Avanti Holdings Group

Enhancing communities through strategic and thoughtful development.

1605 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


Business Management Associates

Business Management Associates (BMA) offers practical, measurable and value-added solutions to your business challenges.

228 S Washington Street, Suite 330                                                                                Alexandria, VA 22314

Daniel O’Connell’s (Courtesy photo)

Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar

Step into a genuinely one of a kind Irish dining experience four hundred years in the making.

112 King Street                                                                Alexandria, VA 22314                                              



The Potomack Company

The Potomack Company is celebrating over 10years is a leading Washington, D.C. auction house noted for its passion for excellence and  professionalism.

1120 North Fairfax Street                                                                                              Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Large Business of the Year


American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association is a U.S-based individual membership professional  representing more than 100,000 member                                                                        physical therapists, physical therapist                                                                              assistants, and students of physical therapy.

1111 North Fairfax Street                                                                                               Alexandria, VA 22314


B3 Solutions

Delivering innovative services that make government and industry work better.

                                                              901 N Pitt St, Ste 300
                                                              Alexandria, Virginia


Brandywine Living

Brandywine Living is a premier provider of quality care and services to seniors in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
5550 Cardinal Place
Alexandria, Virginia


Easterns Automotive

Certified pre-owned vehicles.

611 S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA 22304


Rising Star of the Year

Alexandria Living Magazine

A go-to source for exploring the past, present and future of Alexandria’s people, culture and happenings.

106 N. Lee Street, Second Floor                        Alexandria, VA 22314


ALX Community

Unique multi-use building with dog-friendly co-working space, juice bar, yoga studio, and pop up retail just off the river and steps away from King Street.
                                                             106 North Lee Street
                                                             Alexandria, Virginia

Café 44

Cafe 44 is a NEW upscale eatery situated along the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria. Featuring house-made dishes, specialty coffees, & craft cocktails.

44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 401
Alexandria, Virginia


Legacy Navigator

Concierge estate cleanup and estate settlement services handling the stuff, the house, the paperwork, and the expenses

2107 Loumour Ave                              Richmond, VA 23230


Manumission Tour Company

Curated Alexandria, VA heritage tours for the
socially-conscious day tripper.



Non-Profit/Association of the Year

Agenda Alexandria

Since 1998, Agenda:Alexandria has been promoting informed debate and discussion of the major issues affecting Alexandria. It takes a look at the issues without taking sides. Agenda:Alexandria is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, non-partisan organization.


American Red Cross of the National Capitol Region

The National Capital Region is comprised of nine offices within its region, with the headquarters located in Fairfax, Virginia.




Inspiring Alexandria’s under-served kids to move, sparking their learning for success in school and life.
107 S West St, # 545
Alexandria, Virginia

Together We Bake

Together We Bake is a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program for women in need of a second chance. They help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills, and invaluable hands-on                                                                         experience, allowing them to find employment                                                                 and move toward self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Alexandria

Connecting people to opportunity and helping hands to the places that need them most!
123 N Alfred St
Alexandria, Virginia



Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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