ALEXANDRIA, VA – With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, small businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria are constantly updating their procedures to best serve their customers — safely.
“Any time a restaurant or a small business closes, so many customers come forward to say how much they wish they could have helped,” said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. “These are unprecedented times, and our business owners are leading the way in responding to this rapidly changing situation, always prioritizing the health and safety of their customers. We need to rally around our local businesses so they stay in business.”
How You Can Help Your Local Businesses
Here are a few ways the community can help local businesses:
- Business owners are in constant contact with health department officials and have updated their procedures prioritize the health and safety of the community. Support the businesses — while keeping the commitment to social distancing — through carry-out, delivery, and online orders
- Purchase gift cards to help businesses maintain cash flow during this challenging period
- If you’re financially able, continue to pay service providers like pet care, home cleaning services, and fitness memberships despite cancellations
- If non-profit’s fundraiser is cancelled, consider making a donation to help them offset this missed revenue; if you planned to attend, consider donating the cost of a ticket rather than requesting a refund
See below for social distancing modifications and special promotions from Del Ray businesses; this list will be updated regularly as the situation evolves:
In addition to being open (some with modified hours — please call in advance) — retailers are offering opportunities to shop while social distancing:
— Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique: View expanded list of available items on Facebook at @belliesbabiesconsignment; curbside delivery or shipping available. Free grab & go activities for young children on the front step. Visit online at www.belliesbabies.com or call (703) 518-8908.
— Kiskadee: Latest arrivals featured online, with phone orders accepted with free delivery. Visit online at www.kiskadeeshop.com or call 703-549-0813; gift cards available at paypal.me/KiskadeeAlexandria or www.venmo.com/Celeste-Crutchfield-1.
— The Purple Goose: Special outdoor display of screen-free activities for children, plus FaceTime shopping available by calling 703-683 2918. Visit online at www.thepurplegoose.com.
— Truly-Life: Free delivery to 22301, and free DIY hand soap kit with purchase; order online at truly-life.com.
While some restaurants still have dining rooms open (some with modified hours — please call in advance), many are transitioning to take-out or delivery options only.
— Al’s Steak House: Both curb side delivery and full delivery available; visit alssteakhouse.business.site for menu info and call 703-836-9443 to order.
— Bagel Uprising: Carry out only. Order online at www.bageluprising.com
— Del Ray Cafe: Currently setting up their online order system for pickups. Visit www.delraycafe.com for more information or call 703-717-9151.
— Del Ray Pizzeria: Carry out only from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; call (703) 549-2999 to order or visit www.delraypizzeria.com.
— Evening Star Cafe: Dining room closed; visit eveningstarcafe.net for menus and call (703) 549-5051 to place an order for pickup.
— The Garden: Closed until further notice. Purchase The Garden swag or a gift card for future use here: thegardendelray.com/merch.
— Holy Cow: Curb-side pickup available; visit holycowdelray.com to place your order. Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.
— Hops N Shine: Carry-out food and beer (canned beers, growler fills, and filled-to-order 19.2 ounce in-house can fills) available at hopsnshine.com; for curbside delivery, call when you arrive.
— Junction Bakery & Bistro: Curb-side pickup and delivery though Uber Eats. Visit www.junctionbakery.com.
— Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Online ordering available via ChowNow and delivery via UberEats. Free $20 gift card with $100 gift card purchase. For more information, visit lenaswoodfire.com.
— Live Oak Restaurant: Closed until further notice. Purchase a gift card for future use here: liveoakdelray.com/giftcards
— Pork Barrel BBQ: Curb-side pickup available; visit bbqdelray.com to place your order. Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.
— Royal Nepal: Delivering to areas within two miles of their restaurant starting March 20 (and on a trial case-by-case basis starting immediately); call 571-312-5130 to order or visit www.royalnepalva.com.
— Sicilian Pizza: Menu available at www.sicilianpizzava.com; call (703) 838-0202 to place orders for pickup or delivery.
— Spice Kraft: Place an order for carryout at www.spicekraftdelray.com.
— Stomping Ground: Carry out only. Order online at www.stompdelray.com
— The Sushi Bar: Dining room open; curb-side pickup available; visit sushidelray.com to place your order. Delivery available via UberEats and Postmates.
— Swing’s Coffee Roasters: Cafe is now cashless and pausing the use of personal cups. Visit swingscoffee.com for more information.
— Taqueria Poblano: Full menu (including Margarita mix!) now available for curbside pickup; view www.taqueriapoblano.com and call 703-548-8226 to order.
— Ascend Cycle: Studio closed until further notice; visit www.ascendcycle.com for updates.
— Ease Yoga & Cafe: Studio closed until further notice; visit www.easeyogacafe.com for updates. Ease has started a free YouTube channel featuring full classes, meditations, breath work and more — visit tinyurl.com/easeyoutube
— Studio Body Logic: Studio closed until further notice. Online classes to come; visit studiobodylogic.com for updates.
— Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga: Studio closed until further notice; online pre-recorded library of classes and live streaming available via a special weekly digital access pass for just $29 at mindthemat.com.
— Xtend Barre: Tuesday and Wednesday, Xtend will share a free virtual workout via Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. to allow viewers to preview their new live streaming classes. For more information, visit
— breathr and Mindful Junkie will host free, 5- to 10-minute daily meditations at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Join in on Zoom at https://lnkd.in/eCUmuUy or on Instagram and Facebook Live at @breathr_vr or @mindfuljunkie
— Del Ray Psych & Wellness: All services will now take place via telehealth; Del Ray Psych will also share online resources through their @delraypsych social media channels.
— Four Directions Wellness: $40 off of a videoconferencing Four Directions Wellness session as part of their 4th Anniversary celebration. Available sessions include Nutrition coaching, Reiki, Finding Your True North, Chakra Healing and Intuitive Energy Readings — all from the comfort of your own home. Schedule online at www.fourdirectionswellness.com/sessions; be sure to chose ZOOM videoconferencing and use code 4Years.
— Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray: Delivery service now offered twice daily, to include over-the-counter medications; send requests and questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, their website www.delraypharmacy.com, or their app Rx2Go. To maintain proper social distancing and for the safety of their patients and staff, please limit in-person visits to emergency pickups and sick medications.
— Greener Cleaner: Free pick-up and deliveries; call (703) 909-8831.
— Yates Automotive: Complimentary full-service gas pump attendants, plus complimentary white glove vehicle pickup & delivery service. For more information, visit bit.ly/YatesNewServices
— The Dog Store: Free delivery of dog food, chews, treats, and other needs directly to your doorstep, with no delivery charge; curbside pickup is also available. Call 703-685- 9166.
— Nature’s Nibbles: Free delivery on Wednesdays and Saturdays to 22301, 22305, 22314 & 22302. Call 703-931-5241 or email NatNibDelivers@yahoo.com to place your order.
— Passionately Pets is encouraging everyone to continue to pay service providers like pet care and home cleaning services despite cancellations during these unusual times, if you are financially able. You can purchase a Passionately Pets gift certificate by emailing email@example.com or calling 240-888-1134.