Publisher's Note

Spring Time in Alexandria – Publisher’s Note

Alexandria is finally cranking out more vaccinations and spring is in full swing! Read what Zebra editor, Mary Wadland, is looking forward to this spring.

Alexandria, VA – Here we are in April already—new life bursting out in our gardens, spring showers, bluer skies and warmer temperatures. Time to get back on the golf course and on the water and hit the tennis courts, gear up for the 5k and the half-marathons and think about being out again, and together.

Alexandria is finally cranking out more vaccinations and I’m beginning to believe the pundits might be right who are predicting some form of new “Roaring Twenties” might be on the horizon.

I know one thing for sure, and that is how lucky we all are here in Alexandria.  Our economy has been bruised and beaten but not broken and sales reports are starting to harken back to normalcy for many businesses.  The City has been enormously responsive as it adapted and allowed the curbside economy to build and grow, and our waterfront is thriving.

There is so much that is exciting happening all around us, and we have tried to catch a slice of it all for you to enjoy in this issue. A few highlights inside include our cover story about how home bakers are turning flour into cash thanks to Virginia cottage laws, and a story about why saving River Farm is important,  plus a quick look at the three candidates in Alexandria’s mayoral race this year, as well as fabulous profiles on things like a local guy trying to go all the way on the Ninja Warrior TV series, how there’s going to be a new sheriff in town, and milestones like Presto Valet celebrating 70 years of dry cleaning on Quaker Lane, along with so much more.

And please don’t forget, Alexandria’s biggest day of giving, Spring2Action, happens this year on April 28, 2021. The whole town rallies to generate as much revenue as possible in one 24-hour stretch. Every year has been record-breaking, and I have no doubt we will do it again this year—be sure to read all about it inside and catch our exclusive Z-TV video interviews with many of the non-profits we will be sharing all month on our social media platforms.

As always, thank you for being a reader, and remember if you want your own copy sent to your home every month, all you need to do is subscribe! Visit and click MAIL DELIVERY.

Mary Wadland

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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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