DC Excursion – Union Market

Union Market

One of the best things about living in Alexandria is that you really can pop into DC for lunch or even take out if you plan it right.  I love exploring new places in DC and with so much revitalization taking place, there is always plenty happening, particularly on the food scene.

Today I  finally made it to Union Market for lunch. I’ve been thinking about the market all summer long and looking for an excuse to get over there. My first attempt was months ago at 10 am on a Sunday morning and everything was closed except for Peregrine Espresso.

Union Market is a year-round indoor market featuring some fabulous eateries, artisans, retailers and pop-ups. You’ll find everything from cheese to fresh fish, local dairy, organic vegan raw food, freshly baked breads, craft beers, wine, espresso and more.



Today my mom and I arrived around noon and things were bustling. I was originally thinking we would eat at one of the wait-staffed restaurants like Bidwell,  but after a lap around the market I couldn’t get past Tacorean (the Korean BBQ/Taco) counter.



Although I have to say the Toki Underground dim sum looked really tempting as did DC Empanadas.  I was also happy to see the Rappahannock Oyster Co, Righteous Cheese, Red Apron Butchers and so many more fantastic eateries.


The market has a rich history.  In 1871 Centre Market was the largest public commercial market in DC and after thriving for many years it was torn down to make way for the National Archives. Many of the market’s businesses relocated to a new venue, Union Terminal, which was situated at 4th St.and Florida Ave NE. Vendors sold meats, dairy and fish. but in 1962 the city banned the outdoor sale of meats and eggs which demolished the market’s foot traffic. In 1967 a new indoor market was built which is now the revitalized Union Market.


Today Union Market represents an era of entrepreneurial rebirth in the District and according to their website its mission is to become the culinary epicenter of the Capitol City.


Monday’s Must Haves: Instagrammers to Follow

For today’s Monday’s Must Haves, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite Instagram accounts.  From fashion, to food, fitness, shopping, fellow bloggers, and local celebrities, these are a few of our Must Have instagrammers to follow! Share the instagram love and tell us some of your favorites.


@cardicouture | @ohmygoff | @societyfair | @theshoehive | @theluckyknot | @shopperiwinkle | @barre_tech | @mystiquejewelers | @otboutiques | @visitalexva | @thebittenword | @unionstreetpublichouse

Weekend Planner: Sidewalk Sale

It’s time for the big Alexandria Sidewalk Sale! The two day sale has over 70 businesses signed up in Old Town and Del Ray – which means there are some serious deals and discounts to be had. Another exciting thing to note is the opening of the Old Town Lululemon store! Doors officially open today at 10am.  They are also hosting a complimentary in-store yoga class Sunday morning from 9:30am-10:30am with Olivia Sheldon. They do ask that you arrive early and bring your own mat.


Currently, this is the list of Old Town Boutique District stores participating and what you can expect to find!
529 Kids Consign

For the Sidewalk Sale, we will be offering 50% off summer clothing, shoes and accessories!

• Acme Mid-Century + Modern

10-40% Off. Offering original artwork, modern and vintage furniture, and select household goods

• Apple Seed

During the Sidewalk Sale we will be having a 20% off clothing and gifts in the store sale!

• Bishop Boutique
During the Sidewalk Sale, we will be offering 20%-80% off. Look for LK Bennett, Joie, Loeffler Randall, Milly, Loren Hope.

• Bloomers
50% off sale merchandise

• The Christmas Attic

Sidewalk Sale Special: Save 20%-75% off. We are cleaning out the Attic this year!

• Coco Blanca
During the Sidewalk Sale, we are offering 30% on everything in the store.

• Current Boutique
For the Sidewalk Sale, enjoy 20% off all merchandise in the store!

• The Dog Park
During the Sidewalk Sale event, save 10-75% off select items. Look for collars, harnesses and miscellaneous dog items! Plus join us for an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, from 12-2.

• Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage

Save 15%-60% during Sidewalk Sale. Vintage Mirage will be offering shoes at 50% off (except for one pair of Chanel flats); selected Clothing will range from 15% off to 60% off. All Jewelry and Accessories will be discounted 15-20% off.

• European Country Living
Save 20%-40% off Dining Sets, Custom Uphostery and Antiques during the Sidewalk Sale.

• Fibre Space
During Alexandria’s Sidewalk Sale, we are offering 20-50% off. Select yarn, patterns and books from all season will be on sale!

• Gossypia
During the Sidewalk Sale we will be offering sales from 20-50% off on all clothing in the shop. Some items marked down 70%. We have lines such as Eileen Fisher and Flax.

• Hooray for Books
During the Sidewalk Sale, Hooray for Books! will offer 20% off all books; 50% off all Stephen Joseph, Luvali, and other select items.

• Hysteria

During the Sidewalk Sale, save up to 75% off designers such as Tyler Boe, Perisfor, Ecru & more!

• La Cuisine

During the Sidewalk Sale we will be offering 40-70% off on selected items including bakeware, French baskets, ornaments, aprons, chef jackets & pants, some cookbooks and some surprises!

• Lou Lou

During the Sidewalk Sale find savings up to 75% off. Look for fashionable accessories and gifts available at clearance prices.

• Mint Condition

Mint Condition will be offering 50% off select items and $5, $10 and $15 super sale items! Look for Tory Burch, Trina Turk, Milly, J. Crew, Diane von Furstenburg, Shoshanna, Prada, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer and More.

• Olio Tasting Room 
For the Sidewalk Sale, our entire store will be on sale. Sale promotions will range from 10%-30% savings.

• Pacers
During the Sidewalk Sale, selected apparel will be 50% off and select shoe models will be 15% off.

• Pink & Brown
For the Sidewalk Sale, we are offering 20%-60% off select items including kids’ shoes, kids’ summer clothes, selected fall clothes and accessories.

• The Pink Palm
Sidewalk Sale Special: Save up to 60% off select merchandise!

• The Potomac Bead Company

For the Sidewalk Sale, beads, supplies, tools, and class registrations are 10% off. All pre-made handcrafted jewelry is 50-75% off!

• Red Barn Mercantile
For the Sidewalk Sale, Red Barn Mercantile will be offering 50% – 75% of pillows, kitchenware, linen napkins, children’s gifts, rugs, and more!

• Sara Campbell

During the Sidewalk Sale, save 25% off the lowest ticketed price. Select Sara Campbell summer apparel will be at least 25% off the lowest ticketed price!

• She’s Unique

She’s Unique will offer 20%-50% off select Summer styles, fresh water pearls, silver jewelry and fashion jewelry during Sidewalk Sale.

• The Shoe Hive
Sidewalk Sale savings are 60-80% off. The Shoe Hive is your destination for elegant shoes, bags and accessories. Featuring both big name designers like Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Sam Edelman and smaller brands like AGL and Aerin, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart. All spring and summer styles will be on sale!

• The Spice & Tea Exchange
During the Sidewalk Sale, we will have a sensory spice & tea identification quiz which will result in coupons ranging from 10-25% off in store merchandise. In addition, will have various 3-for specials on Blends, Teas and Grinders. Customers who spend $25 or more will be entered into a special drawing for one of our deluxe culinary crates!

• Stuart Nordin
Save 20-50 % during the Sidewalk Sale. We will have a variety of home goods, furnishings, gifts, and jewelry at the sidewalk sale.

• Tchoupitoulas Furnishings
During the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale, everything is 20% off. Active duty and Retired US Military receive an additional 10% off.

• Today’s Cargo
For the Sidewalk Sale, we’ll be offering a wide variety of items on sale including sterling silver, fashion jewelry, and select 14K gold pieces. Savings from 50-75%.

• Victoria at Home

Please join us for the Old Town Boutique District Sidewalk Sale! We will be offering select items at 25%-75% off retail price! Come see us for fabulous furniture, art, accessories and occasional pieces for your home!

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

Late Summer Fun with the Kiddos

If you are still looking for things to do with your kids this summer check out my list below.


The Arlington County Fair

An old favorite. I loved this fair as a kid and its still fun. There are usually lots of rides and all the junk food you can imagine. The fair takes place at Thomas Jefferson Middle Schoool August 5-10



Virginia Highlands Splash Park

This Arlington County park, is new, clean, convenient and relatively uncrowded. There are public bathrooms closeby.



Burger Tap and Shake

Located in Foggy Bottom – this is THE PLACE for great burgers, fries, draft beer and milkshakes. My kids are obsessed with The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives ” and this place reminds them of the show.


Boomerang Pirate Ship

Who can resist a private adventure right on the Potomac. The boat leaves Saturdays from Old Town. I haven’t done this yet but I think my kids would love it.


Six Flags

I know what you’re thinking…..but bear with me. I grew up here, but the first time I ever visited this amusement park was last August (and we had come straight from the ER with my older daughter having a broken finger, but I promised…). I’ll be the first to say that it’s no Busch Gardens. The park is a bit dirty and run-down and Dan Snyder’s prices are completely offensive. HOWEVER if you go during the last week of the season (when they are open weekdays 8/18-8/22) the park should be less crowded then usual.  There are actually a couple of really good roller coasters at this park.



Frozen Dairy Bar

Don’t be discouraged by the website. The Frozen Dairy Bar is a Northern VA gem. My father grew up going here. For years it was located in their original stand on Rt. 50.  As a kid, in the summer, we’d drive down and wait in a line that wrapped around the building for a cup of vanilla frozen custard. They are now located in a Falls Church strip mall and htey serve pizza but go for the frozen custard and only get vanilla or chocolate.  The custard is still homemade.

frozen dairy bar

The Capitol Wheel at National Harbor

Its worth doing at least once. Your kids will like it. Bonus – you can also visit the carousel and while you’re there check out the retro locally owned ice cream soda fountain, Goodies.

capitol wheel


Altura Wine Gourmet


The other day I was running errands on King St. and stopped by Altura Wine Gourmet, a new wine shop located at 107 N. Patrick St.

Altura opened in January and hosts wine tastings every Friday and Saturday. The owner, Edgar Salinas shares his passion for wine and is great at suggesting wines for any occasion.





Just Listed – Manors at Stonegate

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Completely remodeled patio level condo in sought-after community. New hardwoods throughout, beautiful white kitchen with granite counters, sleek contemporary bath with designer tile and vanity, upgraded light fixtures, spacious walk-in closets, gas fireplace and private patio. Reserved parking right at your front door. Location provides easy access to DC and public transportation.

4674 Lawton Way, Alexandria, VA 22311

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New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

My New Favorite Summer Cocktail


During my recent trip to Rehoboth Beach I was introduced to the official beach cocktail, the Orange Crush. I usually don’t try sweet cocktails but my friends, Kathy and Josh, convinced me that this was a winner and they were right.

Orange Crush

  • 2 cups ice cubes, or as needed
  • 2 fluid ounces orange-flavored vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce triple sec liqueur
  • 1 splash lemon-lime soda
  • 1 slice orange

Note – In my opinion this is not worth making unless you are squeezing the oranges

Eisenhower Consignments


You may remember that I wrote about Eisenhower Consignment a few years ago but now the small shop has expanded to two level showroom.

Eisenhower Consignment offers a great selection of luxury, upscale furnishings – many of which come from interior designers.  If you are looking for furniture or decor it is definitely worth a visit.






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