Where the Past is Your Present!
The Old Town Shop officially opened its doors in March 2017, bringing to the area a unique take on local gifts and to celebrate Alexandria’s charm and historic heritage. The store offers custom gifts and Old Town Alexandria merchandise tailored to visitors and residents alike, located at 105 South Union Street in the heart of Old Town.
The Old Town Shop is the only area shop to feature a variety of local curated artisan products that are offered at the Alexandria Farmers’ Market. This section, known as Locals’ Alley, is dedicated to showcasing a variety of artisans who vend regularly at the Farmers’ Market, giving these artisans a more permanent presence in a retail space. Featured vendors include Truly Life (bath & body), Capital Candles (soy candles), Watermelan Designs (jewelry), Together We Bake (granola & trail mix), and Napier Farms (jams & jellies). In addition, the Shop sells custom-designed “OTX” and Old Town Alexandria branded merchandise. Other gifts include gourmet food, books, collectives, and hospitality items for tourists and residents. The Port, our historical section, promotes the history of Alexandria, known as The Port City, with a representation of twelve state mile markers depicting the historic importance of the area.
Store Owner and long-time Alexandria resident and business owner Valerie Ianieri decided to open the store because she felt there was a lack of unique and custom product for Old Town Alexandria. “We are excited to have a shop that is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the charm of Old Town Alexandria” says Ms. Ianieri. “From the Kids Cove to Locals’ Alley, we have custom gifts for everyone… even our beloved dog community.”
The Old Town Shop focus is to preserve and promote the history, creativity, and culture of Alexandria locals and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The shop is open seven days a week.