Where the Past is Your Present!
Our new gift boutique, 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, located at 105 South Union Street, offers custom gifts and Old Town Alexandria merchandise tailored to visitors and residents alike.
The Old Town Shop will be the only area shop to feature a variety of local curated artisan products that are offered at the Old Town Farmers Market in the section of the store called “Locals’ Alley”. In addition, the Shop has created unique, custom designed “OTX” and Old Town Alexandria branded merchandise. Other gifts include gourmet food, books, collectives, and hospitality gifts for tourists and residents. “The Port” is the section of the store that promotes the history of Alexandria, known as The Port City, with a representation of twelve (12) state mile markers to depict the historic importance of the area.
The Shop expects to have a rotating Alexandria focused history exhibition area featuring artifacts from our surrounding historic partners such as the Alexandria Archeology Museum, the Alexandria Historic Foundation, and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate.
The Locals’ Alley section will be dedicated to showcasing a variety of artisans who vend regularly at the Saturday Alexandria Farmers’ Market, giving artists an outlet to have a more permanent presence in a retail space. Examples of vendors that will be featured include Truly Life (bath & body), Capital Candles (Soy candles), Amalthea Ridge (goat milk bath products), Napier Farms (local jams & jellies) Dimitri Olive Farms (Olive Oil and Gourmet Vinegars) Ester’s Granola, etc.
Store Owner and long-time Alexandria resident and business owner Valerie Ianieri decided to open the store concept because she felt there was a lack of unique and custom product for Old Town Alexandria. “We are excited to open a Shop that is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the charm and uniqueness of Old Town Alexandria” says Ms. Ianieri. “From the Kid’s Cove to Locals’ Alley, we have custom gifts for everyone… even our beloved dog community”.
The store will also feature regular events that will spotlight local vendors, writers, and artisans that strengthen our 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 will be open seven days a week.