This is such a special issue for the VIP family because we are celebrating the individuals who pour their hearts and souls into making Old Town Alexandria such a special place to live, work & play! The people and businesses featured in our Downtown Issue are doing their part to ensure our city continues to be a place that inspires all who visit it. I encourage you to venture out in support of these businesses. Not sure where to stop first? I highly recommend visiting Brandon Byrd of Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats! You can read all about this local business on page 34. Big thanks to Brandon for posing for our cover this month! We are so proud of our photographer, Julie Carrasco, for her amazing work on what is her very first published magazine cover!
On a personal note, I’d like to thank my friends, family, team and readers for celebrating my Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 achievement with me! Being recognized alongside so many amazing Alexandrians was such an honor. I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish here at VIP Alexandria Magazine and the fact that so many of you have been touched by our work makes my heart so happy! Thank you all!
With all of this being said, let's go ahead and dive into The Downtown Issue! Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events on page 40 and smile for our photographers at the next, local event. You never know when your picture could appear in VIP!
Until next month, Alexandria... just remember: Shopping, Dining + READING LOCAL is good for the soul!