Since it was first settled in 1669, and officially established in 1749, the city of Alexandria has played a crucial role in American history. It has existed as a tobacco trading post, a busy port, home to a large free-black community, and a Civil War supply center for Union troops. Famous figures such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Mama Cass once claimed it as their hometown. Now, more than 260 years since the town’s first historic buildings were constructed, visitors can tour them year-round—with the aid of interpreters dressed in American colonial and Victorian garb.
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum displays artifacts unearthed from the city’s streets; the Alexandria Black History Museum welcomes visitors into African American heritage exhibits; and the Fort Ward Museum, a preserved Union fort, hosts regular Civil War reenactments and slumber parties. Along the town’s winding streets, visitors can also step over historic thresholds at Lee-Fendall House and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum; Carlyle House Historic Park, a Union hospital during the Civil War; and Gadsby's Tavern Museum, a favored haunt of founding fathers, journalists, and military officers. Historians and staff also bring history into the present through weekly activities such as fencing classes at the tavern, farmers’ markets at Market Square, restoration workshops, 18th century fashion shows, and film screenings.
Owned and operated by artist Kelly Hutchinson, Kelly's Art & Frame is home to a 2,800-square-foot art gallery where original paintings, watercolors, and limited-edition prints line the walls. Onsite custom framing services combine archival materials and meticulous work to properly preserve drawings, sculptures, and cherished pieces of ABC gum. With fellow artist Carol Fogelsong, Kelly also leads art classes, teaching the fundamentals to students during intimate group sessions.
With the encouragement of her great-grandmother, Claire Whittman started to hone her gift for intuition early in life; she performed her first tarot-card reading at the age of 8. At NY Psychic Studio, she turns her intuitive gaze toward patrons' lives to make predictions regarding love, family, business, and other topics. In addition to psychic readings, she performs energy-healing services. Visitors can also browse an inventory of products such as crystals, candles, and bundles of sage.
Lindsey Vick, owner of Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, is a jill-of-all-trades in the world of holistic healing. Her r?sum? lists a slew of specialties?certified hypnotist, reiki master, birth doula?that attend to both the emotional and physical needs of patrons. Along with life coaching and energy healing, Sunflowers uses these specialties to help thrust individuals and organizations into healthier lifestyles and corporate success. At Lindsey's side are practitioners Mark Vick, a Harvard graduate who facilitates couples counseling and life-coaching sessions, and Marc Christmas, certified Reiki practitioner and reflexologist. Together, they use their combined 25 years in management consulting to bring positivity into the lives of their clients.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The meticulous CPAs at Davidoff & Associates aid individuals and small-to-medium businesses with tax, accounting, and other financial services. Armed with big-company expertise, the small, hands-on firm adheres to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct as they file tax returns, advise businesses, impart the secrets of alchemy, and perform other money-wise services. The staff explains needed steps in easy-to-understand terms, rather than legalspeak or wingdings, enabling clients to stay informed about their personal or business finances.