Old Town Books

Old Town Books Alexandria's new neighborhood bookstore!

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It’s the best day of the week 🤩 check out what’s new in the shop today in our stories! #NewReleaseTuesday 📚
01/18/2022

It’s the best day of the week 🤩 check out what’s new in the shop today in our stories! #NewReleaseTuesday 📚

It’s the best day of the week 🤩 check out what’s new in the shop today in our stories! #NewReleaseTuesday 📚

It's Tuesday and that means one thing: New Releases! Here's my reading book at home, where I've been holed up taking car...
01/18/2022

It's Tuesday and that means one thing: New Releases! Here's my reading book at home, where I've been holed up taking care of sick kids for the last week. Back to work today, and going to miss this cozy, messy spot. Currently reading Perpetual West by @meshamaren, and you should too!
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#readingnook #bookstagram #booklover #cozytime #whereiread #readlocal

It's Tuesday and that means one thing: New Releases! Here's my reading book at home, where I've been holed up taking care of sick kids for the last week. Back to work today, and going to miss this cozy, messy spot. Currently reading Perpetual West by @meshamaren, and you should too!
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#readingnook #bookstagram #booklover #cozytime #whereiread #readlocal

📚 Details details details 📚 What's your favorite thing about Old Town? For me it's the lovely little details on all the ...
01/17/2022

📚 Details details details 📚 What's your favorite thing about Old Town? For me it's the lovely little details on all the old buildings. Here's our street number sign, No. 130 South Royal 💕.
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#oldtownalexandria #bookstore #designdetails #readersofinstagram #booklover

📚 Details details details 📚 What's your favorite thing about Old Town? For me it's the lovely little details on all the old buildings. Here's our street number sign, No. 130 South Royal 💕.
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#oldtownalexandria #bookstore #designdetails #readersofinstagram #booklover

❄️ Ok that wasn't so bad. I even heard a plow out yesterday! ❄️ We're back at it, slinging books on an chilly Monday. Te...
01/17/2022

❄️ Ok that wasn't so bad. I even heard a plow out yesterday! ❄️ We're back at it, slinging books on an chilly Monday. Tell me about your Monday in four sentences or less! Here's mine:
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Cold floors, hot coffee, wool socks. The baby grumbling and eating an English muffin. Today I'll plan our spring book displays, maybe take a walk. Stacks of ARCs but I'll probably just flip through garden books.
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#readlocal #oldtownbooks #localbookstore #writingprompts #indiebookstore #oldtownalexandria #bookstagram #booklover

❄️ Ok that wasn't so bad. I even heard a plow out yesterday! ❄️ We're back at it, slinging books on an chilly Monday. Tell me about your Monday in four sentences or less! Here's mine:
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Cold floors, hot coffee, wool socks. The baby grumbling and eating an English muffin. Today I'll plan our spring book displays, maybe take a walk. Stacks of ARCs but I'll probably just flip through garden books.
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#readlocal #oldtownbooks #localbookstore #writingprompts #indiebookstore #oldtownalexandria #bookstagram #booklover

Dang January, you're really laying it on.Closing today at 5 pm so Lily can get home safe. Call ahead if you swing by, if...
01/16/2022

Dang January, you're really laying it on.
Closing today at 5 pm so Lily can get home safe. Call ahead if you swing by, if it gets too dicey she might head out sooner.
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#snowday #readlocal #cutebookstore #indiebookstore #alexandriava #oldtownbooks #whatareyoureading

Dang January, you're really laying it on.
Closing today at 5 pm so Lily can get home safe. Call ahead if you swing by, if it gets too dicey she might head out sooner.
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#snowday #readlocal #cutebookstore #indiebookstore #alexandriava #oldtownbooks #whatareyoureading

Snow way we're getting caught without a book tomorrow. ❄️ Come by before getting snowed in and stack up. 📚 📚 📚
01/15/2022

Snow way we're getting caught without a book tomorrow. ❄️ Come by before getting snowed in and stack up. 📚 📚 📚

Snow way we're getting caught without a book tomorrow. ❄️ Come by before getting snowed in and stack up. 📚 📚 📚

Weekend plans: grab a coffee, go to the bookstore, cuddle up to read. ✔️✔️✔️...#bookstorevibes #bookstoreexplorer #alexa...
01/15/2022

Weekend plans: grab a coffee, go to the bookstore, cuddle up to read. ✔️✔️✔️.
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#bookstorevibes #bookstoreexplorer #alexandriava #oldtownalexandria #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #readlocal #shopkeeper

Weekend plans: grab a coffee, go to the bookstore, cuddle up to read. ✔️✔️✔️.
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#bookstorevibes #bookstoreexplorer #alexandriava #oldtownalexandria #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #readlocal #shopkeeper

Now taking band name suggestions for our group of amazing book club leader volunteers!...Anyone else excited for 2022 bo...
01/14/2022

Now taking band name suggestions for our group of amazing book club leader volunteers!.
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Anyone else excited for 2022 book clubs?.
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Join @kristenlcoates and @danielleballer for @badromancebookclub (Jan 21st). @runoutofpages for Sci-Fi fantasy club (Jan 28)and @neverthelessshereads for Murder by the Book (Jan 25).
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We also have our bookseller-led fiction and nonfiction clubs lined up, too. There's lots to choose from! 📚 We're sticking with zoom club meetings for now, join us!. Rsvp on oldtownbooks.com ✨
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Thank you so much to our book club regulars and to these amazing club leaders. We love you so much! ♥️.
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#readlocal #bookclub #independentbookstore #bandphoto #alexandriava

Now taking band name suggestions for our group of amazing book club leader volunteers!.
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Anyone else excited for 2022 book clubs?.
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Join @kristenlcoates and @danielleballer for @badromancebookclub (Jan 21st). @runoutofpages for Sci-Fi fantasy club (Jan 28)and @neverthelessshereads for Murder by the Book (Jan 25).
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We also have our bookseller-led fiction and nonfiction clubs lined up, too. There's lots to choose from! 📚 We're sticking with zoom club meetings for now, join us!. Rsvp on oldtownbooks.com ✨
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Thank you so much to our book club regulars and to these amazing club leaders. We love you so much! ♥️.
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#readlocal #bookclub #independentbookstore #bandphoto #alexandriava

Sometimes I can't stand how cute our kids pop-up is. Books and toys and gifts for caregivers. Whimsy! Give me all of it....
01/13/2022

Sometimes I can't stand how cute our kids pop-up is. Books and toys and gifts for caregivers. Whimsy! Give me all of it.
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#kidsbookstore #localbookstore #bookstagram #readtoyourkids

Sometimes I can't stand how cute our kids pop-up is. Books and toys and gifts for caregivers. Whimsy! Give me all of it.
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#kidsbookstore #localbookstore #bookstagram #readtoyourkids

And we're back! We scanned every book in the shop and tidied up a bit. Ready for browsing and book talk on this chilly T...
01/13/2022

And we're back! We scanned every book in the shop and tidied up a bit. Ready for browsing and book talk on this chilly Thursday. We hear the grocery stores are getting picked over in anticipation of more snow. Don't forget to stock up on books, too! ❄️.
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#localbookstore #bookstagram #handpaintedsigns #bookslover

And we're back! We scanned every book in the shop and tidied up a bit. Ready for browsing and book talk on this chilly Thursday. We hear the grocery stores are getting picked over in anticipation of more snow. Don't forget to stock up on books, too! ❄️.
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#localbookstore #bookstagram #handpaintedsigns #bookslover

Organized, clean, inventory almost done. 🎉 A fresh window display on the way. This little bookshop is ready for the new ...
01/12/2022

Organized, clean, inventory almost done. 🎉 A fresh window display on the way. This little bookshop is ready for the new year. The question is, is your TBR ready, too? If not, we can help with that. If it's towering, we can help with that, too. (Were enablers like that...)
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#morebooks #readlocal #bookshelf #shelfie

Organized, clean, inventory almost done. 🎉 A fresh window display on the way. This little bookshop is ready for the new year. The question is, is your TBR ready, too? If not, we can help with that. If it's towering, we can help with that, too. (Were enablers like that...)
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#morebooks #readlocal #bookshelf #shelfie

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can...
01/11/2022

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can still swing by to do a curbside pickup for pre-paid special orders. 📚 ❤️
#readlocal #indiebookstore #frontdoors

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can still swing by to do a curbside pickup for pre-paid special orders. 📚 ❤️
#readlocal #indiebookstore #frontdoors

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can...
01/11/2022

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can still swing by to do a curbside pickup for pre-paid special orders. 📚 ❤️
#readlocal #indiebookstore #frontdoors

Reminder that we're closed at both locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12th, to do our annual shop inventory. You can still swing by to do a curbside pickup for pre-paid special orders. 📚 ❤️
#readlocal #indiebookstore #frontdoors

Happy New Release Tuesday 🥳 we’ve got signed copies of one of the buzziest books this season, TO PARADISE! But don’t sle...
01/11/2022

Happy New Release Tuesday 🥳 we’ve got signed copies of one of the buzziest books this season, TO PARADISE! But don’t sleep on the rest of the goodies that are dropping today - check out our stories to see what else is new in the shop 🤩

🚨 We'll be closed this Wednesday, January 12th for store inventory. 🚨 Before I opened Old Town Books I had never worked ...
01/10/2022

🚨 We'll be closed this Wednesday, January 12th for store inventory. 🚨 Before I opened Old Town Books I had never worked in a bookstore before. But I had worked in retail. A lot. Basically the only non-retail jobs I had worked were in food service. I was slinging pizza at the Paradiso on King Street not too long ago. Just thinking about my career trajectory as we prepare to do inventory.... Soon we'll be lugging around boxes of books, trudging up stairs, dusting, crushing cardboard. And I'm laughing at myself for "escaping" retail when I got my first office 9-5 gig. I stayed away for all of five years. Pandemic aside, it's good to be back.
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.#oldtownbooks #alexandriava #mural #bookstagram #retail #smallbusiness

🚨 We'll be closed this Wednesday, January 12th for store inventory. 🚨 Before I opened Old Town Books I had never worked in a bookstore before. But I had worked in retail. A lot. Basically the only non-retail jobs I had worked were in food service. I was slinging pizza at the Paradiso on King Street not too long ago. Just thinking about my career trajectory as we prepare to do inventory.... Soon we'll be lugging around boxes of books, trudging up stairs, dusting, crushing cardboard. And I'm laughing at myself for "escaping" retail when I got my first office 9-5 gig. I stayed away for all of five years. Pandemic aside, it's good to be back.
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.#oldtownbooks #alexandriava #mural #bookstagram #retail #smallbusiness

Tuesday is totes a big release day. Tag a friend + mention your most anticipated January 11th release and we'll randomly...
01/09/2022

Tuesday is totes a big release day. Tag a friend + mention your most anticipated January 11th release and we'll randomly select a winner for this tote and a $25 gift card to snag your fave upcoming book.
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#toparadise #newbooks #alexandriava #oldtownbooks #readlocal

Tuesday is totes a big release day. Tag a friend + mention your most anticipated January 11th release and we'll randomly select a winner for this tote and a $25 gift card to snag your fave upcoming book.
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#toparadise #newbooks #alexandriava #oldtownbooks #readlocal

OTB Jr is closed today due to staff shortages. We're still open at Royal Street regular hours there, 10-7. Stay safe eve...
01/09/2022

OTB Jr is closed today due to staff shortages. We're still open at Royal Street regular hours there, 10-7. Stay safe everyone and let's protect the unvaccinated under five crowd, please. Get vaccinated, wear masks, and shop local. ♥️

OTB Jr is closed today due to staff shortages. We're still open at Royal Street regular hours there, 10-7. Stay safe everyone and let's protect the unvaccinated under five crowd, please. Get vaccinated, wear masks, and shop local. ♥️

❤️ Dreaming of love.❤️ Love is in the air at Old Town Books Jr, our kids pop-up shop in Belle View Shopping Center. New ...
01/08/2022

❤️ Dreaming of love.❤️ Love is in the air at Old Town Books Jr, our kids pop-up shop in Belle View Shopping Center. New displays with books about love, in all its forms. Speaking of OTB Jr., I wish I had more updates about this magical little space. We're still here, open 11-5:30 everyday, still doing a month-to-month lease to test the waters and see if we can make this cheery little outpost work beyond the holdiays.❤️ When I walk in to Old Town Books Jr it feels so exciting, so warm and playful. The room feels full of possibility, even when the world feels so scary and so limiting. I have dreams of a little toy train chugging along a track around the tops of the bookcases. I imagine a fish tank, too (what's a kids bookshop without a store pet?) I can just feel the buzz of excitement from kids piling in to the back room for story time. There's a nook back there, did you know? Big enough for a dozen kids and their parents to cuddle up and listen to their next favorite read aloud. I imagine that room has a squishy cork floor so we can host parent-and-me book club, where babies practice tummy time on the mats while caregivers chat. There are affordable movement and music classes, and author readings, of course. So while I can't say for certain what our plans are for this space, there's plenty of dreaming, and love, to last us a long time. Hopefully long enough to get through the worst of the pandemic, and back to doing what indeodent bookstores do best - bringing book lovers together. ❤️.
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#pandemiclife #readlocal #smallbusinesslove #independentbookstore

❤️ Dreaming of love.❤️ Love is in the air at Old Town Books Jr, our kids pop-up shop in Belle View Shopping Center. New displays with books about love, in all its forms. Speaking of OTB Jr., I wish I had more updates about this magical little space. We're still here, open 11-5:30 everyday, still doing a month-to-month lease to test the waters and see if we can make this cheery little outpost work beyond the holdiays.❤️ When I walk in to Old Town Books Jr it feels so exciting, so warm and playful. The room feels full of possibility, even when the world feels so scary and so limiting. I have dreams of a little toy train chugging along a track around the tops of the bookcases. I imagine a fish tank, too (what's a kids bookshop without a store pet?) I can just feel the buzz of excitement from kids piling in to the back room for story time. There's a nook back there, did you know? Big enough for a dozen kids and their parents to cuddle up and listen to their next favorite read aloud. I imagine that room has a squishy cork floor so we can host parent-and-me book club, where babies practice tummy time on the mats while caregivers chat. There are affordable movement and music classes, and author readings, of course. So while I can't say for certain what our plans are for this space, there's plenty of dreaming, and love, to last us a long time. Hopefully long enough to get through the worst of the pandemic, and back to doing what indeodent bookstores do best - bringing book lovers together. ❤️.
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#pandemiclife #readlocal #smallbusinesslove #independentbookstore

Let's see how many cultish things can we mention in the comments? #authorevent #indiebookstore #readlocal
01/06/2022

Let's see how many cultish things can we mention in the comments?
#authorevent #indiebookstore #readlocal

Let's see how many cultish things can we mention in the comments?
#authorevent #indiebookstore #readlocal

Blue skies and books, what more could you ask for?#...#booklover #alexandriava #blueskies
01/06/2022

Blue skies and books, what more could you ask for?#.
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#booklover #alexandriava #blueskies

Blue skies and books, what more could you ask for?#.
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#booklover #alexandriava #blueskies

We’ve got a colorful mix of new releases to warm you up on a cold, snowy day! Astronomers, debutantes, mysterious island...
01/04/2022

We’ve got a colorful mix of new releases to warm you up on a cold, snowy day! Astronomers, debutantes, mysterious islands and more! Check out our stories for full details!

We’ve got a colorful mix of new releases to warm you up on a cold, snowy day! Astronomers, debutantes, mysterious islands and more! Check out our stories for full details!

Alexandria is a winter wonderland ❄️ I love seeing our mural through the seasons, this is her first snow! Posting some o...
01/04/2022

Alexandria is a winter wonderland ❄️ I love seeing our mural through the seasons, this is her first snow! Posting some other mural pics in our stories, including one of @lucky_signs painting it. It's so cool our city supports public art. I was worried it would be so hard to get permission to paint the mural, but it was a streamlined process of art approval and project kick off. ❄️. @alexandriaartscommission
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#localart #indepedentbookstore #snowday #mural

Alexandria is a winter wonderland ❄️ I love seeing our mural through the seasons, this is her first snow! Posting some other mural pics in our stories, including one of @lucky_signs painting it. It's so cool our city supports public art. I was worried it would be so hard to get permission to paint the mural, but it was a streamlined process of art approval and project kick off. ❄️. @alexandriaartscommission
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#localart #indepedentbookstore #snowday #mural

Describe your snow day in four sentences or less? Here's mine:..Third coffee. Artichoke pizza. Podcasts + fairy puzzles....
01/03/2022

Describe your snow day in four sentences or less? Here's mine:
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Third coffee. Artichoke pizza. Podcasts + fairy puzzles. Cold toes and hot baths.
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#bookstore #alexandriava #cozyvibes

Describe your snow day in four sentences or less? Here's mine:
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Third coffee. Artichoke pizza. Podcasts + fairy puzzles. Cold toes and hot baths.
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#bookstore #alexandriava #cozyvibes

❄️ Dreaming of books for your snowy day? Tromp on over! We have a bookseller who can walk to work so he's covering the s...
01/03/2022

❄️ Dreaming of books for your snowy day? Tromp on over! We have a bookseller who can walk to work so he's covering the shop 11-5. Call ahead if you're making the trip to make sure he's still in. Stay safe everyone! ❄️
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#readlocal #snowday #timetoread #independentbookstore

❄️ Dreaming of books for your snowy day? Tromp on over! We have a bookseller who can walk to work so he's covering the shop 11-5. Call ahead if you're making the trip to make sure he's still in. Stay safe everyone! ❄️
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#readlocal #snowday #timetoread #independentbookstore

Hear me out: a snowy day + a stack of books = a great way to start the year. What do we think, is it really gonna snow? ...
01/02/2022

Hear me out: a snowy day + a stack of books = a great way to start the year. What do we think, is it really gonna snow? 📚 ❄️ #.
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#snowday #indiebookstore #alexandriava #letitsnow #cozytime

Our sweet little kids pop-up is on pause this week since we're understaffed. Our booksellers are testing negative, but w...
01/02/2022

Our sweet little kids pop-up is on pause this week since we're understaffed. Our booksellers are testing negative, but we want to be extra cautious since a few had primary exposure to confirmed cases. We'll aim to be open the week of the 10th, so stay tuned. This break gives us time to restock and rest. I hope you have some time to do the same (maybe with a new book from our Royal Street location?✨
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#indiebookstore #smallretailer #bookstagram #shopsmall #bookshelf #kidsbookstore

Our sweet little kids pop-up is on pause this week since we're understaffed. Our booksellers are testing negative, but we want to be extra cautious since a few had primary exposure to confirmed cases. We'll aim to be open the week of the 10th, so stay tuned. This break gives us time to restock and rest. I hope you have some time to do the same (maybe with a new book from our Royal Street location?✨
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#indiebookstore #smallretailer #bookstagram #shopsmall #bookshelf #kidsbookstore

Address

130 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA
22314

Ride the metro to the King Street Station, then take the free Old Town trolley down to the waterfront.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm

Telephone

+17036479749

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Bookstr selects the best five books set in Europe to be published this year.
We really enjoyed storytime this past weekend! Would love it if you made it a regular event 😊
I met Scout today (who snacks next door at the place my wife manages), and was recommended a GREAT book (by a fellow human, not the pup). I hope to finish reading it in time for next weekend’s book club!
Hi! Can you clarify what time Abby Maslin will be at Old Town Books on Saturday, March 30? My friend and I want to go, but we’re not sure whether it starts at 5 or 6:30.
I was so excited to see your shop online the other week I think while the 24in48 was going on..I come to Alexandria for work and am hoping I’ll be able to make it to your store next time I am in town! ☺️☺️
Enjoyed my visit! Made my first purchase and, as a local, I’ll be back again soon!
Yes! Thank you Susan Brock for letting me know!