About Us


Alexandria Living Magazine, the only lifestyle publication for the Alexandria region, launched its website Jan. 16, 2018 with a bi-monthly print edition to follow later in 2018.

Alexandria Living Magazine aims to showcase the individuals, places, businesses, events and issues affecting the dynamic and growing City of Alexandria and surrounding neighborhoods.

Co-founders Mary Ann Barton and Beth Lawton, longtime area residents with extensive experience covering Alexandria news, have been working with several writers, designers and businesses on their idea for an Alexandria-area news and lifestyle publication.

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“Our goal is to tell interesting stories and for everyone to learn something new each time they visit our website, read our weekly e-newsletters or pick up the magazine, whether it’s about a new restaurant opening, local personality, real estate or events,” Barton said. “With Alexandria’s unique culture and history — and growing the way it is — it deserves its own magazine!”

About the Founders

founders-photoMary Ann Barton, Editor — Mary Ann Barton comes to Alexandria Living Magazine after a distinguished career in magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her experience includes working as managing editor of Log Home Design magazine at Active Interest Media, reporting for the Arkansas Democrat newspaper in Little Rock and writing for C-SPAN, in addition to working as an assistant regional editor for AOL's Patch.com. She is co-editor of "Campaign: A Cartoon History of Bill Clinton's Race for the White House." Mary Ann is a native of Minnetonka, Minn. and spent four years living in Lima, Peru. She has called the DC area home for more than 20 years. She studied journalism and Spanish at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. When she's not writing for Alexandria Living, Mary Ann is working for the National Association of Counties as a senior staff writer for County News.

Beth Lawton, Publisher — Beth has worked for several news publications and small businesses in editorial, marketing and business development roles, including the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com, MKE in Milwaukee, The V.I. Source in the U.S. Virgin Islands and AOL's Patch.com. She also worked at the News Media Alliance, where she ran the Digital Edge Awards and blog, the Online Publishing Update and more. She graduated from Washington University (St. Louis) and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a digital media storytelling focus, and would go back to either in a heartbeat. Beth is originally from Connecticut, but has called Northern Virginia home since 2006. 

Photo credit: Matt Mendelsohn, photo taken at Virtue Feed & Grain in Alexandria

The Team

We've pulled together a talented team of people who love Alexandria. Here's more about them: 

Kara Hill, Strategic Marketing DirectorStrategic Marketing Director Kara Hill, owner of Bold Town Branding in Alexandria, is leading awareness and strategic marketing efforts for the magazine and advertisers. Hill is an experienced strategic marketing and business development consultant who works specifically with Alexandria-based clients building custom, integrated marketing campaigns and brand strategies.

Tracy Krulik, Pets — Northern Virginia-based certified dog trainer and behavior consultant Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSAT, is the founder and managing editor of iSpeakDog — a website and public awareness campaign to teach dog body language and behavior. An honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, Krulik is a private trainer for the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., and she also writes for publications including The Bark magazineand The Washington Post. She is an advocate for force-free dog training and loves helping fearful dogs discover confidence and joy — just as she did for her once “fraidy” pup, Emma the Beagle. Visit her website www.tracykrulik.com to learn more.

Jessie Leiber, Design — Over the last 12 years, Jessie has collaborated with clients in the non-profit and tourism industries to create visual solutions that engage and inspire audiences. She began her career with Smithsonian Institution and Destination DC before establishing her own design firm in 2008. When not devising print and digital campaigns, she can be found obsessing over book covers, collecting anything striped, and spending time with her family.

Whitney Pipkin, Food & Dining — Whitney Pipkin writes about food, farms and the environment as a freelance journalist based in Northern Virginia. Her freelance work has appeared nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications such as Virginia Living, Northern Virginia Magazine and Arlington Magazine. She also is a staff writer at the Chesapeake Bay Journal, covering the nation's largest estuary. Pipkin served as guest editor for Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind. She lives with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, 6-month-old son and mischievous dog in Springfield. 

Jennifer van der Kleut, News and Features — Jennifer van der Kleut (McBride) is originally from the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. She graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University, and has worked for several Silicon Valley-area news publications. Jennifer also worked as a freelance writer and reporter for a few years for AOL and Patch.com, and she has worked for ABC7 News/WJLA-TV for a time as a web producer and social media coordinator. Jennifer has also worked as as a freelance writer/reporter for companies such as Driverless Transportation, RestonNow, LifeLock and several other media companies.

How to Contact Us

Our offices are in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, but more often we're out and about in the community — working from coffee shops and co-working spaces, or scouting for story ideas. 

Use the contact us form to send us a note, a story idea or inquire about partnership opportunities.