About Us


Alexandria Living Magazine, the only lifestyle publication for the Alexandria region, launched its website Jan. 16, 2018 and its bi-monthly print edition in September 2018.  (Sign up for a free  subscription here!)

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


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.