Mary Ann Barton

Mary Ann Barton

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Mary Ann Barton is a journalist in Northern Virginia and editor of Alexandria Living Magazine.

Mary Ann comes to Alexandria Living after a distinguished career in magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her experience includes working at Active Interest Media as managing editor of Log Home Design magazine, writing for Gannett, reporting for the Arkansas Democrat newspaper and writing for C-SPAN, in addition to working as an assistant regional editor for AOL's She is a co-editor of "Campaign: A Cartoon History of Bill Clinton's Race for the White House." In addition to having lived in Little Rock, Ark., Mary Ann is a native of Minnetonka, Minn. She studied journalism and Spanish at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. and spent four years living in Lima, Peru. She has called the DC area home for more than 20 years.

When she's not writing for Alexandria Living, Mary Ann covers government issues for County News at the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C.

More than 500 RSVP'd for opening of new home and decor store. Read more

Home & Garden

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Photo by Alexandria Living Magazine

Highly anticipated eatery and bar in Carlyle neighborhood to offer fresh seafood, oyster bar and plenty of fun. Read more

Food & Dining

GolfTEC has plans to open at Belle View Shopping Center. Read more


An Arlington real estate company plans to move its headquarters to Alexandria. Read more


Montessori photo courtesy of Guidepost Montessori

Image courtesy of Guidepost Montessori Facebook page

Higher Ground Education is proposing to open a Guidepost Montessori. Read more


The building where a Chili's restaurant was located is being renovated and will reopen as Denny's, according to Fairfax County construction permits. Read more

Food & Dining

Rendering of West Elm store

Rendering courtesy of EDENS

One lucky resident will win a $2,000 shopping spree at the home decor store's grand opening in Alexandria. Read more


The new Topgolf location at National Harbor is set to open this summer and is hiring 500 people. Read more

Kaiser Permanente has opened a brand new 40,000-square foot medical center in Alexandria's Potomac Yard neighborhood. Read more

Health & Wellness

Sweet 16 games include #4 Virginia Tech's Hokies in Friday night match-up with #1 Duke, playing in DC. Read more

Out and About

Toastique is coming to Old Town.

Image courtesy of Toastique

Trendy millennial dining trend — gourmet toast — makes its debut at eatery in Old Town Alexandria. Read more

Food & Dining

Hobby Lobby store

Image courtesy of Hobby Lobby

Grand opening set for new Hobby Lobby crafts store in Alexandria. Read more


Dudley's Sport and Ale

Image courtesy of Dudley's Sport and Ale, via Facebook

It's been a long time coming, but the sports bar with rooftop dining is opening this weekend. Read more

Food & Dining

Black-Throated Blue Warbler

Photo by Michael Pollack, courtesy of MPNature

If you love birds, the best time to visit this Alexandria park is in the spring. Read more

Out and About

Rendering of Silver Diner location at West Alex

Image courtesy of City of Alexandria

A Silver Diner is part of the mix at new West Alex, at King and N. Beauregard streets in Alexandria's West End. Read more

Food & Dining

Indoor amusement park is proposed for space formerly occupied by U.S. Postal Service. Read more




Visit Alexandria is a good place to start. Read more



Courtesy of AlexRenew.

AlexRenew tackles the City’s most expensive capital improvement project yet. Read more



Courtesy of Arcadia Farm

An Alexandria non-profit organization helps veterans become farmers. Read more

Food & Dining


Chris Militzer/Miliman12 Photography

Alexandria is known for being dog-friendly, but the cat community is just as strong. Read more