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.

Rock the Block is coming to Alexandria.

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Eat at the top restaurants in Old Town Alexandria and help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. more


The Underground Kitchen comes to Alexandria

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Surprise! A foodie cult dinner club plans to host a dinner at a secret location Oct. 20 in Alexandria featuring truffles as the theme. more

Food & Dining

Port City Brewing Co. debuts new beer.

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'Baltic Porter' to make its debut Oct. 12 at a Tasting Room release party featuring live music and Rocklands BBQ. more

Food & Dining

Oak Steakhouse

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Oak Steakhouse will be a part of the Gables Old Town/EDEN development at 530 First St. more

Food & Dining


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Eyewear boutique set to open on King Street Monday with grand opening Saturday. It's the company's second location in Virginia. more



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This fall, give your fitness routine a kickstart by trying something new. more

Health & Wellness

Former Hotel George Mason, now an office building, will be converted back to hotel at 699 Prince St. in Old Town Alexandria. more


Port City's Optimal Wit Wins Silver

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Alexandria brewer wins a silver medal for Optimal Wit at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. more


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Fall is officially here and it's apple season in Virginia! more

Out and About

Michaels to open at Potomac Yard in Alexandria.

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Dates set for grand opening, 'friends and family' soft opening for new Michaels store. more


Russian eatery coming to Alexandria

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The new eatery, RusUz, opened its doors the first week of September next door to the AMC Hoffman movie theater in Alexandria. more

Food & Dining


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Take a weekend getaway to one of these local wineries (and a few breweries, too). more


Ping by Charlie Chiang's closes its doors.

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After three decades in Shirlington Village, Charlie Chiang's Ping closes its doors. more

Food & Dining

J. McLaughlin store to open in Alexandria

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Alexandria will be second Northern Virginia location for upscale retailer. more



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The real estate investment firm Asana Partners has purchased more than 20 buildings in Old Town, including the iconic theater. more


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Glory Days Grill

The sports-themed family restaurant fully opens on Friday; and mark your calendars for the grand opening. more

Food & Dining


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The drug store will remain open during extensive renovations. more


Goldfish Swim School to open in Alexandria.

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Construction is underway for a new pool in Alexandria Commons shopping center. more


Dudley's Sport & Ale in Shirlington aims for September opening.

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One of the big draws for this sports bar: A rooftop deck. more

Food & Dining

Taco Bell Cantina

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Old Town Alexandria location will be the first in the DC area to serve beer and wine with your tacos. more

Food & Dining