Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) is an association of businesses which shares common interests and concerns. Its purpose is to provide networking, advocacy, and marketing opportunities for its members and to publicize the area as a progressive business district in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

OTBPA represents all of the business districts located east of Alexandria Union Station to the river and includes all of the business districts located from the northern to the southern boundaries of the City of Alexandria.
















You can drive traffic to your business New Year’s Eve Day by writing a clue for the Annual Fun Hunt-Help First Night--by September 15

On December 31, 2015 let First Night Alexandria help you drive the thousands of people that are in Alexandria for First Night to your business!  Here are two ways:

In the past, clues for the annual First Night Alexandria Fun Hunt have been written by local volunteers and high school students around Alexandria history.  Following the successful 12/31/14 Fun Hunt, the First Night board concluded we needed to make the Hunt more about businesses.  Therefore, we are giving you this opportunity to write a clue that will draw people to your business but that is also historical and/or fun about your business. 

Here are examples of a few previous clues:

·         Walking west on King Street, make sure to explore a little; you have seven blocks to the next clue and pass a number of casual dining spots including Bittersweet, Nickells & Scheffler, Rocket Grill, Hard Times Café, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts. One of these establishments was founded in 1980.  Looking at the buildings only, which one was it?  __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

·         Across the way to where your wealth and riches are hidden you will find a sign dedicated to John Fitzgerald. He was a “Favorite aide-de-camp and __ __ __ __ __ friend of Washington.”

  •    Cross the street named after the type of ruler that American Patriots didn’t like.  In this block, in 1804, was a business that helped Alexandria become the third largest producer of refined sugar in the U.S. in 1810. Today there is one business on the street that still retains some of that history.   What is that business known as?  __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __   __ __ __   &  __ __ __ __ __

We will fill in the directional part of the clue to get the teams from one location to the next!

To be considered for inclusion in the Fun Hunt, your clue must be received by September 15, 2015We will let you know in late September if your clue is chosen.  Feel free to pass this on to other businesses that are between the Torpedo Factory Art Center and Metro and from Duke to Queen Streets.  We typically have about 100 teams that participate in the Fun Hunt.

You can also participate in afternoon festivities by hosting an activity in your place of business.  Past participants have been Potomac Bead with a special beading project for New Year’s Eve, Sugar Cube has had a cookie decorating event, Olio has had an olive oil tasting.  These events can be either for families or adults.

Visit us at www.firstnightalexandria.orgfor additional information.

Retail Merchants:  Alert!!

NOTE:This applies only to those who do face-to-face swipes of customer credit cards. Those who take credit cards other ways do not have the October 1 deadline.

Credit Card Changes- EMV Chip August 20 2015.pdf

Click on the Event below to register!

2015 Homes Tour Press Release.pdf

Congratulations to Mark Jinks on his appointment to City Manager by the City Council.  The OTBPA officers, board and members look forward to working together.

Mark Jinks

Yon Lambert    Karl  Moritz  Michael Kochis

OTBPA congratulates Yon Lambert on his promotion to Director of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, and to Karl Moritz on his promotion to Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning.  We also congratulate our Board Member Michael Kochis on his promotion to Assistant Commander of the Alexandria Police Department.

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