I had the opportunity to do some wandering around Old Town today, so I walked the kids down the lower (eastern) half of King Street. I have always loved the window display of seafood on ice at Fish Market, but have yet to take a photo there that I really like.
I got lucky today, and was able to capture a few frames of oyster shucking. I must have looked like a total tourist, but hey, it’s good to blend in that way sometimes!
One of my goals when starting this blog a little over a year ago was to eventually highlight local business owners and their businesses. It’s been a busy year, but I’m finally getting around to making this happen.
I reached out to Catherine and Margaret Portner after discovering their business through social media. The sisters are the great-great-granddaughters of Robert Portner, who owned the largest pre-Prohibition brewery in America. His brewery was located in what is now known as Old Town Alexandria, and the sisters have decided to launch Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, 100 years after the original brewery closed its doors.
Portner Brewhouse will include an onsite brewery as well as a full-service restaurant specializing in German fare. Catherine is the beer guru and Margaret is the mastermind behind the food. The sisters have a lot of awesome ideas for the business including a craft beer test kitchen and mug club membership; in addition, they will be resurrecting some of Robert Portner’s recipes and plan to decorate the brewhouse with original Portner artifacts.
The idea I pitched to them was to do a shoot in the space that would become Portner Brewhouse, and then another shoot once construction is completed. A “Before & After,” if you will. The brewery and restaurant is set to open for business by the end of summer, so you all can expect the “After” post to appear this fall. That is, if I can avoid spending too much time hanging out at Portner Brewhouse!
Mmm, sushi. There’s an interesting collection of knickknacks in the windows of this sushi restaurant in the main tourist section of King Street. This is just one of the windows there. Go check them out and, while you’re there, order me a veggie gyoza and a rainbow roll. Or two.
The Waterfront Market in Old Town is in the midst of a remodel and (I think) expansion. Luckily, someone there seems to be setting up perfect little still-lifes for those of us who are looking. There is a nice array of plates, bowls, and utensils right next to the window. I spent quite a while there trying different angles and compositions.
One restaurant on King Street still had its Christmas tree up, so I took advantage of the opportunity. Decorative lights look great out of focus (especially with a lens of this caliber). No one was dining outdoors on this particular evening though—a bit chilly I think!
One of my favorite places to sit with the kids during afternoon snack is Society Fair. It’s shaded during the afternoon, seems to have a nice breeze no matter the weather, and they make amazing fruit bars (they’re not as healthy as they sound). The coffee is pretty good too, which comes in handy while trying to fend off the afternoon snoozes.
The outdoor seating is divided into two sections: self-service and full-service. I always sit in the self-service area, but this shot is of the full-service section all ready to go.
The Waterfront Cafe is a fairly new addition to the Old Town Waterfront, and not a bad place to grab a quick bite. They even serve Swing’s Coffee, which is never a bad thing in my book! I snapped this photo while standing outside of the shop, looking through the glass walls.