Our Marvelous March Sponsors
This month we say thank you to four incredible local businesses as our March sponsors on DIY Del Ray. If you’d like to feature your business on this site, we’d love to talk to you. Read more about being a sponsor or contact us today.
Danielle Romanetti got her start running Knit-a-Gogo, a business that hosted knitting classes around the metro D.C. area, often at St. Elmo’s coffee shop in Del Ray. She thinks of her fibre space™ store in historic Old Town, Alexandria as an extension of Knit-a-Gogo.
It’s been fun to see how successful her business has become, so successful that the store is bursting at its seams. Danielle is planning a move to a new space at 1219 King Street in May where they’ll have tons more space to do what they do best: sell unique yarns and fibres from hand-dyed, independent, local, and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crocheting and spinning, and host classes, yarn tastings, movie nights and more. We can’t wait to knit and crochet in front of a roaring fireplace in their new lounge.
It’s no secret that one of our favorite shops in Del Ray is Amalgamated Clothing and Dry Goods. They carry well-kept vintage clothing for men, women and children, as well as an assortment of accessories and homewares which make great gifts.
From time to time, the owner Shelley White will host special events such as swing dancing for First Thursday, retro hair and make-up styling and private shopping and champagne parties.
We love how Shelley keeps her Facebook page well-stocked with the latest merchandise as there is always something new and fabulous coming in the door each day.
We first heard of Number 1 Sons when they were doing a pickle tasting in Del Ray last summer. We instantly knew we wanted to learn more about this local brother-sister run business and set up our own private tasting with some neighbors.
Though they don’t have a storefront on the Ave, you can find them at local farmers markets and hosting periodic tastings at Planet Wine in Del Ray and Port City Brewery in Alexandria. They currently sell their sweet Acapulco kraut and zippy kale-chi at Let’s Meat on the Avenue.
Number 1 Sons’ fermented foods are simply vegetables, salt, water, and spices — the fermentation process creates the good bacteria lactic acid which is great for digestion and makes them naturally delicious.
When you follow her on Facebook, like we do, you’ll get a thrill every time she posts a photo of yet another ingenious cake design. One of our recent favorites was her perfect depiction of the Angry Birds game in fondant.
Rebecca makes her treats in Del Ray using only natural ingredients. Although she was once the head pastry chef for the Blair House, the President’s guest house, and baked pastries for presidents and heads of state, she now only makes her sweet treats at home by special order. Send Rebecca an email to order a wedding cake, birthday cake, cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, truffles, you name it.