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Best of Old Town: “You’ve Got to Try …”
Comments () | Published April 1, 2009
Gallery director Mary Cook finds the sassy styles at the Shoe Hive tempting. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Cute Shoes and Ghost Tours

Mary Cook is director of the tiny Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory. Since 2006, she has hosted traveling exhibits by contemporary artists.

I like the Union Street Public House (121 S. Union St.; 703-548-1785). They know exactly what I want: cheeseburger—medium-well, no lettuce—with a Star Hill beer.

I also enjoy going to Momo Sushi & Cafe (212 Queen St.; 703-299-9092) with girlfriends. I get the Philly Roll with salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese.

I go to the Glynn Jones Salon (720 King St.; 703-549-4000), the one with the Union Jack outside. They do a great clear glossing treatment for curly hair and make my miniature dachshund, Ralphy, feel welcome.

I’m on an art salary, but I love the Shoe Hive (115 S. Royal St.; 703-548-7105). My last buy was a pair of brown leather sandals with wooden heels. They were on sale.

When I have family visiting, especially with kids, we do a ghost tour starting at Ramsay House (221 King St.;, It’s a fun way to show off the town’s history.

Hungarian-born Erika Szuprics, one of the owners of Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, says the Bavarian fruitcake at Bittersweet Bakery reminds her of Eastern Europe. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

A Taste of Europe

With two others, Hungarian-born Erika Szuprics and her husband, Nandor, own the Sugar House Day Spa & Salon (111 N. Alfred St.; 703-549-9940). In a large historic townhouse, the full-service spa has pampered Alexandrians for ten years.

I like Asian Bistro (809 King St.; 703-836-1515) for ethnic food. You can eat healthy. I get the Asian Lettuce Wrap. The Rock ’n’ Roll sushi is also good.

When my son was little, I took him to play in the sandbox at Windmill Hill Park (501 S. Union St.) down by the river. Now he’s 12, and we go to Aftertime Comics (1304 King St.; 703-548-5030) for new and vintage comics.

I enjoy Arts Afire (1117 King St.; 703-838-9785), a gallery and gift shop for pretty things made of glass. I bought a handblown glass plate in purple, my favorite color. It sits on my buffet at home.

Bittersweet Bakery (823 King St.; 703-549-1028) has a great Bavarian fruitcake with whipped cream that reminds me of Eastern Europe.

When the weather’s hot, Nandor and I get ice cream in waffle cones at Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream (109 King St.; 703-518-5374)—I’m plain vanilla, he’s a chocolate guy—and then we walk around the marina.


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