The Alcove, Rosslyn's first experiential retail pop-up shop, is closing October 6 to make way for an exciting new food hall that will permanently occupy its space. We hope you've enjoyed this wonderful neighborhood gathering spot as much as we have. For the past two months it's been a great place to participate in a broad range of programs and events, from yoga classes to food tastings. Don't miss your last chance to purchase used books from the book shop on the second level. It sells high-quality used books, CDs and DVDs, with all books under $5.
Be sure to check out The Alcove's final events this week:
Before The Alcove wraps up, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from its tenure in Rosslyn. Thank you again for using this space and making it your own.
For a long time, when it was still in the early planning stages, we referred to The Alcove as "the pop-up," and it was hard for many of us to imagine exactly what it would be. Events Director Sophie Barral and Vice President for Operations and Finance Santya Lanman worked tirelessly with our many dedicated partners to make it happen. Sophie often quipped during The Alcove's setup days that it felt a little like she and Santya were opening their own store.
It was like we were watching the construction version of "My Fair Lady" as we watched "the pop-up" metamorphose into "The Alcove." Was this bright, welcoming, modern and creative space really that dust-filled construction site of yesterday? We were proud and excited to see what our empty space had become.
Once those doors opened to the public, it became clear that The Alcove was making people stand up and take notice. At Our Grand Opening event, a steady stream of visitors dropped by to enjoy a live D.J., a free kombucha tasting and do-it-yourself activities led by a wonderful team from Arlington Public Library. Many came to just hang out and look at books or sit by the window to read, work or eat lunch. Everybody seemed to feel right at home, and we loved that!
The Grand Opening behind us, we proceeded to plan programs for the roughly two months that The Alcove would be open. We think this unique space on the corner of 19th and N. Moore Sts. was probably home to the broadest range of activities possible, including tastings, live music, author talks, makers programs, a nail bar, a bakery pop-up with Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, clothes shopping, kids' shows and activities, fitness classes . . . . the list goes on! If you were paying attention, we're pretty sure you'd have found something to match your interests at The Alcove.
Bringing The Alcove to life and keeping it running was a lot of hard work, but being able to see Rosslyn residents and workers enjoying the space more than made up for it. It was so gratifying for us to see people coming to events and to have the opportunity to meet and engage with all of you. Closing is tremendously bittersweet. The good news is that our team is already looking ahead and planning new creative events and activities that will make our neighborhood a better place to live and work, such as our first Rosslyn Cider Fest on October 11 at Central Place Plaza. We hope you'll come out and join us for that. And to those of you who visited The Alcove and made it a part of your routine, we say, "Thanks for the memories!"