PHOTOS BY CHRIS MILITZER
Uniquely Alexandria Hostess Gifts for Food Lovers Never arrive empty handed at the holidays! From drinks to sweet treats and Alexandriacentric gifts, here are some great options to bring your hosts this season. Hub Peanuts at The Old Town Shop
The Old Town Shop is where you’ll find Hubs Peanuts. “That is the main reason locals come in here, is to buy the peanuts,” said Chris Ouellette, an employee at the store. “It’s a family-owned company. They grow, package and literally hand deliver their peanuts.” The company is based in Sedley, just southeast of Richmond. The peanuts come in several flavors including salted, “sweet heat” and “honey-kissed.” During the holidays, look for chocolate-covered peanuts. Crum’s Sauce is also popular at The Old Town Shop. The hot sauce company was founded in Alexandria, and sauces are available in several flavors and intensities. “All the guys come in like crazy,” Ouellette said. “They get their hair cut [at The Gentlemen’s Quarters, next door] and then grab it on their way out.”
OTX merchandise at The Old Town Shop
For non-sweets, pick up an OTX (Old Town Alexandria) branded item, and a wide variety of products and treats from local companies.
Alexandria is lucky to have some highly-rated sweets shops, as well. Blüprint Chocolatiers on King Street or Fleurir Chocolates on Jefferson Street are both highly recommended by long-time residents. In addition to chocolates, Kilwins has caramel apples, caramel corns, nutcracker sweets and nut brittles. For hosts who don’t love chocolate but love sweets, try Dolce & Bean in Del Ray, which has gummies in champagne and rose flavors, macarons and gourmet pastries. You can also pick up Popped! Republic treats at the Alexandria Visitor’s Center on King Street. The food truck’s retail store sells special popcorns, including Capitol Caramel, Mount Vernon Maple Glaze, Beltway Old Bay and more. Gifts boxes and samplers are available.
Blüprint Chocolatiers November / December 2018 • alexandrialivingmagazine.com