I just did a drive by video tour of Old Town Occoquan for my neighborhood spotlights in realty. The funny thing is, I left my marketing job to pursue realty full-time. I was teaching dance enrichment classes for Prince William County schools for supplemental income while I built my business. This all happened around mid-March and low and behold the timing was ironic amidst the pandemic and lock down surrounding the Covid-19 world wide crisis.
What do I do? Well, like the small businesses around this little town in Northern VA, I adapted. I put all my dance classes online via Zoom and Outschool. That was good for me and students and non-traditionally home-schooled kids. Every kid in the country is now home-schooled. My classes in yoga, cheer dance, Hula, Ballet – all filled up providing some much needed revenue for stay-at-home life in Nokesville.
I don’t know if the positive energy from that adaptive attitude spoke to the universe, but as I was hosting a Zoom chat one day, a past co-worker inquired about a house she was looking at. One thing led to the other thanks to online technology and I’m working on a contract for her new home! I’m inspired by the turn of events, so as details of Covid-19 emerge and the situations change, I’m still working on all of my endeavors in new ways. This includes the neighborhood tour promotion I am working on.
My first neighborhood is Old Town Occoquan. I have the footage and will update this post here when it’s edited. But for now, have a look at my favorite eateries that have remained open. Most or all are doing curbside delivery, delivery, or carry-out. Now more than ever, it’s important to diligently support local businesses everywhere to keep our economy afloat while remaining safe.
Third Base – This is a pizza joint that my family and I enjoyed dining at for our modest New Year’s celebration earlier this year. They even offer vegan pies which my kids love. They offer curbside delivery, traditional delivery, and carry-out.
Cock and Bowl – I don’t know if this place is open. I couldn’t figure it out from the website or their Facebook page. I hope they remain open and see the lock down through. It is one of my little favorite spots in Old Town Occoquan. The atmospheric tucked away alley location is beautiful and the restaurant itself is a remodeled original historical home. They sport French foods and Belgium wine.
Bann Thai Old Town – Moving from Fairfax County to Prince William County, I haven’t found too many Thai restaurants, but the ones I’ve visited offered delicious Thai cuisines for a good price. I haven’t eaten here, but when I drove by, I noticed they were offering curbside and carry-out.
Grind N Crepe – A cafe that serves a million assortments of crepes. I’ve dined here and it’s a cozy place with lots of modern fixtures. The food and drinks satisfy your cravings.
Madigan’s Waterfront – I’ve been here a few times just for the atmosphere and location by the waterfront. The food is normal bar type foods. Definitely, order the seafood. It’s a great place for beer and socializing. The website says the bar and restaurant is closed but they are doing curbside and delivery from 1-8 PM.
The Secret Garden Cafe – This is another yummy dine-in experience. I ate here a couple of times and always outside. It really does look like the Secret Garden from the book. Check out their menu. I think I had the Breakfast Salmon last time I parlayed there.
Mom’s Apple Pie – This cute shop has delicious pies, coffee, and they even have a small wine shop in the back. You can’t really eat in there. If I get a slice of pie, I’ll just eat on their porch where they have some bench seating. Sadly, ever since the kids went vegan, I haven’t been back too much. They don’t have a vegan option yet. If you aren’t vegan, go here and order your pies for those special occasions or just because they are so well-made. Their main website says all Mom’s Apple Pie stores are open.