The Mary Thonen Richmond Highway Beautification Awards recognize the local property owners and businesses that go above and beyond to make their properties–and, by extension, Richmond Highway–look beautiful. These folks spruce up their store fronts, take extra care of their flowers, plants, and shrubs, and even maintain public spaces in their immediate vicinity.

Every summer, members of SFDC’s MCAPT Committee hits the streets to take pictures of businesses and properties along the corridor. The committee then meets and votes on which properties and businesses to recognize in three categories: 1) Apartments and Residential, 2) Lodging, and 3) Retail and Commercial.

SFDC holds the Mary Thonen Awards at a new business or property along the corridor to celebrate and highlight that new establishment. This year the awards were held BRAND NEW McAlister’s Deli in the Mt. Vernon Plaza Shopping Center in Hybla Valley, who graciously donated sandwiches and drinks for the guests.

This years winners are:

Apartments and Residential Category:

First: Cherry Arms Apartments
Second: The Beacon of Groveton
Third: Montebello

Lodging Category:

First: Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria
Second: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Belvoir
Third: Red Roof Inn

Retail and Commercial Category:

First: Kentucky Fried Chicken
Second: Mount Vernon Plaza Shopping Center
Third: The Shops at Kings Crossing

Congratulations to the 2018 Mary Thonen Richmond Highway Beautification Award Winners