Original article by alexandrianews.org, May 2, 2018
Avanti Holdings announced their latest development in Alexandria. Madison Collective will open this summer. Located in the heart of Parker-Gray neighborhood at 1008 Madison Street, just off N. Henry Street, Madison Collective will be home to Chop Shop Taco, Marlowe Ink, The Waiting Room, Grateful Kitchen Co, and Zweet Sport.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Avanti principal Teddy Kim has long dreamt of bringing locally owned businesses to the neighborhoods surrounding King Street. Once a partner in, and an instrumental part of opening, Mason Social, Kim hopes to serve the growing community of Parker-Gray. Formerly a used car lot and automobile chop shop, the space where Madison Collective now sits will be put to good use.
Chop Shop Taco
A partnership between Avanti Holdings, Kris Garcia and Chef Ed McIntosh of Tortilladora, Chop Shop Taco will offer an ever rotating menu of tacos, tortas and snacks influenced by the season, childhood nostalgia and community. Chef McIntosh plans to use premium ingredients and “off the spit” chopped meats including Al Pastor, Chicken, Pork Belly and Brisket, all in a casual setting. Converted from an actual automobile chop shop, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
Marlowe Ink and The Waiting Room
With an artistic atmosphere and high energy tattooing, Marlowe Ink at Madison Collective is the newest location belonging to beloved tattooer, James Marlowe. Marlowe has been tattooing for approximately 30 years, having opened his first location, Marlowe Ink, in Fairfax, VA 15 years ago. The new Alexandria location will be the home base of tattooers Danny Zelsman and Jen White, with guest spots from Hayden Zelsman, Anya Gladun, Phil Watkins, and many out of town names.
The Waiting Room is a neighborhood gathering space in the middle of Madison Collective, below Marlowe Ink. Designed to be a place where people can wait for a reservation at Chop Shop, host events and parties, or meet up with a friend before taking a gym class, the refurbished warehouse space will be decorated with art curated by Kari of Artbot.
Zweet Sport Total Fitness encompasses two unique, elite fitness studios under the same roof: a 35 bike cycling room and small group fitness/personal training space to be used for one-on-one or semi-private sweat sessions. Zweet Sport Total Fitness is a boutique fitness studio that takes these top-notch disciplines and combines them so that you are able to have one membership and a common community while also enjoying a customized experience. This is the second venture for the owners of Zweet Sport Total Fitness, who also operate a hot yoga school nearby.
Grateful Kitchen Co.
Next to Zweet Sport will be Grateful Kitchen Co. a standing room only juice bar with a walk-up window serving made to order juice and espresso to be enjoyed outside, on the go, or inside at the counters. Similar to a European coffee bar, Grateful Kitchen Co’s menu will be centered around health and the idea of food as medicine. The intention is to create food and drink that not only tastes good but serves a purpose for the body. Many of the options will be plant-based.