Our Vasilas family business started about 1935 in Alexandria, Va. During the Depression on the advice from a friend who had a business in Alexandria, Emanual ( Manny ) Vasilas moved from Brooklyn to Alexandria in order to start his own business. Manny started his business, Radio Hospital, on the 400 block of King St in Alexandria; he repaired and sold radios and also played and sold records. During World War II, Manny was needed in the Coast Guard because of his knowledge of radios and his partner operated their business.
After the war, he married Lillian and Radio Hospital became a family business. In the late 1960s, Manny transitioned the business from radio and records to lamps and moved to 1207 King St. In the 1970s, the Metro came through Alexandria which increased the number of residents and businesses. Old Town Alexandria became a popular town in Northern Virginia for speciality shopping and restaurants