Rebecca Minkoff returns to The Shoe Hive

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We have brought Rebecca Minkoff back to The Shoe Hive per your request! Yesterday and today, we received five new styles–the 4 pictured and the iconic Mini Mac. They will go quickly though and we only have one of each. If you’re interested, stop by the store this weekend when EVERYTHING is tax-free! It’s the only time they’ll be on sale before Black Friday, and we doubt they will last that long.

major markdowns at the hive

The side room at The Shoe Hive is overflowing with pre-fall and fall styles. That’s right. We have already received a host of booties, boots, and suede flats among other great fall styles. We need to make room for the new product, so all spring and summer shoes, jewelry, clothing and handbags are now marked down to 50% off. This is the final markdown before the annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale on August 9 & 10. Everything will go pretty quickly the weekend of the Sidewalk Sale so we recommend taking a look beforehand to see if there’s anything you simply cannot live without–because it will more than likely not be around much longer! We hope to see you at The Shoe Hive this weekend.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

When I moved The Shoe Hive to South Fairfax Street from South Royal Street in 2009, I was terrified to leave. I loved my block and I still think 100 South Royal is the best side street in Old Town. I am just happy I am still so close. Thanks to the arrival of Acme Mid-Century Modern at 128 South Royal Street, things got even better.

I met Pierre, the owner, at a new members meeting for the Old Town Boutique District. He is as sweet and charming as his store. The store is fIlled with furniture, home accessories and art that is both vintage and new. You will not be disappointed from the moment you arrive.

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Not only is the space filled with great lines like Herman Miller and Knoll, he will also make you a great cup of coffee! We aren’t talking out-of-a-plastic-tub Maxwell House coffee either; we are talking espresso! Besides loving beautiful interior design he is also connoisseur of great coffee. So stop and welcome Pierre to the neighborhood.

Meet Pierre

How long have you owned Acme Mid-Century + Modern?

I started Acme Mid-Century + Modern about 5 years ago. My first space was a 10’x10’ rental space in the basement of an antique/consignment store in Del Ray. I rented it with the idea that it would almost be like an extended yard sale — a way to get rid of some of the stuff that was starting to clutter my home. It was a great way to start, since I did not need to physically be there for things to sell, and only an initial three-month commitment. Over time I expanded into several additional spaces, and it started to turn into a business.

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Tell us what we should expect to find when we visit your store.

I have an eclectic mix of inventory at Acme. I did not want to limit myself to mid-century modern items from the 50s through the 70s, thus the name of my business — it is Acme Mid-Century Plus Modern. This gives me the ability to add select contemporary and modern items, as well as classic designs of the mid-century era. We carry furniture, art, lighting, household goods, collectibles, and interesting vintage items, as well as some salvaged/repurposed pieces (one of the most popular being salvaged airplane galley carts, which my clients have used for everything from a bar unit to a supplemental kitchen island/storage unit. And walking though Acme’s doors, you may also expect to be greeted by the scent of espresso, of course!

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Why did you decide to move your store to Old Town?

I was actively considering several locales, but Old Town has the best atmosphere for shopping and dining, and provides an interesting mix of locals and tourists. Some people thought it unwise to open a store focused on mid-century and modern items in the hearth of historic Old Town, but it turns out many people are aware that a more modern items can fairly easily be integrated into an antique or classic setting.

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What is your favorite piece of furniture in store right now?

My favorite piece of furniture right now is probably the modern George Nelson roll top “Action Office” desk I have for sale. Dating from the 70s, it combines a classic tambour top with a very modern base and functionality. That’s my favorite piece that’s for sale — my favorite piece that’s not for sale is the Eames-designed 10-foot surfboard-shaped conference table I use as a desk in the shop. This piece, made by Herman Miller, gives me plenty of space to spread out my work and also sit down with customers to comfortably go over interior design ideas, color schemes, furniture and other options.

What is your favorite place to dine in Old Town?

My favorite restaurant in this part of Old Town is probably La Tasca. Especially when they have one of their all-you-can-eat tapas specials! Overwood is another favorite, just a few blocks away.

If you were not involved in interior design, what would you be doing?

I do keep busy with a couple of other things I do. My primary work is as a lobbyist for a non-profit, which is why my shop is only open Friday evenings and weekends. I am also a private investigator — the Acme Detective Agency — but have been less active in this field the last couple of years because of time limitations. I like the variety of various types of work, and enjoy it all!

Where’s Waldo?

The epic 2014 hunt for Waldo in Alexandria is happening NOW! Waldo is visiting 25 local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him could win buttons, book coupons, and more! (We have lollipops at The Shoe Hive.)

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All children have to do is print out the Find Waldo Passport here or visit our store to get one. Get a stamp on your passport for each business where you find Waldo. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to Hooray for Books! to collect their prizes! Collect 20 or more stamps to enter in a GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for the top prize of a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. The drawing will take place at our Where’s Waldo Party on July 31st @ 6:00 pm.

Good luck, Waldo seekers!

Meet Christen, The Shoe Hive’s New Manager

As many of you have noticed, there are lots of new faces at The Shoe Hive lately. One of them is our new manager, Christen Kinard. You might have seen her around Old Town either helping out at Zoe Boutique some during the winter, or at The Shoe Hive when she started bringing my store and many others in Old Town out of the stone age in our social media efforts with her business, Social Shop Media.

As they say, timing is everything, and when Lyndsay was ready to have her baby Christen decided she might want to scale back her business and have a job that wasn’t 24/7. The rest is history.

A lover of fashion, Christen has her own distinct style. Her style runs the gamut from vintage print maxi dresses to sleek and modern pieces from The Row. She obviously has always loved shoes and accessories. Long gone, however, are the days of always wearing heels. In a cruel twist of fate, high heels aren’t the most practical footwear when you are on your feet all day at a shoe store so her heels have been replaced with some more sensible shoes like Supergas and her new favorite line, AGL.

Besides not being afraid to push the envelope when it comes to her outfits you never know what hair style you might find. Blessed with facial features that allow her to pull off anything, she recently cut her hair in a Robin Wright style pixie with pink highlights. Let’s just say not many folks have the bone structure to make that one work.

We weren’t the only ones to take note of her impeccable style. Northern Virginia Magazine featured her in this month’s edition of their magazine.

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