Shop Small, Shop Local

When you shop in Old Town Alexandria this holiday season, you have the opportunity to do more than just find the perfect gift. Find out what it means to shop small and how you can support your community by simply shopping local.

Shop Small in a Big Way from Old Town Boutique District on Vimeo.

Support your local businesses this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Visit to learn more about our stores.

*This video was made possible with the support of the Alexandria Marketing Fund.

Black Friday at The Shoe Hive

One day each year, EVERYTHING at The Shoe Hive goes on sale–the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is hands down the largest single sale at our store and it is not to be missed. We have stocked our shelves with of course a unique and beautiful selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. But you will also find gifts at all price points for kids, men, students, and the hard-to-shop-for. We have the back of our store broken down into Gifts Under $25, Gifts Under $50 and Gifts Under $100, which will hopefully help you in your gift-related decision-making.

Here are the times and sale details to help you plan your day:
6-8 AM: 30% off the entire store!*
8-10 AM: 20% off the entire store!
10 AM – 8 PM: 10% off the entire store!

*Know what you want to get ahead of time and arrive early. There is usually a line at the door!


Once you’re done at The Shoe Hive, don’t give into the mall traffic and crowds! Instead, enjoy a more pleasant gift buying experience by shopping your locally owned boutiques during the fourth annual Alexandria Black Friday Sale. Free parking, early (and late) trolley hours, a Christmas tree lighting and city-wide discounts, make Alexandria your holiday shopping destination this year.

Asha by ADM Trunk Show: The Details

This weekend we are having a trunk show with my favorite jewelry designer that we carry at The Shoe Hive: ASHA by ADM.

Before you scream at your inbox, I know, I know; I have talked about this jewelry line before and how much of it I own. The problem is, there is still more that I want!

One of the reasons I love ASHA jewelry, obviously, is because the pieces are beautiful. But I think I have finally figured out the other reason: the pieces layer perfectly with the fine jewelry I own and I can wear them together. ASHA was one of the first to bridge fine and costume jewelry and their plan worked. The pieces, made in either New York, Florence or Thailand, are 14k vermeil over silver or brass–great stuff.

The classic zodiac rings and necklaces are the perfect piece for any age and a great way to start building your jewelry wardrobe. You can wear them every day alone or layer them with more pieces to make a statement.

So starting tomorrow (Thursday) through Sunday, stop by and see the wide selection of ASHA jewelry that we normally don’t stock — all at 20 percent off!

Asha Collage

Slightly Alabama: A trunk show for the men!

Every now and then, we come across something for the men in our lives that we just can’t pass up. And we love everything about Slightly Alabama. Started in 2013, Slightly Alabama consists of a small team of artisans and designers crafting the next generation of quality handmade leather products using centuries-old techniques. These handmade and hand-stitched leather goods include everything from travel bags and totes to flasks, wallets, iPhone cases and keychains. Everything is made to order and the leather is sourced from the finest tanneries in America to create gifts your husband, dad, brother or friend will cherish for a lifetime.

From Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, we will have a selection of Slightly Alabama products on sale at The Shoe Hive as part of our holiday trunk show series. And of course, you will get 20% off of every Slightly Alabama purchase. Special orders are also available if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for or you’d like a piece in a different color leather. Stop by this weekend and discover why we are smitten with the company and everything they make.

Slightly Alabama Blog Image

Special note: Now really is the time to shop. Everything is made to order and takes time to be handcrafted. The company has guaranteed that anything ordered this weekend will arrive in time for Christmas.

Annabel Ingall Trunk Show: The Details

We are teaming up with the designer behind our bestselling bag for this weekend’s trunk show.

What: Annabel Ingall Trunk Show
When: Thursday, November 6 through Sunday, November 9
Where: The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax Street

Annabel Ingall

Our Annabel Ingall trunk show starts tomorrow (Thursday) at 10AM and will last through the weekend. Most of our customers are familiar with the longtime favorite and bestselling Isabella tote in large and smaller sizes. But if we believed in “it” bags, Annabel Ingall’s new Alice would be one. Seen in midnight to the left of the line’s logo in this post, it too comes in large and smaller sizes. Exclusively for this trunk show, we’ll have a wider selection of fall colors for all Annabel Ingall bags available in store. Come pay us a visit and get to know Annabel’s timeless and luxurious designs.