A New Assistant Manager

We are always looking for ways to up our game at The Shoe Hive.

How can we improve the customer experience? How can we expand the variety of our product? How can we make ourselves better?

Many of you likely remember Patience who worked at The Shoe Hive in 2013 and 2014. She left to pursue other goals, but Elizabeth ran into her a few months ago and convinced her to come back at least one day a week. For a while, she worked on Fridays, and we were overjoyed at her return. Her maturity, personal style and stellar customer service–how did we ever let her go? Well, we’ve learned from our mistakes and have hired her full-time as our assistant manager. This has not been an official position at The Shoe Hive in the past, but there is certainly enough work to do to warrant it. We know that having her at The Shoe Hive regularly will make us a better team and better store. Next time you’re in The Shoe Hive, congratulate Patience on her new gig! We are so excited to have her back!

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If you’re not yet familiar with Patience, here’s a little bit about her:

How long have you worked at the Hive?
I have worked at The Shoe Hive for about 2 years now on and off. I started back in November of 2013 as a sales associate.

Do you have any fun stories or memories from working here?
I have many. My favorite memory that I can think of at this time is the 2013 Warehouse sale. It was a crazy and busy day but we all still managed to smile and have a good day. That’s what makes our team here so amazing.

What’s your favorite thing about working here?
My absolute favorite thing about working here is the environment. All of my peers make each day worthwhile. I enjoy laughing with customers and have meaningful conversations. It feels so much like home here.

Who’s your favorite designer that we carry?
My favorite shoe designer is without a doubt AGL and my favorite lounge wear designer is Sundry.

What’s your go-to shoe trend?
My go-to shoe trend is the oxford loafer. You can pretty much wear them with any outfit and all year around. I consider them a staple item in my wardrobe.

Are there any trends you can’t get behind?
I don’t consider this a true trend but I can not get behind Ugg boots. I am not a big fan but I understand that they have their purpose.

What’s your favorite pair you’ve acquired while working here?
I have not yet acquired them but my favorite pair of boots are the 5050 boots by Stuart Weitzman. I’m still on a budget but I have been saving up for them. So no one buy the size 8.5. They are mine!

November Trunk Show Series

This November, The Shoe Hive will once again host our annual Trunk Show Series.

One of the challenges of having a small store is that I have to make choices. I can’t carry every color of every style from every vendor, every year. But trunk shows allow us to feature extra products from some of our favorite designers. We do a series of the shows every November because it’s a great way for folks get an early start on Christmas shopping.

This year our line-up doesn’t disappoint. As an extra bonus, each featured designer of the weekend will be 20 percent off!

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TOMORROW: Charity Day Benefitting the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne

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In 2005, my only nephew was diagnosed with a disease I had never heard of before–Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A few Google searches later, we knew it was the most prolific genetic killer of young men, and sadly, it always is a killer. Brad and I soon got involved with a foundation searching for a cure to this disorder. This particular foundation is based right here in Alexandria, founded and driven by Joel and Dana Wood of Belle Haven, whose own son is also battling Duchenne. The Woods, and another Alexandria couple, Dave and Monica Heil, have done incredible and inspiring things with the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne, turning the attention of the entire Congress to this cause. In our annual tribute to the life-saving research F.E.D. is funding, we are proud to sponsor Charity Day at The Shoe Hive TOMORROW, October 20th. Every purchase you make ALL DAY tomorrow will trigger a donation from us to F.E.D. equal to 40% of the purchase price.

The boys battling Duchenne MD have a tough draw. They lose their ability to walk in their teens and life expectancy is just to their 20s. But research is moving very fast, thanks in no small part to the great work of this foundation. When our nephew, Joel, was diagnosed, there had never been a clinical trial for a new treatment in the United States. In the last two years alone, there have been more than 50. We are moving quickly to save this generation of boys and you can help simply by shopping!

We hope to see you tomorrow!

A new line, a new trunk show. It all starts on Friday.

Starting this Friday, October 16, we will be introducing our customers to the newest jewelry line at The Shoe Hive: Tara Montgomery Jewelry. Based out of Charlottesville, this mother of two young kids, oncology nurse by day and jewelry designer by night handcrafts truly unique pieces using slate, wood, and hammered gold.

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This weekend, view her entire collection and receive 20 percent off her line. If you stop in between 1 and 5 on Saturday, October 17 you will get to meet the designer herself!

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See the star above? That’s the necklace we’ll be giving away to one of the lucky trunk show guests. It is stunning on its own and makes a great layering piece. No purchase necessary, just pay us a visit and we’ll take care of the rest! The winner will be announced on Sunday at 530PM.

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You’re Invited: Shop the Katherine Hooker Fall 2015 Collection

When Kim Sackett backs a brand, you know it’s good. A longtime customer of The Shoe Hive and many other Alexandria boutiques, she knows quality and timeless design when she sees them. That’s why, when she asked if we would get the word out about the trunk show she is hosting on Sunday, we quickly agreed.

About the line: As Kate Middleton’s go-to outerwear designer, Katherine Hooker is one of the most in-demand clothiers in the UK and is gaining a greater audience in the US. Born in Cyprus, she spent her formative years in Africa. She later split her time between London, Paris and New York, working mainly as a set designer for films. She now specializes in the design of made-to-order outerwear, ready-to-wear, and a handful of accessories heavy in knits and other luxurious textiles.

Join Kim this coming Sunday to preview Katherine Hooker’s London Fall 2015 Collection right here in Old Town! We hope to see you there!

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