Big news! Introducing Celeste Crutchfield, the brand new owner of Kiskadee! We are so thrilled to welcome her and we know you are going to love her as much as we do. Neil and I have thoroughly enjoyed owning Kiskadee, especially getting to know you all and being part of this wonderful Alexandria community, but since our children are grown it’s time to enjoy more travel and spend some time relaxing by the water.
After a decade working in the intelligence community then staying home to raise her children, Celeste never gave up on her dream to one day own a specialty boutique. In fact, years ago Celeste came to me interested in learning more about owning her own boutique. When Neil and I decided to sell Kiskadee, I called Celeste and she jumped at the chance to own our beloved Del Ray institution. The timing was perfect! We are super excited to have Celeste continue the wonderful Kiskadee tradition! And yes, I will be in the shop for the foreseeable future helping Celeste during the transition AND because I love the community, and most of all, the customers!
I know Celeste looks forward to meeting all of Kiskadee’s clients and extending the personal shopping experience for which Kiskadee is known! Come say hi!
Celeste is wearing a romper by BCBG, $248. Hair and makeup, Salon deZEN.
How do you spend your time? Working out, toting kids to activities, volunteering, and now working at the store!
Neighborhood: Del Ray
How long have you lived in Alexandria: 15 years
What is your hometown? Albuquerque, New Mexico
What brought you to Alexandria? A job after my time in the Air Force
What would surprise people about you? I successfully completed three weeks of survival school
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Invisibility
Favorite cocktail: Vodka martini
Last book read or movie seen: “Hidden Figures”
Guilty Pleasure: Baths in my giant tub
Phrase you overuse: Seriously
Facebook or Instagram? I use them equally
Latest binge-watch: “Blacklist”
Bucket list travel destination: Russia
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee
Define your style in three words or less: Wannabe Charlotte York
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Jeans, any cut, any color
Favorite trend ever: Motorcycle jackets with floral dresses
Favorite current trend: Cold shoulder
Beauty product you can’t live without: Boscia charcoal peel-off mask
Favorite fragrance: Anything by Jo Malone
Heels or flats? Heels
Favorite room in your home: Bedroom
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Last item bought for your home: Dining room table
Next planned purchase: Console table for behind the couch
Favorite way to entertain: BBQ…we like themed parties. The last one was an 80s party.
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Try to be clutter free, but in reality well-lived in
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: It depends on the room
Your go-to work-out: Orangetheory and HAWT Pilates at Mind the Mat
Most fun way to exercise: With friends
Fitness goal: Cover as many states as I can in the 50 state half-marathon club. Next up, New Mexico.
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Fencing
Proudest fitness achievement: New York City Marathon
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Del Ray!
Last purchase in Alexandria: Two paintings from the Torpedo Factory
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: We enjoy a variety of places in Alexandria but always end the night at Del Ray Pizzeria or the Number 9 lounge.
Favorite charity: ALIVE
Favorite annual Alexandria event: Art on the Avenue