5 Must-Have Summer Essentials

The official start of summer is June 21, but Memorial Day is when the pools open, the beaches start to fill up, and we all start scheduling our pedicures and stocking up on sunscreen. The Shoe Hive is ready for summer and we have stocked what we consider the essentials to enjoy fun in the sun.



Nothing is worse than being outside and having to squint the entire time. You need to make sure you have your sunglasses and hats ready. We have a great, new, inexpensive line at The Hive, Le Specs, with the latest trends. Another brand, Krewe, also continues to deliver unique styles. You just can’t only keep the shade off your eyes, you need it off your face, too, so come in and see our selection of hats from Rag & Bone, Hat Attack, Helen Kaminski, and our latest addition, Yosuzi.



It is finally time to unpack the sandals and get your toes ready. It seemed like it would never happen this year but I think it is safe to say you can put away your winter shoes. This summer’s go-to trend, athletic slides, came in every color. They are so much more comfortable than a traditional flip flop — your feet will thank you.



We won’t ever carry swimsuits, but we do have all the accessories, from cute cover-ups that will take you from the pool to lunch, bags that you will want to carry everywhere, and pool accessories that will help you float in style.



I am particularly sweet so bugs love me. When I am sitting outside, if there is only one mosquito in a 50 mile radius, it will find me and attack. The problem is, who really likes the smell of citronella? Skeem has solved this dilemma by creating a line of candles, incense, and body spray that smell like sea salt, grapefruit, or eucalyptus. The packaging is still sleek enough that you will want to use them inside or out.



I know, I know – I can’t stop talking about S’well this year, but I am just so excited about the new shapes and sizes. If you are headed out for a long day in the sun, the new roamer is big enough to hydrate you throughout the day. If you happen to be cocktailing outdoors, the tumblers will make sure your margarita doesn’t get watered down, which is a healthier alternative than the time-tested method of merely drinking faster!


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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.


The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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