You know how no matter what size town you live in there are always a few prominent families? It is often folks who have been there forever and stayed, or people who have one of the main businesses in town. We have a few here in Alexandria like the Fannons and the Campagnas. Their names are on many businesses and charities and our community wouldn’t be the same without them.
Well, I am here to tell you there is a new “it” family in Alexandria and they are raising the bar in fashion and fun. The Wallace/Coslov/Podolsky group is just about the most loving, attractive, and well-dressed group of people I have ever met – and there are a lot of them!
The matriarch of this group is Cindy. I will never forget watching the Scottish Walk parade last year and I said to my husband look there is Megan and her mom walking in the parade. My husband was like where I don’t see her mom. I said, standing right next to her. His reaction was: “no way, not possible, she looks like her sister.”
Cindy is wearing a dress and necklace from The Hive.
It is true. When you see Cindy you would not believe she is the mother of three grown children. She has a spunk and youthfulness about her that make her ageless. She always has a smile on her face, she is never without her lipstick, and I have never seen her in any condition except perfectly dressed and put together.
Her daughter, Megan, owns 529 Consign, and her son Ryan, moved here to work with Megan’s husband Aaron Podolsky, a realtor with Keller Williams. Ryan is married to Katie, who works at The Hive and The Shoe Hive. There is still one holdout in Pittsburgh, Darren, but I have a feeling there is an effort underway to move him to the Commonwealth.
Okay, can you all follow all that? See I told you there were a lot of them! Honestly, the more this family expands the better off we all are. They are just that amazing of people.
I have asked Megan how her mom looks so good and she always says, she just has a really positive attitude. Well, can we please figure out a way bottle that?
After raising her three children in Pittsburgh (sorry, Caps fans) and starting an activewear line, Cindy started pursing her love of art. Her acrylic paintings are beautiful. (If you want to see more, check out her website.) When she is not painting, or helping out with her three grandchildren, she is at AR Workshop on Fairfax Street or running her own business Art on Stage, where she stages homes with her original art and accessories.
We decided besides just having Cindy answer some questions to get to know her better it would be fun to have her children answer some as well.
How do you spend your time? I am a professional artist and when I’m not painting and mentally creating, I am busy with my business, “Art on Stage.” I use my art to stage homes for realtors, turning the homes into art galleries. I also work part time for AR Workshop.
Soon I will be painting a 300-foot mural on Edsall Road in the West End of Alexandria (pictured above!), part of a community beautification project for the Greenhill Pickett Place Foundation.
I am all about art and music and my beautiful, beautiful family. Yes, I am playful and colorful, but what I pride myself on the most is my heart and soul. I am very spiritual and deep, to which I attribute my success. MY CHILDREN AND GRANDSONS ARE MY GREATEST MASTERPIECES.
How long have you lived in Alexandria: For one year, plus. I moved here to be with my daughter and my three beautiful grandsons.
What is your hometown? Pittsburgh. GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!
What would surprise people about you? I sang the National Anthem and God Bless America at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? My communication skills with people, problem solving.
Favorite cocktail: Grey Goose Martini, no vermouth, olive — shaken, not stirred!
Guilty Pleasure: Making myself a large bowl of popcorn with REAL BUTTER!
Phrase you overuse: “Really.”
Facebook or Instagram? Not yet…!
Favorite trend ever: Scarves and the unique and vast ways to tie and wear them
Favorite current trend: Beaded bracelets and tassel earrings
Beauty product you can’t live without: Lipstick
Heels or flats? Heels
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Favorite way to entertain: Many ways, and always lots of music.
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter-free AND well-lived in!
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: NO WALLPAPER!!!!!!
Your go-to work-out: Exercise in front of the TV — makes it go faster and never boring.
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