Courtyard of Creators: Cheryl’s Bracelet Bar

Since we moved to our courtyard location on South Fairfax Street in 2009, events have been a big part of what we do at The Shoe Hive, and subsequently, The Hive. Whenever we host an event (and gosh how I miss those) at the store, I am always terrified that nobody will come. It even causes me to lose sleep for days. It may surprise you, but even after 15 years of success for the Alexandria Warehouse Sale, with long lines predictably wrapped around rope and stanchion like a Disneyworld ride, each and every year, I worry nobody will show up to shop. So, this summer when I decided to host the Courtyard of Creators, I had the same fear, nobody would want to come to our party.

That doesn’t mean my anxiousness did not also include a healthy dose of excitement. When the first application hit my inbox, I jumped for joy! I think it is only fitting that the first person to apply, Cheryl’s Bracelet Bar, is the first ‘new’ person (well, second, but I call her first because I knew Cynthia previously and asked her to launch the series) that we will host in our courtyard.



I love stacking bracelets, and these are the perfect addition to any wrist. Colorful and made by hand, what started as a hobby is now a way for Cheryl to help support her daughter’s college expenses. Cheryl also realized how much joy her work brought to others and decided to officially launch her business. We are so glad she did!

Starting Friday, September 11, you can come meet Cheryl and shop her beautiful line. We hope you will come to our party! There is a lot going on at both stores this weekend.

I am also proud to tell you we have finalized our fall participants in Courtyard of Creators. Keep reading Alexandria Stylebook to learn about future creators.



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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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