Courtyard of Creators

I pride myself on my problem-solving skills. If you asked me my biggest strength, that would be it. Since mid-March, those skills have been tested, to say the least – not just for my store, but everything around me. I’m sure you understand as you are re-arranging everything in your own life.

I think it is safe to say most, if not all, small businesses are struggling. I often worry not just about the brick and mortar locations, but the brands and designers inside the stores. What if you are an independent designer who sells your work at different shows and festivals that happen throughout the year? I mean, those events are gone, and nobody knows when they are coming back.

I had a moment of clarity the other day and figured out a small way I might be able to help. I have a beautiful courtyard (although my friend Sue always tells me I need to up my landscape game) that is the perfect spot for me to host local designers. This isn’t a trunk show; it is more of a “pop-out,” a store within (or outside) a store. Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16, we will launch our first installment of what I’m calling “Courtyard of Creators, a curated series of women creators and makers.” The inaugural weekend, along with the next few, will be Women of Color Creators and Makers.



Our first designer will be a local designer I met for the first time at the warehouse sale, Cynthia Spriggs of 3Shades Chic. She had beautiful jewelry, was so kind, and had her mom there to help. I am always a sucker for a family business. I called Cynthia and asked if she would help me launch this series.



Her jewelry line’s name represents how many times each piece is handcrafted. The word “shades” represents the three shades of beautiful women in her family, and “chic” embodies the look of the pieces. Cynthia has a background in interior design and understands how to mix color and texture to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Click this link for guidelines on how to apply for future dates – the deadline to apply for the first four weekends is August 20.

The first weekend is the perfect time to stop by since it is Alexandria’s Sidewalk Sale weekend. Come check out Cynthia’s beautiful pieces that range in price from $25 to $85. It’s the perfect weekend to come to Old Town!


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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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  1. Avatar Kaylie says:

    Love love love this idea, Elizabeth! Can’t wait to stop by or help out 🙂

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