Let’s Party: Happy 16th Birthday to The Shoe Hive!

We have an ongoing debate in our family about birthdays. Which birthdays are truly milestones to celebrate?

We celebrated our kids’ one year birthdays because we thought it noteworthy that we had survived. We all celebrated 21, even if few of us can remember it. I celebrated turning 30 with a couples trip to Busch Gardens – I thought riding roller coasters all day would help me forget that it was truly time to get serious about adulthood. Most of us mark our 40th, or 50th, birthday as an entree to – dare I admit it – middle age.

But there is no birthday as magical in my opinion as the Sweet 16th. That’s when we move from childhood to something bigger and more exciting – a time of recognition and anticipation. In many ways, The Shoe Hive was my first child; it predated all three of the dogs we have had, and the births of my son and daughter. And now, The Shoe Hive is about to have “her” Sweet Sixteenth. As all of you readers are part of her family, I want you to take part in the celebration!

Of course we decided to throw a party! I hope you will join us on Thursday, October 17th for a Sweet 16 – Shoe Hive style. There will be food, festivities and 16 percent off at both stores (we don’t want to forget about the Hive). If you can’t make it to the party we will celebrate all weekend.

As a small business owner I know the only reason I have been around this long is because of our loyal customers and a community that has embraced us. So thank you for 16 wonderful years. When I started this I wasn’t sure what the future would hold but every year I know how blessed I am to have kept my doors open and continue to do something I truly love.



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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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