My Love Letter to Alexandria

Love Letter to Alexandria

Last month I wrote my love letter to Italy. As far as places go to visit, I think Italy should be at the top of everyone’s list. I even dream about packing up and moving there for a month or so one summer with my kids. When it comes to a place to live, however, there is no place I would rather be than right here in Alexandria, Virginia.

I must confess, this is a change of heart from when I moved here in 1999. As I drove across the crummy old Wilson Bridge, newly married at the age of 25, Brad and I laughed that we would never be here long enough to see the new bridge finished since Northern Virginia would just be our temporary home for a few years. Ten years later I sat in my house on South Fairfax Street and listened to the old bridge implode and we had another chuckle at the inaccuracy of our youthful hubris. Almost another 10 years have gone by and here I sit, in a new zip code, 22301, but still an Alexandrian.

I have always said when it comes to life, I fell in the honey pot and Alexandria has been a big part of that sweetness. Brad and I have grown from being just the two of us to a symmetrical family of two kids, two dogs (RIP Mosby) and each owning our own businesses in Alexandria. The economy has seen its ups and downs but we have both been blessed to continue to grow our companies and have the most amazing people work with us. Life is good.

The friendships I have with my co-workers past and present, with customers, and with fellow business owners are what have made me feel so much like a part of this community. Until I opened my store in 2003 I still felt like a fish out of water. When I moved here from Ohio and drove on the Beltway I literally shook with fear. This Midwestern girl felt so out of place on the East Coast in almost every way, even after being here a few years.

Now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Alexandria is like a small town. I feel like no matter what restaurant or dry cleaner I visit, I see a familiar face. This is my home.

So I figured what better way to celebrate the 14-year anniversary of The Shoe Hive and the one year anniversary of The Hive than to throw a party, of course, but also celebrate some of the many reasons we love Alexandria. We’ll have classes in the courtyard (sign up below) followed by local treats, a cocktail party, and prizes, all representing the best of Alexandria. Oh, and 20 percent off Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24, plus a free gift with purchase. Details below…

Love Letter to Alexandria




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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

1 Comment

  1. Jacky Sher Raker says:

    You and your vision are truly the best things about Alexandria. Congratulations on being a small business entrepreneur and dedicating yourself to Alexandria and improving our style for the past 14 years – such an amazing accomplishment! #ladyboss

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