S’well: The Best Bottle Gets Even Better

S’well bottles have been a customer favorite at The Shoe Hive for years. Even though we have literally sold hundreds of them, people still don’t believe me that they are worth the money. I try to explain that you can literally put an ice cube in it, take it do the beach and it will still be an ice cube at the end of the day. Or the opposite with hot things. I can put my coffee in it, leave it in my car all day when it is freezing cold, and still have the jolt of a hot cup of joe later that day. They truly are amazing products.

This past winter I was fortunate enough to hear the founder — a woman who still owns 100 percent of the company — speak. Listening to her was inspiring and it all made total sense as to why these bottles are so amazing.

First of all, she had a passion and a clear vision She wanted to stop folks from using plastic bottles but she also wanted a bottle that actually kept the water cold. She would go for long hikes and when she got to the top her water was always warm. We all know how gross it can be when you are desperate for water and then you take a swig and, blech, it is warm. She had a light bulb moment on one of those hikes and starting working on S’well the next day.

All of this is great, but here is the other part I found fascinating: she considers herself an accessory company – not a water bottle company. She wanted water bottles with a sleek design and in colors and patterns that wouldn’t make you want to hide them in your bag; you would carry them because they would look cute with your outfit.

S’well started with one shape in three sizes. The largest size fits an entire wine bottle, reinforcing  the founder’s genius. This year S’well expanded its collection to include great new shapes.



Sized to share at either 40 or 60 ounces, these are the perfect solution for long days at the beach with family, road trips, or maybe, if you are one of those folks who listens to all the health benefits of drinking water all day, you need one just for you.



Available in three sizes, this is the solution I have been needing for my kid’s lunch box. The screw-on top and wider rim makes it perfect for soups or smoothies since it is easy to clean.



Made for entertaining and folks on the go, tumblers are available in three sizes. The 10-ounce is the perfect wine glass. Pair four glasses with a 25-ounce original bottle and you have a gift any wine drinker would love. The larger sizes are great for coffee if you like something with a lid while you drive.


So if you need the perfect teacher gift, the perfect graduation gift, the perfect housewarming gift, or just that little something to give to a friend, S’well is the answer.


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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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