Please Allow Me to Introduce…

As November and the season of giving thanks is upon us, I thought it was only appropriate to introduce you to the Boxwood people who make the shop warm and welcoming for every visitor. Joanna and I are grateful for them every day.


 Photo Credit: Igda Warner


Cindy Kolbe, Operations Manager

Cindy practically runs Boxwood’s floor and is the lady to make sure that special orders are right and ready on time. She spent most of her career as a talent recruiter for a major law firm, so hopefully, Boxwood is a tiny bit less stressful. Cindy is so smart, charismatic, and an amazing friend to all who know her – we are lucky to have her on our team.

Favorite Boxwood Line: Telki Milano floormats 


Gayle Palmer, Community Events Manager

We try to do as much as we can for local nonprofits, so we’re lucky to have Gayle spearheading special events and fundraising efforts. With decades of experience in interior design and retail, Gayle has excellent taste. But more importantly, she is one of the funniest ladies we know. If you have the opportunity to meet her in the shop, you will surely agree.

Favorite items: USB-chargeable, outdoor-friendly lamps


Nancy Soyka, Sales Associate

Nancy recently joined Boxwood in October from the sadly shuttered Sur La Table on King Street (their loss, our gain). She is already proving to be a reliable, confident, and outstanding member of our team. Please drop by to say hello!

Favorite items: Jill Rosenwald and Lawrence McRae hand-painted pottery


Joshua Rush

Last but certainly not least, if you stop by on Wednesday mornings, you’ll meet Joshua. He also works at the Principle Gallery with owner Michele Ward, and he was always saying hello on his way to and from Safeway, so we thought, why not give him something to do? He is an excellent artist and always quick with a joke, even on your worst Wednesday.

Favorite items: A soda from Safeway


  • The latest from Leah
Co-Owner | Boxwood
Over the past 15 years, I’ve covered the major branches of D.C. careers – political campaigns, Senate press office, advertising sales, and strategic communications. But after I had my two kids, I knew I wanted to do something that truly reflected my desire for creative, colorful design. Luckily, I stumbled into a shop on South Royal Street in early 2019 and met Joanna Szczerban. We opened Boxwood in April to offer Old Town a fresh take on home decor and gifts – and we haven’t looked back.

Boxwood was born out of the idea that our homes should be as vibrant and colorful as the people who live in them. So our decorative items and gifts bring a fresh, modern look to Old Town – everything from pillows and table linens to furniture painted with Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint®.

128 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sunday & Monday: 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get your daily dose of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, and design. Locally sourced and locally styled!