The Shop & Stroll Event and TSALT’s Staff’s Selections

It’s time for the Old Town Boutique District’s Shop & Stroll. This is when our area’s premier boutiques and businesses participate in a community effort to make shopping fun and give all who participate a hometown welcome to Alexandria. September in Old Town is filled with enjoyable and innovative ways to experience our city. The Shop & Stroll gives participants a variety of ways to receive some free stuff…and who doesn’t love free stuff?!

Since weather always plays an important roll in fall activities, two events will share the spotlight this weekend. The King Street Arts Festival dates had to be moved due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. No worries for those of you who look forward to the Shop & Stroll each year. Our fearless leaders at the OTBD have orchestrated a few tweaks to what could otherwise become a chaotic race through the streets that will be filled with strollers, dogs, vendors, sculpture, and tents filled with art! Starting tomorrow, you can download your passport and get started with free parking in Old Town — an unprecedented occurrence on any normal day. They have also extended the event through Monday, September 24th, giving you another additional day to get your passports stamped. For more information and details, check out this link.

Each of the boutiques will be giving a little swag for stopping by while having your passport stamped. Of course, the big prizes are the major carrot: first prize is a night’s stay at The Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa that includes $1,000 shopping spree or second prize receives a $500 shopping spree.

The other, even more amazing parts of this weekend are the discounts that will be offered at many of the participating boutiques. TSALT is getting ready for the shopping frenzy and offering visitors 20 percent off new fall merchandise. This makes tomorrow through Monday an optimal time to get some of your big ticket items for fall.

I thought it would be fun to get an look at what the staff at TSALT has had their eyes on lately. During these first few weeks of the season, each and every day is a lot like Christmas as the UPS deliveries roll through in bulk. As if boxes filled with sweaters, denim, dresses, and blazers weren’t already enticing, can you imagine the appeal of an additional 20 percent off?!! It’s time to download a passport and let the shopping extravaganza begin.

Below each of the team offers their selections on how they would use a 20 percent discount.


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Alicia was born and raised in Alexandria, and married a local boy. She is happily married and the mother of two amazing children and one adorable and terribly smart border terrier named Dixie. Alicia has always known she was a creative. She collected editions of Vogue from junior high on and has always loved clothing and design. She studied interior design at VCU and parlayed that degree into commercial interior design, the web design, and ultimately found herself managing a local boutique and serving as a stylist to many Alexandrian women. She now has a successful full-time styling business, The Tulle Box, and makes it her business to make her clients feel great about themselves and the way they look.

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