Street Style: Tallulah Norton

If you live in this town you love shopping at all the local boutiques. Most of us forget that we can also do this for food. There is no better way to do your grocery shopping than by shopping local, and for me, that means keeping it in the family! Meet my gorgeous sister Tallulah, one of the amazing butchers at Let’s Meat on the Avenue in Del Ray, Alexandria.



I always joke that Tallulah is never short of someone to talk to at parties. Not only is she so fun and bubbly, but who doesn’t loooove to talk about food? Tallulah attended The Culinary Institute of America, the premier culinary school of the United States, and since graduating has had an impressive career that include some of our local favorites. Tallulah worked under Chef Armstrong at Restaurant Eve back in its hay day and, most recently, as one of the Sous Chefs at Kaliwa in D.C. Tallulah is a crazy talented chef and a phenomenal butcher. To put it simply, Tallulah’s meals have literally left me speechless – something my mother never would have thought possible.


If you’ve never been into Let’s Meat on the Avenue you need to go check them out and say hello to Tallulah! You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find locally sourced meat and fish perfect for every dinner and weekend barbecues alike. Get your fix of local milk, honey, cheese, and eggs. Find wonderful olive oils, cooking sauces, and dry rubs that will finish any meal off perfectly. Tallulah will be sure to take care of you!



How do you spend your time? Butchering, enjoying DMV restaurants, and exploring

Neighborhood: Alexandria

How long have you lived in Alexandria: Almost my whole life

What is your hometown? Alexandria

What brought you to Alexandria? My parents brought me here

What would surprise people about you? I’m a butcher

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Stop or reverse time…or fly…or invisibility

Favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned

Last book read or movie seen: Shutter Island 

Guilty Pleasure: Watching any Disney/kids movie – especially The Incredibles

Phrase you overuse: Life’s a beach 😉

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram

Latest binge-watch: The Punisher

Bucket list travel destination: Spain for food and drinks, Maldives for relaxing

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine




Define your style in three words or less: Put together and classy

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: My robe

Favorite trend ever: High waisted shorts

Favorite current trend: Snake skin

Beauty product you can’t live without: Mascara

Favorite fragrance: Viva La Juicy

Heels or flats? Heels




Favorite room in your home: Kitchen

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix

Last item bought for your home: Wine rack

Next planned purchase: Kayak

Favorite way to entertain: Wine and Cheese

Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter free

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: It depends on the print and the room




Your go-to work-out: Ab workout/running

Most fun way to exercise: Playing competitive sports

Group exercise or solo: Solo

Fitness goal: 10 pull ups by the end of the year

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Scuba diving

Proudest fitness achievement: Getting abs




Favorite spot in Alexandria: Waterfront Park

Last purchase in Alexandria: Golden Goose

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Misha’s for coffee and Vola’s for oysters and wine

Favorite charity: Global Hunger Project

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Farmers Market on Saturdays


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Truly a local girl, Penelope was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Penelope graduated from James Madison University (GO DUKES!) with a degree in International Relations and is now getting her Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. While she never expected to work retail, she has found a second home in her Hive and Shoe Hive family, and has discovered the shoe and clothing addiction she never thought she had. An avid traveler, if not working or going to classes, Penelope is surely on a plane to a country she has yet to see.

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.

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127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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