The bulk of my summers as a child were spent in Ohio at the neighborhood pool. I was a competitive swimmer, so after championships at the end of July I would head to my grandmother’s farm in Kentucky. We weren’t really beach people. Sure we went to the ocean some, but not religiously, like I now realize most East Coast people do. The proximity of easy, annual beach vacations has been an entirely new thing for me since moving to Virginia.
Once I was older I would vacation with some of my best friend’s family on the Delaware shore. Before we got to the beach we had to stop at the outlet malls because there was no sales tax – also an entirely new concept for me. The more we shopped, the more I realized this was a big deal. People, when in Delaware, went shopping like crazy because there was no sales tax, buying things they otherwise might not.
This weekend in Alexandria and all across Virginia we are taking a lesson from Delaware and helping folks get an early jump on back-to-school shopping. Any clothing or shoe items less than $100 are tax free.
But wait, it gets better. At The Shoe Hive and The Hive we are picking up the sales tax on everything during this one weekend! That is right — for three days, no sales tax collected from customers, at either store.
And it isn’t just us — TSALT, Coco Blanca, Kiskadee, Red Barn Mercantile, and Bellacara are all getting in on it, too, picking up the tax on every purchase. So come shop all your favorite Alexandria Stylebook stores and leave the taxes to us!
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