The Genius Towel You Didn’t Know You Needed

Earlier this week in Top Picks I featured a new produce we are carrying at The Shoe Hive, a line of beach towels called Dock & Bay. I realized the other day when I was working the floor and someone was confused about what were all these small bags stacked on our shelves that I might need to do some explaining.

I found this great line of towels at the gift show a few weeks back. The bright colors drew me in — or maybe it was their adorable ponchos for kids — but once I learned how amazing this product is, I knew we had to have it.

I love summer, but beach towels really drive me nuts. When I go to the pool I lug in an entire bag in and end up with a trunk full of heavy, wet towels on the way home. I also end up doing laundry every night because of this cumbersome pile in my car.

Well, Dock & Bay is going to change all of this. The towels are made from a microfiber that feels different and dries three times faster than a normal cotton towel. They are also compact and fold into a tiny carrying bag.

Here is the other great feature: sand won’t stick to them! That is correct! When you shake it off the sand will stay on the beach and not in your bag! I almost cried when they told me, because I find annoying the mountains of sand I bring home and can’t ever seem to subsequently eliminate.

They have great sizes and colors but it doesn’t stop at beach towels; they have the cutest ponchos for kids and exercise towels that cover your yoga mat. You of course can use them at the pool, too — they are just a little thinner but they dry just as quickly.

And now you know how your favorite shoe store solved your beach towel problem. Come in and get them and start making plans for warmer weather.


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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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