Monday’s Must Haves: Gifts from The Hive

The Shoe Hive has amazing gifts for everyone on your list – including the men! Take a look at some of their gift ideas for the holiday season.

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Cashmere Gloves by Hat Attack, $74

Flash, Slightly Alabama, $75

Tall Matches by Skeem, $14

Shearling Insoles for Hunter Boots, $25

Fringe Clutch, Christopher Kon, $216

all gifts available at The Shoe Hive

Gifts as appeared in our Holiday Guide. Read the entire guide below:

New Listings This Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

 

The 44th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk

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This weekend -Don’t miss the 44th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade, in partnership with The Scottish Government, The Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C. and the City of Alexandria. Warm your heart with holiday cheer and join a full lineup of festivities that celebrates the rich Scottish heritage of Old Town Alexandria.  Tour historic Old Town homes decorated for the season, wander through a marketplace full of greenery and unique gifts, purchase greenery for your Christmas decorations, enjoy the tastes of fine Scotch, and last, but certainly not least, take in the sights and sounds of the unique Scottish Christmas Walk Parade with its stirring bagpipes and magnificent Clan tartans. The Weekend is hosted by The Campagna Center, and proceeds benefit its six educational programs that touch people of every age group.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

 

Heather and Greens Sale

The Campagna Center, 418 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA
Friday, December 5, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Purchase fresh heather bundles and a variety of wreaths, garlands and much more to add festive flair to any home or office this holiday season.

Deck The Halls

The George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Looking for a way to involve children in the holiday celebrations?  Look no further than our Deck the Halls event for a fun-filled afternoon full of arts & crafts, musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa. Tickets are available online below. Plan to purchase your tickets before they quickly sell out!

 

Taste of Scotland

The George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA from 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Attended by 350 guests annually, this festive event at The George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple features a Scotch tasting menu including a variety of Scotches direct from Scotland distilleries, Scottish ale sampling, as well as beer, wine, and food.  There is also a special Patrons Hour from 6:30 – 8:00 PM with rare, top-shelf Scotch and passed hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available online below.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6

Heather and Greens Sale

The Campagna Center, 418 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Purchase fresh heather bundles and a variety of wreaths, garlands and much more.

Parade

Starting at 11:00 AM

Enjoy more than 100 marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more. The 44th annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade begins at St. Asaph and Wilkes Streets and concludes at Market Square.

Historic Home Tour

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stroll through some of Old Town Alexandria’s most splendid historic homes decked out for the holidays by acclaimed interior designers and local florists.  The participating homes are 415 Prince Street, 400 South Lee Street, 519 South Lee Street, 501 Duke Street and 512 Duke Street.  Thank you to florists Anna Krieg, Flora Couture, Greenstreet Gardens, Patina Polished Living, Sweet Root Village and Virginia Florist; and designers Stuart Nordin Home & Design, Madigan Schuler and Thurston Scott Interiors

 Purchase Tickets to Events

Winter Wonderland: Greenstreet Gardens

As you are planning to decorate and put up your tree, you’ll want to take a trip to Greenstreet Gardens for the best selection of freshly cut firs, holiday plants and more.

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Greenstreet Gardens of Alexandria
by Stacy Greenstreet

Celebrate the beauty and abundance of the season at Greenstreet Gardens of Alexandria. Winter has arrived and we’ve been transformed – from your favorite neighborhood nursery into a Holiday Wonderland.

Our tables are stacked high with aromatic greens, wreaths and roping. Deck your halls with freshly cut pine, fir, cedar, holly, boxwood and magnolia leaves. Find little treasures in our gift shop – and Christmas tree trimmings – like classic Old World collectors series, traditional Williamsburg decorations and ornaments that sparkle.

And speaking of your Christmas tree – pick the finest from our selection of freshly cut Frasier, Noble, Douglas and Turkish firs. When you’ve decided on The Tree, we’ll put it into a stand, bundle it and load it on the car.

Fill your home with glorious Christmas color with our homegrown poinsettias. Nurtured in our Lothian greenhouses, these classic holiday plants come direct to you in traditional red, pink, white, and marbled – and in sizes fit to any space, from your windowsill to the center hall. Christmas cactus and cyclamen are also in full bloom. Slipped into a ceramic pot, these lovely plants make perfect hostess and office gifts.

Complete your holiday table with one of our handmade centerpieces, designed and created by one of talented floral designers.

Winter’s freeze has ended the season of petunias, so put those empty pots to holiday use. Welcome guests to your home with boxwood, hollies, topiaries and dwarf spruce on your doorstep. Add sparkle with a string of lights.

Greenstreet Gardens Alexandria has everything you need to create a beautiful holiday.

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Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray

Find inspiration at Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray – your charming neighborhood shop, brimming with unique gifts and holiday decorations to celebrate the season.

Come on in, get warm and browse our collection of vintage and hand-crafted items, from one of a kind earrings to handmade paper cards.

We’re proud to feature work by local artists – like botanical prints by Debbie Hogan, handcrafted jewelry by Kathi Maniscalco and unique metal works by Steve Steigleder.

Catch the holiday spirit and find inspiration with our hand-decorated Christmas trees, covered in ornaments that sparkle and little treasures to collect.

Bring holiday color into your home with our homegrown poinsettias. Nurtured in our Lothian greenhouses, choose from traditional red, white, pink or marbled.

Wrapped in colorful foil and ribbon or slipped into a ceramic pot, these classic winter blooms are the perfect hostess or office gift. Take a walk with Max the Cat walk through our garden of holiday greens. Aromatic pine, fir, cedar, holly, boxwood and magnolia leaves, garlands and wreaths. Pick your Christmas tree from a selection of freshly cut Frasier, Noble, Douglas and Turkish firs. When you’ve found your perfect tree, we’ll put it into a stand, bundle it and load it on the car.

Create holiday memories and celebrate the Season at Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.

Follow Greenstreet of Alexandria and Greenstreet of Del Ray on Facebook for special holiday activities.

Article as appeared in our Holiday Guide. Click below to read the entire issue.

Our Holiday Guide is Here!

One of the things I love about living in Alexandria is that you can satisfy all of your holiday needs without ever leaving the city. From Black Friday shopping at the boutiques and visiting Santa to finding a Christmas tree and holiday decor, it can all be done with ease (and parking) within Alexandria’s 15 square miles.

This year we decided to try something new and create the first ever Alexandria Lifestyle Holiday Guide as a way to highlight some of our favorite local shops and businesses. Alexandria has so many fabulous locally owned boutiques, it’s easier than ever to find thoughtful, unique gifts for everyone on your list.

By choosing to shop at locally owned businesses, we support the entrepreneurial spirit of our community while helping to keep Alexandria a fun and unique place to live. So this year, avoid the crowds and parking back-up at the mall and hit the streets of Alexandria.

Thank you to all of our wonderful contributors – From the Farmer, The Shoe Hive, Carpenter’s Shelter, Fitness on the Run, Mystique Jewelers, Greenstreet Gardens, Kathryn Martin and Unwined.  You’ll definitely want to read their articles filled with useful holiday tidbits including recipes, holiday style, staying fit during the season, wine and cheese pairings, holiday decor, ways to give and more!

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!

Monday’s Must Haves: Cyber Monday

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If there is any shopping left in you after this weekend, our Monday’s Must Haves are some of the best deals for Cyber Monday.

Local

Current Boutique – 20% OFF everything: www.currentboutique.com

Periwinkle – 50% OFF everything (10am to 12pm) www.periwinkleshop.com

The Pink Armoire – 50% OFF everything (10am to 5pm) www.shopthepinkarmoire.com

National Retailers 

According to Today.com and The Huffington Post, these retailers will have the best Cyber Monday deals. To see their deals, click on their websites below:

Home Depot.com
RalphLauren.com
6pm.com
TommyHilfiger.com
Bestbuy.com

Other websites to check out include:

Macy’s
• Amazon
Wal-Mart
Best Buy
Target
Overstock
JC Penney

 

Weekend Planner: Black Friday + Shop Small

First off Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends. We are doing our weekend planner a day early so you can plan your shopping strategy for this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of Black Friday deals happening in Alexandria. Plus, remember to Shop Small on Saturday.  For every $100 you spend in a local store, $68 stays right here!

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Black Friday 

Coco Blanca: 6-8am 30% OFF, 8-10am 20% OFF, 10am -8pm 10% OFF

Bishop Boutique: Breakfast of Champions starting at 5:30am

The Shoe Hive: 6-8am 30% OFF, 8-10am 20% OFF, 10am-8pm 10% OFF

Bellacara: 6-8am 20% OFF, 8-10am 15% OFF, remainder of the day is 10% OFF

Kiskadee: 10am-12pm 30% OFF, 12pm-close 20% OFF. Plus, take an additional $20.00 off already-reduced items in Kiskadee Corner! *Sale applies to full-price apparel, shoes, boots & selected accessories

Mystique Jewelers: 8-9am 20% OFF, 9am-6pm 10% OFF

Victoria at Home: 8-9am 30% OFF, 9-10am 20% OFF

European Country Living: 35% OFF Everything from 10am-6pm

For a full rundown on sales, click here. 

Small Business Saturday

Several stores will also be offering deals on Small Business Saturday. The Shoe Hive will have everything 10% off and surprise giveaways throughout the day. Coco Blanca has a gift with purchase on Saturday!

We loved this video from The Old Town Boutique District on the importance of shopping small.

Shop Small in a Big Way from Old Town Boutique District on Vimeo.

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

Weekend Planner

Cozy up with some hot chocolate, pom pom making and Love Actually at Fibre Space on Friday night.  Plus, the Run for Shelter, Holiday Craft Fair at T.C. Williams and Turkey Treats at The Sugar Cube.

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Friday, November 21st | Pom Pom Party at Fibre Space

Kick off the holidays at our pom pom making party! Learn to make pom poms, help us create our holiday window and watch Love Actually with us. In return we will reward you with hot cocoa from Artfully Chocolate, homemade marshmallows from the Sugar Cube and more! Bring your pom pom maker, borrow one of ours or purchase one at the shop for future pom pom making fun. No reservation required. Event is from 6-8pm.

Saturday, November 22nd | Run for Shelter 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run

Ready … Washington, DC runners: are you ready for an exciting new race that supports an important local cause? Run for Shelter 10K, 5K and Fun Run promises to be a unique event you don’t want to miss.

Set … Mark your calendars for November 22nd at 8am. The race will be a flat and fast out-and-back in Alexandria, VA. The Run for Shelter is Metro accessible via the Yellow line and has ample parking.

Run … Whether you run for fitness, health or fun, make sure you Run for Shelter this year! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and be the first to know about our exciting promotions and latest race updates. Register online: http://www.runforshelter10k.com/register/

Saturday, November 22nd | Fifth Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair at T.C. Williams

The fifth annual handmade holiday craft fair will take place at TC Williams HS on Saturday November 22 from 10 am – 4 pm. This event will feature over 40 local, handmade vendors, food and baked goods, and live music! Cost is free to the public and is a great place to get your holiday shopping started. TC Williams HS is located at 3330 King St Alexandria, Virginia just down the road from Old Town Alexandria.For more information and a list of vendors, like the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/TCWilliamsHandmadeHolidayCraftFair.

Saturday, November 22nd | Turkey Treats at The Sugar Cube

Chocolate rice cereal treats make the base for a turkey all decked out with frosting, candy corn & mini pretzel feathers. Class costs $35. Time 4-5:30pm.

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

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