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OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

VIRTUAL SHOPPING GUIDE:

Highly historic, supremely strollable, and studded with quaint boutiques, this charming, cobblestoned Virginia community is only a few miles from the bustle of DC—but feels light years away. Here, CALLIOPE CARTER explores the best of Old Town Alexandria's can't-miss shopping scene.

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    Bellacara

    1000 King St., Alexandria
    703.299.9652

    Right in the thick of the King Street shopping stretch is this expertly-stocked beauty boutique. Founded by a onetime district attorney, the soothing, spa-like space is brimming with hard-to-find makeup and skincare products from names like Fresh, Smashbox, Tocca, Mario Badescu, and Deborah Lippmann (whose brightly-hued, seemingly chip-proof polishes are a cult favorite). SHOP BELLACARA ›

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    Bellacara

    1000 King St., Alexandria
    703.299.9652

    Bellacara
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    Bishop Boutique

    815-B King St., Alexandria
    703.548.1615

    Owner Kelly Frenec, a former Martha Stewart editor, has a finely-tuned eye for design, which is as apparent in the welcoming country-cottage décor of her shoe and accessories shop as it is in her edit of modern-meets-feminine footwear. Expect picks from Loeffler Randall, Nanette Lepore and LK Bennett (whose Kate-Middleton-favored patent "Sledge" pump is currently flying off the shelves). SHOP BISHOP BOUTIQUE ›

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    Bishop Boutique

    815-B King St., Alexandria
    703.548.1615

    Bishop Boutique
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    Hysteria

    125 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria
    703.548.1615

    For more than a decade, women have flocked from all over the District to this townhouse boutique for enduring wardrobe essentials. Tory Burch embroidered tunics, MZ Wallace nylon carryalls, and sailor-stripe Autumn Cashmere sweaters are perennial favorites—and perfectly illustrate Hysteria's standout strength: Its consistent offering of virtually seasonless pieces. SHOP HYSTERIA ›

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    Hysteria

    125 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria
    703.548.1615

    Hysteria
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    Periwinkle Shop

    1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria
    703.519.5242

    With a name that conjures up sweetness and light, it's no surprise that this upbeat shop, located just north of Old Town, specializes in colorful, print-splashed pieces. Part of a local chainlet—each location features Periwinkle-painted walls & lavish Murano chandeliers—the original Alexandria spot is particularly plentiful, with weathered-wood racks full of Trina Turk, Shoshanna, Tracy Reese and Yoana Baraschi. SHOP PERIWINKLE SHOP ›

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    Periwinkle Shop

    1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria
    703.519.5242

    Periwinkle Shop
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    Pretty People Vintage

    108 N. Patrick St., Alexandria
    703.739.2522

    Part of a rapidly-expanding stable of vintage stores helmed by local retailing legend Annie Lee (she's also behind Georgetown's legendary Annie Creamcheese), this cozy shop is still a secret of sorts. Tucked down a side street and packed with offbeat finds from the 1950s through '90s (hello, chambray Betty-Boop-print culottes and giant sphinx-head necklace), it's well worth seeking out. SHOP PRETTY PEOPLE VINTAGE ›

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    Pretty People Vintage

    108 N. Patrick St., Alexandria
    703.739.2522

    Pretty People Vintage
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    Red Barn Mercantile

    1117 King St., Alexandria
    703.838.0355

    Defined by an old fashioned general-store-inspired mix of antiques and modern-day décor, this lofty housewares destination is type of place you could easily get lost in for hours. And we did just that, sniffing grass-scented Tisane candles, flipping through a book dedicated to cake recipes that celebrate each US state, and wondering if that 100-year-old cranberry rake would work in our living room. SHOP RED BARN MERCANTILE ›

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    Red Barn Mercantile

    1117 King St., Alexandria
    703.838.0355

    Red Barn Mercantile
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    The Shoe Hive

    127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria
    877.548.7106

    Everyday-wearable statement shoes and accessories are the specialty at this Old Town favorite. From snakeskin Cynthia Vincent sandals to quilted French Sole ballet flats to rubber Hunter wellie-style rain flats, expect to find footwear that you'll want to wear long after summer is over. SHOP THE SHOE HIVE ›

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    The Shoe Hive

    101 South Saint Asaph St., Alexandria
    877.548.7106

    The Shoe Hive
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    Stuart Nordin

    101 South Saint Asaph St., Alexandria
    571.357.1144

    Just look for the bold striped awning and you'll know you've arrived at this purveyor of impeccably-selected gifts and decorative goods. Owner/interior decorator Stuart Nordin grew up on the very street the shop is on, and stocks the colonial-modern space with a curated assortment of little luxuries like ikat-print pillows, quartz chandelier earrings, antique barware, and glimmering geode chunks that would make excellent paperweights. SHOP STUART NORDIN ›

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    Stuart Nordin

    101 South Saint Asaph St., Alexandria
    571.357.1144

    Stuart Nordin
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    Torpedo Factory

    105 N. Union St., Alexandria
    703.838.4645

    Located within a former ammunitions factory on Old Town's historic waterfront is this multi-story gallery center, home to more than 80 working artist's studios. Standout talents include classically-trained engraver Eric Margry, who, when he's not doing work for the White House, hand crafts heirloom-worthy family crest rings; Dawn Benedettos's Poppi line of candy-colored glass-bead rings; and metalworker Dejan Jovonvich's earthy oxidized-silver and marbled-gold fine jewelry. SHOP TORPEDO FACTORY ›

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    Torpedo Factory

    105 N. Union St., Alexandria
    703.838.4645

    Torpedo Factory
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    Vintage Mirage

    117 S. Columbus St., Alexandria
    703.535.8200

    Roam from room to room in this centuries-old brick rowhouse and discover a museum-worthy, impeccably-preserved trove of vintage apparel and jewelry (we fell in love with the elaborately bejeweled brooches and Victorian lockets). Proprietor Elinor Coleman is often on hand to offer styling advice and period context for each of her pieces, and her enthusiasm for all things past-era is infectious. SHOP VINTAGE MIRAGE ›

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    Vintage Mirage

    117 S. Columbus St., Alexandria
    703.535.8200

    Vintage Mirage
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