5 Must See Shops to Visit in Alexandria

Sitting on the Potomac River, minutes from Washington, D.C., is Old Town Alexandria. The cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks bring visitors from all over. More than 200 different shops and boutiques fill this small town. Whether you’re a shoe addict or love the idea of getting your Christmas shopping done early, Alexandria has something for everyone. Make sure you check out these must-see stores the next time you visit.

The Hour

Ready to take your cocktail hour to the next level? Then, the hour is the place for you. They specialize in vintage barware and glassware from the 20th century. They have been collecting these pieces at estate sales and antique markets for over 25 years! You won’t find pieces with nicks and chips here. The Hour only provides drinkware and glassware in mint or near mint condition. They are a one-of-a-kind shop for anyone that wants their cocktail hour to be the talk of the town.

Hooray For Books

If you’re a bookworm like me, you will love Hooray for Books. When they opened their doors in 2008, they only sold specialty children’s books. Now, they also carry adult fiction, non-fiction and YA books. If you need a fun day outing for your kids, stop by one of their weekly story time events. They also hold adult book clubs each week.

Hooray for books is a big supporter of the community and its children. They have partnered with over 75 schools for the Authors-In-Schools Program. Authors from all over come into the schools to give presentations and meet the children. What a great way to get children excited about reading and writing.

Red Barn Mercantile

Since opening in 2007, Red Barn Mercantile blends the old with the new. The owner, Amy Rutherford, wanted to stay away from the mass production décor you find at big box stores. Instead, she uses her keen eye to bring life to antique pieces she finds at flea markets. Her mix of vintage and urban chic is sure to give your home a one-of-a-kind look your friends will be jealous of.

529 Kids Consign

If you have kids, you know how fast they can outgrow clothes. At 529 Kids Consign, you will find upscale clothing at consignment store prices. They offer all the must-have styles for children up to size 10. Searching for something in particular? Let the owner know and she will give you a call when a match comes in. If you need to drop clothing off, make sure to call first. Consignment is by appointment only!

The Christmas Attic

You can find the Christmas Attic located on the second floor of an 18th-century tobacco warehouse. They offer an array of holiday collectibles, gifts, and décor. The shop is open all year round and they bring in new items often. On the first floor, you will also find the Urban attic. This eccentric shop offers an assortment of décor and accessories for your home.

Old Town Alexandria has a mixture of shops that are sure to please everyone. When you need a break from shopping, take in the scenic views of the Potomac and all that Alexandria has to offer. If you’re “shopping” for a new home in the area, give DC Real Estate Listings a call!

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