Fashionable Life: Boutique Week

The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association presents Boutique Week to highlight Alexandria’s unique shopping experience to locals and visitors alike.

Photo provided by Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

Photo provided by Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

Alexandria’s Boutique Week will tempt chic shoppers with discounts, prizes, and free gifts at 62 retail locations in Old Town and the Del Rey neighborhood. This second annual event takes place from Saturday, October 9, through Sunday, October 17, with specials on fashion, accessories, home décor, art and antiques, culinary goods – and there are even deals for dogs.

Boutique Week is a fun fall outing for participants as they walk from shop to shop on Old Town’s brick sidewalks among historic architecture and enjoy the neighborly Main Street experience of Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria’s charming Del Ray neighborhood. With stamps from just five of the participating locations, shoppers can enter to win a $1000 shopping spree and an overnight getaway in Old Town Alexandria.

Photo provided by Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

Photo provided by Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

Some standout Alexandria Boutique Week specials include 50% off the entire store at Dash’s of Old Town, $100 off a purchase of $500 at Mystique Jewelers, 25% off at Decorium Gift & Home, and 20% off one item at Arts Afire Glass Gallery. Enjoy free gifts with minimum purchase at stores including Bellacara, The Shoe Hive, La Cuisine: The Cook’s Resource, and Red Barn Mercantile.

In 2010, Money Magazine named Alexandria as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live among small cities, citing Alexandria’s “many boutiques and locally owned stores” as part of the accolade. The city’s unique combination of historic ambiance and contemporary flair are reflected in its variety of independently owned shops and creative retail options, as well as its critically acclaimed restaurants, historic attractions and hundreds of years of American history among 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

For more information and a list of Alexandria Boutique Week participants, click here.

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