It's always better to give rather than to receive, except when it comes to treasure maps, high-fives from King Midas, and snake-bite antidotes. Sharpen up gift-granting abilities with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gifts and more from La Muse in Alexandria.
La Muse gives customers a gift option that doesn't require careful strategizing with a claw crane and a decapitated piggy bank's worth of quarters. Operating under the mantra of "Gifts with Purpose," La Muse offers an inventory of heartfelt, handcrafted items, including jewelry, personalized gifts, quote- and saying-adorned gifts, and home décor, all from American artists. Wrap wrists in copper cobras with the bracelets of Sergio Lub ($22–$52), bring life-affirming levity to the walls of your man-cave with the mixed-media art of Kelly Rae Roberts ($14.99–$39.99), or class up catapulting coffee grinds into filter forts with a stainless-steel and tumbled-glass coffee scoop ($15.99) from Laurel Johns. Other items include bath and body products, area photographs, and comical figurines and pictures.
La Muse also fosters a philanthropic element—on the second Thursday of each month, it donates 5% of each customer's in-store purchase to a charity of that customer's choice. The store also serves as a drop-off point for military care packages to be sent through Any Soldier. Visit La Muse and get enveloped in the Easter-egg tints of its walls while searching for a better birthday gift than last year's singing taxidermied badger.
La Muse won Best Specialty Store from the Alexandria Times in 2008. It was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune as one of the "cool shops" in the D.C. area, and five Yahoo! Locals give it five stars. More than 35 fans at Love a Local Business love La Muse:
- The best “specialty store” two years in a row, La Muse has every random thing you can think of – from arts and crafts materials to arts and crafts from local artists. – Alexandria Times
- Love, love, LOVE this store! An item brings a smile to my face around ever corner. They have cute stuff, inspiring stuff, heartfelt stuff, and just plain silly stuff. I love to give meaningful gifts, and this shop has really made that easy for me. – Cait, Yahoo! Local
- La Muse is unlike any store I have been in before. Its unique artistic feel is felt at the door. I found myself looking and reading everything in the store. Great prices and very friendly owners! – JohnnyM., Love a Local Business