Diva Boutique thrills savvy fashion hunters with gently used designer apparel, earning the store the title of Best Consignment Shop of 2009 from the Washingtonian. A dachshund mannequin stares benevolently from the 1880s townhome's front window, ushering shoppers inside for an obligatory ear scratch and exploration of the boutique's ever-changing selection. Rack upon well-organized rack of clothes by designers such as Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, and Chanel greet visitors alongside accessories and a line of new jewelry designed to compliment the sophisticated stock. Those hoping to consign their own gently used duds can schedule an appointment for staffers to examine the items' condition, determine their sell prices (generally 1/3 to 1/2 of the original price), and assess their intellect with a brief written exam.
When owner Cindy McCartney isn't pampering her beloved pet dachshund—after whom she named her boutique—she strives to make a difference in the world. Recognized for her social activism by Northern Virginia Magazine, Cindy believes in tapping into her inherent "visibility as a retailer to support community causes" such as the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement and the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure.
As an AT&T authorized retailer, Wireless Outlet of course can equip customers with smartphones packed with apps and features. But the shop is also big on accessories: car chargers and ear buds make devices easier to use, and cases keep gadgets off of E!'s list of 500,000 Worst-Dressed Phones.
Today’s Cargo’s roots go back to Gladys Irvin’s flea-market stand, which sold handmade jewelry from Thailand based on whatever arrived in the mail that day. Now, more than 37 years later, the business permanently resides in a flea-less storefront, and the commitment to quality jewelry and accessories remains. On any given day, shoppers will find hand-selected items such as 14k gold bracelets, diamond rings, vibrant gemstones, estate jewelry, and pearl earrings. Dress your neck in the peach pastel freshwater pearl necklace with pendant ($60), dazzling crystal bracelets ($20 each), an array of scarves ($10 each), or the sterling silver hammered circle pendant ($40). Jewelry options range from classic to modern and simple to artsy. Shuffle in standard and walk out beaming with the glitzy goods of Today’s Cargo.
Save babies and expecting mothers the sartorial embarrassment of being wrapped inside oversized t-shirts or second-hand onesies with today’s Groupon: $35 for $70 worth of fashionable baby duds and maternity clothes at Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique. Located in Old Town Alexandria, this trendy shop for the pleasantly pregnant carries stylish clothes for the expecting and gear, strollers, and children’s clothing for the expected. There is no ban against the non-pregnant, so it’s also a great place for friends and family to pick up gifts for an upcoming baby shower. Funnel cake: Your baby wishes to attend the carnival! While most physicians agree that pregnant women cannot ride rollycoasters and should not be spooked by Doctor Frankendracula's House of Stuff Jumping Out At You, your baby will be very impressed when its weight is accurately predicted at 8 lbs., 2 oz.
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.