La Bodega garbs its patrons with popular brands such as Funky People and Tulle, as well as pieces produced under the Orchid Lane label. Slip into a potpourri of vibrantly tinted tops, such as the Edie top ($15), then mix, match, and reshuffle them with pants and leg-swaddling layers of wrap skirts. Bead jewelry, such as earrings or rings ($7+), adds a colorful accent to any outfit, and a wood frame ($15) holds family photos or photos of epic Etch-A-Sketch sessions.
Arrive early and work up a thirst by booth-hopping from vendor to vendor and admiring the similarly alcohol-powered vehicles at Sir Walter Chevrolet's alternative-fuel vehicle showcase, or saunter up to the gate at 2 p.m. and claim your delicious sampling of prizes. The beer garden will showcase eight beers of different types, tones, and tastes (call for more information about selection), allowing for a pleasant smattering of malted deliciousness. There's no limit on Groupons, so grab a dozen and stage a beer-garden reunion of a little-league team or sixth-grade home-economics class.
HandPicked's bauble boutiques brandish original, elegant adornments and sterling-silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans from around the world. HandPicked originals such as the Tiny Twinklers studs ($12) grant wishes for lonely lobes, and bare wrists find themselves encased in the turquoise globes of the For The Nurturing Center bracelet ($32), which pleases its parents by donating a percentage of proceeds to its namesake, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse.
Sixty varieties of Tin Roof Teas’ collection of 250 bagged and loose-leaf teas have placed in the top three at the World Tea Expo. The somewhat overwhelming collection is made easily accessible at the Hinson family's store by its staff of tea consultants. Experts will share tidbits on the best preparation practices as well as suggest pairings for each leaf, such as Tin Roof's gourmet chocolate truffles. Their in-house tea bar allows for instant enjoyment of steaming or chilled beverages, and monthly tea classes impart a history lesson of tea-growing regions spanning from Japan to South Africa to the fertile grounds of the Boston Harbor.:m]]
Bright and feminine dresses, blouses, and designer jeans all mingle in Scout & Molly's chic showrooms. The boutique's on-trend clothing is stitched with classic attention to quality by designers such as Joe's, Kors, AG, Alice & Trixie, and Halston Heritage. With a wide variety of brands and styles, the boutique carries a look for every occasion. This carefully curated selection helped Scout & Molly's to gain popularity and quickly expand its brand: fewer than 10 years after the flagship store's opening, four new shops sprouted up around North and South Carolina. Each branch has earned buzz from local press as well as national outlets such as OK!, Cosmo, and the Supreme Court's fashion blog. Every boutique is also dog-friendly and helps to support animal-friendly charities such as Saving Grace Animal Rescue and Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.
With a mission to adorn living mannequins, owner Julie Jennings has collected a diverse array of designer dresses, denim, shoes, accessories, and other boutique fashions. Filling the racks and shelves is more than 1,000 pairs of premium denim adorned with labels such as 7 For All Mankind, J Brand, and Citizens of Humanity. In addition to the big-name designers, shoppers can find smaller, hard-to-find designers intermingling with the well-known threads. Garb T-shaped torsos with Splendid tees ($55) and naked necks with patterned Tolani scarves ($85). Uniquities also provides a free basic hem on any full-price denim to sheathe calves inside perfectly proportioned leg sleeves.