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Boutiques Abound in Old Town

Shops offer everything from retro to trendy to modern.

<ro>Periwinkle

<lst>1557 Potomac Greens Drive

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.519.5242

www.periwinkleshop.com

<bt>Periwinkle is a fashion-conscious women’s boutique. The owner, Elizabeth Mason, carries styles that are suitable for the workroom and a girls’ night out. Periwinkle has clothes from hard-to-find designers like Anni Kuan. "I don’t go super trendy so that people can’t wear it, I keep it for D.C.," said Mason. Women can get a whole outfit at Periwinkle, including shoes and accessories. "You can do it all in one place," said Mason.

<ro>Gossypia

<lst>325 Cameron Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.836.6969

www.gossypia.com

<bt>Gossypia is an artsy women’s clothing boutique. The shop contains a variety of wedding gowns, dresses, blouses, skirts and shoes. Gossypia also carries unique jewelry, art and gifts. The owner, Amanda Lasker, finds a large selection of Gossypia’s art from Latin America. "[Gossypia] has such a mixture of things," said Lasker. The shop is a small store filled with unusual and creative items for shoppers to peruse.

<ro>Fitness on the Run

<lst>109 South Alfred Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.299.9333

www.fitnessontherun.net

<bt>Fitness on the Run provides the experience of a gym in a personal boutique setting. The studio provides various personal training programs such as kickboxing, running, yoga and kettlebells. Co-owner Denise Dick said they would like to develop even more specialized classes in the future. Along with founder and co-owner Adrien Cotton, she is "dreaming big now. We want to keep our philosophy of that small personal attention."

<ro>Treat

103 South Saint Asaph Street

Alexandria VA, 22314

703.535.3294

www.shoptreat.com

<bt>Treat brings the world of fashion to Alexandria. Owner Jennifer Donohue said she loves boutique shopping and discount shopping so she combined those qualities into a sample sale boutique. "It’s unique to the area," said Donohue. Lucky magazine called Treat "the slickest sample sale ever." It provides a variety of top designer clothing in a classy boutique setting and new styles are frequently added to Treat’s shelves.

<ro>Red Barn Mercantile

<lst>113 South Columbus Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.838.0355

www.redbarnmercantile.com

<bt>Red Barn Mercantile mixes classic and contemporary pieces to create a unique mix of home furnishings. Owner Amy Rutherford feels that the rustic style is a good fit for Old Town, where old and new meet in everyday life. The store combines one-of-a-kind antiques found at flea markets and auctions with modern furniture and gifts.

<ro>Stanton Gallery

<lst>121 South Royal Street, 2nd floor

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.299.3055

www.stantonjewelry.com

<bt>Christine Stanton got her start as a jeweler at the Art League School in Old Town. She has been designing jewelry for 20 years and has had her store for eight. She works with customers to create custom designed jewelry and also redesigns old pieces. Each piece she creates is unique.

<ro>Monday’s Child

<lst>218 North Lee Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.3505

www.mondayschildofalexandria.com

<bt>Monday’s Child specializes in the traditional. "No sneakers, nothing funky, nothing trendy, no jeans, no crocs," said owner Melinda Lynam. The shop is a charming children’s boutique that specializes in simple, traditional clothing and gifts. "We have the item that’s hard to find, that most moms and grandparents want." Shoppers can find outfits for christenings, weddings and graduations as well as everyday children’s clothes.

<ro>Lauren B Gallery

<lst>1316 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703.535.7880

www.laurenbgallery.com

<bt>Lauren B Gallery is filled with antiques hand-picked by the owner, Lauren Bruce. Bruce’s store has evolved over the four and a half years it has been open from a simple shop into a shopping and designing experience. Her talent as an artist is woven into the store, with paintings available for sale. She also offers her services as an interior decorator for design and color consultation. Her loyal fans keep coming back to check out new merchandise.