2013’s Best New Boutiques In Washington DC

December 24, 2013 7:00 AM

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The world of online shopping has not stopped boutiques from opening in and around the city. Brick-and-mortar stores are still drawing in consumers, offering a true retail experience for those who appreciate excellent customer service and the act of perfecting a purchase. Online shopping doesn’t quite do the trick when it comes to quality inspection, proper size and fit. Here is a roundup of new boutiques that opened in 2013. Don’t forget about the trendiest boutiques that opened in 2012, all of which are still going strong.

Coco Blanca
210 S. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 535-8002

Coco Blanca is new to the Alexandria neighborhood. After finding success with a National Harbor store after just three years, the three passionate owners, who happen to be empty nesters turned business women, decided to try the charming northern Virginia location. The women use neutral colors as a basis for their lifestyle boutique, which includes home and fashion accessories. Prices reach the wide clientele, ranging from affordable to rather high-end. New inventory comes in weekly, meaning a store visit is required to keep up with the accommodating and growing assortment. Coco Blanca prides itself in stellar customer service and keeps in touch with customers via social media – follow the store on Facebook and Twitter. Coco Blanca is also a member of the Old Town Boutique District and often participates in events.

Knightsbridge Trading Co.
2871 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-4404

A breath of fresh air for the brick sidewalk streets of Claredon, mostly lined with common chain stores, Knightsbridge Trading Co. is a gift shop boasting all of the imaginable. From soaps and candles, jewelry and accessories and trinkets and collectibles to a lovely card selection, the store knows how to stock up on wanted and exclusive products. Every visit can truly turn into a new experience. There is also a rather charming home selection of side tables, lamps and such. The Knightsbridge Trading Co. in Arlington is the second location (it has another in Rockville, Maryland) and the family-owned business is already extremely welcomed in the neighborhood, experiencing real excitement from customers who are just discovering the hidden treasure. The owners of the English Trading Co. run the store and have over two decades of retail business under their belt – now that is to be trusted.

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Nubian Hueman
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road S.E., Gallery C
Washington, DC 20020

The once strictly e-commerce retailer, Nubian Hueman opened a boutique lounge in Anacostia Arts Center in September. The shop reflects African roots and ethnic influences, created for those who appreciate quality clothing. Nubian Hueman sells fashion clothing and accessories that you won’t find anywhere else.

1026 King St, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 336-3664

Another new Alexandria boutique, REVEL opened in January of 2013, bringing owner Francesca Tanedo back to her hometown. Tanedo moved to Los Angeles and instantly connected with the art and fashion scene, where she spent five years working in the fashion industry. She now wants to share her new-found affection with DC locals using wide-ranging casual clothes inspired by the streets of LA. Most designers carried at REVEL are LA-based designers. To support local designers, REVEL happily hosts trunk shows and displays artwork.

The Lucky Knot Mens
103 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1044

It looks like Alexandria brought all of the new boutiques in 2013. The Lucky Knot is a preppy retailer that expanded to menswear directly next door to the original shop which opened in 2012. The men’s store is packed with classic preppy, American brands like Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines. Apparently one can never have too many variations of the collared button-down.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.