Fact: Local boutiques that operate out of cozy houses are instantly more charming than stores in a generic mall or shopping center (it’s true!).
If you agree with this, then my DC-area readers will love Covet boutique, located in Arlington, VA. My wonderful coworker Kate has been raving about Covet for years and since I love an enthusiastic recommendation, I finally checked it out. I was not disappointed! How cute is this shop?
Covet specializes in local and handmade items; jewelry, art, handbags, home decor, clothing, candles, the list goes on. It’s like a real-life version of Etsy! If you’re in need of a gift for ____ [fill in the blank with any female you know!], Covet is the place to go. And I love giving gifts that support the local economy. In fact, when I was in the store, an Arlington jeweler came in to check on her stock and chitchat with Covet’s friendly owner, Autumn Clayton. Where else can you get that kind of personal attention?
I also love Covet’s space — it’s warm, inviting, and beautifully decorated. Customers make their way through three girly rooms, oohing and aahhing at the playful items (all priced within my budget), bopping their heads to indie music on the iPod. It feels like home… and we all know, there’s no place like home.
5140 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA [map]
They’re located on the top floor of a grey house, just look for the hot pink door.
My all-time favorite pizza place, Pupatella, is located a block away. Nothing goes better with shopping than pizza, gelato, and friendly Italians!
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