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bishop boutique.

on one of my many random walks around old town, i stumbled upon a cute boutique. the interior was bright and the store had a few shoes, none of which i had laid my eyes on in other boutiques. i chatted with the store owner, kelly, and was advised she had just opened that day. a few weeks later kelly, sent me an email about a ribbon cutting ceremony and i responded to the email requesting an interview.

upon my arrival a bit of excitement flowed through my veins as the store i had visited a couple of weeks ago was now decorated: walls lined with shoes *literally hanging from the molding*, jewelry and accessories. the boutique reminds you of every woman’s dream closet: dark hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, bright white shelving, printed chairs and accessories hanging from antlers.

there are many places one can open a boutique: u street, bethesda row and georgetown, just to name a few, so i asked kelly why she chose old town over other areas and she advised that she could feel the difference within each area, but felt most welcome in old town, specifically king street. she also advised that while there are other places to shop, customer service is what sets bishop apart from other boutiques.

most times none of us think to wonder why a store or boutique has opted for a certain moniker, yet some take the time to actually to determine such a thing. bishop boutique: the name bishop seemed to flow with the design of old town, which is sort of like a chess board *per kelly, that's definitely NOT something i would have thought about*. the actual logo of bishop is kelly's dad's initials and the cute bow was taken from her wedding shoes.

the overall concept of bishop is to add the final touches to a fabulous ensemble: shoes, bags and accessories.  the mission was to avoid competing with larger department stores ,  yet give women *and men who are shopping for women* something to look forward to by selling more up and coming designers, such as lola cruz, loeffler randall, all black, pura lopez, bibi lou and schutz, to name a few. the sizes in shoes range from 5-11, and to much surprise bishop tends to sell out of larger sizes faster, with prices ranging between $55-475. though bishop will probably not restock shoes once a design has sold completely there’s a slight chance that a special order can be made.

the thing i love the absolutely most about bishop is walking in and having someone greet me, minus the feeling of being hounded. i noticed throughout the interview, kelly stopped to greet every single person who walked through those doors,  as if she was excited to see a friend she hadn’t seen in a while. it’s a bit refreshing to know that great customer service, though hard to find, still exists. i love going into a store and seeing anything from shoes to small accessories that i have yet to see some place else. bishop is cute and quite welcoming. i'll definitely go back!!!

bishop boutique is open monday–saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. *e-commerce coming soon!

take a peek inside bishop boutique

happy shopping!

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