“Queen of Retail” and resident ELSYIAN shopping expert, Faith Hope Consolo, shares her favorite places to shop in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states.
By Faith Hope Consolo
Follow me on the ‘road to style’ to find a variety of malls and one-of-a-kind stores. Delaware, Kentucky and Washington, DC, are all a part of the shopping scene outfitting the Mid-Atlantic and South. Fashionistas, head to these local shopping destinations for fabulous finds.
Christiana Mall, 132 Christiana Mall in Newark, gives fashionistas tax-free shopping at super-chic stores like Apple, Anthropologie, Fabletics, Kiehl’s, Nordstrom, Lush, and Michael Kors. Simply stated, Christiana has it all.
The Centers of Greenville, 5900 Kennett Pike, Rt. 52, are made up of distinct shopping areas in the center of one of the Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods. One Greenville Crossing, Two Greenville Crossing, Greenville Center & Powder Mill Square feature a unique lineup, from Yves Delorme to Jewelry Exchange of Delaware, combined with diverse dining options.
Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach, 1600 Ocean Outlets, has designers for everyone, from Alex and Ani, Tory Burch, Vineyard Vines and everything in between. The complex has recently upped its athleisure offerings with the new Adidas shop.
Rehoboth Avenue, in downtown Rehoboth Beach, features a family-friendly mix of affordable shops and more specialty boutique shopping. Be sure to visit the “alleyway” shopping corridor with its award-winning restaurants. I personally adore The Pink Crab, 235 Rehoboth Avenue, a Lilly Pulitzer boutique.
Lexington is having a retail redo! Fayette Mall, 3401 Nicholasville Road, wears the crown as the largest mall in the state with more than 120 stores covering about 1.1 million square feet, plus 21 eateries. Directly across, The Summit at Fritz Farm, 120 Summit at Fritz Farm, has stores and restaurants opening nonstop. This new development is an eclectic collection of shops and eateries and celebrates, by design, the rich heritage of Lexington. Coming soon to this luxury development are Arhaus, Ariat, Brooks Brothers, Draper James, Frye, Fabletics, Pottery Barn, Babalu, Scout & Molly’s, BONOBOS.
Make sure look for Honeywood, a new concept from renowned Bluegrass chef and six-time James Beard nominee Ouita Michel, as well as the region’s first “food hall,” The Barn. Truly an experience. The Shops at Lexington Center and The Square found in downtown Lexington and connected by covered pedestrian crossways are a “must see, must visit.”
Louisville’s shopping districts showcase all styles, from the crème de la crème of designers to bargain hunters on the search. The East End area of Louisville is now home to some of the biggest and best shopping centers. Mall St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road, has more than 140 specialty retailers, including Arhaus, Brooks Brothers, Dillards and Forever 21.
Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Road, is a recently renovated shopping destination, with favorites Macy’s, Sephora, Kate Spade, lululemon and Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as 110 specialty stores.
Georgetown is for serious shoppers looking for a little bit of everything, from indie specialty shops to home design to boutiques to national and international retail.
M Street and Wisconsin Avenue is a shopping district of its own. The old architecture creates a wonderfully stylish place to shop. Some exciting additions to the landscape include Ladurée (3060 M St NW), COS (1200 Wisconsin Ave), & Other Stories (3245 M St), and Design Within Reach (3338 M St). Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, is an eight-level retail, dining, and entertainment complex. The mall is anchored by Neiman Marcus, which is three levels, and a two-level men’s-only Saks Fifth Avenue. The third level of the mall houses a seven-screen AMC Theatres and a great selection of full-service sit-down restaurants. Downtown DC boasts CityCenterDC, 825 10th St NW, bustling with 10 acres of shops, cafes, restaurants, and public space. Globally renowned retailers to look for include Gucci, Burberry, Dior, Kate Spade, Hermès, Longchamp, Zadig & Voltaire, and BOSS.
Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia, is an amazing destination for luxury shopping, with a collection of high-end retail shops that includes more than 30 exclusive-to-market designers located near the Capital Beltway and The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Chanel, Gucci, Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue and Eileen Fisher are just a sampling of some of the posh retailers you find here. This is the location for Washington’s elite.
The Collection, 5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a curated selection of shops and restaurants, steps from the Friendship Heights Metro. This is Chevy Chase’s vibrant new focal point — soon to be a venue for unforgettable experiences, from farmers markets in the plaza and concerts in the amphitheater, to neighborhood dining and bespoke destination shopping. Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jimmy Choo, and Tiffany & Co. are on the exclusive lineup here. E
Faith Hope Consolo is chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group inNew York. Recognized worldwide as the “Queen of Retail,” Consolo is renowned for her expertise as a consultant and retail broker who has been instrumental in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation and beyond. Her client base includes top-tier fashion names as Buccellati, Ivanka Trump, Cartier, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent. She is responsible for the most successful commercial division of New York City’s largest residential real estate brokerage firm.