Patch Picks: Five Local Boutiques
A few recommendations for unique spots in town
Every week, Oakton Patch will run a weekly feature, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more.
Here are five boutiques or specialty shops to check out this weekend, or, whenever you want to explore town.
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1. Oakton Florist, 2971 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, 703-255-1011
Why Go: Oakton Florist happily designs wedding flowers, creates arrangements to celebrate a new baby and assists the customer in making the perfect arrangement for birthdays and anniversaries. It also offers the convenience of online ordering.
Hours: Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., closed
2. Toy Corner, 2930 Chain Bridge Rd, Oakton, 703-255-3232
Why Go: Toy Corner has been selling fun to Northern Virginia since 1985, with a stock filled with dolls, developmental toys for babies, educational games and puzzles.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
3. Wild Bird Center, 2914 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, 703-319-9453
Why Go: The Wild Bird Center specializes in bird seed, baths, feeders and houses for wild birds. The owner is from Oakton and enjoys supplying the local bird enthusiasts. There are also Wild Bird Centers in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Bethesda, Md.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m.
4. Vienna Music Exchange, 131 Church St NW, 703-938-0010
Why Go: For all the music fans out there who want to keep their collection up-to-date, find bargains in this shop, located inside a small home tucked away from the bustle of Maple Avenue. Records, CDs and videos line the walls of the shop -- spend an afternoon looking for gift ideas or the next piece in your collection.
Hours: Thurs to Sat, noon to 5 p.m.
5. Freeman Store, 131 Church St NE, 703-938-5187
Why Go: Plenty of people pass by the house on the W+OD trail, but not as many stop in to browse the Vienna-themed merchandise. Stop in to make a purchase for a neighbor who has moved elsewhere, or, a college student looking for something they can use to remember home.
Hours: Wed - Sun, noon to 4 p.m.