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Experience One Loudoun: Scout & Molly’s Boutique

Fall is back and that means it’s time to bring out the boots, jeans, and cute fall clothes! If you’re looking to update your wardrobe this season, look no further than Scout & Molly’s, new to Downtown One Loudoun! This adorable boutique offers stylish options for work or play. We stopped in to Scout & Molly’s to check it out and maybe do a little shopping ourselves!

Scout & Molly’s first opened in 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina by Lisa Kornstein, a self-professed tomboy who discovered a love of retail while earning her master’s degree. She envisioned a place where women could feel comfortable shopping, and could find amazing clothes! Scout and Molly’s of One Loudoun is owned by Teresa Snedeker who opened her first store at Mosaic.

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Immediately upon entering Scout & Molly’s, you’re struck by a bright pink statement wall to your left, and a glowing turquoise chandelier that illuminates what you really came for- the clothes! Clothes line the walls on either side of the store, with tables sporting jewelry, sunglasses, bags, and even more clothes spaced throughout the middle of the store.

What sets Scout & Molly’s apart from other stores is their wide, unique selection of clothing and accessories. Statement necklaces are boldly displayed next to handbags and flower arrangements. Trendy leather jackets are mixed in with soft sweaters and flowy tops. Fun patterns and fabrics are mixed together with simpler, casual tops for everyday wear.

The store also carries all of your favorite brands, like House of Harlow, Sanctuary, Quay Australia, French Connection, and other amazing brands that are hand picked for each location. As you can see in the photos, all of the clothing racks are also color coordinated to make your fall wardrobe shopping that much easier!

Once you have picked out some selections to try on with the help of the boutique employees, you can head towards the back of the store to their airy fitting rooms. They also have seating throughout the store if you’re waiting for someone to try on their clothes! One of our favorite features of the store was a large statement mirror on one of their walls. It’s the perfect place to model some jewelry or handbags!

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You also can’t go wrong with the cheery and helpful associates working at the store! They are willing to answer any questions you have, check for any sizes you may need, and just chat with you about what styles and fashions they love right now.

If you’re looking for even more fashion, talk to an associate or go online to learn about a Scout & Molly’s trunk show! A trunk show is a great way to see even more styles, accessories, and jewelry in an intimate setting, such as a girl’s night, charity event, or holiday party. They’ll bring the runway to you!

We couldn’t have asked for a better, more personable shopping experience than Scout & Molly’s! Whether you’re looking for a dress for a date night or a cute top to wear to work, they have you covered. Visit Scout & Molly’s in Downtown One Loudoun today! The boutique’s hours are Monday-Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6.

Experience One Loudoun: Great Gatherings

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If you’re a family who likes to entertain and have a great time in your own home, then Great Gatherings is the place for you! With all of the entertaining items you will need all in one place, you can put together the perfect outdoor space, rec room, bar area, or kitchen! Walking into Great Gatherings is overwhelming, but in the best way possible, because there are so many different options to complete the perfect space in your home!

The front of the store is lined with shelves and tables containing tableware, barware, and other dining accessories. Each display is arranged beautifully and meticulously coordinated by style, color, and design. How cute is this summery plate display in the photo below?

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Because Great Gatherings is a local business, with just 5 locations spread throughout Maryland and Virginia, you can tell the product selection is catered to the local scene. When checking out the tableware, we even found collegiate plates, cups, hand towels, and other accessories representing some of the local universities.

As for your bar area, Great Gatherings has all of the barware you would see at a professional bar space! From cocktail books, to mixing supplies, and glassware for every type of drink, they really have it all.

As you make your way further into the warehouse-sized store, you will begin to see a large assortment of outdoor furniture, from table and chair sets, to luxurious fire pits, couches, and more!

Among one of the many sections in this amazing store is the game section. Here, we came across the coolest version of “Clue” known to mankind, with 3D rooms built into a polished wooden box. There are other awesome game selections, like darts and plenty of options for a pool table!

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In the very back of the store you’ll find a great selection of bars. With a variety of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, you will absolutely find your perfect in-home bar at Great Gatherings! They set up each bar inside the store so you can get an idea of what it will look like in your home – right next to the new matching pool table!

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Possibly the best thing about Great Gatherings is that no matter how many times you visit, you could walk through 5 more times and discover things you did not see before. This is why the amazing and knowledgeable staff is there to greet you right when you enter through the doors. They are happy to show you where everything is located and answer and of your questions.

Next time you’re here at One Loudoun, stop by Great Gatherings to browse, add to your Christmas list, or even purchase a brand new piece for your home! We promise you will be amazed by the selection and quality that GG has to offer!

GreatGatherings is NOW OPEN at One Loudoun!

(Photo from the GreatGatherings Facebook Page)

(Photo from the GreatGatherings Facebook Page)

This month, GreatGatherings opened its 5th location at One Loudoun in Asburn, VA, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring even more retail stores to Loudoun’s New Downtown! Just like the entire community of One Loudoun, GreatGatherings is all about bringing people together. They do this by offering products to nurture fun times and social settings in your own home!

According to their website, “GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes. We believe that every gathering, no matter how large or small, is an opportunity to create cherished memories to last a lifetime.” This corporate philosophy certainly permeates throughout each of their stores. At the One Loudoun location, the first thing you notice as you walk into this GreatGatherings is its layout. The showroom is setup to mimic comfortable and flowing spaces meant for family gatherings. From the patio pieces to the bars and pool tables, the layouts help shoppers to perfectly envision the time their family could be spending around those pieces.

The quality and craftsmanship of each piece also jumps out at you as you walk through each “room”. From the heavy wood and thick leather of the bar stools to the fabric and stitching of the cushions on the patio chairs, each piece feels like it can endure anything an active home can throw at it. 

The products that GreatGatherings offers go along perfectly with their tagline “Play Up Your Home”. Categories include pool tables, bars & game room, stools, outdoor furniture, entertaining essentials, and more!

If you’re planning on throwing the ultimate party this summer, or just looking to spruce up your recreation room, you can count on GreatGatherings to have all of the furniture and accessories you will need! Stop by today before you head over to eat at one of One Loudoun’s amazing restaurants! 

Sources: GreatGatherings.com

Bigger Isn't Always Better

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Retailers, consumers and the public have followed the mentality that ‘bigger is better’ for far too long. Cars were bigger, TV’s where wider, and thousands of superstores were unnecessarily popping up all over the country. As we move into a more space-conscious and environmentally friendly society, consumers are opting for quality over quantity, and it’s setting communities like One Loudoun apart as one of the best for businesses and shoppers alike.

As we’ve written before in previous blog posts, consumers are seeking an experience. Massive superstores lack the intimacy of smaller boutique-like shops and are chilly and unwelcoming. Shoppers are often left alone, leaving them to find a product themselves which can prove to be difficult and frustrating. For many, this isn’t exactly the type of shopping outing they desire.

At One Loudoun, we applaud the transition to intimate and personalized retail environments. Our community applies this new mentality and agrees that the shopping experience should be just that, an experience. Gary Goodman, the SVP of Passco Cos. explains how location and proximity to major markets is always key when choosing a retail location and that the “synergy of tenants in a regional shopping center is paramount to its long term profitability.”

One Loudoun is an excellent example of this ‘synergy’. We’ve combined restaurants, entertainment, office space and shopping with homes and real estate. This creates a living, breathing community that operates as one and benefits all who reside here. Goodman also notes that “retail is going to improve” overall and that the consumer will “continue to spend more as the economy continues to recover.”

As our community continues to gain more residents and a stronger following, One Loudoun will become especially appealing to retailers.  Shoppers will appreciate having the focus redirected to them – which will encourage even more sales and consumer loyalty.  Retailers shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity to become apart of a wonderful community while benefitting from the improving economy. Embracing the new trend in retail will only engage your customers and help your business succeed!

Sources: www.globest.com