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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 06/ 8/2005

A Shore Thing


Who knew that you could find a clothing store in St. Michael's, Md., that sold more than the typical preppy attire favored by boat folk? When I saw a hiply decked-out mannequin outside a small store at 211 N. Talbot (the edge of St. Mike's main drag), my curiosity got the better of me and lured me in. But it was the attractive and mostly attractively priced merchandise that kept me happily browsing for more than an hour on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Thirty-eight-year-old owner Mim Roberts, the owner and the excellent eye behind Elodie, her year-old enterprise, sums up her retail philosophy this way: "I don't buy anything that you can find at the big box stores in the Mall nor anything so over the top that it doesn't translate to real life."

Roberts, who also happens to be a decorative painter, lives up to her promise with a selection of appealing women's clothing and imaginative accessories. Among the many things that leapt out at me were a long printed skirt with subtle sequins; funky green cargo pants with ribbons; unusually patterned turquoise and coral rings and bracelets; frothy filigreed earrings; cross-your-heart lightweight summer sweaters and tank tops; and long silk scarves with shimmery paillettes.

If you like hunting for treasure, set your course for the Eastern Shore and Elodie.

-- Janet

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On a similar note, I recently visited a gift shop/boutique in Irvington, VA (family lives there) that stocked AG Jeans, Citizens, Hanky Panky (best thongs ever), etc. Sure, common here, but pretty surprising in the rural Northern Neck. There have always been super-preppy stores, as in any area where boating and golfing are big draws, but even a few trendy brands were a rare thing down there in the past.

Anyway, this little shop (Duncan & Drake) is a mixed bag of gifts, clothes, and decor items... pleasant surprise and a fun browse, combining a bit of local flavor with "boutique-ish" brands and assorted other stuff. If you're in the area (staying at the Tides Inn or whatever), combine it with a visit to the monthly farmer's market (food, crafts, plants, etc) on the first Saturday of the month across the street.

I've noticed a few other new shops in that area lately (in Kilmarnock, White Stone, etc), but haven't had a chance to check them out yet so I can't vouch.

Posted by: dcnative | June 9, 2005 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Janet, you suck my will to live.

Posted by: Sigh. | June 10, 2005 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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