Kim Putens, Alexandria resident and owner of Bloomers, is finding truth in the less-is-more philosophy. The former management consultant and co-founder of both the beauty shop Bellacara and the Old Town Boutique District is happy to take life at a slightly slower place, investing energy in her shop and enjoying family time.
The whole concept of Bloomers is I wanted to offer a fun and unique place for women to come and buy their everyday undergarments.
The Fleur’t Boyshort is by far my favorite. And Natori’s Bliss Girl Briefs. I work out all the time, so I’m always in workout clothes. Hanky Panky has a no-show: the Bare Boyshort.
I love Del Ray Café; it’s my favorite. And it’s casual, but it’s so good. This place [Misha’s in Alexandria]—I’ve been next to these guys for 17-plus years, and they are amazing. They’re so good to me, and their coffee and their tea is amazing.
Old Town Favorites
[Purederm eye] patches—they’re hydrating collagen. I love them. I found them a couple years ago, and I can’t live without them. Aveeno has this brand of moisturizer that has this soothing, calming something.