Readers' Pick


Colorful scarves, stylish jackets, fashionable sweaters and distinctive jewelry fill the shelves of Belina, a small, family-run boutique that opened its doors 10 years ago in Bethesda. Owners BettyBarati  and  Sherri Hatam—a mother-daughter duo—describe their collection as “trendy, but wearable.”

“People really know us for the more unique pieces that we carry,” says Hatam, who travels to New York City showrooms to hand-pick stylish designer pieces for the store. Popular brands include Majesty, White + Warren and Echo, with tops typically ranging from $70 to $300.

Belina—which tied with Luna and Ginger for “Best Boutique” last year—has a loyal clientele, which the owners attribute to its superior customer service.

“We don’t want anyone to walk out wearing something that’s gonna sit in their closet,” Hatam says. “People appreciate that, and I think that’s what sets us apart from other stores.”

Wildwood Shopping Center, 10215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-897-2929

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