With just $500 in startup capital, Texas-based jewelry designer Kendra Scott launched her first collection in 2002. Now her bold designs (think colorful drop earrings and crystal-laden bracelets) are sold at retailers around the world, and have been spotted on style icons Jessica Alba and Molly Sims. In July, the designer opened her first Washington-area boutique in downtown Bethesda. The pretty shop features a “Color Bar” where you can create your own pieces from more than 30 stone colors and silhouettes. Looking for a unique place to host a bridal shower or mother-daughter outing? The Bethesda store will play host—and even provide drinks and sweets.
Kendra Scott, 4835 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; (240) 743-2428; www.kendrascott.com