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Urban Chic, Suburban 'Tique

Thursday, January 20, 2005; Page C02

Once upon a time, suburbanites trekked downtown for the boutiques and city dwellers headed out for the discount stores. Times have changed. A wave of downtown-worthy boutiques have opened recently in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Potomac.

Emily Grace in Rockville's Traville Gateway Shopping Center carries designers including Velvet, Rebecca Beeson, Splendid, Alvin Valley and Milly. "We live here and we thought there was a void," says co-owner Stacy Soler. At Clover -- in Gaithersburg's Kentlands neighborhood -- the racks are full of garments by Rebecca Taylor, Ella Moss, Cynthia Vincent and Tibi, among others. Warns co-owner Jenn O'Brien: "That can be dangerous."

Milly flouncy camisole in azalea ($190), Zanzi earrings ($85) and Mella embroidered slippers ($60), at Clover, 502 Main St., Gaithersburg. (Photos Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post)

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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