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D.C.—The Shopping List

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The D.C. area boasts a robust and diverse retail landscape with dozens of independent shops...
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1415 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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Appalachian Spring is a locally owned and operated store that sells American Craft from artists and craftsmen who live and work in the Appalachia region of the U.S. The products—which include glassware, wood items, pottery, textiles, and jewelry—...
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2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
For years, while she was attending graduate school and waitressing part-time at her family’s Italian restaurant, young Isabella Polles dreamed of opening a clothing store of her own. That dream came true last year when she threw open the doors at...
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945 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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District Flea is D.C.’s latest flea market brought to us courtesy of the organizers of New York's uber-hip Brooklyn Flea. Plenty of vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, books, records, specialty foods, and other finds to keep you happily...
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3409 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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I don’t really like to shop, and it’s even worse for me when I HAVE to shop like when I need to pick up a gift for a friend. I struggle to find that perfect gift. Thank goodness Wake Up Little Suzie exists. This small store is a go-to place for...
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1510 U St NW # B, Washington, DC 20009, USA
So I was walking around the Adams Morgan neighborhood when my purse started falling apart. I still had another day in D.C. and only brought one bag, so I pulled out my phone to find a nearby vintage store. I mean, I needed a bag, but I wasn't...
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1743 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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It’s your last day in D.C. and you haven’t picked up a “thank you” gift for your lovely Aunt Julee. After all that she did to help you plan your memorable trip to D.C., she deserves a souvenir. I know your Aunt Julee well, and I can tell you that...
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225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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The Eastern Market, now a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1873 to serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood (an 1805 version, located down by the Navy Yard, was a casualty of the War of 1812). The brick market hall, packed with butchers, bakers,...
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1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Union Market is the perfect D.C. destination if you're searching for a weekend brunch spot, craving a snack on your way to visit the Capitol, or, you know, hungry. Oyster bar, bakery, taqueria, soda shop, sandwich shop, Korean taco grill—all...
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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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One of Washington's most beloved independent bookstores, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café is just as much a D.C. institution as the city's historic monuments. Opened in 1976, Kramerbooks was the first bookstore/café in the United...
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5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is a much-loved independent bookstore. Even as the larger chain bookstores began to shutter in the '90s, this place thrived. The knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings...