by Tim Regan December 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Photo via Shop N' Shaw BazaarMore than two dozen local businesses are scheduled to set up shop under the same roof in Shaw this weekend.

The neighborhood’s Wonder Bread Factory (641 S St. NW) is hosting a pop-up “bazaar” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

“Whether you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift or want to treat yourself in between all the gift giving, this will be the place for a special shopping experience,” an Eventbrite page for the event says. “In addition to shopping, you’ll be able to connect with some incredible makers, artists, and creatives from the DC area and beyond.”

Businesses and brands set to sell wares during the shopping event include Mimi Miller, Oh-Mazing, Magpie Cookshop and Modami Apparel.

Poppir, a company centered on “listing, searching, and booking short-term rental space online,” is hosting the bazaar.

Image via Poppir Eventbrite

by June 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0


Ready for summer wear? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Sarah Griswold. Email her at sarahg[AT]

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous summer so far, I know that I am. Apart from those few bursts of crazy rain, the sunshine has been more that welcomed in this household. And with these beautiful days abound, I have brought my summer wardrobe out of hiding.

Ladies, I’m sure you’re like me — when dragging out your dusty box of summer dresses, short-shorts and cami’s, it’s exciting to be reunited with those small, but essential pieces that adorned all your “Summer 2012” Instagram photo album pictures, but then you’re left wanting.

My Local Picks

Whether you’re looking for new frocks to wear on your summer trip to NYC, or relaxing beachside vacation to Charleston, SC, or if you just want to freshen up your summer outfits, I have a list of cute little boutiques you must check out this year.

  • Redeem Shop Independent, 1734 14th St NW. Flaunting cool, designer duds for men and women, this shop also makes room for lesser known names too. For me, this is great place to get something completely unique, edgy, urban and screamingly original.
  • Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. One of the first spots I explored upon moving to the city. Again, this shop caters to men and women, so feel free to drag your boyfriend along to spruce up his wardrobe too! As far as the clothing goes, I find Caramel ultra feminine and airy; things you can wear to work and to happy hour right afterward.
  • Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street NW. This is such a great shop and every time I walk by the window displays, I’m compelled to go in. Bright and bold colors and ready to wear styles that are modern without being pretentious. Flowy dresses, structured collars and bright statement jewelry adorn this little boutique.
  • Violet Boutique, 2439 18th Street NW. This is a great “go-to” spot with reliably cute and easy styles. It reminds me of shopping in your stylish girlfriend’s closet. Pretty, girly styles and accessories without pushing your boundaries too far.

At all of these boutiques, styles and sizes are limited, so be sure to check in with them often so you don’t miss out on anything!

And Once You’re Done…

  • Once you have done your damage, be sure to make some room in your closet and get rid of all those items you love but don’t wear anymore — Buffalo Exchange on 1318 14th Street NW accepts donations or you can resell there too.
  • You can also donate your items to any one of the great donation centers in a neighborhood near you.  Here are a couple to get you started — Martha’s Table at 2114 14th Street NW or Goodwill Donation Center on 2200 South Dakota Avenue NE.

Have I missed one of your favorite shops? Are there any new boutiques the rest of us should know about? Post a comment below and spread the love!

Happy summer shopping!

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by November 29, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,806 1 Comment


The craziness of sales are not for everyone. Mike has tips on how to navigate your merchandise through the remainder of the holiday shopping season. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got an urban etiquette wrong that needs to be righted? Find Mike on Twitter @mike_kohn or drop him a line at [email protected].

I’ll admit that I’m one of the crazy people who go out and shop on Black Friday. I can’t stand the crowds and the lines, and I’ve already made it quite clear how I feel about pedestrians who don’t know how to walk (and suburban pedestrians in the mall are the worst, as I rediscovered this past Friday at the King of Prussia mall outside of Philly), but the deals are just so awesome. Call me a glutton for punishment – but I’m excited about the new stuff I got at pretty outstanding prices.

Amidst my fabulous shopping experiences, I can’t tell you how many times I got whacked in the face, legs, stomach, etc. with people who were way too cavalier about parading through with their shopping bags. So while this may be too late for the craziest shopping day of the year, as we gear up for our holiday planning, here are some things you can do to avoid getting beat up by your own heavy merchandise.

  • Keep your bags close. For crime reasons, there’s a whole other side of this one – preventing snatch and grabs and pickpockets from taking your stuff. But for our etiquette purposes, those things can run wild and will take people out if you’re not careful.
  • Let’s go back to basics here. Remember “please,” “excuse me,” and “thank you?” Yeah, they’re super helpful when people are in your path in a crowded store or street. If you try to push me, I will evaluate if tackling you is the right decision.
  • Along the same lines, plan to actually spend a fair amount of time doing your shopping. Snapping at people for taking too long and running around without any concern for anyone else doesn’t make things go faster. Everyone is doing what you’re doing, so either budget for extra time or stay home and shop online.

Was anyone else crazy enough to venture out on Friday to encounter crazy shopping experiences? Do you have any other tips for shoppers this time of year? Leave them in the comments and let us know.

by November 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm 1,482 0

Borderstanians: The follwoing holiday shopping season safety tips are from the MPD Web site, courtesy of Field Training Officer K.A. Sodimu of the Fourth District/PSA 401; they were posted to the Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups.

As we are all excited about the holiday shopping season, so are the criminals–they are getting ready to take advantage of any mistake we make. Remember that criminals also need to buy presents, too–for their kids, spouses, parents, grandparents, girlfriends and boyfriends. Criminals also drive and visit people, too, and if they do not have the money or the means to get around, they are coming for ours. So, we have to be proactive and remember to put into action all the safety tips that learn throughout the year. The following safety tips are from the MPD Web site:


Disclaimer: Some materials have been compiled from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice. I do not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information.

Please remember you are our eyes and ears and we can not do this without you, take care and have a safe and happy shopping. – K.A. Sodimu


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