Think you would enjoy a little roasted porchetta with your Chianti, but not sure how it will go together? One of this wine store's greatest pleasures is its classes, which center around various wine regions. Sign up for a pairing lesson which taps the store's gourmet selection of cured meats and cheeses. All wine during the weekly classes can be purchased at a 15 percent discount. Larger groups (team building, anyone?) can arrange for private, customized tastings. There are also to-go sandwiches, like the Ad-Mo (finochino, mortadella, prosciutto, provolone, spicy pickles and olive oil on semolina sesame bread), and the A.M. Cubano (pork confit with spicy mustard, prosciutto and Comte cheese on semolina sesame bread).
This über upscale furniture store is anything but a hodgepodge of homogeneity, as its name suggests. There are tons of well-made, neutral furniture staples, but also colorful and curvacious lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller, mirrored chests of drawers, plus unique accessories you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Warm and worldly, spend time admiring the store's curation of goodies against an ivory backdrop, which resemble an Elle Décor spread.
CommonWealth is a fashionable boutique for the man who'd rather jump off a bridge than swap his Air Yeezy for loafers. For a chance to experience the spirit of Adams Morgan's counter culture, step into this store, whose main goal is to expose patrons to new artists and designers through trendy street wear and music. Find established and up-and-coming labels like Stussy, Lafayette to Comme des Garcons and of course the sneaker selection.
To distinguish your apartment from everyone else's, nix Pottery Barn and Ikea for a few artful pieces from Skynear. The store's owner, Lynn Skynear, brings back hand-selected pieces from all over the world. Skynear's eclectic chair collection are a sight to behold (recently for sale was a comfy seat made of woven red seat belts). Interior designers are on duty to help you sort through the collection, and when you just want to browse, check out the store's gallery, which features inspirational paintings, silkscreen posters, decorative pillows and sculpture.
The staff at this women's boutique talk the talk and walk the walk, looking inspiringly chic. Ask for Julie Egermayer, the owner, who has a knack for finding exactly what you need. There or 50 fashion-forward styles on the floor at any given time and new inventory suitable for all ages every week. With only a few of each item – and most everything under $100 – you will go home with a distinctive piece that doesn't break the bank. Look for DC-based designers like La Petite Marmoset and Love, Cortnie.