If you're in the market for some new wheels, this pro shop is the place to find your perfect match. Dedicated to encouraging those of all abilities to try the sport – which has also become an increasingly popular mode of transportation in Washington – you can find everything from a $350 cruiser to a $3,500 racing bike. The store also carries a few nifty accessories, like logs, bike bags, racks and baby seats.
Even though Washington's a dog-friendly place, sometimes you need a break to do your own thing. Dog-ma's cage-free philosophy means pups gets to play all day in the outdoors on jungle gyms with new friends. They get their exercise and freedom to roam around 7,000 square feet, and you get peace (plus peace of mind).
Mix up your dining routine by grabbing fresh arugula and strawberries, among other fruits, meats, pasta, baked goods and veggies, at this historic flea market. You might also peruse the venue's four sections for antique clocks, handmade journals, or giraffes made of aluminum cans (check “get unique souvenir” off your list). Get there early to avoid big crowds of locals stocking groceries for the week.
Hill's is more than an indie gourmet kitchenware retailer: it's a classroom. Adjacent to Eastern Market metro station, the store occupies an 1884 townhouse and offers unique cooking tools, bakeware, cookbooks, barware, tea accessories, and cookie cutters. But what good's a product if you don't know how to use it? Hill's has got you covered: plan ahead and sign up for a cooking class, which could include basic knife skills or no-cook pasta sauces.
In case you haven't seen enough beautiful things on Capitol Hill, this contemporary design shop is sure to spark a desire to turn your home into a sanctuary. The store sells locally made furniture pieces, funky jewelry, and sometimes hosts meet-and-greets with the makers.