Nana's not your average boutique – it's more like a hangout for the neighborhood's fashionable and eco-conscious ladies. Find homemade soaps arranged next to comfy, vintage-style clothing staples made by the owner and other small designers, plus a collection of jewelry by local artists. Nana's staff are more than happy to hand-select flattering pieces for you from new and vintage collections amid a backdrop of farmhouse-inspired décor like antique wooden milk crates and galvanized wash tubs. Check the web site for trunk show dates, when you can meet designers in person and snatch up their newest fashions.
The owner of this 100% vegan bakery has won Food Network's Cupcake Wars competition not once, but twice. Yes. Owner Doron Peterson has some serious chops, and locals know it. That's why a line forms during lunch, dinner and brunch for tofurkey sandwiches, veggie dogs, sticky buns and cookies and cream cupcakes. Avoid waiting for your healthy and organic grub by calling in your order ahead of time; then take your meal to Kenyon Square next door for an urban picnic. You can always walk back for seconds.
Kids kick their imaginations into high gear at this whimsical gift shop full of unusual objects. This is probably the only place you can say you saw Wallace's Condensed Primordial Soup, Unicorn Tears or Confused Wood. Or see weagles and owlephants, for that matter. All profits from the shop support 826DC, an organization co-founded by author David Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) to create creative writing programming for 6-18 year-old students. Schools can arrange field trips here and visitors can sign up for workshops led by volunteers. When they're done honing their prose, students can reward themselves – and join other children – with a summertime jaunt through the adjacent fountains in Kenyon Square.
A visit to this neighborhood isn't complete without a chocolate eclair from Heller's while reading the day's news in a shabby wingback chair. A neighborhood fixture since 1928, the bakery supplies $1.25 pancakes, cakes, cookies, doughnuts and coffee to dedicated customers across from the Capital Bikeshare station at Holmstead Place.