Retail therapy comes in many shapes and sizes. Downtown DC, at least the White House, Capitol, and Business District has lost most of its retail over the last twenty to thirty years. The neighborhoods, like Adams Morgan, U Street, and Georgetown are now the best, and only places to get downright deep and dirty in shopping bags.
Sidebar: I did make up one name. Do you know which one?
I did find a few interesting stores, however difficult they are to find. Carbon on U Street carries the Tsubo shoes that I enjoy. The last pair I bought were from Boulder, CO. The first pair I ever bought were from Goler in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Circle Boutique on 17th near DuPont Circle carries Obedient Sons men’s cardigans. I also would buy a Corpus denim blazer if I ever had a need for one. I don’t, but I should. Girls, do not despair, as they have the smartest tweedy blazers to cure your inner Preppy!
A store called Go Mama Go! cannot be ignored! This 14th Street home goods store sells teapots, cutting boards, sake sets, you know, the stuff you ladies like to accumulate and never use. They say it the place to go for your color themed parties.
For my friend Sian, Hu’s Shoes is the place for stylish shoes. If you don’t go, you could end up hu-less, much less shoeless. It is the grownup girl’s version of Fantasyland, if not Imelda Marcos-ville.
Relish on Cadys Alley is not a hot dog place, but a place for those who dress like hot dogs. Enter only if you have a serious sense of style, and absolutely NO inhibitions regarding color, texture, or pattern. For example, they carry Dries Van Noten for both men and women.
Alex on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, makes boys play upstairs, girls play downstairs. The have those unique Custo Barcelona tops, and Varvatos for both play areas. Best things are the stuff from local designers.
Candida’s World of Books is not about the song, but perhaps the best collection of travel books, both guidebooks and travel writing) in all of DC. The experts say spending the day at Candida’s is like spending the day travelling the world! Just take the Circulator bus to 14th.
Destination U, obviously on U Street, has the Kowboy’s T’s for men. Now personally, I will buy a souvenir T-shirt from a point of interest, but I am not sure I want to be a billboard for a brand of beer, or line of cosmetics. Shame on me, I did buy a T-shirt at Ben’s Chili Bowl. But the locally designed jewelry has women drooling, or was that the medication?
Monday, I had to settle for some Puma tennies, at half price, to replace my worn out Asics. I am now looking for a used clothing drop off. I also replaced my toilet kit with a great new, lightweight one from Tumi. And I found another safari shirt for my trip this summer to Africa at Banana Republic, for under $20. Neutral colors are so hard to find! But what will I do with the stuff after my safaris? Donate, donate, donate!!!
BTW, Part 2, they do dress differently here on the East coast. The colors are not as bright, the suits are so very conservative. And shoes, nothing compares to the West coast, nor to my shoe stepping expert, Sian. She could probably start a boutique out here with just the shoes she has given away!
Sugar on Wisconsin Avenue in G-town is not a candy store, but an eye candy store. It is a more conservative approach to style, but no easier on the wallet. The Shoe Hive on South Royal exists for women who are addicted to honey like bees. Someone told me it is THE place to buy sandals in DC.
The topper of all stores and store names is Wild Women Wear Red. Please do not say that too fast, or it should like wild women wet the bed!!! Perhaps you might need some go-go boots or something so unique that my friend Sian does not own a pair, YET! This is yet another U Street destination.
Another creative name for a shoe store is Sassanova, again in G-town. So named, since Casanova was the greatest seducer of women, Sassanova is the second greatest seducer, with their shoes. Can you imagine how the old lady who lived in a shoe really felt?
So, did you guess the name of the store that I conjured up? That is right, boys and girls. They ALL exist! And as George Costanza said, it is NOT a lie, if YOU believe it!