Located in upscale Northwest Washington, this definitely does not fit into the definition of a typical mall. Small and to the point, this collection of ritzy shops is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Names like those say it all—if you intend to shop here you'll only find the best in high end merchandise. The mall also has a movie theater that shows the latest box office hits in comfortable surroundings.
Although you have to ring a doorbell to gain entry, you should not be intimidated by Betsy Fisher. This light-filled boutique features creative clothing and accessories for day and evening. Beautiful dresses, ranging from the funky to the elegant, are the store's bread and butter and rightfully hang on the front racks near the door. Betsy Fisher sells one-of-a-kind items as well as name-brand labels such as Nicole Miller, Max and Co. and Easel. Buyers can be assured no one else will be wearing the same thing.
"Tiny Jewel Box" are the last words one would use to describe this store, which dubs itself “a Washington treasure.” It contains several floors, each devoted to particular merchandise. The top floor is reserved for customers with a private appointment. The jewelry here is exquisite and of the highest quality, as are the myriad crystal objects like the fragile vases and candlesticks. The exquisite antique and vintage jewelry is sure to make you sigh with longing. Among these classics find stunning creations by designers Paul Morelli and Alex Sepkus. Precious coffee mugs and children's sweaters are available too.
The Lettie Gooch Boutique embodies the vibe of power women in the U Street district. The boutique proudly showcases designer brands such as House of Dereon, couture by Beyonce Knowles' mother, Tina, and also spotlights local jewelry artisans. Ecoist bags, recycled candy wrapper accessories which look like they were handmade at a kiosk in Cancun, are a favorite among customers. The store is named after the owner's grandmother, who is remembered in the community as being a “pillar of strength and uniquely fashion forward.”
Bonobos is an apparel store essentially catering to men. The store specializes in a vast array men's clothing like, formal wear comprising blazers, shirts both printed and plain, trousers, pants, shoes etc. You will find yourself rummaging through golf-wear as well. This classy store keeps casual wear as well, like denims and shorts. If you want custom made clothes, the store has a place for you, too, as it houses a tailoring department. Although slightly on the expensive side, the clothes here are worth every penny spent.
Awarded as one of the 2010 "Best of Bethesda," Cork57 is truly a local favorite for wine and beer. Cork57 is an upscale wine and beer shop that carries a unique, international selection of fine wines, microbrews and Belgian beers. In addition to fine wines and beers, Cork57 also carries a selection of premium cigars to meet any occasion. Lastly, wine enthusiasts can pick up those last minute accessories such as cork screws, bottle stoppers, wine charms and gift bags in the store's gift section.
This trendy boutique sells the best in fashion, from shoes to accessories to clothing. Sassanova's impressive shoe collection has a pair for any season or style. Whether you want comfortable but cute saddles for the beach or sophisticated heels for the office, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. In addition to their curated shoe selection, you'll discover amazing clothing and accessories.
Bluemercury is a beauty supply center and day spa. The center is essentially known for its body care products like fragrances, moisturizers, shampoos, styling equipment, grooming kits and a lot more. Some of the brands housed within the store include, Bobbi Brown, Oribe and Lune-Naster. This elegant space has in house spa offering various skin and muscle treatments, and is the perfect rejuvenation retreat after a busy day. Bluemercury that opened in 1999, enjoys a great clientele and is functional in various locations. With so much to offer, Bluemercury, is a one stop shop to next level beauty and care.
The North Face is a garment store essentially known for its sports and travel wear. For those who are travel and sports enthusiasts, know that the store is among the best when it comes to apparels and accessories for men, women and children, ranging from jackets, tops, shoes, mufflers, knitted caps and pants. Although it is slightly on the expensive side, the products here are complete value for money.
Lululemon Athletica, as the name suggests, is a sports apparel store. It is essentially known for its clothing collection for women and men, who are passionate about sports and fitness. Each apparel is made keeping in mind your body and needs, and so special nylon material is used for constructing the clothes. Next time you are in search of sports and yoga wear, you know where to go.
Whether it's a small condo in the city or a sprawling ranch in the countryside, Urban Country Designs brings a variety of luxury chic furniture and home décor for any space. The store is vastly filled with home styles for every taste - from contemporary to elegant classic by the most in demand designers today. It is also a great place to buy unique home gifts and decorations such as scented candles, picture frames, and bath products. Additionally, Urban Country also promotes home products, décor, and furniture designed for a greener home. For new ventures for the home front, Urban Country is definitely a place where an inspiration for a stylish and greener home begins. -Shirley Hsieh