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Step foot into Bella Italia and take a trip into Italy. The warm Bella Italia shares the experience of Italy with a large selection of Italian imports such as Italian gourmet foods, art, furniture, books, and hand painted ceramics. All items in the store are directly imported from artists and craftsmen of Italy, each with a story of its own. Find unique and interesting presents that will surely impress friends, or go in and browse and revel in the tradition and celebrate the Italian experience. - Shirley Hsieh
Located in Bethesda, this bookstore belonging to online retail giant Amazon is sprawled across approximately 6000 square feet (557.41 square meters). This bookstore stocks a variety of titles on travel, history, fashion, and drama, in addition to fiction and children’s books. Another highlight of this bookstore is the way the shelves are arranged; from bestsellers to the most popular books, as voted by online readers, you can find the book you are looking for in no time and also come across great recommendations at the same time. The aesthetic is pared-back and simple, but one could easily spend hours looking through the aisles of high, wooden shelves.
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
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.
Big Planet Comics is a renowned book store, essentially known for its world class comic collection. Some of the comics published by the store include, Beach Girls and Pocket Full Of Coffee. This simple done up store, houses a vast array of comics of DC and Marvel. Apart from the comics, you get to buy comic character figurines, too. With so much to offer, Big Planet Comics makes the perfect place to satiate your comic pangs.