As the holiday shopping season kicks off, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wanted to help District shoppers support their local small businesses. In honor of Small Business Saturday, which will take place Nov. 30., we've compiled some of our favorite local spots for unique gifts in the DMV area.
Check out our Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide below for a list of small shops by neighborhood. Happy Holidays, and let the shopping commence!
Urban Dwell: Owned and run by Veteran Tom McMahon, Urban Dwell is the neighborhood gift shop with something for everyone. Stocked with an array of artisan products ranging from kitchen and homewares to children’s toys and trinkets – Urban Dwell is the sort of place you’ll look forward to hitting while you knock out your holiday shopping.
Read Wall: Read Wall offers custom suits and tailoring for men from quality materials that are comfortable and practical. With a dedication to customer service, Read Wall makes shopping for menswear easy and enjoyable.
Glen’s Garden Market: Glen’s is a great place to find artisan grocery items – and grab lunch while you’re at it! The market boasts a variety of wines, snacks and other foodstuffs, in addition to the cold case and counter style meal bar where locals can grab a bite on the go. A previous Dream Big Small Business award winner, Glen’s is the kind of business that locals love to support.
Shop Made in DC: Local artists and creators line the walls and cover the tables of this D.C. gift shop. From cooking utensils and local homewares to handmade jewelry and watercolor maps of your favorite D.C. neighborhoods, Shop Made in DC has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Nestled between some of Georgetown’s popular chain stores, Shop Made in DC is a break from the ordinary, featuring unique items created and curated by locals – for locals.
Scilla + Luna: This cozy Georgetown boutique houses bohemian homewares and intricate embroidered goods ranging from wall hangings to blouses. Whether you’re holiday shopping, looking for the perfect housewarming gift, or in need of something to spruce up your own space, Scilla + Luna should be on your list!
Take Care: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season and grab a gift for the wellness junkies in your life at Georgetown wellness boutique and spa: Take Care. From essential oils and candles to soothing skincare products, Take Care has your wellness needs covered from head to toe.
Capitol Hill/Navy Yard/Eastern Market
Capitol Hill Books: A D.C. institution, Capitol Hill Books has served readers for nearly 30 years. The trilevel used bookstore is lined – literally floor to ceiling – with novels from every genre and features rare and even first edition books from esteemed authors. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for the book worms in your life, or you're looking for a place to spend the afternoon out of the cold, Capitol Hill Books should be on your hit list!
Hill’s Kitchen: For all of the foodies in your life, Hill’s Kitchen is the place to go. The Capitol Hill shop not only features an extensive inventory of kitchen gadgets and supplies, but hosts cooking classes to help home-chefs hone their craft.
Salt and Sundry: This contemporary boutique has multiple locations throughout the D.C. area including this spot in Union Market. Salt & Sundry carries a variety of paper and stationary as well as home decor and artisan goods. From art prints and throw pillows to speckled glass candles and eye-catching coffee table books, Salt & Sundry features a fusion of modern and bohemian-inspired products that bring those millennial lifestyle blogs to life.
Daily Rider: This isn’t your average bike shop. Daily Rider offers elegant, sturdy bicycle models and dependable repair services to everyday D.C. cyclists. Founded by Beltway locals, Daily Rider is the perfect place to shop for the bike you’ll actually look forward to using on your commute every day.
Trade Roots: Trade roots is an Arlington gem. Whether you’re stopping in to grab a coffee, a glass of wine, or peruse the inventory of globally-inspired fair trade products, you won’t leave disappointed –or empty-handed. Through the thoughtful curation of her shop and cafe, Trade Roots owner and founder Lisa Ostroff shares her passion for celebrating different cultures with each visitor.
The Urban Farmhouse: This Arlington homewares shop features a variety of vintage and refurbished furniture and handmade home decor accessories. The Urban Farmhouse boasts an inventory of unique, shabby-chic designs ranging from farm-style end tables and benches to intricately embroidered throw pillows and hand-crafted wreaths. As we approach the holiday season, The Urban Farmhouse is a one-stop-shop when it comes to knocking out that holiday gift list, and picking up a few seasonal decor items for your home along the way.
Urban Country Designs: A family-owned and operated business since 1991, Urban Country offers clients a one-stop-shop with which to design their dream space. With furniture and decor that fuses luxurious and modern with classic, traditional, and rustic styles, visitors are bound to find the statement pieces that bring their dwelling from house to home. Luxurious and chic, yet comfortable, Urban Country offers everything from sofas and coffee tables to interior design services and window treatments. The shop also hosts a coffee bar on Thursdays for the community and brings in top designers for fireside chats and book signings.
Bethesda Chocolates: A cafe featuring artisan chocolates in all shapes and flavors, Bethesda Chocolates is the place to take all the chocolate lovers in your life. Stop in for a gift box of chocolates, or make a visit with friends for coffee and a chocolate-dipped pretzel!