Reunions owner Barbara Geyer Watts describes her charming jewelry and gift boutique as "a blend of old and new where the merchandise changes daily." The shop's antiques, milled soaps, knickknacks, and jewelry have earned the patronage of countless loyal customers, as well as a place on Washingtonian magazine’s Best Gift Shops in Washington list.
The shop adorns bodies with one-of-a-kind earrings made from pearls and pewter and gold earrings and bracelets in the shape of hastily tied metal bows. It also inspires decorating creativity with its collection of candles, Waterford crystal, china, and robot butlers. Each purchase can be gift wrapped at no extra charge, and 5% of all sales each October benefit worthy local charities.
Established in 1998, Cornucopia Cruise Line's three ships transport guests along the New York City harbor or the inland waterways along the New Jersey and Staten Island shorelines. Each ship is appointed with uplit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner of surf-and-turf entrees as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 250-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.
Independently owned and operated by DC natives Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade, the 2,500-square-foot loft-like space at homebody is filled with contemporary furnishings and home products. Quaff eco-conscious colas from a reusable Eco Can drinking bottle, with a biodegradable and BPA-free body that is safe for use in microwaves, dishwashers, and decommissioned Mars rovers ($14.50). Square meals can be squirreled away inside a Box Appetit lunch box ($24.95), which can be, in turn, slipped into a specially designed bag ($7.95). And inside the shop, eyeballs will get a chuckle from quirky doorstops shaped like leaves ($10 each), high-heeled shoes ($9 each), and members of the Partridge family. The store combines designs from renowned and up-and-coming designers, and benefits from the owners' combined 40 years of experience. Though not included in today's Groupon, homebody also adorns abodes with interior-design services.
When Max Schneider and his son Abe Genderson founded Schneider’s of Capitol Hill in 1949, they had no idea that their store would be around for as long as some of their vintages had aged. Now, after more than 60 years, the family teams up with eight wine consultants to introduce their customers to at least 12,000 varieties of wine and spirits. In addition to vintages accessible to casual consumers, Schneider’s showcases an “old and rare” list of sips, as well as specialty bottles including wines from 1900.
According to the guiding philosophy at Renewed Wellness, good health results from holistic efforts that include stress reduction—which is why they offer their clients a host of relaxing services including massages, body wraps, and even waxing. Skin swaddled in a body wrap is slathered with sun-dried rose clay, essential oils, and mineral-rich ingredients. Depending on what luxe components are in them, such as sun-dried rose clay and essential oils, the wraps have different goals that range from detoxification to skin hydration and the metamorphosing of clients into butterflies. Add-ons—such as aromatherapy and packages bundling a choice of treatments—help spa-goers customize their experience for optimum rejuvenation. The center also offers a massage membership that includes discounts on regular massages. Therapists and aestheticians can even be commissioned to pay house calls and visit corporate events.
Since 1861, The Somerville Showroom has bedecked kitchens and baths in stylish function fixtures from brands that include Kohler, Aqueous, and Yorktowne Cabinetry. A simple bath fixture upgrade such as the Kohler Flipside showerhead transforms a regular hosing into minutes of bliss with flip-activated water-massage settings ($95.30–$107), Aqueous bathroom faucets disperse hot, cold, and mysteriously carbonated water with chrome elegance ($111.07), and Kohler Wellworth water-conserving toilets take homes one step closer to green living ($223.40). For functionality and voguish wall dressings, Yorktown cabinetry bestows cherry-wood ornamentations throughout cooking quarters and fallout shelters still sporting '60s-era lead-lined pantries.