Forget the usual, decadent notions of what it means to be a spa. At The Spa Room in DC, this stripped-down space is focused on giving out the highest quality massages and little else, meaning customers should expect to find a relatively bare-bones treatment space. Tucked into the ground floor of a nondescript apartment building on Wisconsin Avenue, The Spa Room contains little more than a waiting room and back room where guests get worked on. Therapists here specialize in various massage modalities, ranging from Swedish to hot stone to deep tissue. Can’t decide on one? You can mix and match within the same spa session. You can also test out treatments like CranioSacral therapy, the Feldenkrais Method and aromatherapy.
Professional sleep counselors facilitate peaceful slumber at more than 80 Mattress Discounters locations nationwide, where showrooms brim with mattresses from brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, and Space Age Foam. Unlike pet stores, Mattress Discounters encourages customers to lie on the merchandise, as sleep counselors use the Discover Your Comfort system to ask questions about sleep position and comfort level. With this information in hand, client and counselor select the right mattress for restful slumber, with each sleep surface backed by a 60-night comfort guarantee.
The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame carries an assortment of custom framing options, including wood, aluminum, and other materials. Using only acid-free materials, the shop's staff can lend elegance to prints with conservation framing, linen mats, and custom brass and aluminum plaques. For lonely frames with nothing to hold, the studio also stocks prints from several fine-art distributors, including Charles Bibbs, Washington Green, and Rod Chase. The shop's photo-restoration services rejuvenate even the most faded screenshots of Lewis and Clark's live blogging. Many services can be completed in as little as one hour.
Skeins of yarn line the shelves at Stitch DC, forming a rainbow of colors made from silk, cotton, alpaca, mohair, and linen. Crafters can lose track of time paging through the store's how-to books, running threads between their fingers, or searching for the perfect tools—which include crochet hooks, knitting needles, and patterns—for upcoming projects. The stitchery haven acquaints patrons with needles and yarn in regular classes, progressing through the creation of scarves, lace, hats, and other full-body socks. Sewing and quilting classes also take place at the store.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
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Gallery St. Elmo: Merchandise turns quickly in this crowded consignment shop that offers original art, antiques, and lamps. We uncovered an antique wooden box ($20) as well as a pair of green Chinese Foo dog figurines ($80)."