Shopping in Bethesda

Half Off Art Supplies

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Art-materials store stocks artist workspaces with acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints, canvases, and graphite pencils

Up to 42% Off Nest Smart-Thermostat and Basic Installation

Bethesda Area

$428.95 $249

Wi-Fi-controllable thermostat programs itself based on your home's energy use; lighting consultants assess potential savings from LED bulbs

Up to 54% Off Watches or Watch Batteries

Multiple Locations

$13 $6

Attractive timepieces for men or women and expert battery replacement and watch repair at locations inside Maryland and Virginia malls

60% Off Lingerie and Clothing at Celine de Paris

Bethesda

$100 $40

Small selection of upscale apparel and lingerie includes a sheer, polka-dotted blouse, a floral handbag, and a lacy garter belt

45% Off Jewelry and Accessories

Tysons Central 123

$20 $11

On-trend pendants, rings, scarves, and wallets, many of which boast the shop's own YSTRDY label

49% Off at Potomac Wines and Spirits

Georgetown

$107.88 $55

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A medium-bodied red that combines fruity notes with hints of Mediterranean herbs and a crisp white from a Sicilian vineyard

49% Off Spanish Wine at Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe

Chevy Chase

$107.88 $55

One dozen bottles of tempranillo or verdejo come imported from Spain

51% Off Spanish Red Wine

Dupont Circle

$180 $89

Boutique liquor shop packs six bottles of a Spanish red with a 90+ score from Wine Advocate that has notes of woodsmoke, spice, and cherry

Up to 64% Off Bespoke Menswear at BookATailor

Dupont Circle

$198 $99

Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England

Up to 86% Off Beauty Classes or Party at Plush Beautiq

Brookland

$199.99 $39

Beauty classes with beauty box; parties include cocktails or mocktails and take-home beauty boxes

Half Off Human Hair Extensions

Washington

$20 $10

Virgin hair from Brazil comes in straight. wavy, or curly textures and weave or clip-in extension styles

50% Off

H Street - NoMa

$10 $5

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

52% Off Six-Bottle Wine Assortment

Capitol Hill

$144.94 $69

Six 750ml bottles of specially selected wines, including an unwooded Australian chardonnay and other wines from France, Spain, and Italy

Up to 45% Off at Capitol Hill Bikes

Capitol Hill

$40 $22

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Friendly shop stocks gear including gloves, locks, bags, and bikes for cyclists of all ages

50% Off Fashion-Forward Boutique Clothing at Coterie

Georgetown

$50 $25

Unique European Fashion with a fun and flirty but moderate vibe

$150 for $300 Toward a Vacuum or Air-Purification System

Arlington

$300 $150

Durable vacuum cleaners with powerful suction clean flooring of all types; purification system improves air quality and removes contaminants

Up to 51% Off at Fairytale Brides on a Shoestring

Central Rockville

$100 $50

Not-for-profit boutique offers brides affordable gowns and accessories for their big day; profits are donated to women's charities

Up to 52% Off Flowers from America's Beautiful Florist

Central Rockville

$39.99 $19

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Deliveries or pick-up of silky red roses or elegant lilies in a swanky glass bud vase

45% Off

Newtown

$69 $38

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Off Clothing at Coco Libre

Hyattsville

$20 $10

This boutique, which supports earth-friendly, socially conscious, and fair-trade movements, offers vintage clothing for women and men

45% Off Jewelry

Vienna

$130 $72

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Off Products

Vienna

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Off Comics at Collector's World

Annandale

$30 $15

New comics such as The Walking Dead and Wolverine; vintage comics such as Superman and The Amazing Spiderman

50% Off Personalized Gifts at The Little Monogram Shop

Old Town

$40 $20

Custom monograms add a personal touch to gifts from tees and totes to bath towels and draperies

Up to 53% Off at Cigar Palace

Landmark - Van Dorn

$30 $15

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Smoking lounge with a flat-screen TV welcomes customers as they choose from premium cigar brands such as Oliva, Bundle, and Nub & Cain

47% Off Plants and Supplies at Seasons Nursery

Gaithersburg

$30 $16

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Garden center with expansive stock of botanical specimens—including perennials, trees, and shrubs.

45% Off Makeup

Capitol Heights

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

45% Off Wigs

Suitland - Silver Hill

$375 $206

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Select Local Merchants

Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.

Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.

7720 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.

4825 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.

But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.

Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.

7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda,
MD
US

For more than a decade, Middle C Music has equipped songcrafters with the instruments and expertise needed to articulate their own sonic expressions. Racks of guitars and ukuleles hang from the shop’s walls, along with accessories such as sheet music, songbooks, and extra sets of limbs for playing double guitars. Orchestral instruments by the likes of Bach, Jupiter, and Cannonball are available for purchase or month-by-month rentals. The shop also curates a team of musical experts of various disciplines for weekly lessons and Rock Band camps, where kids spend five days learning to play as an ensemble and spin their own interpretations of rock classics.

4530 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Male kittens wrestle balls of yarn to develop motor skills and re-create their mother's Cosby sweaters. Celebrate the dexterity of human paws with today's Groupon: for $40, you get three beginner knitting classes at Stitch DC on Capitol Hill (an $80 value). Materials are not included in this Groupon and can be purchased for $20.

The friendly craftoholics running Stitch DC pride themselves in placing fellow pattern addicts in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity and responsible wool consumption. In each 90-minute beginner's session, you'll use hands-on techniques to learn the basic tenets of knitting, purling, stockinette stitching, seed stitching, cast-ons, and bind offs, resulting in a wide knowledge of patterns and an appreciation for Betsy Ross, the American seamstress known for stitching kernels of corn into George Washington's gums. Stitch DC opens patrons pores and allows their creative juices to weep out a variety of fibers including wool, alpaca, silk, hemp, and more.

Walls of colorful threads line the walls of Stitch DC's inviting storefront, which lies just two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro stop. Check out the schedule and call to set up your classes.

Reviews

Stitch DC has been featured by community blog The Hill Is Home. Yelpers give it an average of three stars.

  • From beginner workshops that teach small and relatively unambitious projects (Don’t be offended! It’s ambitious enough to decide you want to start knitting!), to classes that focus on finishing projects and finishing mistakes, Stitch DC covers everyone who ever wanted to do something beautiful with fiber. – Maria Carey, The Hill Is Home
  • I love the feel of this place, it's comfortable and friendly and they have beautiful yarns. They also have lots of project books, magazines and patterns for inspiration. The owner often staffs the store herself, and the others who work there are always friendly and helpful. – Jenn W., Yelp

4000 Albemarle St. NW
Washington,
District of Columbia
US

When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.

7101 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda,
MD
US