Local Services in District of Columbia

Master Basic Camera Functions with a Photography Maven

Two-Hour DSLR Basics Photography Class

Washington Mall

Rachel Lincoln demystifies aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, then shows you how to play with these concepts during a jaunt through the area

$60

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$49 for $200 Worth of Custom Framing at The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame

The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame

Multiple Locations

The studio offers frames crafted from wood, aluminum, and other materials for photographs, diplomas, and artwork with custom matting

$200 $49

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$49 for $200 Worth of Custom Framing at The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame

The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame

Multiple Locations

The studio offers frames crafted from wood, aluminum, and other materials for photographs, diplomas, and artwork with custom matting

$200 $49

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500 Business Cards, 1,000 Business Postcards, or $20 for $40 worth of Printing Services at Web2Print USA

Web2Print USA

Washington

Printers create full-color business cards or larger postcards to promote their businesses; other services include banners and brochures

$48 $15

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Two Hours of Personal Shopping and Fashion Consulting from Key2impressions Image & Styling Boutique (50% Off)

Key2impressions

Washington

From the merchant: Founder Diamond Barbour and stylist guru assist clients fill their closets with stylish outfits for every occasion.

$600 $300

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$49 for $98 Worth of Defensive-Driving Classes — Dexterity Driving School

Dexterity Driving School

Washington

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

$98 $49

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Furniture at Z Furniture (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Z Furniture

Multiple Locations

Massive show room filled with dining tables, bed frames, couches, prebuilt fireplaces, and accent pieces in a variety of styles

$100 $50

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Lifeguard or CPR/AED Training for One or Two from National Lifesaving & Aquatics (Up to 57% Off). Six Options.

National Lifesaving & Aquatics

Van Ness - Forest Hills

Learn life-saving techniques such as CPR, AED operation, first aid, and aquatic rescue

$279 $139

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Individual Tax Prep and E-file at DW Tax Preparation (45% Off)

Dw Tax Prep

Washington

From the merchant: Tax return prep and FREE E-File; Fast & flexible refund options – Direct Deposit, Pre-paid Debit Card, or Paper Check!

$153 $84

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$40 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing at Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing

Multiple Locations

Professional framers, many of who are artists themselves, help you design a custom frame for your cherished works of art

$100 $40

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$125 for $250 Worth of Financial Consulting Services at DJD Accounting Solutions LLC

DJD Accounting Solutions LLC

Washington

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

$250 $125

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Georgetown Guitar Academy (Up to 65% Off)

Georgetown Guitar Academy

Georgetown

Award-winning guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin leads guitar lessons that were highlighted by CBS as amongst the best in D.C.

$80 $32

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Custom Framing at Lorton Art and Framing (71% Off). Three Locations Available.

Lorton Art and Framing

Multiple Locations

Seasoned framers encircle artwork, portraits, and posters with eco-friendly frames, matting, and preservation glass

$200 $59

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Tax Preparation for Individual, Family or Business at Trinity Tax Associates (Up to 78% Off)

Trinity Tax Associates

Brookland

Accountant reviews, prepares and files taxes

$200 $53

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$100 for One Month of Life and Wellness Coaching at Holistic Healing & Wellness Associates ($200 Value)

Holistic Healing & Wellness Associates

Holistic Healing and Wellness Associates

Angelica Ramirez works with clients to make lifestyle changes that help them lose weight, manage stress, or accomplish their wellness goals

$200 $100

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One or Three 45-Minute Life-Coaching Sessions at Self-Esteem Recovery DC (Half Off)

Self-Esteem Recovery DC

Downtown DC

An expert life coach with more than 10 years of experience works one-on-one with clients to overcome low self-esteem

$160 $80

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$94 for Labor & Delivery for Daddy Class at Expertly Crafted Wellness ($189 Value)

Expertly Crafted Wellness

Dupont Circle

Three-hour class imparts massage and relaxation basics so expectant dads can help during labor; give as a baby shower gift

$189 $94

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$214 for $475 Worth of Studio Photography — Nate Tyler Photography

Nate Tyler Photography

Capitol Hill

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

$475 $214

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$25 for $50 Toward Translation Services — Language Innovations, LLC

Language Innovations LLC

Farragut Square

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

$50 $25

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Basic or Complex Tax Return Services at Ghion Tax Services (Up to $180 Off)

Ghion Tax Services

U Street - Cardozo

Tax professionals file basic 1040 EZ forms or help with complicated returns involving itemization

$149 $75

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$175 for $350 Groupon — Northeast Performing Arts Group

Northest Performing Arts

River Terrace - Lily Ponds - Mayfair

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

$350 $175

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$250 for a 60-Minute Boudoir Photo Shoot at a Hotel with Digital Proofs of All Images from Roderick Johns Photography (50% Off)

Roderick Johns Photography

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

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

$500 $250

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One or Three Therapy Sessions at Healing, Change & Connection Therapy Services (Up to 63% Off)

Healing, Change & Connection Therapy Services

Dupont Circle

After an initial consultation, a therapist works with individuals or couples during sessions

$175 $68

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$40 for a 60-Minute Photo Shoot with CD and Retouched Images from Oak Street Studio (80% Off)

Oak Street Studio

Washington

Relaxed and casual atmosphere; let the creativity come out in you

$200 $40

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$49 for $200 Worth of Custom Framing from 18th Street Framing

18th Street Framing

18th Street Framing

Technicians frame portraits, posters, photos, and 3D artifacts using a stock of 4,000+ frames

$200 $49

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Diploma-Framing Package, or $49 for $200 Worth of Framing and Restoration at Alexandria Art and Framing 

Alexandria Art and Framing

Multiple Locations

Skilled framers and image doctors protect diplomas, photographs, and keepsakes from aging

$200 $49

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$36 for $60 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Simon Studies Educational Services, LLC

Simon Studies Educational Services, Llc

U Street - Cardozo

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

$60 $36

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Four or Eight Salsa-Dancing Lessons at Saboreate Dance Company (Up to 51% Off)

Saboreate Dance Company

Washington

Students learn sensual salsa moves during 60-minute lessons

$60 $30

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When she was a tutor to children from low-income families in Washington, DC, Kyle Zimmer was amazed by how excited students would get whenever given their own books. As she relayed in a 2011 New York Times story, this work inspired Zimmer to start First Book, an organization dedicated to making reading materials accessible to children in need.

Today, nearly 20 years after Zimmer's eureka moment, First Book works toward this goal through two channels: the First Book Marketplace, an online store with quality books—including Caldecott and Newbery award-winners—available at up to 90% below the retail price, and the First Book National Book Bank, a clearinghouse for publishers’ excess inventory. To date, the organization has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to 50,000 schools and programs throughout the United States and Canada—with more added each month.

The impact has been inspiring. An internal study found that 70% of children reported reading more at home after receiving books from First Book. In recognition of this and other accomplishments, the organization has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2005 Nonprofit Innovation Award and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

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1319 F St NW
Washington,
DC
US

French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours.

Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors?many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists?shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists? appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.

4545 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Recognizing that intellectual enrichment isn't just a childhood necessity, Books for America aims to spread literacy and a love of reading not only to kids but also to nearly every disadvantaged population in the National Capital Region. The organization puts media such as classic literature, children’s books, nonfiction tomes, and audiobooks in the hands of underserved individuals, chipping away at illiteracy and educational inequality as major impediments to success. Each donation—from new textbooks to used laptops—is put to good use, whether within literacy programs for youth or adults or in the libraries of inner-city or rural schools, homeless shelters, hospices, and prisons. Besides being given to organizations that serve the community, books, movies, and other materials are sold at low prices through Books for America's "bookstore with a purpose" in Dupont Circle. All of the proceeds from these sales support the nonprofit's operations, so it doesn't have to rely solely on grants. As they discover a new source of entertainment or learning, customers help support the expansion of collection and distribution efforts.

1417 22nd St NW
Washington,
DC
US

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.

716 7th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

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.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US