Shopping in North Potomac

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

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 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

Up to 54% Off Watches or Watch Batteries

Multiple Locations

$13 $6

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

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

Clarksville 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

50% Off Skincare Services

Bethesda

$50 $25

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

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

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

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

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

$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

51% Off Wine Club Membership

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

Wine club members enjoy discounts on wine tastings, wine purchases, special events, and winery tours

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

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

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

55% Off Women's Clothing

Centreville

$20 $9

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

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Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.

Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.

203 Muddy Branch Rd
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.

At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.

340 Main St
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

BGR The Burger Joint’s burgers start with high-quality ingredients—most importantly, all-natural beef from grain-fed cattle, free to run in the fields and given zero hormones, fillers, or antibiotics. The prime beef is dry-aged, blended, and ground fresh to form patties that are grilled over an open flame, and then placed atop buttery, locally made brioche buns delivered fresh each day. The menu focuses on the Legendary Burger, which includes gourmet toppings such as avocado, applewood bacon, and grilled jalapenos. For nonbeef eaters, the menu's selection of burgers also includes turkey and veggie varieties, as well as The Greek, a seasoned lamb patty topped with tzatziki and feta. Burgers are also available in a lettuce wrap or on a salad in a healthy salad bowl.

Diners can request all of BGR The Burger Joint's freshly made fries—from thick-cut yukon gold potatoes to asparagus fries—be topped with parmesan, rosemary, roasted garlic, or a tiny tiara. The staff hand-spins shakes with Gifford's or Breyers ice cream to create extra-thick treats for finishing off meals, and some shops curate their own selection of bottled vintage sodas and offer beer and wine.

229 Boardwalk Pl
Gaithersburg,
MD
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.

217 Boardwalk Pl
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.

8345 Beechcraft Ave.
Gaithersburg,
Maryland
US

Banner's Hallmark hosts unique gifts and Hallmark greeting cards that creatively accent any holiday or special occasion. In the absence of sufficient stashes of construction paper for homemade coupon books, offspring can bestow upon hard-working patriarchs a puzzle-themed photo card personalized with an ingratiating image of the family ($3.49). Assorted gifts include décolleté-decorating jewelry, such as DaVinci beads ($6.99 each), and a library of recordable storybooks ($29.95 each). In the home-goods department, comely chalices provide sturdier drinking alternatives to sippy cups and wineskins made out of swiss cheese. Prices and selection may vary based on location.

443 N Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg,
MD
US