Shopping in North Potomac

$45 for $80 Worth of Lingerie at Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Wintergreen Plaza

$80 $45

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Run by women with women in mind, this store specializes in helping women and couples find intimate apparel to spark romance

Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

Watches, Watch Batteries or Watch Repair at Fashion Time (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

Fashion Time

Multiple Locations

$13 $6

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

$40 for $100 Toward Lingerie, Clothing, and Accessories at Celine de Paris

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

$11 for $20 Worth of Jewelry and Accessories at I AM

I AM

Tysons Central 123

$20 $11

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

$38 for $69 Groupon — Travelers Rest Farm

Travelers Rest Farm

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

$20 for $50 Worth of Cell Phones, Tablets, and Accessories at AT&T/Communications Electronics

AT&T/Communications Electronics

Multiple Locations

$50 $20

New AT&T tablets, accessories, and smart phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

$83 for $150 Worth of Makeup — LB Moore Signature Studio

Lb Moore Signature Studio

White Plains

$150 $83

Private Glam class plus custom-blend foundation; learn from a professional artist how to apply a flawless, five-minute face.

$29 for a 2014 Wine Club Membership for Two with the Virginia Wine Pass ($59 Value)

Virginia Wine Pass

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

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

Beads and Jewelry at Bead Artist Emporium (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bead Artist Emporium

Leesburg

$50 $25

Clients create their own jewelry pieces or adorn themselves with ready-made bracelets, necklaces, and rings

$59 for 12 Bottles of Tempranillo Blends at Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe ($120 Value)

Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe

Chevy Chase

$120 $59

One dozen bottles of tempranillo blends come imported from Spain

One, Three, or Five Custom-Made Shirts at Made II Fit (Up to 60% Off)

Made II Fit

Washington

$120 $65

Tailors take your measurements and customize well-fitting shirts

$89 for Six Bottles of Spanish Red Wine at Imperial Liquors ($180 Value)

Imperial Liquors

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

Make-Up 101 Tutorial for One or Two at Primp Beauty Bar (Up to 71% Off)

Primp Beauty Bar

U Street - Cardozo

$100 $29

90-minute to tw-hour tutorials teach students the basics of foundation, contouring, smoky eye, and natural looks

Two or Four Custom Shirts or Bespoke Suit with Option for Two Custom Shirts at BookATailor (Up to 64% Off)

BookATailor

Dupont Circle

$198 $99

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

Handcrafted Artisan Earrings or $20 for $40 Worth of Merchandise at Vintage Jewels

Vintage Jewels

Online Deal

$28 $14

Vintage accessories including teardrop earrings, lariat necklaces, and brooches, made from crystal and other antique materials

One- or Two-Year Print Subscription to “The Washingtonian” (Up to 53% Off)

The Washingtonian

Online Deal

$29.95 $14

Widely read city magazine covers diverse topics ranging from style, nightlife, restaurants, and doctors to local and national politics

Custom Chinos and Shirts at Custom Chino (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Custom Chino

DC Showroom

$198 $99

The tailors make new a pattern for every client, and clothing is completed in less than four weeks

$10 for $20 Worth of Human Hair Extensions at Luv Wear

Luv Wear

Washington

$20 $10

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

$5 for $10 Groupon — luv llc

Luv

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

$69 for Six Assorted Bottles of Wine at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill ($144.94 Value)

Schneider's of Capitol Hill

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

Accessories and Apparel or Bikes at Capitol Hill Bikes (Up to 45% Off)

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

$49 for Six Bottles of French Wine at MacArthur Beverages ($96 Value)

MacArthur Beverages

Foxhall - Palisades

$96 $49

Get 2 bottles of red bordeaux from Chateau Dallau & 2 from Chateau Merlet, as well as 2 bottles of white bordeaux from Chateau Haut Mirambet

$24 for $50 Worth of Women's Clothing — Auntie TE's Consignment Boutique

Auntie Te's Boutique

Annandale

$50 $24

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Comics at Collector's World

Collector's World

Annandale

$30 $15

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

Vintage and Socially Conscious Clothing at Coco Libre (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Coco Libre

Hyattsville

$20 $10

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

Premium Cigar Packages at Cigar Palace (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

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

Custom-Tailored Men's Shirts and Suits from Aspetto (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

Aspetto

Alexandria

$180 $69

Tailors hand stitch custom suits and shirts from hundreds of available fabrics, and add details such as silk lining for no added cost

$55 for $100 Worth of Makeup — Riei Cosmetics at Luxe Looks Hair Salon

Riei Cosmetics at Luxe Looks Hair Salon

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

$206 for $375 Worth of Wigs — Embiance Virgin Hair

Embiance Virgin Hair

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

Women's Handbags, Fashion Accessories, and Jewelry at Gotta Strut Boutique (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Gotta Strut Boutique

Woodbridge

$40 $20

Fashion-forward women can shop for stylish handbags, accessories, and jewelry in a boutique with a varied and colorful selection

Women's Clothing, Handbags, and Accessories at DW Kloset Treasure Boutique (Half Off). Two Options Available.

DW Kloset Treasure Boutique

Lake Arbor

$40 $20

From edgy statement jewelry to eye-catching patterns to towering heels, shoppers can feel confident they're making powerful style choices

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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

With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.

810 Muddy Branch Rd
Gaithersburg,
MD
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