Since 1994, stationery visionary Heidi Kallett has helmed The Dandelion Patch, stocking its shelves with writing-related goods and thoughtful gifts. The shop, which has been named Best Stationer by Northern Virginia Magazine and Best of the Best by the Washingtonian, helps shoppers to tote belongings to and fro with paisley Vera Bradley bags and improve the aroma of homes with delicate candles. Heidi and her staff can engrave or monogram stationery and invitations that celebrate the birth of a baby or the ability to memorize addresses. The Dandelion Patch’s events include writing workshops—which teach young writers to master the art of the thank-you note—children’s etiquette classes, and wedding-etiquette teas.
Just like Mom used to say: "If it looks good enough to eat, I bet it's from that delicious sweet store next to the old gin mill. You know the one I'm talking about, right? No, not that one. I'm talking about Edibles Incredible Desserts, where I buy all my artful, tantalizing desserts and store them in my chest freezer next to my year supply of spinach quiches." And Mom was always right. Today's Groupon gets you $25 worth of melt-in-your-mouth, delectable creations for only $10 at Edibles Incredible Desserts.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($49.75), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($39.50). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($38). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Vieta whip-stitch saddle bag ($49), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
Kamp Pendleton Personal Training draws its moniker from certified trainer Daryl Pendleton, who Northern Virginia Magazine named best personal trainer of 2008 and whose gym readers' said had the best athletic aura in 2009. Before they select one of six training programs, Daryl encourages clients to consider their goals, whether to tighten and tone, lose weight, or train for a sport such as basketball or marathoning. Once committed to a program, cadres of 10 to 15 exercisers dominate boot-camp-style exercises over 30 minutes, including cardio circuits and free weights. Daryl's fitness facility boasts expansive space, professional equipment, and its own doppler radar.
A regular fixture on the top-50 running-stores list published annually by Running Insight, Potomac River Running is a family-owned business of running enthusiasts and professional coaches who aim to spread a joy of running and walking around the Washington, DC, area. Focused on providing a fun and welcoming environment for people of all fitness levels, Potomac offers brand-name footwear and apparel for feet and the bodies attached to them. The custom shoe-fitting process begins with an iStep foot scan and a video gait analysis to analyze your step and the shoe that would best complement it. Once toe-holders have been measured and monitored, slide them into a pair of running or walking shoes ($80–$180), and then top off your lower half with running shorts ($25–$40) or cloak your supra-belt region in a shirt ($20–$120).
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.