When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
More than 400,000 monthly readers flip through the pages of The Washingtonian, spending an average of 96 minutes on every issue, gleaning helpful dining tips and doctor recommendations, as well as information about local politics, business, and culture. Regular features list and review restaurants and doctors, giving readers valuable insight into area institutions, as opposed to a list of DC’s tallest presidential monuments, which offers people no new information. Online blogs such as Capital Comment and Dead Drop educate readers on national politics and foreign policy, and style and nightlife sections help deal hunters zero in on shopping and happy hour opportunities.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a vibrant race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first place award of $750. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned consulting detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, it's quick wits and wise planning that will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and a free T-shirt, as well as helps with contributions to partner charities and the prize pool. The website offers a FAQ page with further details on the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring your pet boa constrictor, and more.
Second Story Books isn’t just your run-of-the-mill used bookstore. Browsers can find tomes in foreign tongues; scientific readers covering everything from space to the ocean floor, and cookbooks that have helped to feed thousands. Topics range from Arts and Asian Studies to Philosophy and Zoology. There’s pulp fiction, plentiful prose, and a huge section for mystery lovers all tucked within the well-worn stacks. It’s also a great place to pick up the classics on the cheap, and because DC is such a literate city, you can easily find recent reads for half off their original sale price. The clean and well-organized space also sports literary quotes on the wall and an eclectic assortment of art, in addition to hard-to-source first editions and other rare print pieces. Don’t miss Second Story Books’ entrance on P Street, which ironically, is located on the ground floor.
Don’t be fooled by first impressions; Bridge Street Books is a gem of an indie bookstore located on the edge of Georgetown. Yes, bargain books are available for sale outside, and when you first enter, you’ll find mainstream mysteries lining the wall to your right. But that bookshelf provides no clue as to the contents of the rest of the shop. There’s art, there’s history, there’s politics; but most of all, there’s poetry. Bridge Street Books is known as the place for poetry in Washington, and aside from the range of topical publications, the store hosts poetry talks and lectureswith noted poets. Like other bookstores, this sunny shop stocks the classics, all the way back to The Iliad, but its selection of contemporary fiction is also quite impressive, with a wide range of works by international authors.