When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Cotton's Gourmet Gifts & Creations’ team of expert confectioners whip up batches of hand-crafted cupcakes in a host of creative flavors including white-chocolate raspberry and classic red velvet. Upon completion of the cloak-and-dagger initiation ceremony, members of the Cupcake of the Month club can cartwheel into the store to pick up their sextet of frosted treats after three page flips of the calendar. Each army of six cupped cakes forges a single-flavored united front against sugar cravings, with iterations such as Cotton’s signature sweet-potato pound cake. A citrusy Lemonicious cupcake rouses taste buds with its nectarous-yet-zesty character, and a 24 Carrot Gold embellishes mouth caves with a flavorful Midas-inspired filigree.
The Washington Glass School’s straightforward progression of classes helps crafters of all experience levels become accomplished glass-artists, demystifying the only art form that combines the chromatic range of oil painting, the practical aesthetics of ceramics, and the high temperatures of burnt-toast-portraiture. The illustrious staff includes Fulbright Scholars, eco-creators, and artists with permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Art Institute of Chicago. The studio also serves as a resource facility for other artists: the Artist Incubator program provides seasoned crafters with studio space for new independent and collaborative works.
For nearly 40 years, the experts at Maryland Small Arms Range have helped to hone the aim of law-enforcement and security personnel as well as everyday citizens. After range outings, their clients can check out the showroom, where weapons experts advise on firearms, ammunition, and self-defense apparel.
A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.
Rodney Smith, owner of Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel, stocks his store with authentic sports jerseys, apparel, and an array of sporting goods. Customers can suit up for sporting events with authentic NFL ($175), NBA ($125) or MLB ($125) jerseys displaying the logos of favorite teams and the names on favorite restraining orders, or don throwback-style ($175–$225), or replica jerseys ($74–$80). NFL fans can decorate fridges with team magnets ($6–$14) or adorn noggins with fitted hats ($24.95–$35). Patrons can boost their supplies of footballs ($29.95) and basketballs ($29.95) to punt after losing games of HORSE.