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).
Peddling potables for almost 20 years, Cleveland Park Wines offers a bevy of grape-centric delights, including organic and kosher vintages as well as champagne and dessert wine. The knowledgeable staff aids guests in picking out a future fermented family, with a variety of red and white wines broken down into pinot noirs, rosés, merlots, cabernet sauvignons, and more. Sniff and swirl the bold and buttery notes of the 2008 Chalone Vineyards Estate chardonnay ($22.99), or realize a resolution to drink more dry fruit by sipping up the XYZIN zinfandel ($15.99). For a more seasonal crash course in Bacchic beverages, Cleveland Park Wines' April offerings include dry rosés from around the world, granting aficionados a passport-less daytrip to exotic vineyards. Grab a bottle of Quinta do Carqueijal ($5.99 on sale), or pair an elegant bottle of Loir Valley, Mareuil J. Mourat, with notes of soft peach and rose petals ($16.49), with smoked salmon. Cleveland Park Wines also plays host to ongoing events, where guests can taste exquisite vintages before snapping up a favorite bottle to fill the shelves of pantries, wine cabinets, or basement speakeasies.
Locals come to Wake Up Little Suzie from all over the city to find unique gifts that are either playful, retro, wacky – or all of the above. You can find stuff you never knew you wanted inside the slightly cluttered but decidedly friendly storefront, from unique animal plush toys to robot-shaped clocks. There are also practical items like tableware, greeting cards and pretty candle holders, much of which is made by hand. Wake Up Little Suzie also offers a nice assortment of creative jewelry and kitchen accessories, both served up with just a touch of whimsy. It’s also a good place to pick up colorful and one-of-a-kind gifts for kids and pets.
Stepping into Calvert Woodley Wines and Spirits can be a bit discombobulating. Even though this is one of the Metro area’s top liquor stores, the smell of fresh coffee beans and the sight of a lengthy deli counter are the first things your senses encounter. But take a wider view and you’ll quickly enter a world of wine, where the huge selection includes bottles from around the world in all price ranges. If you need a navigator, just ask a knowledgeable staff member. The store also has a nice assortment of craft beers, and is fully stocked with liquor. For the best deals, check out the discount bin near the back of the store for bargains on wine and spirits. And don’t forget about that deli counter. It’s packed with all sorts of gourmet goodies, including meat, cheeses and caviar.
Dalton Brody provides an upscale boutique atmosphere nestled in a cozy storefront of mottled stone and regal green awnings. The shop is stuffed to the rafters with crystal and glassware, painted serving trays, candles, handbags, picture frames, and much more. Fill your home with the mingling aromas of lavender and rosemary from a petite air essence incense-like air freshener ($45), or dappify the gentleman of your choosing with a pale-green American–sailboat tie ($75). For the homosapien who has everything, leather money clips ($38) come in a variety of grains and colors, while a small photo album bound in gentle green-and-pink floral tapestry ($34) will hold a variety of memories, images from the future, and souls. Dalton Brody also stocks numerous gifts for new moms and their babies; perk up a nursery with a pink piggy bank ($52) coated in white polka-dots.