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.
Led by a former New York City gallery owner, Hinckley Pottery's experienced staff is adept at teaching fresh potters how to turn mud into masterpiece. The intimately sized, one-hour Try It! course helps patrons bone up on pottery-wheel basics and decide whether or not to pursue more-advanced wheel techniques, such as creating a vase using only your thighs. The 3,300-square-foot studio, housed in an industrial warehouse, boasts 14 electric wheels, two kick/electric combination wheels, and one treadle wheel, in addition to two electric kilns, two gas kilns, and a propane-fired raku kiln. Try it! courses are available at select times. Click here for details and to find a time to meet likeminded crafters, channel workweek stress into a mound of clay, or craft a large bowl that can hold novelty sized paper clips. Call ahead to reserve your space in class.
The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame carries an assortment of custom framing options, including wood, aluminum, and other materials. Using only acid-free materials, the shop's staff can lend elegance to prints with conservation framing, linen mats, and custom brass and aluminum plaques. For lonely frames with nothing to hold, the studio also stocks prints from several fine-art distributors, including Charles Bibbs, Washington Green, and Rod Chase. The shop's photo-restoration services rejuvenate even the most faded screenshots of Lewis and Clark's live blogging. Many services can be completed in as little as one hour.
Design shops are a rarity in colorful Adams Morgan, but the eclectic nature of Skynear makes up for the dearth. Located in a Victorian townhouse built in the 1890s, Skynear Designs Gallery offers a modern and cool take on everything from furniture and artwork to jewelry and iPad accessories. While most of the handmade products are local, Skynear does sell one-of-a-kind, silk-screened Cuban movie posters, along with art from nationally-known painters. While not part of Skynear proper, a wander up the stairs will lead shoppers to a gallery featuring art from artists of various origin including South America. Skynear hosts once-a-month curated evening events, which often feature artists whose works are sold in the space.
Outfitting apertures since 1948, District Shade Shop is a full service Hunter Douglas priority dealer of fine window coverings. Adorn apertures with a Hunter Douglas 36"x36" set of 2-inch wooden venetian blinds ($138) or a 36"x36" set of 3/4-inch Applause pleated honeycomb window treatments ($165). Picture windows can also be pampered with a 36"x60" set of 1-inch aluminum mini-blinds ($115).
Good Wood is an emporium, an antique store and a furniture store all wrapped up into one, but most of all, it’s funky. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Western mercantile and dry good shop, and there’s even a buck head attached to the wall. However, they don’t sell western wear. In fact, the small line of clothing currently has more of an Eastern bent, with kimonos being the prime product. There are also gift goodies like soaps, perfumes, wallets and jewelry. But Good Wood is best known as a vintage furniture store, offering a well-curated range of tables, chairs, sofas and chests.