Moving into a brand-new space is like purchasing 10 bags of vegetables at a farmer's market: if you don't know what you're going to do next, your efforts will rot like a 10-month-old banana abandoned in the pantry. Red House can help. Catering to young professionals, they specialize in creating contemporary and comfortable living arrangements and have experience working with all types of spaces, from cabins to condominiums. Owner Lyric Turner's expertise as a real-estate agent prompted her to launch the creative consulting service, and either she or a member of her team will devote special time to your special place. Buy an extra one for a passive-aggressive gift for a friend who still lives like a college student or your boyfriend who still sleeps on the floor.
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.
Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
A view of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument is just one of the draws of residence in the Flats at Atlas building, a local upscale apartment complex. More than 25 different open floor-plan layouts feature stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and tiled bathroom walls. Ceilings at least 9 feet high soar above wide, energy-efficient windows and doors leading onto sleek balconies. Flats also aims to draw residents out of their domiciles with amenities ranging from a 24-hour fitness center and a two-level outdoor pool to a lounge with its own bar and billiards. In the courtyard, grills and fire-pits encourage residents to mingle over discussions of what charcoal briquettes actually taste like.
And yet this building doesn't separate itself from the surrounding area. The organization holds events such as art shows and food and drink tours through the H Street neighborhood, home to a growing nightlife and performing arts scene. "H Street has become more than a strip of late-night bars," says the Washington Post, adding "There's dance, cutting-edge art and even a kid-friendly wine bar."
Today’s Groupon gets you ready for the sun, the beach, and professional swimsuit photo shoots. For $40 you get a Groupon for $80 toward your choice of three treatments at Skin Beauty Lounge, located at 404 ½ 8th St. SE near Capitol Hill. Founded in 2004, SBL has quickly become one of DC's premier salons by providing top-notch, gentle waxing services in a comfortable, professional environment.