Established during Prohibition, Pearson’s Wine & Spirits has persevered as a major presence in Washington’s spirits market for nearly 80 years. With today’s deal, the vinely inclined can pick up a trio of tipples capable of lifting spirits, accentuating dinner, and inspiring grape haters to take a hard look at their worldview.
You may feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1970s at this underground billiards bar and restaurant. The focus at Breadsoda is on fun, with super-friendly servers and drink-friendly games like ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and Yahtzee available for the youngish clientele. Accompany the entertainment with a grilled cheese BLT, an Italian meatball sandwich or the namesake Breadsoda, piled high with turkey, Swiss cheese and slaw on pumpernickel. Grab a seat at the zigzagging wooden bar to enjoy your meal, or slide into one of the squared-off leather booths that hug the vibrant walls. When you’ve finished, step out to the below-street-level patio area with your pint of craft beer, or meander around the inside, checking out the eclectic trophies, skateboard decks or whatever’s on the hanging flat-screen TVs.
Wagner's Liquor fuels parties and relaxing dinners with a host of craft beers, spirits, and vino. The venerable drink emporium traces its origins back to 1934—just after the United States repealed the amendment banning the sale of alcohol, and shortly before Congress reversed its decision to outlaw whistling on the Sabbath. Today, the shop features kegs of craft brews from Rogue, Harpoon, and Founders, as well as six-packs of imported ales and lagers. Bottles of wine from California and abroad neatly line the shelves, alongside high-end spirits perfect for sipping or swirling into cocktails.
Tucked into the front section of the Macomb Street location of Jetties, an around-town sandwich and salad shop, Something Sweet’s counter offers a minimalist selection of cookies, brownies and cupcakes. Decadent cheesecakes and looming layer cakes round out the offerings, along with a classic hummingbird cake and immense whoopie pies. Filled with light wood touches and lots of natural light, the minimalist space only seats a few, but that means more room for filled bakery cases. Check out the occasional one-off or special items from the hanging chalkboards or order online to select custom-made desserts and cookies. If you do happen to swing by the small space, at least you can enjoy the sunshine from one of several benches out front.
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.
To say Capital Teas? founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle?s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather?s tea. Manelle?s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.
In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store?s tasting stations to explain each flavor?s nuances.
Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples?which are brewed fresh daily?while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.