Photo by Sarah Hogue​

Editors' Pick

Most Promising New Boutique​

After 25 years in the consignment business at Mustard Seed (now called Remix Recycling Co.), former co-owner Gayle Herrmann was ready to get back to her traditional retail roots—and to do it in a more intimate way. Opened in May in Kensington, Oak’s vibe is “contemporary with a comfortable twist,” and moms and daughters alike can shop an ever-evolving roster of boho dresses, flowy blouses and must-touch sweaters and zip-ups. Herrmann prioritizes sourcing fair-trade items and labels produced by women whenever possible. Prices are reasonable (tops range from $32 to $124), and the Milkbarn baby clothes and all-natural Soap for Sinners soap bars make excellent gifts. 

10511 Metropolitan Ave., Kensington; 301-933-0281;​