Where to Shop for the Holidays

Where to Shop for the Holidays

Our Shopping Guide provides details on Bethesda-area stores

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Bethesda Row’s Calypso St. Barth is a luxury resort-wear boutique.

BETHESDA

American Classic Clothes
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this traditional children’s clothing shop, they can make it for you. Among the treasures here: classic smocked cotton rompers and party dresses, hand-knit sweaters and booties, delicate blouses and fun pj’s, and hand-sewn vests and dress pants.
Westfield Montgomery mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 301-365-7740, www.americanclassicclothes.com

Belina Boutique
Owners Betty Barati and Sherri Hatam dress women of all ages in designers such as Splendid, Ecru, Joie, Ella Moss and Velvet. Finish the look with accessories by Margaret Elizabeth and Gorjana.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-897-2929, www.belinaboutique.com

Beyda’s Lad & Lassie
This shop offers classic, upscale dressy and everyday clothing for infants, girls and boys by labels such as Kissy Kissy, Bella Bliss and Florence Eiseman, as well as uniforms for local schools. There are also pajamas, swimwear and accessories.
5444 Westbard Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-2026

Blanca Flor
This small shop lures in customers with glass cases full of sterling silver jewelry that owner Rigel Garcia collects from Mexico, Greece, Poland and the United States. Pieces include a changing selection of offbeat bracelets, earrings and necklaces at a wide range of prices.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10231 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-530-6313, www.blancaflorofbethesda.com

Calypso St. Barth
Launched in St. Barth in 1992 as a luxury resort-wear boutique, Calypso St. Barth now sells its feminine, boho-chic fashions in Bethesda Row. The store carries its namesake collection as well as a carefully curated selection of pieces from international designers—you’ll find dip-dyed caftans, luxe cashmere sweaters and fun animal prints. The shop also sells fragrances as well as rugs, pillows and throws.
Bethesda Row, 4810 Bethesda Row, 301-652-1219, www.calypsostbarth.com

Claire Dratch
Locally owned since 1946, Claire Dratch is where women go when they want to say yes to the dress. Proms, bat mitzvahs, and weddings are all covered here. The store prides itself on personal service, alterations and customized clothing.
7615 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-8000, www.clairedratch.net

Current Boutique
Designer labels abound at this local consignment boutique that sells online as well as at its brick-and-mortar shops in Bethesda, Logan Circle, Arlington and Alexandria. You’ll find in-demand names like Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Prada, Chanel and Christian Louboutin.
7220 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-222-1114, www.currentboutique.com

Daisy Baby & Kids
Owner Dana Evans specializes in helping parents and parents-to-be design their kids’ rooms and nurseries. Daisy Baby & Kids offers an array of designer and upscale furniture and baby linens, including Maddie Boo and Oilo, as well as accessories, gear and gifts.
4912-A Del Ray Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-7477, www.shopdaisybaby.com

Etcetera
This visit-by-appointment showroom is devoted to Etcetera, the fashion-forward, less pricey line of Carlisle, a luxury clothing brand typically sold at trunk shows. It’s the only Etcetera showroom in the country, and the experience is much like having a personal stylist to help you navigate the mix-and-match classics-gone-trendy pieces.
4709 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, 301-215-8363, www.etcetera.com  

Furs by Gartenhaus
You can buy a new fur here—or get an old one restyled, repaired and appraised. Coats, jackets, vests, capes and hats are all options, and sheared mink is a specialty—as a lining or as a soft, light coat or jacket. The store also stocks exotic furs such as chinchilla and fox. Fur storage is also available.
7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-2800, www.fursbygartenhaus.com

Hoamgar
This Bethesda outpost of a Singapore-based shop is known for its Taiwanese tailoring, Japanese and European fabrics, and feminine styling. Clothing is produced in limited quantities, and handbags are one of a kind.
Westfield Montgomery mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 301-767-9479, www.hoamgar.com

Irresistibles
The clothing in the Bethesda location of this East Coast chain is an eclectic mix of names such as Nic + Zoe, Three Dots, Autumn Cashmere, Christopher Blue and Trina Turk. The store also carries shoes, jewelry and accessories by Alexis Bittar and Orla Kiely.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10301 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-897-2574, www.irresistibles.com

Lou Lou
This jam-packed accessories boutique—located in the former Urban Chic space—carries loads of costume jewelry, scarves, belts, small gifts and handbags from pleather to leather.
7126 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301-652-0048, www.loulouboutiques.com

Luna
This Bethesda Row boutique is known for its collection of designer duds by the likes of J Brand, Autumn Cashmere, Velvet and Vince, and for its extensive collection of fun costume jewelry. There are also handbags, shapewear and hats.
Bethesda Row, 7232 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-1111, www.shopluna.com


Owners John Helm and Caroline Liberty fill their boutique, Red Orchard, with crafty items found at local art shows. Photo by James
Mertz

Mustard Seed
Appealing to a wide swath of customers—savvy middle schoolers to 70-somethings among them—this second-hand store owned by Derek Kennedy and Gayle Herrmann specializes in items that are fewer than two years old. Think names like Elie Tahari, Nine West, Nicole Miller, Old Navy, American Apparel, Gap and H&M. There are some vintage offerings from the ’50s to ’70s as well.
7349 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-907-4699, www.mustardseedshop.com

Petra
Owner Petra Winkler hails from Germany and focuses on upscale European fashion lines, including Cambio and the Munich-based Bogner. The store, on Bethesda Row since 2009, features sportswear, party dresses and accessories for women.
Bethesda Row, 4803 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-215-9080

REDDz Trading
This resale shop stocks high-end to less pricey designers such as Gucci, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, J.Crew and All Saints. Unlike a consignment shop that gives you a percentage of what you sell, Reddz pays you a flat fee of 30 percent for items they want, or 45 percent to be used toward in-store purchases.
7801 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-7333, www.reddztrading.com

Red Orchard
Owners John Helm and Caroline Liberty enjoy scouting local art shows for many of the crafty items at Red Orchard. You can find everything here from John Derian decoupage trays and Company C rugs to home accents and fine jewelry made by local artisans. Whimsical Czechoslovakian glass “petal” rings are big sellers.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10253 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-571-7333, www.redorchard.com

Rita G’s Chapter Two Boutique Fine Consign
Named for owner Rita Gendelman, this stylish consignment shop sells pre-owned designer handbags, jewelry, scarves, shoes and clothes at a fraction of their original prices. Designers include Dior, Bottega Veneta, Hermes and Chanel, as well as less pricey names such as Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs.
4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-718-7200, www.ritagfineconsign.com

RnJ Sports
ASICS, Brooks and Saucony are some of the names you’ll find in this family-owned business that’s been selling running and tennis gear since 1976. The staff is trained in foot biomechanics to help customers find the right shoe. There is also discounted apparel, socks and gear. The Rockville location (see Rockville section) has a self-serve clearance room.
4945 Elm St., Bethesda, 301-986-0558, www.rnjsports.com


Accessories boutique Sassanova stocks high-end designer footwear, among other items. Photo by James Mertz.

Sassanova
Sarah “Sassy” Jacobs and Sarah Cannova opened this women’s shoe store in Bethesda in 2009. The boutique stocks high-end designer footwear by Loeffler Randall, Butter, French Soles and Jack Rogers. Totes, wallets, jewelry and a selection of clothing by designers including MILLY, Trina Turk and Diane von Furstenberg round out the offerings.
Bethesda Row, 7134 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301-654-7403, www.sassanova.com

Secrète Fine Jewelry
Custom fine jewelry, including bridal sets, earrings and necklaces, is the specialty in this family-owned store. Designs range from modern and contemporary to vintage. You also can choose a watch from established names such as Rolex, and get jewelry repaired and restored.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10227 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-530-7892, www.secretejewelry.com

Sequel
This women’s boutique features an eclectic mix of upscale contemporary names, including Michael Stars, Clover Canyon, and Bailey 44. The store also carries jewelry and accessories. Its two sister stores, Wear it Well in Bethesda and Corby Collection in Chevy Chase, D.C., carry some similar merchandise, but each has unique items, as well.
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10255 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-530-4423, www.sequelbethesda.com

South Moon Under
Originally a surf shop in Ocean City, Maryland, this boho boutique for women and men is especially popular with teens and 20-somethings. But there’s way more than swimsuits and beachwear. Look for casual to dressy clothing from labels such as MINKPINK, Marc Jacobs and Trina Turk, along with quirky home goods, gifts, jewelry and shoes (think Steve Madden, Frye and Seychelles).
Wildwood Shopping Center, 10247 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-564-0995, www.southmoonunder.com

The Blue House
Owner Connie Cissel travels to markets around the country to choose the whimsical items in this jam-packed shop. In addition to fun things like glassware and pillows representing each state, the store has more practical items, including cookbooks by local authors and unique baby clothes.
7770 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-6088, www.thebluehousebethesda.com

The Goldsmiths: Dealers in Dreams
This store has been serving celebrities and regulars from its location at Bethesda Place since 1990 and before that was at White Flint since 1972. Most of the fine jewelry sold here is one of a kind. Owner Irwin Gross can help clients create their own unique piece and remount and restore heirloom items.
Bethesda Place Shops, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite N, Bethesda, 301-907-6787,  www.goldsmithsdealersindreams.com


The Pink Palm on Bethesda Row is the place to go for preppy brand Lilly Pulitzer.

The Pink Palm
This Bethesda outpost of a small chain carries on the Lilly Pulitzer tradition on Bethesda Row. Co-owner Lizanne Jeveret stocks a full line of the iconic print dresses, tops, accessories and shoes for women and children. Look for menswear by Barbour as well.
Bethesda Row, 4867 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-913-9191, www.thepinkpalm.net

Tugooh Toys and Yiro
This store sells environmentally friendly toys for eco-conscious kids and their parents. There is a large selection of wooden toys, and even shelving is made of natural woods. Look for brands such as Alex, Fisher-Price, Radio Flyer and Kid Galaxy. There’s also a small selection of organic baby clothing for 9 months and under.
Bethesda Row, 4823 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-2412, www.tugoohtoys.com

Underwraps
Underwraps sells more than bras, panties, pantyhose and nightgowns—you’ll find denim by NYDJ and tops, too. Find familiar lingerie names such as Olga and Maidenform, as well as the upscale Natori, Cosabella and Wacoal brands.
The Shoppes of Bethesda, 4928 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, 301-656-4900

Wear it Well
Wear it Well brings a funky, fashion-forward sensibility to Bethesda Row. The store carries accessories and a number of different clothing lines, including Ella Moss, White + Warren and Majestic Paris. The shop has two sister stores with similar, but not identical merchandise: Sequel at the Wildwood Shopping Center, and Corby Collection in Chevy Chase, D.C., which has more evening wear than the other two.
Bethesda Row, 4816 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-3713, www.justperfectcollection.com

CHEVY CHASE

Boone & Sons Jewelers
Started in 1966 by family patriarch French Boone, this fine jewelry store has everything from loose diamonds to fashion and estate jewelry. Boone’s son, Darryl Boone, runs the Chevy Chase store.
5550 The Hills Plaza, Chevy Chase, 301-657-2144, www.booneandsons.com

Gals on and off the Green
Just because you’re playing sports doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. That’s the philosophy of this women’s shop that sells resort, sports and golf wear that covers all the bases from country club to edgy chic. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Nike, Lilly Pulitzer, Adidas, Puma and Greg Norman.
Chevy Chase Center, 5449 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 240-800-4670, www.galsonandoffthegreen.com

Miller’s Furs
This third-generation, family-owned furrier has been in Chevy Chase for more than 20 years. Find new and vintage fur coats, outerwear and fur-trimmed cashmere scarves. The salon also offers restoration services, repairs, appraisals and custom work.
4620 Leland St., Chevy Chase, 301-656-3877, www.millersfurs.com


Core72 is an activewear boutique in Chevy Chase, D.C.

Nina McLemore Boutique
The sedate yet stylish clothes seem tailor-made for the professional woman. Look for work-ready dresses, separates, casual and evening wear in wool, stretch cotton and silk at this eponymously named Georgetown-based designer’s shop, one of several across the country.
5310 B Western Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-951-1111, www.ninamclemore.com

Saks Jandel
This family-owned department store has been a Chevy Chase destination for high-end fashion for more than 40 years. Inside you’ll find clothing and accessories from European and American designers such as Saint Laurent, Valentino, Michael Kors, Gucci and Karl Lagerfeld. The bridal salon carries equally posh labels, including Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang.
5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-652-2250

Sylene
For 40 years, sisters Helen Kestler and Cyla Weiner have been finding the right bras for local women, including former first lady Nancy Reagan. The lingerie boutique is known for its extensive swimwear collection, and also offers in-store bridal showers and lingerie parties.
4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-654-4200, www.sylenedc.com

The Lemon Twist Shop
The Lemon Twist Shop has been a Chevy Chase neighborhood staple since 1977. Regulars like owner Sally Prince’s eclectic mix of women’s clothing and accessories from known names such as Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines. The store also sells handbags and jewelry.
Chevy Chase Plaza, 8541 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-986-0044

Town Jewelers
Town Jewelers owner and master goldsmith Saro Abrahamian has been designing fine jewelry for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase community for 30 years. In addition to custom pieces, the store sells Novobeads and Citizen watches. The shop also does repairs, restorations and appraisals.
7017 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-656-8867, www.townjewelerschevychase.com

KENSINGTON/NORTH BETHESDA

Catch Can
This Kensington shop is stocked with everything from quality women’s apparel and shoes to baby and children’s clothes and unique home accessories. If you’re in search of a gift, chances are you’ll find it here. And there’s a bargain basement clearance corner, too.
10505 Metropolitan Ave., Kensington, 301-933-7862, www.catchcan.com

Masica Diamonds
Owner and master diamond cutter David Masica carries an array of diamonds, engagement rings and custom-made jewelry. There are also pieces featuring natural, coffee-colored diamonds.
11763 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 301-255-0000, www.masicadiamonds.com

The Shop at Strathmore
A turntable kitchen timer, and wood spoons that double as drumsticks are the kind of offbeat, music-related items that can be found at this gift shop at the Strathmore mansion. There are also DVDs, hand-painted silk scarves, Monet-inspired umbrellas, kids’ books and jewelry.
The Mansion Shop at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 301-581-5175, www.strathmore.com

GAITHERSBURG/ NORTH POTOMAC

Chic to Chic
This consignment store has clothing, handbags, accessories and shoes by high-end designers both familiar and obscure. Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Chloé, Roberto Cavalli, Richard Tyler, Mulberry, Hermes, Chanel, Theory and BCBG are just some of the names you’ll find here. You can also sell your own gently worn togs.
15900 Luanne Drive, Gaithersburg, 301-926-7700, www.chictochic.com

Class Act
Located inside Gaithersburg’s Lakeforest Mall, Class Act provides lots of options for women and girls looking for a party, prom or bat mitzvah dress. The store features a variety of price points and has some wedding gowns, too.
Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-869-2244

Clover
Locals Michon Frick and Jenn O’Brien wanted to bring an urban chic sensibility to Gaithersburg and opened Clover in 2004. Inside are jeans by AG and clothing by Rebecca Minkoff, Ella Moss and Alex + Olivia, as well as accessories, jewelry and handbags.
The Kentlands, 502 Main St., Gaithersburg, 301-869-4544, www.shopclover.com

Fleet Feet Sports
Opened by runners and former CPAs Chris and Robyn Gault in 2005, the Gaithersburg outpost of the nationwide franchise is known for its running shoes and moisture-wicking apparel. The store also offers running clinics, training programs and group runs.
255 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, 301-926-6442, www.fleetfeetgaithersburg.com

Imagine Boutique
Named for owner Nancy Strauss’ favorite song, Imagine offers boho and contemporary styles from Bailey44, Bobi, Silver Jeans and Sanctuary. In addition to handbags, shoes and accessories, you’ll also find jewelry. Men will appreciate the edited choices from Robert Graham.
26-A Grand Corner Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-527-1694, www.shopimagineclothing.com

South Moon Under
See Bethesda listing.
Washingtonian Center, 15 Grand Corner Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-948-0971, www.southmoonunder.com

The Surrey
Looking for place mats, a gift or a saddle? You’ll find it all here. Originally started in 1953 as a tack shop for English-style riders, The Surrey also sells an array of riding clothes, jewelry and hostess gifts.
14120 Darnestown Road, Darnestown, 301-299-8225, www.thesurreysaddlery.com

POTOMAC

Emily Grace
Women of all ages visit this airy shop at Park Potomac to peruse the latest in contemporary tops, bottoms and dresses from Rebecca Taylor, Vince, Joie and Alice + Olivia, as well as premium denim. Finish off the look with handbags from Rebecca Minkoff and Lauren Merkin.
Park Potomac, 12525 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, 301-251-4184, www.shopemilygrace.com

Flora’s Feathered Nest
Though most of the items are new, owner Marcia Copenhaver hunts down weathered-looking merchandise at shows and sales. Find an array of unique decorative birdcages, upscale scented candles, mirrors, gifts and garden décor.
12211 River Road, Potomac, 301-765-0003, www.florasfeatherednest.com

Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels
Owner Deb Shalom searches out offbeat artisanal items for this shop, which sells a wide range of gifts. Among the finds: ceramics, decorative wine accessories, Judaica, and jewelry made of glass, crystals, copper, pearls, gemstones and silver.
Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall, 7737 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, 301-299-5675, www.leilajewels.com

Shoe Train
During the back-to-school season, more than 100 kids per day will visit this classic children’s shoe store for footwear from Ugg Australia, Clarks, Stride Rite and Nike, among others. The kid-friendly staff also specializes in fitting children with orthotics and orthopedic footwear.
Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 301-299-9662, www.shoetrainpotomac.com

Toy Castle
Brian Mack, formerly of Toys Etc., and Carlos Aulestia, who also owns Toy Kingdom in Rockville, opened Toy Castle in Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall in 2010. The store features high-quality educational toys, books and games for children of all ages, and a very knowledgeable staff.
Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 301-299-0680, www.toycastlepotomac.com

ROCKVILLE

Appalachian Spring
This store carries everything from artisan glassware, pottery and wooden items to quirky baby goods and birdhouses. Don’t miss the fine collection of kaleidoscopes and the glass cases of designer jewelry.
Congressional Plaza, 1641 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-230-1380, www.appalachianspring.com


Emily Grace is a good place for contemporary clothing and accessories.

As Kindred Spirits
Women love to shop here for the unique jewelry made by local and international artists who regularly make appearances in the store. You’ll also find natural fiber clothing, Judaica, whimsical home décor and gifts.
Congressional Plaza, 1611 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-984-0102, www.askindredspirits.com  

Child’s Play
The Rockville location of this toy store is one of four in this family-owned chain that’s known for its hands-on service. Inside are children’s books and a wealth of toys, puzzles, games, art supplies and costumes.
Congressional Plaza, 1661 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-230-9040, www.barstonschildsplay.com

Mervis Diamond Importers
This family-owned fine jewelry store specializes in loose diamonds and creations from designers including Tacori, Sasha Primak and Benchmark. All the standards are here: cuff links, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, engagement rings and wedding sets.
1775 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-231-0030, www.mervisdiamond.com

Na Ohana Jewelry
This family-owned shop in Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike specializes in custom-designed fine jewelry. One entire wall is devoted to pieces made with pearls of different colors and sizes. The store also does repairs.
Federal Plaza, 12268-C Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-881-0141

On Cloud 9
Carol Gowling brought her four daughters on buying trips when this “tween-age” store first opened, allowing them to help choose the teen-and junior-targeted styles. You’ll find casual wear as well as a unique selection of party dresses for bat mitzvahs.
Potomac Woods Shopping Center, 1085 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 301-251-1331, www.ishoponcloud9.com

RnJ Sports
See Bethesda listing.
11910-R Parklawn Drive, Rockville, 301-881-0021, www.rnjsports.com

Silver Moon Jewelry & Accessories
Formerly Tiara Galleries & Gifts, this store has been in business since 1960 and prides itself on classic, established brands. Inside you’ll find women’s accessories by Alex and Ani and Pandora jewelry, Vera Bradley bags and Brighton accessories.
Congressional Plaza, 1659 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-468-1122, www.tiaragalleries.com

TennisTopia
TennisTopia carries everything for the courts, including rackets, apparel, shoes and bags by tennis standards including Nike, Fila, Kaelin, Babolat and Adidas. Owners Darrell and Amy Haines also provide team uniforms and racket re-stringing and demos.
Congressional Village Shopping Center,
1701 Rockville Pike B10, Rockville, 301-230-9195, www.tennistopia.com

The Cottage Monet
Inside this bright and colorful shop is everything from thick Italian ceramic dishes to fun costume jewelry to placemats and glassware. Some of the many established lines featured here include Vietri, Vera Bradley, Mariposa and Thymes.
Rockville Town Square, 36 Maryland Ave., Rockville, 301-279-2422, www.cottagemonet.com

Toy Kingdom
European toys abound in this store, which has been operating since 2007 in Rockville Town Square. You’ll find dolls, toys and games for boys and girls from names such as Corolle, Lego, Ravensburger and Creativity for Kids. Carlos Aulestia, co-owner of Toy Castle in Potomac, owns this store as well.
Rockville Town Square, 36-C Maryland Ave., Rockville, 301-251-0220,  www.toykingdomllc.com

Uptown Cheapskate
Nancy Kline and Emily Schramm, who are mother and daughter as well as business partners, offer cash on the spot or 25 percent more in store credit at this fashion resale shop. Brands include J.Crew, Free People, Steve Madden and Michael Kors. Kline, the former COO for South Moon Under, and Schramm go for items that are current—shirts, dresses, denim, jackets, handbags and accessories.
1032 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-762-1089, www.uptowncheapskate.com

SILVER SPRING

Dor-ne Corset Shoppe
Hard-to-fit women will feel like they’ve found nirvana at this shop for ladies’ undergarments. But traditional-size women also are catered to, with bras, lacy corsets, colorful garters and body slimmers. There is a $5 fitting fee if you don’t buy anything (fittings are free if you do).
8126 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, 301-589-5151

Footlights
It’s everything ballet at this boutique for dancers, from girly tutus and stylish leotards to leg warmers and wraparound sweaters. There are also dancing shoes (jazz, ballroom, tap, ballet slippers and pointe shoes), plus pointe cushions and other footgear. Ballet-themed totes, pj’s and shirts round out the offerings.
938 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, 301-326-4351, www.dancefootlights.com

Rostas
This two-level boutique in the heart of downtown Silver Spring carries a broad range of classic and unique apparel from names such as Terani Couture, Alberto Makali and Samuel Dong. Find colorful scarves to silk gowns, along with casual wear, handbags and jewelry at prices 30 percent to 70 percent off retail.
8618 Fenton St., Silver Spring, 301-588-7554, www.rostasboutique.com

UPPER NW, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Child’s Play
See Rockville listing.
5536 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-244-3602, www.barstonschildsplay.com

Catch Can
See Kensington/North Bethesda listing.
5516 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-686-5316, www.catchcan.com

Charles Schwartz & Son Jewelers
Offerings at this posh jewelry shop range from contemporary pieces to Victorian, art deco and art nouveau estate designs. If you’re searching for a cuff dripping with diamonds or a statement South Sea pearl necklace, this is the place you’ll find it.
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-363-5432, www.charlesschwartz.com

Corby Collection
Part of Chevy Chase’s Mazza Gallerie since 1992, this women’s boutique features a mix of dress, casual and career clothing. Sister stores, Wear it Well and Sequel, both in Bethesda, have some overlap in merchandise, but each has unique items, as well.
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-686-5363, www.justperfectcollection.com

Core72
Whether you’re into running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, tennis, skiing or swimming, this store has the goods to outfit you. The colorful activewear and accessories come from boutique designers such as Letarte, Oiselle, Carve Designs and Balega. And many of the items are cool enough to wear on the street.
5502 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-686-4258, www.core72dc.com

Full of Beans
Unusual clothes and toys for infants and children fill this wonderland of a shop. Owner Mary Hutchens stocks fun things to wear (some of them handmade) from designers including Morgan & Milo, Joules, Jojomaman, Feather Baby, Kissy Kissy and the locally designed line by Petite Lucette. There are also artful toys by Maileg and others.
3813 Livingston St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-362-8566

Julia Farr
This beautiful little shop is part boutique, part style salon, with owner Julia Farr ready to help customers redo their look or their entire closet. Find a well-edited selection of sportswear and dresses and accessories from designers including Raoul, Susana Monaco, Sachin & Babi, Halston Heritage and number 35. The Julia Farr Collection is also carried here.  
5232 44th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-364-3277, www.juliafarrdc.com

Pampillonia Jewelers
Classic design, a large selection of engagement rings and wedding bands, and handcrafted statement rings are what this sixth-generation, family-owned jewelry store is known for. Pampillonia also has an extensive collection of art deco, Victorian and belle epoque estate and antique pieces from names like Tiffany and Cartier.
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-363-6305,www.pampillonia.com

Periwinkle
The dazzling windows alone (especially around Halloween and Christmas) are worth a visit to this charming shop of gifts, chocolates, cards, stationery and holiday décor. Brands include Stonewall Kitchen gourmet goods, Thymes bath products, and Seda France candles.
3815 Livingston St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-364-3076, www.periwinklegiftsdc.com

Tabandeh
Owner Tabandeh Sizdahkhani fills her store with bold, edgy apparel and jewelry from more than 200 designers including Samira 13, Janis Savitt, Alexis Bittar and Iradj Moini. Find fashions from avant-garde designers such as Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester.
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-244-0777, www.tabandehjewelry.com

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