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The smartest new places to spend your money right now, whether you’re looking for a lasting gift or a new hair salon. Plus, new ways to shop locally and support black and women-owned businesses.

Best New Place For Plants: Jungle & Loom. Courtesy of Jungle & Loom.

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Vintage furniture is better for the environment, cooler than mass produced, and, thanks to Covid-induced delays plaguing chain retailers, maybe the only option if you want a sofa before Thanksgiving. Here are seven of our favorite local retailers. Bonus: all of them have shoppable Instagram pages, where they post new merchandise.

Miss Pixie. Photo by Evy Mages

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1. Browse the Politics and Prose New Releases Wall (upper Northwest DC)
2. Find the perfect gift at Urban Dwell (Adams Morgan) or Salt & Sundry (Union Market, Logan Circle, Bethesda) 1. Find a local manufacturer at Shop Made in DC (The Wharf, Logan Circle, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle)
3. Try on a hat at Proper Topper (Cathedral Heights)
4. Find vintage jewelry at GoodWood (U Street) or Miss Pixie’s (Logan Circle)
5. Eat the samples at a farmers market
6. Perfume tasting at Jo Malone London (CityCenterDC)
7. Trying on shoes in Nordstrom (Bethesda, Pentagon City, Tysons, Columbia)
8. See lipstick shades in person at Sephora
9. Feel like a kid again at the Child’s Play toy store (Chevy Chase DC, Arlington, McLean)

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What’s new at the local theater, museums, dog parks and other entertainment

Dog park bars. Photo by Lauren Bulbin

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When Covid closed gyms and training studios, groups and instructors were forced to get creative. Here are three of the best ways the local fitness industry has remained on its toes.

Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab. Courtesy of Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab.

Expansion outside – Lots of exercise classes have been moved outside during Covid. But two studios did the best. The HIIT Cut Seven group, which teaches in multiple locations, added a 2,000 square foot outdoor space off 14th Street. Meanwhile, cycling and weight training studio Del Ray Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab acquired a garage down the street with open sides, where it hosted both cycling lessons (thanks to stylish headphones silent disco) and, more recently, weightlifting sessions. Cut Seven Outdoor Studio: 1401 Swann St., NW. Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab: 2417 and 2903 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Regroup – During the pandemic, many fitness instructors found themselves without a place to teach. Enter New Workout Groups: OutFit runs outdoor classes like spinning and yoga in empty courtyards and terraces across town, employing current and former instructors from studios like Solidcore, F45, and CorePower Yoga . And when former Soul-Cycle instructor Sunny Miller was put on leave during the crisis, she started Hustle, which runs outdoor cycling and HIIT classes on Wharf Pier, indoors. at Union Stage and virtually. Dress: various places. Hustle: 740 Water St., SW.

Make outdoor classes scenic РThe Flow Yoga Center runs virtual and vax̩-only classes, but its open-air flows at scenic spots such as the Scottish Rite Temple on 16th Street, Northwest, and the Milk Bar in Logan Circle were especially popular. The same goes for rooftop workouts at Union Market, where you can attend a 305 Fitness or Cut Seven class while enjoying 360-degree views of the DC skyline. Flow Yoga Center: several locations. Union Market: 1309 Fifth St., NE.

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1. Help a tourist find his way around
2. Your office
3. Rush to bring your child to school
4. Hover for a bar stool
5. Someone who silences in a library
6. Someone who silences in a movie theater
7. A crowded subway train
8. Pay $ 7 for a Nats dog
9. Visits to the Capitol
10. Public toilets
11. Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
12. Whole Foods Salad Bars

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1. The park hangs
2. Pedestrian encounters
3. Part of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park is closed to cars daily.
4. Creative outdoor dining
5. Cocktails to take away
6. Wider sidewalks in Georgetown
7. Improvised films with drive-in
8. Less traffic
9. No more teleworking
10. Authorization to slow down

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Despite the pandemic – and, in some cases, because of it – a slew of new restaurants or new offerings from old favorites – have arrived on the local scene. Here are the best things to eat and drink these days, including our favorite streetery, a fried chicken sandwich, an ice cream sundae, take out cocktails and more.

Tacos al pastor in Las Gemelas, in the La Cosecha food hall. Photograph by Leah Judson.

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These extra-generous happy hours will make you look forward to returning to the office

Brie farm bread at Founding Farmers. Photograph by Ken Fletcher.

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Returning to the office but don’t expect a sad lunch at the office? Check out these places, which all opened when most of us were working from home.

Chiko. Photograph by Scott Suchman

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1. Alsatian tart at Jacques’ Bistro (Grande Chute)
2. Seafood tour in Fiola Mare (Georgetown)
3. All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue in Kogiya (Annandale)
4. Omakase at Sushi Nakazawa (Penn Quarter)
5. Floating Island at Convivial (Shaw)
6. Oysters for aperitif at Old Ebbitt Grill (downtown DC)
7. Norwegian Eggs at the Diplomat (Logan Circle)
8. Sizzling Steak Fajitas in Mezcalero (Columbia Heights)
9. Table hot pot at Urban Hot Pot (Rockville)
10.Lamb carpaccio with Caesar salad ice cream at the Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Virginia)

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Newcomers to the DMV, political and cultural news, unsung heroes, and the best and worst civic trends.

Best Non-Human New Arrival: Xiao Qi Ji. Panda photography courtesy of the National Zoo.

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Two local artist debuts caused a stir last year and were mostly designed and created in Washington

Rico Nasty, nightmare vacation – Eclectic screamo rapper who grew up in Largo, Rico Nasty recorded this brash debut album from her home in Fort Washington, where she lives with her family (including her pet snake, Voldemort, and dog, Fish). She came out swaying with raging hymns such as “STFU” and a “Smack a Bitch” remix that felt even more urgent amid the pandemic turmoil. Other tracks scream his roots in the DC area, including a mention of go-go godfather Chuck Brown.

Shaded, High Dive – Known for the dreamy mega-hit “Trampoline”, which scored a remix of Zayn, electro-pop group Shaed started from scratch after dropping an album they were set to release in 2020. Locked- out, the trio went back and forth writing and recording between homes in northeast DC and Falls Church to release High Dive, a collection of vulnerable tracks that they said were more authentic than they were. felt, “I have everything I want but I’m not satisfied. “

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1. We believe in science.
2. We follow rules.
3. We take care of each other.
4. We creatively pivot on a dime.
5. We are easily accessible by car for great getaways.
6. We have a lot of great parks.
7. We are a cycling city.
8. We are a pedestrian city.
9. We stimulate small businesses.
10. We confront our history.

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Does it seem a little embarrassing to you to appoint a man for such a basic duty as being a good partner? Yes. But while it’s a truism that behind every powerful man is a powerful woman, it’s also true that more men should embark on the business of supporting and enabling their wives’ ambition and career. These three make a pretty good case.

Doug Emhoff – He is officially Second Gentleman, but many women in Washington prefer to think of him as the chief wife. Emhoff gave up his practice of life and law in Los Angeles to move into the Veep excavation at the Naval Observatory alongside his wife, the first female vice president in American history, and to take on ceremonial duties assigned for hundreds of years to Second Ladies. The fact that he travels around town frequently, sometimes wearing Kamala swag, only makes him more respectable.

Chastise Buttigieg – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband had been a college teacher in Indiana but quit his job to support Mayor Pete’s presidential bid. When the couple learned they would be moving to DC for a different adventure, Chasten handled the move, leading their dogs across the country and roaming the Capitol Hill neighborhood in search of a place to live. He’s reworking his 2020 memoir for young adults, perhaps sort of a textbook for the next generation.

Charlie capiton – His wife, Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, was the first West Virginia woman ever sent to Congress – to the House in 2001, then to the Senate in 2015. This year he made history by becoming the first male president of the Congresses. Club. Capito, who has been a member of the club for 20 years, said his goal was to increase the male membership: last year, although 127 women served in Congress, only 30 of the club’s 800-plus members were men.



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