What a lot of visitors to the nation's capital don't get is that we're not all all White Houses and beige trousers, around here. In fact, the diversity of the Washington area might — just maybe — rival that of New York City. Where else can you find foreign dignitaries discussing matters of state near a boutique that stocks international design powerhouses? When R29 decided to settle in the Capital City, we knew we couldn't transport our New York framework two hours south; this type of variety and creativity needed a real trailblazer. Luckily, we found just the gal in Holly E. Thomas, our D.C. editor who captures the best the city has to offer, while constantly pushing the envelope. When we asked her to pick her 29 favorite stores in the area, she had plenty to offer. As she said: "My favorite aspect of editing the D.C. site for Refinery29 is the incredibly diverse array of boutiques and stores that exist in a relatively small city — there's really something for everyone, and the hunt is half the fun of it. We're also lucky to have new shops and designers and creative people springing up in D.C., which means there's always something new to discover." So, see which of our Stores We Love you won't be able to live without. And there's no time like the present to start exploring, especially with killer (and R29-only) deals like these.
DEAL: Any Refinery29 readers who "like" Bellacara’s Facebook page will be entered to score a $100 gift certificate, come February 15.
Bellacara, 1000 King Street, Alexandria; 703-299-9652.
DEAL: Readers will get a 10% discount when mentioning this guide for one week (jewelry excluded, but there are plenty of other finds to bring home).
Ginger, 7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda; 301-664-9242.
It's Vintage, Darling
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
DEAL: Mention Refinery29 and receive 20% off your entire purchase, all week long. Dahling, you shouldn't have!
It's Vintage, Darling, 3423 14th Street NW; 202-525-1327.
Neighborhood: U Street
DEAL: For one week, with the mention of R29, customers receive 15% off any full-priced merchandise. Not valid with any other offer.
Muleh, 1831 14th Street NW; 202-667-3440.
Rock It Again
Neighborhood: U Street
DEAL: Rock It Again is offering a 20% discount on their chic vintage finds for one week, to all customers who mention this post. Cha-ching!
Rock It Again, 1528 U Street NW; 202-603-7534.
DEAL: Tari will offer an extra 20% off until April, to consignment-savvy readers who mention Refinery29.
Tari, 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-621-7500.
DEAL: Such a sweet deal! Treat will offer an extra 20% off for one week to readers who mention Refinery29.
Treat, 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-621-7500.
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
DEAL: R29 readers receive 15% off any one item this week when they mention Refinery29 at the time of purchase.
Violet, 2439 18th Street NW; 202-621-9225.
(Clockwise from left) Photos: Courtesy of It's Vintage, Darling, Proper Topper, Treat, and Tari.