One of the best reasons to shop downtown is the wealth of charming boutiques. From Historic Georgetown to funky U Street, the District is filled with great little shops. Don’t get your new hat, or purse or vase at the same mall stores where everyone else is shopping. Find something to fit your individual style, or that perfect gift, at some of the best boutiques in Washington, D.C. — Amy Gardner Mcneal
1350 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
With a name like Proper Topper, you’d expect a shop full of great hats, and you’d be right — but this place has so much more to offer! Fresh and funky hats for men, women and kids do await inside. The beautiful hats are surrounded by a ton of neat clothes, stationery, books and more. The artsy retro vibe of the place is reflected in the eclectic selection of kitchenware and the handcrafted jewelry. This is the place to go if you’re looking for something unique for the woman in your life, or a gift for anyone who is hard to shop for. Proper Topper also carries children’s clothes and toys. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
1626 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
This is a shop you’ll see coming from a mile away — the facade is painted a bright, electric pink. Inside, you’ll find a huge selection of unique and beautiful stuff for the home. The whimsical furniture, decorative objects and found treasures make Miss Pixie’s a fabulous place to go for one-of-a-kind gifts and statement pieces to give your place character. The sales staff is low pressure, but high energy. Everyone here is obviously having a lot of fun and it shows. Most of the stock is vintage. If you’re looking for some unique new chairs, or a vintage Lucite bar set for your brother’s birthday, stop by one of the best boutiques in Washington, D.C., and find something fabulous. Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
BW Art, Antiques and Jewelry
108 North Fayette Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Looking for an amazing selection of antique and modern costume jewelry? This is the place. You’ll be amazed by the huge selection of unique jewelry BW has to offer. You can (and will) spend hours looking through trays and cabinets of brooches, rings and necklaces that you won’t find anywhere else. The store also sells vintage goodies like rugs, ceramics and art, but it’s the phenomenal jewelry that will keep you coming back. Everything’s well organized and beautifully displayed, and the great prices mean you don’t have to choose between the elegant 1940′s cocktail ring and the sexy 1960′s drop earrings — you can have both! Even if you’re gift shopping, you’ll have a hard time walking out of this boutique without a shiny new bauble for yourself. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.