Being a senior means that you’ve gotten more seasoned over the years, and there’s nothing wrong with adding more flavor and spice. Maintain your zest with these helpful stores that fit your needs, as well as your budget.

Brown’s Market
5718 Silver Hill Road
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 967-3059

Brown’s Market is a family owned and operated health store that’s a local staple in the District Heights area, and offers all manner of natural and holistic products and remedies. It’s especially helpful for seniors who might be looking for natural solutions for their everyday aches and pains, and for those who simply want to be proactive about their health and wellness. Brown’s carries everything from vitamin supplements, natural ointments, essential oils and natural beauty and body products to vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free products, specially baked breads and even tasty all-natural candies.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
1517 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1400

Kramerbooks is the perfect local bookstore for literature-loving seniors who want to enjoy a broad selection of engaging literature, hang out, socialize and savor a good read. The bookstore’s outdoor cafe provides the perfect perch for sipping a cup of Joe, people watching, engaging in lively discussions and simply losing track of time while delving into the latest thriller. Established in 1976, Kramer’s is a D.C. landmark in the trendy DuPont Circle neighborhood.

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Betty’s Place & Cafe
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
(301) 583-2493

Located within the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Betty’s Place & Cafe has a cozy atmosphere where seniors can congregate and socialize over a steaming cup of tasty coffee available to them at a 29-percent discount. Televisions and access to wi-fi make the cafe the perfect atmosphere to watch TV, surf the net, read a book or simply kick back to enjoy a healthy lunch or a light snack after a good workout at the gym. It’s also a convenient hangout if you’re waiting for your fitness class to begin at the gym just a couple doors down, or for one of the many seminars and events held at the complex.

The Carolina Kitchen
800C Shoppers Way
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 350-2929

Down-home Southern cooking never tasted so good, especially at a 10-percent discount. Seniors who visit The Carolina Kitchen restaurant, which specializes in Southern cuisine, will be able to fill their bellies without emptying their pockets. The money they’ll save will make those soul food dishes like BBQ short ribs, mac n’ cheese, fried green tomatoes, southern fried chicken, potato salad, cobblers and pies all the more tasty.

Georgia Avenue Thrift Store
6101 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-4013

There aren’t many seniors who don’t love a good thrift store. Like most quality thrift shops, Georgia Avenue Thrift Store carries a variety of donated items at bargain prices. Seniors can enjoy the hunt to find that special piece of furniture to make the perfect statement in their home, or peruse the racks of gently used clothing to find that classy business suit to add to their wardrobe, or maybe even snag that tiny trinket or tchotchke they’ve always wanted in order to complete their collection. Other items like books, shoes and glassware round out the store’s variety of offerings to make it a fun place for seniors who love a good leisurely rummage.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Visit his website at