Your Guide To The DMV

Your Guide To The DMV

Your Guide To The DMV

If you live in the DC area, you know that we have all the options when it comes to restaurants, shopping and services. With so many businesses to choose from, how do you find the best of the best when it comes to taking care of your necessities? Instead of searching high and low on the inter-webs, I’ve done all the dirty work for you.

I’ve lived in the area for 8+ years and grew up right down the road, so you better bet I’ve experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to local businesses. Many of you have asked me for recommendations for my favorite nail salons, dry cleaners and more, so I thought I would put together a list of all of my favorite local spots in the area. Whether you just moved to town or if you’re looking for a new hair salon, I hope this list comes in handy in some way, shape or form!


Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joes, Peapod Grocery Delivery, Glen’s Garden Market, Streets Market & Cafe

Healthy Meal Delivery –

Territory Foods, Vegetable & Butcher, Mighty Meals

Quick Lunches –

Cava, Roti, Whole Foods Salad Bar, Atillas – Greek, Sweetgreen, Chopt, Little Beet, Chaia, Little Sesame, TaKorean

Food Halls-

Union Market, The Block (Asian Street Food), Isabella Eatery

The Best Coffee Around-

Rappahannock Coffee, Northside Social, Grace Street, Misha’s, The Colada Shop, A Baked Joint, La Colombe, Killer ESP, Tryst.

Smoothies & Juices –

South Block, JRINK, Fruitive, The Juice Laundry

Best Breweries –

Aslin (my personal fave, look out for when they brew Unicorn Vomit – that’s my baby!!) Crooked Run Brewing, Old Bust Head, Ocelot Brewing, Adroit Theory

Dry Cleaners –

Pearl Cleaners

Nail Salons –

Amity Nails (my favorite), Diana Nails.

Hair Salons –

Ash Salon (Ashley is my personal stylist), Smitten Boutique Salon

Tanning –

Palm Beach Tan – Versa Pro

Tailors & Custom Suiting –

Dash’s, The Tailored Man, Luis Tailoring

Car Wash –

Mr. Wash

Last Minute Gifts –

South Moon Under, La Village Marche, Salt & Sundry, The Great Republic, Red Barn Mercantile, Penny Post

Local Shopping –

South Moon Under, Intermix Georgetown, Tsalt, The Shoe Hive, The Hive, Coco Blanca, Hu’s and Hu’s Shoes, Bevello, Bishop Boutique, She’s Unique – Jewelry

Beauty Supplies –

Blue Mercury, Bella Cara

Book Stores –

Kramer Books, Politics & Prose

Plants –

Little Leaf, Meadows Farms


Luxury Consignment Stores-

Mint Condition, Ella Rue, Reddz, Current Boutique, 529 Kids Consign 


Bella Luxe

Makeup and Hair –

GlamSquad, Georgetown Bride, Claire Ashely Beauty


Sandra Oulmas


Crossfit South Arlington, Xtend Barre Old Town, Barre3 Alexandria, Solid Core, Mind The Mat, Ascend Cycle


Urban Stems, Bouqs, Holly Chapple, Enchanted Florist, Sweet Root Village.

Wedding & Event Planners –

Grit & Grace, Lauryn Prattes, IDA Rose

Photographers –

Emma Wiess (my personal photog), Sarah Marcella, Sloan Dakota, Erin Krespan, Laura Metzler, Abby Jiu

If I missed something, please comment below and I will keep adding to the list! This is how I local!



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  • Reply
    February 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Great list!! I would add Greenheart Juice! 🙂

    • Reply
      February 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Thanks, Ashley! I will add that in there! 🙂

  • Reply
    March 6, 2018 at 2:18 am

    I love coconut oil for my hair! I have waist-length, fine hair. It dries out terribly this time of year, despite washing it just twice a week & never using a hair drier. So, after washing & conditioning, letting it air dry & braiding it, I add a little coconut oil to the ends. I keep a small container in the bathroom, just for that purpose. It”s solid this time of year, but I get just enough by rubbing my fingers across it for a bit. Then, at night, after letting my hair down but before unbraiding it, I rub in a little coconut oil into the ends again. If you use just a little at a time, your hair will soak it up & won”t be greasy. If my hair gets REALLY bad, I”ll do an olive oil treatment. I coat my hair thoroughly not enough to be drippy, but definitely oily and cover it with a shower cap for an hour or two. The cap helps trap your body heat & helps your hair soak up the oil. Then just wash as usual. I usually don”t need a conditioner after that first wash. It leaves my hair so soft!

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