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Top Choice Books in Capitol Hill & South DC

Capitol Hill Books

A trove of secondhand awesomeness, this shop has so many books staff have to double-stack them on the shelves. Superb notes by the cantankerous clerks help guide your selection. Categories are, er, unconventional, i…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Kramerbooks

This flagship independent – which leapt into First Amendment history when it refused to release Monica Lewinsky’s book-buying list to Ken Starr's snoops – features first-rate literature, travel and politics sections…
Top Choice Antiques in Roanoke

Black Dog Salvage

As seen on the cable show Salvage Dogs, the folks at this sprawling antique shop sell doors and doorknobs, light fixtures, wrought iron, and vintage plumbing and hardware, Basically, it's filled with architecturally…
Top Choice Antiques in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Miss Pixie’s

Bright and festive with classic pop tunes playing in the background, Miss Pixie’s is a great browse. It's piled high with relics of the past, from stuffed leather armchairs to 1960s lawn ornaments. You’ll find dishe…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Second Story Books

Packed with dusty secondhand tomes, atmospheric Second Story also sells used CDs (mostly jazz and classical), antiquarian books and old sheet music. The prices are decent and the choices are broad (particularly in t…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Alexandria

Torpedo Factory Art Center

The former munitions factory today houses studios in which 165 artists and craftspeople sell their creations directly to the customer. There are also seven galleries. It is a distinctive setup, and there’s a good ch…
Arts & Crafts in West Virginia

Tamarack

Let's clear up some confusion about this oft-maligned place. Yes, the miserable gas-and-fast-food travel plaza at Tamarack evokes the 7th ring of hell, especially on busy travel weekends. But the reason to visit is …
Gifts & Souvenirs in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

White House Gifts

Though not to be confused with the official White House gift shop (in the White House Visitor Center), this store sells official souvenirs alongside less-orthodox offerings. So while you can still find the certified…
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Capitol Market

Shelves groan under regional jams and jellies, Holl’s Swiss Chocolates and a long row of local produce at this indoor-outdoor market on the site of the old railyard for the Kanawha and Michigan railroad. You'll also…
Gifts & Souvenirs in St Michaels & Tilghman Island

Preppy Redneck

Well of course they're friendly at the Preppy Redneck, where southern hospitality meets the maritime sensibilities of the Eastern Shore. Among all the pink, you'll find Scout tote bags, 'classy' red Solo drinking cu…