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Best of Bethesda 2013: My Favorite Spot

We asked local shopowners where they like to go.

A falafel rice bowl with tzatiki and other veggies at Cava Mezze Grill. Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Katherine Kallinis Berman, co-owner with sister Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne of Georgetown Cupcake (4834 Bethesda Ave.; 301-907-8900): “Sophie and I love Drybar (4840 Bethesda Ave.; 240-483-4277). In 30 minutes, you get the best blowout money can buy.”

Alli Webb, owner of Drybar: “I love to pop into Ginger (7114 Bethesda La.; 301-664-9242)—I’ve found great accessories there.”

Gretchen Hitchner, owner of Ginger: “My favorite store is Bluemercury (7105 Bethesda La.; 301-986-0070). I always learn something new—like the need for eye-shadow base—and I love trying out the samples.”

Marla Beck, cofounder of Bluemercury: “I love to shop at Paper Source (4805 Bethesda Ave.; 301-215-9141) with the kids. We always find fun art projects, beautiful journals, and birthday presents. Then we grab one of the green smoothies at Purée Artisan Juice Bar (4903 Elm St.; 301-654-7873).

Amy Waldman, founder of Purée: “My getaway spot lately has been Vino Volo (7243-7247 Woodmont Ave.; 301-656-0916). They have great wine flights.”

Tristan Kindy, general manager of Vino Volo: “The salted-caramel gelato at Dolcezza(7111 Bethesda La.; 301-215-9226) is my favorite non-wine activity in Bethesda.”

Sarah Woods, manager of Dolcezza: “Secolari (7249 Woodmont Ave.; 301-652-7006) is a great place to browse for gifts of olive oils.”

Jodi Madelon Callen, executive manager of Secolari: “Rita’s Crepes (a kiosk at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda aves.) is one of my favorite stops. I also love to browse the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market (7155 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-652-2291).”

Rhita Douglass, owner of Rita’s Crepes: “I’m gluten-free, so Cava Mezze Grill (4832 Bethesda Ave.; 301-656-1772) is my go-to place for a snack.”

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