SHOES AND ACCESSORIES
Jewelry from this tiny boutique feels more like art than accessories. That’s because owners Amy Hugo and Angela Malkin stock handcrafted pieces by artisan designers, including lots of precious and semiprecious gemstones—both cut and uncut—and hammered gold and silver settings. Pieces by New York–based designer Suzy Landa and Istanbul native Lika Behar are favorites. Hugo, who sells her own line at the shop, will work with customers to create custom pieces. 4806 Bethesda Ave.; 301-907-6871.
Need to punch up a tired work or date outfit? Check out the whimsical accessories at Lou Lou. The tiny shop can feel chaotic when busy, but it’s worth a stop for a flirty flower-topped headband or a sparkly cocktail ring. Most pieces are less than $20, but a few higher-priced items, such as Ray-Ban sunglasses and a few designer wallets, have found homes here, too. 7125 Bethesda La.; 301-652-0048.
The shoes at this cutesy-mod boutique would make Carrie Bradshaw swoon. With outposts in Georgetown and Baltimore’s Harbor East, the shop caters to label lovers looking for high-end brands such as Tory Burch and Oscar de la Renta. The selection runs from adorable work-friendly flats to sky-high heels in pink suede. A new kids’ section includes such brands as Puddle Jumper Shoes, Jack Rogers Kids, and Primigi. Don’t miss the shelves of jewelry along the walls; we love the vintage-style studs and drop earrings. 7134 Bethesda La.; 301-654-7403.
Reasonable prices are the draw at this shoe shop—many pairs are less than $100. Look for popular brands such as Toms, Frye, and Camper alongside a range of accessories from sunglasses to handbags. Need rain boots? This store has them. 4731 Elm St.; 301-656-7463.
Tony Zelaya knows shoes, and it shows. A former buyer for Nordstrom, he fills his boutique—tucked inside the back of Daisy Too—with shoes by talented, little-known designers and household names. Styles range from conservative wood-heel wedges by Michael Kors to a pair of sculpture-inspired pumps made from hand-molded carbon fiber. You’ll find everything from Fit in Clouds ballerina flats for $20 to Chie Mihara heels for $389. 4940 St. Elmo Ave.; 301-656-8550.
GLASS, STATIONERY, AND MORE
The Blue House
It’s hard to see into the windows of this jam-packed gift emporium—a good sign if you’re on the hunt for the perfect present. This place is all frills and ruffles, so expect to find cute gifts for moms, brides, and hostesses—even cat lovers. We like the Paddywax candles, which come in a variety of scents and colors, and the precious printed onesies for babies. 7770 Woodmont Ave.; 301-656-6088.
This stationer makes custom wedding invitations, save-the-dates, thank-you cards, and more. But brides-to-be aren’t the only customers—Creative Parties also sells calendars, wrapping paper, notepads, and gift items. Brands include Anna Griffin, Kate Spade, and Crane. You can also stock up on party supplies, including pretty printed napkins and plates. 8011 Woodmont Ave.; 301-654-9292.
Waygoose Fine Crafts
Arts-and-crafts aficionados might like something from Waygoose. Part gallery of American handcrafts, part gift shop, this store sells functional and decorative pottery, silver jewelry, colorful glassware, and handmade wood pieces. Sign up for the Birthday Club and you can treat yourself: The shop will send you a $10-off coupon during your birthday month. 4848 Bethesda Ave.; 301-656-1768.
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