This unique King Street store is a go-to spot for those who appreciate contemporary design and decor with an Asian twist. The narrow rowhouse reflects owner Peter Zia’s vision of home goods and clothing for modern life. Look for hip stationery, funky women’s clothing by hard-to-find designers, glossy coffee-table books about design and fashion, high-end Scandinavian dishware, and glassware.
1024 King St.; 703-838-0520.
J. Brown & Co.
These two colorful stores are three doors apart, but they have the same cheerful spirit. Amanda Brown, daughter of owner John Brown, will happily point out the shops’ highlights: high-end furniture, handpainted pottery, and enamelware by MacKenzie-Childs; collectible fairy dolls from Mark Roberts; pewter-edged china by Arte Italica; and handblown glass by Juliska. Don’t miss the garden in the rear of the original store.
1119 and 1125 King St.; 703-548-9010.
Red Barn Mercantile
Owner Amy Rutherford has sought out mostly American-made goods to fill her store since it opened in September 2007. Antique tables and benches found at flea markets are mixed in with Dash & Albert rugs, Cisco Brothers upholstered sofas and chairs, and Pamela Kline bedding. Unique gifts and a stellar children’s-decor section are highlights.
113 S. Columbus St.; 703-838-0355; redbarnmercantile.com.
Food and Wine
Grape + Bean
This year-old rustic coffeehouse/wine bar/cheese store has garnered an almost cultlike following. Fresh bread from nearby Restaurant Eve is sold at the counter, as is a large variety of gourmet nuts, olives, chocolates, artisanal cheeses, and top-shelf charcuterie. Nearly 200 types of wine are sold; tastings are available at the wine bar, which is open from 4 to 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
118 S. Royal St.; 703-664-0214; grapeandbean.com.