On Rockville Pike
With cozy niches and distressed walls, this retro-meets-boho chain has the feel of a hip SoHo warehouse. Clothing, accessories, linens, books, furniture, and tabletop wares are in artful disarray. (The Rockville outlet of this national retailer has one of the area’s bigger home-goods departments.) Look no further if you’re after a goat-leather handbag or dinner plates with Ludwig Bemelmans–inspired scrawls of the Eiffel Tower. 11500 Rockville Pike; 301-230-6520; anthropologie.com.
Buy Buy Baby
New parents have been known to visit this one-stop shop for babies and toddlers every weekend. Set up like a supermarket, it’s the place to pick up a portable wipes warmer, Dan Zanes CD, or George Jetson–style high chair. You’ll also find strollers, car seats, cribs, formula, diapers, clothing, and toys—pretty much everything a baby could need. 1683 Rockville Pike; 301-984-1122; buybuybaby.com.
Before Nintendo, people spent leisure time building really cool stuff, such as replicas of the Titanic and Lionel train loops. Hobby Works sells all matter of paraphernalia for the avid hobbyist and hobbyist-in-training—from the simplest balsa-wood airplanes and snap-together skeletons to intricate box kites and Civil War soldiers for grand-scale reenactments of Antietam. 12274-G Rockville Pike; 301-468-6330; hobbyworks.com.
Whether you’re making a Moroccan tagine or Mexican hot chocolate, this spice shop has the goods. Crushed aleppo chili peppers from Turkey, Tellicherry Indian peppercorns, smoked Spanish paprika, and intense Mexican vanilla beans are among the finds. Penzeys also blends its own seasoning rubs. The Singapore, a 17-ingredient mix, adds a zippy lemon-pepper-curry flavor to Cornish hen and other poultry. 1048 Rockville Pike; 301-738-8707; penzeys.com.