Make a Difference: Go Shopping

Lots of area businesses—including Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Virginia, Everard’s Clothing in DC, and SyLene lingerie in Chevy Chase—give back to the community, donating to silent auctions or sponsoring events where some proceeds go to charity.

Some make charity a part of business every day. On average, 5 percent of all boutique sales at Tranquil Space Yoga—in Arlington, Bethesda, and DC’s Dupont Circle—go to My Sister’s Place or House of Ruth in Maryland, nonprofits working to end domestic violence. Tranquil Space also plants a tree for every class pass sold.

Buy a case of local Hook & Ladder beer and 25 cents goes to a local burn center for firefighters. Ordering a pint at a bar helps too—for every barrel sold, $4 goes to the company’s foundation.

The motto of Lost Dog and Stray Cat, two cafes in Arlington, is “eat, drink, and rescue.” About 6 percent of restaurant profits go to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, which in seven years has saved more than 10,000 animals.

Know a local business that gives back? Send an e-mail with the subject line “charity” to