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September 2013 Contents: Great Local Shops

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September 2013 Volume 48, Number 12

Cover Story

Great Local Shops

Our favorites for fresh home furnishings, stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry, perfect gifts, and lots more.

On the Cover: Illustration for Washingtonian by Alli Arnold. Photograph by Christophe Kutner/Trunk Archive.


Style Setters

Ten of Washington’s best-dressed showcase their statement style. By Kate Bennett

A Long Way Home

Meguiel Merritt has had more than his share of stumbles, but he’s held the same steady job for nearly 30 years. He wants desperately to reclaim a life in his hometown, but the city isn’t giving out second chances the way it used to. By Ariel Sabar

Meet the Baby Carriers

What would make a woman want to go through pregnancy and childbirth to carry a baby—or three—for a couple she just met? By Alexandra Robbins and Ali Eaves

The Third Course

Mark Kuller’s mother was a saint, his father a bookie. It took the son many years to figure out how to embrace the lessons of both their lives. By Todd Kliman

Capital Comment

Bridge-burning—from traitors to spies to taking a stand . . . What will become of “world citizen” Garry Davis’s legacy? . . . The most popular thinly veiled DC fiction. . . . Estelle Parsons on growing old. Behind the Scenes Inside the Redskins’ new $1.2-million indoor practice field in Ashburn.

Where & When

Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter with the NSO Pops . . . The Black Cat turns 20 . . . Million Dollar Quartet at the KenCen . . . Bad boys Dane Cook and Russell Brand on the same night . . . The Postal Museum opens a spacious new gallery . . . DC Shorts film festival.


True Nonbeliever Can Republican lobbyist Edwina Rogers help a group of left-leaning atheists reach across the aisle? Washington Read Novelist Alice McDermott makes an ordinary life extraordinary. Obama 2.0 New faces in the White House through artist Steve Brodner’s eyes. What Made Me Museum head Johnnetta Cole on teachers, family, and loving art.


Best Face Forward Makeup counters and shops that have the most sought-after finds. Reboot your Workout Four classes that can add a healthy dose of fun to your fitness routine.


Making it Look Easy The Red Hen is the best new restaurant of the year. Plus—Greek and Lebanese in Frederick, seafood in Penn Quarter, and Russian-Uzbek in Ballston. Ultimate Sandwich Guide The top 25 in town—plus wacky creations, an ode to Vietnamese bánh mì, chef tips, and more.


Art Collecting 101 Buying artwork is possible on any budget. Here’s expert advice. Best of Reston and Herndon Where to shop, eat, and have fun in these family-friendly towns. Luxury Homes Houses go for $100,000, $200,000, even $300,000 over asking price. Back-to-School Blues After summer with family, many pets can feel left behind in the fall. On the Horizon Happenings, announcements, and rumors to know about.