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The smartest new places to spend your money right now, whether you’re looking for a sustainable gift or a new hair salon. Plus, great new ways to shop locally and to support black or women-owned businesses.

Best new place for plants: Jungle & Loom. Lent by Jungle & Loom.

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Vintage furniture is better for the environment, cooler than mass-produced items, and – thanks to Covid-induced delays plaguing chain retailers – may be the only option if you want a sofa before Thanksgiving. Here are seven of our favorite local retailers. Bonus: Everyone has buyable Instagram pages where they post new merchandise.

Miss Pixie’s. Photo by Evy Mages

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Browse the new release wall on Politics and Prose (upper Northwest DC)
2. Finding the Perfect Gift at Urban Dwell (Adams Morgan) or Salt & Sundry (Union Market, Logan Circle, Bethesda) 1. Discovering a Local Producer at Shop Made in DC (The Wharf, Logan Circle, Georgetown, Capitol Hill , Dupont Circle)
3. Trying a Hat on Proper Tops (Cathedral Heights)
4. Find a vintage gem on GoodWood (U Street) or Miss Pixie’s (Logan Circle)
5. To eat the samples at a farmer’s market
6. Try scents at Jo Malone London (CityCenterDC)
7. Trying shoes at Nordstrom (Bethesda, Pentagon City, Tysons, Columbia)
To see lipstick shades in person at Sephora
9. Feeling like a kid again in Child’s Play Toy Store (Chevy Chase DC, Arlington, McLean)

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What’s new in local theater, museums, dog parks and other entertainment

Dog park bars. Photo by Lauren Bulbin

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When Covid closed gyms and gyms, groups and instructors were forced to be creative. Here are three of the best ways the local fitness industry has stayed on its toes.

Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab. Lent by Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab.

Expansion outdoors Lots of training hours moved outside under Covid. But two studies did it best. The HIIT group Cut Seven, which teaches in several locations, added a 2,000-square-foot outdoor space off 14th Street. Meanwhile, the Del Ray cycling and strength studio Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab bought a garage down the street with open sides where it has hosted both cycling classes (thanks to silent disco-style headphones) and recently weightlifting sessions. Cut Sevens Outdoor Study: 1401 Swann St., NW. Ascend Cycle + Lift Lab: 2417 and 2903 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Banding together – During the pandemic, many fitness instructors were left without a place to teach. Join new training groups: OutFit hosts outdoor classes such as spinning and yoga in empty courtyards and patios across the city, with current and former instructors from studios such as Solidcore, F45 and CorePower Yoga. And when former Soul-Cycle director Sunny Miller was fired during the crisis, she launched Hustle, which holds cycling and HIIT classes outdoors at Wharf’s pier, indoors on Union Stage and virtually. Outfit: different places. Hustle: 740 Water St., SW.

Make outdoor teaching scenic – The Flow Yoga Center hosts virtual and growing classes only, but its outdoor flow in scenic locations such as the Scottish Rite Temple on 16th Street, Northwest, and Logan Circle’s Milk Bar have been particularly popular. The same goes for rooftop workouts at Union Market, where you can take part in a 305 Fitness or Cut Seven class while enjoying 360-degree views of the DC skyline. Flow Yoga Center: different places. Union Market: 1309 Fifth St., NE.

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To help a tourist with directions
2. Your office
3. Hurry to get your child to school
4. Floating after a bar stool
5. Someone who houses a library
6. Someone who houses a movie theater
7. A crowded subway train
Pay $ 7 for a Nats dog
9. Capitol tours
10. Public bathrooms
11. Smithsonian Folklife Festival
12. Whole Foods salad bars

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1. Park hangs
2. Walking meetings
Part of Rock Creek Park’s Beach Drive closed to cars every day
4. Creative outdoor dining
5. To-go cocktails
6. Wider sidewalks in Georgetown
7. Temporary drive-in movies
8. Less traffic
9. More telework
10. Permission to slow down

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Despite the pandemic – and in some cases because of it – a number of new eateries or new offerings came from old favorites on the local scene. Here are the best things to eat and drink these days, including our favorite streetery, fried chicken sandwich, ice-glasses, cocktails to go and more.

Tacos al priest in Las Gemelas, in La Cosecha madhal. Photo by Leah Judson.

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These extra generous happy hours will make you look forward to returning to the office

Brie farm bread at Founding Farmers. Photo by Ken Fletcher.

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Are you going back to the office but not looking forward to a sad desk lunch? Check out these places that all opened while most of us have worked from home.

Chiko. Photo by Scott Suchman

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Alsatian pie at Jacques’ Bistro (Great Falls)
2. Seafood Tower at Fiola Mare (Georgetown)
All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue at Kogiya (Annandale)
4. Omakase at Sushi Nakazawa (Penn Quarter)
5. Floating Island at Convivial (Shaw)
6. Happy-hour oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill (downtown DC)
7. Eggs Norwegian at Le Diplomate (Logan Circle)
Sizzling Steak Fajitas on Mezcalero (Columbia Heights)
9. Hot pot at the table in Urban Hot Pot (Rockville)
10. Lamb Carpaccio with Caesar Salad Ice Cream at Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Va.)

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Newcomers to the DMV, political and cultural news, unsung heroes and the best – and worst – civilian tendencies.

Best new non-human arrival: Xiao Qi Ji. Photo of panda lent by National Zoo.

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Two debuts by homemade artists broke through in the past year – and were mostly conceived and created in Washington

Rico Nasty, nightmare vacation – An eclectic screamo rapper who grew up in Largo, Rico Nasty recorded this brave debut album from her home in Fort Washington, where she lives with her family (including her pet snake, Voldemort, and her dog, Fish). She came out swinging with rage anthems like “STFU” and a “Smack a Bitch” remix that felt even more urgent in the midst of the pandemic turmoil. Other tracks are shouting out of her roots in the DC area, including a mention of go-go godfather Chuck Brown.

Shaed, High Dive – Known for the dreamy mega-hit “Trampoline”, which scored a Zayn remix, the electro-pop group Shaed started from scratch after scrapping an album they were about to release in 2020. In lockdown, the trio went back and forth and wrote songs and recording between houses in Northeast DC and Falls Church to release High Dive, a collection of vulnerable tunes that they felt were more authentic in terms of how they felt: “Got everything I want, but I’m not happy. “

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1. We believe in science.
2. We follow rules.
3. We take care of each other.
4. We turn creatively on a dime.
5. We are an easy drive to amazing resorts.
6. We have a lot of beautiful parks.
7. We are a cycling town.
8. We are a walkable city.
9. We boost small businesses.
10. We confront our story.

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Does it feel a little awkward to appoint a man to such a basic duty as being a good partner? Yes. But if it is a truth that behind every powerful man is a powerful woman, it is also true that more men should enter the industry by supporting and enabling their spouse’s ambitions and careers. These three provide a pretty good case.

Doug Emhoff – He’s officially Second Gentleman, but many women in Washington prefer to think of him as Wife Guy in Chief. Emhoff dropped his LA life and law practice to move into Veep’s excavations at the Naval Observatory with his bride, the first female VP in American history, and to take on the ceremonial duties assigned to Second Ladies for hundreds of years. . That he often gets around town, sometimes wearing Kamala swag, only makes him more respectable.

Chasten Buttigieg Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband had been a middle school teacher in Indiana, but quit his job to support Mayor Pete’s presidential election. When the couple found out they wanted to move to DC for a different adventure, Chasten managed the move, driving their dogs across the country and searching the Capitol Hill neighborhood for a place to live. He is reworking his 2020 memoir for young adults, perhaps a kind of manual for the next generation.

Charlie understood that – His wife, Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, was the first woman West Virginia ever sent to Congress – to Parliament in 2001, then the Senate in 2015. This year he made history when he became the first male president of the Congress Spouses Association . Capito, who has been a club member for 20 years, has said his goal is to increase male membership: Last year, although 127 women served in Congress, only about 30 of the club’s more than 800 members were men.

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