Retail Stars in Unique Places in DC

An Insider’s Guide to Shopping the District’s Indie-Boutique

Washington, DC has long been known for its world-class museums and dazzling monuments. More recently, our diverse restaurants and eclectic cafes have garnered national attention. Now, a novel publication shines the spotlight on the District of Columbia’s finest local and independent retailers and shopping destinations. The Washington, DC Economic Partnership proudly announces the release of Unique Places in DC: An Insider’s Guide to Shopping the District’s Indie-Boutiques.

Unique Places in DC is the brainchild of Dan Easton and is published by Crown Guides ( Originally conceived in San Francisco, the concept was brought to our attention by John McGaw, former Coordinator of the District’s reSTORE DC Initiative and its signature DC Main Streets program. He immediately recognized the guide’s power to encourage residents, workers and visitors to shop and eat at locally-owned businesses.

Easton spent three weeks walking through the District’s neighborhoods in search of local and independently-owned specialty retail shops. After considering literally thousands of businesses, he narrowed the field to include the top 95 establishments. His team of local writers and photographers then visited with the owners to create intimate portraits of their concepts. “The businesses photographed and profiled in the guidebook represent DC’s most talented and creative retail entrepreneurs,” says Easton. “Unique Places in DC directs readers to authentic, nowhere-else-but DC experiences. And patronizing these businesses helps support the local economy.”

Margery Goldberg is an artist and proprietress of Zenith Gallery, which is featured in the guide. She is one of the pioneers in the Downtown arts scene and among the vanguard that revitalized the Penn Quarter neighborhood. “We try to be unique and offer high quality while providing good service and great value,” she notes. “Most of my pieces are one of a kind.” As is her gallery.

“Unique Places in DC: An Insider’s Guide to Shopping the District’s Indie-Boutiques” is available for sale at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW; tel. 202.387.7638, and soon will be available in local bookstores. The book also will be sold in select stores among featured businesses.

I encourage you to patronize our local retail stars. So that you may become better acquainted with independent retailers in DC, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership will send you a free copy of Unique Places in DC: An Insider’s Guide to Shopping the District’s Indie-Boutiques. Just be among the first 100 responses received to this offer by sending an e-mail with your name, company and mailing address to Please note that only one copy will be sent to each respondent.

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