Retail Therapy

Photo Credit: All photos by Scott Fazzini


1843 14th Street NW,

A trip to Treasury always leaves me with the impression that I’m rummaging through the attic of some great eccentric old aunt. She’s lived a bohemian life filled with world travel and intriguing love affairs, and the racks and shelves of the store are stocked with the proof.  

I hate shopping for clothing for myself, but I love doing so for friends and always find great pieces for the lovely ladies in my life, even though Treasury does carry men’s product. On a recent trip I spotted a beautiful sheer dress: pleated skirt, button front, short sleeves ($130.00) that I thought would be perfect for a darling young friend of mine. She’s a fool if she doesn’t buy it. Also spotted: a terrifically 1950s boiled wool blazer ($58.00), a wool Aztec robe ($56.00) and a pink mohair shift dress with matching belt ($85.00) – so Doris Day!

The hep owners of Treasury, Cathy Chung and Katerina Herodotou, have recently acquired Meeps, a staple DC vintage clothing store. Swing by both to get the fully rounded vintage experience.

Home Rule

1807 14th Street NW,

Home Rule is one of the brave frontiersmen to settle in the once wild domain of 14th Street. It-seems like so long ago now. It’s my go-to store for anything kitchen/cooking-related, although their product assortment doesn’t end there. They carry a small selection of grooming products and home accessories too.  

As I’m getting older (sigh), I find that I’m more attracted to the idea of nesting in my little hole. Cooking and baking are fast becoming two of my favorite evening unwinding activities. Happily holed up in my kitchen with my dog and cat, Louis and Ella, I open a bottle of wine, for me, not them, connect to the NPR app, and start cookin’.

The M-Cups Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) measuring cups ($11.99) are among my favorite purchases from Home Rule, and used almost daily. This evening I used them to measure out ingredients for a Cardamom Ginger Cake – delicious. Another great buy, an item constantly used, is an eight-quart Le Creuset pot ($79.99). Tonight it held my tasty vegetarian chili (email me for the recipe). After dessert I poured myself a glass of Laphroaig with a few rocks harvested from the Mini Cube Ice Tray ($11.99), just the right amount of ice for scotch.  


1803 14th Street NW,

When I was young and living in a beautiful little part of Pittsburgh called Squirrel Hill, I worked part-time in a quaint gift shop. I loved exploring the shop and its treasures as much as the customers who patronized it weekly. This was a sweetly pre-Amazon, pre-Netflix, pre-popular internet sort of time. Locals got out in the evenings to peruse book shops, video stores (an extinct form of media sharing), cafes and gift shops. I mention all of this because Pulp reminds me of that time, of community, discovery and excitement.  

I can’t think of many stores in the DC area that offer bacon-flavored dental floss ($5.25) next to pickle-flavored lip balm ($3.75) and the Cookie Sutra Book ($8.95). Well, Pulp’s got them and more, such as beautiful wrapping papers, witty greeting cards and classic moleskins ($18.95).  

If you ever want to reminisce, meet and greet with neighbors and discover exciting goods, you’ll be fully satisfied with a trip to Pulp.


1843 14th Street NW,

I’ve visited Som Records on many occasions, and non-occasions. I’m always intrigued by record shop culture, the patrons and the owners themselves. Proprietor Neal Becton, who previously co-owned Crooked Beat in Adams Morgan, opened Som Records in 2006. It’s smallish in size but filled with a wide variety of sounds that include rock, jazz, blues, international, 1980’s, new releases and loads of “dollar bins.”  

On each visit I start with the “just in” section. It’s a sort of purgatory for records between the time that Neal receives them to the time they get filed in their appropriate category. I’ve found an amazing, and rare, live recording of Billie Holiday here ($6.99) as well as possibly my favorite Ella Fitzgerald collection, the Cole Porter Songbook ($18.99). After that I generally mosey on over to the jazz and blues sections. Last weekend I found a Howard University Jazz Club recording ($4.99) from the 1960s – amazing. And for those of you who are interested in something other than jazz/blues, how about a classic 1969 Social Distortion ($30.00) or a collectable (?) Dave Matthews Band album for $150.00?

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