ABW Appliances moved its headquarters to Rockville, opening a flagship store—its fourth showroom in the region—in 2017. The 6,000-square-foot space displays a live Urban Cultivator, coffee and wine bars and a laundry center; live steam oven demonstrations are part of the mix. More than 350 major appliances are on view, from Wolf and Sub-Zero to Bertazzoni, BlueStar and Elica.
5214 Nicholson Lane. abwappliances.com
Best Tile, a go-to source in the DC area for stone and tile, showcases ceramic and porcelain, as well as metal, glass and mosaics. Its stable of East Coast showrooms now includes a 5,000-square-foot Frederick, Maryland, location with a 15,000-square-foot warehouse attached, opened in August 2018. A 6,000-square-foot showroom in Falls Church, Virginia, will open in early 2019. 5833 Urbana Pike, Frederick. besttile.com
Domain is the brainchild of interior designer Laura Hodges, whose 350-square-foot boutique in Catonsville, Maryland, debuted in June 2018. Locally and globally sourced home-décor items, original art and one-of-a-kind pieces share an emphasis on women artisans and sustainability. Live-edge wood furnishings, throw pillows and hand-poured candles are among the shop’s offerings.
710 Frederick Road. laurahodgesstudio.com/domain
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery opened its doors in Friendship Heights in Spring 2018. The company’s first DC location, the 7,500-square-foot showroom offers inside-the-Beltway access to Ferguson’s wide range of lighting, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and high-end appliances, including Gaggenau and DXV. A lighting lab is available for architect/client meetings.
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. fergusonshowrooms.com
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., an award-winning firm with a Chevy Chase showroom, launches a second location in Ashburn, Virginia, in October 2018. The 1,250-square-foot venue will feature products curated by Gilmer at a range of price points. Showplace Cabinetry joins the company’s roster, along with tile; hardware and fixtures; appliances by La Cornue, among many others; lighting; and furniture. 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Suite 175. gilmerkitchens.com
Ligne Roset increased its DC presence in October 2017 with an industrial-chic, 3,000-square foot showroom in the city’s trendy District Wharf. The French company partners with designers to create contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories—all made in Ligne Roset’s factory in Lyon. Visitors to both of the company’s Washington locations will find iconic pieces such as the 1973 TOGO sofa as well as new designs. 10 District Square, SW. ligneroset-dc.com
Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor, formerly located in Alexandria, joined the line-up at District Wharf in June 2018, bringing a sumptuous assortment of linens, bedding, tableware, furniture, giftware and more to its new 900-square-foot location. Among the offerings: Steuben glass; Matouk bedding; silver by Michael Aram; and furniture by Ralph Lauren. In-store design services are available. 771 Wharf Street, SW. patricksdesigns.com
Roche Bobois collaborates with European designers—from luminaries like Sacha Lakic and Christophe Delcourt to haute-couture icons Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix—to produce furniture, accessories, lighting and more, in both contemporary and traditional styles. Its 4,500-square-foot Tysons Corner showroom, which debuted in September 2018, is located in Fairfax Square. Like its sister store in Friendship Heights, the showroom offers experienced design consultants to help plan your project. 8075 Leesburg Pike. roche-bobois.com
The Shade Store has expanded its presence in the DC area with a 1,000-square-foot location on 14th Street—opened in June 2018—and a 1,457-square-foot Bethesda showroom, opened in September 2018. Both stores showcase the brand’s 1,300-plus designer fabrics, along with handcrafted draperies, shades and exclusive new collections from Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus, One Kings Lane and Sunbrella. 1522 14th Street, NW; 7116 Bethesda Lane. theshadestore.com
DON’T-MISS SHOPPING HOT SPOTS
This 120,000-square-foot enclave in the heart of Georgetown is mainly comprised of contemporary home-design showrooms sporting lofted ceilings, exposed brick and glass-and-steel stairways. Shops proffer everything from chic bath resources to sleek furnishings and stylish lighting, conveniently centered around a pedestrian-friendly cobblestone alley that makes one-stop shopping easy.
Once a shabby neighborhood of warehouses and body shops, this vibrant stretch between Thomas Circle and U Street, NW, is now home to industrial-chic abodes and a hip design district that culminates on L Street at the Washington Design Center. Home-décor showrooms along 14th Street range from a four-story Room & Board to quirky Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot—interspersed with trendy restaurants. The Design Center, in the iconic Franklin Court building, is home to 24 designer showrooms, some of which are to-the-trade only.
A construction boom has transformed Bethesda, Maryland, from suburban sprawl to urban metropolis. In Fall 2018, a new Anthropologie with a home-design center will join Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma on Bethesda Avenue; they keep pace with fixtures such as Urban Country and Random Harvest. Nearby Kensington still lures visitors to its Antique Row, a bastion of antiques dealers, galleries and more—just as it has for decades.
A shopping excursion to Virginia’s Old Town Alexandria is a chance to soak up the atmosphere as well as the deals. Located on the Potomac River, this historic district of brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets was founded in 1749 and is lined with locally owned boutiques, galleries, antiques stores and national retailers—many in vintage row houses an easy stroll from one another.
Virginia’s bustling Tysons Corner encompasses three major shopping areas: Fairfax Square, with select, upscale boutiques; and Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria—both sprawling, multi-level indoor malls chock-full of fashion and home-design showrooms. Stand-alone stores abound, from Crate & Barrel to The Container Store, plus specialty shops tucked away in smaller shopping strips.