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    Haven’t Explored the District Wharf Yet? Here’s Where to Start

    The first phase of the mile-long, $2.5 billion Southwest Waterfront project brought three hotels, a condo building, two apartment buildings, three music venues, a brand-new water taxi service, and 10 acres of green space. A variety of new retailers and restaurants, such as Politics & Prose, also opened new locations.

    With the second phase expected to begin groundbreaking by mid-2018, there’s still more to be prepared for. With 11 architects in tow, the second phase of the project will total 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use space, including retail, residential, marina, and park space.

    Phase II of the much-anticipated District Wharf is beginning soon. It’s slated to be one of the more premier things to do in D.C. Here’s what you can enjoy now and what to expect:

    Amplify Your Health:

    Several of the Wharf’s new tenants are in the business of health and wellness. While Bella Moda Salon and Spa provide massages and manicures, Blush is more of a health club for skincare. Blink Optical is a luxury eyecare center, and the Yoga Factory teaches both Vinyasa and Bikram-style yoga.

    Find a New Favorite Outfit:

    Both of the Wharf’s fashion-related businesses cater to women. A Beautiful Closet carries a carefully curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and fair trade goods from around the world. d/eleven is a women’s boutique that carries brands like Michelle Mason, Pamela Love, and RtA.

    Decorate Your Home:

    The Wharf also includes several businesses related to interior design. Ligne Roset and Patrick’s Fine Linens and Home Décor both have their own showrooms and design consultants. For contemporary art and photography, check out The Martha Spak Gallery.

    Enjoy a Delicious Meal:

    In addition to the Wharf’s culinary offerings, there are also few places to buy take-home treats. Visit Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits for local libations and Harper Macaw for hand-made chocolates. Last, but not least, Politics and Prose includes a small bookstore and coffee shop.

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