Washington DC’s economy is booming. A recent WalletHub analysis found that our nation’s capital has the fifth best economy in the entire country. According to their study, DC’s recent and future growth can be attributed to “economic activity, economic health and innovation potential.” This ongoing boom can also be seen in the city’s new developments and frequent grand openings. If you’re looking to take advantage of these happenings, look no further. These are seven of the best new retail experiences in the DC area.
The Wharf is brand new waterfront complex on the banks of the Potomac River. While development has been underway for more than a decade, phase one of this highly anticipated shopping center opened to the general public earlier this month. While the Wharf’s retail offerings tend toward locally-owned boutiques and shops, they also include a few national names like Ben & Jerry’s and CVS. Some of the best local places to “treat yo’ self” include a craft liquor store, an artisan candy-maker, and a combination coffee shop and bookstore.
Location: 1100 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
UNIQLO is a Japanese clothing brand known for its clean, colorful basics. Earlier this month, this international retailer opened its second location in the DC area. Conveniently located next to the Amtrack ticketing station, UNIQLO Union Station embraces its role as a last-minute stop for forgetful travelers. As such, their selection includes a variety of “grab and go” items like underwear and travel accessories. Shoppers can also browse a selection of sweaters, jeans, outerwear, and more.
Location: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
3. Zachys in DC
The next location on this list is changing the way wine is sold in big cities. This NY-based business is a combination between a storage facility, tasting room, and wine boutique. Rather than displaying their considerable wine selection in a well-lit warehouse, Zachys stores their customers’ collections in a temperature-controlled store room. Don’t get me wrong. They also sell top-tier wines from around the world. You just need to place a phone or an online order first. Zachys’ best feature, however, is its tasting room. As a Zachys patron, you can look forward to one or two themed events a week on wine, whiskey, and more.
Location: 3521 V St NE, Washington, DC 20018
For a carefully curated selection of plus-size fashion, visit ELOQUII’s new location in Fashion Centre Pentagon City. While many size-inclusive brands create larger versions of their everyday pieces, ELOQUII specifically designs clothing for women who wear sizes 14 to 28. This plus-size retailer has an avid online following, but the Arlington storefront marks their first foray into brick-and-mortar retail. The shop itself includes pieces from ELOQUII’s last four collections, LED screens with live Instagram streams, and tablets with additional online merchandise.
Location: 1100 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202
Warby Parker started out as an e-commerce brand, but things are starting to change. Back in May, Warby Parker opened its fourth brick-and-mortar store in the greater DC area. This trendy eyeglass retailer focuses on offering attractive glasses at a low costs. They also strive to create a convenient and aesthetically pleasing customer experience. This particular location was designed to resemble a deluxe library with leather armchairs, marble-top tables, and wooden shelves. Like Warby Parker’s other physical locations, the Bethesda shop will also feature its own unique style of sunglasses.
Location: 4821 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Whoever said that traditional shopping malls are dying forgot to tell Pike & Rose. This fall, the North Bethesda mall will welcome two new retailers to its ranks. Last month, Swedish outfitter, H&M opened a massive, new storefront with more than 24,000 square feet of retail bliss. One month later, L.L. Bean, a popular outdoor clothing brand, will open its first location in the state of Maryland. Both of these retailers are joining other big brands like Gap, Lucky Brand, and REI.
Location: 11580 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Lidl is the perfect grocery for people who hate grocery shopping. Unlike American supermarkets, this German grocer focuses on speed, efficiency, and curation. With only six aisles and a limited selection of brands, Lidl makes it easy to get in, get what you need, and get out. Lidl also strives to ensure that its products are both sustainably sourced and low-cost. This location is the first of five grocery stores planned for Prince William County, Warrenton, and Loudoun.
Location: 11782 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas, VA 20109
For additional information, check out this customized Google map with driving directions to each location. You can also scope out coupons for opening night on a local deal aggregator. If you still have questions about happenings in Washington DC, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you get to know the city.