Off the Beaten Path: 14th and P

There's a certain section of 14th and P streets in Northwest Washington that's worth a shopping trip. The quiet residential intersection has been among the many blocks of Washington getting pushed into yuppyville. And one of the telltale signs of that is when a Whole Foods moves in. That's exactly what happened along P Street between 14th and 15th. Surrounding it within the block and beyond are a few furniture stores, stationery dealers and fun-looking pubs that make a few blocks of 14th Street shoppable.

At the corner of 14th and Rhode Island Avenue, you'll find Reincarnations Furnishings, an eclectic two-level furniture store that has something to appeal to just about everybody's home-decorating tastes. It has sat at this highly visible corner for nearly six years after starting out in a different District spot as a place that refurbishes older furniture pieces. These days all the pieces are originals and the store owners try to carry only a few of each item to make them more unique. I found many of the items surprisingly affordable and the store even had a half-off sale on some pieces and 75 percent off holiday items. Reincarnations had a Queen leather frame bed for $979, funky vases that ranged between $15 and $45, a large round mirror marked down from $449 to $299 and a decorative fluorescent pink dog for $39. The bottom floor of the shop is worth a stroll just to see how they've used every nook and cranny to display their wares.

Across the street from Reincarnations on 14th Street is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a large contemporary furniture store with heftier price tags. The style of the furniture is light, neutral colors with some pieces framed in heavy, dark wood. One of the most interesting draws of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for me was the Tipper Gore photography on sale throughout the store. The former vice president's wife shot pictures of her trips around the world, including shots in China, Morocco and South Africa. You'll need about $1,000 to grab one of these framed photos. The store also had a beautiful white couch that had been marked down from $1,500 to $1,345, a Queen upholstered bed for $1,885 and table lamps in the $200s. The store has many floor samples and discontinued pieces marked down 20 percent or more until Jan. 27.

If you head back out on 14th and turn left on P Street, you'll stumble upon Whole Foods. But also you'll find Logan Hardware, a throw-back to hardware stores before giants like Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement took over. The two-level shop appears to carry just as much as a Home Depot, including drills, nails, paint and paint supplies. The top level is like a mini Target. There are vacuum cleaners, ironing boards, home organization supplies and gardening supplies. Upon entering the store, I was greeted by an employee who was eager to help. It's been so long since anyone asked me if I needed help that I didn't know what to say. (If that employee happens to be reading this, sorry for clutching my bag and giving you that, "What do you want from me?" look.)

Cross the street and you'll end up in The Written Word, a stationery store filled with unique cards and letterhead, as well as artsy wrapping paper sold by the sheet and unusual coffee table books. The store also has a large selection of personalized stationery and invitations. You don't shop The Written Word for good deals on paper. Instead you'll find a set of 15 Kate Spade note cards for $35. But you shop The Written Word for uniqueness, like their sheets of wrapping paper that range between $4 to $18 per sheet; long, skinny square-shaped candles for $8 a piece and coffee table books like "1,000 Record Covers" and "Dream Apartments."

Where do you shop off the beaten path? Post a comment and tell me about your little-known shopping spots.

By Tania Anderson |  January 3, 2008; 3:00 AM ET Off the Beaten Path
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You should also check out (and review) Eco Green Living, which is also just around the corner from the 14th & P area. It is an excellent place with everything from eco friendly gifts and clothing to green home-renovation materials.

Posted by: KJB | January 3, 2008 9:38 AM

I read this with some ambivalence, I loved to shop for unique items before I had kids, now 4 years later I've seen two or three antiques broken and completely lost interest in buying any home furnishings until the youngest one is 5. Oh for the days of RetroActive in Adams Morgan...

Posted by: DCer | January 3, 2008 9:49 AM

Logan Hardware is great, and as a serial renovator, I'm very glad for this local chain in DC. But to say that it "appears to carry just as much as a Home Depot" is crazy. It's well stocked for a local hardware store, and has just about anything you would need in some categories such as plumbing and electrical, but there is no way it has the depth of inventory that the big box stores have.

Posted by: Don | January 3, 2008 10:57 AM

Just up the road at 14th and U is a clothing boutique called Naana that has funky and chic clothing that you can't find anywhere else. If you join their mailing list, you'll get a monthly 20% off coupon and a bunch of other great coupons.

Posted by: Ellie | January 3, 2008 2:36 PM

Around the corner at 1412 Q Street is a great little bike shop called The Bike Rack. www.bikerackdc.com

Posted by: Cyclist | January 3, 2008 2:52 PM

You should have kept walking north and visited Candida's Books, and Pulp, and Pop, and Garden District, and Go Mama Go, and Ruff 'n' Ready.....

Posted by: saf | January 3, 2008 3:17 PM

Ruff and Ready on 14th St across the street and up the block from Reincarnations. The front part of the store has the "Ruff" stuff-picture frames, old dish sets,pictures,lamps, some furniture, bric-a-brac. Go to the back and into next bldg and the "Ready" stuff is in there..very good furniture of all types, rugs, home decorations. Dont forget the basement.

Posted by: norina | January 3, 2008 3:31 PM

I just have to take not of the comment in regards to the quiet residential neighborhood. A mere 20-yeaars ago or less, this was the heart of DC prostitution. I use to work around there for a summer job, and would dread working the night shift. I also volunteered at a sop kitchen that was around the corner from 14th and P.

One thing whole Foods represents is an upwardly mobile income population. i like to think i am upwardly mobile but i can't afford to do my grocery shopping in that place.

Posted by: RobGreg | January 3, 2008 3:31 PM

No disrespect, but what about this article is newsworthy? The Whole Foods on P Street opened 8 YEARS AGO and most of the stores mentioned have been around long enough that anyone who ever frequents the neighbordhood would be well aware of their existance. At least the comments provide a little more inside info. Thanks for that. Maybe this "discovery" is interesting to suburbanites who never venture to 14th Street, but if I want to know about new places to shop, I'll stick with Daily Candy.

Posted by: cheshire | January 3, 2008 4:22 PM

I don't really care about 14th and P. Washington offers little outside of the Mall and other cultural attractions. What isn't ghetto is too expensive. Keep your dirty city.

Posted by: Suburbanite | January 3, 2008 9:00 PM

And stick to your chain restaurant-eating, artificial town center-shopping, life in Ashburn, or Sterling, or wherever it is that you live.

Posted by: To Suburbanite | January 3, 2008 10:52 PM

back to shopping...

Posted by: hype2new | January 4, 2008 8:58 PM

I personally don't come into DC, but would much rather go to the quaint shops in Falls Church City...

Impulsive Gallery (502 W. Broad Street, FC, 703-532-7899) - 300 artists work including Falls Church City coffee mug & utensil crocks, stained glass, mirrors, wall art, bronze statues, jewelry, children's furniture, extensive wine accessories, lamps, night lights, home accessories, candles, pottery, hand blown glasswork, metalwork, Judaica, friends and family "Wish List".

Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Avenue, FC, 703-534-4202) - Art and cards from local artists, books by local authors, Falls Churchopoly, custom framing, art supplies, Falls Church t-shirts, polos, and hats, and Organic Doggie Kitchen dog biscuits.

Doodlehopper 4 Kids (228 W. Broad Street, 703-241-2262, www.doodlehopper.com) - Children's toys, games, dolls, stuffed animals and apparel.

Bill Abel Watercolors (111 Park Avenue, 703-534-4202) - Pushing Paint art classes, watercolor children's portraits, Falls Church themed cards and original artwork.

Clay Café Studios (101 N. Maple Avenue, FC, 703-534-7600) - Make holiday ornaments and personalized gifts or give gift certificates for a future visit.

Creative Cauldron (111 Park Avenue, FC, 571-239-5288) - Performing and Visual Art workshops for children, teens and adults. Gift certificates available.

Falls Church Arts (111 Park Avenue, FC 703-534-4202) - Falls Church Arts Gallery includes artwork from local artists including photography, watercolors, and ornaments.

Needlewoman East (809-C W. Broad Street, 703-241-0316) - Supplies and products for needlework.

Stacy's Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad Street, 703-538-6266, www.stacyscoffee.com) - Original artwork by local artists, gift certificates, coffees, ice cream, specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch items available on site with catering also available.

Brown's Hardware (100 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, 703-532-1168) - Shopping here is like stepping back in time, to when the customer's needs came first and they always have what you need, or they will find it! The employees have all been here 20 to 40 years!

Organic Doggie Kitchen (1061 B. W. Broad Street, FC 703-532-7387) - Organic Doggie Treats including new special star-shaped "Honey & Oats Holiday Cookies" and biscuit assortments in bone shaped tins.

Staurday 8 to 12 - Shop at the fabulous Farmers Market at the City Hall parking lot.

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