Archive: Cool Store Alerts

Cool Store Alert: West Elm

Every spring I try to turn my small patio into a relaxing, beach setting. I use colors and lots of candles and lights to make it happen... sort of. It never quite works out the way I want it to. Which is why the recent West Elm catalog caught my...

By Tania Anderson | April 2, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cool Store Alert: National Museum of American History Gift Shop

Sometimes the best part about visiting one of our region's great museums is taking a swing through its gift shop. That's exactly what I did on a Sunday afternoon visit to the National Museum of American History, which recently re-opened after a two-year renovation. The museum has a large, wide-open...

By Tania Anderson | January 8, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cool Store: ALDI

As many of you know, I've been on a quest this summer to find cheaper groceries since finding cheap gas seems like a losing battle. I think I found the answer. A reader posted a comment recently about ALDI, a German grocery store that has a few stores in the...

By Tania Anderson | July 24, 2008; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (25)

Cool Store: Wit's End

A funny thing happened on the way to my in-laws' house the other day. I found the coolest store in Springfield. Wit's End is a small establishment tucked in a strip mall along Old Keene Mill Road. At one end you'll find Whole Foods and at the other, Washington Sports...

By Tania Anderson | June 19, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cool Store: Oerth Gallery

Usually the word "gallery" brings up images of a small, quiet storefront with lots of space, high-priced art on the wall and a not-so-friendly gallery staff. But Oerth, a gallery in Old Town Alexandria, is so different. Painted on the outside in wild colors of yellow, blue and pink, the...

By Tania Anderson | May 1, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cool Store: Tuesday Morning

Many readers may remember my recent post about C-mart, a large discount retailer that sells everything from coffee tables to Prada trench coats. Some of you confessed your love for the store and others, like reader PLR, thought I was from "a parallel universe" for actually liking the place. Well,...

By Tania Anderson | February 21, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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