Shop (Local) ’til You Drop in the District this (Small Business) Saturday



#ShopSmall and make an impact on November 24 in support of Small Business Saturday, an annual event held in multiple cities around the country that gets everyone out supporting their favorite local businesses. You can buy from the big guys any day of the year, so use this day as an opportunity to show your appreciation for your local mom and pop shops that keep your community grounded in its roots.

Living in DC I’m sure you’re already well aware of the large presence of local businesses, but how often do you find yourself frequenting these places for all your year-round needs? Small Business Saturday is the perfect setting for you to switch up your normal shopping routine. (And you may even find yourself starting a new one!)

Any DC neighborhood would be a good one to visit, but try exploring one that’s typically off your radar to find new local spots you never knew existed. Here are just a few neighborhoods vibrant with local businesses waiting to gain your support, but a full list of all the unique DC areas can be found here.

Adams Morgan 

Urban Dwell

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A trendy store filled with home decor and various accessories, stop by Urban Dwell to find something that is sure to liven up your home. All the products are hand-picked and range from baby gifts to DC gifts and so much more.


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The temperature is dropping and this ice cream joint is certainly keeping things cool with their fresh and local liquid nitrogen concoctions. One of four locations in the DMV, Nicecream will cater to all your ice cream needs no matter the weather at hand.

Dupont Circle

Shop Made in DC

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This is a one shop stop for all products locally made in DC. With the goal of fostering the growth of local entrepreneurs in the District, the space not only provides a place for the vendors to sell their products, but also couples as a work space for the innovators to work.

Proper Topper

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Since it is the winter season, check out this small boutique that specializes primarily in fashionable women’s headwear and grab someone on your Christmas list (or yourself) a new hat to brave the cold in style.


Farmers Fishers Bakers

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If you need a lunch break in between your day of shopping, continue to support your local friends by eating local as well! Farmers Fishers Bakers in the Washington Harbour is a perfect spot to relax and eat some food with the freshest local ingredients prepared through the eyes of a farmer.

Georgetown Cupcake

If you’re looking for a little sugar pick me up, head over to Georgetown Cupcake after lunch for some critically acclaimed cupcakes that you definitely won’t regret treating yourself to. Just think of it as a reward for all the walking you’ve done from shop to shop!


Compass Coffee

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Take a caffeine break at this local coffee shop, which is just one of multiple locations across the district with beverages and treats that are Real Good. This location in particular is their most historic and roomy location with plenty of seating for you to sit down and fall in love with the product and the place!

Buttercream Bakeshop

Why should you have to choose between a coffee and a pastry? You shouldn’t. Head on over to the Buttercream Bakeshop for some freshly baked pastries to start your shopping spree off right, and grab some local coffee, courtesy of their neighbors Compass Coffee, while you’re there. It’s the best of both worlds!


Union Market

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Whether you’re looking for a good bite or a new read, Union Market is the right place to visit for all your interests. The market is home to Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore that’s sure to have a read you’ll love, as well as Salt & Sundry, a home and lifestyle boutique with products from makers both local and international, giving you a wide array of options to choose from.

Literally every neighborhood in DC has local businesses in its midst that are worth visiting, so get out and start exploring your neighborhoods! Remember to use #FrayLife when you’re out and about to show us how you shop local and keep us up to date on local businesses you think need more attention.

Happy shopping!

#Fray Life Tip: Don’t forget that Cyber Monday is just a few days away, and as a fellow local small business we’ve got a deal for you! We’re giving you a chance to double your dollar as league registration is in full swing: spend $15 and get $30 credit added to your account to be used towards future DC Fray leagues and events!


If you’re looking to get out of the house this Friday but don’t want to brave the Black Friday madness, check out these alternatives that will keep you out of crazed shoppers’ way.


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