Shop Local: What's Open or Re-Opening in Washington DC
The effects of COVID-19 and the global pandemic on local businesses have certainly been devastating. Some shops have been able to open their doors with a safe social distancing plan and guideline, while others have had to shut down either permanently or for the foreseeable future. We wanted to highlight just a few businesses in Washington DC that are opening back up or have stayed open.
In addition to showing your support for these shops, please look for ways to support the businesses that haven’t been able to open back up to the public. All small local businesses need our help right now!
Restaurants & Food
District Doughnut - one of our partners - has had all 4 of its locations open for a few months now, and Chef Christine has been whipping up some specials to entice you to stop by to get your doughnut fix, including pumpkin dough cinnamon rolls and apple cider cake bites. You can order delivery from their website (and a OneVim driver will deliver it to you), or you could stop by one of the shops to order from the counter or pick up.
Fava Pot has been open for to-go orders for months, but has just opened their dine-in option at their location in Falls Church this week! Following safety guidelines, you'll now be able to eat at a table in their restaurant for the first time in 7 months. However, their online pickup and delivery orders of the delicious Egyptian food will still be bustling.
Ghostburger is a new hidden burger and cheesesteak restaurant located in the kitchen of Espita Mezcaleria in the Shaw neighborhood. Created by recognized Chef Robert Aikens, the burgers and sandwiches are both incredible and spooky. Add to your Halloween experience this October, and order a delicious meal to-go from this ghostly kitchen.
Call Your Mother has had a unique experience as a business during the COVID-19 pandemic and has actually expanded. Not only did they reopen their original shop in Park View, but they've expanded to new stores and opened a pop-up location in Bethesda, a spot on 8th St SE in Capitol Hill, and in a beautiful pink building in the Georgetown neighborhood on O St NW. With none of them available for dine-in, you're able to safely grab some bagels for the family or a bagel sandwich in the mornings. But you should probably order online, as they're definitely one of the most popular and iconic bagel shops in the city.
Curry & Pie is an Indian and pizza fusion restaurant in Georgetown near the Key Bridge. Their Indian style pizzas are the perfect mix of two delicious foods. If you haven't been there yet, you should definitely check them out. They're following precautions and are open for dine-in or take-out.
Three Littles is a children's shop with sustainable toys, books, and other products for your kids! Its unique aesthetic and fascinating story makes it the perfect fit for the Union Market District. They opened in a new shop on October 3rd after moving from another location. Following strict COVID-19 guidelines for keeping you and your little ones safe is their number one priority when opening the doors to their shop. So you can trust in the safety of the store when doing your shopping. Not to mention, their online shop is open for business, too, so go check it out!
Cherry Blossom Creative closed their shop in Shaw over the course of the pandemic and is moving and reopening in a new location in the Brookland neighborhood in NE. We can't wait to see what they have in store at their new shop, and it's been awesome to follow their journey on social media. If you haven't checked out their creative custom designed maps and stationary, visit their website here. You can also support them during this transition by shopping and ordering their maps on the website as well.
Logan Hardware has been serving the community in Washington DC for over 12 years. The shop is open and following the CDC guidelines. With an outdoor gardening center and expanded gardening department, they're ready for all of their DIY customers looking to fill their quarantine time. Additionally, they've recently taken their shop online, so that you can shop from home and find the hardware products that you need. You can get your items shipped or pick them up in the store.
Comfort One Shoes has their locations open all around the DMV. They have extensive COVID-19 precautions to keep shoppers safe in the stores. If you don't want to leave your home, you can find their high quality and comfortable shoes online for delivery anywhere.
City Bikes is open at two of their locations in Adams Morgan and Tenleytown. You can stop in the shop to drop off your bike for repairs or look around the store for anything you may need. They follow sanitation and social distancing guidelines to keep you safe. If you live in these neighborhoods, pedal over and stop by for a visit.
The Daily Rider bike shop is open for service by appointment and sales over the phone with curbside pick up. They have not announced when they’re going to open for walk-in services and in-store sales, but they have been working hard to keep up with anything you need related to cycling. You can view more about their current operations here.
Labyrinth Game & Puzzles is located in Capitol Hill and features a unique variety for specialty board games, puzzles, mazes, card games and more. If you're looking for something to do during the pandemic, this is the perfect option for some safe stay-at-home activities. They're open for limited in-store shopping and have a bustling online shop to fill your gaming needs.
Shop Made in DC is an iconic piece of shopping small in DC retail. They're dedicated to helping small businesses and creatives sell their items and grow their company in Washington. They have 4 stores in the DC area, as well as an online shop where you can buy things and get them delivered, as well. Their stores are currently opening, but following strict procedures, including dedicated Social Distance Shopping Days where no more than 10 customers are allowed in at a time.
These are just a small handful of businesses in Washington, DC that need our help during the pandemic. There are many more that we couldn't feature all on one page, but stay tuned as we add more posts about local stores in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to show our support. If you're ordering from these stores that offer in-store pick up, remember you can always download the OneVim app, and send a driver to pick it up for you. It's that easy.