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Rachel Pfeffer Designs
In the middle of DC is a living room that doubles as a studio for designer Rachel Pfeffer of Rachel Pfeffer Designs. Rachel designs and creates unique jewelry, selling online through platforms such as Etsy, ScoutMob, and Fab.

Although R.P. Designs was founded in 2009 after Rachel graduated college and worked shortly at the Boston Museum of Science, Rachel has been creating jewelry since she was eight years old. Whether it’s her BA in Sculpture or her many years of experience, Rachel has certainly mastered the art of jewelry making. R.P. Designs pieces are described as “quirky/beautiful handmade jewelry” on the business’ website, and we definitely agree. From turquoise statement necklaces to small, lightning bolt studs, Rachel has beautiful pieces for all types of jewelry lovers.

Check out her shop at http://www.rachelpfeffer.com.

Social Tables

Events are fun, but planning them? It’s a hassle. With DC’s Social Tables, the event-planning world is flipped on its head, and event planning (and event going) is easier than ever. Social Tables is self-described as “a cloud based event planning software platform helping event professionals with everything from guest lists to check-in.” The company’s founder and CEO, Dan Berger, was previously an event planner and has built websites for twenty years. (We think we know why the company’s so good!)

We love the team’s startup mentality; they value innovation, risk taking and positive attitudes. We’re also a fan of their blog, constant Tweeting, and fun logo.

Learn more about Social Tables at https://www.socialtables.com.

Dolcezza Gelato

It’s not Italy; it’s DC’s Dolcezza Gelato! Made fresh daily using mostly local ingredients, this gelato is made with the technique and principles used early in the creation of gelato. To add to its commitment of supporting local farmers, Dolcezza sells their ice cream at local farmers markets, in addition to their four DC area locations. Their coffee is also made with beans of the most careful pickers in the country. You can see some of the Dolcezza spirit through their fun photo-centric blog, a unique and engaging hub that Kabbage applauds.

If we’re not in Italy, though, why have gelato over ice cream? Well, Dolcezza’s gelato contains only half the fat and half the calories of ice cream! Look them up at http://www.dolcezzagelato.com.

Diego’s Hair Salon for Men and Women

Hair salons tend to induce a certain amount of stress into many people. What if they cut my hair poorly? What if I’m too scared to talk to my stylist? What if the cut isn’t worth the money? At Diego’s Hair Salon for Men and Women, you will still have money left in your pocket when you walk out with a great cut after some fun conversation. Although called a salon, Diego’s feels more like a homey barber’s shop. Thus, they are more popular among men, but women’s haircuts are both available and high quality. Diego himself is a hot commodity, but the other barbers are very good as well. Still not sold? The walls are covered in photographs of American and Italian politicians and religious figures posing with Diego after their impressive haircuts.

Check out Diego’s on Yelp.

The Artisans

Just a few miles down the river from Washington, DC is McLean, Virginia, home to The Artisans. Although The Artisans is a small store, it has gained tremendous popularity in the area over the last twenty years. The Artisans sells quite the mix of items. From beautiful jewelry to toys for the boys to clothing to ceramics, The Artisans is the go-to shop for cute—and fun—goods and gifts!

The boutique gets much of its inventory from local artisans (hence the name) and uses minimal material when gift-wrapping. The Artisans also discounts for using a reusable Artisans bag and holds “Bag Days” twice a month where customers get even bigger discounts for using the reusable bag.

Check out The Artisans at http://www.theartisans.biz.

Bethesda Bagels

Has all this reading made you hungry? Try Bethesda Bagels! The shop has two locations—one in Bethesda and one in DC. (I’ll let you guess which came first.) Not only does Bethesda Bagels serve some of the best bagels around, it also sells desserts and lunch foods. Its selection of bagels and spreads is also immense, and includes options such as an Orange Cranberry bagel and a raisin walnut cream cheese spread. Both bagels and spreads are handmade, and the bagels are New York style!

Get your bagels at http://www.bethesdabagels.com.