If image isn’t everything, then it’s pretty close at least. Whether it’s work or play, knowing what's in this season and where to get it is an absolute must. From top down, everything we wear is important, and a well put together ensemble speaks volumes about you as an individual. Our readers have voted on what really works for them around the metro DC area—from clothes, gifts, and accessories. Here are the winners for I AM Modern's category of "Best In Shopping."
BEST MAID SERVICE
106 Oakgrove Road, Unit H
Sterling, VA 20166 | 703.796.6243
This year Regal Maid service takes the crown for the best cleaning service in the DC suburbs. Since 1992, this family-run cleaning company has been committed to reliability, honesty, and hard work, and it shows.
BEST GIFT SHOP
20070 Ashbrook Commons Plaza, Ste.183
Gifts, Paper and Pizzaz is their motto. Simply put, it’s cool stuff. A walk through Zazu is a visual and sensory adventure. From their charming accessories, to their Thymes line of bath accoutrements, to their hand painted ceramics that enable you to personalize that perfect gift, Zazu is a unique store that provides fabulous fun!
THE DANDELION PATCH
1603 Village Market Blvd, Ste.114
The Dandelion Patch stores are sprouting like…well, dandelions! The fine stationary store has been part of the fabric of the community since 1994, and they are expanding at a rate quicker than you can say “paper cut.” Their specialty is making things personal, and their creative staff and expertise in weaving your ideas onto paper make them one of the most sought-out stationary stores in the area. And their commitment to community is apparent with their Partners & Friends resources available on their website. As Heidi Kallett, the owner, says, “Our mission is to make life more personal, one customer at a time.”
38 Catoctin Circle SE, Ste. C
It’s been said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend. And it seems Ketterman’s is just the place to recommend one. And the minute you walk in, you’ll be welcomed, just like a good friend. And in the tradition in which the business started, friendly service and fair prices have made this jewelry store the success it is today. Whether re-inventing the wheel or re-treading it, Ketterman's Jewelers will go the extra mile to re-design a precious family heirloom, or bring to life a future one. Ketterman’s also takes pride in their on-site jewelry repair and design shop, offering a one week turn around on most repairs.
BEST WORK OUT CLOTHES
2847 Clarendon Blvd.
Lulu Lemon was started in Vancouver in 1998, sharing retail space with a Yoga studio. Since then, they've been bringing customers great quality clothing and apparel for Yoga, dance and running enthusiasts.With strong ties to the community, Lulu Lemon hosts events in self-defense and goal-setting
workshops in it stores across the nation.
BEST PET STORE
46220 Potomac Run Plaza
Not just a pet store, PetSmart is a boutique, adoption center, pet hotel, doggie day camp and grooming salon. Your pampered pup or exotic critter never had it so good. And with stores all across the nation from the West coast to the East, they also provide homes to pets through their national adoption weeks. In addition, their PetSmart Charities will double your dollars with a special matching grant when you donate. (www.petsmartcharities.org)
BEST BRIDAL SHOP
42395 Ryan Rd., Ste. 104
Brides, grooms, bridesmaids, the best man, motherof-the-groom, mother-of-the-bride…so many outfits to think about, so little time! Planning a wedding
can be stressful, but Analees is the premier, one-stop shop for your attire, and they’ve got you covered. Literally! From demure to flashy and fun, from proms to weddings to galas and holiday parties, every style is represented. And the best part? They’ll register your dress so…God forbid…it’s not duplicated and shows up on someone else at your event!