H&M is a worldwide chain of cloth stores. There are H&M stores in Poland, too. I got to know that H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) company was established in Sweden in 1947.
Urszula, my wife, loved that H & M in Georgetown. It's her first recommendation. The store is located in the shopping mall called The Shops at Georgetown Park. They sell clothes and underwear for ladies, gentelmen, youths, kids and H&M cosmetics as well. Good choice of interesting, trendy, mostly good (but not top) quality, various but fashionable in style (retro, say 20' of 20th century in fall 2004 collection) clothes.
What to buy: Urszula liked one jacket a lot but... hmm... it was too expensive or maybe we had too few dollars to spend that time haha. She has eventually bought this brown, corduroy cap in my picture (it's her 265th cap, I guess :-).
What to pay: Very affordable prices. Discounts up to 50%. The Urszula's cap has cost some $5.
Barnes and Noble is the greatest bookseller in the USA and problaby in the entire world. I've discovered it for the first time in Georgetown, Washington, DC. That large bookstore with countless number of books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs on whatever you need located on the three levels, really amazed me. Surely I was especially interested in their travel section which included great choice of travel books and maps both on Washington, DC, the USA and the entire world. I've found even two travel books on Poland. I could spend there hours... but Urszula, my wife, wanted to see cloth stores :-(.
There is a Barnes & Noble Cafe, serving a modified Starbucks beverage menu, along with bakery items from the Cheesecake Factory and bottled beverages from a multitude of vendors. It's open daily from 9.00 am till 11.00 pm (bravo!).
What to buy: Being at the beginning of quite expensive and long jorney around 12 southern states I didn't buy anything. But I had found a lot of books on the southern states I was just going to visit. I found very useful info on where to go to see aligators haha (in Lousiana) - thank you Barnes and Nobles!
What to pay: Generally books are expensive in the USA but... in Poland and Europe they are expensive, too. Expect to pay $15 - $25 per travel book, more for thick, illustrated albums; $20 - $30 per DVD (movies) or $10 - $20 per CD (music). Although there are numerous discounts (usually 30% off).
Club Monaco is a trendy men's and women's clothing and cosmetics chain that's a favorite of Monica Lewinsky's. Do you remember that "favourite woman" of former US President Clinton ? :-) Fashion writers describe Club Monaco as a sleek version of Banana Republic.
Well, that pretty set up store in Georgetown offers good or even top quality clothes and accessories for both women and men. It's not my recommendation for a budget visitors and for those looking for casual clothes.
What to buy: They offer something in the middle way between what maybe called casual and formal clothes. I did window shopping there :-)
What to pay: Expensive or very expensive clothes. For example $249 per man's wool peacoat I liked. Well, if ou have over $500 to dress up... OK, look for discounts and sales (50% off).
This small and pretty set up store sells hand-made cosmetics to use and to amaze looking at them. Most of them like numerous bars of soap in different colours and shape look like small works of art and definetely would liven my bathroom up. Many of them are cut into pieces at place and sold by the weight. The company called LUSH based in UK runs over 185 shops around the world.
What to buy: Bars of soap of colour, size and shape you need.
What to pay: Very expensive :-(. $25 - $35 per 1 pound (half kilo) of soap.
I thought that "banana republic" was a small, politically unstable country, dependent on limited agriculture (mostly bananas), and ruled by a small, wealthy and corrupt clique. The pejorative term was used especially for some Latin American or Carribean country. But in Georgetown I discovered that Banana Republic is a proper name of, as I noticed later, quite large chain of cloth stores in the USA and Canada.
This large 3-floor store offers no bananas but great variety of clothes and shoes both for women and men, rather more formal clothes for adults than casual clothes for youths.
What to buy: Clothes or shoes for adults, both women and guys.
What to pay: A bit expensive. Look for discounts and sales.
The Shops at Georgetown Park or shortly the Georgetown Park is a shopping mall which includes a few tenths various stores and boutiques (mostly cloth stores) on four levels as well as a few restaurants in a food court on the level one. The mall is open Mon - Sat 10 am - 9.00 pm and on Sunday from noon till 6.00 pm.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, leather and luggage, gifts, books, speciality foods and others. I paid attention to chocolates from Truffles Belgian Chocolates and Dean & Deluca - both looked great but were expensive.
What to pay: Depends on a store. Mostly above average prices.
MEXX has been a Dutch-owned and -operated chain of cloth stories since 1980 which fastly has become worldwide known. The store in Georgetown offers variety of clothes for people of all age from babies to adults. High-style looking clothes for women and less variety for men at their 20' and 30' dominate. The clothes are similar in style and choice but more conservative than those in H&M - for example they offer less colorful collection (including all-black clothes). MEXX is more expensive than H&M which should mean better quality as well.
What to buy: Clothes for babies, kids, youths and adults of both genders. Urszula liked white wool sweaters for some $70.
What to pay: Affordable or expensive... it depends on your budget. For sure more expensive than H&M but less expensive than Banana Republic. Like always, look for discounts and sales.
This chain cloth store offers clothes for young folks and mostly for women: urban style for clubbing fans and more casual clothes for guys.
What to buy: Women's and men's clothes.
What to pay: Affordable and above average prices.
The Shops at Georgetown Park are a nice main-street mall with a variety of mid- and high-end stores in a beautiful setting. The mall has a variety of clothing stores, restaurants, jewelry stores, and much more. The interior of the three-story building is very well designed with exterior street-level exists on all three floors, including an exit to the canal. The inside also has tons of natural lighting, sculptures, and many gardens, making for a pleasant place for a lunchtime walk during the cold weather of winter.
It was been almost 20 years ago that I started shopping at Helia's Boutique. Miriam's son was just a boy when I started and now he is a man working in the New York end of the busines. It is obviously a Mom store, that is opposed to a mom and pop store since it is completely run by her. Miriam has always had the ability to select the most colorful and unusual pieces. I doubt that you will see anything in her collections anywhere else. She has, of course, her faithful following. I go there whenever I am in town and even if I don't want to, I always buy something that I know that I cannot even find in New York.
Many of her clothes can be worn, only by tiny woman, but also by larger woman. This is just one of the collections that can be worn by both.
Do not judge by her website. In my opinion, it doesn't show off her things to their best.
BEWARE: She does not give you a refund only a store credit. So be sure you really want the item that you are buying.
What to buy: Something special, dressy, funky.
What to pay: Moderate prices.
M Street is Georgetown's main shopping street. There are plenty of stores and restaurants on the main street, and underground in the Georgetown Shops
(see this link: http://www.shopsatgeorgetownpark.com/)
What to buy: M Street has mostly the chain-big name places... and if you turn up Wisconsin off M St and walk a ways you'll find more specialty (and more expensive) boutique like places (individualy owned)
Back to M Street! Here's a list (though not complete) of stores, and addresses!
Banana Republic (3200 M Street)
Coach (3259 M Street)
Diesel (1249 Wisconsin Avenue)
French Connection (1229 Wisconsin Avenue)
Gap (1258 Wisconsin Avenue)
JCrew (3222 M Street)
Kenneth Cole (1259 Wisconsin Avenue)
Ralph Lauren (1249 Wisconsin Avenue)
Steve Madden (3109 M Street)
Urban Outfitters (3111 M Street)
Club Monaco (3235 M Street)
Sephora (3065 M Street)
Pottery Barn (3077 M Street)
BCBG (3210 M Street)
Zara (1234 Wisconsin Avenue)
Barnes and Noble (3040 M Street)
Anthropolgie (3222 M Street)
Artefacto (3333 M Street)
Barney's (3040 M Street)
Blue Mercury (3059 M Street)
MAC (3067 M Street)
Kate Spade (3061 M Street)
Lacoste (3146 M Street)
Christian Bernard (3222 M Street)
Mexx (3229 M Street)
Godiva Chocolatier (3222 M Street)
Niccolo (3222 M Street)
Lush (3066 M Street)
What to pay: Oh about as much as you have if you like shopping like I do!!
This is the Georgetown branch of the famous bookstore, Barnes and Noble. You can find anything you want in the way of books in this store. There is also a coffee shop where you can go to get revitalized after hours of pouring over books.
It's a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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What to buy: Books
This is what you would call an upscale mall. If you have lots of money, go for it! If you are like me, well, its fun to browse anyway. They even have a store that sells those new gyroscopically-controlled two-wheel "scooters" ( I can't remember what you call them).
What to buy: Anything you want.
Here are some examples of shops in the mall: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Broadway Accessories, Candles in the Park, Greentea Designs, and Lost City Art.
What to pay: a bunch. a lot. mucho dinero. big bucks.
Georgetown Park Mall, right in the heart of Georgetown overlooking the Canal, has more shops and eateries than I can possibly list here. Check out their website below and you are sure to find what you are looking for both to put on your body or to put in your body.
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