Looking Ahead to APH Conference: Who’s Ready to Shop?

The annual conference of the Association of Personal Historians takes place in an exciting area this year—in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside our nation’s capital. Of course there will be many opportunities to explore all the wonderful museums, memorials, and attractions that Washington, DC has to offer, but Bethesda is an amazing destination on its own, and our conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, is situated right in the middle of it all. Along with the great many world-class restaurants, you will find some fantastic shopping options. Here are a just a few, many of which you will only find in Bethesda:

Bethesda Row is one of the nicer (and also pricier) areas to shop. There you will find a cobblestone street for pedestrians only with many locally owned stores. Some favorites include Ginger, Sassanova, Luna and Pink Palm for women’s clothing.

On nearby Bethesda Lane, you’ll find a unique toy store called Yiro/Tugooh Toys, the fantastic home furnishings store Urban Country Designs, and the olive oil and vinegar tasting room Secolari.


If you’re shopping on a budget, there are some great options in Bethesda. Just across the street from the hotel is the Mustard Seed (7349 Wisconsin Ave). If you love to shop and enjoy the latest in popular women’s fashions, there’s always something great at this second-hand clothing store that’s been a Bethesda staple for decades.

For great prices on used kids’ clothing, Wiggle Room is a must on 4924 Del Ray Avenue, 301-656-5995, and while you’re there, go next door to Daisy Baby at 4912 Del Ray Avenue, for high-end baby clothes and furnishings.

Other consignment stores include Capital Consignment (4909 Cordell Ave) featuring furniture, silver and art, and S&K Consignment Gallery (7034 Wisconsin Ave) with some great antique treasures.

If you’re looking for some great gift options, you must check out The Blue House, just a few blocks down from the hotel on 7770 Woodmont Avenue, 301-656-6088, which offers everything for your home, family and you!

Just next door is Random Harvest (7766 Woodmont Ave), a great place for contemporary accessories and furnishings. Down the street and around the corner is Design Within Reach (4828 St. Elmo Ave), a popular store with modern furnishings.

Though this is a list of some Bethesda favorites, take time to explore the area and be assured that you will discover some of your own favorites. Happy shopping!

~APH: Life, Story, People~

About today’s contributor: Debbie Brodsky is a three-time Emmy Award-winning television producer with more than twenty years experience. She started her video production company, DMB Pictures, in 2006 and enjoys creating personal documentaries for families, non-profits, and small businesses, to preserve their stories for generations to come. She looks forward to welcoming her fellow APH members to Bethesda.

Photo Credits: Bethesda Row (daytime) by Edward H. Pien / EHPIEN on www.flickr.com. Used with permission. Bethesda Row (nighttime) by Victoria Pickering / vpickering on www.flickr.com. Used via Creative Commons licensing.

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One Response to Looking Ahead to APH Conference: Who’s Ready to Shop?

  1. Pat McNees says:

    Great list, Debbie.
    Also, Montgomery Mall is not far. You need a car (or taxi) to get there, but it has lots of stores.
    I usually stop and get steamers (steamed clams) at Legal Seafoods.

    Further away, equally distracting for shoppers, and humongous is Tysons Corner mall in No. Virginia (a quick drive around the Beltway):

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