Hidden Gems

May 11, 2012

Hidden Gems
Adams Morgan’s best-kept secret, Turquoise Jewelry Boutique (2118 18th St. NW; 202-621-9049), carries baubles in its namesake hue, as well as every color under the rainbow. The costume and semiprecious wares clock in at jaw-dropping prices, like glimmering bangles for $5 each (shown) and geode rings for $15. Tucked in a brownstone basement, it’s like a buried treasure chest.

Stylish Shorties
Things are starting to look up for males 5’8” and under. Menswear newcomer Peter Manning recently released an eponymous line of clothing designed to fit blokes of that stature, who make up 25 percent of the male population (Petermanningnyc.com). The polo and sweater size-system is based on an easy-to-use height-weight-and-shirt-size algorithm, while pant inseams start at 29” and a 1” cuff you can flip up if needed.

Grape Expectations
After an Almost one-year hiatus that involved a merchandise refresh and restaurant expansion, the Curious Grape is open for business (2900 S. Quincy St., Arlington; 703-671-8700). The new, full-service café and restaurant pairs seasonally rotating dishes like pan-roasted swordfish ($24) and red-wine-braised lamb shoulder ($23) with one of the 300-plus blends available in the retail shop. Grab a bottle on your way out for a nightcap at home.

Moving Targets
Even big-box stores like Target can’t resist the pop-up shop craze. The bulls eye zone’s new curated series spotlights finds from boutiques hailed by locals across the U.S. Well-priced home, fashion and gift items include preppy printed bowls (shown, $3.50 each) and zigzag jute placemats from Connecticut’s Privet House, deco-print shift dresses ($40) from Miami Beach’s the Webster and candy-striped pet collars ($6-$8) from Boston’s Polka Dog Bakery.

Pinch Hitter
Despite the name, Teeny Tiny Spice Co. blends ($10, Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997) pack big flavor. Combos like Persian Adwiya (rose petals, cinnamon, orange peel) and North African Ras El Hanout (tumeric, nutmeg, mace, chilies) bring exotic edge to stews, chicken dishes or grilled veggies.

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