Gaylord's Lamps and Shades Inc.

Tue-Wed 10:00am- 5:45pm Thu 10:00am- 7:45pm Sat 10:00am- 4:45pm
(Bethesda)
301-986-9680
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Editorial Review

When she was asked to consult about new lamps and shades for Vice President Cheney's White House office, Suzanne Levinson Greenleigh knew that her master's degree in political science couldn't have hurt. And now that her family has taken over the 48-year-old lamp business – when the original owners retired – she says she never knows when it will come in handy.

Personalized design advice and custom work is the specialty at Gaylord's, where Greenleigh says they can make virtually anything – from a favorite vase to a golf bag – into a lamp. Her father, Mel Levinson, has been in the business 36 years. Prices for in-stock models vary widely: One simple glazed ginger jar for $120 sits next to an antique Chinese Tung-era vase selling for $2,800 a pair.

Shades can be made in custom fabrics, colors and sizes – if you can't find one that suits you among the extensive inventory that monopolizes the 6,000-square-foot basement. Repairs and rewiring plus special services such as gold- or silver-leafing are done at the store.

– Janet Bennett