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Top Shopping Freebies
4939 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-986-5260; 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington, 703-414-8202.
Owner Theresa Watts offers cocktails and water to shoppers as they surf the racks of curve-hugging denim and boldly printed maxi-dresses. There's lemonade and iced tea at the store's summer sidewalk sales, too.
1911 Ninth St. NW, 202-332-4242, http:/
Miss Pixie's Furnishings & Whatnot
Every morning, Pixie Windsor bakes the chocolate chip cookies that greet visitors to her funky Adams Morgan vintage furniture shop. The couple of days she has skipped, people complained. "I always tell my customers it gives them energy to shop," Windsor says. "Sometimes people come in just for the cookies." And here's a tip for when winter arrives: On snow days, Windsor cracks out complimentary wine.
2473 18th St. NW, 202-232-8171, http:/
At quarterly events in local galleries, lounges and pre-construction spaces, this avant-garde traveling boutique fuses fashion with free music and cocktails. A new U Street location welcomes shoppers during semi-regular hours (Thursday through Saturday and by appointment). Previous events have featured music by DJ Oz (of Fly fame) and a free mimosa bar.
1937 U St. NW., Second Floor, 202-270-3911, http:/
At this Alexandria shop run by former politico Elizabeth Mason, the peckish and posh can get free drinks and snacks while they surf the racks of Tibi, Yoana Baraschi and Hollywould.
1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, 703-519-5242, http:/
In addition to the free sugar-, bubblegum- and root-beer-flavored rock candy that owner David Dennis bestows on customers, dogs get a treat here: biscuits and plenty of water.
1515 U St. NW, 202-332-5639, http:/
Come to this swanky shoe shop on Saturdays and nosh on bite-size cupcakes from Alexandria-based Sweet Jane Desserts. Then move on to the boutique's other treats: Tory Burch logo sandals, monogrammed Kage totes and gold double-hoop earrings by Julie Sandlau. If owners Sassy Jacobs and Sarah Cannova are in a particularly sparkly mood, they'll pop open some bubbly. And every day, there's a huge bowl of candy (chocolate, tart, hard, you name it), free for the taking.
1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-471-4400, http:/
The Shoe Hive
Can't ever find a pen when you're trying to jot down your shopping wish list? Visit this store and help yourself from the jar of free scribblers, which look like old-fashioned No. 2 pencils and come in the store's signature yellow-and-black palette.
115 S. Royal St., Alexandria, 703-548-7105, http:/