Sunday Shopper: Funky Gifts at Groovy D.C.

Chronic last-minute gift-givers Manuel Cortes and Dennis DeWees found themselves searching Capitol Hill for a present just minutes before they were due at every fete. So they opened a colorful, cozy boutique on Barracks Row two months ago, featuring a range of quick pick-me-ups by mostly indie brands. (See three of our favorites, below.)
"We've stocked Groovy with a lot of local talent as well as some small companies from New York," Cortes says. "It keeps us unique."
Baubles from Capitol Hill resident Annie Rose and modernist cards by Glenn Fry of Logan Circle give the store its local focus, while Hawken Pepper's ceramic-glazed bamboo vases add sophistication -- though some of the offerings for children (Bratz activity books, for one) aren't quite as surprising. Don't see what you're looking for? Speak up. The owners order new merchandise weekly.
If you need an excuse to stop by, local photographer John Paul Laplagne, whose card line is carried by the shop, will be at Groovy on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is part of the block's Second Saturday festivities, when shops such as Hoopla Traders, Homebody and Alvear Studio stay open until 10 p.m., and restaurants and clubs offer deals on dinner and drinks.
-- Karen Sommer Shalett
Groovy D.C., 428 Eighth St. SE, 202-544-6633,

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