Brace Yourself
To call the new Alex and Ani outpost in Georgetown (the brand’s 28th locale) a “jewelry store” is a disservice (3068 M St. NW; 202-333-4195). Rather, the cheery space is more of an arm-candy-shop, overflowing with creator Carolyn Rafaelian’s signature retractable bangles adorned with talismans and rainbow-colored crystals, like the Tangier set (shown, $258), all made in America from recycled materials.

A Little Bit of L.A.
revel, old town alexandria’s new women’s boutique, fills the second floor of a cobalt blue townhouse on King Street. But owner Francesca Tanedo’s affordable mix of jeans, tops and date-ready dresses smacks of Melrose Avenue. Tanedo, a D.C. native, lived and worked in L.A., which shows in Cali-cool pieces like Lazy Twins’ bird-print blouse (shown, $75), rabbit ear rings ($10) and Very J’s mustard origami jacket ($49). The aerie also features photos and other art from local talents.

Local Heroes
the justice league of america, D.C. Comics’ villain-whomping team of super heroes (think Green Lantern, Cat Woman, etc.), shows local pride with the launch issue of its new ongoing series by writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch. Riffing on the Iwo Jima statue, issue #1 ($4, comic book stores) will be sold with covers bearing flags of each of the 50 states — plus D.C. (shown) and Puerto Rico.

THere’s no reason to fear the dark when kids (or people who act like them) have CB2’s dino candle holder nearby ($10, CB2, 3307 M St. NW; 202-333-6204 or The smiley-not-ferocious fella can hold a single tea light, bringing a Jurassic jolt of light to a bathroom or bedroom; get your claws on a flock of the shiny blue T-Rex torches for a “Land that Time Forgot”-theme dinner party, where perhaps they’ll illuminate a menu of meat, more meat and a few berries.

Ye Olde Recipe
“Shrub” can refer to a short tree, an ex president or a smooth, vinegar-based syrup popular in colonial America. Tait Farms in Centre Hall, Pa. has only been around since 1950, but it excels at a raspberry version of the third ($9, Smucker Farms, 2118 14th St. NW; 202-986-7332). It’d add a bittersweet kick to tonic water, cocktails or white wine. Wearing a tricorn hat while drinking it is optional.