Becky Waddell could use a day off after this summer. Two months after welcoming a baby girl, Lily, in June, the wellness enthusiast opened Take Care, a Georgetown shop dedicated to natural skin and hair products, fragrances, cosmetics, jewelry and home goods. This week, Waddell, 30, is starting another adventure, moving from her rowhouse on H Street to a Georgetown apartment a few blocks from Take Care. If she ever gets that day off, she’ll bring Lily and husband Trevor for a tour through both neighborhoods.
First we would go get coffee at Shopkeepers Gallery. Then we’d go to Sally’s Middle Name for breakfast or brunch, because they have gluten-free options and I have celiac disease. They also have [non-alcoholic] shrubs — I can’t drink right now because I’m breast-feeding, so it’s nice to have a fun drink option. They’re so hands-on and creative, their menu is like no one else’s menu.
I think that we would like to take a nice stroll through the National Arboretum as well. It’s amazing that it’s something so vast and natural and green and literally right outside our door. I wish we all had more time to take advantage of it.
After brunch, we would probably go shopping for a little bit. My husband would want to make a stop at Redeem on 14th Street — Trevor can do some serious damage at that store. I would probably go to Lettie Gooch. It’s such a cute little shop.
We’re definitely going to go drop things off at Take Care, check in with the team and check in with the event or class going on at the store. Then I would walk on down to Chaia to get their green bean tacos that I’m obsessed with. I never want them to end, but I’m sure we’re running up on the end of green bean season.
Then I’d grab either coffee if I’m feeling it or an iced sparkling matcha at Grace Street Coffee. They have such beautiful beverages. I’m not actually a huge fan of matcha — I find it a bit earthy — but they have a really good sparkling matcha with just a bit of vanilla simple syrup that’s very refreshing.
My husband would cook dinner. This sounds so simple, but he makes amazing roasted vegetables. That would be great — although we do love Vegetable and Butcher. It’s a locally owned meal-delivery service. They’re gluten-free and dairy-free and you can get vegan meals too. They send you the whole thing already done and all you have to do is put it in the microwave.
If I were drinking, I would go to Dio Wine Bar to have a glass of wine at the end of the night. It just opened on H Street; I haven’t been able to go yet. I’m so excited to have a natural wine bar run by a young woman like myself. That takes a lot of guts and a lot of determination, so I would want to support her, and also indulge in some fantastic wine. I hate to sound so boring, but we would end our night at 8:30 or 9 p.m. We would be pretty tuckered out at the end of that day.
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