The Best Places to Shop In Mt. Pleasant
Whether you’re hoping to find something specific or just to spend an afternoon perusing a few local shops, the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., has a little bit of something for everyone. Featuring storefronts ranging from markets, wine sellers, and gift stores to merchants selling shoes, clothes, hardware, sports gear, books, and so much more, shoppers in the area would be hard pressed not to find what they came to obtain.
As such, we’ve put together a quick guide to some of Mt. Pleasant’s best shopping experiences to help residents and visitors find what they need when they head out on the town. If you’re in the market for a particular item or just looking to escape the summer heat for a little while, these stores are sure to help you find what you need.
Shoes, Clothes, and Accessories
Boasting sellers like DSW, Perfumania, The Children’s Place, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Target, Payless ShoeSource, Petco, Five Below, Marshall’s, Sports Zone, Best Buy, and The Vitamin Shoppe, in addition to a quick-service restaurant lineup like Chick-fil-A, IHOP, and Panera, DC USA has been serving the D.C. metro area since 2008. Its tenant mix has “enabled it to become a true retail destination,” allowing it to offer shoppers — particularly those looking for a discount — to find exactly what they need.
Not too far away, in the nearby neighborhood of Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase Pavilion is home to several family favorites. Old Navy, H&M, J.Crew, World Market, Civil Cigar Lounge, and several restaurants call this shopping mall home, offering affordable and upscale home furnishings, decorations, men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, and so much more.
A go-to for those looking for home or personal goods, The Shops at Wisconsin Place is just 15 minutes from Mt. Pleasant and features Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Cole Haan, Ilori Optical, J.Jill, MAC Cosmetics, Nic & Zoe, Talbots, among others. It also includes the Rock the Reformer fitness studio, as well as restaurants like P.F. Chang's, The Capital Grille, Le Pain Quotidien, and the healthy grocery and food-to-go options of a Whole Foods Market.
Washington, D.C.’s choice for upscale shopping, this retailer hub features luxury goods sellers like Chas Schwartz & Son Jewelers, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, TW Luggage & Leather, PR at Partners tailored styles, and more. Located just a short, 15-minute drive from Mt. Pleasant, the mall also houses a TJMaxx, for those looking for more affordable options, and includes an AMC Theaters location and food options like McDonald’s, Subway, and the West Wing Café.
Situated in the DC USA Shopping Center, Modell’s is the store for those involved with sports and other active hobbies. It carries gear for baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, field hockey, volleyball, racquet sports, swim and water sports, exercise and fitness, boxing and mixed martial arts, yoga and Pilates, biking, scooters, games, golf, outdoor activities, and skating. The retailer also offers both in-store and online purchasing options.
Nestled just a few minutes south of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, ElectriCity Bikes is the perfect shop for those who like cycling — or for those who want to “reignite a passion” for it. The shop offers electric bikes for all skill levels, family stages, and sports needs, including leisurely upright bikes, sports bikes, family bikes with cargo holds for kids and gear, mountain bikes, folding or compact bikes and even road bikes to help businesspeople on their commutes to and from work. The electric bikes come with a variety of features to suit each rider’s individual needs, and associates can help customers determine which setups work best for them.
Fleet Feet prides itself on being more than just a shoe store. It is a “starting point, a place that converts human inertia into a force that spins the globe… and brings a nation to its feet.” The specialty running, walking, and triathlon shop has been serving the D.C. metro area for more than 30 years, helping walkers, runners, triathletes, and fitness enthusiasts find the shoes and other gear they need to be successful in their sports of choice.
If brand loyalty is your thing, Mt. Pleasant is also home to several large establishments featuring all the goods and gear of particular sporting brands. Located near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail on M Street NW, Nike Georgetown is one such store. It provides multiple floors of Nike athletic gear for men, women, and children, and is conveniently located near other athletic sellers like Athleta, Patagonia, and the Georgetown Running Company.
Books, Hobbies and More
For those who love reading, recycling, and getting good deals, Walls of Books carries a wide selection and guarantees that at least 99 percent of its inventory is made up of quality used books at discounted prices. It offers a trade-in for store credit program, allowing customers to purchase paperback books, hardcover books, textbooks, kids’ books, and other items at 75 percent off regular retail prices.
Featuring home décor, housewares, bath and body items, and kitchen supplies, Home Rule is proud to offer goods that are “distinct, useful, and well-priced.” It provides lines of products from a variety of both well-known and niche brands, including Anthony Logistics, Clipper Mill, Soda Stream, Illume Candles, French Bull, KID-O, OXO, Umbra, Interdesign, Baggu, Danica, Trumpette, and Bialetti, among others.
If you’re looking for home goods, fun gifts, and items you might not see elsewhere, Urban Dwell is the place to go. It offers a hand-picked selection of “elements for home and self,” including trendy merchandise, home décor, women’s and men’s accessories, kitchen and bath products, baby items, gifts, and more.
Located in Adams Morgan, The Potter’s House has been serving the local community as a café, bookstore, and community space since 1960. It specializes in social movements, cultural studies, and spiritual traditions, and includes a curated selection of fiction, poetry, children’s books, and more — and all “centered on multicultural voices.” The Potter’s House also hosts readings, author events, a rotating selection of art, fair-trade artisanal foods, home goods, and local ceramics, among other products.
Mt Pleasant certainly has no lack of options for those who love a little shopping. No matter what you're looking for you'll likely find it without leaving the neighborhood. Plus, Mt. Pleasant's affinity for small business gives the whole process a warm, local feel.
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