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When you think of Washington, DC a few things come to mind like Donald Trump commentaries on the news, lawyers with briefcases riding the metro, government types heading to work at dawn, and white buildings dotting the skyline. On the surface, Washington, DC, is a city that seems to thrive on power and politics. However, a culture deeply steeped in fashion, art, innovation, and craftsmanship has been brewing in the heart of it all. These cultural trailblazers and local pioneers are shifting the way we do and think in the city of power and politics.

Here are our top 8 picks from The Good City Guide, a collaboration between PopNod, Wynk, Ethic Goods, and The Together Traveler, which highlights the businesses that do good and helps people discover local stores that are the soul of the city and products that have global impact.

01 | Analog
A boutique bursting with vintage gems and adorable keepsakes, Analog supports area artists and artisans through its carefully curated selection of locally crafted stationery and print items.
716 Monroe St, NE, Studio 5, Washington, DC

02 | DeNada
DeNada is an accessories brand that specializes in handmade alpaca knits. The collection, which range from scarves and cowls to hats and shawls, are designed in Washington, DC and handmade in Peru, where the designer works with skilled artisans to create contemporary pieces that reflect her Peruvian heritage.
52 O Street NW Ste. 302, Washington, DC 20001
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12pm-4pm

03 | Denisa Piatti Jewellery and Studio on F
The makers in this studio are producing innovative pieces out of the heart of Chinatown. One of the standouts, Denisa Piatti, combines precious with non-precious materials to stimulate the wearer or viewer to ponder about what makes jewelry precious.
923 F Street NW, Suite 301

04 | Marigold & Grey
This artisan company thoughtfully and carefully prepares one-of-a-kind gift boxes filled with locally inspired edibles, essentials and keepsakes.

05 | Redeem
Redeem is an independent boutique specializing in up-and-coming designers. Founded in 2006 by a native Washingtonian, the shop’s mission is to support unsung brands and offer products that are interesting, unique and fun.
1810 14th Street NW Washington DC 20009

06 | Sophie Blake + Erika Schrieber Collective
This impeccably curated boutique by jewelry maker Sophie Blake and clothier Erika Schrieber is a local designer collaboration and celebration of modern style that is proudly made in America. Other standouts include custom lipsticks from Finding Ferdinand and perfumes from Nomaterra. /
Mosaic District, 2905 District Avenue #110 Fairfax, VA 22031

07 | Stylish Patina
A lifestyle brand focused on curating a vintage modern styled home. Stylish Patina brings one-of-a-kind furnishings, decor, and interior design to Northern Virginia. You can also check out their DIY classes for a hands on experience.
10 South Maple Ave, Suite 114, Falls Church VA

08 | Zophia
The talented Betsy Garcete and her team design exquisitely made-to-fit pencil skirts. They passionately strive to help women embrace their natural silhouette and feel confident to lead in all aspects of life.

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