If you’re searching for the perfect gift for loved ones and friends this holiday season, look no further than the small businesses here in Tenleytown! From musicians to fitness enthusiasts, pet lovers to art aficionados, restaurant foodies to home cooks, crafters, coffee and wine lovers, you can find everything you need, right here in Tenleytown. To help you create a holiday plan and start checking items off of your list, we’ve put together this Guide to Shopping Local this holiday season.
- For the music lover
- For your favorite four-legged friend
- For sports & fitness enthusiasts
- For the DIY-er
- For those who love locally made gifts
- For artists & art aficionados
- For those who like to dine out
- For the coffee, wine, or cocktail lover
- For those in need of self-care
And don’t forget about Tenley Bucks Community Gift Cards, which can be used at more than two dozen local businesses.
For the music lover…
Middle C Music, DC’s only full-service music store, has an array of music-themed gifts, musical accessories, instruments, sheet music, books, recordings, and more. And if you aren’t a music expert yourself, their knowledgeable staff can guide you to the right gift.
- Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, middlecmusic.com
For your favorite four-legged friend or their owner…
Don’t forget our furry friends this year! Whether picking a present for your own pet or gifting a cat or dog lover, you’ll find a great selection of unique products here in Tenleytown! Shop in-person or online for all-natural foods and treats, pet toys, accessories, grooming products, pet beds and climbing trees, and even doggy apparel.
For sports and fitness enthusiasts…
A class pass or gift certificate to a local fitness studio – from martial arts to yoga to Pilates – makes a great gift. Many studios also sell clothing, accessories, and equipment to outfit the fitness enthusiasts on your list. For those passionate about tennis, Tennis Zone Plus offers everything you need, including rackets, shoes, balls, and bags, while City Bikes has the cyclist in your life covered with bikes, accessories, clothing, and more. And you can even find gifts for scuba divers at the National Diving Center.
- City Bikes, 4810 Wisconsin Avenue, www.citybikes.com
- Club Pilates, 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, www.clubpilates.com/tenleytown
- Cure ReLeaf, 4926 Wisconsin Avenue, curereleafdc.com
- ElectriCityBikes, 4800 Wisconsin Avenue, www.electricitybikes.com
- Haute Bodhi, 4908 Wisconsin Avenue, www.hautebodhi.com
- JTR Jujutsu International, 4429 Wisconsin Avenue, jtrjujutsu.com
- National Diving Center, 4932 Wisconsin Avenue, dcsurfaceinterval.com
- Orangetheory Fitness, 4600 Wisconsin Avenue, tenleytown.orangetheoryfitness.com
- Tennis Zone Plus, 4839 Wisconsin Avenue, www.tenniszoneplus.com
- Yong Studios, 4455 Wisconsin Avenue, www.yongstudios.com
Find a full list of Tenleytown fitness studios here
For the DIY-er…
From tools to electrical and plumbing supplies to hardware, Tenleytown Ace Hardware has everything for the do-it-yourselfer. Plus they have a selection of housewares, fun stocking stuffers, and secret Santa gifts.
- Tenleytown Ace Hardware, 4500 Wisconsin Avenue (lower level), www.acehardwaredc.com/stores/tenleytown-ace-hardware.html
For the those who love locally made gifts …
Confetti carries a wide range of locally made gifts for adults and kids. You’ll find everything from scented candles and prints to fun jewelry and, of course, cookies!
- Confetti, 4545 42nd Street #109, www.helloconfetticafe.com
For artists and art aficionados…
While Tenleytown is well-known for art framing establishments, which can preserve treasured pieces, many of those same stores also offer artwork for purchase. A framed painting or photograph makes a lovely gift or perhaps a gift certificate for custom framing.
- ArtFolio Art Studio & Framing, 4936 Wisconsin Avenue, artfoliodc.com
- Framers’ Workroom, 4431 Wisconsin Avenue, www.framersworkroomdc.com
- The Framing Shop, 4500 Wisconsin Avenue
- Picasso Gallery, 4707 Wisconsin Avenue, picassogallery.com
- Preservation and Framing Services, 4901 Wisconsin Avenue, www.preservationandframing.com
For those who like to dine out – or in…
A gift certificate to one of Tenleytown’s fine restaurants is a great option for those who enjoy a great meal for takeout, delivery, or dining out. With many cuisines to choose – from French to Italian to Indian to Latin American – there’s a perfect place for every palate. Maybe your gift recipient will even invite you to join them!
- Café of India, 4909 Wisconsin Avenue, www.cafeofindiadc.com
- Le Chat Noir, 4907 Wisconsin Avenue, www.lechatnoirrestaurant.com
- Le Kavacha Bistro, 4619 41st Street, www.lekavachabistro.com
- Masala Art, 4441 Wisconsin Avenue, www.masalaartdc.com
- Matisse, 4934 Wisconsin Avenue, matisserestaurantdc.com
- Surfside, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, www.surfsidedc.com
- Tartufo, 4910 Wisconsin Avenue, www.tartufodc.com
Find a full list of Tenleytown restaurants here
For the coffee, wine, or cocktail lover …
Whether you’re planning a 2022 New Year celebration with a bottle (or two) of bubbly or a bag of artisan-roasted coffee beans to celebrate the season, the small businesses of Tenleytown can expertly suggest the best beverage for the occasion.
- Coffee Nature, 4224 Fessenden St, coffeenature.wordpress.com
- Bourbon Coffee, 4200 Wisconsin Ave, bourboncoffee.com
- Tenley Liquor, 4525 Wisconsin Ave, tenleyliquordc.com
- Tenley Market, 4326 Wisconsin Ave, tenleymarketliquor.com
- Verified Wines & Fine Spirits, 4906 Wisconsin Ave
For those in need of a little self-care …
Give yourself or a friend something to look forward to in the New Year. A gift-certificate for a massage, a manicure, or a pedicure makes a great gift or stocking stuffer.
- Bare Hair Studio, 4545 42nd Street #107, www.barehairstudio.com
- Solar Nail & Spa, 4425 Wisconsin Ave, solarwaxing.com
- My Massage Place, 4545 42nd Street, mymassageplacedc.com
- Mia’s Nails, 4936 Wisconsin Ave, (202) 237-5276
See the full list of salons and spas here.
The Tenley Bucks Community Gift Card
Still not sure what to get friends and family this holiday season? Give them the gift of everything! Tenley Bucks community gift cards are accepted at more than two dozen local restaurants, shops, salons, and other businesses.