After lots of research into recommendations from our contributors and readers, we’re thrilled to present our 2021 Favorite Things lineup! We’re so excited to share these favorite small, DC area businesses with you.
Two lucky readers will win a bundle of our Favorite Things. Check out our Instagram Post today and Facebook Live at 9 pm on May 17, 2021 for details on how to enter to win.
The businesses included in this list gifted us their products but were hand-picked and solicited by the DC Area Moms Team. Information about each was submitted by the business itself.
Silverglow Studio is a woman-owned business in Washington, DC, with a focus on creating natural, non-toxic scented products inspired by nature to encourage busy people to cultivate an environment of peace, happiness and wellness.
Silverglow Studio candles are made from vegan, natural soy wax with lead-free and zinc-free cotton wicks, or FSC certified wooden wicks. The fragrance and essential oils adhere to the strictest possible safety standards. All this to ensure a healthy and non-toxic candle burn. Because what you burn, you breathe: you, your children, your pets. Clean ingredients. Natural glow. Candle accessories include wick trimmers, matchsticks and wooden candle coasters.
Throughout the year the online shop features gift boxes that combine beautiful scent trios for the perfect gift. We use only recycled or recyclable packing materials and in many cases, repurposed packing materials to divert bubble wrap and packing peanuts from the landfill. We are inspired by nature and committed to preserving it!
KITS BY KIRAN
Kits By Kiran is run by a mom who is also an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher with 8+ years of teaching experience.
At Kits By Kiran we know the importance of early childhood when it comes to human development. What is often overlooked is the essential role that play serves in the development of a child – every child. Our kits provide the materials for parents/caregivers to set up a play environment and then allow their child to take over. The learning outcome can be of the parents choosing: sensory exploration, counting, imaginary play, color recognition, etc. – the list goes on.
Each kit can be adapted to the needs of the child or the priority of the parents/caregiver. Each kit includes handmade playdough, loose play parts, and materials of varied textures and colors – all centered around a chosen theme. Each kit also contains playdough care information and a play tip sheet (Please Note: kits contain small parts – choking hazards. Kits are intended for children 4+ and adult supervision required).
Arielle Zorger Designs
Hi! I’m Arielle, a hospitality professional turned local artist based in the Blagden Alley Historic District in Washington DC’s Shaw neighborhood. My paintings are inspired by my passion of all things bright and happy, from simple brush strokes, to hearts, flowers, hamsas, + my love for being a mom! In addition to original work by commission, I have expanded my offerings to prints, cards, and stickers! Everything I create is painted + hand-packaged with love in my little Northwest DC home studio.
YearCheer – Holidays Delivered – Create fun family moments instantly with holiday celebrations in a box.
YearCheer was created by a working mom of 4 and is the solution for busy moms who want to create memorable moments for their kids, but are so busy managing the day to day of their work and family that “having fun” can fall to the bottom of the to-do list. We want to make it easy for you to show your kids how loved and important they are to you – no matter how busy you are.
Decorate – with just enough Cheer to make your kids excited. Our decorations can be set up in less than 10 minutes and always look great.
Connect – YearCheer delivers fun activities, books, games and crafts that bring families off devices and having fun together
Celebrate – YearCheer delivered holiday specific celebrations that keep the magic of childhood alive. It’s a new surprise every holiday that are sure to bring fun and laughter to your family celebrations.
Our boxes are designed for families with kids age 3 to tween and one box works for a family with up to 4 kids. Boxes are available as one time gifts or as part of our holiday subscription.
This is the childhood your kids will remember. Let YearCheer help you make it a memorable one.
We believe that real good coffee will always point you in the right direction.
Compass Coffee is a Washington, DC-based Coffee Roaster. Founded in 2014 by two Marines, Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez, Compass has 12 brick and mortar locations around the Washington metro area, one active roasting facility in DC’s historic Shaw neighborhood, and a growing regional grocery presence. Our coffees are ethically sourced, expertly blended, and peak roasted for maximum flavor.
In addition to the cafés, you can find Compass at many of DC’s best restaurants, online, and in grocery stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Currently, Compass is building a state-of-the-art production facility in Ivy City to support its expansion through the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Nounou Nanny is a nanny placement and virtual sitter service committed to finding your family’s perfect childcare fit.
Our in-depth, step-by-step process is led by experienced consultants who can assist with the important task of hiring a childcare provider. Whether full-time or part-time, seasonal or virtual, you can expect quality care and experience with our sitters and nannies.
As a boutique placement agency, Nounou Nanny provides personalized service as unique as your family.
Nannies and parents alike have access to continued support, advice, tips, and training.
THE BEAUTUFFUL COMPANY
The BeauTUFFul Company and product Tuff As Nails was created for all the Tuff women out there, those boo boo kissers, rockstars, superheros, the ones who hold it all together while barley holding themselves together.
We bring salon-like manicures to the comfort of your home to do on your time, in no time with no dry time.
We are more then just a manicure, with each set purchased we donate a nail wrap set to an charity or organization that empowers women and/or children
We are the nail wrap that gives back.
At Drybar, our philosophy is simple. Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For us, that’s blowouts.
With that purpose in mind, we are focused on giving each and every client the premier blowout experience while providing professional quality products and tools to better help our clients achieve and maintain the perfect blowout at home.
We don’t take Covid-19 and the safety of our clients and team members lightly and we want to ensure everyone feels comfortable coming back to our shops. We’re following multiple guidelines to make sure that we’re operating in a safe manner. Such guidelines include disinfecting stations and tools between every client, face coverings for both parties and temperature checks.
For more details on our Covid-19 safety measures, please visit out website at https://www.drybarshops.com. We can’t wait to see you in shop!
Artisan, all-natural authentic Italian gelato and pastry made with the freshest ingredients every day.
We have hundreds of delicious flavors which include a vegan line, spiked flavors, along with gelato cakes, cannolis, cookies, pastries, and more.
Find us in Shaw, Friendship Heights, Takoma Park, Alexandria, at the National Zoo and all around the DMV region including National’s Stadium where you can find our signature flavor Natitude.
Hire our gelato carts for your next event, order pastries for your favorite clients, and create custom flavors for your loved one’s. There is nothing we can’t create for you in order to make your life a little bit sweeter.
DRIMMLE & DO
drimmle & do is not your average snack mix. Painstakingly curated, and globally sourced, every drimmle & do jar is made to order, ensuring the freshest and most unique party mix you’ve ever encountered.
Whether you’re giving drimmle & do as a gift, celebrating with friends, or keeping it for yourself, each limited edition, bespoke combination is created to surprise and delight, right down to its recyclable, BPA-free packaging that is designed to be reused. For more information and a complete list of its current flavors, visit drimmle.com.