Beautiful hat from Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots (1530 U Street) is open! I stopped by this weekend and talked with the lovely Kristen and Erin for nearly an hour – they’re very friendly and sweet women, and very talented. Ginger Roots hours are 12-7 Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 1-6 on Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

I was a bit misunderstood when I characterized Ginger Roots as a vintage boutique. What Kristen and Erin do with their clothing line, and what a lot of the artists they feature do as well, is take second-hand, vintage materials and revamp them (therefore the name of their clothing line is ReVamp) into something new. Their shop does feature some vintage finds, but most of it is made with vintage materials that have been repurposed. Kristen and Erin also do tailoring.

While the store is open now, they will be having their grand opening sometime in September, when their clothing line is finished. They have a few pieces out now and they are beautiful. Price points on the clothing will depend on labor and material (not surprisingly) so the more complex pieces will be about $100, but there will be more affordable options. The jewelry is also pretty reasonably priced, I walked away with two pairs of cute earrings, both $12.

I’ll keep you posted about the grand opening, but in the meantime check out their store and say hi! And I wish them the best of luck.

Case with loads of beautiful jewelry, Legendary Beast

So, girls and guys, I have lived in the area for 3 years and before last weekend, had never been to Legendary Beast. What is wrong with me? This little jewelry store on the 3rd floor of a converted townhouse on U street (between 15th and 16th streets) is amazing. Great vintage finds, great range of more affordable and more splurge pieces, and a great owner who is so knowledgeable about every era of jewelry. You can easily spend hours browsing through the cases, the strands and strands of necklaces, the trays of rings and the rows of earrings.

Legendary Beast is only open weekends, so go Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays from 12-5 (unfortunately they seem to be closed this weekend because of health, I hope everything’s OK!). As I left on Sunday, all I could think was, OK I’m becoming a regular here now. If you haven’t been, you really need to go.