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16 Cool Stores in DC – Downtown & Uptown January 25, 2013

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1. for fashion, art and furniture (and a new location in our neighborhood of Cady’s Alley!) stop into Muleh

2. Relish, a landmark in Cady’s Alley for high fashion, with kind and helpful staff

3. M29, right across from the Four Seasons


4. Hu’s Wear and (right across the street) Hu’s Shoes

5. Moss & Company for gifts & antiques

6. A Mano and Dalton Pratt for gifts

7. in upper Georgetown Sherman Pickey offers classics with a twist

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8. Sassanova for shoes and accessories

9. a great vintage store is Tari

10. for clothing new and consigned, Ella Rue

11. for an outstanding selection of vintage at Dupont Circle, Secondi

12. also in Dupont stop into in Dupont stop into Tabletop

moss and company

13. while downtown around 14th Street don’t miss Home Rule and Pulp

14. Rooms and Gardens has a pop-up at Q St. NW


10 Things to See & Do In DC January 24, 2013

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1. the Newseum

2. the Phillips Collection

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3. the National Museum for Women in the Arts


1. Blues Alley

2. the 9:30 Club has great shows/musical acts

3. the Birchmere is right across the bridge

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1. play mini golf at H Street Country Club

2. grab a beer and play bocce at Black Jack

3. visit the Dupont Circle Farmers Market

4. visit the Georgetown Flea Market

national museum of women in the arts


In Honor of the Inauguration, 7 Great Places to Stay in DC January 22, 2013

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1. for the ‘guest house’ feel, try the Tabard Inn

2. as part of this hotel you get great shopping (M29) and delicious food (Bourbon Steak) – the Four Seasons Georgetown

3. the Jefferson has fantastic service and beautiful accommodations


boutique hotels

1. aka. White House

2. the newest Kimpton Hotel in DC is the Donovan House, downtown by the Convention Center

3. for great food (Blue Duck Tavern) and a newly renovated space, stay at the Park Hyatt

4. Hotel Madera is another Kimpton Hotel with an ultra-chic restaurant in it (Firefly)

5. if you’re planning a trip in the spring don’t miss staying at Capella in Georgetown and company web site


EUROPE COVERAGE, WRAP-UP: Re-purposing Cars October 17, 2012

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There has been a food truck phenomenon in our own country, so we weren’t surprised but more excited to find new uses for these vehicles – be it for dining ‘in’ or decorating a store window, almost like a piece of furniture (particularly with the smaller cars).


Camo-Based Vacations: Pair with the Original Deano September 26, 2012

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The Point is part of the Adirondack Great Camps, which were getaways originally established for wealthy city inhabitants that wanted a change of pace with a lake & mountain view. According to the intriguing description on its web site, The Point is “a vibrant and exclusive house party, an elegant hideaway, the essence of rustic splendor, luxury and whimsy amid Adirondack Mountain wilderness.” It’s just too bad that after a weekend at the Point you can’t Polly-Pocket the resort right into your Deano for future stay-cations at home.


For those less of the ‘solitude’ set and more of the active, Keswick Hall offers its visitors the perfect country weekend within the confines of the resort, which is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains: swimming, fly fishing, golf and tennis is just a selection of the things you can do during a stay at this beautiful resort… However, if you’re part of a less sporty family, pack up the Deano and set off on one of the property’s trails for a peaceful afternoon with great food and good company as you dine within steps of the property.


A separate stay in Asheville, NC is a must for all of that city’s shopping and dining attractions, but just beyond it is the Grove Park Inn, set between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. One main attraction that we recommend? A rafting or kayaking tour along the French Broad River, courtesy of the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Asheville location, conveniently located on inside the Grove Park Inn. After your day on the river, consider kicking back at the Hotel’s spa. This place has just about everything you could possibly need or want out of a ‘mountain retreat’!


For the family or couple that wants to have an ‘independent’ vacation, we suggest the Winvian, which is comprised of 18 cottages and one main area, the Gordon Brown House. Winvian boasts, “Surrounding us and directly accessible from our grounds is the famous White Memorial Foundation with 4000 acres” – there is certainly no shortage of activity, and, depending on the season, you can go from horse-back riding in the summer and fall to snowshoeing in the winter. Similar to the Point in the Adirondacks, Winvian is located in Litchfield Hills, CT, so for the city-set this is the perfect weekend getaway!


The coolest thing about the Mountain Lodge in Telluride (besides it’s being in Telluride!) is the cabins*, each of which offers direct access to the slopes. With cabin-amenities that include gas fireplaces and grills, it might be hard to leave the Mountain Lodge… but leave you must, to enjoy the beauty that the surrounding area has to offer. From paragliding to lounging in hot springs, this time of year in Telluride is ideal for most types of vacationers, from the extreme-sportsmen and women to the more leisure-oriented groups.

*For those looking to spend less or those who will eat in town, Mountain Lodge has individual rooms which can be rented for days at a time.


A Spotlight on San Francisco: Streets, Stores and More September 5, 2012

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“San Francisco is almost a ‘European’ city in our country; it has a quality like Paris and London with its almost arrondissement or boroughs, each of which carries distinct centers of commerce and personalities. We want to highlight for you our favorite places to eat and shop, and in turn hope you will make this sensory trip to the West coast in the future, where foodies and fashionistas are filled up with the latest unique choices.”

-Deb Waterman Johns


-Therapy, 545 Valencia Street; Mac, 387 Grove Street, 1003 Minnesota/2 locations; CandyStore Collective, 3153 16th Street; Ambiance, 1458 Haight Street; Wonderland, 2929 24th Street; Mira Mira, 3292 22nd Street; Decades of Fashion, 1653 Haight Street; Helpers House of Couture, Fulton Street/by appointment only; Wilkes Bashford, 375 Sutter Street; Susan, 3685 Sacramento Street; Britex (if you want to make your own clothes, visit this fabric store), 146 Geary Street; the Factory, 370 4th Street; Roberta Freyman, 2055 Fillmore Street *her resort line, Roberta Roller Rabbit, is due to open soon at Larkspur Landing; Azalea, 411 Hayes Street; Taylor Stitch, 383 Valencia Street; Nida, 544 Hayes Street.


-Nest, 2300 Fillmore Street; Picnic, 1808 Polk Street; the Voyager Shop, 365 Valencia Street; Lavish, 508 Hayes Street; Wishbone, 601 Irving Street; Bell Jar, 3187 16th Street; Soiree, 3676 Sacramento Street; Cliff’s Variety, 479 Castro Street; Timeless Treasures, 2175 Sutters Street; the Gardener, 1 Vallejo Street (Ferry Building); Cole Hardware, 956 Cole Street; Touchless Gifts, 444 Divisadero Street (inside the Car Wash); Jest Jewels, 1869 Union Street; Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia Street; Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street; Ribbonerie, 3695 Sacramento Street; Bell’occhio, 10 Brady Street; the Perish Trust, 728 Divisadero Street; Needlepoint Inc., 275 Post Street.


-Sue Fisher King, 3067 Sacramento Street; Zinc, 1905 Fillmore Street; the Gardener, 836 4th Street in Berkley location; Gumps, 135 Post Street; the Curiosity Shoppe, 855 Valencia Street; Period George, 7 Clement Street; Accident and Artifact, 381 Valencia Street.


-Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store, 566 Columbus Avenue; Pizzeria Delfina, 3611 18th Street, 2406 California Street/2 locations; Susie Cakes, 2109 Chestnut Street; Cotogna, 490 Pacific Avenue; Blue Bottle Coffee, 1 Ferry Building, 315 Linden Street/2 locations; Chez Panisse in Berkley, still as good as it ever was; Delarosa SF, 2175 Chestnut Street; Farina and Farina Pizzeria, 3560 18th Street; State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore; Canteen, 817 Sutter Street; Boulette’s Larder, 1 Ferry Building; SPQR, 1911 Fillmore Street; A16, 2355 Chestnut Street; Great Eastern, 649 Jackson Street; Yuet Lee, 1300 Stockton Street; Burma Superstar, 309 Clement Street.


Valencia, Fillmore, Geary, Chestnut, Divisadero, Sacramento, Maiden, and Sutter Streets. Dogpatch, Hayes Valley, The Castro, Noye Valley, Union Square, and the Ferry Building make up our must-see areas full of shopping possibilities.


Just for Fun: #Tweed #realmencarrySCOUT August 16, 2012

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Here are some 4Boys Bags in our new fall pattern #Tweed

…owned by a very chic young man in CA whose travel lineup always includes SCOUT!


Wednesday Obsessions: a Spotlight on Newport for the America’s Cup June 27, 2012

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Yo Deb readers, welcome to the tenth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!


-Between June 23rd and July 1st, if you’re in the Northeast try to visit Newport, RI while it hosts the America’s Cup World Series… It’s the last stop for the competitors so it will no doubt be a party! Take along some SCOUT from our Newport-inspired and nautical-themed navy & coral story: we chose the Original Deano in Barbara Stripesand Coral, the Pleasure Chest in Barbara Stripesand Coral and the Totes Ma Goat in Indigo Go.


-Stay at (option 1), the Castle Hill Inn – the ultimate Newport hotel; then dine at the Castle Hill Inn’s restaurant and watch the boats come in after a day on the water!

-Stay at (option 2), the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, which houses all the comforts of home in colorful decor found throughout the space.


-One iconic Newport restaurant is without question the Black Pearl - come here for great service in an easygoing and social atmosphere – the perfect spot to casually unwind!

-According to one of our Newport resources, “Maison de Coco is a fabulous spot for couture chocolates and the most incredible hot chocolate known to man.” OK, we can get behind that!

-Eat at Tallulah on Thames for innovative, contemporary combinations of locally sourced ingredients in a restaurant decorated with crisp white and marine hues.

-For a families visiting Newport, eat dinner on the water via Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, which will host private or public clambakes!

-For those in the ‘sailing know’, grab a drink at Café Zelda, where you’ll most likely run into sailors (read: Newport celebs) having finished up their day.


-Don’t miss a walk through Bannister’s Wharf – aside from the Atlantic as a focal point, consider Bannister’s Wharf the ‘epicenter’ of dining and shopping in Newport.

-Tour historic Fort Adams for a special ‘village setup’ in honor of the America’s Cup (and check back for info on its upcoming 4th of July/fireworks celebration!)

-For those whose eyes wander from the Atlantic or those who tend to get seasick, why don’t you explore more dry land Newport activities and play a little lawn tennis at the Hall of Fame Lawn Tennis Courts.


-Get ‘Cup ready’ with a stop in Island Outfitters for fashion trained with a nautical eye… from blue to coral stripes, there are sweaters to keep you warm and dresses to keep you looking Newport chic on summer nights.

-Shop at boutique Angela Moore for all things ‘Newport preppy’.

-For the urban style set, shop at Laura Jean, where the jeans-wearing crew will be in denim heaven.

-Shop at Michael Hayes for fab luxury fashion, where you can quite easily grab the perfect outfit for an evening out.


Wednesday Obsessions: NYC Summer Roundup June 20, 2012

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Yo Deb readers, welcome to the ninth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!


-If you have the dough to spend – and even if you don’t – enjoy a rich fashion experience at Five Story NY, a new multi-level store (it’s in an Upper East Side townhouse) that is both well-curated and filled with friendly sales associates, each of whom holds an impressive amount of fashion knowledge to answer questions about designers featured in and out of the store. Eloise may have had a room at the Plaza, but we’re clawing for a room at Five Story NY! Read a fantastic feature on the store here, courtesy of the NYTimes; and check back for a re-vamped web site here.

-If you associate summer with classic surfer motifs and beach sents, engage your summer senses with a visit to Warm Boutique in NoLita, which houses clothing designs from Tracy Feith, Swildens, and M. Patmos, to name a few… check out the Daily Candy’s feature here; check out the store’s web site here.

-La Sirena is a cool boutique down by the Bowery where you can find great Mexican Art and Day of the Dead collectibles… For those looking for a more ‘catered’ flea market experience, stop by this store on your next lazy Sunday. The store web site can be found here.


-Georgetown Cupcake (for those who care) has opened an NYC outpost in uber-trendy SoHo.

-In actually fab eatery news, The Park in Chelsea is a perfect destination for attentive service, delicious and innovative cuisine, as well as a very hip interior with a ‘greenhouse’ style vibe. Visit The Park’s web site here, and see a solid review from NY Magazine here.

-Also in Chelsea, Cookshop is becoming better and better known as more people flock to its doors for the delicious, often locally-sourced food as well as the easygoing vibe in its kitchen. The cuisine is taken from Mediterranean and American concepts (a win-win as far as we’re concerned!); find directions & hours as well as a history of the restaurant here.

-Check out some of NYC’s best food trucks, as selected by NYC editors at Refinery29. Our favorites include Comme Ci Comme Ca for yummy Moroccan (and don’t miss the cous cous, so fluffy!); Frites n’ Meats, which gets meat and cheeses from well-known NYC restaurants; Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, which boasts the ‘perfect’ proportions of cheese to bread to condiments – and delish milkshakes; Taim has out of this world falafel, and is about to set up in a new downtown outpost – stay tuned!

-Without a doubt our newest food obsession is Tacombi, a Mexican taqueria ‘village’ of sorts – you’ll need to see it to believe it – SO cool! The NYTimes did a quick review from when it first opened a couple of years ago. Visit the main web site for the menu and locations here.

-LIVE LIFE ‘BY THE BEAN’: though coffee addicts can be pretty strictly ‘by the book’ in terms of what they like and who’s brewing it for them, but we recommend you check out the following NYC coffee shops for nifty vibes and, most importantly, coffee that gets the job done and leaves you (of course) wanting more…  Toby’s Estate comes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn originally from Australia, and thank goodness they decided on a US outpost! – with great coffee but also great instruction by the T.E. team for brewing your own, you may find it tough to class any other bean institution so high on your list; located in Midtown, Zibetto Expresso Bar has been hailed by NY Magazine as “pulling and serving the hands-down best espresso drinks we’ve had in recent memory” – see their full review here, and visit the main web site here; Magnolia Bakery’s Rockefeller Center outpost is conveniently located nearby Zibetto so you can have your (cup)cake and eat it, too!.

WE <3 NY:

-See war and pop influences in perfect competition with each other at MoMA’s James Rosenquist: F-111 exhibition.

-At the Met don’t miss Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City – buy tickets and sip on strawberry lemonade as you view the city and sun ‘On the Roof’. Learn more about the exhibition and view installation photos here.

-We never miss the opportunity to sit and watch Shakespeare in the Park – to take in the energy of NYC and its fantastic base of actors (some in from LA for the summer, others off the set of Broadway plays), but this year is special, because the Delacorte Theatre is now home to these productions 50 summers running! Click here for upcoming performances.


Wednesday Obsessions: Getaways and the Latest Fashion Notes May 23, 2012

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Yo Deb readers, welcome to the fifth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!


-Bolinas, CA: fly into San Francisco and Bolinas is 30 mi north; stay at the Inn Above Tide, about 10 mi east of Bolinas in Marin County; for a midday snack or light meal stop into the Lunch Box in Stinson Beach; for a delicious evening meal try the Barefoot Café in Fairfax; for the indoor crew, don’t miss the Bolinas Museum, with attractive exhibits as well as a history of the city; for the outdoorsy crew, take the Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls, which deposits fresh water into the Pacific Ocean (a sight to see!). Check back here for upcoming openings of SCOUT retailers in the Bay area.

-Waitsfield, VT: fly into Burlington, then drive 40 mi southeast; stay at the Round Barn Farm B&B for incredible views and the perfect piece of property around which visitors can wander; the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market will have just opened (May 19th), so be sure to stop over for locally-sourced food and drinks; eat at the original ‘weekends-only’ dining spot for American Flatbread pizzas (sold at Whole Foods and other gourmet food stores around the country) on the Lareau Farm; perfect in-season activities in the Mad River Valley (home to towns Waitsfield and Warren) include canoeing, kayaking and rafting or hiking, and the Mad River Valley web site has everything to do and explore in Waitsfield-Warren. Find SCOUT at RK Miles in Manchester, VT.


-Austin, TX: fly into Austin-Bergstrom airport, 5 mi from downtown Austin (business district); stay at the Heywood Hotel, a boutique hotel within walking distance from a ton of great food, art and shopping stops; be sure to make time for a lunch at Franklin Barbecue, the ultimate venue for eating well and eating BIG (as most things are done in Texas); restaurant Fabi & Rosi has a unique bistro feel with contemporary décor and serving tasty European fare; visit the Zilker Botanical Garden for 30 acres of lush flowers, herbs, waterfalls and ponds; visit the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin’s Art District (cool fact: the gallery is part of a 100 year-old historic house on W. 6th Street). In addition to these TX retailers, you can also find SCOUT at the Lake Austin Spa Resort and Personally Yours.

-Port Townsend, WA: fly into Seattle-Tacoma and the town is shortly over an hour away; stay at the Washington Hotel, a boutique hotel in the center of town with stunning views of the surrounding area; for great food and outside dining with gorgeous views eat at Sirens Pub; for an outstanding selection of coffee and wine (and exceptional small plates), visit The UnderTown; absolutely do something on the water, whether that’s sea kayaking or sailing – Port Townshend is the perfect place for sight-seeing and doing on the water; for dry land activities, the art exhibited in Port Townsend is beautiful and worth a trip to any of the local galleries to view – we recommend Simon Mace Gallery on Taylor Street and the Northwind Arts Center Showcase Gallery on Jefferson Street. Check back here for updates on new SCOUT retailers in the Seattle area!


-Scottsdale, AZ: fly into Phoenix and stay at the Saguaro, a brightly decorated hotel you just may want to move into, it’s that cool; don’t miss a dining experience at FnB on downtown Stetson Drive, full of comfort food that is grown and sourced locally, in many cases; nearby and perfect for breakfast is The Breakfast Club, at the corner of Scottsdale and Stetson Roads; for the fashion-minded, Scottsdale offers a ton of options with its many shopping centers. Landmarks include: Scottsdale Fashion SquareKierland Commons, and the Biltmore Fashion Park; for a more catered selection of goods stop by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s SMoCA Store. Find AZ SCOUT retailers here.

-Nantucket, MA: fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport and stay at the Veranda House on Step Lane; eat dinner at Straight Wharf Restaurant for comfort food in a cozy and contemporary atmosphere; for great outside and inside dining eat at the Even Keel Café, which offers casual American cuisine from breakfast to lunch to dinner; for shopping, don’t miss Triullium for gifts, Flowers on Chestnut for home design, and David Chase for contemporary fashion. Find SCOUT retailers here.


-GEORGETOWN NEWSFLASH: Bandolero, the restaurant we posted a preview of during our first installment of W.O., will open TOMORROW on M. St… and then closeby, if you’re planning a trip to DC, stay at the Jefferson, which recently had a prominent write-up in Conde Nast Traveller.

-NYC NEWSFLASH: Sandro just opened its new store on Prince Street on the 19th and NYMag did a quick write-up.

-SHOE-FLASH: Missoni & Havianas have teamed up again for their second collaboration.

-CHIC NEON NEWSFLASH: Refinery29 teamed up again with Claire Vivier to create some fun neon clutches for the hot summer months.

-PHILLY MUST-EAT & -SEE: visit Talula’s Garden for ‘true alfresco’ – an incredible outdoor dining experience of local ingredients… While you’re there be sure to visit the newly relocated Barnes Foundation location in its new fabulous home.



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