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Rent the Topper

Dying for a splashy, photo-perfect hat or fascinator for all your fancy spring events? But really dying to have a new splashy, etc. for each event, while your wallet and cramped closet aren't as eager?

We're excited to announce a beta vesion of Rent The Topper: a special collection of our Fanciest Splashiest Photo-Perfect-est hats available on a rental basis, only for Proper Shoppers, and only for local customers (i.e., not available for shipping/online rental -- sorry, more far-flung fans! Maybe one day ...).

Rentals can be scheduled in advance and will run for either 4 or 8 days, priced accordingly. Come see the collection and get details in person. Fingers crossed for a great first season!

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Small Business Saturday

Shouldn't every day be a #shopsmall day? We think so, but we also love a good celebratory day honoring Small Business Folk, and this year we have much to celebrate: in addition to our bustling Dupont Shop chock-full of goodies, we are adding a new location ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (maybe even a hair before if we can swing it!).

Cathedral Commons is a beautiful group of businesses on a historic stretch of  Wisconsin Avenue, in the shadow of the National Cathedral. It has some beautiful conveniences that our beloved Dupont shop just can't offer: parking (90 minutes free garage parking, plus plenty of street parking), space (high ceilings! room to pass other shoppers freely!), and lots of other shops and restaurants and activities nearby (Blue Mercury, Core72, Le Village Marche, The Cookery, Raku, Silver Diner, Barcelona ... Pure Barre, Zenga Cycle .. THE WASHINGTON BALLET!)

At the corner of Wisconsin and Newark, our hours are: 10 - 6, MON - SAT; 11 - 5 SUN

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Nancy and Beth and Megan and Stephanie

Our pals Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, AKA Nancy and Beth, have a knack for combining their jaw dropping vocal talents, their razor sharp comedy chops and their wickedly mischievous love of flying in the face of societal norms. While they could probably put their abundance of talents to work saving the planet and eradicating evil, for now they have settled for creating a charming and hilarious live show and a delightfully pleasing new LP. We plan to be front and center for the show Monday night at U St Music Hall, and you can bet that we'll be going home with a copy of the new LP, hot off the presses. We suggest that you all join us, unless, of course, you don't enjoy having fun. If our testimony to their awesomeness isn't enough for the fun-loving but skeptical among you, have a gander at this first video from the album. See for yourselves, these babes rock.

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Let’s Get Whimiscal

Whimsical, slightly anachronistic, purely ornamental.

Serious times call for frivolous indulgences. My recommendation: a glorious spring hat. Sometimes beautiful and elegant, sometimes outrageous and disruptive, sometimes all of the above; hats are minor indulgences (relative to a fine meal, even, not to mention sports cars and island vacations) that can be a personal statement, a celebration of style, a nod to history, a gesture of respect. 

Spring hats, in particular, are like fresh blossoms emerging after a long dark winter. They are emphatically hopeful.

Over these past winter months, I found choosing spring hats for the shop to be a lovely escape from the serious issues of the day. I hope you'll come by and tour the collection. Perhaps you can stop by this weekend for our annual "Champagne & Chapeaux" celebration? It's also my 22nd anniversary here in this Dupont location -- time to celebrate all around.

And, whatever you do, be sure to be frivolous.

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A Day Without A Woman

MARCH: what an appropriate month to celebrate Women's History. For decades, women have proudly, peacefully marched to bring about meaningful change in society. As people throughout the world observe A Day Without A Woman on March 8th, we will stand proudly with our fellow women-owned businesses in support of economic and gender justice. We will keep our doors wide open, wear RED, and welcome shoppers with red berets and Hot Button Issues buttons (on us!) to celebrate WOMEN.

But, we shall also persist: Women's Rights are Human Rights, 365 days a year.


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Countdown to Magic

This will be magical: "The DC Public Library Foundation is set to release a compilation album featuring several luminaries of the DC music scene entitled ALB’s Rock the Stacks. The release will come in both vinyl and digital format. The Foundation will host a local music festival and release party at the MLK Library on February 24, 2017. The proceeds of the album and all events surrounding it will go to the DC Public Library Foundation. ALB’s Rock the Stacks came together in memory of Annie Lou Berman, an essential member of the DC creative community and board member of the DC Public Library Foundation, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year.

Some of Berman’s favorite bands have donated recordings to the project while others collaborated to make fresh recordings in the state-of-the-art Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library recording studios. Some of the bands and musicians appearing on the album includeThievery Corporation, Deathfix, Fort Knox Five, Shortstack and Small Doses. The release party will feature many of the bands on the album, including Elmapi, Furniteur, Warm Sun and The ALB Allstars (a supergroup of members appearing on Rock the Stacks).

The project is being headed by a committee that includes Anna Fuhrman (Proper Topper),Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Deathfix), Jim Thomson (Gwar), Ben Gilligan (musician and restaurateur), Vida Russell and Jerry Busher (Deathfix, French Toast) as well as members of the library and Berman’s family members, including husband MJ Berman, sister Johanna Howe and cousin Kevin Bayly.

“That MLK library has taken on the mantle of preserving our local music is perfect,” says Brendan Canty, former Fugazi drummer and current member of the band Deathfix. “Not only are they the epicenter of DC, but they are free and open to the public, giving us truly democratic access so that we the people can enjoy music devoid of commercial context,” continues Canty.

The vinyl version of the album, which has 14 mostly original tracks, is being produced by local vinyl pressing company, Furnace, located in Fairfax, Virginia. A digital download of ALB’s Rock the Stacks will also be available and will include additional songs. More information can be found here."

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