Plus one Georgetown business is named one of the best home stores in America.
November 25, 2020
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The BIDness is coming to you a day early this week, because no one should be doing anything tomorrow that doesn't involve gravy. On behalf of the Georgetown BID, we hope you all have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Lumps of Coal Would Be On Brand  

Call us Tiny Tim, hobbling into the holiday season with a glimmer of hope. The festivities kick off this weekend with Small Business Saturday. This year, you can take advantage of some great deals and support local for an extended, two-week promotion, starting on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28) and running through Saturday, Dec. 12. Retail and experiential specials include 10% off gift cards with code 10GIFTCARD at LiLi the First, a free gift with a $100 purchase at MAJOR, 15% off storewide at The Phoenix plus a gift card raffle, 15% off all wines at Bacchus Wine Cellar, a free Georgetown Piano Bar mug with the purchase of a hot chocolate or warm adult beverage, and so much more. Visit our Small Business Saturday page for the full list, and check out our Holidays in Georgetown homepage for more on our 2020 curated gift guides, Holiday Window Competition, and more festive fun.

...And Now We've Got a Lump in Our Throat  

This year has taught us that (1) it's entirely possible to wear an elastic waistband for eight months, and (2) there are remarkably kind and generous people who rise to the most challenging of times. Some of them are right here in Georgetown. Bea O' Connor and her team at Pinstripes Georgetown are providing 300 Thanksgiving meals to the homeless community, and are in need of a few volunteers. Meals will be individually boxed and passed out at the main circles throughout DC via a tour bus with a newly updated HVAC air system. All volunteers will be socially distanced on the bus, and required to wear a mask at all times. Wearing gloves is also recommended. All volunteers will meet at Pinstripes Georgetown (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW) at 10 am on Thursday, November 26. If interested in volunteering, please email, call or text Bea at or 202-802-1776.  (*Pre-COVID, 2019 picture! No one freak out.)

One in Every Family 

While your Aunt Karen insists she's still participating in a good old-fashioned mall trampling this holiday weekend, you can shop small AND safely with several outdoor options. This Saturday, November 28, Georgetown Main Street is partnering with Friends of Rose Park to host a "GMS Holiday Takeover" of the Rose Park Winter Market. Join them from 2 pm - 5 pm at the Rose Park Courts (26th & O St) for a great lineup of local vendors offering a variety of gifts, from pottery and cashmere to cheese boards and ornaments. Georgetown small business vendors include Georgetown Butcher, Ella-Rue, Patisserie Poupon, La Jolie Bleue, Say Cheese, Shop Made in DC, Washington Printmakers, and Hinkley Pottery. When you shop small, approximately 67 cents for every dollar you spend stays in the local economy, so your cash is going to a good cause.

When the Thought No Longer Counts 

For that person in your life who says they always put a lot of thought and effort into your gift, and you're like - but did you? - help is on the way. This year, we’re introducing seven new holiday gift guides, curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique finds. Whether you’re buying on a budget, looking for local, seeking self-care, or splurging, our categories have you – and your shopping lists – covered. From funny face masks, to DYO cupcake kits, 16-year-old Bourbon, gift card bonus cash, local notecard sets, and more, it's nearly impossible to mess up the gift-giving. Check out all of our guides here.

Don't Try This at Home

What every frantic mother in America suddenly mood board's for their home the night before company arrives. (Good news: There's no one to impress this holiday season.) Congratulations to Pillar & Post (1647 Wisconsin Ave NW), Georgetown's charming British antiques store that was included in House Beautiful's 2021 Guide to The Best Home Stores in America! The Book Hill small business also earned the designation of Most Special Setting. We're biased, but we agree. To learn more about Pillar & Post and owner Daphna Peled, check out our byGeorge feature originally published in 2018. 

Cute New Bag to Carry Your Clorox Wipes

Remember when you were little and insisted on having your own purse or wallet, but had nothing to actually put in it? This is like the adult, 2020 version of that - nowhere to actually go with this bag, but we're getting it anyway. SCOUT Bags launched its new 20007 pattern today - an exclusive, limited-edition design that serves as a tribute to the history, soul, and beauty of DC. The Georgetown-born company has several nods to its home neighborhood and city, with bags featuring the Washington Monument, National Cathedral, Ben's Chili Bowl, Georgetown Cupcakes, Nats Park, rowing on the Potomac, and more. The 20007 bag is available in four styles and sizes, and available only on

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