The other day I was exploring the Upshur Street strip and decided to pop in Willow, the newish gift shop and clothing boutique next to Petworth Citizen. And it's a pretty neat shop. It reminds me of something that would be in Hampden, Baltimore, which is a good thing -- neat clothes, quirky and funky gifts, some art, some prints, local neighborhood gifts, fun things for kids and a lot more.
Their website and Facebook page focus on women's fashion (maybe that's easier to sell online), but inside that's only a portion -- I saw a lot of funny baby onesies and such, some coasters with DC neighborhood maps on them, various Petworth-related prints and shirts, and other funny things -- various screen printed t-shirts, games, crafts, toiletries, and as somebody on Yelp put it, cute things for your coffee table. I didn't take pictures of it, but there was also a lot of women's clothing like dresses, tops and such -- my bad, there are more examples on their website and Facebook.
They also had a cool Petworth chalk mural-type thing with all the other Upshur Street businesses on there. Upshur is really growing into a cool little strip with restaurants, shops like Willow, Upshur Street Books, Bentley's Vintage, and more. And there's more coming -- Slim's Diner, the cocktail place Twisted Horn from the Hank's Oyster Bar folks, Timber Pizza Co., and more.
It's a neat place to browse and would be great for gifts for Christmas, birthdays, babies, and so on. I wish there were more of these kinds of places around. Check it out.