Georgetown Sweets offers a tasty retail tour

Do you like shopping? Do you like snacking? Get ready for a tasty retail journey!

The Georgetown Sweets Tour arrives this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., pairing the coolest outlets with the most delicious bakeries, chocolate shops and ice cream parlours.

“We lovingly call this Georgetown’s Sweetest Tour,” Rachel Shank, executive director of Georgetown Main Street, told OMCP. “Ticket holders will come to Georgetown, pick up a beautifully merchandised gable box and map of all destinations and their partner bakeries, and have the opportunity to explore small businesses that may be off their radar.”

You will meet at the Chase Bank at P Street and Wisconsin Avenue from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Following the map, your first stop will be Green Almond Pantry.

“Our very first stop is the southernmost point of our self-guided tour at Green Almond Pantry,” Shanks said. “It’s a great little market tucked away on Grace Street in an incubator space, but it’s also a candy store…offering chocolate shortbread cookies.”

Second, you can sample baked goods while walking through Tuckernuck.

“They’re at 1053 Wisconsin, so still south of M Street, they’re twinned with Bakeshop.”

The third stop offers international tea flavors at Ching Ching Cha.

“It’s a big hidden tea shop, they have all kinds of tea cups, teapots, a huge variety of Chinese and Japanese teas,” Shank said. “They are paired with Call Your Mother.”

The fourth stop makes it possible to make a good figure at Take Care.

“A skin care and facial aesthetic services store,” Shank said. “They are twinned with Chaia.”

The fifth stop is Shop Made in DC for those who like to support local artisans.

“Newly relocated, most people know Shop Made in DC, they curate all kinds of locally made products from DC makers,” Shank said. “They’re paired with District Donut.”

The sixth stop is important for all your shoe needs.

“An amazing sneaker store,” Shank said. “They’re twinned with Little Sister, which is a chocolate factory, she makes candy.”

The seventh stop is L’Enfant Gallery, a French store associated with French bread.

“A very old four-story antique store on the corner of Wisconsin and P, almost everyone knows this iconic building,” Shank said. “They are paired with Fresh Baguette.”

The eighth stop is Ella Rue, where you can find all kinds of novelty items.

“An upscale consignment store,” Shank said. “They are twinned with Dog Tag Bakery.”

The ninth stop is Just Paper & Tea for your writing and gifting needs.

“A stationery and gift store,” Shank said. “They are paired with Kate Leopold.”

The 10th stop is The Phoenix, which you can browse while eating ice cream.

“One of the oldest retail stores in Georgetown,” Shank said. “They’re twinned with Thomas Sweet which is right across the street, one of our favorite ice cream parlors in Georgetown.”

The 11th stop is Bacchus Wine Cellar, where you can see some cool artifacts.

“A very wide variety of wines,” Shank said. “The owner has one of the largest collections of Syrian artifacts outside of Syria. He emigrated from Syria many years ago and brought an amazing collection of Syrian artifacts… displayed in the store. … in agreement with Pâtisserie Poupon.

Finally, the 12th stop is Pillar and Post for a little Union Jack flavor.

“A British antique shop,” Shank said. “There are brands in this store that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States. She is paired with Olivia Macaron.

Thanks to all this, you can enjoy a discount at Cafe Georgetown on N Street NW.

“They’re one of the few cafes that can custom print your (mug),” Shank said. “It has to be cow’s milk because it foams differently, but you can print any type of image or logo on these drinks. These will be 15% off for all our participants. In addition, all our participants will receive a free hot coffee or iced coffee.

Single tickets are $35 or you can get a group of four tickets for $125. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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