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    Default Washington DC?

    I'm going to be in the area for school for the next two semesters and so forth, and I was wondering if anyone knew some good shops to visit? For the most part, I'm looking for niche. Does the Barneys coop in Georgetown have anything like the Barneys in NYC? Thanks for the help!

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    I think the answer is no about the Barney's coop in Georgetown, but I'll go over and see this week, Borky. I've meant to for a while. Should have checked it out yesterday, as I was in the area, but, well, forgot.
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    Is anyone aware of niche shopping opportunities in DC? I'll be there in a few weeks, and will have some wandering time that I'd like to devote to sniffing, unless I end up fascinated by a session of congress or something.

    Cheers!

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    In both Tysons and Fair Oaks mall there are perfume shops; however, those are the burbs. If you think you might get out there send me a message and I'll send you more info, or google tyson's corner mall or fair oaks mall and look up the stores. If you find anything in the city, let me know!!!!!

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    Hi Schareid,
    Blue Mercury at 3059 M Street, NW, (in Georgetown) is the best niche perveyor in the city. L'Artisan, Diptyque, Serge Lutens, Creed, CSP, and maybe a couple other lines I can't remember right now, are there. Not the full lines of each though. Blue Mercury has another shop in the Dupont Circle area, but it carries fewer fragrances so you'll still have to go to the Georgetown joint to get widest selection.

    Neiman-Marcus in Friendship Heights, "Mazza Gallerie" mall, carries the full line of Creed products, but is hit or more likely miss for many other great scents, and the place is filled with unctious sales people who try the "dahlink" yes-of-course sales approaches that drive me out the door as fast as I can go.

    If you're in the Tyson's Corner area of the western suburbs the place to go is Art With Flowers in Tysons II Galleria mall. (Not in Tysons corner center, but across the wide and busy suburban roads in Tysons II Galleria, don't forget!) This place has many lines and changes them, dropping some and adding others, quarterly or twice a year. L'Artisan, Diptyque, I Profumo di Firenze, Parfums Rosine, and a bunch of other really good ones. My favorite sales people too--they love scents but know they aren't important in the scheme of things.

    Good luck! Oh and the Barney's I said I was going to visit to check out the scent options don't have anything but Barney's own one or two scents. Don't put them on your wandering list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vezerne
    In both Tysons and Fair Oaks mall there are perfume shops; however, those are the burbs. If you think you might get out there send me a message and I'll send you more info, or google tyson's corner mall or fair oaks mall and look up the stores. If you find anything in the city, let me know!!!!!

    I used to work by Fair Oaks Mall and went there every day for lunch. They don't have any special perfume stores just the Sephora and L'Occitane and the department stores, unless they opened one in the last 5 months.
    Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
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    Tschiffely Pharmacy locations in Dupont Circle and Downtown are hit or miss, but have some unusual things like Speziali Fiorentini and Lily Prune. They also stock nice bath products and treats from Europe. The atmosphere is a bit stuck in the past, which I personally find entertaining. There's one in Union Station as well, but I don't recall seeing much there. The Dupont location is the one most worth visiting if you are in the neighborhood.

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    There is an independent fragrance store in Fair Oaks mall that is on the second floor in the JCPenney wing (it's just above the kids play area). It is similar to the Parfums de France store in Tysons I, in that there are many locked glass cabinets stuffed full of all kinds of fragrances. But two of those cabinets, the ones by the counter, are stuffed full of classics from Guerlain, Dior, Caron, Hermes, Balmain, and Rochas. The only line that they do not have that I miss is Chanel; the lady who I buy from there says she does not like Chanel and that why they don't have any.

    She also has quite a few hard to find and discontinued lines and products (including bath products for high-end lines) and a whole tall cabinet just full of miniatures. Do not go here looking for discounted prices, but if you want to sniff/buy IRL the stuff you only see online, it's a great place to visit. She even had the pure parfum of Magie Noire the last time I was there, and it was all I could do not to buy it.

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    I would also recommend hitting the Hermes store across from Tyson's Corner in the western 'burbs (8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182). When I hiked in from Baltimore to go, I found that they were really generous with samples. The samples of the Hermessence line in particular come in very large vials. And they have testers of all the older fragrances, as well as other beautiful things to poke through. Their ties and scarves are really beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    Blue Mercury at 3059 M Street, NW, (in Georgetown) is the best niche perveyor in the city. L'Artisan, Diptyque, Serge Lutens, Creed, CSP, and maybe a couple other lines I can't remember right now, are there. Not the full lines of each though. Blue Mercury has another shop in the Dupont Circle area, but it carries fewer fragrances so you'll still have to go to the Georgetown joint to get widest selection.
    Chris, you're awesome!! I finally made it today, and what a lovely place! Mercier, Molton Brown (black pepper!), the L'Artisans I've wanted to sniff and haven't (hated my Tea for Two elbow at first, but hours later, it's perfect), and Lutens! I'm Fleurs D'Oranger and Un Bois Vanille poorer than I was this morning, but happy.

    Thanks so much for the recommendation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    If you're in the Tyson's Corner area of the western suburbs the place to go is Art With Flowers in Tysons II Galleria mall. (Not in Tysons corner center, but across the wide and busy suburban roads in Tysons II Galleria, don't forget!) This place has many lines and changes them, dropping some and adding others, quarterly or twice a year. L'Artisan, Diptyque, I Profumo di Firenze, Parfums Rosine, and a bunch of other really good ones. My favorite sales people too--they love scents but know they aren't important in the scheme of things.


    --Chris
    I was in Tyson's Corner at the Ritz Carlton (it adjoins the Galleria) for a business event, and the Nieman's SA, who was standing in front of the Great Wall of Creed, referred me to Art with Flowers when I asked for fragrances Nieman's didn't have. If you are ever near Art with Flowers, don't miss the chance to visit with the people there, and spend some time browsing through their collection of fragrances, candles, flowers and music. The folks who work the store own the store, and they see fragrance as just another way we create our own little environment for the day.

    I learned a great deal while discussing different houses and fragrances with them, and they really know their stuff. Brought home Ambre Sultan for myself, Fiori di Capri (Carthusia) for my wife, and Tea for Two for both of us.

    Art with Flowers is a dynamic group where both the products and the store layout changes regularly. While I was there, people from other stores in the Galleria would wander in just to see the latest changes. I hope I'll be able to visit again one day. Thank you Nila, Bill, and Jose for sharing your enthusiasm with me.

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    Hey everyone,

    I have been living in DC for four years and I feel like I need to share my favorite fragrance haunts. Firstly, I love the Blue Mercury stores (on Connecticut north of Dupont Circle and on M Street in Georgetown near Sephora). Also, Art With Flowers (in Tyson's Galleria) is tied for the best stores for niche fragrances. As for mainstream fragrances I like Nordstrom the best as they (usually...) have the best SA's. Bloomingdales is good and Neiman Marcus carries all the Creeds. If you like Bond No. 9 definitely try Saks.

    Locations of Dept. Stores:
    Bloomingdale's: Tyson's Corner Center, White Flint Mall (Bethesda/Rockville)
    Nordstrom: Montgomery Mall (Bethesda), Annapolis Mall, Columbia Mall, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Arlington/Crystal City), Tyson's Corner Center
    Neiman Marcus: Tyson's Galleria, Chevy Chase
    Saks 5th Ave.: Tyson's Galleria, 2 in Chevy Chase - Men's at Mazza Gallerie and Women's further up Wisconsin Ave.

    Also, yesterday I was at Union Station and discovered Douglas Cosmetics. It was closed but through the window I could tell they had quite a selection including Bond No. 9 and many others. I will repost when I have more info about it, but it is a big store in Europe (under the name Parfumerie Douglas, the largest cosmetic retailer in Europe with 600 stores) and the German site lists a lot of good lines (http://www.douglas.de). There is also a store at 1145 Connecticut Avenue. American site: http://www.douglascosmetics.com/07.php.
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    If you have a slightly higher budget, I highly recommend Saks Fifth Avenue at Tyson's 2. It's the only place where I've felt that the salespeople were genuinely trying to help. Most of the store salespeople seem bothered that you want to buy something. The Saks saleswoman gave suggestions, described basenotes on some of them, and let me sample a multitude of fragrances. Came in looking for something citrusy, went out with Terre d'Hermes and some Burberry Brit bodywash to go with my Armani Code (which apparently has users that don't shower). :-P

    Neiman Marcus is pretty good too, but not as helpful as Saks.

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    Just wanted to share my favorite perfume shops in DC with everyone after searching for the last five years that I've been here.

    #1 - Art With Flower - 3rd Floor Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA

    Very friendly independently owned art/florist/perfume shop that carries the best lines in the DC area. Also, if you are interested, they are also one of my favorite florists in the area (and as a horticulturalist I am very picky...). Oh and they have great candles, home fragrances and air diffusers!

    Lines: Serge Lutens, L'Artisan, some CB I Hate Perfume, Santa Maria Novella, Yosh, Ineke, Rich Hippie, Carthusia, The Different Company, Miller Harris, Miller et Bertaux, Comptoir Sud Pacifique

    #2 - Blue Mercury - Locations on M Street in Georgetown and Connecticut Ave. about 2 blocks north of Dupont Circle (I think they were adding a third store in Bethesda, but I'm not sure what its status is) The store in Georgetown is my favorite and carries more than the one in Dupont.

    Blue Mercury carries many great fragrance lines as well as a lot of other good body products, candles, and cosmetics. They are also a full spa that I highly recommend.

    Lines: Acqua di Parma, Serge Lutens, Creed, L'Artisan, Diptyque, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Calypso Christian Celle, Fresh Index, Tocca, Molton Brown, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier,

    #3 - Parfums de France - Tysons Corner Shopping Center, 1st Floor beside Macy's

    This store is tiny, but has glass cases literally loaded with hard-to-find fragrances. They have testers for them if you ask (they are hidden in the dark). The prices are not really discounted if at all, but they do have a lot to look out.

    Lines: Much broader array of the standard lines (YSL, etc.), lots of the Rochas, Caron, Creed, Guerlain, etc.

    Recently opened/discovered Perfume Shopping in DC (since last post):

    Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase: Carries the normal lines, but also carries the very difficult to find Acca Kappa line which I highly recommend.

    Bellacara - King St., Old Town Alexandria, VA - Carries some L'Artisan and Creed, Tocca, Diptyque, Calypso Christian Celle, Molton Brown, Fresh Index


    If anyone is in town and would like a guide...especially for perfume shopping, feel free to email me.
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    So we're going to run up to NoVA and DC for a little niche sniffa...is the info here still accurate? The current plan to head to Art with Flowers and then to Blue Mercury in Georgetown, and perhaps Parfums de France (because I love Caron). Is this a good plan or are there new places to check, or other changes? Thanks!!!

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    So far for fragrence shopps that I have been to there is

    Galeries Des Parfums
    1130 Conneticut Ave NW
    (202) 659-0909

    L'Octainne in Union Station
    50 Massachusetts Ave NE
    202-289-9851

    Body Shop
    50 Massachusetts Ave NE
    202-898-7826

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    Just a quick post-trip follow-up: Art with Flowers, wonderful. The Saks in the same mall, excellent. Blue Mercury, not worth the trouble (nothing noteworthy scentwise and unacceptably rude staff).

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    Parfums de France was really nice. I was there for about half an hour sampling and the man behind the counter was extremely nice and helpful. Ended up walking away with a bottle of Terre D'Hermes. I'll be back for sure.

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    I stopped by Saks at Tysons today, thinking I could pick up a bottle of Blenheim Bouquet. But Saks has evidently pulled back Penhaligons out of all stores except for NYC. Does anyone know where else to buy it locally?

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    LONDONS Bathecary
    206 East Water Street, Charlottesville, Virginia
    But I don't even know if they have a store front, and it depends on your threshold of "local". Might be worth checking out their website, though. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reneirwold878 View Post
    Parfums de France was really nice. I was there for about half an hour sampling and the man behind the counter was extremely nice and helpful. Ended up walking away with a bottle of Terre D'Hermes. I'll be back for sure.
    My friend and I were in that store and there were two girls working there... one of them seemed my age and she totally ended up hitting on me... she started suggesting all types of new designer colognes when I was only interested in seeing if they had any niche or older stuff. She was like "have you tried this? (showing me a bottle of AdG) It's my favorite on a guy!" I didn't want to be rude so I pretended I didn't know what it was and when she sprayed a card I pretended to be really into the stuff.

    I told her I'd come back when I get my paycheck and my friend ended up buying Armani Code for his dad's birthday. But it's a pretty cool place overall - literally stacked wall to wall with boxes of fragrance!

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    Visit during the week, in the day time if possible. The man who works then is the one who owns the store. He is absolutely helpful and does not mind letting you sample.
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    One curious thing I've noticed about Parfums de France is that they often take new items out of the box for test sprays - especially if they don't have a tester sitting out. While this is great that they want to share fragrances with you and give you a chance to sample them. I'd never want to buy one of these previously-used bottles. So if you buy something from them, make sure that you get a shrink wrapped box.

    And I had the same reaction to the young girls who work there...they are pretty clueless when it comes to fine fragrance. I asked her if she had any of the Guerlain extraits - and she had no idea what an extrait is. When I said that an extrait is a pure parfum, she pointed me to some of her EDPs. Geesh.

    I've found the older gentleman helpful as well - he really knows his fragrances and doesn't rush you at all. Another good salesperson is Sheva, who works many weekday mornings. She runs a side business locating hard-to-find fragrances for folks, and she really knows her trade. It is fun comparing notes with her about obscure fragrances...

    Teddius

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    This is really a fun thread. One I don't look at nearly enough. Thanks for your very kind words back on page one, Katie! (That's what I mean about how I don't look at this thread enough!)

    I was in another area store this weekend: Bellacara in Old Town Alexandria. Southeast corner of the intersection of King and Patrick streets, but it might be King and Henry (I can't keep streets outside of DC straight). No full niche lines I don't think, but examples of L'Artisan, Creed, Diptyque, Christiane Celle Calypso, Susanne Lang, that Clean/Grace/Philosophy line thing, and there must be something else.

    They have Jardin Clos, by Diptyque, for example, and I don't know of any other Diptyque dealer in the metro area that has that one, but the Creeds and L'Artisans can all be found at other of those dealers in the area.

    The nice thing is that Bellacara sometimes has sales on stuff they're getting rid of. I got great deals on a few Diptyques they stopped carrying long ago, but I missed out on the Santa Maria Novella sale when they stopped selling that line (damn!). There's no predictability to these sales.

    The owner is very kind and once helped me greatly by tracking down some Diptyque scents the story doesn't carry. Also salespeople are well informed and helpful. I seriously wish this store carried many more lines because it is such a pleasure to shop there.
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    Guerlain event this weekend at Nieman Marcus in Tysons II.

    I got word last week that the VP for product development for Guerlain was bringing a "trunk show" to Nieman Marcus at the Tysons II Galleria this week. Evidently, they are taking appointments for half-hour one-on-one sessions with this Guerlain VP. The good news is that she is bringing almost the entire collection of limited edition fragrances (Parisienne line, etc). This is your chance to pick up beauties like Derby, Philtre d'Amour, Vetiver Pour Elle, Cuir Beluga, and more.

    As I understand it, they will also have the scents available behind the Guerlain counter after this weekend (whatever is left over). And then over the coming weeks, NM is going to stock a broader line of limited edition Guerlains for general purchase. Evidently, Guerlain corporate wants to get a bit broader distribution of its top-shelf fragrances without losing their exclusivity...

    See you there!

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    I went to the perfume shop by JCPenny's and they do seem to have a lot of frags locked up in glass cases. However, it was the saturday before mother's day and very busy. There was one woman there who seemed very helpful and she was being flocked by a lot of women and the other one who tried to help me didn't speak english. I tried to stick around but it was a zoo and I didn't get to sample anything. I'll be back for sure as I live a mile down the road.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddius View Post
    One curious thing I've noticed about Parfums de France is that they often take new items out of the box for test sprays - especially if they don't have a tester sitting out. While this is great that they want to share fragrances with you and give you a chance to sample them. I'd never want to buy one of these previously-used bottles. So if you buy something from them, make sure that you get a shrink wrapped box.
    I noticed that as well when I went to go try TdH for the first time he had an opened box and let me sample it. I was ready to buy right away because it was so different and he offered me 20% off of the opened 1.7oz but I decided to get a brand new one instead...and you're right, it is expensive. I couldve gotten a brand new 3.4oz online for what I paid there. But he was so helpful and I like to support the little shopss.
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    where I can find Apres l'Ondee in Washington DC?

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    If you strike out in DC and want it today, and are up for a one hour drive, call the Fields Center in Pikesville, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore). They usually have a bottle, along with much of the older Guerlain line. There's info on them in the Baltimore thread. And then you'll have had the pleasure of visiting Baltimore.

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    thank you for the hint Strollyourlobster

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    I haven't been to Tysons Corner recently but a few weeks ago I was at Reston Town Center and found a new perfume store called Paris Perfumes or something like that. To my surprise it was the same guy who owns Parfums de France at Tysons. He told me had to sell that store and opened the new store at Reston Town Center which seems like a bad location to me because it is not inside a mall. The selection was good with some rare stuff. I got me a bottle of Missoni Uomo.
    Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
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