Destination: Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase

Mix Northwest Washington, D.C. with Montgomery County, Maryland, and the resulting community is Friendship Heights. Bordered by Chevy Chase (also in Montgomery County), this popular shopping district spans several blocks and there's tons of variety, from discount retailers, to malls, to posh boutiques. Among the options is The Shops at Wisconsin Place, situated in an open-air setting on the Maryland side. Then there's Mazza Gallerie, a luxury shopping mall in Friendship Heights on the Washington, D.C., side. Attracts: Fashion-forward types. Sampling of stores: The Shops at Wisconsin Place include Talbots, Anthropologie and Nina McLemore, a boutique that has reportedly dressed Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Mazza Gallerie features department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store, and unique family-owned boutiques including several jewelers (Tabandeh and Pampillonia) and the Corby Collection, which features fashions for women. Standout wares: At Chas Schwartz & Son Jewelers, shoppers may swoon over a Van Cleef & Arpels ladies watch from the estate collection made in 1946. Other baubles include a 5-carat cushion cut diamond set in a handmade platinum mounting. Extras: One can take public transportation (D.C. Metro) to Mazza Gallerie. There is direct underground access from the Friendship Heights stop on the Red Line. Noted: "What makes shopping at Mazza Gallerie special is the selection of exclusive stores only found in Washington D.C.," says Paul Pastor, owner of Chas Schwartz & Son Jewelers. "Most malls have [only] the national chains; we have the finest stores that are local to Washington." More info: Mazza Gallerie: 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, 202-966-6114,; Shops at Wisconsin Place: 5310 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-841-4000,
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
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