We are thrilled to present our 2022 Favorite Things Guide! Our inaugural 2021 guide is outstanding and we are grateful to shine a spotlight on even more outstanding local small businesses and creators.
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The businesses included in this list gifted us their products but were hand-picked and solicited by the DC Area Moms Team. Information about each was submitted by the business itself.
Scubs Kitchen is a home cottage bakery located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that specializes in decorated sugar cookies.
At Scubs Kitchen, we believe that sugar cookies should taste delicious and look stunning. Our cookies are packed with flavor and baked to soft perfection. Whether you choose the customer favorite, lemon, or try one of the other rotating flavors, you are sure to end up going back for a second (or third) cookie. As each order is fully customizable, the designs will make your life events a little more memorable. Scubs Kitchen also offers decorate-it-your (DIY) kits and paint-your-own (PYO) cookie kits. Both of these are great activities to let your inner cookie artist shine without having to turn on your oven.
As life is better with cookies, let Scubs Kitchen make cookies for you today!
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
The Adventure Park is Maryland’s largest aerial climbing and ziplining Park, with 15 trails, over 200 obstacles, 30+ ziplines, and 7 difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced! Whether you’re a health nut looking for a good workout, or a first timer who has never climbed through the treetops, The Adventure Park has something for everyone ages 5 and up. This aerial adventure is fun, exciting, and secure for all participants. Harness and equipment is provided and you’ll be given a safety briefing that demonstrates how to climb and zipline in the park. This self guided experience leaves it up to the guest to choose their level of challenge, with support available from staff as needed.
The Park is open weekends and holidays in the Spring and Fall, and 7 days a week in the Summer. It operates on a reservation basis with various offerings including 3 hour day time tickets, 2 hour evening tickets, exciting night climbing events with lights and music, group specials, and birthday party packages! With its very own food truck on site, picnic space, and axe throwing coming in Summer 2022, the Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the day outside adventuring!
The Rounds is a zero waste delivery and refill service of household essential items, using zero-packaging waste. Designed as a sustainable alternative to Amazon, The Rounds brings a selection of 150+ products to DC neighborhoods on e-bike, both conventional and local items, such as Compass Coffee, Bethesda Bagels and Teaism Tea.
District BATCH creates plant based, luxurious skincare for ingredient-conscious consumers—product aficionados and overwhelmed newcomers alike. We vet our raw materials meticulously and share our ingredients transparently. Our products work; they’re great for your skin and body; and they’re safe for you, the environment, and the workers who cultivate the ingredients along the way.
Lea Craigie is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in Falls Church, VA, raised in Washington DC and West Virginia. Lea had the best of both the culture and politics in Washington DC and the natural beauty of the mountains of WV. It is of no surprise that these are important themes of her contemporary artwork today. Lea was also strongly influenced by her mother and grandmothers, each with impressive artistic skills themselves. She hopes to evoke unexpected emotions in the viewer with her ingenious use of experimental mediums, and provocative subject matter. Whether a beautiful portrait, mural, sculptural installation or a thoughtful political/social justice piece, you will surely walk away inspired.
Call Your Mother Deli
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Driven by a shared vision to foster creativity and confidence in children from early childhood and beyond, KidOvation Stage by FKS Programs was founded in 2014 with a goal to expose children to a world of creativity and healthy living through the use of theater, dance, visual arts, music, science exploration, and character building. We provide programs, children’s products, resources and parent support.
Boards and Bows DMV
Boards and Bows is a women-owned company based in the DMV area. We offer delicious and full-flavored charcuterie boards, boxes, and tables. Our products help create an exceptional experience for any event, whether it’s a wedding or a little pick-me-up for a friend, we’ve got you covered! We are very particular when it comes to the standards of our products and are always committed to using the finest ingredients and thoughtfully curating them in the best possible way on our boards.
We’re all about bringing people together and creating art that they can eat. Make every occasion special, unique and memorable with Boards and Bows!
Sara Curtin is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Washington, DC, and she is a mom of 3 year old twins. The Washington City Paper describes Sara’s music as “nuanced, complex, and contradictory”. Her song “Black & Blue” is no exception. Accompanied by melodic guitars, Sara sings emotionally and honestly about the experience of being able to hold space for both joy and pain at the same time. There are so many chapters in life when this duality is present, not least of all the transition to motherhood where there is simultaneous celebration of new love and a letting go of a previous identity (not to mention physical pain).
Sara has received multiple Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Her band The Sweater Set has toured the US, UK, and Ireland playing their original music, were Strathmore Artists in Residence, and were awarded the 2021 Wammie for Best Folk Group in DC.
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