It seems like overnight we went from eagerly anticipating the onset of spring and the first cherry blossom blooms to full-on quarantine and social distancing. While it can certainly feel like so much is out of our control, there are small ways in which we can make a difference in our community and supporting local businesses. Joining me in my quest for small business love are two of my favorite local beauty bloggers – Yenny from EcoChic Beauty and Stephanie from Beauty Unhyped. We’ve compiled a list of all of our favorite local beauty retailers, brands, and a few extra favorites, along with their current status and ways you can show them some love. Hopefully together we can make a difference.
This list is subject to change as circumstances evolve, and will be updated accordingly.
Local Beauty Retailers
Take Care Shop owner Becky Waddell is currently offering virtual skincare and makeup consults.
Take Care Shop – Take Care Shop is currently closed, but you can still shop online. DMV orders ship free with purchases of $50 or more. You can purchase e-gift cards, shop online, or sign up for a Long Distance Consult with owner Becky Waddell. Becky has also published a fantastic guide for ways to support COVID-19 impacted business and communities, check it out here.
Follain Bethesda Row – Follain is currently closed until March 28th, but you can still shop online. Follain is paying their employees for their scheduled hours through the end of the month.
Ivy Wild – Ivy Wild is currently closed, but you can still shop online. Orders ship free with purchases of $50 or more, and they’re offering curated Care Packages with three hand-selected products with themes like Virtual Happy Hour and Out of Office.
Brown Beauty Co-Op – Brown Beauty Co-Op is currently closed, but you can still shop online. All orders ship free and you can also book an online product consultation.
Veer & Wander – Veer & Wander is currently closed, but you can still shop online from their San Francisco-based salon. All orders ship free.
Sense DC Apothecary – The Sense DC apothecary is currently closed.
Brands like Skincando are offering discounts on nourishing products aimed at dry hands.
Skincando – Skincando is fully operational and you can continue to purchase Skincando products online. Skincando is offering 10% off the cult-classic Combat-Ready Balm, and a portion of sales will go to We Are Family DC (a service that brings meals and companionship to senior citizens in the DMV).
Naturally London – Naturally London is fully operational and you can continue to purchase their botanically-based foot care products online (orders currently shipping free, no code needed) or through Take Care Shop.
Handmade Habitat – The Handmade Habitat studio is closed to the public, but you can continue to purchase their signature candles and body products online. Currently offering free USPS Priority Shipping on orders over $35 with the code “STAYHOME”. Candl making workshops are currently on hold.
Nourish & Refine – Nourish & Refine is fully operational and you can continue to purchase their facial and body care products online. Currently offering 15% off, free shipping, and a deluxe size sample with every order.
HunnyBunny – HunnyBunny is fully operational and you can continue to purchase their soaps and body products online for pickup, shipping, or free local delivery (in Washington, DC only).
Blue Lemon Beauty – Fully operational and you can continue to purchase their facial products online (free shipping on all orders).
Many salons and spas, like the Spa at Take Care, have started Virtual Tip Jars and GoFundMe pages for their estheticians and staff.
Green Revolution Skin Studio – Currently closed until April 6th. Now offering select skincare products for sale via an online store, as well as virtual skincare appointments (email firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also purchase gift cards for future use.
The Garden Spa – Currently closed.
Nusta Spa – Currently closed and have suspended automatic membership dues until they reopen. Gift cards are still available online.
Nailsaloon – Currently closed, have had to lay off staff. Asking for donations to the Team Nailsaloon Relief Fund. 100% of the money raised will go directly to technicians, front desk team and cleaning crews.
Nothing in Between (NIB) Salon – Currently closed through the end of March. Recommended ways of support include purchasing a gift card (20% of sales will go to team members), writing a positive review on Google or Yelp, and sharing via social media.
Sense DC – Currently closed for 14 days with the goal to re-open on March 31st. Not currently offering gift cards or pre-payment for services.
Other Local Retailers
A number of retailers like Salt & Sundry are offering curated care packages and no-contact curbside pickup for orders. Photo courtesy of Salt & Sundry.
The Outrage – DC community space closed to the public, but they are offering the space for emergency mobilization (food distribution or resources centers). Email email@example.com. All merchandise is still available online and they are running a Postcard Project to employ people who have lost jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Shop Made in DC – Retail stores are closed, but you can shop online or purchase gift cards. Offering curated care packages (the DC Cherry Blossom Box currently ships free with code CREATIVEDISTANCE).
Steadfast Supply – Retail storefront closed. Now offering virtual shopping through their Instagram page, with curb-side pickup options (in Ballston and Navy Yard) or free delivery on orders over $50.
Salt & Sundry – Retails stores closed but you can shop online or buy a gift card, offering curb-side local pickup and delivery. Offering curated care packages and Goods to Go shopping options available Tues – Sat.
Three Littles – Union Market store closed, website should be operational by 3/26. You can shop via their Instagram, local delivery options available.
Cherry Blossom Creative – Retail store currently closed but you can still shop their collection of hand-painted DC neighborhood maps online. Also offering ‘Stay Home Kits‘ including a Local Writing Kit (which includes an Appointed Co. notebook and Handmade Habitat candle) and a Stay Home Correspondence Kit (mystery selection of five greeting cards), plus gift cards.
Studios like East Side Yoga (above) have transitioned to online classes via apps like Trainerize and Zoom. Photo courtesy of East Side Yoga.
Micha Shines – Personal trainer offering virtual sessions via the Trainerize App, including nutritional coaching. Also leading virtual Zumba and HIIT classes on Facebook for Balance Gym. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for training options.
East Side Yoga – Studio closed. Remote yoga classes available via regular class sign-up on MindBody (a link will be emailed prior to each class). Classes start at $25 for a drop in, and the studio is offering a 2-week unlimited pass for $35 (including prenatal yoga).
Down Dog Yoga – Studios closed. Remote yoga classes are available on live.downdogyoga.com with a recommended $15 donation per class. They will also be offering a several miniseries of classes available for $9.99 each.
Mural by Kelly Towles, kellytowles.com
Kelly Towles – Studio is open for limited visits (you can send a request for a visit direct on Instagram), and you can shop original artwork online at The Holy Bones.
She DC – Shop Made in DC’s women’s only exhibition with work from over 100 DC-based artists. Works are available online with $15 flat rate shipping in the US.
Maggie O’Neill – Studio at the Wharf is currently closed to visitors, but you can still shop her work online.