Run, don't walk, to the Lemon Twist.
I LOVE Lemon Twist. Discovered it by accident and have dragged my G'town & Capitol Hill galpals there to check it out. They loved it too. The clothes are classic -- with a twist of originality that you seek but so rarely find. And the prices are VERY reasonable. One of my friends just got back from NYC and said she was stopped everywhere she went by women asking where she bought this fabulous ruffled coat she bought at Lemon Twist, including a buyer for Saxs! The staff is excellent and will steer you in the right direction in putting together the perfect outfit, including advice on what doesn't work -- and why. I live on Capitol Hill and gladly drive to Arlington to shop at the Lemon Twist.
Disappointing local retailer.
Visited on a friend's recommendation to purchase gifts. Found some cute little tchotchkes, but the clerks were oddly rude and acted like they'd rather be elsewhere. Maybe they're planning to close up for good.