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Buying Local for the Holidays VII: Hand-Crafted Sea Kayaks

December 20, 2012 - The Washington area is blessed with an abundance of great paddling water. There is whitewater just outside the city to t...
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Little Havana: The Ghetto as Tourist Attraction

December 12, 2012 - There are distinct stages in the evolution of American urban neighborhoods. First, I suppose, is the real estate boom ph...
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Buying Local for the Holidays VI: Bespoke Golf Clubs

December 09, 2012 - Buying golf clubs used to be like buying a suit at a department store. You went in, they pulled a suit off the rack, a t...
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Buying Local for the Holidays V: Biography of U Street

December 07, 2012 - If Washington has an archetypal product, it is verbiage. Detroit produced, or used to produce, cars. Pittsburgh made ste...
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Buying Local for the Holidays IV: Function and Beauty

December 05, 2012 - If I had to list the characteristics of a good holiday gift, functionality would be one of the first items. A gift shoul...
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Buying Local for the Holidays III: My Favorite Beer

December 03, 2012 - I have a new favorite beer, and as part of my series on local sources of gifts for the holidays, I am going to recommend...
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Buying Local for the Holidays II

December 01, 2012 - One of the landmarks in the evolution of my attitude toward Christmas and the commercialization of same is the story of...
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