I WAS HAVING a great time at Union Market, the must-see, must-stay-for-lunch food hall etc. right in the center of Washington’s wholesale market, off New York and Florida avenues. I got some Papillon-brand Roquefort at Righteous Cheese (“Now serving up grilled cheese all day long”) and a lovely raisin-walnut bread from Lyon Bakery. I was staring at the fabulous kitchen knives at the DC Sharp counter when I noticed the store at the near end of the hall.
It was Salt & Sundry, a charming collection of cool household goods, many with a homespun but witty bent, if such a thing is possible (and it seems to be). Food blogger and cook Amanda McClements calls Salt & Sundry’s aesthetic “urban bohemian.” However one defines it, S&S is the kind of place where you want to buy something just to own a piece of the atmosphere. You’ll see.
Salt & Sundry, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C.; 202-556-1866, http://shopsaltandsundry.com. also in the 14th Street corridor at 1401 S Street NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-621-6647.
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C.; 301-347-3998, http://unionmarketdc.com.