Where: Homebody (715 Eighth St. SE)
Websites: kurtmasse.com, homebodydc.com
Furniture-maker Kurt Massé builds chairs made with bourbon barrel staves, retaining the charcoal stains that blackened the wood during the barrel-making process. Bonus: A hidden drawer beneath the seat provides storage.
Where: Chateau-Animaux (733 Eighth St. SE)
Price: $2.99 each
The peanut butter donkey and cheese elephant are just some of the treats made in Maryland by pet goods store Chateau-Animaux. It also produces its own line of dog biscuits, made without wheat, corn or soy.
Where: Drabo Gallery table at Eastern Market’s Weekend Outdoor Market (Seventh Street Southeast, between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues)
Jewelry-maker Eleanor Drabo has been selling pieces at Eastern Market for 20 years. Select from earrings made of sterling silver wire or 14-karat yellow or rose gold wire, or slip on a cocktail ring cast from stainless steel ($20-$90).
“Lost Washington, D.C.” chronicles 22 painstakingly researched stories about the people and places from the District’s past. Local blogger John DeFerrari’s book debuted in October, making it a timely holiday gift.
Where: Capitol Hill Books (657 C St. SE) and Riverby Books (417 East Capitol St.)
Websites: capitolhillbooks-dc.com, riverbybooks.com
The District’s big-box bookstores have taken a hit, but these two shops soldier on. Both offer rare items as well as first editions.
Where: Tom Rall’s table at the Flea Market at Eastern Market (Hine School Yard at Seventh and C streets Southeast)
Tom Rall’s collection of antique photos, maps, stereoviews, lantern slides and postcards offer a glimpse of bygone days in the nation’s capital. His wares also will be on display at the Downtown Holiday Market (F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets Northwest), which starts Dec. 2.
Where: Labyrinth Games and Puzzles (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Price: $60 (“Labyrinth”), $29.99 (“Campaign Manager”)
These strategic board games make intel analysis and campaign drudgery look fun. “Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-?” offers a two-player version pitting jihadists against the United States, as well as a single-player option for taking on al-Qaida. Jason Matthews, a former staffer for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), co-designed the two-person “Campaign Manager 2008,” in which players seek to guide their respective presidential campaigns to victory. Both games scored above a seven out of 10 on boardgamegeek.com.