Georgetown is widely known for its rich history, breathtaking architecture, and unparalleled culture. Behind these positive qualities, however, are kind, inviting locals and a number of first-rate small businesses.


World-class products and services — all delivered with a smile — help to make Georgetown special for all the right reasons. Here’s a look at some of the many excellent small businesses located on Main Street in this esteemed Washington, D.C., neighborhood.


For a frequently updated collection of these and other small businesses, including their addresses, contact information, and websites, check out the Georgetown Directory.



Beauty and Spa Services


It’s easy for residents and visitors to look their best in Georgetown, which boasts an array of well-reviewed businesses that offer spectacular services at the intersection of sophistication and relaxation. As locals can confirm, the biggest challenge might be selecting a beauty parlor, given the many appealing options at hand.


For nearly three decades, Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa has provided Georgetown with stellar hair, makeup, and spa services. From personalized hair treatments (mapped out during free consultations) and nail artistry to facial therapy and wax treatments, Luigi Parasmo’s talented team is standing by to help clients turn their appearance-related dreams into reality.


The same goes for Violet Salon (which specializes in everything related to haircare) and Casabella Salon (regarded by many as a leader in the nailcare space). Both of these assets on Georgetown’s thriving Main Street have dedicated teams, fantastic products and equipment, and a steadfast desire to excel in their respective beauty spheres.


Lastly, David Rios Salon & Spa affords customers one-of-a-kind “haircut architecture” services, including but not limited to specialty haircuts, highlights, and color corrections, besides waxing, hair-treatment procedures (Kerastase, Fiberceutic, etc.), and makeup application.


The professionals at Salon ILO, a Georgetown staple for more than 40 years, have long provided spectacular haircare services to an extensive list of high-profile figures — politicians and celebrities among them.

More information on Salons and Spas in Georgetown, you can view our Beauty Directory Page.


Hardware and Home Design


A number of Main Street businesses aim to help Georgetown homeowners and business owners keep their properties looking great and feeling inviting. A fresh coat of paint can reinvigorate a room, bring to life a structure’s exterior, and otherwise improve the appearance and energy of any home or building.


Sherwin Williams Paint provides shoppers with a wide range of eye-catching paints and the assistance needed to make each and every project go off without a hitch. Once a perfect paint job’s in the books, Zoe Feldman Design’s expert team can help to create the desired atmosphere and comfort in homes and buildings alike.


The longtime Georgetown home-design business emphasizes sustainability and environmental accountability, including making a donation to plant 1,000 trees at the conclusion of every project.


For residential purposes, Storie Collective is a boutique interior-design business located in the heart of Georgetown. Founded in 2020, the relatively new arrival to the thriving Washington, D.C., neighborhood has already made a positive impression on locals due to the quality and reliability of its team members, who prioritize efficiency, strive to please customers, and are willing to complete jobs that span a single room or an expansive home.

Looking for additional home design help, explore our Hardware and Home Design Directory Page.


Fitness and Recovery


Georgetown’s tremendous architecture and picturesque sights make the neighborhood ideal for jogging, biking, or a brisk walk. But those searching for commercial exercise equipment for more advanced workouts — or a place to stay active when the weather is uncooperative — are in luck. Main Street offers fantastic gyms and recovery facilities for both fitness enthusiasts and casual exercisers.


Cycling lovers will find much to enjoy at Georgetown’s SoulCycle, where biking experts and cardio-minded members join to build relationships, burn calories, and have fun. For a more all-encompassing workout, Water Street Gym has provided its members more than 40,000 fruitful training sessions during the last four decades.


State-of-the-art equipment and a helpful staff make Water Street Gym an asset to any individual who’s looking to realize his or her fitness goals, with current members including weekend exercisers, professional athletes, and everyone in between.


As seasoned fitness fanatics will confirm, a strong recovery process is an important ingredient in the recipe for workout success — in terms of maximizing results as well as avoiding injuries. Georgetown is hardly lacking on the recovery side, as Main Street boasts ultra-beneficial — and ultra-affordable — massages at Meridian Health and Relaxation and Georgetown Massage and Bodywork, which also includes a spa.

You can also find more on our Georgetown Fitness Directory Page and Fitness in Georgetown blog.


Groceries and Home Products


Georgetown’s beloved restaurants and cafes make dining out a real treat. But those seeking a comfy night in or a wide selection of snacks for the home have more than a few options, owing to Main Street’s convenience and diversity.


To enjoy a taste of local flavor in more ways than one, consider checking out the Georgetown Butcher, which specializes in locally sourced and humanely raised products. Quality is a top priority at the business, where shoppers can choose from the very finest meats, fish, produce, dairy, and artisanal snacks. To simplify the purchasing process, Georgetown Butcher also accepts online orders and makes nearby deliveries for a small fee.


For a wider selection of products — and 24/7 operating hours — Safeway is the place to go. All manner of groceries and household items can be bought at the retail mainstay, which offers local delivery and boasts a highly regarded in-store pharmacy.


Finally, thriving at the intersection of small businesses and ample selections is Dent Place Market. Opening in 2019, the corner market has already established itself as one of Georgetown’s must-see shopping options. Delicious local bites and tasty imported foods are complemented by fine wines, craft beers, artisan bagels, and incredible coffee at Dent Place, where customers can order bagel and coffee catering packages.

Looking for other places to eat? Take a look at our Grocery Directory Page.


Shopping – Clothing, Shoes, and Much More


Georgetown is a shopper’s paradise. Listing and describing each Main Street retail would be a tall order, considering the sheer volume of awesome stores at hand. Feel free to check out the Georgetown Directory for a detailed list as well as addresses and contact information.


Just scratching the surface of Georgetown’s beloved shopping options, though, Tuckernuck is a quaint and inviting corner boutique that operates its flagship store in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Shoppers can find modern and “preppy” attire for all genders and occasions, along with memorable gifts, home items, and sportswear.


Next, Shop Made in DC showcases the very finest creations from local business professionals, artists, hobbyists, and creatives. As its name suggests, the store features items — from food to pet products and art to locally grown plants — made in Washington, D.C. Plus, breathtaking gift baskets are available for affordable prices at Shop Made in DC, as are a variety of informative and fun classes.


LiLi the First planted a flag in Georgetown in 2016. Founded by an Israeli immigrant, LiLi, the multi-brand boutique has a selection of apparel items created by contemporary fashion designers from around the globe. The eclectic product lines at hand have received overwhelmingly positive customer reviews.


On the other hand, Fountain Inn is named after one of the most iconic taverns in American history, where George Washington lodged and Thomas Jefferson imbibed in sherry. Placing this incredibly rich history at the front of its operations and its appeal, the newer Fountain Inn carries on the legacy of the namesake business by serving the very finest spirits in a cozy atmosphere.


Finally, in terms of must-visit stores for shopping lovers in Georgetown, The Phoenix has been proudly serving locals since 1955. The family-owned establishment’s offerings include but certainly aren’t limited to beautiful jewelry, apparel, accessories, and home items. In the latter category are an array of items created in Maine, where The Phoenix’s current operator grew up.

Looking for other places to shop? Our Shopping Directory Page can help.




Unlike many other high-traffic destinations, Georgetown allows locals and visitors convenient parking directly on Main Street. As a result, those in the perennially appealing D.C. neighborhood can enjoy the best that Georgetown offers without worrying about finding parking or overpaying for a safe place to leave their vehicles.


Colonial Parking operates 300 parking locations (three of which are in Georgetown) and provides affordable daily parking, reduced-price monthly packages, and long-term options to customers. And SP+ Parking (formerly Central Parking) provides customers with similarly convenient and consistent parking choices in Georgetown.

Looking for other places to park? Our Parking Directory Page can help. 


The content above is brought to you by Georgetown Realtor, Melanie Hayes with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.  You can contact her here.