Friday, December 14, 2007

Congratulations to Banneker Senior High School

dcgal's alma mater, Banneker Senior High School in NW Washington DC, is on Newsweek's list of the top 100 secondary schools in the country. Congrats to this jewel of the DC public school system.

Monday, December 10, 2007

T-shirt of the Week

Democracy Starts at Home Dark T-shirt

Attending the voting rights rally earlier this year inspired me to create this t-shirt. Lots of the participants were carrying placards that said things like "Free DC", "Democracy Starts at Home" and "End Taxation without Representation". The message on this tee refers to our country's fight for democracy abroad while citizens of Washington DC are denied the basic democratic rights at home.

DC Vote Tea Party - The Revolution Is Still Brewing

Join DC Vote and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton as we commemorate the 234th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party by calling for an end to Taxation Without Representation.

When: Sunday, December 16, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Where: Georgetown Waterfront Park
Beyond K Street toward the river between Wisconsin Ave. and 31st Street, NW
(map and tips on getting to Georgetown with public transportation.)
What: Rally, speeches, and a symbolic reenactment of the Boston Tea Party
Plus, free tea, donuts, and tea bags that say 'End Taxation Without Representation' More info.

Washington DC Ornaments

Ornament (Round)
Ornament says "National Christmas Tree Washington DC".

Monday, December 03, 2007

T-shirt of the Week

Tenleytown Dark T-shirt

T-shirt is inspired by Washington DC's flag. T-shirt reads 'Tenleytown Washington DC' under 3 white stars & 2 white bars. From Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Christmas Greeting Cards for Sale

Christmas Candle Greeting Cards (Pack of 10)

A starry night sky is seen through a window. A candle lights illuminates the room & a red cross. Scripture says "You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." Psalm 18:28
From Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts

Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday Travel Safety Tips

These tips are from Officer Sodimu of the Metropolitan Police Department.

"Plan ahead to avoid a bumpy road

Allow extra time in a travel schedule. Bad traffic can often be avoided with a little preparation. The heaviest travel days are usually before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Consider taking an extra day off so that you aren't stuck in the pack. Also, try to minimize holiday stress by getting the bulk of your shopping done well before the holiday.

Make sure cars are well-equipped for travel. Breaking down in the dark, in bad weather or in the cold can crush the holiday spirit. It's a good idea to take the car in for a winter "check-up." A mechanic can inspect the antifreeze, battery, windshield wipers and other cold-weather components. Make sure that the tire pressure is at the recommended levels, as tires can be hazardous in wet weather when they are not filled to proper levels.

Think before you drive. the highways are a community. As much as we may want to think we are isolated in our steel and glass bubbles, driving is really a social interaction without words. To understand holiday driving conditions, think of the way people act outside of their cars in this time of year. Many are worried, preoccupied, hurried, distracted and all those states of mind that make them easily agitated and less careful. On the road, this means that everyone should be more vigilant than usual, give people more distance and be forgiving when someone does something rash or absent-minded. Avoid confrontations, and try not to let other drivers bring you out of the happy holiday zone.

Home Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

The following tips are from Officer K. A. Sodimu of the Metropolitan Police Department.

With common sense, you can make sure tragedy does not come between you and the festive holiday you have planned. Follow these fire prevention tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

¨ Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke detector on every level of the house, in every bedroom, and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year.

¨ Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.

¨ Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.

¨ A 2-1/2 lb. class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher.

¨ Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.

¨ Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.

¨ When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

¨ Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don't extend over the edge of the stove.

¨ Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked.

¨ Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.

¨ Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder should be completely noncombustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it.

¨ If smoking is allowed inside, provide guests with large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After guests leave, check inside and under upholstery and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.

..Watch your guest when drinking, if you feel that they have had too much to drink, Call a cab, designate a driver; call a friend; stay at your hotel or home ... but please don't drink and drive. And don't let your friends, either. Always celebrate responsibly! Be educated. Make more informed decisions after drinking - and help your friends and family make them too.

Friday, November 16, 2007

T-shirt of the Week Has a Simple Message

DC T-Shirt

DC is a simple message for the complex city of Washington. DC stands for District of Columbia.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

T-shirt of the Week

The statement on the "It's not all about you" t-shirts is a reality check.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ask Republican Candidates about DC Voting Rights

DC Vote and DCTV are submitting videos to be considered for the CNN & YouTube Republican debate. Videotaping will be on Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, call Jaline Quinto at 202.462.6000 x19.

The debate will broadcast on November 28.

Monday, November 05, 2007

DC Voting Rights Rally on Wednesday

The following announcement is from DC Vote.

With Veterans' Day coming soon, DC Vote is asking veterans and their families to shine attention on the Senate's filibuster of the DC Voting Rights Act. The District of Columbia has lost daughters and sons in every American conflict, yet Washingtonians are denied representation in the Congress that sends our sons and daughters to war. Please help us make a strong statement by joining us this Wednesday at our Veterans for DC Voting Rights Rally and Lobby Day.

When: Wednesday, November 7, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Where: Outside the Dirksen Senate Building (1st Street and Constitution Avenue, NE)
Who: American veterans, their family, and other supporters of DC voting rights

After the public rally for DC voting rights, groups of veterans, joined by media, will visit the offices of filibustering Senators to personally express their opinion and seek a response.

If you are a veteran or know veterans supportive of DC Voting Rights, please join us on November 7. To help facilitate the rally and lobby events, please RSVP to Eugene D. Kinlow ( or 202.462.6000 x13) and let us know if you can come and indicate if you are a veteran.

Thanks for your support!
Eugene D. Kinlow,
Outreach Director

P.S. We encourage all veterans and their family and friends to wear attire showing their affiliation to the Armed Forces.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

T-shirt of the Week Calls for an End to Abortion

Our pro-life design is a red and white stop sign says "STOP Abortion". The image is on t-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel. We also offer gift items such as throw pillows, coasters, and keepsake boxes.

Stop Abortion Dark T-Shirt

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Shop Now and Avoid the Holiday Rush

Now is a great time to jump start your holiday shopping. Shop today and avoid rush shipping fees. You'll find gifts for all your loved ones at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

T-shirt of the Week is Anti-Slavery

Sadly, trafficking in human beings exists today. While some may deny the existence of modern day slavery, we must become 21st century abolitionists and bring awareness to this tragedy. Let us raise our voices to stop human trafficking.

Stop Human Trafficking Now White T-Shirt

Friday, October 12, 2007

T-shirt of the Week

Free DC Dark T-shirt
Our Free DC T-shirt was inspired by the March for DC Voting Rights earlier this year. During the rally, the leaders and the crowd shouted "Free DC!" at several points. For the unaware, residents of Washington DC pay federal income taxes, but do not have representation in Congress.

Abstract Art at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts

Gifts featuring abstract art are now available at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts. Our new, original designs include geometric patterns and colorful fractals on tile coasters, keepsake boxes, throw pillows, and bags.

Blue Flower Fractal Tile Box

Happy Holidays Fractal Tile Coaster

Monday, October 01, 2007

T-shirt of the Week

The Three Stars and Two Bars Black T-Shirt is the t-shirt of the week from Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

The 3 red stars and 2 red bars are inspired by Washington DC's flag. The flag itself was based on George Washington's family coat of arms.

Three Stars and Two Bars Black T-Shirt

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Wedding Party Gear

Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts now has wedding gear for the bride, the groom and the wedding attendants. Whether you want t-shirts for the bridesmaids or gifts for the entire bridal party, we have what you're looking for.

Bridesmaid Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt

Friday, August 31, 2007

Basement and Attics Closes Today

We've just learned that Basements and Attics, the Brookland furniture resale store, is closing today August 31. Today's hours are 11 am to 8 pm and many items will be on sale for at least 50% off. Basements and Attics is located at 12th and Jackson Streets NE near the Brookland Metro (Red Line).

Monday, August 27, 2007

I've Found the Butterflies

A few weeks ago I wrote about the absence of butterflies in Washington DC. Happily, I've found DC's butterflies at the US Botanic Gardens' Butterfly Garden. Visit the butterflies in side the USBG's National Garden, outside to the west of their conservatory at 100 Maryland Avenue SW from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts

Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts has a new line of maternity t-shirts. For the mom who is expecting her first child, we have My First Baby tshirts. Our Please Don't Touch shirts express the thought of the expecting mother who doesn't want folks touching her belly. Check out the rest of our Mom-To-Be Tees today.

My First Baby Maternity Dark T-Shirt

Twins Maternity T-Shirt

Vehicle Safety Video

This week's safety tip from the Metropolitan Police Department focuses on vehicle safety. On MPD's website you'll also find a link to this video on vehicle safety.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Life in the City: DC DMV

On Tuesday, I went to the Brentwood DMV in NE DC. If you need to go to the DC DMV, here are a few words of advice: Don't go to Brentwood. The facility is woefully undersized. We spent an hour in the line outside to enter the building. An hour. Outside. Standing up. In the mid-day heat. Once inside the building, it took another half-hour to transact our business.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Where have the Butterflies Gone?

Yesterday I saw a beautiful butterfly sitting on the orange petals of a flower. As this lovely, yellow and black creature flew away, I thought about how rarely I see butterflies around DC. I looked for butterflies as I went about the rest of my day. I saw none. Is anyone else seeing butterflies around here? Or I am the only one who is missing them?

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Disgraceful Behavior in the Name of Peace

On a radio broadcast I heard today, the widow of a soldier who fell in Iraq described her husband's funereal. She said that anti-war protesters showed up, but she was grateful to God that they decided not to protest. While I'm very much pro-peace, the thought of people protesting at a soldier's funereal is disgraceful and sickening. Protesting at a soldier's funereal is unpatriotic. How can Americans show so little respect for the people who have died to protect our freedom to protest and our many other freedoms. How could Americans how so little respect for a grieving family, for the wife who has lost her husband, and the small children who are now without a father. Such shameful behavior does not further the cause of peace.

Monday, June 18, 2007

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

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Father's Day is Sunday, June 17. There's still time to get Dad great gifts like our popular dark t-shirts, caps and white tees.

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Peace Sign Stickers and T-shirts

Share the desire for peace. Retro peace sign and the word peace appear together on bumper stickers, apparel and other items. You can spread the message of peace with this green and blue design as gifts on t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, bumper stickers, coasters, tote bags, and aprons. From Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

Peace is Patriotic Stickers and T-shirts

Get patriotic t-shirts and bumper stickers in time for the 4th of July. Celebrate Independence Day is style with great gear. Brought to you by Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Photos from the DC Voting Rights March

Here some photos from April's DC Voting Rights March from Freedom Plaza to the US Capitol.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Find Unique Gifts for Your Grad

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New Colors for Kids' T-shirts

Children's t-shirts now also come in red and black.

Plus Size T-shirts

Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts has added plus size t-shirts that start at size 16. Our new plus size scoop neck t-shirts come in white and black. Plus size V-neck tees also come in white and black.

Mother's Day is Sunday May 13

Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts reminds you there's still time to get Mom a gift for Mother's Day. Don't delay. Mother's Day is Sunday May 13.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Top 10 Places for Outdoor Recreation in DC

Rate your favorite DC parks and memorials

Friday, April 13, 2007

Reminder: Voting Rights March on Monday April 16

Here are details for the Voting Rights March from DC Vote:

2:30 PM - Gather at Freedom Plaza, 13th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Metro Center)
3:00 PM - March down Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
4:00 PM - Rally at Capitol Reflecting Pool, 3rd and Independence Avenue, NW (Federal Center SW)
6:00 PM - Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton invites all marchers to a "Push the Senate Reception" in Room 50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Constitution Avenue and First Street, NE). The reception will be cosponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT).

If you cannot march at 2:30 PM at Freedom Plaza, consider taking a few hours off work and come to the rally at the Reflecting Pool at 4:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

March for DC Voting Rights

March to end taxation without representation on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. from Freedom Plaza to the United States Capitol. Visit for more information. Join the march and help bring democracy to Washington DC.

Taxation Without Representation Ringer T-shirt

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Will the President veto democracy for DC?

In today's Washington Post an article announces that it's likely that President Bush will the DC vote bill. The proposed legislation would give DC residents a voting representation in Congress. I was talking a friend who doesn't live in the Washington DC area. Her question was why is DC still taxed without representation in 2007. So I gave her mini-lesson on DC history and the city's struggles over to the years to gain the rights that other federal tax-paying American citizens take for granted. She doesn't understand why lack of democracy hadn't been corrected prior to now. I explained to her that opponents usually will point to the US Constitution, however, I feel it's more about politics. Many Republicans want to keep DC residents from having a voting Congressperson to prevent the Democratic party from having another vote in the House.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cherry Blossom Festival

This year Washington DC hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 31 to April 15. Fortunately, the cherry blossoms are expected to be at peak bloom during the first week of the festival (April 1 to April 7). If you're going to see the blossoms for the first time, here's my advice: Take Metro. There won't be a parking space anywhere near the Tidal Basin and the sheer number of pedestrians will make traffic horrendous.

Now's a great time to buy cherry blossom t-shirts to wear to the festival.

Cherry Blossoms White T-Shirt

Monday, February 12, 2007

New: Red DC Flag T-shirts

Check our new red 3 Stars 2 Bars t-shirts. Both men's and women's t-shirts now come in red with a white design inspired by the DC flag. See other Washington DC t-shirts.

3 Stars 2 Bars Red T-Shirt

3 Stars 2 Bars Women's Red T-Shirt

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Go to Congress Day 2007 for DC Voting Rights

The following announcement is from DC Vote. (We provide this info. as a public service and we are not official partners of DC Vote.)

Join Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Tom Davis, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chairman Vincent Gray, and DC Vote for Congress Day 2007 on Thursday, February 15 from 8:30 AM - Noon. We will educate members of Congress and their staff on the DC Voting Rights Act and give them a reason to Act NOW!

Please RSVP to and forward this e-mail along to friends.

Congress Day 2007

Thursday, February 15 from 8:30 AM to Noon

8:30 AM - Continental breakfast
9:00 AM - Welcoming remarks from Mayor Fenty, Chairman Gray and others
9:30 AM-Noon - Visits with members of Congress and staff

Cannon House Office Building
Cannon Caucus Room (Room 345)
Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, SE

Allow extra time to get through security. Don't be deterred by the cold weather - hot coffee will be waiting for you!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lobby for DC Voting Rights on Congress Day 2007

Join DC Vote for Congress Day 2007 on Thursday, February 15 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

DC Vote is leading the coalition of more than 60 organizations working together to pass the DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 328). DC Vote will bring together its coalition, supporters, citizen activists, and members of the DC City Council and their constituents to walk the halls of Congress on February 15 for Congress Day 2007. Mayor Fenty and Chairman Gray will attend and several Councilmembers have agreed to turn out busloads of activists.

Be a part of the push to enact H.R. 328! Register for the event by sending an e-mail to

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Anti-War Protest Announcement From the Brookland Listserve

The following message is from Jim on the Brookland listserve:

A major march against the War in Iraq will take place this Sat., January 27 at 11AM.
Assemble near the National Museum of the American Indian (on the Mall,
c.3 blocks South and West of Union Station Metro). March around the
Capitol. Since we have no remaining war aims in Iraq (having proven
there are no WMD there, having removed SH), U.S. presence in Iraq will
be endless in the absence of protest.

And from us: If you can afford it, please donate to defray travel costs of attendees who don't live in DC. Here's the link. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Get Ready for Valentine's Day

Guys, of course you want to impress your lady for Valentine's Day, but you don't where to begin. Fortunately, a guide has been written just for you on creating a romantic evening for that special lady.

For a unique gift, check out these romantic gifts.


Explore DC: The Anacostia River

After years of neglect, the District government has now "discovered" the Anacostia River and its waterfront. Whether you've been enjoying this jewel for a long time or not doesn't matter. Go and enjoy the Anacostia. Get started by checking out the National Arboretum and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, two parks along the Anacostia's banks.

A is for Anacostia River Dark T-Shirt


DC Vote Has a Busy Year Ahead

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Congressman Tom Davis reintroduced the DC Voting on Tuesday, January 9, according to DC Vote. The organization is also planning a DC Freedom March to the Capitol. Let's end taxation without representation.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Words of FDR are timely reminder for Bush and the Nation

As President Bush, Congress and the nation consider a policy shift in Iraq, all would do well do remember the following quote from President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR said: "The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation."

FDR on Peace Sticker (Bumper)

Say No to More Troops in Iraq

DC for Democracy is sponsoring
"Say No to More Troops in Iraq"

A candlelight vigil in Lafayette Square to protest the President's call for more troops in Iraq. There will be some short speeches, a reading of the names of Iraq War casualties from the DC area, followed by the candlelight vigil.

When: Thursday, January 11, 2007
at 6:00 PM

Where: Lafayette Square, directly opposite the White House.

Directions: Lafayette Square is directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, a few blocks from the Farragut North metro on the Red Line and Farragut West metro on the Orange Line.

Disclaimer: Best of Washington T-shirts and Gifts is not affiliated with DC for Democracy and provides this information as a public service.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

On Becoming a DC Bus Rider

This week the Best of DC-mobile is in the shop. So we've become DC bus riders. We've found the experience exhausting. Today we had to ride six buses to get to three destinations.

DC Bus Rider Ash Grey T-Shirt

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year - New Look

Today's guest blogger is Tanya Simms who has given us
practical advice on home decor.

This is it! 2007 is the year that you'll tackle those around-the-house projects you've been putting off - starting with that room that you've walked away from over and over because you just didn't know where to begin. Here's a great place to begin ... start with the art!

Designers agree it is easier to design a room around a focal point - such as a fabulous painting - than to find a focal point for a room that has already been designed. If you have a piece of artwork you absolutely love - or have your eye on one - why not make your room reflect what you love about that painting?
Angel Wings by Lavarne Ross For instance, consider one of PPI's current best sellers, "Angel Wings." Put this beautiful painting in the most prominent place in your room, and then decorate around it. Pull a pale shade from the painting and put it on your walls. Look at the light and airy dresses in the painting and find sheer curtains to dress your windows that give the same feeling. If you're going as far as replacing furniture, look for something in a neutral shade - brown leather, dark woods or a soft gray or beige would look fabulous in this room. Accessorize your room with flowers, pillows, candles or a pretty vase, all in pale, pastel shades or white that blend with the colors in the image.
Wasn't that easy? Carry the same process over to your favorite painting. The key is to put the painting in the most prominent place in your room - the first place your eyes go when you enter the room. Then, use furniture, wall color, window treatments, throw rugs and other accessories to tie the look together and highlight your focal point. If you're still looking for inspiration, contact me to be I'll be happy to help you find the perfect painting and pull together a great look for your room.

If you would like assistance in making your art and frame selections, you can always call Tanya at (301) 322-1471. Personalized attention is just a phone call away. Or visit Tanya on-line at