Shop Local in Dupont Circle!

Support locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday! The District’s Shop Small campaign has made available a full listing of small businesses in the District.

Here are some businesses we love in Dupont. Let us know who your favorite local retailers are and what you love about them. We will add them to our list of recommendations from DCCA members. 

Chocolate House (formerly CoCoVa)

1904 18th Street, NW


Do not walk past the below-grade entrance to this top-shelf shop, for within are piled high artisanal chocolates and choice confections from the world over. Whether you prefer Earl Grey tea in your chocolate bar or a touch of lavendar, it can be yours. Should you be unable to choose, Chocolate House chocolatiers will assist you in custom building your own truffle box for that decadent chocolate lover (you?).

Glen's Garden Market

2001 S Street, NW

Open 10-10 daily

It may be foodie heaven but you also shop responsibly when you shop at Glen's. "Sourcing from small mindful farmers, ranchers and artisans reduces harmful agricultural production impacts on our region's air, land and water." Not only that, but it all tastes good. Deli, produce, condiments, crackers, pastas, cheeses and an array of brews. Even many of the cosmetics are comestible. Don’t chow down on the charming tea towels though.

Hana Japanese Market
2000 17th Street, NW 

DC’s only Japanese market is in Dupont. Arigato! Seaweed, mochi, pickled plum, fresh vegetables, frozen and prepared food, and a wide variety of hard-to-find Japanese essentials:  rice, soy sauces, teas, snacks and candies.

Picasso Gallery Custom Framing

1709 17th Street, NW


We all have something we've been meaning to get framed. Come to think of it, wouldn't that make the perfect present for one of those hard-to-gift people on your list? Picasso's work is always museum quality and they will create a custom solution for your framing needs. Stop by with your item to get the full picture.  

Proper Topper

1350 Connecticut Ave, NW

202 842-3055

One block off the Circle, Proper Topper is nestled in the heart of Dupont and in the hearts of its customers. This little store is one of those places you have to see to believe all the downright usefulness and good taste on display:  luscious sweaters just off the boat from Ireland, Dupont Circle games, jewelry, books, and especially the HATS!  At a loss for a gift for your weekend host, another new baby, or your snooty niece? Stay calm and proceed to Proper Topper. Once your mission is accomplished, reward yourself with a new hat!

Second Story Books
2000 P Street NW

(202) 659-8884

Open 10-10 daily

One of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world, Second Story Books is homegrown in Dupont. With a second store in Rockville, the business now houses over a million books in all categories as well as collectible manuscripts, maps, ephemera, prints and posters. Second Story also does accredited appraisals, handles high end consignments, and consults on book repairs and rebindings. A unique full-service store where you never know what you will find. Browser!

House Tour Preview: A Patterned Masonry Quintuplet on Corcoran

Written by homeowner Wesley Hacker

As you make your way to this house on Corcoran Street, notice the uniqueness of the ginkgo tree and red brick sidewalk lined block: it is one-way in the opposite direction of the rest of Corcoran and with parking on one side only. Traffic was reversed on the block in the 1980s because police would hang out at the McDonald’s on the corner of 17th and scream down Corcoran with lights and sirens blaring when they got a call. To eliminate this nuisance, residents successfully petitioned to reverse the traffic flow. A hundred years earlier Boss Shepherd lowered the street to improve traffic flow. Retaining walls in front of the homes on the block mark the original street level.

The house you are visiting is the fifth in a row of Patterned Masonry Queen Anne quintuplets built in 1883. The five homes were designed by architect Charles Cole for original owner David A. Windsor for $3000 apiece. Windsor owned a successful brick manufacturing business in DC supplying bricks for many DC homes and government buildings. As you approach, notice the gingerbread gable pediments at the roof peak and the patterned brick arches above the door and windows. Also notice the original stained glass transom windows above the main floor windows. Take another look when you get inside as the colors are more vibrant from the interior.

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48th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour


On behalf of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, we thank the Sponsors, homeowners, volunteers, advertisers and attendees of the 48th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour!!!

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Fight Graffiti Vandalism and Keep our Dupont Neighborhood Beautiful

Graffiti vandalism is a major problem in our Dupont neighborhood and the District of Columbia. If not removed, graffiti is a visual blight; reduces property values; increases criminal activity and gives the impression to residents, businesses and visitors that we do not care about our neighborhood.  Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life for everyone in our neighborhood.  The best way to fight graffiti vandalism is prompt removal and, if needed, continual prompt removal. 

The DC government will remove or paint over graffiti vandalism on public space or private property.  Simply call 311 and provide a specific address.  To clean private property, the building owner’s permission is required before cleaning.  311 can provide the required private property permission formThe signed form must be faxed to (202) 645-5392.

Graffiti includes paint, gummed labels and pasted paper.

If you have any questions or want experienced graffiti fighting neighbors to help remove or paint over graffiti vandalism or want to help DCCA fight this neighborhood blight, please call Phil Carney at 202-462-2776.

Upcoming events

30 Nov 2015 6:00 PM • Carnegie Institution for Science 1530 P Street, NW
06 Dec 2015 10:00 AM • St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 1830 Connecticut Ave, NW
06 Dec 2015 3:00 PM • Church of the Holy City, 1611-16th St. NW
07 Dec 2015 7:30 PM • National League of American Pen Women - 1300 17th Street, NW
04 Jan 2016 7:30 PM • TBD
01 Feb 2016 7:30 PM • TBD

Volunteers Needed to Maintain Neighborhood Parks

Supporting Our Community

DCCA Community Grant Applications
DCCA makes grants from funds raised by the annual House Tour for the activities and projects of local organizations that further DCCA’s mission. Examples of recent DCCA grants include those to neighborhood organizations that serve individuals who are homeless or have mental illness, such as Charlie’s Place and Green Door, grants for programs and events to Dupont Circle Village and Dupont Festival, and a grant to the Ross Elementary School PTA for playground equipment.
DCCA’s Community Grants Policy and Grant Application Form are now available on the DCCA website. Applications for grants to support an organization’s ongoing activities are due by December 1st for consideration for funding at the Board of Director’s meeting in January.  Organizations may also submit grant applications for one-time events or needs throughout the year. The Board will act on such applications on a rolling basis, with decisions typically provided within two months.

DCCA membership is open to residents, businesses and supporters of the Dupont Circle neighborhood

according to the Association's Bylaws. Benefits include discounts from Preferred Merchants, community

service events and social get-togethers!


Returning members, please click log into your profile above with your email address and password.

New members (or if you have not created a membership profile), please click here to join.

To join or renew by mail, please download our 2016 Membership Application Form and mail it to:

DCCA, 9 Dupont Circle, NW 20036.

Founded in 1922 in a townhouse at 1767 P Street, to promote and protect the interests of the residents, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is the premier civic and residential organization in the Dupont Circle area.

DCCA brings neighbors, including residents, businesses and non-profit organizations, together to improve the quality of life in an active and diverse urban neighborhood. It holds membership meetings 9 times each year, which are open to the public, runs the Dupont Circle House Tour, resolves neighborhood issues through its committees, donates to local causes, and incubates innovative projects.

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