safewayMoving somewhere new requires some adjustment, not the least of which is finding new places to replace the ones you may have taken for granted at home. Some of the things you’re used to being right at your fingertips (your post office, your dry cleaner) will have to be rediscovered and re-chosen. So save yourself some of the tedious trial-and-error by taking a look at this guide to services in Georgetown. Whether it’s your favorite cashmere sweater or the suit for your internship on the Hill, there are some clothes that just can’t be cleaned for $1.25 in your dorm’s laundry machine. Located on 35th Street between O and N, Georgetown Dry Cleaners is a relatively inexpensive and fast dry cleaning service. They also do alterations, have a regular laundry service and are open early in the morning (7:30 a.m. on weekdays), making it easy to drop off clothes before class. And just so you know, right next door is a combination cobbler (for your cobblestone-wrecked heels) and locksmith.

Perhaps, at least for girls, one of the biggest signs that you’ve fully moved away from home is that you’re seeking out a new hairdresser. Fortunately, the Georgetown area presents a wide range of options. For an organic experience, try Aveda on Wisconsin Avenue. Though pricey (a woman’s haircut starts at $75), their products are made from all natural plant extracts, causing minimal damage to your hair. A full-service salon, they also offer manicures, pedicures, waxing and a variety of skin treatments. A cheaper, though no less stylish option, is the unisex Bubbles Salon in both D.C. and at the Pentagon City Mall. A popular option for guys (well, it’s the cheapest within walking distance at $20 for a basic cut) is Georgetown Hair Styling on 35th Street. Need a break, girls? There are several nail and waxing salons on M Street (Annie Nails, right next to Barney’s Co-Op) and Wisconsin Avenue (Diva Nails, next to Zara, and Kim’s Nails, near Bank of America) that are cheap (under $30 for a pedicure or manicure) and fast. They also cater to walk-ins.

Our local grocery store, Vital Vittles, is great for snacks and basics, but if you’re looking for variety, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. Grocery megastore Safeway is just up Wisconsin Avenue.

It’s easy to get to by taking the Wisconsin Avenue GUTS bus, but if you’re feeling particularly lethargic, delivers right to your dorm and delivery is free with your first order. For those of you who like your food more organic, there’s a Whole Foods up the road from Safeway. You can also stop by there for pre-made foods. For the more gourmet palate there’s Dean and Deluca on M Street. From artisan cheese to delectable desserts to organic salsa, Dean and Deluca is a food lover’s dream. But be prepared to plunk down a healthy amount of cash for your not-sohealthy indulgences.

Need to mail something home? For all your shipping needs (during move-out especially) visit the UPS Store on 37th Street, between O and P, right next to Poulton Hall. From boxes to bubble wrap to any size envelope you can imagine, they have it all — and for an added fee will even pack your box for you. The closest post office is on 31st between M and N Streets.

At any given time, the average student may require the services of a Kinko’s. Luckily, there are two right by campus — one located right on M Street and another on N — both open 24 hours. For color printing, photo printing, faxes and copies, head here. Kinko’s also does specialty printing (which can come in handy for class projects), prints invitations and just about anything else paper-related.

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