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Old 08-10-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Hello gang

Will move to DC this Sunday for grad school. Will stay in the Crystal City area.

Couple of questions (about the Crystal City/DC area in general):

- i'm looking for a nice church (preferably non-denominational) that i could attend. I would love to find one that caters to a diverse mix of ethnicities, one where it wouldn't be too difficult to meet new people as well ..
- cheap haircuts; any places in DC that i should know of?
- cheap(est) grocery store where i could buy (healthy) food?
- a good (priced) 2nd hand clothing store?

And lastly, if there's anyone that reads this that is a new transplant to DC as well, i would love to hang out, so let me know if you'd like to get together.
Also, i apologize if these topics have been discussed before.

Alex
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Church: If you have a car, I LOVE Immanuel Bible Church off Edsall Rd. It's kinda in Annandale/Springfield/Alexandria. The young adult program is absolutely wonderful. I attended 3-4 churches in the area before I found them, and none of them compare. Within a couple weeks, I was plugged in to a small group and within a couple months I considered many people in the church friends. It's not terribly diverse, but I don't think anyone would stand out.

For hair cuts, when I lived in Crystal City I went to a little shop called "Color Touch Hair and Nails". It's just one girl who cuts hair, and she's super sweet. A hair cut is under $20. My husband doesn't like going to a place that does nails (he says it's too girly) so he goes to Super Cuts down route 1 in the barnes & noble/shoppers shopping center.

Grocery stores, you have your pick of Giant or Shoppers or Harris Teeter. I find HT more expensive, but they have more of the healthy stuff. There's a Whole Foods in Arlington, but I call them Whole Paycheck. I find Giant a nice middle ground.

For thrift stores, my all time favorite one is called Value Village off 193 in the College Park/Hyattsville area. It's huuuuuuuuge. There's also Unique, with a location in Fairfax and one downtown. Also big, although their prices are more. I believe they have discount days and frequent shopper cards and stuff though.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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thank you so much! ill take a note of all of those

whole paycheck- HA!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: DC
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I can't help you with the church or haircut (I like my place, but think they're pricey), but for food go to Shopper's in Potomac Yard. It's a big store, so you've got healthy and unhealthy, but their produce section is actually pretty good. If you want more gourmet/organic type stuff, look at Trader Joe's or what's on sale at Harris Teeter. Typically, I find stuff at Harris Teeter to be more expensive, but if you get their "card" and shop the sales it can be worthwhile.

For thrift stores, there's a big Goodwill on Glebe. I haven't been there, but a friend of mine loves it and gets some great buys.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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Welcome to the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia)!

Yes, Shoppers's Food is typically the best bet for your money. I get most of my groceries at Costco...there is a nice but very hectic one at Pentagon City. Grand Mart, an asian chain, is also a popular choice. My favorite thrift store is the Salvation Army Thrift store on Little River Turnpike.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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thanks a lot guys..

one thing i need to vent on...ive been mostly in the Foggy Bottom area for a week now..and wow...the women here are a big dissapointment..at least in terms of looks...very plain, no makeup, horrible fashion sense...

almost a week in, haven't seen ONE hot woman to make me go WOWWWW
what gives?? am i a gay maybe?
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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almost a week in, haven't seen ONE hot woman to make me go WOWWWW
what gives?? am i a gay maybe?
guess so, congrats!
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