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Welcome to the Racked 38, our list of Washington's most essential stores. It'd be impossible to sum up the city's entire shopping scene, but this is our rough guide—a north-to-south round-up of the places worth browsing, whether you're a tourist or a Beltway lifer. We've included our favorite neighborhood gems, a few new flagship designer shops, the highest of the local high-end luxury stores, and some spots to score a bargain.
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