I've been shopping at this wholesaler for nearly 15 years. My personal opinion is that It's THE BEST place to get those all important pieces of jewelry and accessories an entertainer needs. You must have a wholesale license, BUT if you go in with a friend who does and chat up the owner / or sales person. They will usually remember you when you return by yourself. That's how I started and have brought many a friend to buy GREAT PRICED items. The staff is SUPER helpful and extremely friendly. They will often go looking for special items to show you if you ask them for something that's not out. I can't say enough GREAT things about this place. Only wish they were open on Sundays..lol. They are located about 6 stores down from the 1st shop. When you turn RIGHT off New York Ave into the farmers market. They are immediately on your LEFT side. It's a 1 way street, so don't make the mistake of thinking you can just turn around and go back up the same way. Parking us usually pretty good. I've found the BEST TIME to shop is around 10 am ish. Don't go 1st thing in the a.m, as the rest of the wholesalers are getting deliveries and such. They also carry more than JUST FABULOUS rhinestone jewelry. The have EVERYTHING from earrings, necklaces (*the sets are stunning!), they carry lapel pins, broaches, scarfs, ties sets, hats, gloves, sun glasses, religious items also. Almost ANYTHING you might be looking for they have. *exception no luggage or perfumes. On a side note....I'm not sure of the name of this store, BUT There is also a GREAT place to get tights down the same block, same side. It's the 2nd to last store on that short block..This store also has amazing items GALORE! Happy Shopping and if you are extremely nice to the owners of Song Nam Young, they have often given me a lovely discount because I'm ALWAYS there and have spent $$$$. When they see a customer who's an entertainer and have bought there before, they REALLY are especially happy to help you out personally with anything you need. Happy Shopping and I hope that more people will leave there reviews now. Cheers Blair Michaels formally from Washington, D.C Now in Buffalo, NY!
This place is an institution in Foggy Bottom so I'm surprised to be the first one reviewing it. We go to the Magic Gourd fairly regularly and the food is consistently good. Portion sizes are generous and the drinks are too. Part of the appeal is the cheers bar like atmosphere where the wait staff are friendly and remember what you like to eat and drink. The pan fried dumplings are a favorite as an appetizer and you can't go wrong with any of the entrees. Wasn't a huge fan of the dan dan noodles - way too much skippy p-nut butter taste but everything else has been very good. Prices reasonable too. Lots of State Dept and WHO workers hang in the bar area but no problem with that - adds to the fun of the place. Other times it can be very quiet.
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