Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Lululemon summons strong feelings within the yoga-obsessed population. People love it, hate it, or love-to-hate the company. Summit to Soul is the independent retail alternative for yogis in the D.C. area. The store is set up like an apparel boutique but has the heart of a fitness store. Owner Kimberly Wattrick has an eye for high-quality items that are sustainably sourced and eco-friendly, including sports bras, yoga pants, and outerwear. She also hosts fitness events such as weekly runs that start at the store and go throughout Capitol Hill. Wattrick’s vision goes beyond simply being a place to shop before brunch. Her brand’s approach is friendly, encouraging, and open to people of different fitness levels. And that’s a breath of fresh air.