With historic Victorian homes, tree-lined streets, and shady parks, Kensington doesn't feel all that removed from its late 19th-century roots, when it was created as a haven from the Washington summer heat. In recent years, an influx of interior design studios, clothing boutiques, spas and restaurants has been changing the image of the town of roughly 2,200 residents. Since 2013, several new retailers have opened in the town and just outside of its borders in an area once dominated by auto repair shops. Now, mixed among the timeworn furniture and collectibles of Antique Row, there is a coffee shop, a studio for art and design classes, and a mid-century modern furniture retailer. And recent arrivals are creating a dining scene for people who want to stay close to home, adding to the appeal of this small community.

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Updated: 20th March, 2023 9:09 PM (UTC).