The Dormify pop-up kiosk that, well, popped-up this weekend on Woodmont Plaza at Bethesda Row, aims to fill a tiny part of the vacuum of one-stop college dorm shopping in Bethesda.
In most cities, getting ready to move into your college dorm means going to Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and/or Walmart. All 3 big box stores are currently in dorm season with promotions and sales. Two out of the three have stores not that far away in south Rockville.
But we're told that we're supposed to drive less. Yet county politicians and planners have stymied big box retailers from coming to Bethesda, even though many of them have smaller-scale, urban store designs elsewhere in the country.
So shopping for dorm living requires a creative approach in Bethesda. You could find many things at stores like Strosniders, Bruce Variety or Bradley Party & Variety, Staples, CVS, Urban Country, Radio Shack (Westbard Avenue), etc. And you can drive to Montgomery Mall, as well as to the aforementioned big box stores further out the Pike.
Dormify specializes in decor, and seems to skew more towards female students (#SororityGirlProblems, glittery pillows, etc.). The kiosk does provide an easy way to pick up some dorm room decorations while dining or shopping at Bethesda Row. It's definitely worth checking out if you're a female student getting ready for campus living next month. They also have a website with a larger selection at Dormify.com.