About us

Entering As Kindred Spirits you feel an oasis of the extraordinary, a place where the artist’s spirit is palpable in the objects you touch and the atmosphere you breathe.

That feeling you catch when you walk into As Kindred Spirits is rooted in the spiritual journey of the owner, Rukmini Walker, and her husband, Geoff. Who, after being vegetarians, living in India and managing yoga ashrams for over 20 years, she decided to put her spiritual ethics to work as a social entrepreneur.

Her first venture was a small kiosk in the now defunct Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado. After moving to Maryland in 1994, she opened the first store at Congressional Plaza in Rockville, followed by a second location at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

The As Kindred Spirits ideal is that truth and beauty need to coexist in the world “as kindred spirits.” Therefore, funds generated by offering beautiful objets d’arte go to support environmental, fair trade, interfaith, and women’s initiatives in the United States and developing countries.

Through the years our staff has grown to an inter-generational community of over thirty fascinating women with multifarious talents. As your “Kindred Spirits,” we love to share with you our passion for the creative process; to make you smile with the gift of form and texture, of vibrant color and great design, of light and laughter.

Our Loyal Kindred Spirits Share:

Thanks to our loyal customers!

My wife would rather receive a box from As Kindred Spirits than from Tiffany’s. 
I can always find something for my wife that she will love at As Kindred Spirits without any problem.
– Nathan

I wouldn’t have any place to go if As Kindred Spirits didn’t exist. You always have the perfect gift!
– Amanda

It is my absolute favorite store. It’s great for one stop shopping, its has a great environment of people and music and I can always guarantee that my friends or family will love whatever I choose!
– Stephanie

I was taken with all of the exquisite jewelry, clothing and gifts. I absolutely love the scarf and sweater top that I bought for they are truly unique!