This Saturday, the artists at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk will be hosting a Small Business Saturday event from 9:00 am -9:00 pm. From the event page on Facebook:
*Stitch & Rivet will be open 10-6 promoting a variety of local handmade items great for unique gifts!
*Maroulla Sculpture will be open 9-7 promoting a line of miniature sculptures in bronze & marble + a line of one of a kind artistic jewelery creations as special gift items!
*Rachel Pfeffer Designs will be open 10-5 promoting handmade jewelery for your special someone!
*Black Lab will be open 9-5 promoting discounts on photo-based digital prints and books!
*Center for Byzantine Material Arts will be open 10-4
*Latela DC will be open 10-9 promoting 20% off on select artworks including paintings and photography prints, local handmade soaps, and art books + hosting a pop-up of select artists who will be creating throughout the day on #SmallBusinessSaturday along with bins of vinyl records $1-$3 each!
We thought readers would like a heads up about one of Brookland’s holiday traditions, the Annual “Celebration of Lights” on Sunday, December 13th. From 5:00–8:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. The trolley tours will depart from the Mekiti Group Plaza at 3401 8th Street NE. Hang around after the tour to enjoy snacks donated from our local restaurants.
One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we thought their Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events would be of interest to readers since it’s not too far and sounds like a lot of fun! Here are some details and sure to check out the Facebook event page for more info.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means… Community Forklift’s Green Friday and Small Business Saturday Weekend Extravaganza!
We hate Black Friday – the commercialism, the cost, and the unhappy crowds.
Lets Celebrate Community Instead!
Every year, Community Forklift adds a fresh twist to the drudgery of Black Friday and the holiday scramble by celebrating green, local, and small businesses, as well as teaching folks how to make their own unique gifts and holiday decorations.
Dates: Friday, November 27th & Saturday, November 28th
Times: 11am-4pm each day
There will be:
Live music both days
Free Gift-Making Workshops
Craft Area For Kids
Pictures With Santa
Local Artists selling their crafts
Community Forklift is about a 15 minute drive to 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781.
To say beer loving Brooklanders have been eagerly awaiting Right Proper Brewing Company‘s opening is a huge understatement. We recently learned from this Washington Post story that Right Proper received the go-ahead to brew on Thursday and plans to have at least five beers on tap when they open their doors on December 3rd.
According to the WaPo story, the tasting room will eventually serve up to 12 beers on tap, tasting flights, growler fill ups, and in the future offer charcuterie and other foods. There are also plans for a front patio with tables, bike racks, and planters. We can’t wait!
Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard St. NE.
The Woodridge Warriors organization has been providing youth sports, mentoring and tutoring since 1963. We recently learned that the Woodridge Warriors “Pee-Wee” football team advanced to the American Youth Football National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida! Financing this trip will take an all hands on deck on effort and the Warriors are seeking community support. Check out their Go Fund Me Page here. The AYF National Championship is December 5th thru December 13th, 2015, so time is of the essence. Wishing the Warriors the best of luck in representing DC in the championships!
Serenity Place DC opened over a year ago on Rhode Island Ave NE with the mission of being a “yoga and wellness center for all ages, bodies, genders, races, shapes, and sizes.” We were saddened to learn that this small business will be closing up shop soon. From an email from Crystal, studio owner:
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, my heart is full of gratitude for our little yoga community. It has been my pleasure to open Serenity Place DC and create a space for our community to practice yoga, health and mindfulness. For this reason, it is with a heavy heart that I inform the Serenity Place DC family that we will be closing our doors on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
I have poured all of my energy, time, and money into running and teaching at Serenity Place DC for the last year and a half. Despite giving it my all and recruiting an amazing team, we still couldn’t make the studio financially viable over the long term….I am so proud of the wonderful yoga community we built in Ward 5 and trust that this is just the beginning.
Back in October we wrote about an upcoming Zoning Commission hearing of the Planned Unit Development for the proposed townhomes on the Holy Redeemer College property. We recently learned from this story in the Washington Post that the Zoning Commission was less than pleased with the design and told the developer, Madison Homes, to return with a new design. From the WaPo story:
“This is really not good,” said Commissioner Peter May at the hearing. “The architecture of it and the design of it feels cheap.”
May was also expressed concern about the 14-foot width of the townhouses. In addition to making for a narrow living experience, he said, the width would have necessitated more depth, and a larger overall footprint that May said he fears would overpower the Holy Redeemer building, which is seeking historic designation.
“I think you could get a reasonable development on this excess land, maybe with a multifamily building,” May said. “I cannot see that townhouses are the right solution. If the project does go forward as townhouses, the number has to be significantly reduced.”
Commissioner Marcia Cohen expressed ambivalence about the plan, but said that the narrow width may lead to a more affordable product.
The article says that the developer plans to return with an updated plan. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Contributing to St. Anthony’s food drive is a great way to help those less fortunate than you this Thanksgiving. In addition to regular distribution from their food pantry, they will also be preparing Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. From Michael Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony School:
St. Anthony Catholic School is hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. The drive begins on Monday, November 16 and “ends” on Monday, November 23. You are also invited to the blessing of the food and a Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:15 AM in the church.
Donations can be dropped off at the school, 3400 12th Street, NE (across from the Brookland Post Office) beginning today (Monday 11/16).
Earlier this month we wrote about Providence Uncorked, a great annual event that combines fund raising and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink. Providence is the hospital nearest to Brookland and is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable, and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.