Join A FREE HAND CO. for WOMEN + DENIM: a fund-raising shopping party + jeans drive! We’ll be at A Creative DC: Brookland with bottles of bubbly on hand and local retailers and makers featuring products from jewelry to apothecary goods to vintage clothing. All retailers will be donating 10% of their sales from the event to N Street Village, a DC-based organization that provides empowerment and support for homeless women with housing and on-site mental and physical wellness programs throughout the city.
When: Sunday, February 19th • 11am-5pm Where: A Creative DC: Brookland | Wild Hand Workspace • 716 Monroe St NE, Studio 8, Washington, DC, 20017 What: A shopping party + jeans drive to benefit N Street Village! Grab your besties and stop by for bubbly wine and lots of beautiful goods from local retailers + makers. What to bring: $10 suggested donation and/or a pair of plus size jeans that meet the following specifications:
– Sizes 16+
– No rips or tears
– Working button/zipper
– New or used in good condition
Ever been interested in attending an event where you express your artistic side and drink your favorite adult beverage at the same time? Here is an event for you then:
Grab your art supplies and join DC Drink & Draw and LATELA for three open life drawing sessions this Fall! Use your favorite media to work from the model during a mix of short and longer poses.
All events are BYOB. We’ll have cups and ice on hand for for sharing and keeping things cool.
The remaining sessions in the series are Thursday, November 17th 7:00 – 9:30 PM (coincides with Third Thursday on the Arts Walk) and Tuesday, December 6th 7:00-9:30 PM. Sessions are $17 with pre-registration, which you can do here. Latela Art Gallery is located on the Arts Walk (716 Monroe Street NE) at Studio #27
Back in July we posted that a stand alone Starbucks would be taking up a retail space at Monroe Street Market. In early September, ABRA granted the store their liquor liquor license, which states that the location “offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats.” We follow the development team doing the build out of the Starbucks and recently learned through the tweet below that the store will open this coming Friday November 11th. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, since there was such a split in the neighborhood over whether another coffee venue in the development made sense. I suspect it will be successful, people love their Starbucks.
One of the worst kept secrets about the retail space at Monroe Street Market in recent months has been an anticipated Starbucks Cafe. Now it appears that plans are moving forward for the location with the application under the Trade Name Starbucks Coffee for a Class D (beer and wine) license. According to the ABRA notice, the application is for “A coffee shop that offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats”. Unless there are protests it looks like the license would be granted by late August. However, we popped over to the location yesterday and it looks like the store build out has not begun yet.
Frankly, with the coffee counter in Busboys and Poets, the Starbucks within Barnes and Noble (both across the street) and the Filter coffee shop less than two blocks away, we find the move a bit of a head-scratcher. But, I don’t doubt it will be a popular destination nonetheless. We will keep an eye out for any progress, like an opening date.
The location of the future Starbucks is 655 Michigan Avenue, N.E, which is the ground-level retail space at the rounded end of the Portland Flats building (across from Busboys and Poets.)
Third Thursday at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk is a great time to get out into the neighborhood and enjoy the summer nights. This month’s event will take place on Thursday June 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will feature live music, open studios and a beer garden. In addition to the open art studios, don’t forget to check out the following specials:
15% off coffee or tea beverages at Filter Coffeehouse
10% off any part, accessory or apparel item at the Bike Rack
10% off any purchase at Wardman Wine
15% off purchases of general reading or $1.00 tall coffee at Barnes and Noble
10% off your tab at Brookland Pint
$1.00 off a beer at Brookland Pint’s beer Garden
Check out the Facebook event page for more information. The Arts Walk is located at 701 Monroe Street, NE.
Great news neighbors, Art on 8th returns with free music, dance, and arts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of September, brought to you by Dance Place. Check out this video about Arts on 8th:
Every Thursday, from May 5 to September 29, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Arts on 8th live music performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week. Each performance will feature a new group. In the event of rain, music will be moved into the Artist Lounge on the Arts Walk. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St NE.
Every Friday, from May 6 to September 30, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Arts on 8th interactive dance performances. These events will take place at O’Connell Plaza located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street or in front of Busboys and Poets. Rain location will be inside Busboys and Poets.
Every Saturday, through September 24th, 1:30 pm: Get Creative workshops in arts & crafts, movement & gardening
at Dance Place, located at 3225 8th St NE.
Readers may remember our blog post about Brookland Yoga, a new “floating” yoga studio that launched recently. We thought neighborhood Yogis would be interested in knowing that Brookland Yoga has partnered with LATELA to provide yoga classes at the Arts Walk farmer’s market every Saturday starting April 23 through November 12th, at 9:00 am. From the event page:
Join us for a 45 minute awakening slow flow yoga class on Saturdays at the Brookland Farmer’s Market. Stay after class to get some yummy local produce and coffee and chat with your neighbors.
We will begin with a flow, holding our poses for several breaths to create heat in the body, then move into strengthening, and finally into restorative yoga postures to calm the nervous system and rejuvenate the body and the mind. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat.
Classes are held underneath the arts walk sign on the Monroe Street Market, next to the Brookland-CUA metro bridge just outside of the LATELA store front.
Sign up for the classes here. Check out the Brookland Yoga website here. LATELA is a creative platform that combines art and yoga for positive community growth, and they have an artists studio on the Arts Walk. Check out LATELA’s site here.
PS – if you can’t make the Saturday class, check out Brookland Yoga’s Beer and Yoga class at Right Proper Brewery on Mondays.
We thought readers would like to know that local healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa, has closed. As you can see from the picture, the windows have been papered-over and there is simply a sign saying “closed, sorry for inconvenience”. A posting on their Facebook page (below) indicates that there were ‘facility issues’ and that they are hoping to relocate. We wish the owners and staff the best and we will let you know when we hear anything new. Hälsa was located at 655 Michigan Ave NE in the Monroe Street Market development.
We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am -2:00 PM. The market will occur every Saturday through December and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE. Check out the Tweet below announcing the start date, and their new name and logo.