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Adams Morgan Restaurants Perking Up Winter

By Lisa Duperier*

Adams Morgan Main Street has recently installed “green” Winter Wonderland displays in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark which feature recycled designer creations of used paper, trash clippings and eco-friendly products. Re-adapted Winter Wonderland displays are decorating the windows of a number of neighborhood restaurants to highlight sustainability issues. Among those hosting these “green” displays are Black Squirrel, La Fourchette, Napoleon Bistro, Savour, and The Grill from Ipanema.

Adams Morgan Main Street approached the Embassy to recycle Denmark’s displays which honored the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. The designers eagerly accepted the re-use idea and worked with Main Street volunteers to create the local business displays.

Omar Popal, of Napoleon Bistro, whose window display is shown here, says he hopes the “upscale decorations will bring some extra attention and traffic during this slow time.” The eco-friendly display is totally green; comprised of solar LED lights, soy candles, recycled and seed-infused paper, cradle-to-cradle approved fabrics, and non-VOC paint. Designers created paper rose garlands from coffee filters, used newspapers and magazines and materials from recycle bins.

* Lisa Duperier is President of the AdamsMorgan MainStreet Group which, among other undertakings, organizes and puts on the annual Adams Morgan Day Festival.. Persons interested in volunteering or wanting to obtain information about their work can call (202) 232-1960 or visit www.AdamsMorganNOW.com.