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Pop-Up Shop Phenom Reaches 18th Street in Adams Morgan

By Jose Sueiro*

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Adams Morgan Main Street organized the Very Cherry Pop-Up Shop to highlight retail and local artists. In a partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Main Street has created a spontaneous urban shop and exhibit venue where visitors and locals can find unique items. Elements include all original, hand-made artisan products under one roof at 2421 18th Street, NW. Having opened on March 27, the shop will conclude its 21-day and evening run on April 16.

According to Lisa Duperier, Main Street’s president, “There is lots of diversity in both the offerings and vendors with works and gifts in all sizes and prices, including known and unknown local artists from Adams Morgan and DC.” Examples include sculpture, jewelry, green and baby items, plus photography and decoupage and more.

The shop hosts a fascinating diversity of artists from many different ethnic backgrounds and perspectives, plus a special “green” focus on artists utilizing organic or recycled materials.

At the opening, a traditional Japanese Shishi Dog entertained for good luck along with a popular and colorful Kabuki dance troupe, complemented by an origami demonstration and decorative Kimonos. As Main Street Executive Director Janet Lugo-Tafur recently stated, “We are proud of the focus on nearby neighborhood and local DC artisans, and that everything is made directly by the artist.” The shop rotates its offerings as different themes, artisans and activities are highlighted, as well as related local businesses.

Patrons can shop numerous unique items for family, friends, colleagues and kids for everything from wearable art, accessories, jewelry, to fine art, paintings, photography, pottery, and sculpture. Local businesses are hosting demos and tastings. Planet Pet offered Fun Animal Trivia with gift certificates and Casa Oaxaca hosted a mole tasting. PN Hoffman donated the space and Duplex did promo banners and cards. Little Shop of Flowers and Violet Boutique were featured on opening day in late March.

Activities for kids include storytelling and hula hoping, as well as original kids clothes and other items from several artisans such as Soyina George’s Yinibini. More activities are planned and all the artists are featured on the shop’s website, www.admopopupshop.com.

There is still time to sample unique retail and art finds at this spontaneous shop which has temporarily activated a vacant retail space. The shop is open from 12 noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, on Friday and Saturday.

* Jose Sueiro, whose website (www.MetroDiversity.com) covers DC “from a different perscpective,” has lived in Adams Morgan for over 30 years. From 1976 to 1989 he was publisher of El Latino Spanish language community newspaper and from 1990 to 1999 was publisher of La Nación Spanish language weekly newspaper.

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