From Joey Gavrilovich. Follow him on Twitter @joeygDC, email him at joey[AT]borderstan.com
Martha’s Outfitters at 2114 14th Street NW has been a staple of the 14th and U corridor. It is a destination for young professionals, hipsters, families, and active ‘thrifters’ in the area to discover brand name clothing and vintage finds at budget-conscious prices.
With a new neighborhood thrift store in historic Anacostia, Martha’s Table is expanding its presence east of the river. The second location is located just up the block from the iconic Big Chair at 2204 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
“We are thrilled to have found a location in historic Anacostia.” says Patty Stonesifer, CEO of Martha’s Table, who is based at the 14th Street NW location. “There is wonderful community energy and opportunity for us to continue to serve the residents of Ward 8.”
Nikki Peele, Founder of Eat Shop Live Anacostia, and Director of Marketing & Business Development for ARCH Development Corporation, agrees. “Martha’s Outfitters will fit perfectly into the fabric of what is fast becoming a destination station for visitors on both sides of the Anacostia River.” says Peele.
Revenue from Martha’s Outfitters fuels Martha’s Table’s food and education programs. Both locations welcome clothing donations to help maintain racks and shelves filled with clothing, housewares, lamps, mirrors, and small furnishings.
For now, donations can be dropped off at Martha’s Outfitters at 2114 14th Street NW, Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 am to noon.
From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.
Borderstan is sorrounded by fashion and fashionistas up, down and all around. Here we showcase their style.
Fashion Friday: Street Style showcases fashionable people in Borderstan. After I photograph them, I ask them what they were thinking when they got dressed.
This is Sidney. I met him while shopping around Martha’s Outfitters one spring day. When I asked him what inspired his style, he told me:
“I like the 30s and the 40s. Thats how I dress.”
From Alejandra Owens
Sunday Clothing Swap for Martha’s Outfitters
Martha’s Outfitters at 2114 14th Street is a community thrift store where all the proceeds go toward supporting Martha’s Table, which serves meals to those in need as well as running youth programs. On Sunday the Proper Topper (a favorite boutique) is holding a clothing swap from noon to 4 pm in their Georgetown sister store. Whatever items are left will be donated to Martha’s Outfitters. Those who clean out their closets will be rewarded with discounted Winter accessories!
Readers Say Rhee Won’t Stay
Our Borderstan poll of the week asked, Will Michelle Rhee remain as DC Schools Chancellor? Voters said she won’t be around under a new mayor: 78% said she will leave. More specifically, 66% want Rhee to stay but think she will leave… 12% said that Rhee will be leave and that’s just fine with them… 21% think Rhee will stay and that will be make them happy… while 1% want Rhee gone but think she will end up staying on as DC Schools Chancellor.
Find Us at the 17th Street Festival
This is going to be a fun weekend! Yes, we’re facing another heatwave (hopefully the last), but don’t stay inside. Borderstan will be at the 17th Street Festival partying it up with bands, our favorite shop owners and of course, our pets. Look for our table.
Battle Between Food Truck and Restaurants
Be sure to read Washington City Paper’s Inside D.C.’s Food-Truck Wars, which examines what’s going on in DC between the proprietors of food trucks and traditional “brick and mortar” food establishments. The new trucks popping up in town are great for consumers, but tough on the owners of certain types of eateries.
The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy serves up more opinions that make many Washingtonians… crazy? He ponders why so many think Vincent Vincent Gray would fail? (Read the comments if you dare.) See Borderstan post on his first column on the subject of Fenty’s defeat: Courtland Milloy: “Get Off My Lawn.”
DC Central Kitchen’s Vans Are Vandalized
TBD.com reported that several of DC Central Kitchen’s vans were spray painted with red paint X-ing out their logos and a number of them suffered smashed mirrors and windows. A gathering of devoted Twitterati raised the fundraising bat-signal and by close of business several were calling for matches to donations and a few even doubled their money. DC Central Kitchen reported via Twitter Thursday morning that 24 hours had yielded $2,400 in donations. Another great showing by residents to bolster the community!
Hispanic Business Ownership Surges in DC
Washington Business Journal reports a 54% surge in Hispanic business ownership in the district.