Saturday, December 15, 2007

December 15-16: Stay at Home Edition

December 15-16: Stay at Home Edition

Not as many market postings as last week, but I found two this weekend that are enticing enough to brave the predicted gross RISS (rain/ice/sleet/snow) mix expected. Metro will have their de-icing trains ready to run.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Holiday Booty Market
Noon-6 p.m.
National City Christian Church
Hilda's Giftshop on the lower level
5 Thomas Circle NW

Christmas shopping for Crafty Bastards. For the independent spirit in your Christmas shopping list. Music by Jason Hutto of the Aquarium, snacks, and a children's activity table.

Holiday Health Fair
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2121 Wisconsin Ave. NW

After a day of shopping and sleet relax with free Pilates classes, massages and personal training sessions at this high-end Georgetown spa/fitness studio.

Yoga and Pilates classes - 9am-3pm
20-minute personal training & 30-minute personal Pilates 2-6pm

Reservations are required for personal training or Pilates sessions: e-mail or call 202-965-2121 to hold your spot.

Sign up for group classes anytime after 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 15.

Seated massages, gift bags of skincare products samples and discounts on other fitness and spa packages. Snacks from Sushi-Ko, Ceviche, Curry Club and Whole Foods.

Sunday, December 16

Fresh Farm Market
1500 block of 20th St.
Between Massachusetts Ave. and Q St.
In the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank.

Last Sunday to buy Holiday Trees from Little Scrub Ridge at market. Also the last Sunday to get Chris' crab cakes before Christmas!

Whether you want a Holiday Tree for your apartment or house Little Scrub Ridge have the tree for you.

If you haven't tasted Chris' crab cakes you're missing out on the best crab cakes in the District. All you have to do is pop them in the toaster oven and broil for 12-15 minutes and you have lunch or dinner.

Remember all events are free unless otherwise noted.

December 15-16

Last Chance

Freer & Sackler Shops Annual Shops Attic Sale
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Conference Room
1050 Independence Ave. SW

Merchandise Markdowns up to 80% off. Smithsonian membership cards are excepted for an additional 10% off purchase.

I'll put up what I bought here at a later post.

Stay at Home

For those who want to stay in this weekend stay warm and cozy with the hot chocolate from Kingsbury Chocolates or make Woodland Mushroom Fall Miso Stew with mushrooms from Woodland's Mushrooms at the Dupont Circle Fresh Farm market.

Friday, December 7, 2007

December 20-23: Almost Done with Your Shopping?

If you are like me and still running around doing last minute shopping check out these two events downtown with great sales and Holiday cheer!

Last Chance! Downtown Holiday Market
Dec 7 - 23
Noon to 8:00pm
F Street between 7th and 8th NW

From Noon to 8:00 pm, the sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 8th in front of the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture is a Holiday Market offering the best of local artisans (many, if not all) are from Eastern Market. Selling a diverse array of goods including: art, crafts, jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, clothing, prepared food and other high quality gift items. Enjoy live entertainment and refreshing food and beverages while you shop.

Standouts are the funnel cakes that mentally take you back to hot summers on the beach and pulled pork sandwhiches. Be sure to go to the Russian Classics booth where Tatiana Gottshall sells egg ornaments with Washington monuments colorfully painted on them. A twist on those boring gray paperweights shaped like the Washington Monument or the Capitol. Also check out the quality jewelery at Karen Clark's booth. Designs can be found on her site at

In this time of giving to our loved ones and ourselves, stop at the Covenant House booth and buy or donate to a charitible program. Covenant House Washington is a privately funded childcare agency that provides shelter and services to children and youth who are homeless or at great risk. Products of The Artisan Program like carved wooden boxes and book marks are on sale at the market. To find out more about Covenant House Washington their site is

There are many other stands on the market so be sure to check them out.

Third Thursday Shopper Social. Last of the Year!

The fiercely independent stores in the U Street and surrounding areas are bringing you the best in sales for the last Third Shopper Social of the Year!

All boots are $49 at Moo Joo Ken and get 10% when you spend a $100 at Nana. These two are just a small sample of savings at this popular downtown event.

First Image copyright of Karen Clark at

December 8-9 Weekend Picks: Lots of Markets!

The variety and quantity of Holiday Markets this weekend are enough to keep even the most determined elf busy. On Saturday, support an art student when the Corcoran and MICA sell art made by students and faculty. This whole weekend the Rock Art Show in Montgomery Mall or on Sunday the annual Rock N' Shop at the Black Cat find the perfect gift for the hippie or hipster in your life.

December 8-9

Rock Art Show
Montgomery Mall
7101 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda MD 20817

The focus is on pieces and photographs from rock artists of the mid 60s to early 70s like John Lennon, Grace Slick, and Jim Hendrix. Also Ron Campbell, one of the key animators of the Beatles cartoons and the Yellow Submarine movie will be on hand answering questions and creating a unique art piece featuring the characters from the film which you can bid on. So if you watched I'm Not There at the Bethesda Row Cinema you can check out this Bob Dylan photo at the show.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Food and Friends, a charitable organization that brings food to HIV and AIDS patients in the DC area.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Place Center
Chantilly, VA

Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Adult Admission $7 - Good All 3 Days!

300 Fine Artists & Craft Designers display the best in contemporary crafts and fine art in the region.

National Museum of the American Indian Art Market

More than 30 Native artists from the U.S., Canada, Central, and South America offer their one-of-a-kind works in a variety of media: jewelry; ceramics; fine apparel; hand woven baskets; traditional beadwork; dolls in Native regalia; paintings, prints, and sculpture.

While you are at the market be sure to check out the Identity by Design exhibit. Get the stories behind the dress of native women.

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church
1663 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
(2 miles north of St. Andrews Ukrainian Orthodox Church)

December 8: 10 am - 4 pm
December 9: 1:30-3:30

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church's Christmas Bazaar will feature traditional Ukrainian food (eat-in or to-go), Ukrainian icons, prayer beads, music and carols, ceramics, embroidered blouses and dresser scarves, jewelry, St. Nicholas cookies, pysanky, Christmas decorations, books, gifts. Tour the all wooden Hutsul style church, which was built with almost no nails.

Saturday, December 08
Support an Art Student Day!

Maryland Institute College of Art Holds Inaugural Art Market Last Day!

Brown Center, Leidy Atrium
1400 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MA

12–6 p.m.

This all-new, four-day art sale features works of art and design created by MICA students, faculty, and staff. More than 90 exceptional artists will have a diverse array of prints, posters, stationery, ceramics, wearables, jewelry, textiles, children’s items, and more for sale during the event. The MICA Art Market provides an excellent opportunity for shoppers and collectors to find new works by emerging artists as well as collectibles from leading artists in their respective fields.

Off the Walls
Corcoran Annual College Art Sale Last Day!

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Corcoran College of Art + Design’s annual art sale, Off the Walls, will feature fine arts, jewelry, and ceramics made by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Find the perfect holiday gifts created by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty, and staff—small to large; delicate to industrial; inexpensive to priceless; simple to sublime. All sales will directly benefit the artists and the Corcoran’s Student Activities Programming Board.

DC Black Memorabilia, Art & Doll Show & Sale (Last Day!)

Washington, DC Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW.
Saturday 10 am to 7 pm

Admission is $6
Children 12 and under free.

There will be many vendors from across the United States with black memorabilia, art and dolls for sale including historical artifacts and documents, books, stamps, paintings, prints, textiles, autographs, toys, advertisements, photos, political memorabilia, kitchen collectibles, sports and entertainment memorabilia, postcards, cookie jars and much more. There will be educational exhibits of slavery artifacts, Jim Crow memorabilia, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Black Panther Party, African American Inventors and other subjects of historical significance.

Sunday, December 9

Rock N' Shop!
Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Mainstage 8:00 pm
Hunting for that perfect holiday gift? Looking to augment your hardcore collection with some essential records? Searching for the perfect T-shirt? Stop right there, my friend! Rock-n-Shop is where it's all at. This yearly junk sale offers more than the standard fare...for one thing, it's not all junk...

Friday, November 30, 2007

December 1-2 Weekend Picks and First Post!

Hello DC!

After searching the internet for sites that list and cover local shopping within the District and not finding much I decided to make a blog dedicated to it. Hopefully you will read this and it will help you go out, explore, and shop within the District, Virginia, or Maryland.

I'll be posting shopping excursions, listing local stores, and personal musings.


DC 2007 Sales Tax Holiday Ends December 2nd

Last chance to shop tax free on Clothing, Accessories, and Shoes! Subject to exceptions. Check out the site: DC Office of Tax and Revenue

Weekend Happenings

December 1-2

Art + Craft Fair 2007
Greenbelt Festival Of Lights

Saturday, December 1, 10am-5pm
Paper Craft Workshop 11am-1pm
Craft Demonstrations 10:30am-4pm

Sunday, December 2, 11am-4pm (+ Artful Afternoon)
Make a Wreath 1-3pm
Prize Drawing 2pm
Klezmer Concert with the Alexandria Kleztet 3pm
Open Studios 1-5pm

Make your plans now to have fun as you stock up on handmade gifts and treasures for the year at the Art and Craft Fair!
Plus, there's a prize drawing at the Fair for Art Bucks and tickets to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center! Register online at or in person before 2pm on 12/2.

Artists sell original hand made crafts in ceramics, wood, glass, jewelry, paper arts, fabric arts, photography, art prints, toys and more. + Community group exhibitors include the Greenbelt Museum, Greenbelt Nursery School, refreshments by Chef Lou benefitting the Greenbelt Arts Center and more. Also, a Winter Arts Class makes a great gift and buy wrist bands for Greenbelt New Year at the Craft Fair.

Holiday Sale of Donated Books by Friends of the Cleveland Park Library Cleveland Park Branch Library
Location: 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW
First Floor Auditorium/Meeting Room
(Corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street)
Metro: Cleveland Park Metro Station

Saturday, December 1, 2007: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, December 2, 2007: 1 pm - 3 pm

Books For Sale:
1) Pristine Hardcover Books, Fiction & Nonfiction (Review Copies, etc.): $3.
2) Pristine Trade Paperbacks, Fiction & Nonfiction (Review Copies, etc.): $1.
3) "Special" Books: $3 to $10.
4) Children’s Books (Both Pristine Review Copies and Used): 50 cents to $3.
5) "Little Books" for Stocking Stuffers: 50 cents.
6) Science Fiction and Romance Paperbacks: 10 cents each.
7) Other categories: Foreign Languages, Health & Diet, Humor, Child Care.
8) Approximately 2,000 books in total.

Washington Craft Show: Craft Works at 20 Washington Convention Center
Location: 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (Green and Yellow lines)

Saturday, December 1 from 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, December 2 from 11 am - 5 pm

Phone: 800-832-7813

Admission: $15
Seniors and students $13
Children under 12 free
Go to Washington Craft Show Coupon to print out $1 off admission

Presenting a panoramic view of the art of fine craft, the Washington Craft Show brings together 190 leading craft artists from 37 states. Among the nation’s premier events of contemporary American craft, the juried show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Works on display and for sale combine imaginative vision with technical mastery. Each is one-of-a-kind or limited-edition, expanding the possibilities in glass, ceramics, jewelry and art-to-wear, wood, furniture, fiber, basketry, metals and more. Many exhibiting artists are represented in major private and museum collections.

Weekend talks and demonstrations recognize the show’s anniversary with the theme Craft Works at 20. Artists in their twenties and others working in the same medium for 20 or more years talk about their perspectives, and 20 artists will display and discuss special Works in the Works.

Saturday, December 1

1st Annual Holiday Market of Georgetown
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, NW

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) and the boutiques of Book Hill host the 1st Annual Holiday Market! More than 20 boutiques, salons, and restaurants will participate with treats, strolling musicians, and unique gifts for all. The event features handcrafted ornaments, painted trays, small treasures, handmade jewelry, day-only specials, trunk shows, and gift-wrapping services.

Holiday flavors will be abundant at the market with a variety of sweet cakes and treats, Moroccan-themed cuisine, and mulled wine tastings. Pet owners can stop by The Dog Spot for canine pictures with Santa, where photo proceeds benefit the Washington Humane Society.

Additionally, the more-than twenty Book Hill shops unveil their holiday windows with distinctive themes and d├ęcor. Window dressings will be judged in four categories - ultimate holiday window, ultimate holiday merchandising, ultimate holiday innovation, and ultimate holiday tradition.

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market
Big Bear Cafe
Location: 1st and R N.W.
Site: Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market

Arts, crafts, hot cider, fun! DC artists, designers, and craftspeople will be selling their creations at the Big Bear Cafe

French Christmas Bazaar
Wesley Theological Seminary
Location: 4500 Mass Ave., N.W.
10 AM - 4 PM

Come visit the French Speaking Protestant Church of Washington DC at their annual Christmas Bazaar.

Esprit de Noel - hand crafted Christmas items by local French Speaking Artisans
L'Arche de Noe - games for kids
La Marquise de Sevigne - gourmet French and American pastries
Kiosque de la Gare - French journals, newspapers, greeting cards, etc.

National Museum of Health and Medicine Family Program: Safe Toys and Gifts Month
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Location: 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (free parking)
Metro: Takoma Park (Red line) then take Metrobus 52, 53, or 54 to the Butternut Street gate at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Phone: 202-782-2200

Join the National Museum of Health and Medicine for a special health awareness program to educate consumers about choosing age-appropriate toys this holiday season.

The museum will host a discovery cart demonstration to educate visitors about choking hazards. Museum staff will lead a brain safety game, and will have a prize drawing for a "brain helmet." Consumer information will be available, as well as children's coloring books on safe toys and free choking hazard testers.

Health Pact will also host a free screening where visitors can have routine health indicators checked.

Events are listed according to date in alphabetical order. Info gotten from sites listed in the Get Out the Door section of the site.

Metro Opens Doors and Wallets

My relationship with Metro has its good and bad times. Not liking it so much the new rail cars that make me feel like I need a height requirement to ride and track maintenance/single tracking delays. But Metro gets me to point A, B, and C. I know when the next train is coming and it's clean and relatively quiet (when compared to NYC subway).

So go ahead show some DC love and buy more than a I heart DC shirt. Get a shirt that represents your station. If you are a metro about town person or want to help tourists at the Mall wear a Metro Map t-shirt.

Personally I like the umbrella of the entire Metro map. Colorful and bold umbrellas brighten my mood on those dreary, rainy days.