Category DC Businesses


Coffee Shop Curator: Joshua Korenblat at Modern Times Coffeehouse

Writer and artist Joshua Korenblat shares the process behind his portraiture (made on an iPhone!), his local and cross-cultural influences, and the definition of his word “mallardine.” (Hint: What are ducks’ most admirable qualities?)


Peepin’ in Windows

Nothing inspires creativity quite like a package of Peeps in the springtime. These three seasonal window displays showcase the marshmallow bunnies and chicks in fatigues, fancy hats, as cherry blossoms, and more.


Coffee Shop Curator: Dolcezza Dupont & Ross Ruot

Curious District is starting a new regular feature this week focusing on DC’s most accessible art galleries–its coffee shops. Coffee Shop Curator will highlight an artist whose work is on display at a local cafe. Up first is Dolcezza, a fantastic space with even better gelato.


The DC Flag in Local Art and Design (Part 2!)

The image of the DC flag is on our street signs, city service vehicles, and license plates. It is also on our flasks, bar soaps, wedding cake toppers, acrylic paintings, and of course, skin. Many designers and artists have embraced the three stars and two bars as a source of pride, demonstration, and design love. I first rounded up a collection of flag-inspired items in this post, but why stop there?

Horrible Adorables

Taking the Death out of Taxidermy

Dead animal decor isn’t your thing? Me neither. I didn’t have the same cringe response though when I saw Horrible Adorables and other taxidermy immitators at Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday.

Who Would Batman Vote For?

If your favorite superheroes and other childhood screen stars could vote, which presidential candidate would they support? A local photographer has a few ideas about this.


The Convention Center’s Couture

Dresses and suits made of broken dishes, vases, newspapers and other materials are on display as part of the Windows into DC program. Each creation is based on a District neighborhood. For instance, the newspaper dress portrays Capitol Hill and the broken china is…yes, Chinatown.


All the Neighborhood’s a Stage

Midcity Dog Days, the annual event highlighting the shops, restaurants, venues, and other cultural destinations of the 14th and U street area, is known primarily as a sidewalk sale. While I saw many lovely items over the weekend, I especially enjoyed the sidewalk stages.

Photo by Flickr user straw sandals

A Brief Cultural Study of Hooters

I wrote this after visiting the Hooters in Chinatown in college –my first (and only) time at one of the restaurants. Yes, this is a little old, but I found Hooters to be a pretty timeless topic.


Happy National Pollinator Week and Vanilla Milkshake Day!: The Many “Holidays” Celebrated in DC

In the past few months, DC establishments have celebrated National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, National Day of Puppetry, and National Bourbon Day. Last week alone hosted events for National Pollinator Week and National Vanilla Milkshake Day. DC spots seem to celebrate any day of recognition that comes along. After all, if a ‘national day of something’ isn’t acknowledged in the nation’s capital, then what good is it anyway?