One of our favorite annual events in the neighborhood is visiting the Smithsonian Craft Show where juried artists exhibit and sell the fruits of their labor. Here’s just one example, James Borden, who doesn’t make clocks but rather sculptures uniquely artistic clocks out of wood where learning the time seems like it’s just a byproduct of looking at the timepiece.
A notice from the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association reminded us that this event ends Sunday, April 13 at the National Building Museum. On to the e-mail:
Smithsonian Craft Show
Thursday – Sunday, April 10th – 13th
At the National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square, museum exit
12 Craft Categories
Thursday & Friday 10:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday 10:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
One Day at the Door $15
Two-Day Ticket $25
Children under 12 no charge
The Chinatown Bed Bath & Beyond (709 7th St NW) will be adding a World Market “store inside a store” concept and it will be “coming soon” according to the sign that greets customers at the top of the escalator of the BBB in Chinatown. The signage says ethnic favorites, sweets, snacks, sauces, pasta, condiments, crackers, beverages, and more will be available; World Market’s food offerings are plentiful.
BBB bought Cost Plus, which operates World Market, in 2012 and the closest World Market to downtown is actually in Pentagon Row although we’ve only been to the Friendship Heights WM inside the Chevy Chase Pavilion (Wisconsin Ave NW).
April 3 marked the opening of the annual FreshFarm Markets Farmers’ Market (8th and D Sts. NW). Most of the regular favorites are back, but there are also some interesting new faces like No. 1 Sons, as well as live music and a new CSA program.
With the recent openings of Menu MBK (405 8th St., NW) and Red Apron/Partisan (709 D St. NW), this corner of the neighborhood has become a rich and diverse source for both weekly kitchen stocking and delectable specialty items for home entertaining or personal indulgence.
The first Monday of each month means we have one thing penned into our evening calendars and that is Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato (707 6th St NW).
Industry Takeover Nights are open to the public. From 10 pm to 1 am, guest chefs serve complimentary late night snacks at the first floor pizza bar, and the bar offers drink specials, including some libations from guest mixologists. A $10 cash-only cover charge is requested at the door, and 50% is donated to a different charity benefactor each month. This month the Isabella Fitness Tour will be the beneficiary.
Bark in the Park is happening tomorrow from Noon to 3 pm in the CityCenter Park area in the northwest corner at 10th and I Streets NW. If you haven’t visited the park yet, it’s a good opportunity to check it out with or without your four legged friend(s). It’s also supposed to be sunny out. Details follow in the poster below:
Here are a few foodie activities in the neighborhood where you can sample some new, interesting or favorite beverages.
Thursday, April 3, 7-9pm
Historical Society of Washington (801 K St. NW)
Master brewers from Japan offer tastings of sake, shochu and beer.
Vodka and Gin Tasting
Saturday, April 5, 1-3 pm
DC Coast (1401 K St. NW)
Scott Clime, wine and beverage director, will present tastes of more than 13 brands and teach the process for infusing fruits into the celebrated liquors. Includes lunch as well.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – Smithsonian Institution (1050 Independence Ave. SW)
A Japanese tea presentation by members of the Omotesenke school.
Above: Burberry retail bay cover facing north on I St NW
Overnight two new clothing retailers made their intent known at CityCenter, Burberry (facing north on I St NW) and Zadig & Voltaire (facing west and south on 10th St NW and Palmer Alley). These two join a host of other retailers that have signed on to retail spaces at the recently built CityCenter development. Hat tip goes out to PQ Living reader Becky to alerting us and snapping a few pics!
Burberry’s Connecticut Ave NW store space was being marketed which pointed to a move. The CityCenter Burberry will open in Summer 2014 per the signage; the filed permits reveal a 7,100 square foot space.
Below: Close up of Burberry retail bay cover