The Nana Blog (02/2011)

Temporium Grand Opening 2/18 from 7-9. Join us!

February 17, 2011 · Posted by Nana DC under

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[from the Temporium web site]

The Mt. Pleasant Temporium is a temporary, pop-up retailer coming to Mt. Pleasant St. NW for 24 consecutive days from February 18 through March 13. The project, located at 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, is part of the District’s new Temporary Urbanism initiative and features handmade goods for sale from 30 local, independent crafters and artists.

The Temporium’s special events schedule includes autobiographical and theatrical storytelling, crafting, book readings, and live music. All events are free and open to the public. Opening weekend includes a reception on Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The Temporium is a fantastic opportunity for the public to check out some of the best indie crafters and artists that DC has to offer,” said Kimberly Dorn, executive director of Hello Craft and festival director of Crafty Bastards. “Hello Craft is excited to be part of the Temporium because it promotes the shop local ethic and shares a commitment to local makers.”

The theme of the Mt. Pleasant Temporium is storytelling, which is woven throughout the retail aspect of the shop to give visitors a truly engaging experience with the products for sale and the stories behind the artists who made them. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the theme by leaving their own handwritten stories in the Temporium’s storefront window installation, created by local artists Sean Hennessey and Rania Hassan.

Visitors are highly encouraged to explore the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood and its businesses. During the 24-day run of the project, several Mt. Pleasant businesses will feature their own stories in storefront displays and offer specials to Temporium customers.

“We’re grateful to Jackie Flanagan & Joe Pangelinan, owners of Nana, for all the hard work they’ve put into preparing the space for us,” said Jessica Scheuerman, Temporium project manager. “They’ve given this project a home and it would not have been possible without them.”

The Mt. Pleasant Temporium is developed by Mount Pleasant Main Street, in partnership with SpeakeasyDC, Hello Craft, Radio CPR, Partners for Livable Communities, and the DC Office of Planning. This project is supported by the DC Office of Planning’s Temporary Urbanism grant, and is sponsored by the Washington City Paper and Old School Hardware.

“MPMS is thankful to the DC Office of Planning, its program partners and dedicated volunteers for the opportunity to implement a Temporium in Mt. Pleasant,” said Adam Hoey, president of MPMS. “This program benefits the community by utilizing vacant commercial space and promoting local artists and businesses.”

The Temporium helps meet several objectives established by the District of Columbia through the Creative DC Action Agenda and the Retail Action Roadmap. They include supporting creative entrepreneurs, activating commercial corridors and highlighting their retail potential, providing residents with unique services and activities, and promoting neighborhoods.

Nana is so excited to host the TEMPORIUM in Mt. Pleasant!

February 12, 2011 · Posted by Nana DC under

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The Mount Pleasant Main Street organization had this way-cool idea to apply for a grant to host pop-up shop & art space in Mount Pleasant for 25 days. All they needed was an under-used in which space to host it. Well, we had that! We've loaned our space so Mt. Pleasant Main Streets could bring you the Mount Pleasant TEMPORIUM. I'm honored to be a part of such a cool temporary urbanism project. Here's more about it all: The Mt. Pleasant Temporium is a temporary, pop-up retailer coming to Mt. Pleasant St. NW from Feb. 18 – March 13. (See retail hours and transportation). The Mt. Pleasant Temporium will feature handmade goods for sale from 30 local, independent crafters and artists, as well as special events—autobiographical and theatrical storytelling, crafting, trunk shows, and live music. The Temporium is a project developed by Mount Pleasant Main Street, in partnership with SpeakeasyDC, Hello Craft, Radio CPR, Partners for Livable Communities, the DC Office of Planning, and several neighborhood-based community groups. We've worked hard to finish our space so the project can begin on Friday, February 18th. Join us for an opening reception from 7-9p to kick off this fun project & get a sneak peak of the space.

Nana will open right after the TEMPORIUM is completed March 13th. Wow, there's so much cool stuff going on right now. I can't keep it all straight!


February 11, 2011 · Posted by Nana DC under

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Here's a VALENTINE SPECIAL just for you --our sweethearts. We're making gift giving (or receiving!) very easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the picture or HERE.
  • Pay using easy-as-pie PayPal.
  • I send it to the address your shipping address.
  • Voila!
  • Pay by Friday afternoon at 3p and we'll ship it to your destination FOR FREE! If it's a local address, it will probably be there on Monday!

We handpicked two designs just for you & yours this year (Sorry, the gold Happiness Necklace is SOLD OUT already!). Hurry before this one is sold out too! Good fortune in Love and Happiness is such an uplifting message no matter when you receive it, huh?

$44 each -- that INCLUDES FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING! (Regularly priced at $48 before tax)

Alicia takes Nana to NY Fashion Week!

February 10, 2011 · Posted by Nana DC under

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(Photo swiped from Alicia's Facebook page. Well, I mean we're friends & we're friends on Facebook.)

It looks as if this Preloved dress was made exclusively for Alicia, doesn't it? How great that Alicia wore a dress she picked at Nana to her event at Fashion Week in New York.  My bet is that she was asked if she was one of the runway models a number of times. Wait a second ... was she!?! There's a story here to which we need to get to the bottom. I'm on it. Get back to you soon.

Recognize anything?

February 9, 2011 · Posted by Nana DC under

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Heading to the shop today for the first time in a week! The flu hit our house hard (two kids swapping both types of flu will take it out of all of us!). Joe's been manning the shop & working his normal gig while I've been the nurse. I can't wait to head back today & put these puzzle pieces back in place. Recognize our counter? Mirror? Hopefully soon, I'll send along pics of the gorgeous lights Joe installed & the amazing ceiling I get to paint today!

This is the back corner of the shop. Believe it or not, it will soon be a full-on handicapped accessible bathroom.

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