Sunday, December 13, 2009

Taking Notes from Takoma Park


On my way from the bellydance studio Mamacitas in Takoma Park, I decided to check out some of the little shops along Carroll Avenue. I first stopped by Mark's Kitchen for a seaweed salad platter while my friend enjoyed a hearty veggie burger and fries. From there we ventured across the street to a vintage clothing store Rerun and an Afro Brazilian Dance Studio Roda.

I would love to see a movement studio like Roda based East of the River. The studio is hidden away on the second floor of an office building. A couple upstairs practiced their merengue moves while Roberto, a Capoiera instructor, gave us an introduction explaining Rodo's variety of Brazilian based movements from Samba to Jiu Jitsu.

Along the Takoma Park strip, there were other creative and quirky stores, healing arts centers and antique shops. What I love most about Takoma Park is the local committment and financial support for small businesses. 

In Southeast, the corner of Good Hope Road and MLK could potentially be the next thriving strip of culture, commitment and support for small independent businesses. There already exists Hornfluer Gallery, the African Dance Heritage Studio and a Hip Hop Cd Shop. What other types of small quirky businesses do you think SE residents would support?

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