The secondhand clothing and furniture at Treasure Hunt Thrift Store has a purpose beyond its appearance. Not only do the discounted goods offer an affordable way for underserved families to dress and fill their home, but the sale of such items goes to benefit the shop's affiliate: the National Empowerment for Minorities Active in Community (NEMAC). NEMAC provides women in the metropolitan area with a safe place to receive shelter from abuse—whether it be substance abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse—supporting their return to independence. The organization's parenting- and life-mentoring programs, meanwhile, teach much-needed skills to empower those with developmental and mental disabilities.
For nearly 40 years, the experts at Maryland Small Arms Range have helped to hone the aim of law-enforcement and security personnel as well as everyday citizens. After range outings, their clients can check out the showroom, where weapons experts advise on firearms, ammunition, and self-defense apparel.
Brooklyn native Simone Forgione has photography in her blood. Growing up, she'd take pictures of the up-and-coming rappers who'd visit her father's portrait studio, and as her flash bulb sparked, she steadily fell deeper in love with the art form. Simone went on to snap hundreds of photos a day while managing various studios racking up more than 25 years of photography experience. With a wealth of managerial and artistic skills in tow, Simone tugged an enchanted camera from a mythic stone and realized it was time to forge a freelance career. Since then, Simone has nabbed portraits of Harry Belafonte, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Katt Williams, and although her diverse portfolio also spotlights event and fashion photos, portraits remain her passion. During sessions, clients can request help from a wardrobe and makeup artist, who help ensure clients come out looking their personal best.
When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
THEARC Theater was created out of necessity. The first theater in Ward 8 in Washington, DC, it was founded to provide residents living east of the Anacostia River with expanded cultural opportunities and hide-and-seek spots. Constructed by local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, the theater aims to improve the lives of children and adults in southeast Washington through educational, health, and social-service programs such as free theater workshops and youth internships in technical theater management. Noting the tower of glass windows that crowns the entrance, the Washington Post called it "a veritable lighthouse of learning—a $27 million, 110,000-square-foot campus set on 16 beautiful green acres."
A full-scale rainbow of yarns populates the shelves within A Tangled Skein, where a helpful staff culls a comprehensive collection of top-quality knitting and crocheting supplies. Drawing from its immense knowledge of the craft, the team helps patrons peruse the vast array of hand-dyed South American skeins and yarns from brands such as Debbie Bliss, Noro, and Berroco. They add new specimens to the lineup almost daily, and equip creators with books, patterns, needles, and notions. To further nurture blossoming skills or refine expert abilities, seasoned instructors lead relaxed, casual classes that divulge such techniques as purling, chain stitching, and making scarves for the most discerning snowmen.