In 1974, homeless youth were congregating in Georgetown and Dupont Circle. Deborah Shore founded Sasha Bruce Youthwork to bring counseling to these teens. The organization's first home was a donated basement in Georgetown, and its first shelter was donated in memory of Sasha Bruce, who volunteered with local youth while she was in school. Today, Sasha Bruce Youthwork improves the lives of youth who have run away or are homeless, abused, or neglected. Its counselors focus on identifying the strengths of its youth participants and empowering them to work toward more stable futures. Professionals run 18 programs throughout the city that provide shelter, counseling, life-skills training, and development activities.
Independently owned and operated by DC natives Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade, the 2,500-square-foot loft-like space at homebody is filled with contemporary furnishings and home products. Quaff eco-conscious colas from a reusable Eco Can drinking bottle, with a biodegradable and BPA-free body that is safe for use in microwaves, dishwashers, and decommissioned Mars rovers ($14.50). Square meals can be squirreled away inside a Box Appetit lunch box ($24.95), which can be, in turn, slipped into a specially designed bag ($7.95). And inside the shop, eyeballs will get a chuckle from quirky doorstops shaped like leaves ($10 each), high-heeled shoes ($9 each), and members of the Partridge family. The store combines designs from renowned and up-and-coming designers, and benefits from the owners' combined 40 years of experience. Though not included in today's Groupon, homebody also adorns abodes with interior-design services.
There's a bustling, kid-friendly metropolis inside each Be With Me Playseum. The centers surround visitors in kid-sized "city shops", which offer areas to decorate cupcakes, play dress-up, or create art projects. Other hands-on activities aim to teach through imagination. A bakery, for example, doubles as a place to learn fractions, while a diner teaches good manners.
Whether it's the grocery or the pint-sized version of Chinatown, one thing ties all of the different areas together: books. The playseum doubles as a children's used bookstore, and staffers place different tomes into the most appropriate area. Books on firefighters will likely be near the fire truck, while reference books on animals will be inside a pet store complete with real frogs, doves, and other animals ready to discuss the hidden themes of Curious George.
ArtSmash, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s annual gala, promises to present a lively evening of food, drinks, arts, and entertainment, with proceeds benefitting CHAW’s tuition assistance, outreach, and education programs. Admittance to the celebration gets gala-goers a potable philanthropic portion of delectable food, palate-pleasing wine and beer, and a signature cocktail. During the three-hour festivities, a spirited assortment of performers will entertain attendees, from a-capella collective Not What You Think to the casts of CHAWbaret and The Mikado. Take home work from local artists or the Capitol Hill Art League members in a silent auction, participate in invigorating dance lessons, or learn how to paint like the Renaissance masters, all skills and resources which can be later incorporated into lobbying for federally funded anarchist-hardcore day camps.
Frame of Mine's experienced staffers are masters of preserving frame-worthy items behind protective barriers of glass. The framers—many of whom sport prettily framed degrees in art—are able to frame nearly anything, from family portraits and graduation-day tickets to unsuspecting pets. Capture a mug shot in an 8"x10" frame ($87), or encase an heirloom mirror inside a 16"x20" option ($150). Custom frames include matting and glass, and do-it-yourself framing is available at lower prices.
Every decent neighborhood needs three things: a good school, a mailman that barks back when dogs say hello, and a good hardware store to meet your indoor and outdoor needs. Frager's Hardware has served as the last of those on Capitol Hill since 1920.
Frager's Lawn & Garden Center has helped their neighbors' outdoor foliage thrive as well, providing sound advice for year-round garden maintenance.