February is Love Your Local month in Takoma!
Takoma’s independent businesses make the community a special place to live. While we encourage shopping and dining local every day, we’re spending some extra time celebrating our diverse collection of independent businesses in February. We’ll dedicate the entire month to highlighting our local businesses, offering the many important reasons to shop local and reminding people of the challenges often faced by small businesses.
How to Love Your Local
You can Love Your Local this month by shopping and dining (or exercising, dancing, meeting or …) local. We also encourage you to use this month to tell a friend about a favorite local establishment or write a great Yelp or Facebook review for a local business to help them generate more customers. Also, you can vote for your favorite local businesses in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2018
To start, here are just a few of the many reasons why shopping local is so important:
Strengthen the Local Economy: Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer).
Environment: Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution. Buying Green Means Buying Local.
Create Jobs and Opportunities: Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Content Source: American Independent Business Alliance
Love Your Local Takoma!
Day 1: Love Your Local Spotlight: Facts
Day 2: Love Your Local Spotlight – TableTop, 6927 Laurel Ave
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Day 3: Love Your Local Spotlight – Capital City Cheesecake, 7071 Carroll Ave
After 8 years in the Takoma community, Capital City Cheesecake has closed its doors to re-brand and will reopen in the beginning of March 01, 2018 as Capital City Confections. The new concept will be an interactive bakery. Customers will be able to bake, create and come celebrate with CCC from cookie decorating parties to event space rentals. CCC will be equipped to meet all of your celebration needs and on a daily basis, continue to offer a quaint space for the community to enjoy coffee and treats.
While there were other factors leading to this decision, CCC’s key reasons for the change are the collective impact of multiple state, county and local regulations impacting their business and all other small businesses in the community. Instead of significantly raising prices to meet these demands, the decision was made to change the business model in order to successfully operate. CCC looks forward to its continued role in the community and creating a new relationship with its customers.
Day 4: Love Your Local Spotlight – Facts
Day 5: Love Your Local Spotlight – Yoga Heights, 255 Carroll St, NW
Yoga Heights offers yoga, Pilates, Barre and more for every body, every level and every budget. New students can try the Intro Offer: $39 for 3 weeks of unlimited classes. Sign up at www.yogaheightsdc.com or just drop in. With more than 100 weekly classes offered between our to locations, there is something for everyone at Yoga Heights. We have a strong family focus with Prenatal Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Family Yoga and Child Care classes. We also have “Back to Basics” classes for beginners, tons of All Levels classes, and Intermediate Flow options. If you’re looking to slow down and rest, there is Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga to find a deep relaxed stretch.
Day 6: Love Your Local Spotlight – Mark’s Kitchen, 7006 Carroll Ave
Welcome to Mark’s Kitchen, a small neighborhood restaurant with an amazingly big menu full of so many choices that everyone can easily find something that will make them happy. Mark’s Kitchen is a very friendly place—it’s vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly, carnivore-friendly, kid-friendly, traditional family-friendly, alternative family-friendly and everyone else-friendly. A full meal or a light meal, a complete breakfast—most of which is available all day long—fresh juices, craft beers, wines, wonderful milkshakes, great ice cream desserts. That’s Mark’s Kitchen, a Takoma Park institution since 1990.
Breakfast at Mark’s, always hits the spot.
Day 8: Love Your Local Spotlight – Farmers Markets
Support your local economy and support family farms by shopping at our two local farmers markets. Two chances for fresh, locally produced food in Takoma each week:
Takoma Park Farmers Market, Sundays, 10am-2pm, Laurel Ave, Open Year-round
Crossroads Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 11:00am-3:00pm, Anne Street, April 18-November 28
Day 8: Love Your Local Spotlight – The Covered Market
Love Your Local and shop for jewelry for your ❤️ from The Covered Market S A L E all month!
Day 9: Love Your Local Spotlight – Facts
Day 10: Love Your Local Spotlight – House of Musical Traditions
House of Musical Traditions is proud to feature instruments made by local builders. All the instruments pictured here were made within 2 to 60 miles of our shop. Wherever possible, they support and stock products by independent artisans/builders in the US and abroad, and most of our used instruments are refurbished by local repairpeople.
Day 11: Love Your Local Spotlight – CYCLED!
Love Your Local and give your favorite business a great review like this one on Google about local spin studio CYCLED!
“CYCLED gives you a great workout!…Probably the most unique thing about this studio is that it has a sense of community to it from the minute you walk in – which I’ve never felt in other studios. People know each other and stay around and chat. The teachers are just the right amount of professional and friendly. I also love that the crowd is more diverse than I’m used to… age, race, gender…” GOOGLE Review, January 2018.
Day 12: Love Your Local Spotlight – Knock on Wood Studio
Check out local tap/percussive dance studio, Knock on Wood Studio – one of only three such studios in the country. A niche non-profit that preserves the iconic American art form of tap dance, with tap classes for ages age to 2 to 80! Located in the arts building at 6925 Willow St.
Day 13: Love Your Local Spotlight – Fun Fact
Day 14: Love Your Local Spotlight – Coffee Shop Etiquette
New York Times, Tuesday, February 13, 2018: What to Do When Laptops and Silence Take Over Your Cafe?
“Three hours for five dollars’ worth of coffee is not a model that works.”
Day 15: Love Your Local Spotlight – Facts
Day 16: Love Your Local Spotlight – Richardson School of Music
The Richardson School of Music: Music for ALL Ages! RSM offers private and group instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar, drums, woodwinds, brass, and more! Their Summer Music Exploration Program will be offered this summer from June 18th to July 13th, open to 4-12 year olds. Don’t miss it!
Day 17: Love Your Local Spotlight – Soupergirl
Show yourself and others you care about them by giving them these fresh, nourishing, healthy soups made from high quality, locally sourced ingredients from Soupergirl.
Day 18: Love Your Local Spotlight – Local Summer Camp at Roda Movements and The Nature Lab
Summer camp sign up now with fun from two local businesses! Summer *in* the CARIBBEAN! Explore motion, dance, movement, and music at Roda Movements while investigating nature, art, engineering at the NatureLab. Featuring: Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador, & Panama. Info
Day 19: Love Your Local Spotlight – Artful Framing and Gallery
Host a local event in Dilip Sheth’s beautiful gallery space at Artful Framing and Gallery.
Day 20: Love Your Local Spotlight – Local Beer
Local breweries take over the taps of Takoma businesses starting today at the Takoma Tap Takeover!
Day 21: Love Your Local Spotlight – Local Design
Make your own, take a class or purchase a completed design from in-house artists at S&A Beads, new location at 235 Carroll St, NW.