LATELA’s “Collage” Exhibit

Start DC Checks Out One of DC’s Newest Art Galleries. LATELA (pronounced “Nutella” with a “La–”) is Marta Staudinger’s newly-opened Brookland art gallery and creative space. And like the hazelnut spread with which it shares syllables, LATELA is already winning fans. The space was recently voted DC’s best commercial art gallery by Washington City Paper in its 2016 reader […]

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Aaron Balogun: Spoke DC

Start DC meets Spoke DC! We sat down with Aaron Balogun, the founder of Spoke DC. According to Aaron Balogun, Chief Product Officer and founder of Spoke DC, nonprofit organizations have similar marketing goals, but varying degrees of success based on the support they receive. Enter Spoke DC, a DC-based business that provides technology and online marketing support […]

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Cherry Blossoms

Start DC braves the crowds for peak Washington, DC, cherry blossom viewing season. Cherry blossom season (happening now!) is a magical time of year in Washington, DC. The cherry trees, gifts from the Japanese government in 1912, are rivaled only by those I saw while living in Japan. Here are some shots from sunrise at the Tidal […]

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Food Feature: Drift on 7th

Start DC checks out a new seafood spot by local entrepreneur Ferhat Yalcin.   Drift on 7th is a reincarnation of Fishnet, Chef Ferhat Yalcin’s first seafood restaurant in the space that closed in late 2015. Yalcin learned the hard way that Shaw does not have a robust market for balik ekmek, the Turkish fish sandwiches he grew up […]

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Michelle Samson: Taffy Floral

Start DC catches up with Michelle Samson, woman-about-town and founder of Taffy Floral.   Virginia-based business Taffy Floral is unmistakable. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, I know before even glancing at the profile that a bouquet is Taffy Floral. And I’ve seen even more Taffy bouquets lately as Michelle Samson, founder, has been busy creating workshops with […]

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Food Feature: Korean Food Vendors

Start DC talks with the founders of the popular K Street Korean Food Truck. The food cart is undoubtedly a part of the DC food—and entrepreneur—scene. Food carts need less capital to start than traditional restaurant spaces and can therefore be an important way for local chefs to test their concepts and develop a following before […]

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Doron Petersan: Sticky Fingers Bakery

Doron Petersan, founder of Sticky Fingers Bakery, chats with Start DC about finding and building a niche in the District. For over a decade, Sticky Fingers Bakery has been bringing vegan treats to the District. What started with determination and recipe development in Doron Petersan’s kitchen is now a Columbia Heights staple, with an expanded menu to include savory […]

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(Start) DC Photos on Display

Start DC gives you an inside look at AIA | DC’s new photo exhibit.   DC residents, now through February 20, the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is displaying an exhibition with winning photographs from its “#I See DC” Instagram photo contest. There were over 1,300 entries, and 110 were selected by a jury for the exhibition. I’m […]

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Made in DC

Start DC’s lowdown on the Made in DC bill, a promising initiative to boost local businesses. In late January 2016, local entrepreneurs testified before DC city government in support of the Made in DC Program Establishment Act, an initiative aimed at helping DC-based innovators. The program, modeled after successful ventures in cities like Chicago and […]

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Kristin Csehill: Criss Naturals

Start DC talks with Kristin Csehill as she grows her business, Criss Naturals.   I’ve shared the stories of entrepreneurs like Shizu Okusa (JRINK) and Warren Brown (CakeLove), who told me that they started their ventures on the side while working full-time, growing their businesses and testing the waters before making the leap to full-time […]

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