Start DC Travels: Summer Vacation

As we’ve heard from Washington, DC entrepreneurs like Sandra Kim, self-care is an important part starting a business. In that vein, I recently took time off to rest and recharge while visiting Ireland and Poland. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip (head over to Instagram if you want even more)! Hope you have a […]

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Food Feature: Poke Pop-Up

Hawaiian Poke Makes Its Way to DC. As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m very excited that poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) has finally found its way to Washington, DC. The dish is a raw, marinated fish salad that is ubiquitous in Hawaii—tasty versions are literally sold in grocery stores. Poke gets its name from the Hawaiian verb […]

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3 Tips for Founders // Marta Staudinger, LATELA Gallery

Marta Staudinger of LATELA Gallery shares with Start DC the top three lessons she’s learned as a founder.   In April, we checked out the “Collage” exhibit at LATELA, Marta Staudinger’s new Brookland art gallery and creative space. For part two of our LATELA feature, we have a chat with Staudinger herself. As a quick recap on LATELA, the gallery first opened in […]

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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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