As I write this, I may appear to be calm, cool and collected. But on the inside, I’m screaming like a schoolgirl who just won tickets to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Why? Because after weeks of delays and taunts of “Coming Soon,” the Mt. Pleasant Temporium is finally here. The pop-up arts, crafts and culture shop will open its doors on Friday, Feb. 18 for 24 consecutive days of intense awesomeness. Not only will the retailer feature handmade wares from 30 local artists and crafters, but the shop’s theme of storytelling will be fleshed out with live performances, readings, workshops, and kid-friendly events. Creative and community-oriented, this is commercialism done right.
An opening reception will be held this Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by storytelling from SpeakEasyDC on Saturday, and music from Ice Cream on Sunday. Check out the Temporium’s website for a full list of events, times and vendors.
The Temporium will be located at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, and will be open from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Conceived by Mount Pleasant Main Street, the pop-up will be funded with a $15,000 grant from the DC Office of Planning’s Temporary Urbanism Initiative. If you’ll be sad to see the Temporium go, don’t be: Nana will be opening in the same space shortly after it closes. Sayonara budget. I didn’t want to save up for a down payment anyway.