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East Banc Launches Retail Lab in Former Brooks Brothers Space

February 25, 2021

Concept 31/M, named for its location at the corner of 31st and M Street, is the conversion of Brooks Brothers by EastBanc Inc. into a retail lab concept to help local businesses struggling to remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic. EastBanc founder and president, Anthony Lanier calls Concept 31/M, “a space that inspires brands to create, and inspires our community to come in again and again...”


The first of its kind in Washington, DC, this retail lab is a creative platform for brands to experiment, test new products, and connect with shoppers.  


Washington Business Journal reports that early in March  jewelry designers Kicheko Goods, Isabel Alexander, Greek sandals brand Laiik and athletic clothing retailer Flex All Day will begin occupying space at Concept 31/M..

(Photo by: concept31m.com)

Merchants will have the option of signing up for leases as short as 60 days to start in a section of the larger space, which will include a coffee bar and can ultimately accomodate approximately 20 tenants. 


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Addison/Ripley Presents John Borden Evans

February 7, 2021

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is pleased to present the paintings of John Borden Evans from February13 through March 27, 2021. 


The old farmhouses and surrounding rural area of North Garden, Virginia, influence the subjects of John Borden Evans’ paintings. Evans depicts rural landscapes and animals in his thickly painted works, creating texture through build up and scrape away techniques.


Evans has exhibited at the Chrysler Museum, the Virginia Museum, and the Arlington Arts Center as well as in galleries in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Washington, DC.

House and Robins (Photo by: John Borden Evans) House and Robins

The gallery is open by appointment Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.


If you’d like to meet the artist, he will be in the gallery for appointments on Saturday, February 13th.


Please contact the gallery to schedule your visit: info@addisonripleyfineart.com or 202.338.5180


*Masks/face coverings will be required to enter the gallery, and for the entirety of your visit.

Aunt Zets at Night (Photo by: John Borden Evans) Aunt Zets at Night


Addison/Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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'For There is Always Light'

January 21, 2021

With the exception of invited guests and an extraordinary military force, Washingtonians, the country and the world watched the Biden Harris Inauguration TOGETHER, albeit virtually. Thank you, JCCIC for a stunning event, seamlessly edited to conceal that extraordinary military force. 


For so many of us, for so long, our city has felt under siege, even before the Capitol storming on January 6th. Thank you, President Biden and Vice President Harris for making me feel at home again.

Kamala Harris taking the oath of office to become the 49th Vice President of the United States (Photo by: Sgt. Charlotte Carulli ) Kamala Harris taking the oath of office to become the 49th Vice President of the United States

I'm old enough to remember Robert Frost reading "The Gift Outright" at the Kennedy Inauguration. Until yesterday, I have not been as moved by an American poet. Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb" was the most inspiring moment for me in a day filled with so much light.


When day comes we step out of the shade,

aflame and unafraid

The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

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