DC Happenings

Warehouse Sales Galore!

In an effort to save some cash, I didn’t shop the entire month of January. Ok, this isn’t entirely true…I did purchase a dress at Nordstrom Rack for a friends wedding. BUT it was only $20 and a necessity – you wouldn’t have me go to a wedding without a dress would you? I didn’t think so. Plus, when you compare this one measly purchase to my typical monthly shopping bill, well, let’s just say I’m saving a small fortune.

Yes, it has crossed my mind that I might have a small, but manageable addiction to shopping. Hi everyone, my name is Kerry, I am addicted to shopping. There, we’ve got that overwith. So, back to the original point of this post, after being deprived for a month, here comes February teasing me with not one, but TWO warehouse sales in the DC-metro area! Yes – TWO!

This weekend, mosey on over to Old Town Alexandria for the Alexandria Boutique Warehouse sale put on by the Old Town Boutique District! On Saturday, February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm, 15 of Alexandria’s best boutiques and another half a dozen designers will be featuring droolworthy merchandise at discounted prices. Head on over to the George Washington Masonic Memorial – walkable from the King Street Metro, to check out the steals from Apple SeedDivaGossypiaHysteriaLa CuisineLawrence Miller & Co., The Little Monogram ShopMint ConditionMystiquePeriwinklePink & BrownRed Barn MercantileStanton GalleryThe Shoe Hive and Treat.  Now I have a busy weekend coming up…I’ll have to plan my trips to Old Town and to Luckett’s! Phew, my bank account may be just a faint memory after this weekend!

If you don’t blow your entire paycheck at the Alexandria Warehouse sale, then you can add yourself to the waitlist for GiltCity’s Gilt Groupe Warehouse Sale at Long View Gallery. On Saturday February 11, you can peruse “be racks stocked with dresses, blouses, suit jackets, denim, cardigans and polos for men, women and children. For your home, think bedding, blankets and decorative accessories. And, of course, you can expect hundreds of top brands, from both lesser-known designers and veritable fashion houses.” Always the pioneer of luxury on a budget, Gilt’s Warehouse sale will also treat shoppers to mini manicures, blow outs and cocktails while you browse.

I thought I acted quickly, attempting to buy tickets within just a few hours but, to my horror, the event was sold out! However, ye of little faith, I added myself to the waitlist and am now the proud owner of TWO tickets! I consider myself blessed by the shopping gods. However, don’t get too disheartened! You can still add yourself to the waitlist here. The full day pass is sold out, so you’ll have to choose a time of arrival (12pm, 2pm, 4pm). What are you waiting for? Hurry up and get on the list! Hopefully, I’ll see you there!


Antique Amore: Old Luckett’s Store

For those of you who have been deprived of the experience that is the Old Luckett’s Store, let me give you a little crash course. A little over an hour from DC, Luckett’s is home to endless rooms of antiques, junk-tiques and new creations inspired by old ones. You pull up to an old Victorian-style house with a wrap-around porch strewn with dressers, buffets, lamps, chests, desks and all other kinds of unique finds. Once inside of the store, you’re faced with rooms of furniture, accessories, decorations – even jewelry and clothes.

Don’t you just die over this script sofa?

As you might expect, Luckett’s is a time warp. You walk in and lose yourself in row, after row, after row of antiques. You find yourself wondering where that enormous china cabinet could fit in your studio apartment, when you could ever wear those lace evening gloves from the 1950s – and who they might have belonged to? Antique pieces are always full of stories, but Luckett’s also makes these pieces original. They feature pieces that have been brightened up with a coat of varying pastel. Old windows are turned into wall art. Doors are converted to coffee tables. All of the pieces are unique, creative and interesting; they are not for the Ethan Allen shopper.

Even the lighting options are unique

Why am I telling you about this little hidden treasure now?

This weekend they are hosting their one and only Annual Groundhog Sale February 3, 4 and 5 from 10 am to 5 pm each day. If you haven’t been to Luckett’s, it is the perfect time for an inaugural visit – you’ll undoubtedly find something that makes your heart skip a beat with a price tag that won’t make your head spin. Check out their blog for regular updates on the store, merchandise and even decorating tips!


Missed it in the Theater? Check out West End Cinema!

Me: Gosh, I really can’t wait to see (insert movie name here)! It comes out next week!

countless months later…

Me: Gosh, I can’t believe I missed (insert movie name here) in theaters! It will be forever until it comes out on DVD, Netflix, On Demand, etc.

Well, I recently took a trip to West End Cinema and now I have a solution for catching popular flicks that have outlived their moments in popular theaters, but aren’t quite ready to come to a TV set near you. West End Cinema is a small movie theater that was established by some DC movie lovers. West End Cinema, or WEC, “shows independent, foreign, and documentary films, especially ones that we feel offer new intellectual and cultural perspectives to our audience.”

West End Cinema is located in the lower level of an office building at 2301 M Street, NW

WEC itself is tiny, and each individual theater only has around 50 seats (let’s call it intimate), but you get the feel of a good old-fashioned theater, popcorn and all, along with the added bonus of a full bar, gourmet sandwiches and other treats. Plus, you get to see films that are stuck in movie purgatory!

This week you can catch:

My Week with Marilyn
Young Adult
Norwegian Wood
Le Havre

West End’s site offers previews for each of the movies – check them out here. I for one can’t wait to see My Week with Marilyn and Norwegian Wood!


I relish in any opportunity for a boombox throwback. Apparently, so do brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, also known as Bluebrain (and The Epochs). This pop-rock due returned to DC a few years ago from Brooklyn, where they had earned notoriety for their unique tracks, which you can check out here.

Bluebrain's Hays and Ryan Holladay

Why are they so interesting, you ask? Sure, rocking out to some sweet tunes is always cause for notice, but these guys are even more attention-worthy because the founders of the DC Boombox Walk. And…what exactly is that? Well, the concept is simple; the Holladay brothers compose an original track and ask 50 of their loyal followers to show up with a boombox at a predetermined location, at which point all 50 participants play the track on their boomboxes at the same time. The REALLY cool part? Everyone’s track is a different instrument; some are drums, some are vocals, some are guitar, you get the idea.

On Saturday, January 14th, Bluebrain is holding their third and final Boombox walk at the United States Botanical Garden (100 Maryland Ave, Washington, DC SW). This walk will be a bit different being that it is indoors and Bluebrain is requesting all types of musical devices, CDs, MP3s, cassette, whatever you have! If you want to participate, just shoot an email to bluebrainmusic@gmail.com.


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