Interviews

Style Perspectives: Clariza Alvarez, Bowties and Caviar

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Q: Who or what has been the greatest influence on your style?
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Inside DC’s Vigilante Coffee

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In the heart of the Arts District of Hyattsville lies a coffee lover’s paradise – the new home of Vigilante Coffee.

Located in a former 1920s Ford auto showroom, Vigilante Coffee’s first brick-and-mortar location houses its roasting and production facilities, offices, and training space. The café portion of the space – which will offer coffee and espresso roasted and brewed on site – opens this Saturday to the public.

For owner and founder Chris Vigilante, it’s the culmination of years spent in pursuit of great coffee – a pursuit that began when he was just a sophomore at nearby Virginia Tech.

“I was watching people graduate only to get jobs they didn’t like,” Vigilante says. “That didn’t appeal to me. I had already done internships that showed me what I didn’t want to do. So when a few friends pushed me to find something I was passionate about, I took a chance.” (more…)

Inside DC’s STYLECABLE

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Modern classics with an edge – that’s what Washington, DC’s STYLECABLE is all about.

Officially launched this past April, the e-commerce startup based at 1776 connects fashion lovers with emerging designers, including DC’s own Erika Schrieber, Sophie Blake, ElaineB, and Sarah Ceceila. These designers and more will be featured at the company’s first trunk show beginning this Sunday, June 29, at Urban Chic in Georgetown. (more…)

Interview: Sara Polon, Soupergirl

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When it comes to soup, Sara Polon’s got it covered – even in the summer.

As the founder of Soupergirl, Polon has spent the past five years bringing delicious vegan and kosher homemade soups to the DC area, ranging from cool summer gazpachos to hearty winter stews and everything in between. The fresh, seasonal recipes are developed by Polon’s mother Marilyn, who is affectionately known as Soupermom and Soupergirl’s Chief Anxiety Officer.

The business began with informal soup tasting sessions in Polon’s living room and has blossomed into a veritable soup empire with a robust online delivery and grocery retail business, stands at multiple area farmers markets, and, of course, Soupergirl’s flagship store in Takoma Park.

We talked to Polon about her inspirations, her advice on getting into business with family, and why you’ll never see potato gazpacho.

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Food Perspectives: Katerina Georgallas, Baklava Couture

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There are many places to satisfy a sweet tooth in Washington, DC – but very few feature the deliciousness that is Greek pastry.

That’s why District Style was thrilled to discover Baklava Couture at the Dupont Farmers’ Market. Locally owned and operated by Katerina Georgallas, Baklava Couture features both traditional and modern takes on baklava and other sweet Greek delicacies.

We spoke with Georgallas about the inspiration and work behind Baklava Couture and what’s next for her business.

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Style Perspectives: Amanda McClements, Owner, Salt & Sundry

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From food and travel writer to local business owner, Amanda McClements has become one of the most influential tastemakers in Washington, DC.  Her store Salt & Sundry – offering a variety of inspiring, expertly-curated homegoods – has become the cornerstone of the revitalized Union Market.

We talked to McClements about her style inspirations, her upcoming second store, and why you should never be afraid to change things up.

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Interview: Lisa Loeb

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This Sunday, Lisa Loeb returns to the Washington, DC, stage for a performance at The Hamilton.

We say return, of course, since Loeb has had several memorable concerts in the DC area over the past two decades, including sets at both the old and new 9:30 Club.

Loeb, who was born in nearby Bethesda, first gained fame with 1994’s number 1 hit, “Stay (I Missed You).” The song was featured on the soundtrack of the seminal film Reality Bites, and its accompanying one-take video, directed by Ethan Hawke, became a MTV staple.

Since then, Loeb has embarked on a successful recording career interspersed with book, film, television, and voice-over work. (And yes, that really was her on the series finale of Gossip Girl.)

We talked to Loeb about her latest album, No Fairy Tale, her collaborations, and her views on the ever-evolving music industry.

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