C.A.T.S ON A MISSION: A DC INITIATIVE

Whether we’re way too many games of Words With Friends deep into our phone, scrolling through our enviable Instagram feed, zoning out to the umpteenth episode of Modern Family, reading the news, creeping on Facebook, or just going about our business, there’s one thing that we can never seem to escape: ads. They’re even all up in our grills as we stroll down the street, or go to take the metro. And while some might, quite literally, turn the other cheek…some simply won’t stand for it. Case in point: The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service. C.A.T.S ON A MISSION: A DC INITIATIVE

PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

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Paul Taylor, Bar Manager and Partner of Drink Company

First, they gave us “Miracle on 7th” this past Winter, and then they introduced us to Spring with “Cherry Blossoms”. But who exactly is the mastermind behind these carefully designed and well executed pop-up bars that have sent social media users into a picture sharing frenzy? Well, we know… and they are called Drink Company. PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

IS THERE A SECOND ACT FOR DC’S DYING MALLS?

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If you’ve been to a shopping mall in the past year or two, it should come as no surprise to you that they’re closing at a rapid and accelerating pace.  (The last time I went to a mall, old people with hand weights and fanny packs, speed-walking for exercise, outnumbered actual shoppers by a ratio of about 2-to-1.)  Of the approximately 1200 malls in the U.S., experts estimate that a third of them are dying – and now that the Retail Meltdown of 2017 is underway, that percentage is likely to rise.  As of 2012, there were 31 malls in the DC area, of which almost half were dead or dying. IS THERE A SECOND ACT FOR DC’S DYING MALLS?

ART IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND IT’S IN CRYSTAL CITY

Art is definitely NOT dead, and if you need proof, go to Artomatic where you can see exhibits by more than 600 local artists, including paintings, drawing, sculptures, photographs and more. (See photos at the bottom.)

It’s true — you can sip chardonnay and speak in hushed tones to your companion while taking in the deeper meaning behind a rectangular canvas painted a single shade of dark blue. But here, you’ll have to sip it from a plastic cup, and your companion will never hear your hoity-toity critique, because it will be drowned out by the delighted voices of other show-goers, some who may have had more than a few plastic cups of wine. ART IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND IT’S IN CRYSTAL CITY

“Inside, the all-white family room gets a ton of natural light, and features a beautiful brick fireplace; the space flows into a bright sunroom-slash-den that’s perfect for reading or lounging, or doing what my mother did with our den when I was growing up, which was to set up a flawless layout of antique furniture, ceramic figurines, and fine rugs, and then forbid the family from ever entering the room for any reason, ever, under threat of severe punishment.”

“Inside, the all-white family room gets a ton of natural light, and features a beautiful brick fireplace; the space flows into a bright sunroom-slash-den that’s perfect for reading or lounging, or doing what my mother did with our den when I was growing up, which was to set up a flawless layout of antique furniture, ceramic figurines, and fine rugs, and then forbid the family from ever entering the room for any reason, ever, under threat of severe punishment.”