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Sad News for Takoma – Reader Reports Trohv Closing in late January

by Prince Of Petworth January 4, 2016 at 10:35 am 23 Comments


Our friends from ATTIC DC (online resource for finding furniture from local stores and the same folks who accurately reported Millennium closing on U Street) share the sad news:

“Next up is Trohv in Takoma [232 Carroll Street, NW]. They’re planning to close for good in mid to late January. They’re starting to offer discounts etc. Their original Baltimore store will remain open.”

Update: Official announcement from Trohv:

“Hi Friends and Neighbors!

We hope the holidays have treated you and your families well. As we enter the New Year, we have news about our DC shop. We’ll keep it short and sweet. We’ve loved being a part of the DC and Takoma communities. We’ve met 1000s of great customers and supported more than 150 local artists during our nearly five years being open in Takoma. To the Takoma community specifically, thank you for welcoming us, appreciating the store, and letting us participate in various ways in your amazing community. Despite how much we’ve loved being part of the Takoma/DC community, the DC shop hasn’t met our hopes and we’ve decided to close the DC shop in order to focus on our Baltimore location.

Our DC shop’s last day for business will be on or around January 17, 2016. Beginning on January 4, we will have a store-wide closing sale where we’ll mark down items ranging from 20-80%. We will be selling pretty much everything, including store fixtures, displays, lighting, and various materials for a wide-range of potential projects. The one exception for sales, as usual, will be on artist-made consignment items. We’ll be offering discounts on those items as agreed to by the various artists. All sales will be final.

Please stop in and pick up something you’ve been eyeing! Even if you’re not in the market for anything, please stop in to say hello and enjoy the shop one last time.

With gratitude,

Ben, Carmen, Kenneth and the Trohv team

Trohv, 232 Carroll St, NW
Takoma neighborhood, Washington, DC

Oh, one last thing! Get your Trohv fix by visiting us in Baltimore! We’re located at 921 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211 in the amazing Hampden neighborhood just a couple miles north of downtown. If you haven’t been to Hampden, you’re in for a treat – so many great shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars. See you there!”

  • HaileUnlikely

    Bummer. I like that store. I have to admit, though, that I’ve only made a grand total of 3-4 purchases there, as most of what they sell is not the type of stuff that I buy on a regular basis.

    • jumpingjack

      Me too. I love wandering around the store but have never bought anything there. I don’t understand the market for stores like this (especially with square footage as big as Trohv’s). I will rarely, if ever, buy a $3000 artfully distressed coffee table or $40 organic cotton tea towels. I’m amazed that it had enough customers that it stayed in business for so long.
      Also, when is the funeral home next door going to be replaced with retail?!? Such a sad stretch of the block.

      • A

        Their products do better in Baltimore. DC is very conservative.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Takoma Park MD is 50 feet away and is…well…not very conservative. I can see them doing better in Baltimore though.

          • Anon

            But they’re cheap hippies who are perfectly capable to do their own artisanal distressing. (NTTAWWT)

        • jumpingjack

          I love the style (not too conservative at all), I just wonder about the prices.

          • A

            are Baltimoreans more likely to spend money for style?

            Just wondering why the Baltimore store stays open but DC one does not. What’s the difference?
            I’d still considered Takoma park way more conservative than Hampden.

          • jumpingjack

            A, just speculating, but maybe folks in DC are house-poor. We spend all of our money on housing and have little left for the furnishings. In Baltimore you get a lot more for your money, house-wise, so people can spend more on furniture and decorating.

          • Anon

            Haven’t been to their Baltimore store, but I imagine they were paying quite a bit for that much space that close to the metro. Also, I’d be surprised if they price their inventory the same way in both cities.

          • Anonamom

            People in Baltimore are far more willing to pay more for pieces like this, but also for reclaimed pieces. There are a few great reclaimed warehouses in the city, but the prices are shocking to me. They stay well in business though! I think there is a difference in taste/style in Baltimore vs. DC that can be seen in the way houses are remodeled/flipped. In Baltimore, I have seen far more keeping original finishes (or putting them back in), and the renos tend to be more rustic-ish than sleek. Plus, more young people in Baltimore can afford to own their own home than here, and it’s a more artistic vibe than here.

          • Philippe Lecheval

            Everyone I know who moved to Baltimore did it because they couldn’t afford the sort of house they wanted in DC, so I really doubt that people in Baltimore are more likely to pay silly amounts for these knick-knacks than people in DC.

        • I love the store but have also only bought something there once (and it was inexpensive earrings). I think it has more to do with price sensitive than conservative. I really liked some of their dining tables, for example, but they were $2,000-$3,000+, which is way too expensive for my budget…

          • HaileUnlikely

            I still remember that grocery cart roughly the size of a Hummer (not exaggerating – looked like it was from the set of Honey I Shrunk the Kids or something), priced at something like $5000. I wonder if somebody actually bought that, and if so, why.

      • AG

        I wonder the same thing about Salt and Sundry. I am amazed people pay so much for their products to not only allow them to survive but also expand. At least a store like Hill’s Kitchen sells products for around the same price or less than Williams and Sonoma and has more local, tailored inventory. I once saw a rope dog leash at Salt and Sundry (just plain rope, tied into a loop on the end) selling for $50. FIFTY DOLLARS for a piece of rope. Who buys this stuff???

        • jumpingjack

          +1000. (But it was an artfully curated artisanal organic locally-sourced rope dog leash. :p )
          Salt and Sundry is the best example of this. Every time I go I marvel that people buy enough to keep it in business. Tabletop (which now has a location in Takoma) is another, less extreme, example.

        • Philippe Lecheval

          When everything is priced so ridiculously high, you don’t have to sell much to make rent, I guess. Or they’re a front for human trafficking.

        • S&S is in a heavily trafficked market (and now heavily trafficked street). Lots of people go to Union Market specifically for unique gifts for someone, which is what they specialize in. I’ve bought quite a lot of things in there, some for myself, but mostly when I need to get something for someone for a weekend gathering or something and don’t have time to wait to get it cheaper on Amazon. The selection of items is really well put together.

        • Rich

          Baltimore is more open to quirky than DC. S&S fits the self conscious hipness that’s more DC–people who confuse artisanal vinegar with cultivated taste.

  • jumpingjack

    An article from last month said this building will be subdivided into four retail spaces.

  • Darn, looked like a cool store but I never had the time or will to go up to Takoma. Oh well.

  • nc3

    Nice store, but I agree that I just never actually bought stuff there. I feel this store would have done better with a smaller lower rent space and a focus on small items.

  • Anon

    The reality is stores like this may very well have been a trend much in the same way cupcakes were. From a certain period of hipsterism which is now fading. I am not sure people are house poor, as in this just does not fit into the modernism that DC tends to favor. I have been in this store several times, and never saw much of the appeal. It seemed more than a bit out of place.

    On a side note, they are also subdividing the building, so it is likely why they are leaving. The rent is likely going to go up, and finding an alternative location is unlikely. Takoma is going into the next phase of gentrification.


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