“DC Creators Introduce Art, Retail and Gathering Experiment theTwelve”

Photo inside 1262 5th Street, NE by Obi Okolo

From a press release:

“On the heels of the challenging year 2020, twelve DC friends, creators and entrepreneurs come together to launch theTwelve, an experimental commerce and community experience designed to foster true connection, inspire hope and infuse fresh meaning into our lives.

Housed in a 3,600 sq ft raw commercial space in the Union Market District at 1262 5th Street NE, the year-long brick and mortar activation opens on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. theTwelve will offer our beloved community an interactive and curated experience that brings together three distinct areas of engagement, informed by our values of interconnectedness, beauty, sustainability and wellness, to build community, unify and heal.

The front room will offer 870sf of holistic retail, with vintage and new design-focused housewares, live plants, fragrance, and sustainable apparel and accessories–with each item being a touch point to our values. Beyond the shop, is the 1400sf gallery space that will engage community participation and encourage discovery. Just off the gallery is our 1400sf living room where we will offer community programming alongside a kindred crew of collaborators across disciplines.

“Pains from the pandemic and social upheaval really highlighted the importance of unity and brotherhood. There is no ‘us’ and ‘them,’ it’s all us. How do we model that in our day-to-day lives? How can we not go back to business as usual, but really hold onto this moment, and truly be the change we want to see? How can we reimagine the use of public space within the market to spread love and hope through interaction, creativity, and commerce?,” says Lori Parkerson, co-creator of theTwelve DC.

This collective is composed of 12 friends, dreamers, visionaries and doers who want to use what’s in our hands to engage the District in life-giving ways: Talyah Alpern, M.Gert Barkovic, Julian Barnes, Alison Beshai, Reggie Black, Ayana Zaire Cotton, Britnie Dates, Amira El-Gawly, Curry Hackett, Joi Jackson, Obi Okolo and Lori Parkerson. The collective invites other kindred spirits to join in the project to collaborate on events and workshops and expand our network of experience and purpose.

About theTwelve

theTwelve is a collective of 12 friends and creators, exploring the idea of what it means to truly be “all in this together.” Based in the Union Market District, theTwelve offers a year-long art, retail and gathering experiment centered around love, hope and unity through the lens of interconnectedness and sustainability. theTwelve will be open every Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm. To learn more about theTwelve, please visit or follow @theTwelveDC on Instagram.”

Recent Stories

“Dear PoPville, Since today’s March 1 and as we all know, street cleaning begins, I’m in a pickle. I’m going to be out of town for 3-4 weeks and currently…

Thanks to Chris for sending: “Lidl will be on Upton Street facing the TV Station/McDonald’s”

This weekend is a big one. And likely a foreshadowing of the spring market that we’ve barely broken into with a whopping 350 DC Open Houses scheduled this weekend alone….

1700 New Jersey Avenue, NW at R Street More sad news – from BKK thai cookshop: “With the end of our lease in sight, we’ve decided to close at the…

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? Use Well-Paid Maids, the DC area’s only certified living-wage home cleaning service. Well-Paid Maids pays all of its staff at least $24 per hour and provides a full benefits package including:

• Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

• 100% employer-paid commuting costs

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

Opening Night: DC Environmental Film Festival

The 2024 DC Environmental Film Festival begins Thursday, March 21, at 7pm with the US Premiere screening of ANTARCTICA CALLING from Academy Award-winning director Luc Jacquet.

The Festival will continue through Saturday, March 30, offering dozens of screenings at venues

Aidan Leclaire Band in Concert

Local musician, Aidan Leclaire and his band will headline a night of rockin’ show by local bands at the iconic music venue, Songbyrd Music House.


Subscribe to our mailing list