Now Popping Up in Rosslyn: The Alcove

The "experiential" pop-up store runs through the end of September.

Good things are popping up in Rosslyn.

This week, the doors will open to The Alcove, a 5,000 square-foot temporary retail space at the corner of 19th and North Moore Streets (Central Place).  Organized by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, the “experiential”  store will stage various events each week through the end of September.  Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Alcove’s main retail partner is Carpe Librum Bookstorea used book, CD and DVD shop, with items priced $1-$8. Proceeds will benefit Turning the Page, a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all students have access to quality public education. 

During the August 8 grand opening (11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.) local beverage purveyor MTO Kombucha will offer a free jar of kombucha to the first 100 attendees. The kick-off event will also include DIY workshops from D.C.’s The Lemon Collective and the Arlington Public Library’s Makers Program.

Other upcoming events include fitness classes, musical performances and author readings, plus a host of DIY workshops in which participants can learn how to make everything from waterproof wallets, spa products and binary code bracelets to decoupage trays and Hojalata (Mexican tin art).

From August 14-18, stop by and check out local Etsy sellers like Keisha Ransome of 2live2love, a purveyor of “tulle skirts for every occasion.”  (Carrie Bradshaw would no doubt approve.)

Tulle skirt by 2live2love (website photo)

Brides-to-be should mark their calendars for an Etsy bridal event on August 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We hope folks will let us know what they enjoyed about the space and what could be improved,” says Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID. “We see this space as something created by the community for the community, so that feedback is really important for us.”

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