The Outrage, the store founded by women that sells clothing for progressive activists on 14th Street NW, is preparing to open a cafe, a bar and a community space at the back of its building by the end of April.
Known for themed products around various resistance movements, the store sells shirts that uphold Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Colin Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback activist, that Outrage has become a natural place to gather before the marches in National Mall. The idea of selling drinks was made organically.
"All these women and men who want to bring the merch to march also want to come and stay – looking for a place on the couch to kick it for their literary club or workshop X, Y and Z," says Michelle Howell, the community store manager and of the brand.
A new 100-seat community space is planned for the end of April, hidden in the back of the store behind a curtain wall. The area was designed as a safe space to discuss current dramas such as climate change and pay inequalities, or simply simply go out and work. It will open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. every day (and probably on weekends).
Following self-service coffee and tea during the day, coffee will evolve into a bar at night, serving cans of beer and wine to start (allowing with ABRA is underway). The initial list of spirits is now resolved, with many local players (in particular, women's and minority brands) in the mix. The liquor could stick to the mix along the line, awaiting approval.
"We want to be a comfortable space and an oasis from the world and inspire and empower young people to have conversations," says Howell.
Along with "playful" events such as feminism Friday, comedy nights and pajama parties, he also hopes to host large groups and political speakers. Parts of clothing sales are already in various movements. Drinkers can donate a portion of their wine or beer labels by placing tokens in cups for causes such as Planned Parenthood and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Monthly membership fees are charged on a sliding scale ($ 30, $ 50 and $ 75) to meet different budgets. Howell states that a member's capacity is already halfway, refusing to reveal what this figure is. The public will also be able to access the space using day passes or participating events.
The industrial-style installation embellishes the skylights and concrete floors. Hundreds of plants cover the ceiling and the walls are full of works of art with a social theme.
An area is full of sofas and coffee tables. Another corner is occupied by a large table with 13 seats. There is also a bar area with stools and coffee tables. Modern, mid-century lighting fixtures come from Portland, Oregon, producer of cedars and moss.
Howell is not yet ready to reveal food options, but people can expect goods packaged like cereal bars.
The Outrage started as a pop-up in Adams Morgan in 2016, then gained strength after collaborating with Women & # 39; s March the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Last year he moved to permanent excavations at 1722 14th Street NW.
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