"The Lemon Bowl" is D.C.'s Colorful, Patterned Spot for Creativity

"The Lemon Bowl" is D.C.'s Colorful, Patterned Spot for Creativity

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Nicole Crowder
Jun 17, 2016
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Name: The Lemon Bowl (Founders: Kate Zaremba, Linny Giffin and Holley Simmons)
Location: Park View, Washington, D.C.
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

Visiting The Lemon Bowl—a retail space, shared workspace and workshop studio in Washington D.C.—is like being inside a gumball machine where all the treats are handmade. The cozy but playfully whimsical space is exploding with an endless stream of colorful trinkets ranging from succulents to local art to fantastic textiles and anything in between.

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The Lemon Bowl was initially kicked off by Holley Simmons, dining editor for The Washington Post Express and local artisan who specializes in designing succulents and terrariums (and hosting terrarium workshops from her home in Mount Pleasant). When a local business owner decided he wanted to renovate this space and invited Holley to do it (and to do with it what she wanted), Holley immediately reached out to a group of local creators and makers.

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The three women who came together in the summer of 2015 to turn this space into a place conducive for creativity and workshops is just one more reason why D.C.'s creative class is having its moment in the sun.

Does Holley look familiar? We've toured her home (twice!) and showed off her personal style, too.

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"We went into this knowing we wanted a workspace outside of our homes since we all run our business from our homes," Kate says of the group's initial meetings. "We needed workshops and we wanted a space that was communal and open to the public."

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Together Holley, Kate and Linny transformed this cozy space into a bright and welcoming place for hosting weekly workshops and talks. Nearly everything in the shop is for sale, and that's largely because after just one class, the workshop attendees all began inquiring about the items hanging on the walls and the shelves. Could they buy them? Who made the ____? Where could they find this or that piece? And so The Lemon Bowl now also operates as a retail space as well as a workshop studio. You can follow The Lemon Bowl on Instagram: @thelemonbowldc

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