Oct 7, 2002: New Stores Opened by Exhibitors


WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 7)—Four new stores, in locations as diverse as Captiol Hill and Takoma Park in the Washington area and Berkeley Springs in West Virginia, have owners who incubated their businesses in part at The Flea Market at Eastern Market, held Sundays on Capitol Hill.

Reflecting the diversity of the flea market itself, the proprietors all have greatly different specialties.

Rodney Smith opened Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel at 727 8th St. SE in June; Eka Himawan, Java Antiques, Indonesian Furniture, at 511 11th St., SE and Lori Flanders, Loriola Gallery, arts and crafts, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD, in September. Leo and Ann Gallarano, American Mission Oak and Art Pottery, plan to open ASG Gallery at 81B Washington St. in downtown Berekely Springs in November.

Smith, who was born and raised just a few blocks from Eastern Market, is a designer whose “It’s A Thang” clothing line is featured both at the store and flea market. Custom embroidering and silk screens, along with many types of sports equipment, are also available at the 8th Street SE location across from the U.S. Marine Barracks.

Smith can be contacted at the store by phone at 202-546-8078 and by email: itsathang1@aol.com  The web site is: itsathang.com

Himawan came to Washington from her hometown of Solo, Java in 1997 to study at George Washington University, where she received a master’s degree in 1998. But she soon found herself importing teak and mahogany furniture, which was bought and refinished by her mother back home, and selling at area flea markets.

“This gives me freedom to be my own boss,” Himawan explains why she didn’t follow a career in her academic specialty.

Now, when she goes to the flea market, Himawan “leaves the heavier furniture” at the store. A four-page catalog showcasing many of the pieces is available, email: javaantiques@earthlink.net

Flanders, a painter of glass ware, started selling her designs at Eastern Market about four years ago and soon thereafter quit a job managing a bookstore café to devote full time to her art.

Her 1500 square foot Takoma Park space is also serving as her studio and the store is also being devoted to consignments of several other Eastern Market artists and crafts people.  The location is right across the street from Amano, an import clothing business also incubated at Eastern Market.

Flanders plans an “Official Grand Opening Party” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 10. The Loriola Gallery opening will also feature prints by and a reception for Dan Kessler, an artist who exhibits at Eastern Market.  For more information phone: 301-891-0708, email: loriola2@comcast.net  The web site is: loriola.com           

The Gallaranos were among the half dozen original exhibitors at The Flea Market at Eastern Market in the mid 1980s. Since then they have become recognized as among the leading authorities on the American Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Leo lectures at the annual Grove Park Inn Conference and Antique Show in North Carolina, where he and Ann have also been exhibitors since the inception of the show 16 years ago.

The store will be stocked with period furniture, pottery and carpets as well as complementary accessories. The Gallaranos email is: galarano@intrepid.net