Mt. Pleasant Temporium Opens! This past Friday was the opening of the Temporium in Mt. Pleasant. And what an opening! It started at 7:00PM and by 7:15PM the building was full of excited shoppers.

This pop-up shop features handmade goods from 30 independent artists. There is a great mix of fashion, items for the home, and kid friendly crafts. Here are some of my favorites:

Plush Owls

I love the concept behind these literary wallets.

One thing I appreciate about independent crafters / designers is that their products frequently have a sense of humor.  Take these fingerless "Hell Yeah" gloves. I got such a kick out of them!

Black Fingerless Gloves

It was also great to see men's fashion represented. This "Rock Creek Park" tie would be perfect for the right guy.

There is also an evolving art project going on within the store. The front windows contain trees with clothespins on the branches. Shoppers are encouraged to fill out an index card regarding their hopes and dreams for DC / Mt Pleasant to hang on the clothespins. The Temporium grew out of partnerships between Mount Pleasant Main Street, SpeakeasyDC, Hello Craft, Radio CPR, Partners for Livable Communities, and the DC Office of Planning. The spirit of the store is about community, and the trees really represent the nature of the project as a whole.

The Temporium is open through March 13, 2011, and is located at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW. Hours are Monday - Friday 2:00-7:00PM and Saturday - Sunday 11:00-5:00PM.  A schedule of events (including trunk shows and educational sessions) can be viewed here.

Have you been to the Temporium? Do tell!