After months of preparation, we’re excited to announce the opening on June 19 of a Politics and Prose branch in the Union Market district in northeast DC. Many of you may be familiar with efforts underway in recent years to revitalize that historic DC neighborhood, once a hub for food distribution throughout the city. The revived indoor food market there already has turned into a booming success, and now P&P joins a number of other retailers in occupying a newly-renovated warehouse located next to the market along 5th Street NE.
The new branch is intimate but big enough to carry a range of books and non-book items for all ages. Author talks will be held in a dedicated area at the back of the store. And customers won’t have far to go for coffee and treats. Coming soon next door is The Village cafe, a venture by three young Washingtonians who have worked at restaurants around town. P&P also will be bringing classes, workshops, and children’s activities in the neighborhood.
The launch of P&P at Union Market follows other recent moves by Politics and Prose to bring more books, authors, and events to the Washington area. These have included the opening last fall of a P&P branch at The Wharf in southwest DC and the expansion over the winter of the flagship store on Connecticut Avenue NW. All in all, these steps reflect both the renewed vigor of the independent bookstore business and the dynamism of the nation’s capital. We hope you’ll visit the new location and let us know what you think.
— Brad and Lissa