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Streets Like These:

Morgan H. West
Washington, D.C.

Morgan H. West

Dressed by

Coach

There’s no better guide to our nation’s capital than Morgan H. West, an artist, third-generation D.C.-based small-business owner (her parents and grandparents ran a print shop in the city), and founder of A Creative D.C., which dedicates itself to promoting D.C.’s creative economy and homegrown inspirations. After a few years on the freelance beat, she’s now the Creative Culture Manager at The LINE Hotel. Coach invited Morgan to introduce us to her favorite spots across all four quadrants of her hometown.

Blind Whino (1)

Photographs by Caroline Tompkins

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Blind Whino is amazing—it’s this beautiful church that’s been converted into an arts space. On any given night people are putting on weddings, art shows, all kinds of things. There’s an ongoing gallery component, too—floor to ceiling, steeple to ground, they’re always showing this incredible work. www.blindwhino.org

Suns Cinema (2)
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Suns is one of the true delights of living in D.C. It’s a little 30-seat movie theater in Mount Pleasant—you feel like you’re walking into someone’s living room. They show five-dollar movies almost every night—they’re doing murder mysteries this whole month, and we’ve been to quite a few of those. www.sunscinema.com

The LINE Hotel interior (3)
The LINE Hotel exterior
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I live in The LINE Hotel’s neighborhood, and it truly feels so local—it’s always filled with neighbors and friends and friends you haven’t met yet. They have a really incredible chef, too, who’s kind of a hometown hero. (There’s also a radio station right in the lobby—we host our podcast there.) www.thelinehotel.com/dc

Hirshhorn Museum (4)
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We have so many museums in D.C., but the Hirshhorn is my favorite. They’ve been doing such phenomenal programming recently—this summer we got to see Kim Gordon perform Yoko Ono pieces in front of a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin. And the architecture is unbelievable, too. (It’s shaped like a donut.) www.hirshhorn.si.edu

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A Creative D.C. Brookland is my studio space—we’ve been here for five years, hosting resident artists, community events, and our own projects and panels and workshops. There’s not a ton of studio space in D.C., so we feel extremely fortunate to have this one—and to be able to make it available to the community, too. www.acreativedc.com/brookland-location

Morgan at A Creative D.C. Brookland
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Craig Kraft Studio (6)
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Craig Kraft is a friend and a neon artist who works in Anacostia—his space is so beautiful, and it just glows (obviously). He’s been in D.C. for 35 years, so his studio is a really special place to visit. It’s also surrounded by a bunch of other galleries, and some really great boutiques. www.craigkraftstudio.com

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Idle Time is a chaotic bookstore in the very best way—it’s three stories of mysteries and sci-fi and everything you’d ever want. (I just got some old MAD magazines there, for my dad.) There’s a great little chair upstairs, and hand-drawn signs, and big windows looking out onto 18th Street. It’s the best place to spend ten minutes, or two hours. www.idletimebooks.com

Idle Time Books (7)
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My friend Amanda McClements runs Little Leaf, and I’m pretty sure she has the best taste on the planet—you walk in here, and you just want everything. They carry incense, and D.C.-made jewelry, and…plants, of course. It’s a complete sensory experience, and a shining example of small business here in D.C. www.littleleafshop.com

Little Leaf (8)