Bright, smiling faces greeted newcomers as they crossed into the threshold of Maketto, one of the newest niche retail/eatery spaces in the Atlas District (if you don’t recall, we were there on opening night in April), beckoned by the invite of Creative DC to indulge in food, drink, and socializing with fellow District residents.
The airy space was a perfect location for the now monthly open house launched in partnership between A Creative DC and Maketto, designed to connect young creatives across industries in this unique place.
We took a moment to munch on a finely crafted Cambodian Chicken Sandwich – one that was spicy but not hot – and sample one of their signature cocktails, the Nagaraja, which was the perfect complement, a mixture of Ouroboros, amaretto, orange juice, and more. Their menu, if you didn’t know, is an enticing array of SouthEast Asian (Cambodian and Taiwanese) dishes and there’s even a nice selection of Asian beers and uniquely brewed local Vigilante coffee to add to the mix. With beautiful people abound, conversations sparked amidst the backdrop of bustling – yet timely – wait staff and regular patrons who mingled around the five distinct gathering spaces, including a huge outdoor space and patio where all could and did enjoy the nice weather.
In attendance was Morgan West, Founder and Director of A Creative DC, and Bill OBrien of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the founder of Starchild Studios, Ayana Zaire, who spearheads the offline portion of A Creative DC.
West says that the event was “everyone’s brainchild,” and that the vision was simply to facilitate a space where great people could socialize and network with no prerogatives like they do on the interwebs – just in real life.
The joint venture did just that – with young creatives from DC, Toronto, and even Chicago in attendance with backgrounds varying from entrepreneurs to inspirational apparel producers, the gathering turned out to be a success.
Just in case you missed the inaugural event, the next meeting will be on July 31, 11 a.m. – 2:30p.m. at the same location (we did say it’d be monthly, remember?).
If you want to find out more about A Creative DC or any of their other projects, check out their website at http://www.acreativedc.com/.
You can also take a peek at Maketto when you visit before the next A Creative DC x Maketto event by looking at their website: http://maketto1351.com/.