Who We Are:
Founded in February 2017, Duende District's mission is to bring a highly inclusive and pleasurable general bookstore experience in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, serving a multicultural community with an equally multicultural ownership/staff, and all are welcome.
Currently a collaborative pop-up and vendor boutique bookstore, Duende District’s audience focuses on the large Hispanic, black, immigrant and other communities of color throughout D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV). Each location where Duende District establishes a pop-up and/or event series focuses on engaging communities of color, while also inviting all people to participate in the resulting conversation/experience.
Owner: Angela Maria Spring, a first-gen Latinx of Central American and Puerto Rican descent, has more than 17 years of bookstore experience. With specializations in management, training, buying and merchandise displaying, she has been a manager and/or buyer at several stores, including Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., McNally Jackson in NYC, and Page One Books in Albuquerque, N.M.
A Few of Our Venue Partners:
Artomatic - One of the largest arts festivals in D.C., held annually for 6 weeks in a site with multiple floors in a designated building. The event attracts 13,000+ visitors and features a diverse mix of visual and performing artists, as well as author and writing events.
D.C. Public Schools – Duende District has partnered with the DCPS’s Early Childhood Educational Division to collaborate on diverse author events for the First Annual Family Literacy Festival, with activities to be held at a D.C. elementary school.
District Bridges – Organizes the annual Columbia Heights Festival and partners with community businesses and organization to host events. Duende District and District Bridges will collaborate on 4 diversity events to be held in venues throughout Columbia Heights-Mt. Pleasant in Fall 2017.
The Arts Club of Washington: Offers a lavish room on-site for guest authors to stay; below is a room with a stage area with a seating capacity of 100 (or 150 if people sit at dining tables on first floor).
The Anacostia Arts Center: Opened in 2013, the center is 9,300 square feet, and includes a 1,000 sq ft Black Box Theater; space for five galleries/boutiques; a café, and an 800 sq ft lounge area. (Anacostia’s community is majority African American.)
A Creative D.C. on the Brookland Arts Walk: Launched in January 2015 by Morgan H. West, A Creative DC promotes
emerging, established, and diverse DC perspectives across new media,showcasing and acknowledging the city’s creative community and local creative economy to an online audience of ~100k.
Toli Moli at Union Market:
From Washingtonian Magazine - "Whether you’re looking for coconut curry noodles, Korean face masks, South Asian spices, or diapers, a new Burmese bodega inside Union Market aims to be your one stop destination for all that and so much more.
The shop is an expansion of Toli Moli, the Union Market stall serving creamy, gelatinous Burmese parfaits known as falooda. Simone Jacobson and her mother Jocelyn Law-Yone, along with friend Eric Wang, founded the food business nearly two years ago to introduce Washingtonians to a slice of Burmese cuisine and culture."
BloomBars: A donation-run non-profit arts community space located in Columbia Heights, BloomBars hosts a wide variety of programs & shows for all ages.