Metro Weekly

Pop-Up and Go

With creativity, flair and options, will give you more to do in one day than a month full of Saturdays

Imagine a pop-up city, a metropolis, where ”streets” are lined with storefronts of all kinds, people congregate in the ”parks,” and outdoor performers enliven this ”One Day in DC, All Things LGBT.” Experience art, taste great food, get ideas on how to furnish your living room, buy a shirt, get your picture taken. Planning a vacation? Got it. Looking for a new bank or dating advice? You can find it there. Hotels? Spa treatments? Beauty salons? You bet! And to stimulate your brain, you can take in a session at University, where subjects will range from coming out, gender identity and marriage, to starting a new business.

Proof to the uniqueness of the concept is the event’s presenting sponsor, Cocova, located on 18th Street NW near U Street, where Dupont meets Adams Morgan. Considered among the finest chocolate shops in the world, Cocova features more than 850 fine-quality chocolate products from more than 100 renowned chocolate makers. True to their commitment to the art, Cocova will be hosting tastings at their pop-up, teaching participants to experience chocolate like never before, boosting their taste-bud prowess by engaging the five senses.

True to the concept of pop-up, is temporary, unique and exciting. What visitors will experience on Nov. 17 would take a month of Saturdays to otherwise accomplish. You could get a lot of exercise walking all over D.C., Maryland and Virginia, but the fitness experts at can give you personal tips on how to get an efficient workout in less time. Need some running shoes?

Come and go at your leisure. The doors open at 10 a.m. and the pop-up metropolis will turn in to a pumpkin at 5 p.m.

CAGLCC, recipient of the NGLCC Chamber of the Year Award, means business. For more information, visit ‘‘.

Don’t miss, Saturday, Nov. 17: One Day in DC, All Things LGBT. To register online, visit ‘‘. Registration is free, open to all.

Ernesto M. Santalla, CAGLCC board president, owns Studio Santalla Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm in D.C.