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Deck the Shops

Miss Pixies Christmas lights Photo by Todd Franson

Miss Pixies Christmas lights – Photography by Todd Franson

These days the Mid-City area of 14th Street is already bustling. But the folks at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot are determined to make the city’s trendiest strip glow even brighter this holiday season. The store has spearheaded “Lights Up on 14th Street,” which launches Friday night, Dec. 5. Businesses up and down the street in Logan Circle will hang outdoor lights and decorate window displays, with many offering promotions that evening, from specials to free food and samples.

“We told everyone do anything that you want to do that suits your business,” says Joani Maher of Miss Pixie’s. “It’s just a way to get people excited about the holidays, start shopping and cruise the street.”

Participating businesses include Home Rule, Logan Hardware, Flowers on 14th, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Cork & Fork Fine Wine Merchants, Ted’s Bulletin, BakeHouse, Bodysmith Gym, City Paws, Redeem, and even the newest kid on the block, West Elm.

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The idea springs from the “customer appreciation shopping bazaar” that Miss Pixie’s first hosted last year and has decided to expand. “We invite local artists and vendors to sell in the store,” Maher says about the annual bazaar, where customers can find art, cards, vintage clothes, jewelry and candies, going well beyond the eclectic goods the store sells year round. This year’s event will feature live music from the gypsy jazz band Bitter Dose Combo, and there will also be prizes and contests.

To encourage more businesses to go all out in decorating, there’s also a contest for best storefront displays organized by the Washington City Paper. “People who take the time to vote on their favorite will be entered to win gift certificates,” Maher says. And the Logan Circle Community Association is also working to encourage residents in the area to decorate their houses and apartments for the evening.

Says Maher, “We’re hoping over the years it will get bigger and bigger.”

Lights Up on 14th Street starts at 5:30 p.m., with the Customer Appreciation Bazaar running until 8 p.m. at Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th St. NW. Call 202-232-8171 or visit lightsupon14thstreet.com for more information.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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