Willow celebrates Women's History Month with 2nd Annual Tampon Drive

Willow celebrates Women's History Month with 2nd Annual Tampon Drive

Willow Fashion at 843 Upshur Street NW is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Tampon Drive to collect the menstrual products for those who can’t easily afford to purchase them. The event is in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day and benefits the District Alliance for Safe Housing. It’s the store’s way of honoring women and ensuring they have access to basic necessities.

You can drop off tampon and pad donations at both of Willow’s shops all month. If you donate 100+ products on or after International Women’s Day (March 8th), you’ll get a free sticker patch of an inspiring woman.

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Upshur's 'veteran,' Julie Wineinger, is learning to juggle everything on the road to success

Upshur's 'veteran,' Julie Wineinger, is learning to juggle everything on the road to success

I walked into Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop on a sunny Friday afternoon to interview owner Julie Wineinger about what it’s like to be a woman business owner. Before I could even sit down, the scene before me spoke volumes: there was Julie, one hand on her laptop, fielding questions from her staff behind the counter while discreetly nursing her five-week-old son inside a cloth carrier.

It was the epitome of the juggling act that every working mom performs, and is even more acute when that new mom is a business owner.

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Help-U-Sell building on Upshur gets ready to expand up and out to offer more office space for rent

Help-U-Sell building on Upshur gets ready to expand up and out to offer more office space for rent

Help-U-Sell Real Estate is beginning a major reconstruction project at their building at 843 Upshur Street, the second time this building has gone through improvements. The tall green building on Upshur, which is also home to Willow Fashion and the Petworth mural, will add a third floor and is expanding into the back of the lot along the alley to add more office space.

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Willow & Petworth Citizen: Upshur Street birthdays and anniversaries

Willow & Petworth Citizen: Upshur Street birthdays and anniversaries

Upshur Street has changed over the past half-decade, and most of that change is due to the efforts of places like Petworth Citizen and Willow Fashion, who both continue to serve the neighborhood with excellent food and retail options, while being good neighbors. Petworth Citizen is celebrating three years on Upshur, and Willow is celebrating four years. Hear from owners Paul Ruppert and Julie Wineinger (and celebrate with them this week and next!).

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The first Petworth Fashion Fest is this Saturday

The first Petworth Fashion Fest is this Saturday

This Saturday, the inaugural Petworth Fashion Fest will transform the 800 block of Upshur Street into the fashion center of the nation’s capital for an afternoon. Organized by the owners of Willow Fashion and Fia’s Fabulous Finds, the Petworth Fashion Fest will feature nearly three dozen clothing and accessory vendors, along with live performances from local DJs.

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A local look: Willow Fashion offers some of the best new fashions & gifts in Petworth

A local look: Willow Fashion offers some of the best new fashions & gifts in Petworth

Upshur Street in Petworth is home to more than just a bunch of restaurants, you can also find some great retail like Bentley's Vintage Furniture & Collectibles, Fia’s Fabulous Finds and Willow Fashion. I want to share a look at some of these local businesses who have worked to improve the neighborhood and may not get the attention they deserve.

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