Mars: Looking back at another world in clothing

BERKELEY, Calif. — Among a variety of restaurants, shops and street vendors, Mars stands out. The  local thrift shop in the heart of Berkeley carries vintage clothing and a wide range of apparel that appeals to both students and visitors in this college town. Mars,established in 1998,  features clothing dating between the  1950s to the…

Evan Linden's self-taught jewelry making is on display on Telegraph. Photo by Austin Matloff

Evan Linden: an American vendor

BERKELEY, Calif. — Lining Berkeley’s well-known Telegraph Avenue — with its year-round street vendors and entertainers — sits Evan Linden, who has been making wire and hemp accessories for 15 years.  He started off back in 1997 when his girlfriend gave him a necklace made out of hemp, which made him want to try to…

From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…

A must-see market in the heart of Washington

Looking for a place to buy affordable gifts? Know somebody who likes jewelry, clothing, accessories, soaps, knickknacks or even salsa? Eastern Market has it all. This flea market may be one of Washington, D.C.’s best-kept secrets. While locals are likely familiar with the neighborhood and its popular attractions, tourists may be unfamiliar with the market.…

Taking artsy to a whole new level

While walking up to this 11-story office building, nothing seems out of the ordinary.  The smell of food, the sight of bright colors and the sound of live music hit visitors all at once as they enter the building. Artomatic, an art festival in Crystal City, Va., features all sorts of creative, out-of-the-box art.  From…

Eastern Market: A place for everyone

Eastern Market, a popular public market near the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, is constantly filled with people looking for food, garments or music. On a steamy Saturday in late June, the market is particularly busy. “It was really cool, because there was a lot of interesting vintage, clothes and good food,” said Charlotte Wilson,…

From lobsters to Last Resort: Visiting Baltimore Harbor

“Lobster picture anyone?” yelled a blond teenage boy standing next to another blond teenage boy dressed in a lobster costume. Such is the atmosphere of Baltimore Harbor. Even though Baltimore Harbor houses many new shops and restaurants, the port itself is not new. The Port of Baltimore has been a major United States seaport since the…

First Impression of Georgetown

Stephany Spindel Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 First Impression of Georgetown   As I walked down Joe Pozell Square I admired brick buildings around me. Cars and buses came to a stop, and trendy people shuffled past the intersection, shopping bags in one hand, and cell phones in the other.                                                                     …

Berkeley: free-thinkers blaze their own fashion trails

Berkeley style in a brief sentence? Said tourist George Hedges, “Individualism. Character. I don’t think you can bottle that.” Though he may be visiting from England, his personal philosophy on fashion describes the whole Berkeley community.  It’s this particular outlook that makes the city’s style unique, said young people interviewed recently recently for a random survey. Student…