Frager's Opens Eastern Market Pop-up

Mayor Vincent C. Gray holds up a gift from Frager's Hardware in recognition of the city's efforts to temporarily house the business across from Eastern Market. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Mayor Vincent C. Gray opened Frager's new pop-up Garden Center at Eastern Market on Sunday, June 10. The new location is on the pad built for the temporary Eastern Market. The center will be open seven days a week

With hundreds of community members in attendance, Gray promised to use the full gamut of city resources to aid Frager's and its employees displaced by last week's fire.

“Frager's will rise again!” the Mayor promised.

Frager's is the first pop-up retail establishment in the District of Columbia, Gray pointed out. The city hopes to build on its success to introduce similar businesses to St. Elizabeths campus across the Anacostia River, he stated.

John Weintraub, the owner of Frager's Hardware, thanked the community for its support. Promising to rebuild the store, Weintraub stated that he looked forward to restarting other elements of his business, such as Frager's locksmith shop, in other temporary locations on the Hill.

Gray was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Barbara Wells, former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose and a host of District agency directors.

"We are Frager's!"  Photo: Andrew Lightman

Many community members attended wearing Frager's tee shirts and hats. A number held up handmade signs of support for the store and its employees. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation erected a tent and took donations for its relief effort. For more information visit, Friends of Fragers.

John Weintraub thanks the Capitol Hill Community. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Mayor Vincent C. Gray cuts the ribbon opening the new pop-up garden center. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Customers shop for plants at the new Frager's Garden Center. Photo: Andrew Lightman

After the ribbon cutting, the line stretched an entire block as many shopped for flowers and plants.