Taking on a new leaf for new future leaders of Anacostia, developers and young professionals are getting on board to head far East of the River! U Street finally has a bit of competition for local business and residency in DC.

“Why?” one might ask.  If you are like myself and many other native Washingtonians you know or hear SE, Anacostia hasn’t always been a pillar of quality living, on lookers may say without even coming across the Potomac River themselves.  Some wouldn’t willing relocate to Anacostia for a myriad of reasons; namely crime, poverty, lack of community/civil engagement and lack of economic diversity..bottom line!

I know for a fact this misconception is a bit melodramatic, for I was bused from across town to one of the best catholic grades schools (Assumption Catholic School) in the Anacostia area and received a quality education which propelled me into a gifted and talented program at Eastern Sr. High School, the pride of Capital Hill after graduated from that Anacostia  located school.

Just a word to the misguided and uninformed folks Anacostia has served as home to notable residents from Frederick Douglass to Ezra Pound, Marvin Gaye, and the infamous former mayor of D.C., Marion Barry (who implemented the first Summer Youth employment  program and who remains Ward 8’s councilman). Furthermore if you want to enjoy it’s rich history and cultural development there are two excellent small museums there to help folks do just that—the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and the Frederick Douglass House. The latest addition to the arts district is the Honfleur Gallery on the recently redeveloped Good Hope Road section of the area, thanks to our  past Mayor Adrian Fenty. Mayor Fenty also renovated the Anacostia Library making it a state of the art resource center to the masses.

Presently, there are so many AWESOME resources in the Anacostia area, enough to turn even the most cynical native into a believer that Anacostia is on the rise for even more future greatness. There is little something for everyone in the recently redevelopment of Anacostia, if you are are foodie like myself you can dine at one of the latest black owned business called Uniontown for lunch or dinner on Martin Luther King Avenue across from the historic Big Chair, The ARC on Mississippi Avenue has a wide range of activities for the youngsters, FAR South East Collaborative and Bread for the City have a dynamic social services center which provide community outreach services as well as legal assistance to the residence of Anacostia and the urban hipsters are renting and buying properties left and right  from both Henson Ridge and Sheridan Station convienantly located to two major metro stations, Congress Heights and Anacostia both on the Green Line just minutes away from Downtown DC, Maryland and Virginia.

So contrary to belief ANACOSTIA is MAD(Making a Difference) Hip!


Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC




About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email

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