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But Who Let the Dogs in?! Southern Middle School in Lothian, Md., canceled classes earlier this month after three dogs chased a trio of deer into the school, Edgewater Patch reports. An alarm summoned Anne Arundel County Police to the school around 3:50 a.m., and officers found three deer with injuries from dog attacks. Two dogs were captured by Animal Control. The deer had to be euthanized. PARTY POINTERS

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LOOKING UP: Angela Napili had just finished taking pictures of the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda when she noticed the tour guide in red gesturing upward, just like Christopher Columbus was in John Vanderlyn’s “Landing of Columbus,” hanging behind the group. “I snapped a quick pic,” Napili says, “then the moment was gone.”

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When Mary Anne Morgan heard her name announced as the 2013 Cherry Blossom Queen last April, she was stunned — and not fake-stunned, like so many other winners of diagonal sashes. “There were about 60 girls crowded on the stage, and I was in the very back,” she says. “I think I even had my shoes off because they were hurting my feet. I just didn’t see it coming.” Morgan, an Oklahoman who works for Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), was chosen at random from among 55 Cherry Blossom Princesses, young women nominated by state and territorial societies based on their achievements and ambitions. There are no talent or swimsuit competitions; to select the Queen, the Japanese ambassador spins a “wheel of fortune.” Winning means a goodwill tour of Japan, a crown and a pearl necklace made by Mikimoto, and a starring role in the National Cherry Blossom Festival (this year’s runs from March 20 to April 13). Morgan’s reign ends when she crowns the 2014 queen on April 11. But before she retires, we asked her to answer some questions that tripped up more traditional pageant queens. SADIE DINGFELDER (E XPRESS)

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Traditional pageant queens’ answers

“I would have to say ugly and smart, honestly. That’s … why I chose to work under my congressman — because I wanted to surround myself with smart people, not beautiful people.”

Would you rather be beautiful and dumb, or ugly and smart?

“I would probably have to say water because we all need it to survive. It’s soothing, it’s refreshing and it keeps us alive. Fire is more of a destructive force, water helps people survive.”

Would you rather be water or fire?

“If I had to pick one sense to rely on, I’d have to say sight. I’m a very visual person, so it would be extremely helpful for me to be able to see the other person I’m communicating with.”

Among the five senses, which would you want if you could only have one?

“We are not teaching our children enough about geography and what the rest of the world looks like. It’s a really troubling statistic. If they aren’t even knowing where our country is, they aren’t going to be able to locate others, and they aren’t being educated on, say, international relations and understanding other cultures.”

Why do you think 20 percent of American schoolchildren can’t locate the United States on a map?

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“I’d rather choose to be beautiful, because, to be beautiful, it’s natural. But being smart, you can learn. You can learn a lot of things from the experience. You can learn from a lot of things, being smart.” Sanja Papic, Miss Serbia and Montenegro, at the 2003 Miss Universe pageant

“Well, I’m a human being and I don’t know how is it to be a fire or a water, and from that reason I really don’t have answer on this question because I’m a human being. I’m a girl, which has an emotion, and fire and water doesn’t have.”

“If I have to pick out of the five senses, I would pick seeing, because seeing is the best sense that we can ever see, because seeing is believing, and believing into what you see is perfect. Out of all those senses, seeing would really be wonderful.” Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, at the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as. And I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. … should help South Africa. It should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”

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Jake Shimabukuro You might recognize Jake Shimabukuro from his virtuosic ukulele rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which became one of the first YouTube videos to go viral back in 2006. He’s since expanded his repertoire: On “Grand Ukulele,” he plucks away on “Rolling in the Deep” and “Over the Rainbow” and his own compositions. Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis; Mon., 8 p.m., $45; 410-268-4545,


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There’s more to creating a character than sticking your hand in a puppet. Just ask Kirk Thatcher, above left, who created aliens for “E.T.”, or Beth Hathaway, right, who worked on “Jurassic Park.” They’re two of the judges on this new reality show (10 p.m., Syfy) in which 10 aspiring creature crafters compete for $100,000 and the chance to work for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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The Bard in Our Backyard Shakespeare seems to be everywhere in Washington. Why do we love him so much?

THE BARD PLAYED ON Want to see some Shakespeare? There’s plenty to choose from:

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


The folks behind “War Horse” lend their puppetry skills to the Bard’s comedy. The weekend engagement is part of the World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014.

‘Hamlet … the Rest is Silence’ THROUGH APRIL 6, SYNETICTHEATER.ORG

Synetic Theater launched its wordless Shakespeare series with this rendition of Hamlet in 2002. To celebrate giving 10 Shakespeare shows the silent treatment, the company is reviving its original hit.


Much ado has been made about the various Shakespearean elements in “House of Cards,” the political drama set in D.C. Kevin Spacey’s character breaks the fourth wall, just like the titular king in “Richard III,” his power-hungry wife acts like Lady Macbeth and his grudge against the president is straight out of “Othello.” But that’s nothing compared to the influence that Shakespeare — whose 450th birthday is next month — wields in real-life Washington. It makes sense that Shakespeare’s works, which are populated by royalty and rulers, would resonate in the nation’s capital, arguably the most powerful city in the world. He penned all of his memorable phrases while living in London at the dawn of the British Empire. So the barbs about politics and law that once drew titters from the crowds at the Globe Theatre are met with the same knowing laughter by Washington audiences today. And the questions Shakespeare raised in his plays are still topics for debate in the highest echelons of government. (Sometimes literally: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presides each year over the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Mock Trial, which makes a federal case out of a plot point.) The Bard’s status here has been boosted even higher by the presence of the Folger Shakespeare Library, which sits just a block from the U.S. Capitol. The marble building is as impressive as any presidential monument, especially considering the treasures inside. It’s regarded as the world’s finest collection of works by, about and related to the playwright. Take the First Folio, the book


The Shakespeare Theatre Company recruits politicians (that’s Rep. Jim McDermott and Sen. Susan Collins, above) and judges (that’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito, below) for its annual events.

“People are still concerned about what power means, and how to hold on to it.” — TOM PRE W IT T, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR WSC AVANT BARD, ON WHY D.C. AUDIENCES CONNECT WITH SHAKESPEARE’S CENTURIESOLD PLAYS

published in 1623 that collected 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. “It’s the one with the familiar picture of the bald guy,” says Garland Scott, the Folger’s head of external relations. Of the 750 copies printed, there are only about 230 copies still in existence, and the Folger has 82 of them. (A Japanese university comes in a distant second with a dozen.) The library attracts researchers from around the globe, so Shakespeare is on a lot of minds in D.C. He’s also all over our stages. According to the Theatre Communications Group, which keeps tabs on performances nationwide, D.C. has an impressive appetite for the Bard. Reports from the organi-


Baltimore audiences can catch Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy at Center Stage —  with a cast featuring several Broadway and West End veteran performers.


Founded in 2010, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company mounts several productions a year. Later this season, audiences can enjoy “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “The Tempest.”

‘Henry IV’



Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn is directing these two shows in repertory. Learn more about the productions at free events throughout their runs, including “Page and Stage” (April 6, 5-6 p.m.), which will feature the artistic team and local scholars, and “Bookends” (April 9 for Part I, April 16 for Part II), pre- and post-show discussions.

‘Shakespeare in The Burg’ APRIL 4-6, SHAKESPEAREIN THEBURG.COM

Performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV, Part I” are part of this 450th birthday bash planned in Middleburg, Va. The weekend’s events also include a playwright competition, acting workshops and Shakespeare-themed restaurant menus.

‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ APRIL 17-MAY 25, FOLGER.EDU

New York’s Fiasco Theater takes to the Folger’s Elizabethan stage for this take on a work thought to be Shakespeare’s first play. There’s a pay-what-you-can performance on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available one hour before, cash only.

A version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featuring puppets is playing at the Kennedy Center this weekend.

zation’s members show that Shakespeare plays have accounted for 12.9 percent of their productions in town since 1998. That’s more than double the national percentage, says executive director Teresa Eyring, adding that D.C. productions are done by “the best of the best.” On any given weekend, Washington theatergoers have several Shakespearean options, many of them innovative interpretations, says Tom Prewitt, artistic director for WSC Avant Bard. His company has performed all-female Shakespeare, all-nude Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Klingon. Another unusual approach? Wordless Shakespeare.

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Spending those first weeks away from home — sleeping in bunk beds and bonding over catchy camp songs — is a rite of passage for kids. At sleepaway camp, kids build selfconfidence and independence, not to mention friendships that can last a lifetime. But how do you know if your child is ready for their first overnight camp experience? According to the American Camp Association (acacamps .org), a good rule of thumb is that a child is usually ready for over-


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adventures & education are coming from,” says Courtney Ferenz, a clinical psychologist at the Child and Family Counseling Group in Fairfax ( “Don’t force them, but I would say encourage them.” Experts recommend starting small, say with a one- or two-week camp. Some camps even offer shorter chunks of time, such as half a week (see sidebar). Zimmitti recommends working up to the week away by sending your child to stay with an aunt and uncle for a couple days, or with their grandparents. For especially reluctant kids, it may be helpful to send them to camp with a friend the first time, Ferenz adds. The American Camp Association recommends involving children in preparations for camp — so they feel like they “own” the decision to go — and packing personal items from home, like a favorite stuffed animal. One thing to avoid is pulling

Short & Sweet Most sleepaway camps run from two to eight weeks, but if that seems like a big commitment, consider a week-long, half-week or even weekend-long overnight camp to ease kids into the experience. Shorter camps can be ideal for very young children who are begging to go to camp, but may not understand what’s in store. Here are a few options: Camp Allegheny in Greenbrier County, W.V.a, has a one-week “mini camp” to give 7- to 10-year-old girls a taste of what the full three-week camp would be like. ( The Girl Scouts’s Camp Potomac Woods in Leesburg, Va., has half-week camps ( In addition, the Girl Scout’s “Core Camps” offer a weekend of camping with activities like hiking and canoeing ( The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s day camp is typically two weeks, but also offers “summer fun weeks” for kids as young as pre-K ( E.B.

your child out of camp early, unless there’s a true emergency. “When you rescue a child from a situation, rather than helping them through it, you reinforce the avoidance,” Ferenz says. “Then the anxiety gets worse.” Instead, try to have a phone conversation with your child to


talk about why they want to come home, and enlist the camp counselors to help, too. The first couple of days may be rough, Zimmitti says, but once they settle in and become comfortable, most kids can’t wait to go back the next year. ERIN BYLANDER (FOR EXPRESS)

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Easy Pickings, Happy Campers Advice Summer camp, that American tradition, is changing. Gone are the days of sending kids to the woods for six weeks of macrame, cookouts and social awkwardness. Now, there are camps of all kinds to fit any kid’s tastes. Solving the puzzle of keeping your kids occupied over the summer has become more complex than ever. Enter Founded by former television journalist Brooke Salkoff, a mom of two from McLean, Va., who was frus-

trated by the camp planning process, CampEasy is a search engine that helps parents and kids find summer fun. After two years of running CampEasy and years of sending her children to camp, Salkoff has become a bit of an expert on all things camp. So Express sat down with her for an interview.

you go off and learn how to sail — these kids are going on vacations that are more expensive than what the parents are doing. Why so many? Camps are becoming more specialized as a way of differentiating themselves. Instead of baseball camp, there’s third baseman’s camp.

So, what’s camp like these days? Camp has changed dramatically. We used to think of camp as this rustic — getting out in the wilderness and spending nights in a cabin. Now, there’s a camp where all you do is travel up and down the East Coast and go on roller coasters. There are trapeze camps, community service camps, camps for little kids. There are camps where


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adventures & education What questions should parents think about before beginning the camp search? Do you want a day camp or a sleepaway camp? How long do you want your kid to be away for? Do you want a general-interest camp, or do you want a camp that is only, like, Web programming and digital arts for the day. Then there are cost considerations. The point of CampEasy was to put all these considerations into one search engine. Because — ­ truthfully ­— it makes your head explode to try to juggle all these considerations in your head. Should the camp be accredited by the American Camp Association []? ACA accreditation, when you’re talking about sleepaway camp, does make a difference. It changes how the counselors are trained. It’s less of a concern when you’re shopping for a day camp.

How much input should kids have in making summer plans? A lot of parents think they’re the only ones who can make the decision, but we tried to make a site that even kids can use. If they were to land on something they were really excited about that works for the parents, then you have a kid excited to go to camp. What traps do parents fall into when choosing for their child? Sometimes, I think parents have strong feelings and memories about their own camp experiences. They want to push that hard-core, sleepaway experience on their kids. But the same experience might not be

right for your own child. You say camp is potentially life-changing. Why is that? We encounter this over and over again: Richard Engel, who is the foreign correspondent for NBC News, credits sleepaway camp as the thing that changed his life. My husband — he’s not famous — still keeps in touch with the family that runs the sleepaway camp he went to. Day camps also serve a useful purpose for kids and parents. It’s an opportunity, for a limited period of time, to try a new activity that you could decide you love. Continued on page E12

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Encouraging your child’s sense of adventure begins with how you pack for camp. Keep these tips in mind.

What can I do to get my child ready for camp? If the kid is going to go away to sleepaway camp, the worst thing you can do as a parent is talk about how much you’re going to miss your child and how hard it’s going to be on you. If you talk about it enthusiastically about what a great time your child is going to have, then the kid is going to feel more excited about going off on his or her own. Beyond what camps provide on their packing checklist, what are some must-haves to pack? Pack up your letter-writing stuff. Prestamped, preaddressed envelopes. Some little printed pictures of your family, so they feel like the family is right there and can get that little bit of comfort. And those new misting fans are pretty awesome. R ACHEL K AUFMAN (FOR E XPRESS)

Pack lightly and leave electronics at home. Not only will they be a distraction, but they can also be easily lost. Check the camp’s policy if you are sending a device along, since many ban gadgets outright. Comfortable shoes are essential for hiking, and a pair of flip-flops will come in handy for showers and afternoon swims. Don’t forget the bathing suit! Label all belongings, including clothes, to avoid mix-ups. Check with the camp before sending sleeping bags or sporting equipment with your camper. Many already have these on hand. Sneak in a few family photos, a handwritten note or a comfort item, especially for first-time campers. Include a journal, a few pens and envelopes with postage stamps so your little camper can write home. If your child takes medication, check with the camp on how to send it along. Pack plenty of sunscreen. AMBREEN ALI (FOR EXPRESS)

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The Folger Library, shown far left under construction in 1930, nods to the significance of its location. A Puck statue seems to laugh at the Capitol, while the U.S. coat of arms in the Great Hall, far right, celebrates it.

The Folger boasts 82 copies of the First Folio, the 1623 book that collected 36 Shakespeare plays. Visitors can flip through a digitized copy in the Founder’s Room.

Zeigler says. For decades, the Folgers went on a shopping spree, and stashed their acquisitions in warehouses. They were secretive about their dealings because they were worried about skewing prices in the rare-book market. Even selecting

an address for their library was a hushhush affair. “There were 10 possible places written on a small piece of paper in alphabetical order. Amherst [Mass.] was first, and Washington was last,” Grant says. Brooklyn, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J.,

Happy Birthday, Will! The Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E. Capitol St. SE, was dedicated on April 23, 1932 — Shakespeare’s 368th birthday. The library has been marking the occasion every year since. For the big 4-5-0, there are impressive (and free!) plans afoot. These activities kick off a multiyear celebration leading up to 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Several mega projects are in the works, including a plan to bring a First Folio to all 50 states. Shakespeare’s the Thing: Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare

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This exhibit curated by Georgianna Ziegler showcases items from the collection that represent four centuries of “Bardolatry.” See Salvador Dali’s costume designs for a 1948 production of “As You Like It,” a bookcase that’s a miniaturized version of the Shakespeare “temple” located at an 18th–century actor’s house and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Barbie.


“It was risky. But I knew Washingtonians knew the Shakespeare stories,” says Synetic Theater’s Paata Tsikurishvili, who first attempted this physical style of storytelling with “Hamlet … The Rest is Silence” in 2002, and has turned the concept into an ongoing series. The Shakespearean saturation is particularly gratifying to Michael Kahn, who came to Washington in 1986 to helm the theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Because of rising deficits, the library’s trustees were considering dissolving the performance wing of the organization. Under Kahn’s guidance, however, Shakespeare became a hot ticket. In 1992, Kahn’s Shakespeare


Cloudy skies were spitting rain that day in 1918, so Henry and Emily Folger popped up their umbrellas as they set off on a walk from Union Station. The New Yorkers were hunting down a suitable home for their “boys,” which is what Mr. Folger called the books in their beloved — and unrivaled — Shakespeare collection. Visitors taking a stroll around Capitol Hill today can find it inside the GrecoDeco building at 201 E. Capitol St. But few people know the story of how the Folger Shakespeare Library wound up in Washington, or even who the Folgers were. (No coffee fortunes were involved.) Author Stephen H. Grant hopes to change that with the release this month of “Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger” ($30, Johns Hopkins University Press). Grant chronicles how Henry Folger’s smarts landed him a job at Standard Oil, where he earned big bucks. But he and his wife didn’t live like other Industrial Revolution tycoons. The childless couple rented a house, never entertained and socked away nearly every penny to put toward their Shakespeare collection. Their purchasing power overseas was magnified thanks to lucky timing. Think of “Downton Abbey,” says Georgianna Ziegler, the Folger’s head of reference. In the early 20th century, Brits on the verge of losing large estates were willing to cut deals for cash. And it may have been a good thing that the Folgers swooped in when they did. “Because of the wars, many precious British manuscripts were destroyed,”


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were also on the list, as was Stratfordupon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. After weighing the costs, accessibility to scholars and cultural clout of each location, the Folgers settled on the nation’s capital. As Grant quotes Henry Folger in his book, “I finally concluded I would give it to Washington; for I am an American.” But he didn’t tell anybody. After the couple settled on a location, they spent nine years covertly acquiring deeds for all 14 houses on the block, Grant says. Eventually, the Folgers revealed their secret. Architects were hired, plans drawn and the cornerstone laid. And then Mr. Folger dropped dead. There are parallels between the collector and his idol, Grant notes: “Shakespeare died and never saw a compilation of his works, and Folger never saw his library.” But the legacies of both men live on in the same building. V.H.

Theatre Company broke off from the Folger and relocated to a larger space downtown. (So you can also credit Shakespeare with some of the city’s urban renewal, Kahn notes.) The Shakespeare Theatre Company now operates two downtown theaters, the Folger is back in show business, and STC’s annual Free For All continues to mint new Shakespeare fans. “It’s difficult to read [Shakespeare] at home by yourself. He wrote it to be acted,” Kahn says. “Seeing it live, you get caught up in it. That’s the best way to encounter Shakespeare.” And the best place? Well, that’s obvious. VICKY HALLETT (EXPRESS)

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East of the River, Continental Shifts The bright patterns and intricate beads of Africa star on many items at Nubian Hueman (1231 Good Hope Road SE;, the Anacostia women’s boutique Anika Hobbs founded last September. She fills the bright shop with fair-trade art, fashion and beauty products with a global bent. Think printed dresses designed by Kenya’s Njema Helena ($85), woven rings by Indego Africa ($60) and bracelets by Mikuti made from banana bark ($26). Much of the merchandise benefits non-profits while bolstering African artisans.

Bras by the Bundle TRUE & CO. TAKES a typically unpleasant experience (bra shopping) and makes it enjoyable by allowing you to do it at home ($30-$89, Similar to the Warby Parker model, True & Co. ships you five brassieres and lets you send back any you don’t want, free of charge. Pieces range from basic T-shirt bras to frisky bustiers. Garter belts, undies and nighties are also available.

NETTING BUTTERFLIES and feeding them to your pet lizard: unkind. Buying Thomas Paul’s new melamine Metamorphis plates: a pretty way to celebrate spring. Sold in sets of 4 ($36$44,, the tableware seems ideal for dinners on the deck, which we promise are imminent. Matching coasters and serving platters are also available.

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SURELY, YOU’VE graduated from throwing outdoor parties centered around kegs and hotdogs? Designer Michael Devine has, using his backyard as a staging ground for lantern-lit cocktail parties (shown) and harvest dinners with green-bean topiary centerpieces. He shows and tells his secrets in “An Invitation to the Garden” ($40, Rizzoli), his new photoand recipe-filled tome.

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“When I was 6, I decided to stop napping and make baked fish,” says Huda Mu’min, who goes by Chef Huda. Today, she’s owner of D.C.-based culinary company Pretty and Delicious and a former contestant on ABC’s “The Taste.” She also works with the American Heart Association to encourage people to eat heathy. The most important lesson: “Make better decisions when you can,” she says. “With a healthier lifestyle, it’s not just you that benefits,” Chef Huda says. “It’s everyone who loves you.”


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Mail for What Ails You Got sniffles or a bug? A local company has a delivery just for you Wellness When Jennifer Jenkins was suffering through a stomach bug about a year and a half ago, she managed to stop throwing up just long enough to call her mom. Jenkins, 46, was looking for some sympathy. Instead, she got a shopping list. Start with ginger ale, suggested her mom, Mary Lou, who’s always ready with a fully stocked medicine cabinet and other feel-good sup-

plies. For an upset tummy, MommaLu — as her daughter calls her — also recommended antacid tablets, eye drops and a powdered vitamin supplement. But the prescription didn’t do Jenkins, who lives in D.C., much good. MommaLu lives in New Hampshire. Jenkins didn’t want to go out in public, and she didn’t want to impose on a neighbor or friend by asking them to shop for her. At some point between heaves, Jenkins was hit by a business idea: “It’d be nice if I could get this all delivered in a convenient pack.” As soon as she recovered, Jenkins threw herself into research-

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ing the delivery market. And last month, she launched MommaLu Remedies (, which hawks two kinds of care packages: the Sick Sack and the Puke Pack. Each $30 kit consists of a clear carrying case that holds an assortment of over-the-counter products — all recognizable brand names, including Vicks VapoRub, Advil and Kleenex — plus a surprise treat and a game. (“People can be entertained if they’re not feeling well,” Jenkins says.)  For $15, there’s same-day delivery to any address in the District, which is what Jenkins believes makes her business stand out.

“You can’t wait five days for this,” she says. “Urban professionals don’t have time to be sick.” Customers elsewhere can buy the packs and have them shipped, and Jenkins would like to broaden her delivery area eventually. But for now, she is focusing on D.C., and in particular, a few populations here that will likely need the service. Jenkins has been in talks with D.C. hotels about providing or selling the packages to guests. College students also have potential — especially if their parents are like MommaLu, says Jenkins, who notes that the Puke Pack is suitable for hangovers as well as stomach bugs. “I’m not hoping anyone gets sick, but if they do, I hope I can help them,” she says. Sounds like she’s learned something from MommaLu. VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)


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