What do you get when you combine recycling with art? “Upcycling”, brought to you by Tanglewood Works!
And now Upcycling is coming to the Arts District in Hyattsville. Tanglewood Works for Hyattsville is the latest brainchild of Sue Mondeel, owner of the very eclectic, very colorful upcycled gifts and furniture store located in the front of Community Forklift across the tracks in Edmonston.
Starting in November, Tanglewood Works for Hyattsville will be adding its special charm and merchandise to Rt. 1., across the street from Franklins at 5132 Baltimore Avenue.
Although some would refer to Tanglewood Works as a funky and attractive home décor destination, owner Sue Mondeel has something to add to that description: “It might be pretty furniture, but it’s also salvaged furniture. Upcycling is the art of giving something discarded or broken an improved or more beautiful purpose. Tanglewood Works is where upcycling and art connect! We are so excited to be popping-up in Hyattsville! “
Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth said, “I’m thrilled to hear Sue Mondeel is bringing her cool upcycling artsy furniture store to our neck of the Arts District. It will be a great addition to shopping options on the Route 1 corridor.”
Stuart Eisenberg stated, “Tanglewood Works for Hyattsville will be a welcome addition to downtown Hyattsville. They should blend right into the activity Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) near Franklin’s Brewery, the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Vigilante Coffee and the Hyattsville Municipal Center, providing shoppers with a venue for creative furnishings, arts and crafts. We hope they will be a perfect stop for people on their way to enjoy a satisfying meal, a tasty micro-brew or a hot cup of coffee!”
Local sculptor Alan Binstock commented, “I’ve always enjoyed watching Sue apply her sense of delight to her varied projects. This is evident in her refurbished and sometimes reinvented furniture. Glad to see Sue’s enterprise growing and expanding into her new Hyattsville location.”
Ann Barrett, local realtor, stated, “I’m a big fan – and customer – of Tanglewood Works in their space by Community Forklift. So excited that Sue is bringing her creativity to Hyattsville. Yet another reason for people in the DC area to visit and move here!”
Jim Groves, moderator of the HOPE in Hyattsville community list serve, and chair of the Hyattsville Environmental Committee, commented, “Tanglewood Works is a perfect fit for Hyattsville! The items for sale are cool, fun and “hip” like Hyattsville, and the concept of reusing and up-cycling fits within Hyattsville’s “Sustainable Maryland” designation. The icing on the cake is that It’s a small business run by a great person.”
Tanglewood Works in Hyattsville will be having a Grand Opening on Sunday, Nov. 6th from 4 to 7 p.m. All are invited to stop by and check out the unique furniture and handmade crafts!
Tanglewood Works started life as Shabadaba Chic as a vendor at Eastern Market in SE DC. After a cold winter, Sue, whose Twitter handle is @DumpsterDivaDIY, opened a booth inside Community Forklift three years ago. Business was good, and Tanglewood Works was born 2.5 years ago as a shop on the front side of the Forklift building. Upcycled furniture and gifts are available for purchase, as well as paint and finishes for DIY projects. Mondeel also has a production studio in Mt. Rainier, a vibrantly busy and colorful creative space, with many works in progress. She holds classes and meet-ups there, such as Chalk Painting, Using Alcohol Inks, and Fun with Mosaics! In 2016 Tanglewood Works was voted in the City Paper Reader’s Choice Best of DC for Best Handmade Home Décor.