City Council, Main Street Takoma to Honor Retiring Business Owners

Three Takoma Park business owners set to retire will be honored by the City Council and Main Street Takoma on Wednesday evening.

Mayor Talisha Searcy will present mayoral proclamations to Mark Choe of Mark’s Kitchen, Mark Howard of Takoma Framers, and Eric Sepler of Kinetic Artistry.

Mark Choe, the owner of Mark’s Kitchen at 7006 Carroll Ave., has served the Takoma Park community for over three decades. Over the years, he has employed hundreds of Takoma Park residents and donated thousands of dollars to local community organizations.

Choe will close Mark’s Kitchen at the end of January after 32 years in business.

Mark Howard, the third generation of framers at Takoma Framers at 7312 Carroll Ave., has closed the shop and is selling the property, according to Main Street Takoma. In business since 1980, Takoma Framers has assisted people in beautifying their homes, preserving memorabilia, and protecting important artwork.

Upon retiring from Kinetic Artistry at 7216 Carroll Ave., Eric Sepler will be selling the building he has owned for 50 years in Takoma Park. His business has been an active supplier of props, drapery, scenic paint, special effects, and lighting to theaters, schools, churches, and special event venues, including the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, Smithsonian Museums, and others, throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

The City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Center Auditorium at 7500 Maple Ave. Public comments and well wishes will be accepted in person at the meeting and virtually via Zoom.

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