Go Mama Go! (courtesy of NCinDC)

Well this really is sad news. Go Mama Go!, the eclectic arts and gifts store on 14th street near S, is closing after nearly 10 years on the block. Go Mama Go! was truly a pioneer of our neighborhood, one of the first stores to open on a stretch of pawn shops, car dealerships, and empty/abandoned storefronts. The owner, Noi Chudnoff, who died in 2007, really was an ambassador for the neighborhood, a champion of gay rights, a lover of the arts.

The store continued on after Noi’s death, but in a press release (via Borderstan) the current owner of the store, Jonathan Chudnoff, her husband, explained that after Noi died and because of the economic downturn in general, the store was closing. They will be having a going out of business sale through January, and close some time in February or March, until the building owner finds a new tenant.

How sad, please visit Go Mama Go! before they close, and tell them how much they’ve meant for the neighborhood and how much they’ll be missed.