Meet Seth Cooper, Localist

posted Monday, October 31 by
Seth Cooper

Meet Seth Cooper. Localist.
Seth moved to the District in 1999, and has at times since then been an engineer, a boat designer, a whitewater kayak guide, a shaving cream salesman and a mustache enthusiast. He’s also the co-founder of White House Meats, a local business that promotes eating locally raised meat from small farms. He’s a patron of local arts, local music, and local food, and as an extreme localist, he hasn’t left the District in over seven years. If you see him on his bicycle around town, flag him down and tell him a joke—he loves a good giggle.

Check out his local leaks
Local Getaway-Great Falls National Park
Serene beauty within minutes of the city, Great Falls is a destination for hiking, biking, whitewater boating, rock climbing, history, and more. Nothing beats the view floating through the rapids of Mather Gorge in a canoe or kayak.

Local Beer-DC Brau, The Public
Thanks to Brandon and Jeff, the District now has its first production brewery in over 60 years. Their signature pale ale is crisp and delicious and available at many local bars.

Local Museum-National Bonsai Museum
It’s inside the National Arboretum; I just love miniature trees.

Local Dance PartyUnderground Soul Solution
Thanks to host/DJ Sam “The Man” Burns, this weekly Sunday night catharsis has continued to be one of the best late-night dancing scenes for over ten years. It has changed venues over the years, and currently resides in the beautiful Eighteenth Street Lounge and there is never a cover charge. If I am out on a Sunday night, this is where I go.

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