Through the scorch of the summer and the scourge of recession, it’s always Christmas in the Attic.
Cheri Hennessy, owner of the Christmas Attic on South Union Street. Glitter is ubiquitous at the store, which her family opened in 1971 as a design and picture framing business. It evolved into a year-round Christmas shop — where time is measured in Christmases, not years. “As in, I have been here 39 Christmases,” says Hennessy, who started working there as a pre-teen. Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo