Monday, August 7, 2017

Himitsu, Timber Pizza on Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants list; Himitsu also on Eater's Top 12


Wow, our area is getting some more love from critics. Bon Appetit, which named Bad Saint the #2 best new restaurant in the country last year, has given some plaudits to two spots on Upshur this year: Timber Pizza Co. and Himitsu. They put both among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, along with other DC spot Pineapple and Pearls on Barracks Row.

Himistu also made Eater.com's 12 Best New Restaurants list, along with spots in San Francisco, Knoxville, TN and more.

Himitsu is a Japanese spot where Cappy's Crabs and Crane & Turtle were before at 828 Upshur Street NW, and Timber Pizza Co. is a former food truck with a wood-fired oven at 809 Upshur, which was formerly a small church.

Pretty awesome to see this kind of praise for more local spots. In a few weeks Bon Appetit will announce what the top restaurants are from the list.

Any favorite dishes at either spot?


Photos from their Facebook pages

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bar and restaurant maybe in the works at 3124 Georgia




The other day I walked past 3124 Georgia Ave NW, just south of Kenyon, and it looks like a bar/resturant is going in. This place was originally planned to be Hush Restaurant and Lounge, but their liquor license was denied when the ANC thought it sounded more like a club.

There's a new permit on the window extending an earlier permit to enlarge the windows and doors for a restaurant/bar on the first floor with an office upstairs. The building is owned by the same LLC as applied for Hush's permit, so it may be the same thing.

The building is two doors down from Colony Club and the space itself is pretty big and open (though without a back door) and there looks to be a bar built.

I talked with someone who works nearby and they said the building has been under construction for some time, so maybe that work was done a while ago, but the new permit may mean progress has restarted.

This building, if you recall is a two-story building that previously had a banner on it asking people to rent it for a restaurant or bar. (See below from Google.)





First Friday on Georgia Avenue, this Friday: check out local businesses, get free wine!


First Friday on Georgia Avenue is right around the corner, this Friday, August 4. The event, organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, features all kinds of deals at local businesses, including my favorite, a free glass of wine plus BOGO books at Walls of Books. And it's beach themed -- I like it. Here's the Facebook invite, and read on for more!
It's hot out there! Enjoy another great First Friday on Georgia Avenue, #Beachinthecity edition! We will again have almost 20 businesses (see list below) Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Mark those calendars, get into a relaxed brach mindset and stay tuned for the specials and special events for the August one. And, as always, we are partnering with our friends in Petworth Petworth Arts Collaborative. Happy Friday! 
Add your favorite "summer strut" songs to our First Friday summer playlist on Spotify by "following" the playlist and then adding them: bit.ly/2uAtLiB 
Participating businesses: ♣ Bravo Bar: TBD♣ Colony Club: Screening and ping pong tournament with a professional ping pong player, and a filmmaker who's making a documentary about him
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD
♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)
♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display
♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday
♣ Esencias PanameƱas Restaurant & Catering
♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website)
♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD
♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD ♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display ♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday♣ Esencias PanameƱas Restaurant & Catering♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website) ♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD ♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri ♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail 
Beach "activities" on The old Murry's parking lot

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Two meetings on 16th Street bus lanes today: 16th and U, 16th and Irving



If you're a frequent bus rider, you may be excited to hear that DDOT is looking into adding bus lanes to 16th Street. They're holding two events today from 4:30-7pm at 16th and Irving and 16th and U to present the project and get feedback. The events are drop-in, so no need to be there at the start.

There's also an online "open house" where you can submit feedback at 16thStreetNWBus.com.

Here's more from DDOT:
Public Events Today! 
16th Street Bus Lanes Project - Design Phase 
Upcoming Events
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will kick-off a series of public events for the Design Phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project. The purpose of the project is to improve bus service and reliability on the 16th Street NW corridor. At the events, DDOT will provide an overview of the project, present roadway layouts, and gather public feedback. 
Engagement Events 
Tuesday, August 1st
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm 
Two Locations:
16th and Irving Street NW
16th and U Street NW 
Online Open House
July 27 - September 1
16thStreetNWBus.com  
In April 2016, DDOT released the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study, which resulted in a set of recommendations to be advanced to the design phase. The recommendations included peak-hour, peak direction bus lanes, bus service changes, bus stop improvements, and transit priority infrastructure. The design phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project will use this set of recommendations to begin environmental documentation and develop preliminary engineering designs. 
The public has three opportunities to give input on this phase of the project: a public meeting, an on-site engagement event at two locations, and an online open house. All events will cover the same material and provide an opportunity for public feedback. The public meeting will be open-house style with an opportunity for participants to listen to a presentation, review the roadway layouts, and provide feedback. The engagement events will be held at two high ridership bus stops: 16th and Irving Street NW and 16th and U Street NW. The online open house will include a narrated presentation. The comment period for this phase will end on September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. All comments can be submitted on the website, by mail, or email. 
If you have any other questions or comments, please contact Spring Worth at spring.worth@dc.gov or 202-673-1736.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

New marijuana smoke shop open on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan, Grass&Co.


Maybe a little out of our area, but is close enough that it applies to Columbia Heights residents: this past weekend I spotted a new marijuana dispensary at 1730 Columbia Road NW called Grass&Co.

I can't really find much out about the place from their Facebook but they seem to sell various strands of marijuana and apparently other things too -- I would assume pipes and maybe hemp or marijuana themed items.

They previously operated as a pop-up shop with various marijuana tastings and the like.

Here's more from their Facebook:
Greetings all! Its been a long time since you guys have heard from Grass&Co. We were humbled by the outpouring of warm messages and new friends we've made at each event. But we're back! In fact, our official Grass&Co. community smoke shop opens this Saturday the 29th (tomorrow) and we're having a huge grand opening party. No tickets, no payment. Just a whole lot of fun and 25% off most products. The Adams Morgan community has shown us a lot of love and we're hoping to extend that love to the rest of DC. Stop by and say hello! 
Where: 1730 Columbia Rd. NW, DC 20009 
When: We open at 9AM and the grand opening party is from 5-8PM.

Here's the flyer from their grand opening on the 29th.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Free yoga classes every Monday at Georgia and Morton, and fitness coach this Saturday


Want to get in shape? Local yoga studio Yoga Heights and Georgia Avenue Thrive, the local nonprofit that does a lot around the avenue, has organized free workout classes every Monday in the parking lot at the former Murry's store on the corner of Georgia and Morton (where the Park View mural is.)

The Monday events are at 6:30pm with free yoga, and this coming Saturday there are two sessions with a fitness coach and free food samples. See more below:
You still have a chance to get your fitness groove on! Join Coach G. for a blockbuster fitness work out 10-12 pm, Saturday, July 29th! At 3400 Georgia Avenue (old Murry’s Parking Lot). You'll have not one, but two opportunities!

Work Out 1: 10:15 am
Work Out 2: 11:15 am

Come and get fit with a live DJ, food samples from Sweetgreen, and more!

For more info, go to: SWEATDC.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alfie's lease has ended, workers there the other day; owner McCoy also opening Upshur Street, Adams Morgan spots


I wrote a while ago about the impending move of Alfie's/Tchoup's at 3301 Georgia, and now I hear from owner Alex McCoy that the lease has ended. I pinged him the other day because I saw a bunch of guys in business casual and hardhats milling around the other day checking it out, and was wondering if McCoy had some plans. The "Po' Boys" sign is also down. 

McCoy confirmed the lease is up but wasn't sure what was happening there next. 

Given the business casual hardhat guys, it sounds like the owners, ZG 3301 LLC, which is short for Zuckerman Gravely, are looking at what might come next. I hope it's something cool. The Zuckerman family owns a number of properties in the area, including Colony Club, the old Murry's location that was a mushroom farm, and I believe the shopping center where Walls of Books and the Midlands is.

McCoy is busy lately -- he's also working on two other places: a British pub and sandwich shop at 845 Upshur Street NW, the old China American Inn (see above), and a brick and mortar location in Adams Morgan for Lucky Buns, the burger popup they ran for a time at Tchoup's. He said it should be September for Lucky Buns. (See a photo below. I've heard good things.) 

Petworth News has a preview of the British spot, which is still under construction. There's a massive backyard area too.


The 845 Upshur space was originally planned to be the new Alfie's location, but the space didn't fit, so he's looking for another maybe downtown. 

I'm looking into what might be coming next to 3301 Georgia. Best of luck to McCoy, we will miss his spot in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NPR writes about Howard U.: the changing neighborhood and connecting with neighbors


NPR has an interesting article today about Howard University about the changing neighborhood and the university's relations with the community. The article, "When A Historically Black University's Neighborhood Turns White" talks about rising property values in the area, the increase in white residents, the decrease in crime, and more.

It also talks about the university re-connecting with the neighborhood -- for many years it was more inward-focused, but lately they've been trying to engage the community more with events and others. They're also interested in connecting with Georgia Avenue from a planning and development side as well -- physically being part of the street.

Last year, for example, I attended the Georgia Avenue Community Review, where officials from Howard talked about how they wanted to make Georgia Avenue more of a focus for the university. Currently, the university has a lot of blank walls on the street and is separated from it. Howard officials mention this in the NPR article too, saying they were more insular. The officials at the community review event talked about making it more of a main street for campus, especially as more shops and restaurants have gone in. Did you know there's a Barnes and Noble there, as well as Potbelly and lots of other food?

The NPR article also talks about Howard's land holdings in the area, a number of which were bought in the 1970s and 1980s, and many of which are vacant. A number of residents have complained about this, and at the community review, a number of locals said something similar (as did I.) In many cases though, Howard is working on redeveloping them, such as the vacant and burned apartment building on Georgia near Fairmont. That building is currently going through a request for proposals. 

Another example is the large vacant warehouse complex on the west side of Georgia across from the hospital. Last I heard redevelopment was held up by a dispute with the purported developers. 

They also discuss the increasing land values, but not in depth. 

One thing I've had a tough time with is finding out about events at Howard -- I'm sure there are talks, performances and such at the campus that would be of interest to local residents, but the calendar page isn't too detailed. (Then again, it's the summer.) If anybody is reading from Howard, I'd be happy to write about events there! Let me know!

Photo by Ted Eytan

Friday, July 14, 2017

Metro now testing homes near Petworth Metro for damage from shaking caused by new trains


Many residents near the Petworth Metro are worried about their homes shaking due to the new, heavier 7000-series Metro trains. A number of reports have talked about it over the past few months, with Metro first saying it wasn't related, but now they're hiring contractors to study the issue.

I've written before about the issue, and WUSA-9 recently did a story where they measured shaking in a house near the station and found that each shake was exactly timed when a new train arrived at the station. Now they're reporting that Metro has hired a contractor for at least one person's house to see if the shaking might cause structural damage.

Let's hope there won't be damage -- I know I'd be worried if I lived near the station. Anyone else notice this?

Photo: a 7000 series car at PG Plaza, from Wikipedia

Hear from MPD's Third District commander on Saturday


If you're interested in learning more about safety in our area or sharing your opinion, MPD's Third District Commander, Stuart Emerman, will be speaking at the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Association meeting on Saturday. It's at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis Pl NW, at 11 am.

The Third District covers Columbia Heights up to Monroe Street, plus Park View, U Street, Howard University and parts of Ledroit Park, Adams Morgan and Logan Circle and part of 16th Street. Click the map for a bigger version. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Possibly unpopular opinion: I don't think Sundevich is that great


A few months ago, folks in the neighborhood were thrilled when Small Fry at 3212 Georgia started serving Sundevich sandwiches along with their usual barbecue. The same folks own both spots, as well as the awesome Union Drinkery next door plus A&D in Shaw.

And after trying a lot of the sandwiches there, I've come to a conclusion -- I don't think they're that great. By my count I've probably had 10 different sandwiches in order to give them a chance with a full sample size and most have been... fine. Not great, not bad, but just kind of bland.

The ingredients are decent quality, the bread is ok and they're made as they're described, but just fall flat for me. Nothing extraordinary. And I like Small Fry pretty well; they have solid BBQ, good mac and cheese and a great fried chicken sandwiches. (Just avoid the smoked vegetables.)

So I don't quite get it -- am I missing something about Sundevich? I've never been, so was I jaded by the universally positive reviews for the original Shaw location and expecting something awesome -- or is the original location just better?

Image from the Sundevich Twitter.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jenkins Capital BBQ opening July 4th, soft opening today; check out the menu


It's BBQ time! Jenkins Capital BBQ at the old Ruby Tuesday spot (14th and Monroe) is opening officially on July 4th with a soft opening today, July 3rd, according to a tipster.

The tipster also sent along the full menu, which seems a bit smaller than we saw before, but still very large. Might be worth a shot for your 4th of July party. (Click the image above for a bigger view.)

Nice to see something come to this space, which has been empty for a few years, and I wish them luck! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Here's where you can buy fireworks in DC! Two stands in our area

The 4th of July is upon us, and that means cookouts, hot weather, and fireworks -- fireworks everywhere, not just on the Mall.

It's my opinion that a rooftop in Columbia Heights is the best place in the world to see 4th of July fireworks, because you can see the main display, displays at towns around the area, and a ton of DIY displays all around our neighborhood. Anywhere you look you'll see something going on -- it's fun, it's communal, and it's explosive.

You can buy some fireworks in DC, though not the ones that shoot in the area and explode, and I contacted DCRA to get the list of where they are -- see below.

In our area that's 3700 New Hampshire (corner of Georgia, at the Petworth Metro) and 4140 Georgia (at Upshur). Here's the full list below:

UPDATE: there are two stands not listed: 14th and Otis and Georgia and Newton.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Save $15 from Ecoverde Maids, a green, local small business

 

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This year Ecoverde Maids is turning 5 years old! Through competitive pricing, attractive service plans and friendly customer service, Ecoverde has created a strong residential client base serving Columbia Heights and Petworth. Today we'd like to introduce you to Carolina Rodriguez, the owner. Since they receive all lot of bookings from the surrounding area, they have decided to sponsor this blog. They have created a $15 off promo code that you can use by clicking on their banner on the top of the blog.

Ecoverde founder Carolina Rodriguez moved from Spain to Washington DC in 2005 to work for the Spanish government. In her free time after work she took a course from the Latino Economic Development Center on how to start a small business—more specifically, how to start a cleaning business. The training lasted for six weeks on Tuesday nights and she learned everything about starting a business, from how to do taxes, to becoming an LLC, to all the legal and administrative aspects. In 2012 she launched Ecoverde Maids in the Washington, DC Metro area and is currently working on launching another branch in Boston. 

While she is focused on running a successful business, she does find time for other activities. “Honestly, I am so passionate about so many things in life!” she said. She’s raising a two year old daughter, studying for a Masters in Secondary Education at George Washington University (she’ll graduate this summer), does morning meditation, goes to yoga class, Facetimes with family in Spain, enjoys watching movies, catches up with friends over coffee… and is running a highly successful cleaning business as well.
Carolina originally studied social work in Spain, but has come to love running her own business. “I like handling the online marketing and entrepreneurship,” she said. While Ecoverde Maids focuses on eco-friendly cleaning, the service offers both green cleaning and conventional cleaning depending on the client’s request. “Green cleaning is very important. We need to be aware of the environment and how we relate to it with the products we consume,” Carolina said. Seventh Generation products are a favorite brand that the team uses to clean without toxic chemicals.

When she first started out, Carolina was out in the field doing cleaning with her staff, but now she focuses solely on the administrative aspects and on growing the business. She felt it was important to get exposure to the actual cleaning process, in order to know exactly what her customers were experiencing. “When you’re selling a product, you need to know what you’re selling,” she said. She doesn’t miss being out in the field, though, and feels that her main focus should be on taking Ecoverde Maids to the next level. To that end, she has a staff of ten people who are helping to handle the day-to-day cleaning services.

Despite the challenges, she finds the work to be fulfilling. “I started the business four years ago and it’s been evolving. I like trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I alter my systems accordingly. The best part is to see something that I created with my own hands grow and become a success.”

One of the secrets to her success is the personal touch she has the team leave after each client’s home is cleaned. “We want the client to have a feeling of coming home to a clean and fresh house, so we leave mints on top of our company business card.” Another critical component is soliciting feedback from her customers frequently. “The same day of the cleaning our clients get an email asking them to rate the team. Their response goes to us and to the cleaning teams. This is how we do quality control and to make sure clients are happy with this team. Customer satisfaction is very important.” 

From her many years of success, she offers some words of advice for someone looking to start their own cleaning business. “You’ve got to have patience most of all. There’s a lot of work out there, many people who are busy and who need their homes cleaned. In the beginning it will be slow going but put yourself out there and advertise. An online presence is one of the most important pieces. You have to keep a good online reputation with good views and a positive image of your brand and business. That will bring long term success.” 

If you’re in the Washington DC or Boston area, you can book Ecoverde Maids for a high-quality green cleaning service today.

Cool "Resist" landscaping on Sherman Avenue house


The other day I was walking down Sherman and spotted this house, with RESIST spelled in rocks in their garden as well as a sign with a lot of progressive values. Pretty neat way to show your opinions. The house also had some pride flags and others. I like living in an area with lots of political sentiment.

Anyone else notice political houses? I'm reminded of the house on 13th that has the alien in the window with various political signs.


Monday, June 26, 2017

New coffee shop and deli coming to 3661 Georgia, old Amanuel Market


Looks like a new coffee shop and deli is coming to the area: I saw permits in the window at 3661 Georgia Avenue NW, just south of New Hampshire, the old Amanuel Market, a convenience store. The market was busted for selling synthetic drugs in 2015 and closed sometime after that. The owner also applied for a liquor license in 2011 but the ANC opposed it.

The permit says there will be food prep and coffee with 11 seats. I can't find much else more about it, interested to see if it's going to be a hip spot, a deli with coffee in those pour yourself things, or something else.

Here's the full permit text. Some places have coffee machines on the counter but they're for the staff to use, so we'll see.

USE CHANGE FROM CONVENIENCE STORE WITH ACCESSORY PREPARED FOOD SHOP TO FOOD PREPARATION AND COFFEE SHOP. BY KEEPING THE EXISTING MECHANICAL , ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING AS IS WITH THE ADDITION OF ADA COMPLIANCE HANDICAP ACCESS BATHROOM, THREE COMPARTMENT SINK , UNDER COUNTER FREEZER AND COFFEE BREWING MACHINES ON THE COUNTER. 
PREOPARED FOOD SHOP WITH 11 SEATS ON THE 1ST FLOOR, CELLAR FOR STORAGE ONLY. NO MECHANICAL WORK WILL BE ADDED ON THE ROOF.

Red Derby now offering $3 brats, half-price burgers on Mondays


Whoa, this is a super deal. Red Derby, the relaxed neighborhood spot at 14th and Quincy, has just launched a $3 brat Monday: $3 for one brat with sauerkraut or two for $5. Monday also have have price burgers.

The Derb' has pretty solid bar food, so I suspect this brat is good too.

They're at 3718 14th Street NW. Check them out if you haven't been (but remember they are cash only, there is an ATM.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

El Rinconcito II under construction again after fire in October; looks close to done


Good news for fans of El Rinconcito II at 1326 Park Road, the Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant that burned in October: I walked by the other day and there's construction going on inside, and it looked pretty close to being finished.

The spot caught fire in late October and has been closed since. If you haven't been, it's quite tasty, good and not expensive Salvadoran and Mexican food, plus they have a nice patio.

I hope they get back on their feet soon. I am missing some pupusas and tasty cheesy Mexican food (and margaritas.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Checking out new beer hall, Franklin Hall at 1346 Florida from Penn Social, Big Chief folks




More bars! Recently Franklin Hall opened at 1346 Florida Avenue NW, next to La Colombe and Pizzeria Vetri. It's from the folks behind Big Chief in Ivy City, Penn Social downtown, Lost and Found in Shaw and a few other spots. I checked it out last night. It's big.

The hall part of the name is accurate -- the spot is cavernous, kind of a modern-style warehouse or loft with high ceilings, polished concrete floors and such. It's full of picnic tables and high tables with stools, and it was pretty packed last night -- there was also a Jon Ossoff watch party, so maybe that was part of it. The crowd also seemed a bit young, but maybe that was the event as well. There are also games like card games and giant Connect Four.

Their website calls it an American beer hall and they have a fairly big draft beer list with American beers from all over the country: Oregon, California, Missouri, Michigan and around here, with both pints a liters. The pints started at $5, and the liters at $10 (which was Boh and Miller Lite.) 

They also have food at a walk-up window: lots of sausages seems to be their staple, plus loaded fries, chicken tenders, a burger or two, brussels sprouts, churros and such. I got the Natty Boh sausage, which was cooked in said beer, and it was pretty good, as were the shoestring fries it came with. Not gourmet cuisine but so far so good with bar food.

The bar is almost the length of the whole spot, so that made it easy to get a beer. The only knock on the spot is that it was really loud and echo-y -- they could use some noise absorbers or something. 

They also have pretty good happy hour deals: $2 off all drafts Monday-Friday from 4 to 7 pm, as well as $2 off rail cocktails. 

I'd be curious to see what it's like on the weekends if it was that crowded on the week day!

They're open 4pm-1am Monday-Thursday, 4pm-2am Friday, noon-2am Saturday and noon-1am Sunday.

Menus are below. Click them for a bigger version:





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy hour at Midlands tonight: donate clothes, get $1 off


This is neat -- as part of the youth employment event on the 21st, which I wrote about earlier, Midlands is holding a clothing drive tonight: if you donate new or gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories, you'll get $1 off!

Pretty neat way to help out some deserving young people, while also getting a good deal.

Georgia Avenue Thrive is also looking for volunteers for the event on the 21st, just email Jennifer Kuiper, jkuipermpp(at)gmail.com.

Know young people looking for work? Youth employment fair at Midlands on Wednesday: resume and interview help, workshops, folks who are hiring


If you know any young people looking for work, here's a cool event. Georgia Avenue Thrive and the city are organizing an event for young people who are looking for work: they're calling it a Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness event and it's at the Midlands beer garden on Wednesday. There will be various representatives from various government offices, organizations that help students get jobs, and others with workshops, free professional clothing, help with resumes and more. Sounds pretty neat, pass it along to your neighbors or friends!

Here's more from Georgia Avenue Thrive:
Please share the attached flier and Facebook announcement about the Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness Event at The Midlands (3333 Georgia Ave NW) this Wednesday, June 21, 11am-3pm. Employment service providers, mini-workshops, workplace clothing give-away, one-on-one resume coaching and free hot dogs and lemonade will all be provided!

Monday, June 19, 2017

City shuts down Target food sales on Friday due to rodents

Yuh oh. The city's inspectors found some rodents at Target on Friday and shut down their food sales for part of the day. WJLA has the story, they were closed part of the day but were allowed to start selling food again that night. The Starbucks inside Target reopened Saturday.

This isn't the first time the store has been temporarily banned from selling food -- it happened in 2015 as well due to rodents and insects.

Let's hope they've figured out what the problem is and cleaned it up.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Columbia Heights Farmers Market now open Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings


This is neat -- if you're looking for more good food and other local items, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market is now open two times a week: Wednesdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm. Sometimes they're there a bit after 7 too.

The market is pretty awesome, there are always various produce vendors, dairy, bread, coffee, meat, drinks, sauces, premade foods and other snacks and items, all from local farmers or small businesses. It's good for picking up a quick snack or breakfast or some ingredients for future meals.

The market is located at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the triangle between 14th, Park and Kenyon, across from the Tivoli building.

There's also the Petworth Market, also Saturdays at 9th and Upshur, and the Mt Pleasant one, Saturdays at the Mt. Pleasant Plaza (near Mt. Pleasant and Park Rd.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jenkins Capital BBQ opening soon at 14th and Monroe; check out the menu


BBQ time! A reader was at the ANC1A meeting the other day and the owner said they're opening in about a week.

Here's a bit more info from the reader:
He said that you could go to the website now, but I haven't tried it since I don't know what it is.

He said that they stole one of the best BBQ chefs from Atlanta and had some other interesting things to say about his food. There will also be a 16 seat bar with TVs, and then outside seating when that is approved.
I also can't find their website, but their Facebook page is up, complete with a logo.

I also received a preview copy of the menu from an ANC commissioner, check it out below (click it for the full version.) Looks pretty awesome, and thorough!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Columbia Heights Day is Saturday, June 17! Music, arts, food, vendors, kids' carnival, beer garden, fun for all ages; want to volunteer?


Columbia Heights Day is upon us again! This year's, the 12th annual, will be on 11th Street between Park and Irving like in previous years from 11am-6pm.

There will be local businesses, arts and crafts, fitness classes, music and a lot more, plus a kids' carnival at the Tubman school field, and a beer garden hosted by Meridian Pint.

Here's more info on what's happening and the schedule, as well as the Facebook invite from the Columbia Heights Initiative, the organizers.

They're also looking for volunteers and sponsors if you want to do a bit of help.

The best local DC street party is back and you’re invited!! Join us in celebration of diversity and community with the neighborhood’s finest food, drink, and entertainment. 

Discover artisans, entrepreneurs, and area businesses in the heart of Columbia Heights. The fun is everywhere and for everyone! We have three stages of live music, dance, and free fitness classes. Kids can play at the carnival on the Harriet Tubman field while adults make their own fun at the Meridian Pint beer garden. See you on Saturday, June 17th!

Where: 11th Street between Park Road and Irving Street.
When: Saturday, June 17th 11am-6pm
Cost: FREE (Donations welcome!)
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Main Stage line up:
Maryjo Mattea and a Pile of Dudes- 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Fuss - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
CREATE - 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
SAHEL - 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The JoGo Project - 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Empresarios - 5 pm - 6 pm

Community Field Stage line up:
Barro Vermelho Capoeira - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PanLara - 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
DC Self Defense Karate Association - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Salsa With Silvia - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Zumba with CHampion Lifestyle Fitness - 4 pm - 5 pm
Evolution Grooves band - 5:15 pm - 6 pm
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Pools are open! Pools are open! Weekends only until June 18, then full schedule


It's getting hot, and just in the time, the city's outdoor pools have opened. Starting last weekend, the outdoor pools are open on the weekends, and starting June 18, they'll be open every day (except one day a week.)

In our area, there's the Banneker pool at Georgia and Euclid and the Upshur pool at Upshur and Arkansas. Both are currently open noon-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Starting June 18, they'll be open every day except one -- for Banneker, that's Thursdays, and for Upshur, that's Mondays.

Banneker (pictured above) is big and very popular -- there are sometimes lines to get in. They also added a concession stand for some cold beverages and light snacks. Upshur is smaller and has more families, but also a nice place to swim.

Here are their full hours, and here are the rest of the pools.

Banneker:
  • Lap Swim: Mon - Wed & Fri - 8 am to 10 am
  • Mon - Wed & Fri - 11 am to 8 pm
  • Sat & Sun: 12 pm to 6 pm
Closed Day:
Thursday

Upshur:
  • Tues - Fri - 11 am to 8 pm
  • Sat & Sun - 12 pm to 6 pm
Closed Day: 
Monday

Friday, June 2, 2017

Learn hand dancing every Wednesday at Georgia and Randolph: a D.C. version of swing dancing


If you've been in DC for long enough, you've probably heard of hand dancing -- it's a locally developed style of dance, similar to swing dancing (not just waving your hands around, as might be assumed from the name.)

Former Mayor Vince Gray was a big fan, and it still is popular around the area. And now you can learn! There are classes every Wednesday for beginners, starting this coming Wednesday, June 7 at 3815 Georgia Ave NW. The details are above, sounds like fun!

Here's a sample from the National Hand Dance Association: