Island Dyes now Open on H Street

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331 H Street, NE

A reader sends an update:

This shop is now open. I went in this week. It’s fabulous, and the owner is just awesome!”

Island Dyes website says:

“Welcome to our newest and sixth location, ISLAND DYES – Washington, D.C. We are very excited to offer our wide array of Island coolness! Once inside you will quickly find this is no normal headshop. We have something for everyone here.

Island Dyes is home of SYN Glass, the makers of one the best and almost indestructible waterpipes on the market. Don’t stop there though, we have righteous tie dies, bodacious hats and accessories you won’t find anywhere else. Flower power to the people! Island Dyes style coming your way!”

32 Comment

  • clevelanddave

    Great! A headshop right next to a child care center. Just what we need…

  • Well, at least one local business supports #71.

    They and all the cupcake shops should band together, man.

  • When I read “best and almost indestructible water pipes” I thought “gee, WASA should use those to replace the leaky water mains.” I am so old……

  • Just what the neighborhood never needed!

    • You’re right. Let’s go back to the mindset of throwing generation after generation of young men in jail.

      Very trendy to demonize things you don’t understand.

  • >Once inside you will quickly find this is no normal headshop. We have something for everyone here.

    Well, that has piqued my interest. I shall continue reading to see what the have to offer.

    >Island Dyes is home of SYN Glass, the makers of one the best and almost indestructible waterpipes on the market

    ಠ_ಠ

  • We’ll see about the indestructible part…

  • Glad to see this is open. Not for everyone, but I’m happy to have it within walking distance.

    • Thank about that carefully.

      Do you REALLY want an establishment like this walking distance from your house?

      I mean, you can purchase these wares on the internet. Now you have other drug users coming to your neighborhood. You are probably a “cool” user, there’s no guarantee the folks coming to your neighborhood are.

      I think you are an idiot,

  • welcome to the neighborhood

  • What the hell does this mean?:
    ” You are probably a “cool” user, there’s no guarantee the folks coming to your neighborhood are”. There are cool and not-cool drinkers heading to H street daily. There are cool and not-cool patrons heading to Murray’s for cheap beef. Numbers-wise, I think that will continue to outnumber the folks going to the head shop.
    So what are the not “cool” users gonna get up to? Buy some merchandise, pay some sales tax and go home and get high. What’s the problem?

  • My concern is that it just kind of looks like a dump. I’m fine with having a diverse range of businesses on H, but it would be nice if there was some uniformity in the approach of the area having a “cleaned up” look.

    • A dump? Should it have two story glass windows and a garden out front?

      • yes — promote small-scale hydroponic local growing. Maybe you could avoid the horrid NoCal wildfires started by a large scale commercially operating grower.

    • Yeah I have to agree with you. It does not look like a nice, new business from the outside. I’m a resident of H and I really have no issue with this shop being there. In fact I think making pot legal would eliminate the seedy side of it. I do, however, wish they had put a little more effort into the facade of the building.

  • I have no objections to head shops, but I do have objections to things that are tacky, tasteless, and cliched. Tye dyes? Rasta colors? Let me guess — this is a whiteboy middle class pothead operation? Nothing wrong with a modicum of class. Ever seen a typcial California dispensary? Act like you belong with the other ESTABLISHMENT businesses, the ones you presumably colocated near in order to benefit from their appeal. You look like a carton of Ben and Jerrys

    • Ben & Jerry’s looks classier.
      .
      It’s not really the colors that are the problem; it’s more the deteriorating building (looks like the brick needs repointing) and general low-end look.

    • Oh be nice! Ben and Jerry’s is yummy. Plus this isn’t a dispensary….

    • You obviously missed the fact that Island Dyes is the only business on that block. Co located to benefit from others? Hardly. Island Dyes will be the one providing the benefit of increased traffic to the current lethargic traffic on that side of H Street.

    • You obviously missed the fact that Island Dyes is the only business on that block. Co located to benefit from others? Hardly. Island Dyes will be the one providing the benefit of increased traffic to the current lethargic traffic on that side of H Street.

  • they’ll also make their bones selling e-cigs. First class all the way.

  • First of all that “Child Care Center” has been closed for a decade. Secondly, I see the employees of Island Dyes picking up garbage left by bus riders and sweeping there sidewalk everyday. As to it looking like a dump, did you see the building before they painted it? Now That was an eyesore! it now looks like a classic building straight out of Amsterdam..Oh, and they are white and have been in business for 20 years selling everything from American made tye dyes, incense, body jewelry, tapestries, posters, skateboards snowboards, hot sauce, just to name a few…they are now a premiere water pipe producer employing 3 full time shifts to Americans on the Outer Banks and numerous Americans in there 6 store locations. The taxes they pay to the municipalities is significant. How long has your company been in business providing taxes to cities they reside in and jobs for its citizens?,

    • I agree. They are very reputable business. They been selling tie-dyes on the Outer Banks for 25 years now. The guys that run it are taxpaying hard-working citizens. They are county approved state approved federally approved OSHA approved and also consistently donate to charitable organizations. They employ over 40 people in their operations. And their families. They pay taxes. More than people that put all these negative comments. These comments are generated by people that are uninformed or have never been in IslandDyes.

  • Thanks for the Love from Dem Positive people! If you posted a negative comment, I invite you to come and see the store for yourself. I promise that regardless of your attitude towards us, we will be nothing but kind to you! What can I say about the building? It’s not mine and I did the best I could…as to our clientele, they run the gamut from Congressmen to College students, all over 21, and all really good folks.
    Cheers,
    Glen Schow
    Owner