La-z-boy coming to Logan Circle?

1336 14th Street, NW the former Ghana Cafe space

Some interesting Logan Circle scuttlebutt from a reader:

“La-z-boy plans to open on 14th (south of Rhode Island Ave). Yes, La-z-boy. It is either the old, vacant space on the south side of 7-11 or the new building next to that. It is supposed to be a new smaller, urban concept store.”

New building, The Bentley, next door

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  • really hoping this isnt true. what is the appeal of furniture stores on 14th?

    • The appeal of furniture stores on 14th is that you can buy furniture in them. Which is great. We’ve spent thousands of dollars in R&B, Miss Pixies, Vastu, Urban Essentials, etc. That said, La-z-Boy? Whoa. I think the shark may have been jumped here.

      • +1. Has La-Z-Boy even updated its product roster since the 1970’s? I expect to see their stores in Fort Lauderdale, not D.C.

        • Yes, it has. Take a look at their website, particularly the “Urban Attitudes” collection – looks like stuff you might see from Crate & Barrel or other like stores. I don’t have any of their furniture, but I would certainly consider it – don’t let the name sway you.

          • I poked around a bit on my phone and everything I saw looks so utterly staid. I can’t comment on the quality/value, but I’m not feeling their “hip, urban” designs.

          • Interesting — I’m looking at their website now, and I see they offer a bunch of sleeker, midcentury-modern inspired models as well as the humongous recliners that they’re known for. They’ll definitely have an uphill struggle as far as perceptions/preconceptions are concerned, but (surprisingly to me) it looks like they do actually offer items that people in surrounding neighborhoods would like.

      • makes sense. i’ve only ever bought furniture online or from IKEA. are these shops just show rooms, where you check it out and then they deliver it from a warehouse elsewhere? or is it like, you see a table, you and your buddies carry that table home, etc?

      • We bought a La-Z-boy couch a couple years ago. As modern and stylish as a couch from Crate and Barrel, but made in America.

    • Its nice to have a choices in one area without shuttling all across the metro region. 100 years ago 14th was where you went to buy cars. I’m ok with it becoming kind of a home décor retail district. I got a decent sofa from them, and they have upholstered furniture than is scaled more appropriately for the typical condo or apartment. Its not ridiculously expensive, and you can still choose your own fabrics.

  • As long as they don’t serve liquor with the recliners, the neighbors should be very happy! Ghana Cafe had some serious problems with neighbors opposing the liquor license through the years, and it’s my understanding that those same issues lead Crow Bar to pull out of their plans for that space after Ghana closed. A retail option may be the best choice there!

  • Nice to see retail and something semi-useful rather than small plates or some variation on “Salt and Sundry”.

  • I LOVED the La-Z-Boy reclining loveseat I had in my first DC apartment. Anybody have a narrow staircase they wish they could fit a couch through? The reclining back piece and the seat base come in 2 separate pieces that lock together after you’ve hauled them separately up the stairs. Genius.

  • This seems like a terrible idea. DC apartments generally don’t have room for big loungers, and they mostly appeal to older people anyways. Bethesda or Tysons would be a much better location for this store.

    • People do realize that they make more furniture than just massive recliners, right? I have no problem with more actual retail coming to the city in addition to bars and restaurants.

    • Bet you anything that they already have a store in Rockville.

      • You’re correct — the website says that their current locations closest to D.C. are in Rockville and Alexandria.

    • Maybe you don’t have room for a big lounger, and you think they mostly appeal to older people, but there are a lot of big row houses around Logan with people of all different ages. I think they’ll do fine.

  • Can we just get an Ikea already?

    • An urban-format Ikea would do very well here. There’s definitely space in Ivy City, or one of the shopping centers near RI Ave Metro.

      • Is there such a thing as an “urban-format IKEA”?
        There’s already an IKEA in College Park, just outside the Beltway, and I think there’s a bus that goes from the College Park Metro station to IKEA. So things are much, much better than when the only IKEA options near D.C. were Woodbridge, VA and White Marsh, MD (beyond Baltimore).

        • Yes. They’ve started testing them in Canada.

        • There’s one in Brooklyn and it’s awesome. It’s a regular store and it’s very accessible by subway and water taxi (!). The College Park store isn’t terribly far, but it can be a trek to get there if you don’t own a car, and especially annoying if you go all the way there and they don’t have the things you want. i agree that a closer store would be a great thing for DC, and would do really well.

          • Ahh — I’d heard of the Brooklyn one, but didn’t realize it was an “urban-format” one.
            I go to IKEA far too often as it is. (I have a car, which makes it easy.) God help me if we get one within the District. 😉

          • I’m not sure if it’s the same type of “urban format” store Eponymous is talking about, but it certainly is urban!

          • Your best bet, if you can’t afford a car, is to rent a ZipCar. Or better yet, one of their trucks. Because you’re probably going to end up buying some large pieces of furniture, and their delivery services are expensive.

          • My point wasn’t so much about the expense of the car, per se. It’s just that I imagine their core demographic is city dwellers on a budget. So it always seemed a bit odd to me that their DC-area stores can be hard for people in that core demographic to easily reach. Before there was a Brooklyn store in New York, there were direct shuttle buses from the Port Authority bus station directly to the Elizabeth, NJ store, and that made getting there pretty easy. When i moved to Dc, I was really surprised that the College Park store didn’t have a similar service.

          • Yeah, that “if you can’t afford a car” remark is an odd one. Plenty of people in D.C. forgo cars not because of the expense per se, but because they don’t really need them and parking can be a hassle.

          • I think IKEA’s demographic isn’t so much “city dwellers on a budget” as it is “anyone on a budget” (or “anyone looking for budget-priced furniture and housewares”). In the NYC area, so many people don’t have cars that I guess the IKEA stores in the area have made of an effort to make transportation easy.
            I’m kind of surprised that IKEA in College Park hasn’t made more of an effort to reach out to no-car city dwellers. Their website says nothing about public transportation options. From my Googling, it looks like at least one bus line runs in between the College Park Metro and the IKEA store:

          • I tried to take that bus and it was HELL. It ran nowhere close to on schedule and left me stranded there after shopping. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

          • Shawess — Oh no! Sorry to hear that!

          • The one in Brooklyn is not a smaller “urban” one. It is big. It’s on the water in Red Hook. (Lots of warehouses there)You can take a shuttle boat from Manhattan. (Free with IKEA purchase)Fantastic view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty. So if you have a hankering for Swedish meatball and a symbol of liberty now you know where you know where to go

          • I was doing some Googling to learn more about the urban-format IKEAs that Eponymous mentioned.
            It sounds as though so far, they’re mainly pickup points for online orders, rather than smaller stores per se:
            Ikea to open string of smaller stores across Canada
            Outlets one-tenth the size of a regular Ikea will be primarily for e-commerce pickups
            Dec. 15, 2014, midnight

          • Even if we think IKEA’s core demographic is Millenials, we need to remember that most of them are not city dwellers. Per Census 2010 date, in the age category 25-34, there were 124,745 residents in DC, 125,740 in PG County, 132,393 in Montgomery County, and 158,642 in Fairfax County. Thus, despite what we might like to think, most millenials in the DC area in fact live in the suburbs and probably have cars with which to schlep home their IKEA haul.

          • I don’t think IKEA’s core demographic is millennials (despite the number of PoPvillagers who pooh-pooh IKEA as being “beneath” them and suitable only for recent college graduates and twentysomethings). When I go there, I see a range of ages, from college students to thirtysomething couples with kids to fortysomethings and beyond.

    • Lazyboy as really updated their look. Sure they still have the old school giant recline (and don’t kid yourself, that shit was super comfortable which is why your dad made it his chair). but some of the new stuff seems more ethan allan/traditional. Seems like a good addition on 14th.

      • At least per their website, probably 90% of their inventory is still straight from a 1970’s Sears catalog. And the majority of the “modern” items (aside from a few MCM sofas/loveseats) say “K-Mart circa 1994” to me.

  • Between the former Pulp space being turned into a realtor’s office and Ghana Cafe being turned into a La-z-boy retailer, is this confirmation that Logan is entering its decline?

    • I miss Pulp! I wish there was a place in the neighborhood where I can stop by and pick up last minute gifts, etc.

  • I can’t imagine that the universe of people who shop at Lazy Boy overlaps much with that of people who live near Logan.

  • I’m not sure the connotations of that name fit in with 2015 Logan Circle. They need to change it to Lethargic Bearded Millennial on iPhone.

  • Lazy Boy financed my baseball card collection as a kid. My grandfather would fall asleep with change in his pockets, and after he’d get up, if you lifted the back flap that hid the recliner slats, there was always loose change! Every single day this would happen, by Saturday, it was Topps and the best tasting terrible gum you ever had!

  • Before rushing to comment, try reading the post (I know, it was very long)…”It is supposed to be a new smaller, urban concept store.” Crate and Barrell: CB2 :: La-Z-Boy : Soon-to-be urban concept store on 14th St. We all good? 14th Street survives.

    • So, by your analogy, this new Lazy Boy is going to be a down-market version of the existing brand? That doesn’t sound overly promising.

  • I Dont Get It

    Brooke Shields loves La-Z-Boy!

  • Somehow I knew all of the snobs would come out in droves.

    • haha! Yes, but I think PoP himself kind of set the tone with, “Yes, La-Z-Boy.” I find it hilarious. I have a lot of serious/sophisticated pieces in my place (including an elegant grand piano), but I’ve been tempted from time to time to get a big old recliner for comfortable nighttime reading. I won’t apologize for that! If not your house, where else are you going to be truly comfortable and able to totally chill without judgment? 🙂

      • Prince Of Petworth

        That wasn’t me that was the OP. I have two la z boy chairs at home. I’m typing this while seated in one of them right now!

      • That might work for you, but the superficiality of the average Millennial dictates that they furnish their tiny, organic, free-range bike-friendly apartments with uncomfortable, form-over-function modernist furniture, so as to show off their alleged wealth and taste to their contemporaries 😀

        • If you genuinely think that status attainment is unique to Millenials, you are highly mistaken. Though maybe some older people found your joke funny?

          • Yes, that’s exactly what I said. I wrote, “…status attainment is unique to Millenials” above, but in characters only visible to Millennials.

  • I LOVE my recliner. We bought it to be my husband’s recliner; he really wanted one and I thought they were tacky and horrible but I was willing to sacrifice for him. I happened to be pregnant. I sat down, and I don’t think he’s gotten to sit in it ever since. He’s stuck in not-very-comfortable Mitchell and Gold chair that we bought when we were trying to be grownups. (bad idea)
    That said, it’s getting pretty threadbare (I think it’s Ikea), so I’m sort of interested to see what La-Z-Boy is doing these days in sleeker, more modern options.

    • Not the biggest recliner fan, but LA-Z-Boy makes quality furniture built to last–much better than IKEA. I would love to see them take on the crate barrel/room and board market.

  • Sure this signals the recline of Logan Circle.

  • bfinpetworth

    I’ve had two pieces of lazy boy furniture over the years. Both were incredibly comfortable and not bad looking. The recliner had nice lines that did not look like a recliner, and the other was a big overstuffed chair and ottoman that my rotty and I loved to snuggle in together – seriously.

    But really, they do make good quality furniture for a reasonable price, and if you want a recliner, they have some nice looking options that will fit into an urban environment just fine. If this is a small store, I suspect they will be focusing on their smaller scale items and could fill a niche in the local furniture market that is heavily tilted towards modern, urban rather than comfy.

  • Wow! Millennials aging into hipsters…and hipsters aging into…well…age, complete with la-z-boys! I hope their new line of furniture includes some recliners narrow enough to be squeezed sideways onto those ridiculously small balconies of most of the new apartments on 14th Street.

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