From a press release:

“John Weintraub, owner of Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill since 1975, has announced plans to sell the business to the owners of Logan Hardware. Formally a member of the True Value Cooperative, Frager’s will join the Ace Hardware Cooperative as the twelfth store operated by A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a group of 11 Ace stores located in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Takoma Park, MD and Alexandria, VA.

Founded in 2003 with flagship store Logan Hardware, AFCHS owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman are thrilled to add the store and its preexisting staff to their family of stores and roughly 300 employees. Aside from bringing the company’s unique blend of personal, knowledgeable and helpful service and home maintenance expertise to the Capitol Hill community, customers can expect to see the same local charm that’s drawn customers to its doors since it opened in 1920. “Marc and I are extremely proud to continue the Frager’s legacy on Capitol Hill. We have admired John and his operation since the day we opened our first location in 2003 and are looking forward to meeting our new community,” says Schaefer. (more…)

2818 Georgia Ave, NW

And if you’re not into the whole vaping thing a bit further east:


Burnt Glasswork’s facebook says:

“Burnt Glassworks is an artist focused glass studio and art showroom looking to foster a sense of community with those working around us.

A retail establishment specializing in glass pipes, bongs and rigs as well as papers and specialty wraps. Custom glass work and repairs.

Art work and clothing.”

metro mutts h st popville
508 H Street, NE

Ed. Note: Metro Mutts closed their Barracks Row location back in April ’16. Around that time we also spoke about fears that Metro Mutts on H Street could be in trouble when Petco arrives.

Thanks to a reader for passing on from Metro Mutts:

“With a mixture of sadness, appreciation, and excitement for the future of Metro Mutts…

We are writing to let you know that Metro Mutts will be closing the retail store on H St on May 14, 2017, and putting 100% of our energy into Metro Mutts Pet Services – dog walking and cat sitting.

We have been through a lot in these 7 years. We have seen many of our customers arrive in the neighborhood and seen just as many move away. We have said goodbye to many fur babies in the neighborhood as they pass over the rainbow bridge, including our own store beauties and dear friends Meeko and Jenny.

We also saw the ENTIRE construction of the Trolley line built along H ST NE. Boy, that was messy. We have seen many businesses come and some go. It sure has been a roller coaster ride and we want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support over the years. For without you, we couldn’t have made it this far!

Despite the great outpouring of support that so many of you have shown since we opened in 2010, and especially over the last year, increasingly steep retail competition along H St and a lease that is up for renewal this year finally led us to this decision. (more…)