2nd, Delaware and M Street, NE

A reader reports around 7am:

“Three hours before opening, the line is already around the building. Slightly embarrassed to say I am one of them… The good news is there is free food and drink for everyone!

Also, just found out the people next to me in line came all the way from Ohio just for this. They left late last night, arrived at 3 a.m., and slept in the car in a parking garage. Didn’t know it was such a thing, but I guess they have been to numerous openings around the country.”

Peek inside here and check out the planned festivities here.

Update from a reader – A Marching band has arrived:

2nd and L Street, NE

1781 Florida Avenue, NW

From an email:

“Hudson & Crane has just signed a lease for the retail space next to us (formerly And Beige) and will be knocking down walls and expanding to nearly double our size!

We’ll retain the 1781 Florida Avenue NW address and will be able to display even more of our private label American made sofas as well as furniture, decor, bar-ware, local artists/vendors as well as commercial artists and now also showcase dining tables / dining-ware / table-scapes. Opening Dec. 2016!

We’re open to and looking for local artists and vendors (who have a wholesale capability) to include in our expanded store. david (at) hudsonandcrane (dot) com”

via Hudson & Crane

2nd, Delaware and M Street, NE

We’ve been paying modest attention to the new Flagship REI coming to NoMa. Well it almost here so I thought it was time to pay proper attention. Let’s just get it out of the way – the space is SICK. Absolutely sick. Dope. Dope sky. Mint. Fresh. And definitely funky fresh. While I took a million pictures this is a good example of a place you really got to see in person to fully appreciate the transformation. Let’s not forget what the space looked like before (after its heyday):


And now it is simply a jaw dropper. I took a tour of the 50,000+ square foot space and here’s a taste:


All the details on the opening festivities here.

Approximately a million more photos after the jump. (more…)

3210 Georgia Ave NW

A reader reports:

“New dog store on Georgia Ave. Right next to Small Fry. Also, my dog who will be a frequent visitor.”


District Dogs website says:

“Founded in 2013, District Dogs is a leading pet care company in Washington, DC. We specialize in mid-day walks, daycare, and boarding. District Dogs is 100% licensed, bonded and insured. You can feel comfortable your pets are in trusted hands.

Daycare (Coming Soon!)

District Dogs Daycare provides an enjoyable and fun experience for your dog. Dogs will enjoy friendly playtime with their canine pals, including occasional cool down sessions. All dogs are supervised as we reinforce basic training and good manners.

The facility is conditioned with a HEPA air filtration system and sanitized nightly with a commercial floor washing system. All dogs are given the opportunity to potty outside and any messes inside are cleaned and sanitized right away.

We offer two size play rooms for small and large dogs. Senior dogs that need a more relaxed environment may join their small dog companions. We also have a private feeding room if your dog requires lunch during his or her stay.”

3210 Georgia Ave NW

previously Petworth Liquor

3224 11th Street, NW (to the left)

From an email:

Willow, a clothing + gift shop, located at 834 Upshur Street NW in Petworth, is setting up shop in Columbia Heights for the holiday season! Located at 3224 11th Street NW next door to Bad Saint, the shop will stock a little bit of everything from clothing and housewares to gifts for all ages produced by local makers. DC and Columbia Heights themed products designed by Willow staff as well as new clothing lines will fill the shelves and racks!

The shop will also feature a special selection of titles from Upshur Street Books.

“I am very excited to be bringing a little bit of Upshur Street down to Columbia Heights and 11th Street. Be on the look out for fun window displays and the same friendly atmosphere that we have at the Upshur street location,” says owner Julie Wineinger.

The shop will open Saturday, October 15th and be open through December.”

4414 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted us. The owner of Stella’s tells me they are shooting for an October 29th grand opening and continue to operate the food truck.

“We use high quality ingredients and offer unique twists on the nostalgic treat. After spending many years in the culinary and high end catering world, I’ve dedicated Stella*s PopKern to producing the most delicious and creative popcorn around (truly!). Our ever evolving menu ranges from traditional mainstays such as Clarified Butter with Brazilian Sea Salt to exotic blends like Spicy Cardamom Sprinkled with Ginger Sea Salt.”

stellas-popkern-sample-flavors (PDF)

stellas-info-sheet (PDF)

Now hiring too: