Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I am hoping for some help from the PoPville community on where in the DC area to get a customized engagement ring. I am admittedly new to the process and have no clue how it works. I know there was a PoPville post on engagement rings back in 2011, but that was geared towards vintage rings, which isn’t quite what I’m looking for.

Any help would be great!”


“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to figure out if my daughter can register her car temporarily in DC for the summer while she lives in the GWU dorms. She will need her car for her internship and I want to make sure she can park it legally near where she is living. I live in Petworth and it’s not at all convenient for her to leave her car at my house.

I’ve read the DMV website, emailed them, and I still can’t figure out if this is possible and how to do it. Does anyone know?”


“Dear PoPville,

I hope you and your readers can give me some advice. My husband and I are trying to buy a house in DC. We found a beautiful one this weekend in Bloomingdale off of North Capital. We started to put a offer in but our realtor cautioned us not to because the price of the house had double since the owners bought it a few years ago and it was because of the extensive renovation. It has a brand new kitchen and you can tell lots of other work had been done but she could not find any permits for the remodeling. We didn’t put in a offer because we wanted to do research and find out if it was illegally renovated but now it is under contract with someone else. I was wondering how important is it to buy a house that has been updated with permits? What are the consequences? If it isn’t a big deal I want to know for next time so we won’t miss out again.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved out of my 2-bedroom condo and am gearing up to rent it out this summer. I want to make sure everything I’m doing is legitimate, of course, so I applied for a basic business license, which is required in DC to rent out even one unit. The problem is, the application for the basic business license is wildly confusing, especially for a first-timer like me. While filling out one section of the form, I inadvertently put down my NEW address (where I would like to receive correspondence from the city), as opposed to the address of the unit I’m actually renting out. When I called the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to fix the error, I was told that doing so would cost me $83 — in addition to the $190 application fee I already paid for the basic business license itself. Is this a joke?”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Annie Miller

“Dear PoPville,

We can’t do a screened in back porch, but would love to be able to use our front porch for more than the week or so that there is good weather but no mosquitoes. So, we are looking for examples of screened in front porches done tastefully. Either permanent or seasonally removable screens.

I’ve been keeping an eye out but there are very few at all and I haven’t seen any yet that are tasteful – though of course that is in the eye of the beholder, I understand : )



“Dear PoPville,

I have made my first investment into homeownership in the District and am wondering who has had recent experience with selecting a home security system? Although I’m in a condo, I have my own entrance from the outside and am interested in finding out more about what security systems people have liked and not liked. I’m especially interested in recommendations from anyone who has tried the new kinds of security systems that are internet-based and you can install yourself, as well as people’s thoughts on Comcast home security and the usual established players. If you were a new homeowner, what would you install?”


“Dear PoPville,

It went up last weekend. While the sign is technically on a support pole of the same building, the entrance to this Marriott is a good 50 yards away, and the tiny arrow at the bottom doesn’t remotely help anyone find the place. It mainly serves as a big Christmasy dick move to commuters, as far as I can tell. It’s literally in the way for people coming down the stairs from the MBT, and it’s yet another layer of visual obstruction in front of the single incoming train board at that entrance. I think I’m just bummed out that it dwarfs the actual Metro pole. Thought I’d share to commiserate, and ask if anyone else has examples of garish, shameless advertising at Metro entrances. (NY Ave North Entrance)”

Think metro got paid for this?

Photo by PoPville flickr user Betsy Law

“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if you have any tips for Easter brunch in DC? My husband and I are newlyweds with no family in the area and looking for something festive.”

Hmm I got an email for “Zaytinya is offering $35 prix-fixe brunches on April 5th and April 12th for both Western and Greek Easters, featuring springtime ingredients to welcome the warm weather.”

And from Hill Country BBQ:

“The Market will be open on Easter Sunday during regular hours starting at 11:30am. In addition to the regular pit-smoked menu offerings, they’ll have a special Apricot-rubbed Duck Breast available at the meat counter and an Easter Egg & Potato Salad on the sides counter. The bar will also be offering the Bluebonnet Cocktail, a refreshing mix of Bombay Sapphire, fresh lemon, blueberries and agave nectar. The Easter Bunny will be hopping through the Market throughout the day to greet families & pass out treats, and there will be 100 eggs hidden around the restaurant with coupons for goodies that kids of all ages can enjoy!”

Anyone go to good Easter brunch last year?