1822 North Cap. Facade Creative Grounds DC
1822 North Capitol Street, NW courtesy Creative Grounds DC

From an email:

“We started a crowdfunding campaign that will give you a better sense of what Creative Grounds DC is, our goals and a fun video about the owners. Take a look:

The indiegogo page says:

“What Exactly is Creative Grounds DC?

Creative Grounds DC is a community space for teaching, producing and showcasing art while serving ethically sourced coffee and good eats. A true community gathering space, Creative Grounds DC goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, the space is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will serve as the go-to destination for art-related activities in the nation’s capital.

We invite YOU to join us on our journey to create spaces where we embrace and celebrate creativity and community.”

You can read more and contribute here.

dog
Charlie

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were running with our dog past Big Bear around 8:30am this morning (Sunday) when two dogs – they looked like young-ish vizslas – who were tied up outside Big Bear jumped into our path and one bit our dog Charlie. We managed to get between them and break it up before anything too serious happened. The owners came outside and we let them know what had happened but in the panic we left without getting their name or contact information (stupid mistake, I know!) By the time we got our dog home we realized that his back leg was bleeding quite badly. We’ve been to the animal hospital etc. but for peace of mind and after-care we want to see if we can find the owners to make sure their dogs are fully vaccinated.”

If you are or know the owners please email me at [email protected] and I’ll connect you to OP. Thanks.

big_bear_bloomingdale
1700 1st Street, NW

hawk

“This boss hunted a pigeon in the alley behind our house and enjoyed his lunch on the tree outside our balcony!”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

sylvan bakery

Thanks to all who emailed the good news! Nick writes:

Sylvan Bakery opened this morning! Their selection looked great and seem to have some pretty promising savory breakfast items. Also, they’re open at 7:00 am for my fellow Bloomingdale residents who leave for work before 8. Wishing them the best of luck.

I only got the pastry/bagel case (photo above) there’s another case with sweets and a wall of bread…”

sylvan-sign
104 Rhode Island Ave, NW

creative grounds dc
1822 North Capitol Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the old Seaton Market.

Seaton-market
January, 2014

From a press release:

“Husband and wife duo, Asmara Sium and Kenn Blagburn announced the opening of Creative Grounds DC. The couple’s new venture goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space for artists. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, Creative Grounds DC is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will host artists, art related events, rental space and a coffee bar. (more…)

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Pinkie recovering via gofundme

Thanks to a reader for passing on this fundraising page for Pinkie’s Medical Expenses:

“On January 25, 2017 the 60 year old owner of Jam Doung Style Jamaican Cuisine Restaurant was shot four times after closing up for the night.

After a very long day of work—7am to 9:30pm— Jam Doung’s owner, affectionately known as Pinkie by family and friends, and two of her employees began walking to their cars, making jokes and laughing, which is common for the group. They then noticed a masked man approaching them. The masked man focused all of his attention on Pinkie, pointing the gun in her face and commanding her to give him her purse.

What happened next did not shock anyone other than the gunman and his accomplice that was standing as look out. Pinkie freed her hands of the food she was carrying home, and then grabbed the muzzle of the gun that was being pointed at her. Pinkie and the gunman struggled with the gun for what seemed like forever. Then the gunman shot Pinkie in her right wrist. But Pinkie continued to fight until she was able to pull the mask off of her attacker. Pinkie was, however, shocked to realize that her attacker was someone that she knew. (more…)

delivery
Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“Dear PoPville,

For the second time in less than a week a delivery man was robbed on my porch by an armed man.

What the suspect is doing is calling for delivery from local restaurants (Olga & Manny, NY Pizza) and giving them the address of [unit block of] W Street NW (last Sunday robbery) and [unit block of] W Street NW (tonight’s robbery), when the delivery person shows up for the delivery, no one answers the number that called for the delivery. So the delivery person leaves the car and proceeds to knock on the door of the address. At that time the suspect comes from the corner of North Capital and W street and robs the delivery person at gunpoint.

Myself and my neighbor never called for delivery…. the suspect is giving an address and then robbing people when they arrive.

The police said this is the 5th time it has happened (more…)

1726 N Capitol Street, NW
1726 N Capitol Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

a bloomingdale business owner at Jam Doung, a woman, was shot twice last wednesday while closing up shop. hardly anyone is talking about it outside our listserv, but she tried to fight off her assailant and neighbors on the street were pretty unimpressed by mpd’s ensuing search for the two men. i hope people will try to support Jam Doung since they had to close for a few days.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery and an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred in the 1700 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

At approximately 9:49 pm, a suspect approached the victim from behind while another suspect acted as a lookout. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s bag. The victim refused. The suspect then fired the handgun several times striking the victim. The suspect fled with the victim’s property. The victim was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The two persons of interest can be seen in this video: (more…)