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“Dear PoPville,

I’m curious if any readers received notification of a scheduled power outage on Monday (Memorial Day)?

My apartment building located in Adams Morgan received notification yesterday saying the outage is between 8:30 to 5pm.

I spoke to a Pepco customer representative and I also spoke to a regional representative. They both were sketchy about information saying the power outage will affect the Washington region (they did not provide any neighborhood or street names, etc.). When asked if the service interruption could be rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26th Pepco replied no because the information had already been sent to dispatch. They also could not provide any information on what repairs or improvements were being worked on.”

Admo

“starts tonight (about 30 mins after sundown at the Marie Reed School at 18th and California, NW) Silk screened bags with the movie nights logo went like hotcakes last year, so we’ll have more this time for early birds. They’ll be stuffed with goodies like cookies from Tryst and earrings from Meeps.”

The Lego Movie
May 19th

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks”

stroga
1808 Adams Mill Rd, NW

A reader tweets us:

“@PoPville Today my #fitness instructor told my class that Stroga will be closing at the end of the month. #adamsmorgan #DC”

Another reader sends via email:

“According to trainers, Stroga will close June 1.”

Stoga’s last facebook update was May 5th:

“It’s booty short time. Booty shorts and bounce music at Sweat Fitness Party this Saturday make sure you sign up and bring your friends. The best workout party in the city is only $15. 1pm at STROGA with Live DJ Calvin DjTryfe Seino and Coach G. Fitness Gerard Burley running the workout”

Stroga (strength and yoga and an occasional party spot) opened up back in 2010.

Update – thanks to readers for passing on the official email:

“Hello Strogis,
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that after five years of service. Stroga will be closing its doors for the last time May 31, 2015. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us over the years. From our wonderful members to the instructors who kept people coming back. For members who have expiring class packages or memberships that run through June, we have been looking for new places to host you all until your memberships are complete. We will contact you all soon to tell you were everyone can use their passes.”

1813 Vernon Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1813 Vernon Street Northwest. The listing says:

“GREAT LOCATION – Close to everything in desirable DuPont/Kalorama! LEASE INCLUDES: Basic Cable, Wireless Internet, Monitored Alarm Sys. & Water Utility! Tenant pays only electric. New carpet and paint, Good storage closets/space. Front & Rear entrances w/ access to rear patio area. Secured on-site garage PARKING available for additional $250/mo. (No Pets / No Smokers)”

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You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,950/Mo.

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From an email:

“50+ families in Adams Morgan agreed to hold a yard sale? The last time 50+ people in Adams Morgan agreed on anything was when we took that survey saying we never could agree on anything!

Additionally, anyone attending any of the 50+ will receive a wristband entitling them to discounts at a dozen Adams Morgan businesses (thank you, Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District All Rights Reserved Void Where Prohibited!)

The attached one-pager includes the event map and the discount list.

The Mother of All Yard Sales one pager (PDF)

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This rental is located at 2301 Champlain Street Northwest. The listing says:

“Location, Location, Location. Modernistic warehouse style condo with private entrance. Spacious 2br, 2 bath with open living/dining/kitchen with island. Stainless steel appliances, gorgeous hardwood floors, patio for entertaining; Pet friendly building. Available immediately.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

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Ed. Note: If the reader had not included these photos I would not have believed this.

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a rowhouse in Adams Morgan. (I’m a renter.) The rowhouse next door is currently being gutted, expanded and converted into luxury condos.

One night this week, I came home from work to find that the construction team had built a cinder-block wall blocking my bedroom window.

Of course, I immediately called my landlord (he lives in California). Turns out he had been notified a few days earlier of the developer’s plans to build this wall. He had consulted his attorney, who told him there was nothing we could do to stop it.

I contacted everyone I could think: DC Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, that office’s Illegal Construction Division, my ANC commissioner, and the next-door developer himself.

Turns out, my landlord’s attorney was right: There’s nothing we can do. This window is on the side of the rowhouse, all the way at the back; and since it’s a side-facing window, it’s considered “not protected” by DC permitting. So even though this window has been there for more than 80 years, there’s nothing to stop the neighbors from extending their place back and blocking my view.

A friend of mine told me this is what’s known as a “pop-back,” and he’s been trying to fight them in his neighborhood as well.

Anyway, as I said, I just thought PoP readers might want to be aware of this. I don’t have any other recourse (as far as I know). So now I’m left with this crazy-looking window to nowhere.

Guess I’ll buy a big painting to hang there…”

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jug and wine
2446 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“The team behind Roofers Union and Ripple is excited to announce the opening of Jug & Table on Friday, May 29 at 5pm. Located on the first floor, below Roofers Union, Jug & Table will offer an entirely unique experience with a wholly distinctive wine list, cocktail offerings and food menu from its upstairs, beer-focused counterpart. As the name suggests, the cozy, urbane bar will expound on Ripple’s mission of making quality wine approachable while supporting the belief that wine is meant to be enjoyed more and revered less earnestly.

From behind the bar, Theo Rutherford, a certified sommelier with more than ten years of experience in the DC restaurant industry, will offer expert advice on the 20 wines to be quaffed by the glass, ranging in price from $6 to $16. Dual temperature tap lines allow for eight wines on tap, each of which can be served in quantities of three, six or nine ounces. In total, guests can choose from a list of 40 affordable, hand-picked wines, while hopefully trying something new and learning more about what grapes they gravitate towards.

For Rutherford, Jug & Table is a homecoming of sorts, having served as opening bar manager and sommelier for Ripple before going on to helm wine programs at Rogue 24, Fiola, and Café Dupont, to name a few. Theo will serve his own signature cocktails, for which he has a cult following, in addition to a daily punch bowl of his own creation. In a perfectly logical play to strengths, beers will mirror those picked out by Roofers Union General Manager and Beer Director, Dave Delaplaine.

Each day for happy hour, from 5pm to 7pm, Jug & Table will offer three wines by the glass for $5: a red, a white and a sparkling. In addition, groups can choose from two sharable “jug” options, over two bottles worth of wine, ranging in price from $20 to $25. With two turn tables and an archive of records, this wine bar will play all vinyl, all the time, offering a sound experience quickly becoming de rigueur in Adams Morgan.

Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will place her stamp on Jug & Table with an assortment of her popular grilled cheeses, cheese & charcuterie, and lux snacks served in jars such as liver mousse with toasted bread and rhubarb jam, duck rillettes, burrata with marinated vegetables, and Marcona almonds fried in lardo and sprinkled with rosemary. Grilled cheeses range from Greek with Taleggio, goat cheese, lamb, roasted red peppers and mint pesto, to American with cheddar, bacon jam, and tomato. Cheeses include a Fromagerie Mont Royal Tradition from the acmes of Basque Country, a Boerenkaas Gouda with a variety of textures and a balance of sweet and salty flavors, and a La Tur which combines milk of sheep, goat and cows to obtain a dense, creamy interior. Charcuterie ventures into duck prosciutto, bresaola, fennel salami and more.

Jug & Table will be open 5pm to close, Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.”

Lotus Bloom
2408 18th Street, NW

Yesterday we learned about the “education based adult boutique”, Lotus Blooms, coming to the former NY Diva NY space in Adams Morgan. Thanks to a reader for sending an update. You can see the coming soon signage above plus the former restaurant will actually be:

“dividing into three leased spaces. Lotus Blooms has the ground floor of 2408. One of those escape room type businesses will have the 2nd and 3rd floors of 2406. The ground level of 2406 will be a legitimate restaurant, not a nightclub.”

Updates when official leases are signed on the remaining spaces.