sylvan sign

“Dear Bloomingdale neighbors,

As you may have heard by now, Sylvan Cafe and Bakery is coming to the neighborhood!
First let us say how grateful we are to Sara Fatell and the beautiful establishment she created in Grassroots Gourmet. Our top priority as the new owners of this space will be to honor her creation of a warm and inclusive community gathering spot where neighbors can come and enjoy great food, drink and company.

It’s no accident that when we chose to launch another business we did it close to home. From the day we opened Bacio Pizzeria around the corner on Seaton Place, Bloomingdale has been an incredibly welcoming community. From Bloomingdale Toddler Soccer Team to the annual Crispus Attucks Park community yard sale to participating in Bloomingdale Beautification Day we have tried to support it right back. And when we saw an opportunity open our next dream business – a bakery! — right in the same neighborhood and build on the relationships we have with our beloved customers, we jumped at it.


Which brings us to the name, Sylvan Café and Bakery. (more…)

bakery baccio bloomingdale
104 Rhode Island Ave, NW

When we heard about Grassroots closing in December, neighborhood folks were seriously bummed to be losing their bakery. In late December I heard that bagels could be in Bloomingdale’s future at this space. Now another reader hears that the folks who plan on taking over the bakery are non other than the folks behind Bacio Pizzeria. They hear the plans are to keep it a bakery/cafe. Updates when confirmation is made/more is known.

1648 North Capitol St, NW at R Street courtesy Pub and the People

“The Pub and The People Presents: WMW Fundraiser
Sunday at 5 PM – 8 PM

The Pub and The People is hosting a fundraiser for The Women’s March on Washington – District of Columbia on Sunday, January 15th from 5pm to 8pm! A portion of proceeds from ALL sales will be going towards supplying DC local ambassadors, printing costs, and logistical support.

Additionally, WMW DC Local will get 50% of all Civic Vodka drinks. Civic Vodka is a product of Republic Restoratives, a female owned distillery in DC!

Learn more about how you can help the #WomensMarch locally at:”



This rental is located at 1st and T Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1025 Roommate for 3 BR/2.5 bath Bloomingdale rowhouse

We have a room opening up in our warm, furnished rowhouse starting mid-February (earlier move in may be possible). We’re hoping to live with someone who’s sticking around for a year.

The two other roommates are in their mid-twenties/early-thirties (both female). One is from California, has lived in D.C. for 12 years and travels often for work. The other is a more recent Midwestern transplant who works for a media org and watches just about everything on all the TV streaming services. We’re tidy, friendly and enjoy spending time with each other, while having friends of our own. (more…)


From an email:

“Fun fact: Matt Croke is actually not an American citizen.

That is until 8am Tuesday when he gets sworn in! Most of us will have to work that morning and quite frankly it’s difficult to get a beer at that hour, so the celebration will commence at 5pm at the Stone! Wear some red, white and blue and celebrate the one and only Matt Croke finally becoming legitimized!”

116 Rhode Island Ave, NW


“I’m sitting outside of the bloomingdale dry cleaners on Rhode Island ave and just noticed these street marker-kind-of banners… any idea who manages? How I could get replaced? They’re all sun-bleached and the picture is just row houses (kind of redundant) and a small “BLOOMINGDALE”.”

I would inquire with the Bloomingdale Civic Association. But what do you guys think about the banners – replace them with new ones or go banner-less?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Showtime Bar
113 Rhode Island Ave NW

From 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5th, Showtime will be donating 100% of our sales to support the Women’s March on Washington. Featuring a rare Thursday happy hour performance from Granny & the Boys at 6!

Learn more about how you can help the #WomensMarch here.”