Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

Back in early November we first heard that the high end outdoor company, Arc’teryx, was coming to CityCenter. Their website now announces the grand opening at 1099 H Street, NW:

Store Opens in Washington
Grand Opening Event
December 13th & 14th

Washington DC, we are happy to join your city. As part of our brand store launch, we’re hosting an opening event weekend: Come in and have a complimentary Arc’teryx lunch bag sewn up, take in design demos and giveaways. Free eats from FEELIN’ CRABBY – December 13th 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Get in early; all supplies are limited!

Saturday, December 13, 10am-8pm
Sunday, December 14, 11am-6pm

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Photo courtesy Golden Triangle BID

Ed. Note: A few folks have been writing in about where to buy Christmas trees – you can find our discussion and recs here.

From the Golden Triangle BID:

“The sidewalks of the Golden Triangle will be filled with Santa’s helpers, who want to make the holidays easy for everyone. They will be offering free gift wrapping of Golden Triangle holiday purchases at the following locations:

Dec. 1–19 from Noon–2 p.m.

Mondays: 1133 Connecticut Ave. (in front of H&M)

Tuesdays: 1746 L Street (in front of Sarar Menswear)

Wednesdays: 1133 Connecticut Ave. (in front of H&M)

Thursdays: 1746 L St. (in front of Sarar Menswear)

Fridays: 1122 Connecticut Ave. (next to GAP)”

1028 19th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on the email:

“To our friends & neighbors of our 19th Street, DC location [opened up at 19th and L St, NW back in Nov. 2012]

Today, we are closing our 19th Street location. In the spirit of honesty that is so important to us, we want to share the reasons for closing. The DC market has been tough for us. We struggled to build awareness of who we are and what we do. We also struggled early on with operations and, though we were eventually able to improve our operations, we unfortunately never were able to win back many of the guests that we had initially disappointed.

While boloco 19th Street was never able to fully get on its feet, it did have many fans for the two years that it was open. We are thankful to everyone who had a part in making that happen. We are thankful to you, our guests, and we are thankful to our team members. As such, we want to do all that we can to support our team members through this transition. We will be providing compensation to them through the end of this year and working closely with them to find jobs in the area.”

Photo of last year’s tree by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The lighting ceremony for the National Christmas Tree is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The event usually lasts till about 7 p.m.


“Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The following routes may experience delays and unplanned detours as a result of rush-hour street closures and traffic congestion near the White House due to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16X, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, H1, L1, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1 and X2

Please allow extra time and sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated travel information. Metro encourages riders to use Metrorail to bypass downtown congestion, and then transfer to bus service outside downtown. Customers using SmarTrip receive a $0.50 discount when transferring between Metrobus and Metrorail. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this event.

During this event, the following streets will be closed:

15th Street NW between Constitution & Pennsylvania Ave NW
17th Street NW between Constitution & New York Ave NW (more…)

Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Update from ‏@councilofdc:

“Updated information on the Barry funeral arrangements, including viewing hours & street closures:

Please note the following updated information regarding the funeral arrangements for Marion Barry:

The body will lie in state for public viewing in the first floor lobby of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) on Thursday from 9AM to midnight, and Friday from 6AM to 9AM.
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW will be entirely closed between 12th Street and 14th Street from 4AM on Thursday to 10:30AM on Friday. Expect traffic delays.
Those paying respects and attending the public viewing are encouraged to use public transportation. The Metro Center and Federal Triangle Metro stations are located nearby. Many Metrobus lines, as well as Circulator lines, pass nearby.
Large crowds are expected at all funeral events, including the public viewing. Please expect long lines.”

Photo tweeted by @floridaavegrill – “Impromptu shrine to @marionbarryjr at @FloridaAveGrill. Join us for Tribute @AnitaBondsDC @JimGrahamWard1 12/11 6:30p”

and from Events DC:

“Following is a schedule of official celebration activities taking place Thursday through Saturday:

Thursday, December 4

9:00 am: Lie in repose (24 hours)

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Friday, December 5

9:30 am to 12:30 pm – Motorcade Procession to:

Temple of Praise
700 Southern Avenue, SE

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Public Viewing

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Community Service – Bishop Glen A. Staples

Saturday, December 6

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Halls D & E
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

***Enter at Mount Vernon Place***


7:00 am to 11:00 am – Viewing
11 am to 3 pm – Celebration Service

Private Burial Immediately Following

Temporary Road Closures and Parking Restrictions (more…)

July photos of alleged “office creeper”

From an email (also posted on the Petworth Parents listserv):

“I know this is an unusual thing to post but since a lot of you work in office buildings in DC, I figured we are more likely to catch this thief if people know she is coming. Share this with your building’s security staff and ask them how to handle it if you see her.

This thief successfully stole cash from out of several people’s work spaces here at EPA. I actually met her as she was I returned to my cubicle and she was standing in my cube. She quickly said something about “Oh! I was just fixing my hair”. I thought that was strange but quickly forgot about it as she engaged me in a (long!) conversation about the holiday party we will be having (she had a flyer for the party in her hand) and she was so friendly. I just gave her the benefit of the doubt since she was inside the building, very friendly/relaxed and there are often detailees here I don’t know. She was very engaging, had a lovely smile and was dressed professionally. Her hair was shorter than in these photos – shoulder length, very glossy and soft. I have no idea how she got into our building but the fact that she got in is what really bothers me.

This security alert below came from a colleague who’s husband works at the Wells Fargo office on 14th street. When she told him about what happened at EPA, he realized it was the same thief as was highlighted in a security alert he had received – that alert is below.”

Back in July and August, we sent out a couple of Alerts regarding a female office creeper that we dubbed the Law Firm Creeper because she specialized in hitting buildings with large law firms as tenants. She is very smooth and will often try to talk her way into the back area of the building so that she can hop into the freight elevator to access tenant spaces. Other times, she will go for the regular elevators.

She studies her targets on the Internet and sometimes greets people by name if their pictures are on the firm’s web site. She was arrested in August, but it appears that she is back on the street, doing what she does best: larceny. She attempted to enter a building on K Street last week the Downtown Bid just sent out a photo of her trying to enter buildings in his area.

She is a prolific office burglar who will dress like she belongs in a Class A building. When trying to talk her way past security/concierge with a variety of stories, she will drop the names of senior partners in the law firm that she intends to steal from. If she can’t get to the freight elevator or the main elevators, she will walk up the stairwell from the garage to the floor that she wants and knock on the door until someone lets her in. Now that it is cold, she will leave her overcoat in a women’s bathroom, pick up a file, and walk through the space like she is a temporary employee who belongs there until she can find wallets or purses to steal from.

She is 5’5”- 5’7”, dark complexion, 30-ish, medium build.