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coming to 1742 Connecticut Ave, NW next to Bistro Du Coin

From a press release:

“On December 10, local fitness company Urban Athletic Club will unveil a new studio concept for athletes, fitness junkies, and exercise enthusiasts that focuses on exercise recovery, optimizing mobility, treating pain and injuries, and other methods to improve fitness and athletic performance.

Located in Dupont Circle, RESET: Active Recovery Studio consists of 1800 square feet of training space, featuring a bright open studio for unencumbered movement, a private room for one-on-one training, a separate open area for individual use, and a tranquil mediation room for mid-day breaks. (more…)

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rendering courtesy of Rock Creek Property Group

From a press release:

“Rock Creek Property Group breaks ground this week on the restoration of the landmarked Codman Carriage House in Dupont Circle. Located at 1415 22nd Street, NW, the building sits at a prime connection point between two of DC’s most storied and established neighborhoods – Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

Architect Ogden Codman, Jr. originally designed the carriage house for his socialite cousin, Martha. Martha Codman spent the winters in the District in her nearby mansion. The location of the carriage house near the entrance to Rock Creek Park proved the perfect location for her stable. (more…)

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1300 Connecticut Ave, NW

This is the former Riccardi Clothier space that closed back in March of 2015.

Jenni Bick’s website says:

“Jenni started making books in 1990, crafting pretty handmade journals and photo albums on her kitchen table, and toting them up and down the east coast to sell at independent bookstores and craft fairs. To improve her craft and learn more about the art of bookbinding, she started importing the magnificent leather bound books she found in little workshops in Italy. When we began to learn about personalizing these books with names and logos, we knew we had found a business we could love and sustain for life.

25 years later, the business has grown to include Jenni’s husband Robby, a crew of 14 dedicated fellow book-lovers, and a tribe of almost half a million satisfied customers. Together, we work hard every day to share our passion with you. We are dedicated to bringing you the best books we can find, decorated as artfully as we can manage, and chosen just for you. After all, you are the one who will fill it, who will give it life; our job is just to make that possible.”

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1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW

I keep forgetting to post this (thanks to all who sent word) but in case you haven’t heard Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is under new ownership and they’re expanding into the old Willie T’s/Marvelous Market space next door. The Washington Post reports:

The new owner and co-founder of &pizza Steve “Salis is taking over an 800-square-foot space next door, most recently inhabited by Willie T’s Lobster Shack, and creating a children’s book annex that is expected to open next week. He plans to build a new coffee bar, add more events space and beef up the store’s lineup of cookbooks, history and nonfiction.

The renovation will continue over the next 18 months, while the store stays open.”

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And hey – a free beer if you buy $50 worth of books through Dec. 31st:

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This rental is located at 1260 21st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“TRULY LUXURY ON A BUDGET–enjoy hi-rise convenient living in the heart of downtown Washington DC. Convenient to Dupont and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, this spacious extra large studio (373 square feet)-SUNNY & IMMACULATE wooden parquet floors, Spacious Kitchen–rent includes all utilities but cable/phone–ready for move-in -lots of amenities –lobby attendant 24-7–”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,675/Mo.

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Photo via Golden Triangle BID

Well this is pretty freaking cool!

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) today announced the completion of the Connecticut Avenue Overlook, a pocket park at the tip of Connecticut Avenue on the south side of Dupont Circle.

The plaza includes a pilot project that features Pavegen pavers, a pioneering flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from people’s footsteps into electricity. The energy is stored in batteries that illuminate accent lights in the park from dusk to dawn. Made from recycled polymer and truck tires, the pavers are both durable and eco-friendly. The pilot project was funded by a $200,000 DC Office of Planning Sustainable DC Innovation Challenge grant. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to share this banner drop from Dupont Circle. The residents of DC will not remain silent while the new administration brings in bigotry and climate change denial. We will not stand idly by and will instead resist, at every turn, hate speech, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. We will protect our city’s residents from discrimination and deportation and we will not allow further damage to be done to the earth and her resources. There is a movement brewing and it is about to get loud. DC will resist.”

Thanks to all who emailed.

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