1401 New York Avenue, NE

If you had any doubts about Ivy City blowing up – you can officially drop them. Big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“The next retailer to open at the Hecht Warehouse in Northeast D.C. will be a Nike Factory store, as the athletic apparel retailer will plant its flag there by late April.

Jemal also had some more Hecht restaurant news to share: Bar magnate Geoff Dawson — of Buffalo Billiards, Jackpot and others — has signed a lease to open there with Peter Bayne, his partner in Lost & Found, Iron Horse and Rocket Bar. The bar from Dawson and Bayne will be located at 2002 Fenwick St. NE.”


Ed. Note: BicycleSpace is currently popped up at 700 5th Street NW as of January 3rd, before moving to permanent space at 440 K St NW.

From BicycleSpace:

“We are excited to announce the signing of a lease for a new location in the up and coming Hecht Warehouse District. The repurposed industrial space will be at 1512 Okie Street NE, and feature over 4000 square feet of retail and service space. A summer 2015 opening is planned.

The new shop will join the dynamic and rapidly changing neighborhood and pair well with established neighbors like Open Studio DC, Atlas Brew Works, New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling and Mom’s Organic Market – all less than a five minute walk away- while forming part of the foundation for the community that will rise outside our doors . The shop will be an easy ride from Capitol Hill, neighborhoods in NE, as well as from east of the river, and will be a convenient stopping point for commuters in Prince George’s county and beyond. We look forward to bringing great products, great service, and great community support for everyone living in and moving through the area.

“I am thrilled that BicycleSPACE is going to be part of this transformational Douglas Development project; from the rebirth of the abandoned space, to creating a walkable-bikeable community that is connected to the greater city, to serving the residents of the historic Trinidad and Ivy City neighborhoods, we can’t imagine a better place to meld the old & the new as our city continues to grow.” Cofounder Phil Koopman”

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“One Eight Distilling – only the second distillery to open in Washington, D.C. since prohibition – will officially open its doors on Saturday, January 10, 2015, offering public tours, sampling, and spirit sales from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the distillery’s northeast D.C. facilities.

Customers will be invited for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at One Eight’s 7,500 square production space, and given the opportunity to sample and shop for bottles of District Made Vodka (a rye-based vodka with a smooth, clean flavor) and Rock Creek White Whiskey (a rye-forward un-aged whiskey with hints of spice and pepper). One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will be released in subsequent weeks. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Perhaps you can help me out with this – it’s been bugging me.

I’ve attached a photo below, on the left you’ll see a new building in the Linq complex in Las Vegas, NV. It opened in 2014. On the right you’ll see the old Hecht Company Warehouse, built in 1937 on New York Avenue.

How on earth did this happen? Is it an homage?

Link to NV photo.

Thanks for any insight you can give!”

Photo via Atlas Brew Works Facebook page

From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works, the District’s newest production craft brewery, today announced an additional offering in its Tasting Room: Pints!

“We are excited to now offer our guests a pint of Atlas beer which they can enjoy in the brewery!” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “We’re glad the DC Council took notice of a need in our brewing community and worked with us to find a solution.”

Previously, production breweries in the District of Columbia could only offer tasting flights totaling no more than twelve ounces per visit. The new law allows patrons who stop in for a tasting and tour to also enjoy Atlas beers on premise at the brewery. “It’s great to allow our visitors to enjoy the beer in an appropriate serving quantity,” said Head Brewer Will Durgin. Growler fills and bottles will remain available at the brewery for consumption off-premises.

Atlas Brew Works will extend its tasting room hours to open Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 1-8pm, and Sunday 1-5pm opening for its first Friday Happy Hour this Friday, July 25th. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE Suite 102

Founded by Justin Cox and award winning professional brewer Will Durgin, Atlas Brew Works is located in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast DC. Atlas offers its signature fresh, local beers Rowdy and District Common as well as rotating seasonals to thirsty Washingtonians in taverns and restaurants across the District.”

1401 New York Avenue, NE via @MOMsOrganicMrkt

“Dear PoPville,

I was in the Alexandria MOM’s Organic Market a couple of days ago. The pretty dated strip mall where they’re located is renovating, and eventually MOM’s will be relocated to a new adjacent building. Still not completely clear on the details, but we started talking about other future locations.

They said they’ll also have a store near Union Market in an old Sears building – I think they meant Hechts. MOMs has a FB entry on the January groundbreaking and tells a commenter they’ll be open in the fall.”

Last Thursday they tweeted the rendering pictured above:

“Can’t believe this is happening! Can’t wait! @douglasdevdc #DCMOMs #NYAve #IvyCity #Hechts”

Another reader sends some photos of how the site looks today:


Douglas Development’s website says:

“This property was originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1948 as the central warehouse for the Hecht’s Company Department Stores. The six story building was constructed in a Streamline Modern style featuring glass block extensively, culminating in a twelve-point star shaped cupola at the corner that is illuminated at night. Douglas Development purchased the building in 2011 and is currently redeveloping the property into mixed-use retail and office complex. Construction has began on a new seven story attached garage with 900+ parking spaces.

The new Hecht’s Warehouse District will be a dynamic mixed used development featuring shopping, dining and offices.”



From a press release:

One Eight Distilling, only the second distillery to open in Washington D.C. since prohibition, has released bottle and label designs for the first round of spirits to be sold by the distillery upon its opening in Summer 2014.

One Eight’s Rock Creek White Whiskey will be distilled and bottled in its warehouse from locally-sourced rye grain. Rock Creek White Whiskey’s design honors the history of mills and small distilleries in D.C., such as the historic Pierce Mill and adjacent distillery in Rock Creek Park. The laser cut image depicts the leaf of a beech tree, found throughout Rock Creek Park. Future whiskey releases will also explore this design theme.

One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will also be distilled from locally-sourced rye grain and infused with botanicals in a dedicated gin still. The Ivy City Gin design evokes early city maps demarcating city lines with boundary stones. This intricate label is screen printed directly onto the bottle.

District Made Vodka will pay tribute to the ancient roots of vodka by also being distilled from rye but at the same time employing the latest filtering technologies for a smooth and clean flavor. The District Made Vodka design combines an urban industrial design with a hand-made aesthetic that is central to One Eight’s distilling style.

About One Eight Distilling (more…)


From a press release:

Union Kitchen: Food Incubator will open a second facility, growing the ranks of membership and the impact of the incubator on small businesses, jobs, and culture. Currently working with 55 food businesses in NoMa, Union Kitchen’s second facility in Ivy City will more than triple the square footage and house an estimated 70 additional members.

The incubator provides space for production and opportunities for sales, including driving business to members through catering and providing distribution services. “Union Kitchen is a solution to meet the challenges we faced as small business owners at the Blind Dog Café,” said Jonas Singer, a co-founder of Union Kitchen. “At Union Kitchen, we create community and, through that community, the efficiencies to overcome the growth constraints common in the food industry. The response to Union Kitchen has been incredible.”

Union Kitchen removes barriers to entry by eliminating the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, enter disadvantageous distribution contracts, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a food business. The new facility will include a focus on providing businesses growth opportunities, addressing the gap that many operators face as they grow from micro enterprises to regional businesses.

Currently, Union Kitchen offers a full slate of business services including catering and distribution, and covers operational costs for its members, including utilities, taxes, cleaning, trash collection, and more. For independent operators, these services are costly and a distraction from focusing on what matters most – preparing their best product and finding more customers. Many operators struggle to expand as they run out of space, making scaling impossible and constricting their ability to grow their businesses, customers, and jobs.

“The last year has been very exciting for us,” said Cullen Gilchrist, Union Kitchen co-founder. “A thriving food scene in DC plays such a huge role in the city’s culture, and it’s something that is incredibly important to us. We think of this new opportunity not just as an investment in our company, but also as an investment in our city.”

The Union Kitchen team – comprised of 13 District locals – plans to open their state-of-the-art facility in late 2014. To learn more about membership, catering, distribution, and other Union Kitchen efforts, visit Union Kitchen online.”


From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works today announced that it will host the chamber ensemble All Points West at its Ivy City facility [2052 West Virginia Ave NE] on Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 6 PM. The group will hold an open rehearsal in the brewery to promote its upcoming appearance at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival to be held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on March 1. Admission to the rehearsal is free, and tastings and pints are $5. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to any of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival events.

All Points West is a D.C. based chamber ensemble “hell-bent on transforming the classical concert back into a fun, social experience.”

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival gathers innovative artists and richly diverse audiences for eight days of over 100 boundary-crossing arts performances and events from February 21 to March 8 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. For more info:

Atlas Brew Works is a production craft brewery distributing artisanal beer throughout the District of Columbia.”