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411 New York Ave, NE

Thanks to a reader for the heads up on Nomad Yard who opened october 31st near Union Market:

“curated by old|new collectiv, nomad yard is the collaborative and curatorial arm that works with vintage collectors, contemporary designers, crafters, makers and artists to inspire fresh ways of acquiring, retailing and valuing their goods.

our partners carry an ever evolving collection of carefully selected vintage and select contemporary clothing, accessories, shoes, books, antique + up cycled furnishings and hand crafted goods whose stories are deeply influenced by people, passion and possibility. nomad yard’s mission is to provide accessibility to quality goods through a combination of innovative exhibitions, stylized pop-ups and a new generation of retail centered around community. with combined experience of 35 years in fashion marketing and retail management; nomad yard’s team strives to develop collaboration amongst artists, collectors, crafters, vintage retailers and connoisseurs alike.

our vintage partners feature expertly curated, hand-picked wears from the likes of paganne, yves saint lauren, ossie clark, moschino, victor costa, escada, thea porter and jean muir, in additional to world vintage reflective of the diaspora.

our contemporary partners carry textiles + olive wood from tunisia, + up-cycled furniture and home decor elements + ceramics + pottery from nicaragua + tapestry, pillows, rugs from across the diaspora and more.

STORE HOURS

tuesday – sunday 11am – 7pm”

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1309 5th Street, NE

From a press release:

“Great news for BBQ fans, on Thursday, December 11, Chef Andrew Evans will bring The BBQ Joint to Union Market – the vibrant district in Northeast DC. The ‘cue master will serve his signature brand of low and slow barbecue that has already earned a devoted following at his two BBQ Joint restaurants in Easton and Pasadena, Maryland.

“Bringing the BBQ Joint to the District was a natural,” says Evans. “This is a town that really cares about handcrafted, flavorful food and celebrates the effort that goes into creating it.”

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The menu will feature ribs, pork butt and brisket, along with mouth-watering sides like collard greens, baked beans and cornbread. Evans will also treat Washingtonians to smoked Sriracha and beer sausage, which will be sold exclusively at Union Market. Other special offerings will showcase Chef Evans’ passion for rubbing down meats and dialing them in with smokers, to get just the right bark, juiciness and smoke flavor to pluck anyone’s primal caveman chord.

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Evans trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has been recognized as one of the country’ s leading fine dining chefs for his previous work at The Inn at Easton. He has graced the cover of The Washingtonian, been featured in The New York Times’ food section, earned three-stars from The Washington Post and has recently appeared on The Food Network going head-to-head with Bobby Flay on new, hit television show, “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Evans pivoted from fine dining to BBQ after being asked to judge the Jack Daniels BBQ competition a decade ago. “I was blown away by intricacies that went into competition-level BBQ,” Evans says. “I became obsessed.” Since then, he has devoted himself to mastering the art of the ‘cue, by fine tuning his own rubs and sauces, experimenting endlessly with the variables of smoke and temperature and sourcing the highest quality meats.

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The result is competition-worthy barbecue that borrows the best traditions from Texas to Kansas City, while revealing layers of flavor that honor Evans’ culinary training.

“Great BBQ is all about the subtle details,” explains Evans. He likens the BBQ process to the creation of wine stating, “BBQ is like a great wine; it’s so simple but complex and difficult to master.” Therein lies the challenge – balancing the endless changing variables to ultimately create something that is both magical and ethereal.

“It’s rare for people who don’t follow the competition circuit to have access to this level of barbecue,” he says. “I wanted to make it available to everyone because I want to share my passion with people—it’s the chef in me, I guess.”

Starting December 11, the BBQ Joint at Union Market will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The BBQ Joint will offer take-out, as well as catering for larger events in and around the DC area.”

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1146 3rd Street, NE

From Tim Spangler, senior vice president of Retail for REI:

“We love the DC area and we are delighted there’s excitement about talk that we’re looking at Uline. We have been talking with the developer, but need to clarify that we have not finalized the decision. We need the perfect location to create a unique and inspiring space for our members and the community, so we will let you know when we have more details to share.”

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