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From Union Kitchen:

“The District gets its first local craft chocolate factory! Just in time for the holidays Undone Chocolate launches a small batch bean to bar craft chocolate company in Washington DC. Housed in Union Kitchen, an innovative food business incubator in Northeast DC, the Undone Chocolate factory roasts and grinds organic dark chocolate from cocoa beans sourced directly from small producers in Central & South America, and the Caribbean. By working with directly-sourced cocoa beans Undone Chocolate supports local economies and sustainable agricultural practices.

Cofounder Adam Kavalier received his PhD in plant science and went on to pursue research in cancer pharmacology at Cornell. While studying plant biology, Adam began experimenting with Cacao (the source of chocolate), he started making chocolate and scientifically analyzed his batches in the laboratory. Cofounder Kristen Kavalier has worked for startups in education and technology and is helping to take Undone Chocolate to the next level. Together, this husband and wife team are putting DC chocolate on the map!

As the District’s FIRST craft chocolate makers, they are excited to teach the local community about how chocolate is made and where it comes from. They will be teaching classes on how to make chocolate from scratch and organizing tasting events, including pairings with wine and cheese, all starting this winter. (more…)

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A reader sends the photo above and writes:

“not sure exactly what is going on but the Harris Teeter is closed for health code violations. Considering I eat there for lunch 85% of the time, I was understandably very surprised and a little grossed out”

Earlier @jwetz also tweeted us:

“NoMa Harris Teeter has been closed for food code violations. Might need alt plans for groceries tonight”

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This unit is located at 301 K St, NE (across the street from the Indigo, we’ve been monitoring its construction here. Glad to get a look inside.) The listing says:

“Another Amazing Dila Construction project in one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods. 2 levels of top finishes – wood floors, “wood” tiles, granite, marble, stainless steel, recess lights, shaker cabinets, solid core wood doors, and so much more. High ceilings, in unit front loading washer/dryer, great closet space, beautiful design and mere blocks to everything you need to live the true city life!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is listed at $599,000 ($264 monthly fee.)

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Rendering via Douglas Development

Everyone time we talk about dream retail tenants – REI always comes up. Huge news tweeted by @20002ist last night:

“Big news for NoMa: @douglasdevdc stated tonight at @6c_pze they will soon sign deal to bring flagship REI store to Uline Arena on M St NE.”

Douglas Development’s website says:

“Uline Arena is an exciting office/retail re-development in the burgeoning NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The 2.5 acre site is located at the intersections of Delaware Avenue NE, M Street NE and 3rd Street NE, with Congress Street NE dying into the property. The property is currently occupied by the Arena building (historic), the Ice House building (historic), and two other commercial buildings, most used as parking structures. The Arena building, best known for being the venue for the first American concert given by The Beatles, is also architecturally significant due to its concrete barrel vault roof and structural concrete arches. The Ice House building is the original ice manufacturing facility which provided ice for the skating rink within the Arena building. It was there where Mr. Uline created his patented equipment which became so successful that the Arena building became necessary.

The currently single-story Arena building will be converted to a single level of retail below three levels of office space. The Ice House building will have additional ground level retail space with a portion of the first level being dedicated to office. Above this will be two additional levels of office space. This will require additional space added to the Ice House building, which will occur in a sleek new glass structure extending above the original roof line of the Icehouse. Additionally, a new 168-space, 4-level parking garage will be constructed on the southeast corner of the site.”

Well this could be awesome. We’ve spoken a lot about a possible Eataly – but a huge Latin Market from Chef Jose Garces (Rural Society) sounds equally promising. From Washington Business Journal:

“Union Market developer Edens has a signed lease for a 20,000-square-foot Latin market, according to a letter submitted to the D.C. Zoning Commission last month. We’re hearing the market will be a new concept from Philadelphia-based chef Jose Garces that will offer a range of Latin groceries and prepared foods.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying five persons of interest in reference to a Robbery–F&V which occurred in the Unit block of L Street, NE, on November 8, 2014 at approximately 2:45 AM. The subjects were captured by nearby surveillance cameras.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.”

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This house is located at 650 Orleans Place, Northeast. The listing says:

“Fully renovated beautiful open floor plan end unit with high end finishings! Custom kitchen cabinets w/SS appliances. Crown moldings & hardwood floors throughout. Large master suite! Beautiful natural stones and tile work! Fireplace, exposed brick wall, & skylight! Fenced-in paved backyard, 1 car parking. Short distance to NoMA Metro, Union Market & H Street! Whole Foods & Street.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,999.