Attempted Home Invasion in Takoma:

“Just wanted to let my Takoma and Takoma Park neighbors know of a frightening experience that happened around 2pm today. I live on the ground level in a nice condo building near the Takoma Metro Station. Around 2pm today I heard a noise coming from my slightly open (open just enough for the cat to smell the fresh air) window in the living room. When I approached my window I saw a man with a knife trying to enter my apartment through the window screen that he had slashed. Luckily by screaming and slamming the window closed he was scared off and ran away. I called the police and filed a report but they weren’t able to find him. I just wanted to pass this along to alert neighbors to be vigilant and to keep their windows closed and locked at all times. The police let me know that these type of burglaries/home invasions have been happening more often in the Takoma/Takoma Park neighborhood, particularly during the day time.

Has this happened to anyone else in our neighborhood?”

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Photo of Stevie Wonder, Ayanna Gregory and Dr. Baruch courtesy of Evolve Vegan Restaurant

From a press release:

“Music legend, Stevie Wonder made a surprise visit to local vegan hot spot, Evolve Vegan Restaurant, at 341 Cedar Street NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC last evening for dinner. Wonder appeared to be hosting a business meeting and reports have him at the FCC earlier in the day. Evolve Vegan Restaurant owner, Baruch Ben-Yehudah, known as Dr. Baruch, welcomed Wonder and his dining companions and entourage. Wonder ordered Evolve favorites including southern fried chick-un, mac and cheese, collard greens, yams, coleslaw, couscous and finished with German chocolate cake.

“We are so excited that Stevie Wonder selected our restaurant to visit,” says Dr. Baruch. “We think that he enjoyed his dinner – his plates came back clean!”

Upon departure, Wonder graciously took pictures with the staff and customers. “We love you Stevie Wonder!” was shouted when he departed.”

913 Aspen Street Northwest

This house is located at 913 Aspen Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 9/14, 2-4p! Charming 4BR/3BA Tudor style Takoma home just minutes to Main Street Takoma Park. Enjoy 4 finished levels of renovated living space with a finished attic and lower level rec room/ 4th bedroom. Beautiful updates and generously sized rooms. Huge fenced-in backyard, perfect for entertaining. Garage parking. Mins to Metro, Farmer’s Market, Takoma Rec Center + more!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $674,900.

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Rendering of 235 Carroll Street, NW courtesy of Takoma Central

From a press release:

“Federal Capital Partners® (FCP) and Level 2 Development (Level 2) have begun leasing Takoma Central, a new, green apartment community featuring 150 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom apartment homes in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Takoma Central is located at 235 Carroll Street, NW, just steps from the Takoma Red Line Metro station and many unique restaurants and eclectic shops in Takoma’s historic main street district. Takoma Central was designed to complement the architectural character and spirit of the Takoma neighborhood and to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for residents.

Destination restaurant Busboys and Poets will occupy Takoma Central’s first floor corner at Carroll and Maple Streets. Bozzuto Management will lease Takoma Central from the initial leasing office across the street from the building, at Trohv Home & Gift at 232 Carroll Street, NW. Interested prospective residents can contact the leasing office at (202) 888-2387 Monday through Friday from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Takoma Central apartments feature open, airy floor plans, sophisticated finishes and welcoming, comfortable social spaces. Residents will enjoy a fitness center, resident lounge, courtyard, business center, social e-cafe and an automatic package concierge.

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“Dear PoPville,

-Recurring thread about how much the Safeway on Piney Branch and Georgia sucks.

-One neighbor admits that, in an act of protest, he regularly walks out with a cart full of groceries without paying. But, he is willing to pay if they ever get their act together and come after him.

-All hell breaks loose:

In total frustration some time back, I got an idea.

I just walked out the Safeway front door – cart full of groceries. I loaded same into car. Then took picture of same and sent it to regional office telling them what I had done. No response.

So I did it a couple more times. No response.

Then when the Exxon Gas thing was all screwed up and after lots of shouting because Exxon Station owners did not want to go along with plan, somebody from management did call.

I told him what I had done a few times in past; just in total frustration with local store and corporate response. His response.. “OMG, don’t tell me!” That was all I’ve ever heard.

Maybe if enough of us get brave enough to commit this “crime”, things will tighten up a bit at our local store. It is a management thing…pure and simple.

Amazing, is it not?

BTW: I have kept tally and know how much I owe to Safeway. Whenever they want to collect, they know they can contact me.

If it goes more than one year, I try to donate equivalent to a local food program.

Can you believe it?

I did same at Hyattsville Home Depot. There I took things back. Response, “How did you ever walk out of this store with that chain saw?” My response, “I just did”. things have tightened up considerably.

“A voice of reason”:

Shoplifting from a private business to prove a personal point about bad management is NOT civil disobedience! Please do not put shoplifting on par with lunch counter sit-ins, freedom riders, or Gandhi sitting in the first-class rail car! Tom faced no injustice by Safeway due to his race, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. He just didn’t want to stand in line. His act was not part of a larger well-orchestrated movement to establish greater justice. He just wanted to get out of there quickly. I want to get out of Safeway quickly too. It’s a terrible store. But please don’t label this “civil disobedience”!

6937-6939 Laurel Ave

From a press release:

“As for the spring happy hour menu, which is offered Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Chesapeake Bay oysters will be available for $1, while West Coast, New England and other oysters will be $2.35. Cocktails include the People’s Shrub and a Tom Collins or John Collins for $5, Aperol Spritzes for $6, Natty B’Ohs are available for $2, and half pints of three select local beers are available for $3. Wines by the glass include a rotating selection of red, white and sparkling for $5. Bites such as steamed blue shell mussels Addie’s style are available for $7, fried oysters for $8, and fried pickles with chipotle remoulade for $6.

The full menu is available here:

Spring Happy Hour Menu (PDF)

On the cocktail front, bar manager Brett Robison and Chef/Owner Danny Wells experimented with making a house-made bitter lemon syrup which is featured in three of the new drinks. By borrowing from Belgian brewing techniques, they created a syrup with a balance of lemon aroma and bitterness. The lemon peels are spread out over a wide flat surface, and then boiling hot simple syrup is poured over the peels, which flash cooks them, but leaves the essential oils in tact. He then cools and strains the liquid, and keeps it in a covered container for 24 hours.

He uses the syrup in three new cocktails including: the Bitter Presbyterian, made with George T. Dickel Sour Mash Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, bitter lemon syrup, a Peychaud’s float, lime juice, and mint. The second cocktail is a “NY/DC G&T” made with Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin from NY, Jack Rudy Tonic, bitter lemon syrup, and lemon, orange and lime wheels. The third is called the Virgo, and is made in the style of a Sazerac, with Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy, Bitter Lemon Syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters and lemon peel.

See the full cocktail menu here:

Cocktail Menu (PDF)

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7300 Carroll Ave courtesy Old Takoma Business Association

More good news for Takoma Park – yesterday we learned about a new gym, MAD Fitness, coming to 7302 Carroll Ave and now we have word of who is coming in next door – Spring Mill Bread Co:

“Spring Mill Bread Co. will be opening a new location at 7300 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD. Spring Mill Bread Co, a small batch baker, will offer its successful combination of soft crust breads, sweet treats, soups and sandwiches in a café setting. With plans for both indoor and outdoor seating, Spring Mill Bread Co. will renovate the 1,800 sq ft space and model it after its other locations. A Fall 2014 opening date is anticipated.

“The management and bakers at the Spring Mill Bread Co. are very excited to have finally secured a location in Takoma Park’” says owner Katherine Rurka. “Twenty years ago, the TPSS Food Coop and its members were the first business that offered Spring Mill Bread Co. the opportunity to tap into an ever-growing market in natural foods. We will continue to offer our products at the TPSS Coop to ensure that their loyal members have access to the products to which they have grown accustomed.”

Spring Mill Bread currently has a DC location on Barracks Row at 701 8th Street, SE. You can see their menus here.

7302 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD
7302 Carroll Ave courtesy Old Takoma Business Association

From a press release:

“Mother and daughter fitness team, Sue Immerman and Eve Kenney, are launching MAD Fitness at 7302 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD. With a mission to provide instruction and training for any stage of life through functional exercise, the MAD team will offer small group and semi- private classes including body weight training, flexibility work, sports-specific training, partner workouts, pre and post natal fitness and more – all with an emphasis on play. With targeted, themed workouts, the team makes working out fun.

“We look forward to continuing our workouts with the Takoma Park community,” says co-owner Mom, Sue Immerman. ‘We have created a loyal following with the classes that we co-teach at Roda Movements and are excited to have our own space now.” Co-owner daughter, Eve Kenney adds “Our play-based workouts have been really popular. They are targeted at all fitness levels and we make sure that everyone is having fun in a safe and effective program.”

“We are excited that MAD Fitness has expanded their business into their own space,” says Old Takoma Business Association Executive Director, Laura Barclay. “They are part of the continuing transformation of the Old Takoma business district.”

Opening Date: Summer 2014

MAD Fitness
7302 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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