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205 Upshur Street, NW

Sweet! And so it continues. The long vacant Louisiana Gumbo Express space across the street from Hitching Post and near Slash Run has finally been bought. Sadly, Louisiana Gumbo Express is not coming back but there are awesome short term plans and who knows what’s up for the long term.  But the short term does sound like an awesome addition to the strip – a note from DC Treasure’s owner Noah:

“I started DC Treasure in the spring of 2013, operating out of several garages in the alley between the 900 blocks of Randolph and Shepherd Streets NW–that big alley behind the 3Tree apt. building (3910 Georgia Ave across from Qualia) I sell through my website, www.dctreasure.com , my instagram account www.instagram.com/dctreasure or @dctreasure, and I post all of my items on Craigslist #dctreasure. 

It all started with me doing the kind of “American Picker” thing, collecting lots of antiques and vintage stuff at estate sales, country barn picks, back-alley cruises, etc…but now a big portion of the business that I do, and what I want to expand, is consignment. People contacting me as they’re liquidating estates and moving out of the city with housefuls of great vintage furniture, and I consign–really I’m one of only 2 such antique businesses that I know of in the District that does consignment.

I love early 20th century architectural salvage, rustic furniture, and preserving the type of stuff that was originally been in all these 1920’s Wardmans. It thrills me to deal in goods from 100 years ago that match the house I live in, a Wardman in Petworth with all original features.

My vision for the physical shop is for it to feel kind of like a lounge, where folks really enjoy spending time at, whether it be throwing some of my enormous vinyl collection (yes also selling records) on the box, or relaxing and reading for a bit, a warm space that feels not too different than my garage shop , just more room to move around.

Business wise, I want to be the destination in town for people to bring unique, old stuff to sell or consign…”

Bringing the east end back to it’s former glory. Awesome – standby for an opening date!

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Daytime Burglaries in SE Petworth

“Our house was burglarized yesterday at 9:36 am. The intruders climbed through a small alley-facing window into our carport and then kicked in our basement door. They took a 50″ TV and a laptop. Luckily, our alarm was set and they did not enter the main part of the house.

The security company immediately called the police, who arrived 7 minutes after the alarm went off. The thieves were long gone, but the DC police who arrived were professional and very thorough – from the K9 unit to the responding officers to the crime scene officer who pulled prints. With all the negative press for law enforcement lately, I just wanted to highlight our positive (well, as positive as it could be given the circumstances) experience with DC Police.

Unfortunately, we learned we were the third daytime burglary in the past couple of months in our particular alley. Neighbors noticed a suspicious black sedan with 2 men parked in the alley outside our house. If you live on the alley bordered by Rock Creek Church/Shepherd/Illinois/4th St NW, be sure to secure your basement entry points. All the burglaries involved kicking in a basement door, prying open a small basement window, or taking a basement door off its hinges.”

Another reader sends via email:

“Just a heads up for folks living in the Shaw area around 5th St & Q St, early this morning at 2.00AM I woke up to the sound of someone trying to break in to my back yard. I heard what seemed like metal being pounded by an object of some sort. We have a fairly tall 9ft roll up gate which would make it pretty difficult to break in but when I looked out from the window (our bedroom faces the back yard) I saw a guy with a flashlight trying to open our neighbor’s gate. I immediately called the MPD who responded in about 5 minutes. Two officers came through the alley on foot but the guy was gone by then. Please double check that you have locked your doors, people!”

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3725 10th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

There is an ongoing noise violation behind the South Side of Quebec Place near the Raymond Rec Center. My neighbors and I have been working for months to try to get the District to address the 73 decibel cooling unit that intermittently spews noise into our homes and onto our back alley. Representatives from DGS at last said that they are working to resolve the problem, but communication has been poor and we have been asking for Councilman Todd’s office to help since early July. Has anyone had success getting Mr. Todd’s office to lead on problems like this? If so, what did it take?”

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Thanks to Petworthian for passing on. No doubt these are desperately needed

From their website:

“What IS Guerrilla Goodness you ask?

Guerrilla Goodness is intentional, anonymous acts of kindness performed in playful, creative ways for strangers, friends, and family.

It is the power of kindness and joy coming alive for all involved, both the giver and recipient. It’s discovering something about yourself and the world that changes everything, it is about believing and standing in kindness.

Guerrilla goodness is dropping flowers on strangers’ doorsteps, chalking up sidewalks outside of schools with good wishes on the first day of school, leaving quarters in all the gumball machines in town, slipping starbucks gift cards into books at the library for the next reader to find.

I like to think it is where strangers and kindness meet to play!”

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via google maps

A reader reports at 7:30pm:

“Some kid, probably 17 – 20 years old just got shot on the 1200 block of Crittenden Street NW. I just happened to be walking south down Georgia Ave from the bus stop when the police swarmed the block. I counted 7 cars, 2 bike cops, 1 police motorcycle, 2 white shirts, and fire/ems both on the scene. The police told the crowd all they heard was a guy got shot, but is going to live. They just put the kid on the stretcher and wheeled him into the ambulance. Looks like he got shot in the front of his neck. He was conscious and looking around. This has to stop.”

Confirmed:

“MPD is on the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of Crittenden St. NW. No look out”

Update from MPD:

“On Friday, August 29 around 6:45 PM in the 1200 block of Crittenden Street, NW, MPD responded to the call for a shooting. Located was a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The injury sustained by the victim is non life threatening. There is no available lookout for the suspect at this time.”

riyad
8th and Upshur St, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing from NBC Washington:

“Riyad Market at 800 Upshur St. NW was caught in October 2014 with more than 500 packets of illegal synthetic drugs, the AG said.

The store must vacate the property before November 13, as part of a court settlement, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday. If the store owner stays, the property owners can have them evicted.”

Ed. Note: A prime property that could further add to the revitalization of the 800 block of Upshur St, NW. Looking forward to hearing who the new lessee will be.

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From a press release:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home  
Approximate address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
 10:00am – 3:00pm | FREE! 
Register for Family Day

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! On Saturday September 12th 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, you’re invited to join us on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at the fourth annual President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Family Day event. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! (more…)

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via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Assault that occurred in the area of the Unit block of Grant Circle, Northwest.

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, between the hours of 2:00 am and approximately 3:50 am, an adult female was forcibly sexually assaulted. The suspect is described as a black male, 25-35 years old, dark complexion and short haircut. He was observed wearing a white shirt. The suspect is possibly an Uber driver, was seen operating a white in color, sports car type vehicle with black leather seats.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”