1240 Upshur St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I thought you’d be interested in this program Annie’s just set up. The female employees, as well a couple of gay men, have experienced harassment from customers. Some of the harassment is not such a big deal, and some of it’s pretty threatening.

Female workers who interact with the public often face harassment, and I imagine it’s more frequent at a hardware store because until recently hardware stores were men-only spaces.

Rather than tell the employees that “the customer is always right,” Anne Stom teamed up with my group, Defend Yourself, to train the Annie’s staff.

The male employees are learning bystander intervention techniques so that they can stand up for and be allies to their female and LGBTQ counterparts. The female and LGBTQ employees are learning assertiveness.

All of this in a context that is both customer-friendly and designed to make Annie’s safe and welcoming for all.”

847 Upshur St, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails. Dinner Lab’s website says:

“Dinner Lab is a social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience. Our events bring together a group of interesting strangers around a common table to share cuisine crafted by up-and-coming chefs from all over the country.

We don’t dictate what our chefs cook, but instead give them a platform to tell a story through their menus – recipes that speak to their background or heritage, ingredients they are passionate about, or completely new dishes they’ve been experimenting with on days away from the restaurant. Our platform flips the traditional “dinner out” on its head by putting chefs at the center stage and giving our diners a voice in the process. Each time you attend an event, your feedback and suggestions are shared with the chef so that he or she can iterate and improve on their menu concept. With your input, aspiring chefs are given the tools they need to effectively prototype new dishes and tweak recipes to help them create the next great restaurant concept.”


Updates when the dinners start. You can get on the DC membership wait list here.

This is the space formerly home to King-N-I and more recently Open Kitchen Diner. Anyone remember, one of my favorites, Seafood & Things before that?

847 Upshur Street, NW in 2008

4209 Illinois Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 4209 Illinois Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“A stunning transformation of this Petworth rowhouse ideally located off Grant Circle. Thoughtfully designed, this house offers 2,560 sq ft of living with a separate entertaining space on the main floor, fully finished lower level with wet bar, urban oasis backyard and parking. For technology lovers, the house features a 5 zone sound system, video intercom and Nest Learning Wi-Fi Thermostat.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $749,500.

3607 Georgia Avenue, NW

Amazing transformation vol. 72 – former rowhouse at 3607 Georgia Avenue, NW just south of the Petworth metro across the street from DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge. A few weeks ago we got an early look at the opening menus for EatsPlace’s first pop up restaurants (soon there will be cooking classes offered upstairs too.) From an email:

DC Born & Raised @EatsPlace (every day dinner and weekend brunch) will be open starting Wednesday 10/8 from 5:00 PM – 10 PM. Weekend hours are 10 AM – 10 PM.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co @EatsPlace (weekday breakfast and lunch) will be open starting Thursday 10/9 from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Drinks @EatsPlace will be open starting Wednesday 10/8, and regular hours going forward:
Monday – Thursday 7AM – 2PM / 5PM – Midnight
Friday 7AM – 2PM / 5PM – 1AM
Saturday 10 AM – 1AM
Sunday 10 AM – Midnight

** soft opening means a slightly limited menu with unlimited hospitality!”



Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

Partial space shot
Photo courtesy CrossFit Petworth

From an email:

“Located at 1240 Upshur St NW, Crossfit Petworth shares the same building as the recently opened Annie’s ACE Hardware store. At 9200 square feet, CrossFit Petworth is one of DC area’s largest CrossFit gyms and is unusually large for a CF gym located in the city.

Thanks to it’s size CrossFit Petworth will be able to offer more flexibility and variety of classes than most CrossFit gyms in DC. These include, in addition to regular CrossFit classes, Ladies only classes, Kids Classes, Open Gym access (at all hours) for members and classes for Seniors as well. The ability to hold multiple classes allows CF Petworth to bring new members up to speed in a gradual and controlled manner. These options help with anyone concerned or timid about jumping in and trying out CrossFit. CrossFit Petworth has worked to remove some of the barriers of entry to make starting CrossFit a little more accessible. Additionally the gym will be building a strength and Conditioning program to specifically work with local athletes at the High School and collegiate level.”

Bat visiting Woodley Park in 2012

From the Petworth listserv:

“To all Powell Elementary Parents,

This evening [Tuesday] while playing baseball with my son on the baseball field, my son and I, along with few other folks out on the field and soccer field, noticed hundreds of bats swarming inside the chimney of the school.

It looked like a scene from a halloween/Dracula movie. I stopped a police officer to see if he could alert the custodian since there was a door open to the school. The officer thought the section of the school thats connected to the chimney was blocked off, but wasn’t sure.

As we walked home, I’m was not sure if the officer was able to talk to anyone at the school tonight because I saw him ride towards the back of the school since no one answered the front door. We wanted parents to be aware in order to take the necessary precautions on Wednesday morning.

I’m hoping the school is sectioned off from the bats for the safety of all the students.”

Fortunately another member responds:

“Did you get a close look?

These could be Chimney Swifts – small birds that could be mistaken for bats – kinda look like cigars with wings. These birds roost in chimneys in groups, and may swarm around these roosts in the evening. During fall migrations these groups can be large.

They pose no threat. Practically speaking, neither would bats, for that matter. Little Brown Bats would be the common bat around here. They eat insects (mosquitoes) and have been hit hard with a fungus in recent years, making them much less common. We definitely want them around.”

Ed. Note: Back in June we learned a Big Brown bat in Ward 1, was determined rabid by the DC Department of Health. Fortunately Powell is in Ward 4.

411 Delafield Place Northwest

This house is located at 411 Delafield Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“A beautiful renovation. 3 levels of open space. Open floor plan on main level. Gleaming hardwood floors. Top of the line SS appliances. Marble counter top. Self-closing kitchen cabinets. Crown molding. Skylight for natural light. Slate walkway and porch. Nice deck and yard. Enclosed driveway in rear.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $639,900.

Ed. Note: The request comes from a split family – the wife thinks it’s too high, the husband thinks it’s spot on. Settle this family dispute!