From an email:

“Where: Old City Farm & Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW

When: Every Saturday from Thanksgiving to Christmas. 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
10:00-5:00, Trees available until 8:00

Ready for a sensational experience? Every Saturday throughout the holiday season, local artists, crafters, and food purveyors will line the sidewalk in front of Old City Farm and Guild. Paper crafts, clothing, ornaments, DC-themed items, body products, and art prints will be offered alongside tantalizing edibles. A cheering fire, hot apple cider, and the smell of freshly trimmed trees will fill the air. Christmas trees of all sizes will be available, along with other holiday greenery. As the day progresses into evening, live entertainment will take the “stage” in our makeshift, repurposed lot at what was once Shaw Jr. High.

You want to be part of this. Bring the family, bring the dog, bring a warm coat… Come get your tree and enjoy the season with us!”

1933 9th Street, NW looking north towards Florida Ave/U Street and the Warby Parker

Congrats to Riide who are opening up their first brick and mortar in Shaw on Saturday. They’re located right next to the Serve U Liquor on 9th just south of Florida/U St. Hours will be 11-7 daily and on Saturuday they’ll have free Compass Coffee all day!

“We engineered an electric bike you can count on. A beautifully simple design. If you know how to ride a bike, you know how to riide. Just get on, twist the throttle, and go.”





via Smoked & Stacked coming to 1239 9th Street, NW in Spring 2016

Yesterday we learned about all the retail and restaurants coming to the Convention Center. Here’s lots more info about what got me most giddy – from a press release:

“Marjorie Meek-Bradley (ChefMarjie.com), in partnership with Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne of Tin Shop (TinShopDC.com), are very proud to announce their new sandwich shop Smoked & Stacked in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. Smoked & Stacked will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami that will melt in your mouth. The menu will also feature smoked chicken, portobello mushrooms, and savory breakfast sandwiches with more to come. Customers can choose from the signature sandwich menu, but will also be able to build their own sandwich or salad that will be fast and delicious. (more…)


A reader reports:

“Dacha posted two signs stating that their liquor license has been suspended from November 23 to November 29. All the picnic tables have been removed.

I wonder whether it relates to Dacha’s recent troubles with ABRA, or maybe their new grocery store?

The notices themselves don’t explain the reason for the suspension besides boilerplate about noncompliance with Title 25 of DC Code or Title 23 of the Municipal Regulations, both of which deal with alcohol. And the ABRA Board website hasn’t yet posted any orders addressing this particular suspension. What do you think?”

The Washington Blade reports:

“The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Nov. 4 issued a $42,500 fine and a 21-day license suspension…The ABC Board was expected to allow Dacha to stagger its suspension period over multiple dates between now and next spring so that it won’t have to close continuously for 21 consecutive days.”



Holy smokes I guess the marketing strategy worked…

From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans joined Events DC – the convention and sports authority for the District – to announce six new retail and restaurant tenants that will soon occupy spaces that have been vacant for years at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These businesses will bring highly anticipated economic activity and jobs to Washington, DC, and more community services to the Shaw Corridor.

By filling 100% of the available space at the Convention Center’s street-facing retail establishments, Events DC is demonstrating its dedication to the Shaw community, while contributing to the continued economic vitality of the District. Collectively, the leases with these businesses represent a 10-year revenue of $7 million.

Future tenants coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, include the following establishments:

· Unconventional Diner, a locally owned and operated high-end diner concept and brainchild of two DC residents/business owners.

· Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood. Union Kitchen Grocery has an existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

· Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop that will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami.

· Morris, a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn. This cocktail bar will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.

· Urban Athletic Club and Composition ID, a motivating and inspiring fitness marketplace and health diagnostic center. Urban Athletic Club has previously existing locations in both Georgetown and Glover Park.

· A Barbershop Concept that will relocate their pre-existing location in the Shaw neighborhood.”

Photo credit Joy Asico

From a press release:

“Santa’s elves will transform specialty sherry and ham bar Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St, NW) into Miracle on Seventh Street, a holiday winter wonderland set to open in Shaw for the month of December. In partnership with Cocktail Kingdom and NYC barman Nico de Soto of Mace and Miracle on Ninth Street, DC drink expert and Mockingbird Hill owner Derek Brown will open its sister bar concept, Miracle on Seventh Street, on December 1st through December 24th. Decked with elaborate kitschy Christmas decor with all the bells and whistles, Brown and his team will swap the usual Mockingbird Hill bar menu for a completely revamped Christmas-themed drink list, showcasing 10 specialty holiday cocktails and one shot.

Miracle on 7th Street bar will feature daily Christmas and Hanukkah-themed happy hours. Guests can expect to enjoy Christmas classic movie nights, Manischewitz Pong competitions, and cookie baking shenanigans. The holiday pop-up will serve up everything from live Christmas carolers to cocktails served in outrageous santa mugs, adorned with frosty evergreen trees and gingerbread men. Weekly happy hour details and a full cocktail menu attached below (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Reginald Perry that took place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the 1700 block of 8th Street, Northwest.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at approximately 11:27 am, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 26 year-old George Edwards of Northwest, DC, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the shooting death of Reginald Perry.”