Photo credit James Jackson

From an email:

“To celebrate 1 year of muffin glory, Donnie Simpson Jr. at Uprising Muffins has combined two amazing worlds: Ice Cream & Muffins.

Just in time for summer and Memorial Day Weekend “The Upwich” launches today. You’re reading correctly: Ice Cream Muffin Sandwich!!! (2 Muffin Crowns and a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream between them)

2 flavors will be offered: Chocolate Chip w/Vanilla Ice Cream & Double Chocolate w/Vanilla ice Cream.

Below are some fun number we’ve compiled for the first year:

134,440 muffins sold in the last year.
11,250 pounds of flour used.
Over 13,000 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffins sold.

Uprising has also launched the Elevation Blend Coffee – exclusively roasted by Ceremony Coffee Roasters. It’s a medium roast with a slightly darker profile. A combination blend of Peru and Mexico beans that is Fair Trade Certified.

Their catering program is quickly replacing “coffee & donuts” with “coffee & muffins” to groups of all sizes. Offering fresh baked, full sized and mini muffins, boxes of coffee hot or iced & large batches of savory bacon, egg and cheese muffins are making their round all over DC!
The Upwich is $4.99.”

1817 7th Street, NW

1847 7th Street, NW

The “Tea Room · Internet Cafe · Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant” is looking good.

“Calabash features organic Teas, Soups, Muffins, Cookies, Samosas, Spices, Herbs, Seasoning Blends, Infusers, Tea Pots, Cookies, Tea Cakes, etc.”

Updated Hours are listed as:

Mon-Thurs 11-8
Fri 11-9
Sat 9-9
Sun 10-6

Now that our staff is trained, next Mon we go to:

Mon-Thurs 8-8
Fri 8-9
Sat 9-9
Sun 10-6

They opened May 7th, anyone stop by yet?



9th and O St, NW

Back in January we learned Azi’s became ‘Citations’ Caribbean Restaurant “Turn a Traffic Ticket into a Meal Ticket!”. And just a few weeks ago they added some tropical outdoor seating. Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed about the abrupt closure:


Caribbean Citations writes on their facebook:

“I’m very sad to announce that as of May 15 2015 we were forced to close due to my investors having a change of heart which i had no choice but to close our doors at our 9th st location but we are not going to miss a beat because i am opening our new location in anacostia this morning at 1208 Martin Luther King ave se Washington D.C. 20020. I will miss all my new and old customers very much and thank the shaw district for the love and support and i would love to come back when we find a space suitable for my company. I promise you haven’t seen the last of Caribbean Citations or myself Mr Michael Sterling. This time im all by myself with no one else pulling my strings and looking for me to make them rich. My love to serve my community is what drives me and i learn something every day and bad people are all around us and i will pray for them all. Love you all.”



This rental is located at 447 Ridge Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Completely Remodeled and Landlord is renting FULLY FURNISHED! Hardwoods and Recessed Lighting throughout entire home! Kit w/New Cabinets, Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite Counter tops! Remodeled Bathrooms with Ceramic Tile and New Vanity. Ample Storage to include Custom Walk In Closet in Master! New Furnace, New Water Heater and Parking in Rear!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,295/Mo.

1940 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Nerd Nite May: This stuff kind of IS rocket science.
OK, maybe not exactly rocket science, but certainly the underpinnings of it. This month our talks will be about plasma physics and fusion (it really is easier to understand than it seems, we swear), gravity (because its Star Wars day, and maybe we should understand how they defied it so well), and techno-librarians (every good rocket scientist started with a physics book somewhere down the line). Spring is here and its time to take your brain out of that winter deep freeze. So as always, come and join us to be there, and be square.

Date: Saturday May 9th, 2015 A.D.

Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM

Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW

Tickets:  here.”

965 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“MRP Realty, developers of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate across the Washington metropolitan region, and Ellis Development Group (Ellis), today announced that Whole Foods Market has signed a lease for an approximately 40,000-square-foot store at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. No target opening date has been set.

“Whole Foods Market is a best-in-class grocer that matches well with our development,” said MRP principal Matt Robinson. “Their addition will not only be an asset to the project, but to the local community.”

“For years, residents this side of U Street and Shaw have been eagerly waiting for a high-quality natural and organic grocery store,” said Chip Ellis, president of Ellis Development Group. “We look forward to working with Whole Foods Market to create the best possible space for them and their customers.”

“With so much excitement surrounding a possible location in Shaw – a fun, vibrant and culturally significant neighborhood – we’re thrilled to make it official,” said Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Region president Scott Allshouse. “We look forward to offering our customers – both longtime shoppers and those new to us – access to even more of the highest quality natural and organic products available and show why we’re called ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store.’”

Whole Foods Market currently has 417 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., with 44 in its Mid-Atlantic Region. The company is a leading natural and organic grocer with a commitment to transparency and maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry. Its quality standards for food prohibit artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated fats.

Located at 965 Florida Avenue, 965 Florida Ave. is a District-owned parcel near Howard University. In July 2013, MRP won the District’s bid to redevelop the parcel in a joint venture with Ellis.

The 370,000-square-foot mixed-use building will feature approximately 400 residential units, 30 percent of which will be made available as affordable dwelling units. MRP and Ellis will begin processing the Planned Unit Development for the building this summer.”


Photo via facebook

A reader sends in this serious allegation from a facebook post by Greg Fuller:

“BEWARE of Wagtime daycare in Washington, DC. Their pit bull rescue named Blu (owned by Wagtime’s owners) attacked my 12.5 year old yellow lab, without provocation, while he was recently in daycare at Wagtime. My dog also lost a tooth & his ACL was injured. The owners did not think it needed medical attention, knowingly chose NOT to report the bite to DC Animal Control, and illegally dispensed unprescribed and unlabeled antibiotics.”

You can read the full allegations and discussion here.

Thanks to a commenter for noting Wagtime’s response:

“While we respect everyone’s right to express their opinion freely, we feel it is important to give an accurate account of this situation. Wagtime prides itself on being a cage free facility and also taking care of many rescue and client dogs in our daycare. Our daycare has been open and trusted by countless clients for over 15 years due to our experience and high standards of care and expertese. We carefully assess EVERY dogs behaviour, separate the dogs by size and temperment and the safety and wellbeing each and every dog is our number one priority. However, the nature of a cage free facility, that allows the dogs to play and have eachothers company, is that play can occassionally escalate into altercations. This is a rare, but normal canine behaviour that can occure between dogs socialising in a pack environment. All of our daycare staff are highly trained to deal with these situations as quickly and safely as possible. As with young children at school, cuts, scapes and the occasional injury can occur. We treat any dog who sustains an injury quickly and approapriately to ensure the best care and health of the dog.This particular situation was just that, a group play that escalated into an altercation. It is of course regrettable that Tucker was injured, however, the here named adoption dog Blu was involved but certainly not to blame and to harm a dog-in-need’s chances of being re-homed through inacurate information, from a source that did not witness the incident, is not within the spirit of rescue that Wagtime is so dedicated to. We thank all of our wonderful clients who support the important work of Wagtime in animal care and urge you all to keep on rescuing.”


Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted photos to @PoPville around 8:15am. @IAFF36 tweets “firefighters quickly extinguish this 9th floor fire in the 1300 Blk of 7th street”.

From @dcfireems:

“UPDATE: Fire 1300blk of 7th St NW. 4 pts transported. 1 FF P1. 1FF and 2 pts serious non-life threatening.”