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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Petco is opening near Fort Totten by the new-ish Walmart. The promotional postcard they sent out shows a map of Hurricane, WV though.”

We might as well take this opportunity to learn a little bit about Hurricane, West Virginia:

“Hurricane was named after Hurricane Creek, which was, in turn, named after a group of trees at the mouth of the river bent in one direction. A party of surveyors commissioned by George Washington noted the site appeared to have been struck by a hurricane,[9] giving rise to the name. Locals pronounce the town (HURR-i-KINN) not (HURR-i-CANE).[10] Less than 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Hurricane is a post office named Tornado.

A town named Hurricane Bridge was located where West Virginia Route 34 now crosses the creek, near current-day Hurricane. The town can be traced back to an 1811 Virginia map. The town primarily consisted of a small inn. On March 28, 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought a Civil War battle at Hurricane Bridge, now known as the Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge.[11]

Hurricane itself can be traced back to 1873, when a railroad track was laid through the town and a small depot was constructed. It was during this period that Main Street developed, and other businesses in the area. Hurricane was a trading and residential town for tobacco growers and other farmers in the early 1900s. The fire department was established March 2, 1936. It was incorporated as a town in 1888, and as a city in the 1970s.

The three oldest continuously operating businesses are: (more…)

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From an email:

“Food trucks, state-of-the-art technology and selfies: the Holiday Inn Express brand knows these are a few of guests’ favorite things. The hotel brand is bringing its popular Pancake Selfie Express to the people of Washington, D.C. with its latest Pancake Selfie Express tour, rolling into the nation’s capital on Thursday, Aug. 25th & Friday, Aug. 26th. District residents can visit the truck at Adams Morgan to snap a selfie and have it printed on a free pancake made by the brand’s super smart, one-touch pancake machine. Just push a button and get a pancake in 60 seconds. Genius!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike

From recharj:

“recharj is the premier mindfulness studio in Washington, DC. Just steps from the White House, we deliver peace of mind in a noisy city. We feature “best in class” meditation teachers offering accessible and enriching classes from a variety of traditions. Come experience an inspiring 20-minute meditation session or power nap during your workday. When classes are not in session, our meditation room is open to the public for self-guided practice. (more…)