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Only Six Years Ago It Looked Like This

by Prince Of Petworth March 26, 2013 at 11:30 am 23 Comments


Kinda like our now and then series, “Only ____ Years Ago” will feature photos from my archives that have changed drastically from a particular year. We will start with a bunch of changes from 2007. Let’s kick it off with 14th and T St, NW.  Anyone remember McKey’s Antiques?


  • I remember going to the corner shop there once, It had the thickest bulletproof glass I’ve ever seen. The store owner over charged me for something I bought and wouldn’t give me back correct change. The bullet proof glass was not just there for bullets, it was there to protect the thieving store owner from giving correct change to customers. Good riddens to that old place.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, they STILL don’t have anything in the corner. Make it a corner store? We could really use a corner store.

    • Prince Of Petworth
      • steve

        Not sure, that corner has seen no change in a year now. It is a fully painted mural/

        • Prince Of Petworth

          It’s coming – they’ve even started renovating the inside.

          • Anonymous

            Ugh. Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely oppose the moratorium, but would it really kill someone to but a corner store – you know, small groceries, beer and wine, dairy products, etc. – anywhere on 14th (or even 15th) between R and T? I’m so sick of walking to the godforsaken Whole Foods just to buy a thing of sour cream.

          • Anonymous

            there will be a Trader Joe’s right down the street next year

  • Wallach Place Resident

    I preferred the 6 years ago photo. I heart abandoned buildings and trash.


  • Tom Lewis

    Moved in back in 2007 and it has been amazing to watch this corner and the corner across the street (Matchbox) change. Very excited for Stubs Kitchen. Hopefully they will remove that god awful mural that some call art from the building. It looks atrocious and can’t believe it was ever allowed! I know we are in an arts overlay district…but seriously?

    • Anonymous

      Way more interesting than any of the new condos being built on 14th

    • AMDCer

      I went by there just the other day and really liked the mural (seeing it for the first time). In the eye of the beholder, as they say….

  • DC4Life

    I like Taylor, but I’d take the abandoned shell over Policy any day.

    • What’s the deal with Policy? I tried to go a few times when they first opened and was haughtily told no seats available. Now whenever I walk by, the place looks totally empty.

      • Anonymous

        perhaps that awful gaudy red pleather inside has people fleeing?

  • Anonymous

    Ruff N Ready was so much better when it was at this location. It was fun to go there and dig through layers of stuff that had been sitting there for years. The more heavily curated version at the new location is just not the same.

    • saf

      Do you remember when they were on 18th St? That was less messy. The 14th Street space seemed to encourage mess.

  • Anonymous

    I kinda miss the antique place — really was a neat spot you could loose hours finding interesting treasures.

  • Neal – Som Records

    I use to buy cigarettes (back when I smoked) at the liquor store there on the corner. They had good prices on Dunhills. Also bought lotto tickets there too.

  • Anonymous

    I remember McKey’s Antiques had the most unstable floor ever. It felt like you were going to fall through to the basement. As a poor grad student in the ’90s I found great pieces I still have today.

  • Anonymous

    McKey’s antiques was more of a refinishing shop than a second hand store. I’m typing on a desk he refinished for me! The guys next door who had the eclectic Rough and Ready are up on 14th St. McKey moved back to CA, I think, and may have decided to pursue a music career.

  • Anonymous

    The corner building aka the liquor store was sold back in 2003 fr $975,000.00; I remember because that was the same year we bought our place, Shocking that a decade later it is still vacant and only in marginally better shape/appearance then it was in 2003.

  • Anonymous

    kind of miss the antique/fleamarket stores… but i guess overpriced, mediocre brunch at policy will do?


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