• Philippe Lecheval

    That patio looks like such a lovely place. A lovely place to contract Zika, that is.

    • Anon

      This guy…

  • phl2dc

    What are the dates for each picture? I’m interested to know how much time elapsed between the two.

    • The vines were last weekend, the mural visible was from Oct. 2014

    • Truxton Thomas

      The scuppernong vines came on super fast this year, though. We go every Saturday morning for breakfast before our toddler’s music class (so bougie, yes). They really took off and became very lush just in the past two weeks.

  • EnPetworth

    English ivy is pretty but such a nightmare on mortar and trees and well, anything it comes near

    • Truxton Thomas

      I believe they’re scuppernong vines based on the fruit they give off, though I’m not saying they don’t have the same effect on brick work.

    • wdc

      And Virginia Creeper. I start fighting it in March and have to keep it up til after the first frost, or else it will eat my house in a week.

  • textdoc

    Wait… so Big Bear was named after the bear-shaped patch of bare brick between the two parts of the decaying mural?

    • Anon. No. 5

      I think it was named for the liquor store that used to occupy the site. I’m not 100% sure though.

      • textdoc

        I think there’s a Big Ben liquor store that’s still in existence (at New York Avenue and North Capitol Street).

        • Adam on Hanover

          Big Ben Liquor is still going at NY Ave & N Cap. Big Bear was named for the liquor store of the same name that used to operate out of that location at First & R NW.

        • Truxtoner

          Unfortunately yes, that still exists.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I assumed it was named after that one barista who used to work there. The big guy with glasses and a beard.

    • neighbor

      It’s not a bear shaped patch of bare brick, it’s a bear that was painted on the wall by a local artist around 2007, when Big Bear opened.

      And as others have said it was named after Big Bear Liquors the sketchy liquor store that was the immediate prior occupant. Like Big Ben it was a problem with drunk guys hanging outside most of the day.

      • reality

        I wish Big Bens would burn down. Big Bear here to stay!


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