Watch this Awesome Video: “Capital Pool Checkers | Made in Shaw” by David Ross

by Prince Of Petworth January 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm 14 Comments

813 S Street, NW

Thanks to David for sending:

“Capital Pool Checkers has been in the Washington D.C. area for over 35 years. It is a place for people to gather, socialize, and of course play checkers. In recent years the small club has seen their membership decline. As gentrification seems ever encroaching, it is becoming harder to stay in their current location of the Shaw neighborhood. They are looking to draw a younger generation of people to join their club and play the game they love.

The checkers club adds a unique character to the neighborhood. With nicknames such as The Razor, The Z-Man, Pressure Man, Hard Rock, Special-K and many more; there is never a dull moment at Capital Pool Checkers.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Capital Pool Checkers Contact Information
The club is located at 813 S Street NW, Washington D.C.
Facebook Page

Brickyard Digital
Director | DP | Editor: David Ross
Producer: Marc Elraheb”

Capital Pool Checkers | Made in Shaw from David Ross on Vimeo.

  • JohnH

    Very nice! I’ve met a couple of these people over the years and they’re as friendly as they seem in the video.
    I had to chuckle as just the other day, I was ahead of someone new to the area who told their significant other to “cross here” because that’s a sketchy corner. Sigh.

  • mcd

    Awesome Video! I walk by this place all the time but never see it open. I always thought it would be fun to stop in and embarrass myself. I surely would get destroyed, but it might be fun to experience the community one day.

    • Jonah gold

      Come on by. The best days are Thursdays and Saturdays, but the club is open most nights. We’d be happy to show you the ropes.

  • northeazy

    I mean–what is more hipster than this? Just sell $3 Tecates and PBRs and they will be flush with new members and cash. Soon, they can afford a modest remodel, and then add small, but elevated bar bites. After some time, they can expand into the next store front and open their menu and add brunch hours. Finally, they can sell their lot to a condo developer, cash out, then rebuild in a sleek, stainless steel, reclaimed wood and exposed brick monstrosity that will be shunned. They will close within the year and then hipsters will be able to show their longevity in the ‘hood as they long for the old Checkers Club that used to be on the corner before all the hipsters ruined it. And then the cycle of life shall repeat.

    • Jonah gold

      Unfortunately we don’t own the space, we rent from the owner. And I wish we had a liquor license, but nope we’re just a local community non-profit.

    • Truxton Thomas

      A story as old as time—or at least since I moved into the neighborhood, failed to recognize my contribution to its gentrification, and instantly loathed everyone who followed.

  • Anon E Musk

    I donated to their Generosity campaign when it came out, and would gladly do so again even though I’m moving out of the neighborhood. There are very nice people in there, and I hope this space continues to exist for a long time!

  • Andrea

    I love everything about this!

  • tim

    seems like a really awesome gem in the community. here’s a (maybe dumb) question – do they also do any chess / or other board games?

  • bruno

    I heard this but on the radio…. can’t recall when or what station though. Oh, that reminds me, I already miss Diane Rehm. The new show’s okay.

  • J

    Great video. Thank you for posting.

  • DCborn

    This place couldn’t be more awesome! I hope and pray places like this that have made DC such an incredible place to live will live on despite everything working against them!!

  • ShawLibrarian

    I am a librarian at the Shaw Branch and I did a walking tour of the neighborhood that featured the Checkers Club as a stop. Sadly, they had another engagement and weren’t there, but their part of the tour video starts at 19:45 found here: https://youtu.be/_oF421hdqfU

    We’ve also screened a documentary in the branch about them, which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/9742450

  • K

    What a great video about such a vibrant part of our community. Thanks for sharing their story. Beautiful cinematography, too!


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