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Photo by Kyle Schmitz

From a press release:

“Beginning today – Friday, September 25th – Daikaya Ramen Shop 1F (705 6th Street, NW) is launching their new online konbini (mini market) ’11-7 at Daikaya’ offering an eclectic assortment of Japanese goods, beverages, and bites perfect for stocking the pantry at home. The name ’11-7 at Daikaya’ is a reflection of the times customers can place their orders online at the market. All of the featured items at the convenience store will be available for order online with scheduled pickups available at Daikaya.

In addition to the mini market offering a wide variety of popular Japanese products ranging from Daikaya Group-branded goods, beverages, snacks, candy, specialty flour, rice, Japanese bread from resident Pastry Chef Mary Mendoza, instant soups/noodles, sauces, and spices, the market will also feature a rotating assortment of freshly prepared foods from Chef Katsuya Fukushima and team including bento, a selection of onigiri, spam musubi, a variety of sandwiches/sandos – tuna, egg, katsu, amongst other crave-worthy options. Plans are also in the works for the mini market to add some alcohol selections ranging from sake, beer, and cocktails. Read More

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2130 8th Street, NW via Neighborgoods

From The Neighborhoods:

“UPDATE: I am sad to announce that we’ll be closing down The Neighborgoods retail shop next week. We were given the opportunity to get out of our lease early and with the unknowns of covid, as well as other business channels being up in the air (wholesale, markets, etc…), we decided it was the best business decision to get out early and save the monthly expenses of running the shop to keep The Neighborgoods going and growing in new directions.

PLEASE NOTE: This does not mean The Neighborgoods as a business is closing down! You will still be able to find us online, at other stores who sell our products across the country, and at markets when they start opening up again including the @downtownholidaymarket that is officially happening this year (we’ll be there Dec. 8 – 23)!

This wasn’t an easy decision to make. Read More

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inside 3131 M Street, NW. Photo by Briah Oh

From a press release:

“Levain Bakery has made its name for 25 years as the purveyor of the crispy-outside, ooey-gooey middle, giant cookies that have long been on every NYC must-eat list. The celebrated bakery will officially open its doors in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00am. Read More

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1318 14th Street, NW via Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange opened their first D.C. location in Logan Circle back in 2012. Thanks to Maddy for passing on the sad news that this location has permanently closed.

From Buffalo Exchange:

Following the impact of COVID-19 on our business, we had to make the sad decision to close our Washington, DC location, effective September 8.

Updates when we learn what becomes of the space.

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11th and Lamont St, NW in the before times

From an email:

DC Zero Waste Fans, while our plans for a full scale Zero Waste Market have been delayed due to the pandemic, Totes Bulk @totesbulkdc has started a small scale zero waste pop up market in collaboration with District Batch @districtbatch and Aardvark Cafe @aardvarkcafe that is operating out of Room 11 in Columbia Heights until 31 October. Read More

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1131 14th Street, NW back in 2008

CulinAerie opened here, just south of Thomas Circle, back in 2008.

Thanks to a reader for sending the auction listing:

“CulinAerie, the area’s leading recreational cooking school is at the end of its lease and moving its classes online. Bid your price on the highest quality, gently used gourmet equipment, appliances, furnishing and cookware excess to CulinAerie’s continuing operations.”

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