Washington, DC

3219 Mount Pleasant Street, NW

Thanks to Terry for passing on from Old School Hardware:

“Dear Neighbors, March 1st seems like such a long time ago! That was the day that I wrote to announce our plans to close Old School Hardware after nearly 10 years under current management. Since then, the world has truly changed! I’ve been proud of our team at the store who have been willing to stay open for the neighborhood as long as they can, even in the face of the coronavirus dangers.

If you’ve stopped in during the past few weeks, you’ve found great discounts on much of our inventory. I’m announcing today that we’ve now put everything on clearance. What’s left is now either selling at 50%-70% below cost or is selling at a 20% discount to our normal prices. I hope you might consider taking one last trip to the store and maybe buying a bag of salt, an OSH T-Shirt or Coffee Mug, or some random electrical or plumbing item to help us clear out our shelves and go out with a bang.

I also regret to announce that despite my hopes for closing the doors on April 19th, we’re now at a point where we need to close our doors 1 week earlier. This upcoming Sunday (April 12) will be the last day we are open to the public. Read More


“Dear PoPville,

A new effort to connect DC small businesses struggling under COVID-19 with consumers sheltering at home is now live. ShopInPlaceDC.com is currently live and welcomes submissions from D.C.-area small businesses selling products such as food, fitness, bath and cleaning products, books, toys and more.”

Another reader writes:

“It’s a directory of local essential businesses in the DMV still open and how they’re operating. The catch is, entrepreneurs and small businesses are highly encouraged to submit themselves so PoPville would be a great way to spread the word!”


4339 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Thanks to Judith for passing on from my beloved Calvert Woodley:

“I am sending out this email to inform you that Calvert Woodley will temporarily close for all business starting this Saturday, April 4th, at 5:00pm.

That means no online orders, no phone calls, no customers in the store, no employees in the store. It also means online ordering has been disabled, effective immediately. I know this will anger some, and I apologize for that, but there’s no way to handle the many orders we currently have and take more new orders, and still close by Saturday at 5:00pm.

The point of this notice is also to let you know you can pick up your pre-existing orders from the last few days. To handle the rush we will be available the next two days from 10:00am – 5:00pm. If you can’t make it in before Saturday night, or don’t want to, we will hold all orders as we normally do, for as long as you’d like.

How long will CW be closed? Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I am very concerned to see that places are boarding up on 14th street [I live a block off and am starting to feel unsafe for the first time in my 12 yrs on the block — first seems only to be large /natl chains, but now local spots too — Taqueria Nacional and Bresca.”

Another reader writes in noting The Line hotel in Adams Morgan has boarding up their lower level too: Read More


Current Boutique available online

Let’s Do This!! Abigail asks:

“Do you have a list of DC local businesses with online platforms? Would love to support them! #StayHomeShopLocal”

Nick writes: “I was wondering if you considered making a posting about local businesses that are currently open for virtual business/consultations during the crisis? For example my parents business Just Paper and Tea is a small stationery shop in Georgetown that does wedding invitations. They have posted on their website that they’re open for virtual zoom meetings.”

If anyone knows of other local businesses open please let us know!


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Not that my brain can focus for more than three seconds these days but for those who are more disciplined than I, this is great! Capitol Hill Books tweeted the other day:

“So. The deal is like this: tell us how much you want to spend. What authors/genres you like, and we’ll send you our picks and a price. Email [email protected]


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