Washington, DC


2602 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Margot for passing on the sad word from Salon Roi:

“Friends, it is with mixed emotion that we share this with you! Like millions, we have been struggling for over a year now to keep our DOORS OPEN, while operating 20/30% of our normal capacity and Income. We have done a good job following all the COVID rules to the “T.” AFTER ALL THAT, we were not successful in negotiating a new LEASE. So, like many long-time businesses in Woodley Park, we are forced to close the doors of Salon Roi after 52 years in the same Building.

So, June 30th, we will be leaving Our MARILYN MURAL behind, as we all pack our styling carts and head to SALON ROI (#2) Read More

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5100 Wisconsin Ave, NW

In December we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Rodman’s had added a Cafe to their grocery (and whatever you want to call the awesomeness that is downstairs.) Now they’ve posted a liquor license placard that says:

“A new class D Restaurant located inside of a full-service grocery store serving breakfast, lunch and pastries. Seating capacity of 56, Total Occupancy Load of 87 and a Sidewalk Café with 56 Seats.” Read More

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inside 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Thanks to Dave for the update: “You reported earlier about Nordstrom Rack closing in Friendship Heights, and having a 40% off sale. I was just there today and their sale went up to 70% as of today (off of everything in the store, including already marked-down items). Staff confirmed they are closing that location next week on Fri 4/30.”

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4224 Fessenden St NW

“Dear PoPville,

“Coffee Nature is a local coffee shop in Tenleytown/Friendship Heights. It’s owned by Joseph Oh and his family, and is truly a staple of the community. Joseph’s dream when moving to America was to start his own business, and he has certainly succeeded — transforming this space into a home away from home for many customers, with (pre-COVID) open mic nights, art displays, and seriously impressive latte art (and coffee quality!).


4224 Fessenden St NW via GoFundMe

Like many local businesses, Coffee Nature has struggled due to Covid, and Joseph is now far behind on rent for the shop and barely able to cover his home mortgage. Coffee Nature has had to close, and employees have been let go. A concerned customer created a GoFundMe. for neighbors to help support the shop during this time. Read More

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RIP Mazza Gallerie 7

From a press release:

“In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the DC Office of Planning (OP) has engaged the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington to examine the future of Friendship Heights with a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP).  The TAP will be a key step in exploring opportunities for advancing transformative and equitable redevelopment in Friendship Heights, as outlined in Mayor Bowser’s proposed Comprehensive Plan update.

The TAP will examine Friendship Heights, once a leading regional destination for luxury retail which has experienced a major disruption in its market position, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

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