Washington, DC

5501 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Margaret for sending a Nextdoor posting from the local ANC rep:

“Longtime neighbor (since at least 1959) in Chevy Chase DC, Circle Wine & Liquors, will with great regret be closing their 5501 Connecticut Ave. location at the end of December. Their 11 year lease was not renewed and instead the new tenant will be yet another bank (our 7th bank or ATM branch kiosk) in a 4 block stretch in our neighborhood, this time it is Chase Bank. Reportedly, Willco the property owner, negotiated the new lease with Chase for double the rent that Circle was paying thus pricing them out of the market. Circle, which has been in existence as a small business enterprise under different owners, has been a welcome mainstay in the area, and under their current ownership they have also donated thousands of dollars every year to neighboring schools. Circle has been an anchor store for the 5501 Conn. Ave, strip which includes: Blue 44, Fishery Seafood Market, Relaxed Nails & Spa, and C&C Custom Cleaners. All of these are also on Willco property. One wonders if newly negotiated leases for these other establishments might also be in jeopardy when their time runs out resulting in more losses of small business owners.

jerry malitz
Commissioner, ANC3G-05″

I will also miss their awesome mural/ode to the old Griffith Stadium: Read More


5015 Connecticut Ave NW Photo by Mark Satter

Thanks to Mark for sharing around 10am: “The line outside of @PoliticsProse this morning to get tix for @MichelleObama talk Monday. Stretches FAR around the block.”

From Politics and Prose:

SOLD OUT: Michelle Obama – Becoming *SIGNING ONLY*

Politics and Prose Bookstore welcomes you to an in-store event with
Michelle Obama
to celebrate the one-year anniversary of

Monday, November 18 at 6 p.m. Read More


inside 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW courtesy Civil

From Civil Cigar Lounge:

“We hate to have to write this, but we need to let the Civil Lounge family know, that this Thursday, September 26, 2019 will be the final night of service at Civil Cigar Lounge. Over the last 7 years we have had the pleasure of creating one of the best cigar lounges for our guests. We have had some exceptional staff, that provided good, comfortable service to a growing clientele both new-comers and regulars. We will truly miss that interaction.

The Chevy Chase Pavilion had chosen to go in a different direction after losing other service and retail tenants over the last two years. We fought to stay as long as we could, using all legal means at our disposal, but our final hearing didn’t go our way. So we are at the end of this particular road.

We are exploring new opportunities to bring Civil back within the District of Columbia. Read More


3813 Livingston Street, NW

Sad news up in Chevy Chase. Thanks to Marina for sending word: “Full of Beans Children’s Boutique is gone. Shame. Had really cute clothing for babies to age 8. Woman-owned, independent boutique, employed lots of locals and cared about the community. Generations of kids were shopped for there!” Read More


From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to temporarily close lanes of traffic and restrict curbside parking on Connecticut Avenue from Porter Street to Nebraska Avenue NW starting on or about Tuesday, September 3, 2019, weather permitting. At least one lane will be open to the traffic in each direction.

The contractor is authorized to work Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The contractor is also authorized to work Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Read More


5534 Connecticut Ave, NW

This is the old Arucola space.

“Capital Crab brings steaming hot crabs directly to you so you enjoy the greatest Chesapeake Bay traditions at home with family and friends all year round.”

Check out the curbside menu here.

I spoke to a guy out front who said they should be opening for sit down inside in the next week or two. Stay tuned. Read More


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