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2019 lighting photo by Joy Asico / Asico Photo

From a press release:

“CityCenterDC, the District’s premier luxury mixed-use development, is thrilled to kick off the festive season with the return of joyful holiday celebrations. After a 2020 hiatus, CityCenterDC will host their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on November 27, 2021 and will reintroduce the iconic Ice Maze with new twists, turns, and lighting December 10th-12th. Read More

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1704 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Martha for the heads up. From Dolcezza:

“WE MADE IT Let’s Celebrate

PHEWWW

This week marks a full year since so many small businesses in DC were ordered to close and, we are THRILLED that one year later our Dupont shop has reopened and – MORE GOOD NEWS- our Bethesda, City Center, and Fairfax locations are OPEN FOR GOOD Our location inside the @hirshhorn will also reopen when the @smithsonian is open to the public again. Read More

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14th and P Street, NW

On Friday we broke the sad news that Dolcezza’s logan location was closing. Four more are unfortunately closing too. From DOLCEZZA:

“For the past few weeks, we have been thinking a lot about what the last 16 years has meant to us as a family and the impact this business has had on our lives.

In 2004, we opened a small kitchen in Georgetown with the goal of bringing the amazing gelato from the parlors of Buenos Aires to our home here in Washington, DC.

Since then, our lives have centered around our family business. We have grown so tremendously over these past 16 years with Dolcezza.

We learned the importance of local farming and being guided by the seasons. We became parents of three beautiful little girls. We had family members married from chance encounters in our shops. We hosted dinners at our factory with our chef friends. We officiated weddings and threw concerts. Our little girl’s first job was selling pints with her grandmother at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market.

None of this is unique to Dolcezza — we are all crafting indelible stories in the many ways we interact with each other every day. But that takes nothing away from the overwhelming honor and appreciation we have for everyone who has been a part of our simple Dolcezza dream: our amazing employees, customers, farmers, chefs, makers, neighbors and city. You have made this an unforgettable ride and we only hope we have affected you in the same incredible way you have affected us.

So it is with these beautiful thoughts in mind and the sobering effect that COVID-19 has had on our industry that we are announcing the closing of five of our store locations: Logan Circle, City Center, Wharf, Dupont Circle, and Bethesda. These shops will be closing during the month of October. Read More

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1090 I Street, NW

Thanks to John for sending from Momofuku:

“To our Momofuku teams,

I want to start by saying that I hope you and your families are safe. This crisis has been the hardest time in Momofuku’s history, and I’m writing today to share more hard news and to discuss what comes next. As I mentioned in my last note, I started here as an intern straight out of college and never left. Like many of you, I stuck around because of the people who work here. You are the heart of our company, and you deserve a clear explanation of the changes that we’re making, why we’re making them, and what our vision for the future is.

After significant deliberation, we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to permanently close Nishi and CCDC. Read More

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courtesy CityCenterDC

From a press release:

“Joy is in the air this holiday season and CityCenterDC is thrilled to once again present a delightful experience for the entire community. After the success of the life-sized igloo in 2017 and the Winter in Washington exhibit in 2018, which featured ice replicas of iconic national monuments up to 12 feet tall, CityCenterDC continues its tradition of immersive large-scale ice installations by creating the largest clear ice maze in the United States. From December 13th-15th guests will have the opportunity to get lost in a frozen labyrinth with towering 7-feet-tall walls, constructed with more than 110,000 pounds of clear ice. Read More

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