In his job as a lead web developer for the U.S. Mint, Nathan Wallace makes a point of listening closely to his clients. Then he goes a step further.
“Sometimes, what they need is not what they’re asking for,” said Wallace, a graduate of the Georgetown University Master’s in Technology Management program. “Really, just listening for what they need is sometimes more important.”
For Wallace, that means not just listening, but learning to empathize and make the customer’s needs your own. It requires a special awareness and the kind of communication skills not typically taught in technology classes. And, increasingly, it’s what employers are looking for in new college graduates, particularly those in the STEM fields.
In a recent survey by Morning Consult, hiring managers and HR professionals put a premium on these “soft skills,” with 74 percent saying listening skills are valuable, 70 percent noting attention to detail and 69 percent citing effective communication.
From an email:
“While Capital One has long been a hometown bank in the District, the company is thrilled to announce plans of two new Café locations slated for Georgetown and Chinatown.
WHAT THE CAPITAL ONE CAFÉS ARE ALL ABOUT: At the intersection of both the digital and physical worlds are the Capital One Cafés – a space that’s intentionally designed for how people live and bank today. The Capital One Cafes are about solving visitor’s financial problems and helping them reach their money goals. The new locations will serve as a community space where DC residents can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances through free Capital One services like Money Coaching or Money Workshops, try out new digital and financial tools, use fee-free ATMs, tap into free Wi-Fi, or simply grab a great cup of coffee or local pastries.”
1414 9th Street, NW
Can Imm Thai break the curse of 1414? 1414 9th Street, NW is the former home to Vegetate, Cafe Eagle, Taqueria Mexicana, Eagle (again), Northern Restaurant and Secret Lounge and Sports Bar and Chao Ku. Good luck!! And thanks to Tony for sending word.
Also now open – Kung Fu Tea above Zannchi:
1529 Wisconsin Ave, NW
2609 24th Street, NW courtesy Bar Civita
“Bar Civita will close in Woodley Park by the end of July, according to chef/owner Liam LaCivita.”
1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW
From Via Umbria:
“We are thrilled to announce the latest member of the Via Umbria family: Chef Liam LaCivita.
With his addition, Via Umbria is expanding on its successful Italian Dinning Experience model by adding more made-to-order items and homemade pasta dishes with seasonal sauces. Liam is a man with a vision bringing signature dishes that integrate regional cheeses and charcuterie like we’ve never done before.
We are so excited to have him on board and invite you to join us in our café and our chef’s table to taste for yourself the new Umbrian experience.”
Former Holiday Inn at 35th and Wisconsin Ave, NW
Never a dull moment on the grocery store beat in Glover Park!! The potential Trader Joe’s at the former Holiday Inn as been confirmed(ish) – from the Glover Park listserv:
“I just heard that the deal is confirmed for Trader Joe’s to locate in the new development at the site of the old Holiday Inn. I’m not sure exactly about the timing but it’s likely sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, given that the ground isn’t even broken yet.”
2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW
As for the Whole Foods closure, Whole Foods announced on the listserv:
“We announced today that we will be remodeling the Georgetown store to offer our customers a fresh, new shopping experience. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations on every shopping trip, and making these investments in the store will help us to do that. We apologize for the inconvenience and welcome our customers to continue to shop with us at our nearby stores, including our brand new H Street location.”
Photo by Jamie Fuller
“what is happening at Glover park whole foods!? Are we getting a beer mecca like H st??”
About a month ago the Glover Park Whole Foods briefly closed after being cited for food safety violations by the Department of Health. Other readers have reported the store has been closed since Monday. And as of this morning, Jamie updates us “still closed”
I’ve emailed Whole Foods for an update. Stay tuned.
2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW
I thought you might enjoy an interesting new construction project over in Georgetown (intersection of 37th and S street). I am a bit surprised this was all approved given how much bigger the new pop-up is compared to the former building on site.”
Normally I hate these made up days but for this one I’m making an exception that exception will not be lifted again until National Eggplant Parmigiana Day. Stay tuned.
From an email:
“For folks looking for things to do this weekend, they can celebrate National Lobster Day on Sunday, September 25 at Luke’s Lobster with their Lobstah, Lobstah, Lobstah special, available for one day only! [1211 Potomac St NW and 624 E St NW]
Featuring a lobster roll, a half lobster bisque, and a skewered half lobster tail served with cocktail sauce, this festively indulgent dish clocks in at a mindful $25 on the 25th of September. It will be available at all Luke’s Lobster shacks throughout the day while supplies last (no substitutions–but who need substitutions with a dish like this on the menu?).”
Thanks to a reader for sending: “Saw these on my 16th street walk. Outside the Carnegie Building. They installed a lot on both 16th and P St.”
I also was impressed with the street bike (scooter?) parking in Georgetown:
2439 18th Street, NW
From an email:
“We’re sad to say that we’ll be closing our Adams Morgan location for good on April 30th and reopening at 3289 M Street NW on May 2nd. We love Adams Morgan and will miss it dearly but we’re also SO EXCITED to move Violet to a much larger space and bring our brand and exceptional customer service to Georgetown!
Since we’re moving moving to Georgetown at the end of April, we wanted to show our appreciation for all that our neighbors in Adams Morgan have given us over the last 5 years. To celebrate our 5th anniversary, on 3/11, we will be making three $1,100 donations to non-profits in the greater Adams Morgan neighborhood. We would love for our customers (and neighbors) to vote to assist us in picking the recipients. Voting will begin tomorrow at 5pm via an online form. Likes and comments on social media will not count towards voting. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/