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Friday’s Photo: Bass Love


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Bass Love is by contributor Jen Morrissey from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Bass Love is by Jen Morrisey. The photo was taken March 28 at Bohemian Caverns on U Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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WFP Home and Design Weekend Features Local Businesses


From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

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Vastu is one of the businesses participating in this weekends event. (Eliza French)

Just as beautiful spring weather finally comes to DC, some local businesses are offering an opportunity for DC residents to make our indoor surroundings more beautiful, as well.

The third annual WFP Home and Design Weekend, hosted by Washington Fine Properties and DC Magazine, takes place on 14th and U Streets NW this Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14.

Retail stores and local art galleries will offer giveaways and host seminars and demos from experts in design and remodeling.

Customers at any of the participating stores can enter in a drawing for free gifts from the vendors, including gift cards of up to $300.

Color of the Year

The weekend highlights the Pantone 2013 color of the year, Emerald. Window displays at some of the participating businesses (Vastu, Foundry, Timothy Paul Bedding & Home, Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles, Miss Pixies Furnishing’s & Whatnot and Showroom 1412) are currently showcasing the color.

Seminars and Demonstrations

Seminars and demonstrations take place on Saturday, with one repeat session on Sunday at Room & Board with HGTV “Design Star” winner Danielle Colding.¬†Other program highlights include a 3 pm session on Saturday at Urban Essentials on “overcoming the challenges of small sized spaces,” which sounds promising for Borderstan residents.

For those more interested in DIY renovations than the finer points of design, Capital Carpet LLC will host a demonstration on installing hardwood floors at 11 am on Saturday.

Visit the WFP Home and Design website for a full list of the businesses, details about the giveaways and a schedule of lectures and demonstrations.

Details

  • What:¬†WFP Home and Design Weekend.
  • When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 11 am to 6 pm both days.
  • Where: 14th Street and U Street corridors.

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Tuesday’s Photo: Velvet


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Velvet is by contributor anokarina from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Velvet is by anokarina. The photo was taken March 24 on U Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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Ginger Root Closing Boutique to Focus on Design, Tailoring


From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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Ginger Root Design at 1530 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ginger Root Design announced last week that they will be closing their lower level boutique at 1530 U Street NW in the middle of May.

Erin Derge and Kristin Swenson, owners of the GingerRoot Design, are ready to take upon another step in their carers: They plan to focus on their clothing designs and tailoring shop.

Focus on Design

“Our hearts are telling us that we want to be clothing designers,” said Kristen Swenson. “We want to make a difference in DC through our locally-sewn designs, and show the public what modern tailoring can be.”

Ginger Root opened in September 2010 and has been a key business for fashion in the area. They expanded the shop and started offering sewing classes last year. The store has attracted a clientele of customers and friends.

Derge and Swenson have been working on their new collection and plan to release a new and complete collection for summer 2013. The line, will be eco-friendly, and available for purchase in the tailoring shop, in their online store and at various markets and pop-ups throughout the summer

The new tailoring shop is by appointment only and is open Monday and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 7 pm.

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9th and U NW: Midnight Robbery with Force and Violence


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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with the use of force and violence shortly before midnight at 11:45 pm, April 5. The robbery occurred at 9th and U Streets NW; more details are below..

From DC Police Alerts: “ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE 2345 HOURS 9TH & U STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR A B/M, WEARING A BLACK V-NECK T-SHIRT, BLUE JEANS, AND A WAVE CAP WITH SHORT BRAIDS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130153949,¬†Sent on: 04/06 00:14.”

From the¬†DC Police Twitter¬†feed: “Robbery F&V //9th & U Street NW //LOF B/M, wearing a black v-neck t-shirt, blue jeans, and a wave cap with short braids //6559.”

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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1B Becomes Third ANC to Vote Down Liquor License Moratorium


From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

ANC 1B Also says no to 14 and U Streets moratorium. (David McAuley)

ANC 1B joins ANCs 6E and 2F in opposing the proposed moratorium for the 14th and U area. (David McAuley)

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B officially joined the ranks of the opposition to the proposed U Street liquor license moratorium last night, April 4. The vote was 10-0. Commissioners Juan Lopez, 1B-07, and E. Gail Anderson Holness, 1B-11, were absent and did not vote. ANC 1B includes the U Street area.

ANC 1B is now the third ANC to vote against the moratorium. It joins ANC 6E, which voted in February, and ANC 2F, which unanimously condemned the moratorium in a strongly worded resolution the previous evening, April 3. The remaining ANC within the borders of the proposed moratorium, ANC 2B, plans to vote at its May 8 monthly meeting.

ANC 1B Commissioner Jeremy Leffler, 1B-02, placed the resolution to oppose the moratorium in front of the full ANC. Leffler is the chair of ANC 1B’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Committee. He told the commission that the text of the resolution was very similar to ANC 2F’s resolution of the previous evening.

The vote came about two-thirds of the way through a marathon four-hour meeting. It was attended by more than 60 members of the public, most of whom were especially interested in the outcome of the moratorium vote.

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SDCA’s proposed liquor license moratorium zone for 14th and U NW area.

Attempts to Delay Vote

The resolution weathered two attempts to delay the vote. This first was by Joan Sterling, President of the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA), during her presentation in support of the petition.

The SDCA has been the driving force behind the petition and the only group remaining with standing to officially present it to DC’s ABC Board at its May 22 hearing.

‚ÄúI’m surprised we’re taking a vote today ‚ÄĒ¬†there’s still time,‚ÄĚ Sterling said.

The second attempt to delay the vote was by Commissioner Ricardo Reinoso, 1B-05. During the commission debate on the resolution, Reinoso proposed a motion to table the vote until the next ANC1B meeting in May. The motion died when there was no second from the commission.

Norman Questions SDCA’s Approach

After Sterling presented to the committee, Chair Tony Norman, 1B-10, questioned Sterling about the SDCA’s approach.

‚ÄúBefore you filed this, why didn’t you approach the commissioners?‚ÄĚ Norman asked. ‚ÄúIt would have been respectful to approach us before.‚ÄĚ

Sterling said she was waiting for the petition to be accepted by the ABC Board.

‚ÄúWe don’t have to wait for acceptance from a board for neighbors to talk to each other,‚ÄĚ Norman replied.

Local Opposition Cited

In a presentation about the March 20 townhall-style listening session on the moratorium, Commissioner Leffler noted that 135 people had signed in for the session. Of the listening-session speakers who identified themselves as 1B residents, he said 81 percent were opposed. In addition, Leffler said he had a petition signed by 87 1B residents against the moratorium. Finally, Leffler entered the online anti-moratorium petition from change.org into the record. This petition contained more than 1,200 signatures, Leffler said.

Presentation on Possible Zoning Law Changes

The vote on the moratorium was only a small part of ANC 1B’s marathon session. The evening started out with a presentation from the DC Office of Planning. This office is spearheading a major rewrite of DC zoning laws citywide. At the urging of ANC 1B Chair Norman, Deputy Director Joel Lawson’s presentation took only a fraction of the time that his boss, Director Harriet Tregoning, used to cover the same material at the previous evening’s ANC 2F meeting.

‚ÄúThis is the fastest I’ve ever given this presentation,‚ÄĚ Lawson said.

Lawson noted two potential impacts of the zoning rewrite on the U Street area. The first was the creation of transit zones along the major thoroughfares of the district, including the Georgia Avenue, Florida Avenue, U Street and 14th Street corridors. New buildings in these zones would no longer be required to include parking spaces in their design and construction.

The second potential impact may be new rules facilitating the opening of corner stores in residential neighborhoods. Lawson mentioned the intersections of 13th and 11th Streets and Sherman Avenue with Harvard, Fairmont, Euclid and Clifton Streets as possible places that might benefit from this change in zoning rules.

Compass Rose Settlement Agreement Approved

Well into its third hour, ANC 1B heard presentations by aspiring liquor licensees in search of ANC endorsement. ANC 1B unanimously approved the settlement agreement for Compass Rose. This agreement was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the previous meeting of ANC1B’s ABC committee on April 2.

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Some of Borderstan’s Best Brunch Spots


From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The best places in Borderstan to brunch. (HarrisQ from the Borderstan flickr pool)

The best places in Borderstan to brunch. (HarrisQ from the Borderstan flickr pool)

A few years ago, we polled our contributors to find out where they loved to spend a leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning brunching with friends.

Since then, several more restaurants have joined the neighborhood, so we thought it was time to update the Borderstan Brunch List. Of course there are other great places to brunch in the neighborhood ‚ÄĒ¬†tell us your favorites!

Oldies, but Goodies 

  • Cafe Saint-Ex,¬†1847 14th Street NW. On the menu:¬†Fried Green Tomato and Ham Benedict.
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe,¬†1517 Connecticut Avenue NW. On the menu:¬†Filet ‚ÄėOscar‚Äô & Eggs Benedict,¬†Berry Berry Berry Pancakes.
  • Bar Pilar,¬†1833 14th Street NW. On the menu:¬†¬†Bulls-Eye Toast.
  • Commissary, 1443 P Street NW. On the menu:¬†Potato Pancakes w/ Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream & Toast.
  • Darlington House, 1610 20th Street NW. On the menu:¬†Red Flannel Hash.
  • Scion,¬†2100 P Street NW. On the menu: Bottomless Beermosa. Need we say more?
  • Florida Avenue Grill,¬†1100 Florida Avenue NW. On the menu:¬†World Famous Hot Cakes.

Newish Spots 

  • Maddy’s Taproom,¬†1100 13th Street NW. On the menu: Huevos Rancheros with Refried Beans.
  • Drafting Table,¬†1529 14th Street NW. On the menu: Sexy Egg Sandwich.
  • Matchbox,¬†1901 14th Street NW. On the menu: Bloody Mary Burger.
  • The Pig,¬†1320 14th Street NW. On the menu: Gruy√®re & Smoked Ham Waffle.
  • DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW. On the menu:¬†DGS Pastrami Hash.
  • Brixton, 901 U Street NW. On the menu:¬†Indian Papaya Curry

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April 20: Time for 10th Annual Vermont Avenue Garden Party


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Vermont Avenue neighbors host their annual garden clean-up party on April 20. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Spring is here and it’s time to garden and plant for the spring and summer.¬†Put it on your calendar: The 10th Annual Vermont Avenue Garden Party is Saturday, April 20.

Yes, you might be working a lot that day, doing some gardening. But what could be better than to spend a some time with neighbors and friends cleaning up, planting and mulching the quarter mile of street gardens along Vermont Avenue from S to U Street NW?

The meet up place is at the African-American Civil War Memorial on U Street and Vermont Avenue NW. Be there at 9 am ‚ÄĒ¬†training, tools and lunch will be provided.

For more photos from last year’s Vermont Avenue Garden Work Party, last year see Shaena Fazal‚Äôs collection.

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Rio Still Missing: Female Pitbull Mix Disappeared from U Street Area


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Help find Rio. (Courtesy of owner)

Rio, a black-and-white, 10-year-old pitbull mix is still missing. She went missing on March 19, just days after moving across the country.

Rio disappeared from 13th and U Streets NW, and was last seen around Howard University.

According to her owner, Rio is gentle and very smart. If found, please call 562-650-7085 or 202-576-6664. You can also email her owner at bringriohome[AT]gmail.com.

There is a reward offered for her safe return.

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Monday’s Photo: Dodge City


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Dodge City is by anokarina from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Dodge City is by anokarina. The photo was taken March 24 on U Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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