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by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Sauf Haus

Borderstan bulked up its coverage this week and now has more to share with you about this weekend.

If you venture out this weekend, you might have to dodge a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening Saturday and might want some sunscreen, with the temperature expected to hit the mid 90s, according to the National Weather Service. No rain is in the forecast Sunday, and the temperature is once again likely to rise to the mid 90s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:


by Courtney Brown — July 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Callie Harris

Borderstan periodically publishes profiles of locals — from longtime residents to newcomers, from government officials to ordinary folks. Know someone we should feature? Email us at [email protected].

U Street corridor resident Callie Harris doesn’t work in a cubicle, so you might have seen her around town during the day.

Her office could reside in a Starbucks in Dupont Circle one day, and then a local start-up coffee shop in Chinatown the next day. Earlier this week, she brought her work to Shaw’s Blagden Alley.

Amid the lightly playing music and the sound of baristas whipping up frappes, she waited patiently at La Colombe Coffee Roasters for her client, occasionally taking a sip from her iced coffee and peering at her laptop as she sat on a stool.

“If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be a matchmaker, I would have laughed,” Harris said. “But now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”


by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A woman sleeping outside a downtown eatery pulled a knife on another woman who disturbed her slumber yesterday morning, police said.

The incident happened in front of the Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW about 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The sleeper woke up when a woman asked her to leave, authorities said.

“I’m going to kill you b-tch,” the woman who was sleeping said, while flashing a knife, according to police.


by Borderstan Sponsor — July 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

An attractive, well-maintained home will typically sell faster and for a higher price than a similar home that looks tired or run-down. When you prepare your home for sale, take a critical look at the exterior and interior of your home. Some areas to pay particular attention include:

The Exterior

Obviously, the outside of your home is the first thing buyers see. Make a good first impression. Step back and take an objective look at the exterior of your home. How can you make it more attractive? Review the following suggestions:

  • Keep the lawn cut and the shrubs well trimmed.
  • Remove dead tree limbs and other yard debris.
  • Enliven your landscape with fresh plantings of shrubs or flowers.
  • Arrange outdoor items neatly; put away lawn equipment.
  • Check siding, trim and doors (especially the front door) for dirt and peeling paint; wash or touch up with paint where needed.
  • Inspect the condition of your fence and repair or paint if needed.
  • Repair or replace loose or damaged roof shingles or flashing.
  • Clean and repair broken windows or screens.
  • Clean and neatly arrange the garage or shed.
  • Make sure the gas grill is ready for use, especially in season.
  • Make sure the entry light and doorbell work.

The Interior

Take a look inside your home. Make every room look as organized, bright, and warm as possible. The following suggestions may help:

  • Wash walls, ceiling and trim; if possible, paint with light neutral colors.
  • Repair cracks in plaster.
  • Tighten loose doorknobs, pulls on drawers and cabinets, towel racks, switch plates and outlet covers.
  • Fix sticking doors and windows, squeaking doors and loose stair banisters.
  • Repair and clean caulking around tubs and sinks.
  • Fix leaky faucets; remove water stains.
  • Organize the basement and attic so that they appear as spacious and neat as possible. Discard anything you are not taking with you.
  • Organize closets and remove clutter; limit the number of items stored overhead or on the floor.
  • Organize the contents of kitchen cabinets and remove clutter from kitchen countertops.
  • Shampoo carpets and wax floors.
  • If you have not sprayed (or “bombed”) for bugs lately, now is a good time.
  • Arrange furniture so that the room appears as spacious as possible.
  • Remove items you are planning to take with you, including chandeliers, coordinating drapes, mirrors, etc.

by Tim Regan — July 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

A speakeasy-style bar on K Street that shut down after allegedly operating without a valid liquor license last November has reopened, this time seemingly within the letter of the law.

The Speak reopened its doors at 1413 K St. NW on Tuesday, a representative with the bar told us yesterday afternoon.

A visit to the bar last night revealed it’s operating much as it did before it closed last year. The bar’s menu includes nine cocktails and an assortment of beer and wine only accessible to patrons who step through a “hidden” door made to look like a mirror.

Though it remains unclear how the bar got its new liquor license, regulators approved an alcohol license for The Speak’s upstairs neighbor, Vieux Carre, last week.

A representative for The Speak declined to comment on the record but said they would share more information with us soon.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 and local girls hang out with Nationals mascot Screech before the July 21, 2016, game

Toki Partners Claim Chef Spent Eatery’s Money on Sex Toys, Fur Coat — Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, a former owner of Toki Underground (1234 H St. NE), inappropriately spent $578,000 of the restaurant’s funds on sex toys, a fur coat and tattoos, among other items, his former partners claim in a new lawsuit. Jeremy Schulman, Bruner-Yang’s lawyer, said “we’re 100 percent confident” the expenses were justified. [Washingtonian]

Dupont Fountain to Get More Repairs — After briefly springing to life yesterday, the Dupont Circle fountain stopped working due to rocks blocking a pipe. The fountain is slated to receive repairs today. [Twitter/National Mall NPS]

Black Lives Matters Protesters Rally Downtown — About 100 mostly white demonstrators demanded an end to racism in the Metropolitan Police Department outside the D.C. Office of Police Complaints at 14th and I streets NW yesterday morning. [Washington City Paper]

Columbia Heights Theater Offers Program for At-Risk Kids — At-risk children can try their hands at playwriting and acting at Gala Hispanic Theater’s Paso Nuevo summer performing arts program. [WAMU]

Shaw Bar Owner Speaks Out on White Collar Workers Moonlighting at Bars — While some D.C. restaurant owners might welcome a growing number of nine-to-fivers looking for “hobby jobbies” at their eateries, Shaw bar owner Derek Brown of Columbia Room, Eat The Rich, Southern Efficiency, and Mockingbird Hill is hesitant. “Our job is in real time, so if that person doesn’t show because of their other job, which becomes a priority since it’s their major means of making money, then all of a sudden everybody’s out,” he said. [Washington City Paper]

Photo via Twitter/Brianne Nadeau

by Borderstan.com — July 22, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

In the past, new businesses were launched on crowded kitchen tables and in drafty garages, and many still are. Bottom line: It doesn’t matter where you do the work, what is important is that the ideas are good and the dedication to achieving success is strong.

The same is true today, but modern independent workers find it easier to fulfill their labors of love in fully equipped, well-appointed shared workspaces that afford not just a change of scenery and faster Wi-Fi but a burst of useful energy–and perhaps, inspiration–by the similarly dedicated workers who share the space with you. And free coffee. Of course, coffee.

In the District, the go-to workspace is cove, a network of seven modern workspace suites where on any given day hundreds of motivated individuals work on building their dreams or completing assignments in comfortable, professional offices spaces–with free coffee.

For a limited time, cove is offering new members a $99 per month all-access membership that allows them to use cove’s facilities–any of the workspaces they choose–for their first year.

“We recently changed our plan structure and the response from current members and potential new members has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Karen Doster, cove’s DC city manager. “The ability to access to seven workspaces whenever you’d like for however long you’d like is pretty exciting–not to mention a great value.”

Besides a comfortable desk, free Wi-Fi and, yes, coffee, cove provides access to color printers, meeting spaces and “call boxes” (telephone rooms), as well as access to tapping into that energy that generates from the ambition and inspiration of others.

For those who have cozy workspaces at their usual office, or at kitchen tables and in garages, a membership to cove affords opportunities for a change of pace and scenery, to network a bit and to cure the loneliness and boredom that often accompanies fulfilling dreams.

Cloistering at cove is as easy as using a phone. Just open the app and drop in.

And enjoy the coffee.

To learn more about cove’s $99 special or to discover fees for weekend and after-hours plans, see the website here or call 202-760-4725.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

A man sought in a burglary at a pie shop on the H Street corridor has appeared on surveillance footage, police said.

The crime happened in Dangerously Delicious Pies at 1339 H St. NE about 5:15 a.m. June 23. A burglar forced open a rear door to the store, went inside and stole cash before leaving, according to authorities.

Video police distributed today in connection with burglary shows a man with a baseball cap rummaging around an office and going through a cash register.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — July 21, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

Cops Probe Yoga Studio Burglaries Near Logan Circle, Union Market — Burglars have targeted at least 10 yoga and Pilates studios near Logan Circle and Union Market, among other areas…


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