Dog Days 2010: Prices, Pooches and Politicians

by Borderstan.com August 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm 5 Comments

Dog Days Sidewalk Sale 2010 Luis Gomez Photos MidCity Business Association

Click on collage to go to slide show: Photos from Saturday and Sunday at the 11th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on 14th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above for a slide show of Luis’s pics from Dog Days 2010 on Flickr.

The annual Dog Days of Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday and Sunday attracted more than 100 businesses and organizations this year on the 14th and U corridors–and thousands of shoppers and gawkers. What began in 2000 with six businesses has grown along with the influx of new residents and entrepreneurs into the Mid City area, aka the Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods.

One of the main draws of Dog Days are the reduced prices on goods at local stores–on the sidewalk. But the people and dog watching is just as important during Dog Days. One notable change in recent years is the increasing number of restaurants that participate in Dog Days (there are more of them now, obviously). Late morning and mid-afternoon on Saturday seemed to be the busiest periods for foot traffic, followed by the post-brunch crowd on Sunday after 2 pm.

In addition to regular folks–we met quite a few from outside the neighborhood, including suburbanites–Dog Days attracted a smattering of politicians. Councilmember Jim Graham (running for re-election in Ward 1), Council Chairman Vincent Gray (running for mayor) and Clark Ray (running for At-Large Council seat) were all spotted during the weekend. Saturday afternoon brought a quick, brief siting of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel with children in tow on 14th Street (we’re 95% sure it was him).

Dog Days is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association.

  • Stephanie

    what i wondered was – if it’s called dog days, why don’t all the stores let dogs in? i understand the concept of dog days of summer, but still..

  • lgomez66

    And “Dog Day Afternoon” from 1975 with Al Pacino is a MUST SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Day_Afternoon

  • Taboo

    If we were a more civilized country, we WOULD allow dogs in our stores and, YES, many restaurants. I read something on a listserv this morning from some Washingtonian who was completely freaked out because a woman had brought her dog into a U Street restaurant. I bet this same person isn’t bothered at all by the rats and trash in DC — but the site of a dog in a RESTAURANT… OH, MY! DC is so COUNTRY sometimes.

  • That’s my pup on the right! Ike. Great pic, thanks for sharing and for being out during Mid City Dog Days. It was fun! (Except when Cork Market booted me for holding Ike.)

  • Looks like you all had so much fun. Sad I had to miss it.


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