SYMHM: Dogs, Chocolate, Hamburgers and Cougars (Oh, My!)

by August 5, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,192 0

Metro, Dupont Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

The south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Dog Days: What You Need to Know

Check out singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins at Som Records on Sunday. She’s in town for two shows on Sunday and Monday, opening for Fountains of Wayne  at the Birchmere. Home Rule is one of the originators of the event, and featured in MetroWeekly discussing how the event has grown from the sidewalk sale they began 12 years ago. Check out Laura’s Weekend Picks for more details. The annual event is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association.

ACKC Wins Best Small Business of the Year

Artfully Chocolate at 14th and Q NW won this year’s Washington D.C. Economic Partnership (WDCEP) Small Business of the Year Award; WDCEP has more information about their award. For greater insight into ACKC as a company, check out WDCEP’s site to see the video played before ACKC’s acceptance speech.

Rogue States Reopens as Black & Orange

After a long lawsuit battle, Steptoe & Johnson won their suit against “smelly” burger neighbor, Rogue States. $90,000 and a new ventilation system later, there has been a truce in the burger wars. Rogue States is now open under the name ‘Black & Orange.” Check out more information about the story in American Lawyer.

Cougars on the Prowl at Local 16

Wow. Okay. We’d love to hear from readers on this. reports that Local 16 on U Street NW is apparently a Cougar hangout. Not the big cats, but women in their 30s and 40s who like to meet younger men. WUSA cites, which gives Local 16 the top ranking for its location ” in D.C.: ” Local 16 received a full “paw,” the highest possible rating. Several other D.C. establishments, including Rocket Bar and Ultrabar, received “half-paws.”

Living Downtown Has Financial Advantages

No big surprise that a cheaper house or condo waaaaay out in the suburbs carries higher transportation costs. When you live close to work or have ready access to public transportation, the steeper cost of living downtown D.C. evens out. Dcist has a good piece on a study done by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and D.C. Office of Planning: “The CNT study found that average household transportation costs in the DC region ranged from $8,500 to as much as $25,000 per year for a typical household. Actual costs can be even lower when the neighborhood enables the residents to live without owning a car.” No kidding.


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