SYMHM: Press for Local Boutiques, Teahouse Politics, Uber Unrest

by January 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,821 1 Comment

15th Street NW, building fire, Luis Gomez Photos

There was a small fire on the rooftop of the condo building at 15th and R Streets NW on Thursday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

14th & U Boutiques Make National Media Splash

For the uninitiated into the world of women’s magazines, Lucky is a magazine that bills itself as the “magazine about shopping and style.” In their most recent issue, the publication featured a shopping guide for DC. As Washingtonian notes, the boutiques on 14th and U Streets NW got decent ink. They are curious as to what you think got left off the list, I am curious as to why Elizabeth Banks agreed to be photographed in that outfit. What are those Swan Lake like cutouts? If you missed our series on the perfect holiday outfit (for ladies), check out New Year’s Eve is Coming: Still Looking for the Perfect Outfit?

When is a Teahouse More than a Tea Shop?

Teaism is a great tea shop that happens to have delicious bento box lunches and salty oat cookies. It is apparently also the front line of a polite but heated feud between Tamils and Sinhalese from Sri Lanka. As the The Washington Post points out, while the city is a hotbed of public protests and demonstrations, it is also a home for many that must navigate political waters while shopping and drinking tea. The piece goes further into the number of foreign expatriates that practice advocacy and avoidance in the hopes of political goals at home and relative peace in their adopted home.

Cabdrivers Hate New Service, Uber

TBD reports that Uber was among the list of complaints aired at the Taxicab Commission meeting recently. Uber bills itself as “everyone’s private driver” and uses smartphones to reserve and snag a ride with their fleet. So is it a fancy cab service operating illegally, or is it a worthy competitor? I suppose the answer could be both.

Commissioner Linton declared they were operating illegally and without a contract; Uber says they are a private booking service, ergo not a cab service and entered into operations in DC after many discussions about their legality with policymakers. While the legal issues are hashed out, we can focus on the benefits. Greater Greater Washington penned a little love note to the service and the competition they bring to DC. Have you used them? Are they competition or just an upscale alternative for those who thumb their noses as taxicabs as transportation for commoners?


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