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by Andrew Ramonas — March 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

An Ace Hardware in Adams Morgan is serving customers for the first time today.

The shop at 1704 Columbia Road NW opened this morning with paint, hammers, cooking utensils, pet supplies, snacks and thousands of other items.

“We are so excited to be part of Adams Morgan and can’t wait to meet all of our new neighbors,” owner Gina Schaefer told Borderstan. “People have been pulling on the doors for two weeks, and it’s great we can finally open the doors.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — February 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm 20 Comments

TG Cigar Lounge (Photo via Google Maps)Cigar enthusiasts soon might have a place to drink and smoke outdoors in Shaw away from their homes and nonsmokers.

TG Cigar Lounge at 1118 9th St. NW has received permission to build an outdoor summer garden in its backyard, according to permit filings the D.C. government released last week. The space would have room for 36 people, allowing the lounge to accommodate 86 people inside and out.

A representative of the lounge wasn’t immediately available to comment.

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by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Treat Yo' Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up (Photo via Facebook/One Love Massive)Locals looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one, or themselves, can hit a pop-up market with D.C. vendors in Adams Morgan tonight.

The “Treat Yo’ Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up” is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW).

The market is slated to have more than a dozen businesses selling items made in D.C. The confirmed vendors include candymaker Undone Chocolate, clothier DC As FCK and health and beauty company Capital Naturals, among others.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 23, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Logan Hardware on Jan. 23, 2016

There are a few places where you can get a hot meal or stock up on blizzard supplies in Logan Circle, for now. But if you want food from a major grocery store, you’re out of luck.

Ted’s Bulletin (1818 14th St. NW), Commissary (1443 P St. NW), Logan Tavern (1423 P St. NW) and 14th St. Cafe Asian Bistro (1416 14th St. NW) are among the few restaurants in Logan Circle serving food so far today.

Logan Hardware (1734 14th St. NW), a CVS Pharmacy (1418 P St. NW) and a 7-Eleven (14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW) are open, too. A Sunoco (1442 U St. NW) is selling food and other supplies as well, but no gas.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm 5 Comments

Trader Joe's on Jan. 21, 2016

Onions have joined snow shovels and ice melt in a growing list of items in high demand at stores on and near the 14th Street corridor this afternoon ahead of this week’s blizzard.

At the Whole Foods on P Street NW, all yellow onions were gone and only red onions remained, befuddling shoppers.

“That was weird,” Capitol Hill resident Virginia Brown said as she stood in line to check out.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Future home of Adams Morgan Ace Hardware

Adams Morgan is scheduled to get an Ace Hardware store by mid-February, its owner told Borderstan today.

The shop is slated to open at 1704 Columbia Road NW the week of Feb. 15, owner Gina Schaefer said.

The store received its shelving units this morning, and workers are getting ready to fill them with at least 20,000 items in the coming weeks, she said.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Future home of Wash HydroA store is slated to open in Adams Morgan next week for locals looking to start indoor gardens for fruit, vegetables, flowers and, if they so desire, marijuana.

Wash Hydro is expected to begin selling its hydroponic gardening supplies at 2318 18th St. NW next Friday, said John Kenney, who is helping set up the shop. The store is owned by his daughter, Sarah Kenney, who started the business online last year.

Although Wash Hydro’s grow tents work for cultivating cannabis, John Kenney told Borderstan this week he uses hydroponic gardening techniques for African violets.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 16, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Future home of YogaWorks on 14th Street

A yoga studio that aims to guide yogis of all fitness abilities is slated to open on the 14th Street corridor within months.

YogaWorks is expected to begin classes “for everyone” in “early 2016” at 2303 1/2 14th St. NW, near Florida Avenue NW, according to its website. Signage recently went up at the address announcing its upcoming arrival.

Memberships will cost $115 per month. But the studio is offering memberships of $75 per month online before it opens.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Bazaar Spices (Photo via Twitter/Bazaar Spices)

A “full-service” spice shop is set to begin scooping out personalized flavor concoctions and more than 100 ready-made blends in Atlantic Plumbing within a few weeks, its owners told Borderstan today.

Bazaar Spices is slated to expand its offerings at its Union Market stand with a 625-square-foot space at 2130 8th St. NW during the first week of January, owners Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover said.

“At Atlantic Plumbing, we will continue to offer our high level of customer service that we really take great pride in providing and the really deep, rare and eclectic collection of spices, botanicals, beans, rice, lentils and other specialty items,” they said in an email. “We will have more room so we plan on adding even more unique goodies.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm 0

An Adams Morgan building is set to open this weekend to visitors who can pay to escape its “Cat Kingdom” and prison once they are inside.

Omescape is slated to begin operations at 2406 18th St. NW on Saturday, bringing a real-life puzzle experience in which people must try to break out of rooms, according to a banner outside of its building. The business, which will be the first of its kind in Adams Morgan, will occupy the second and third floors of the building, which was the former home of NYNY Diva.

For $35, Omescape customers can register online to escape the Cat Kingdom, “Saint Temple Prison” or another space called, “Room Ω.”

In the Cat Kingdom, visitors must compete in a tournament to “select the wisest cat in the kingdom” after they accidentally arrived for the competition, according to Omescape’s website.

As for the prison, Omescape customers must get out of a “cramped cell” where “The Night Stalker” died, the company’s website says.

And in Room Ω, visitors have to find out how a professor studying time travel disappeared from the space.

“Omescape has a perfect combination of puzzles, up-to-date electronic technology, mechanical movement, decoration, and service,” according to Omescape’s website. “No wonder Omescape has been the most successful ‘room escape game’ provider in Asia and the only international brand in Chinese Room Escape Industry.”

Photo of Omescape room via Facebook/OmescapeDC

by Andrew Ramonas — November 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm 2 Comments

Mayor Muriel Bowser at a Nov. 23 news conference (Photo via Twitter/Mayor Muriel Bowser)

(Updated at 12:30 p.m.) A diner, a corner market and four other businesses are set to open in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today.

According to a news release, the businesses are:

·         Unconventional Diner, a locally owned and operated high-end diner concept and brainchild of two DC residents/business owners.

·         Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood.  Union Kitchen Grocery has an existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

·         Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop that will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami.

·         Morris, a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn.  This cocktail bar will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.

·         Urban Athletic Club and Composition ID, a motivating and inspiring fitness marketplace and health diagnostic center. Urban Athletic Club has previously existing locations in both Georgetown and Glover Park.

·         A Barbershop Concept that will relocate their pre-existing location in the Shaw neighborhood.

Construction is expected to begin next year for the businesses, which will fill up all of the convention center’s vacant, street-facing retail space.

“The realized potential of the convention center’s retail is yet another sign of DC’s economic vibrancy,” Bowser said in a statement. “I’m excited to see District-based businesses bring new services to residents and tourists in the Shaw neighborhood.”

Photo via Twitter/Mayor Muriel Bowser

by Andrew Ramonas — November 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Mount Pleasant is getting a holiday pop-up shop that will have alligator shoes, mid-century modern furniture and other vintage goods for sale.

The store from D.C.-based R. Bernard Estate Liquidators is slated to begin its temporary run on the second floor of 3165 Mount Pleasant St. NW Sunday. It is scheduled to shut down Dec. 22.

From the R. Bernard Estate Liquidators website:

Season’s Greetings! R. Bernard Estate Liquidators invites you to visit our holiday Pop-Up Shop for a unique shopping adventure. We often wonder what dealers and collectors have tucked away; well here’s your chance to come and shop from a selection of very fine and unique treasures. This is where you want to shop for yourself and that person who “has everything”!

We have a great selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing: mock turtle necks, Italian knits, Sansabelt, and more. We have designer handbags, alligator shoes, select pieces of mid-century, Rosewood Asian curio, custom African rockers and statuary, a table from Roche Bobois, an excellent selection of cuff links and vintage jewelry, beautiful antique tapestries, a great selection of handmade rugs, wall hangings by Harris Strong, fun and fine pieces of art, also a wonderful selection of lanterns, clothes, baskets, jewelry and more from our host, Boveda Tribes. Unique shopping for unique people!

The store only is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed on Thanksgiving.

Photos via R. Bernard Estate Liquidators

by Tim Regan — November 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

A San Francisco-based clothing retailer opened its doors on 14th Street last weekend.

Marine Layer, which bills itself as a “a San Francisco-based premium casual apparel brand,” is now open at 1627 14th Street NW.

The shop sells “absurdly soft” T-shirts, button-downs, sweaters, pants and accessories for men and women, and a sign near the door urges customers to “touch everything.”

Most of the company’s clothing sells for roughly $40 to $100, and is offered in offbeat sizes like “marge” and “larger.”

by Andrew Ramonas — November 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0

A Mount Pleasant gym dubbed the “anti-SoulCycle” is planning to move to a new location in the neighborhood within weeks.

Fit 360 at 3220 17th St. NW is slated to move about four blocks south to 3058 Mount Pleasant St. NW on Dec. 5.

Previously the home of a 24-hour laundromat, the Mount Pleasant Street space will have the same TRX suspension training rubber bands, weights and other exercise equipment as it does on 17th Street, but with more room, said Chiara Richardson, who runs the gym with her fiance, Brian McGee. Fit 360’s current space is 1,700 square feet, 800 square feet less than 2,500 square feet the new gym will offer.

Fit 360 won’t lose its 24-hour access for members when it moves, either. It also will continue to have private and group classes for students of all athletic abilities — just no spinning.

A sign advertising the new gym promises “no candles,” a staple of SoulCycle’s workouts on stationary bikes.

“We are about total-body wellness,” said Richardson, who called Fit 360 the “anti-SoulCycle.” “We have something for everybody.”

by Andrew Ramonas — November 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

A two-year-old gym in Shaw has moved its metabolic conditioning, suspension training and other fitness programs less than a block south from its original location on 9th Street.

The new space for Reformation Fitness opened Sunday in two converted row houses at 1218 9th St. NW, only 100 lunges away from its old location at 1300-1302 9th St. NW, a gym spokesman noted.

The 1218 9th Street location can hold up to 50 students, spread out across two floors of private and group studios. The space also has changing rooms and lockers.

Reformation Fitness offers metabolic conditioning using weights known as kettlebells and TRX suspension training with rubber bands, as well as power yoga, Pilates and other exercises. In the near future, it also will have spinning classes, a first for Reformation Fitness, co-owner Misook Issa said.

“We are at a point where the program needs to grow,” she said.

Founded in 2013, Reformation Fitness has several classes every day for people of various skill levels. Students can sign up for sessions online or just walk in.

The gym’s group classes range from eight to 12 students in size.

Photo of students via Instagram/Reformation Fitness

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