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

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0


Candlelit indoor cycling set to the beat of “rocking music” is scheduled to arrive on the 14th Street corridor this week, SoulCycle announced today.

SoulCycle is slated to open a location Thursday in the former DTLR space at 1935 14th St. NW. The spinning studio will have 56 stationary bicycles, retail space and locker rooms with showers and USB ports for cyclists who sign up for its 45-minute workouts.

“We can’t wait for you to check it out,” SoulCycle said in an email to its D.C. cyclists this morning.

The 14th Street studio will be SoulCycle’s fourth outpost in the District. It also has locations in Georgetown, Mount Vernon Square and West End.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm 0

Le Labo products (Photo via Le Labo)

(Updated at 1:35 p.m.) The smell of perfume that costs several hundred dollars is on its way to a new retail and residential complex in Shaw.

A sign advertising perfumery Le Labo has appeared on the window of The Shay on Florida Avenue NW between 7th and 9th streets NW. The shop, which has locations in New York, Paris and other cities, aims to bring “soulful fragrances” to its customers, according to its website.

For Le Labo’s Noir 29 and Santal 33 perfumes, that soulful smell will cost $820 for a 16.9-ounce bottle or as low as $70 for a half-ounce. The perfumery also has $45 bars of soap and $70 candles, among other items.

Local blog Left for LeDroit first noted Le Labo’s plans to open in The Shay. But it wasn’t immediately clear when the perfumery would begin operations in Shaw.

The Shay also has become the second D.C. location for designer clothing store Steven Alan, which opened this morning.

The retailer, which also has a location in Georgetown, sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories.

“We’re excited to join the community,” said Scott Sanford, Steven Alan’s U.S. director of retail.

Glen’s Garden Market is set to arrive in The Shay next month, too.

The local and organic food purveyor tweeted today that it’s 29 days away from opening its second location in the District in Shaw. Its shop in Dupont Circle currently is its only location.

When Glen’s arrives, it will join Warby Parker, The Tie Bar and several other businesses that already are open for business.

Photo via Le Labo

by Tim Regan — November 6, 2015 at 8:55 am 0


A pet daycare and grooming business in Logan Circle is set to temporarily close next week, then reopen under a new name next month.

An employee at Planet Pet (1738 14th St. NW) said today the store will close on Nov. 14 at 10 p.m., but will reopen under a new name and new management in “mid-December.”

A sign posted on the door of the business promised a “new name [and] a new vibe” and that “D.C.’s next big pet pavilion is coming to the 14th Street corridor.”

The employee at the store did not provide more details as to what that might mean, but said more information about the forthcoming changes would be available soon.

The final day for Planet Pet’s daycare service is this Sunday, and all boarding dogs must be picked up by 9 p.m next Monday. The store is also currently hosting a clearance sale with discounts up to 30 percent, said the employee.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 5, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

Some of The Tie Bar's neckties (Photo via Facebook/The Tie Bar)

Holiday shoppers in search of gifts for men might find what they need in Shaw at a pop-up store that is set to open this week.

The Tie Bar is slated to begin selling its neckties, socks and other men’s items tomorrow in The Shay. The pop-up, which is scheduled to stay open through December, will take over a space on 9th Street NW, near Warby Parker.

The Chicago-based company is using its temporary location in Shaw to see if there’s demand for a permanent store in the District, according to a post on The Shay’s Facebook page.

Started in 2004 online, The Tie Bar’s only permanent location is in Chicago. It also has pop-up shops in Chicago and New York.

Most of its ties are $19, while socks are $8. The Tie Bar also sells pocket squares, cuff links and other men’s dress accessories at various prices.

Photo via Facebook/The Tie Bar

by Tim Regan — November 5, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 Comment

City Sports downtown

Bad news: Athletic retailer City Sports will soon be no more.

Good news: Going-out-of-business sales are coming.

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the troubled Boston-based company planned to close all 26 of its locations because of its inability to find a buyer that would keep the stores open.

The company, which filed for bankruptcy in October, closed its Georgetown store last week, reported the Washington Business Journal.

City Sports currently operates two locations in D.C. Employees at the downtown (1111 19th St. NW) and Gallery Place (715 7th St. NW) stores confirmed this morning that the locations would soon close, but did not say when.

Customers looking to stock up on athletic wear, take note: The company told the Boston Globe it plans to discount much of its merchandise starting tomorrow.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 4, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Gamers looking to buy Fallout 4 and other new video games in Adams Morgan now will have to take their business to another neighborhood.

The GameStop at 1759 Columbia Road NW closed Saturday, a worker helping pack up the shop said last night. Customers should visit the GameStop at 817 H St. NE instead, he said.

“This location is closed for good,” a handwritten sign on the store’s door says. “Please see the store on H St. NE. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your business!”

The Adams Morgan GameStop opened in 2011, according to PoPville.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 3, 2015 at 11:50 am 0

14th and U streets NW

(Updated at 11:55 a.m.) A slice of the bustling intersection of 14th and U streets NW is available for lease after the closure of a cell phone store.

Workers yesterday put up “space available” signs on the windows of the former Cricket shop on the southeast corner of 14th and U streets. It wasn’t immediately clear when the store shut down.

Commercial real estate company CBRE is advertising online almost 4,000 square feet of street-level space for lease, as well as about 7,500 square feet available on other floors.

The space for rent appears to include Edges barber shop, Why Not Boutique and other businesses. But the fate of those stores wasn’t immediately clear.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 29, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

A new retail and residential complex in northern Shaw is set to get busier in the coming days.

At least four stores are slated to open by the end of next week in The Shay at Florida Avenue NW between 7th and 9th streets NW.

Urban lifestyle purveyor Chrome Industries and eyewear retailer Warby Parker are scheduled to open tomorrow, representatives of the businesses said yesterday. Custom men’s clothing company Read Wall and another menswear store, Frank & Oak, are slated to open late next week, officials with the shops said.

At The Shay’s Chrome, the California-based company’s first D.C. location, customers will have the opportunity to design their own custom messenger bags to purchase and can buy clothing and accessories geared toward people who live and bike in cities.

Warby Parker, which began online and has a location in Georgetown, has eyeglasses starting at $95, including a pair with blue-mirrored lenses that is only available in the District. The Shaw location also will have an optometrist on staff.

The Canada-based Frank & Oak, which has made The Shay its first D.C. location, sells casual and dress clothes for men. It’s scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 7, with $50 gift cards for its first 50 customers.

Formerly of Georgetown, Read Wall is expected to open at some point in the coming days with tailoring services and menswear made in the United States.

“We’re pumped about the neighborhood,” Read Wall founder and CEO Read Wall said.

More businesses are expected to join the four stores at The Shay. They include Glen’s Garden Market, Lettie Gooch, Compass Coffee and a restaurant from Northern Virginia restaurateur Tim Ma.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

Barre3 class at BicycleSPACEFINAL (Photo courtesy of Alicia Sokol)

Locals can now try a workout that combines yoga, pilates and ballet barre before it officially comes to the 14th Street corridor.

The owner of a barre3 location under construction at 1832 14th St. NW is offering several free classes around the Borderstan coverage area before the studio is slated to open in January. Classes are an hour long and have strength training and low-impact cardio exercises.

The sessions include workouts at the Hamiltonian Gallery (1353 U St. NW) and Pacers Running (1821 14th St. NW) over the next several weeks.

“Teaching classes in these spaces has been a fun way to give people a taste of what barre3 14th Street will bring while highlighting neighborhood gems,” owner Alicia Sokol said in an email. “It’s especially fun when bringing people to spaces they have either not yet discovered or haven’t been to in a while.”

Founded seven years ago in Portland, Ore., barre3 has more than 75 locations across the country, including one studio in Georgetown.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Sokol

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Dupont Circle Drybar

Drybar fans will soon have a new destination for blowouts in Dupont Circle.

The California-based beauty chain announced today it will open its forthcoming store at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW on Friday.

A walk through the Drybar “menu” reveals a slim list of services and treatments including blowouts, shampoos and hair masks named after drinks that cost $10, $20, $28 or $80.

Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.


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