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

Columbia Heights Farmers MarketColumbia Heights residents have just two Saturdays left to peruse their local farmers market for fresh fruits and veggies.

The Columbia Heights Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Kenyon and 14th streets NW, will close for the season after next Saturday, Dec. 12.

Community Foodworks Outreach Manager Dalila Boclin said that the market’s vendors will sell Christmas trees, apple cider, wreaths and handmade art and gifts this and next week.

The market will reopen in April, Boclin said.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Heights Farmers Market

by Tim Regan — November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Frozen Yogurt and Wine, photo courtesy of Garrison ElementaryLocals will be able to buy booze and eat frozen yogurt to help Garrison Elementary students today.

Gallagher and Graham Fine Spirits and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (both near U Street at 1939 12th St. NW) will donate 10 percent of all sales to Garrison Elementary.

In addition to selling craft beer, wine and local liquor, Gallagher and Graham will also host a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. with cheese samples from D.C. producer Righteous Cheese.

Both stores will stay open for business until 10 p.m. tonight.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 30, 2015 at 9:35 am 0

Obamas at Pleasant Pops (Photo via Facebook/The White House)

Obamas at Pleasant Pops — President Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, visited Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan over the weekend as part of Small Business Saturday, a day in which shoppers are encouraged to visit local stores and restaurants. The president had a strawberry ginger lemonade pop, while Sasha ate a cookies and cream pop and Malia sampled a cranberry apple pop. [CBS News]

Displacing Shaw Public Housing Tenants — The District is forcing elderly public housing tenants to leave single-family homes in Shaw and other parts of D.C. in an effort to sell the properties for profit. “The money that I paid there for the 42 years I was there, I could have had the house paid for,” said 84-year-old Levant Graham, who lived in a Shaw single-family home for public housing tenants. “I thought I had a good chance of getting the house, but I guess I didn’t.” [Associated Press]

Sietsema on ConvivialWashington Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote that Convivial in Shaw is “putting customers first” and has a menu that’s “unlike any other restaurant’s in the city.” It serves “enticing entry points” like “crisp potato pancakes dressed with julienned celery root and crimson folds of dry-cured lamb; and leeks dijonnaise, basic on paper and beautiful in reality,” he wrote. [Washington Post]

Roofers Union, Shaw Bijou Chefs on ‘Top Chef’The Washington Post chats with chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Roofers Union in Adams Morgan and Kwame Onwuachi of the forthcoming Shaw Bijou in Shaw about their upcoming appearances on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” which begins its 13th season Wednesday. [Washington Post]

Photo via Facebook/The White House

by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

A local pharmacy will close its doors on Connecticut Avenue after more than 30 years in business.

Tshiffely Pharmacy, located at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, is slated to close on Dec. 18, but not because of financial troubles, said pharmacist and co-owner David Toth. The building the pharmacy is housed in will be renovated soon and the drug store’s owners decided to let their lease expire, he explained.

Toth said he will continue doling out prescriptions at the pharmacy’s other two locations on 19th Street and K Street.

“We decided to combine everything into the other two stores,” he said. “One of which is a block and a half away.”

Though Toth didn’t know what would move in once the pharmacy closed, he speculated it would “probably be a bagel place.”

by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

More than a thousand hungry people gathered at the Washington Convention Center this morning to eat and share memories during the 16th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans, LaRuby May, Vincent Orange and Brandon Todd were in attendance to celebrate the event.

“I’m always happy to be here for the Feast of Sharing to celebrate and give thanks for all the many blessings we have in our great city,” Bowser said, addressing the crowd. “I want to thank you for all the trust in the faith that you’ve put in me to focus on the things that are important to Washington D.C.”

Those in attendance dined on a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and other Thanksgiving trimmings and were served by hundreds of volunteers.

by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Golden Triangle selfie contest

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) will soon pay lucky locals to take selfies.

Starting Dec. 1, people walking in the area between the White House and Dupont Circle can snap selfies in front of their favorite retailers for the chance to win a $100 gift card to that business.

To win, contestants must tag the BID on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #GoldenTriSelfie.

Retailers in the area include Nordstrom Rack (1800 L St. NW) and Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW).

The contest ends Dec. 22.

Photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

by Andrew Ramonas — November 25, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

Columbia Heights Target on Black Friday (Photo via Wikimedia/Magnus Manske)

Black Friday for Columbia Heights Target — The Target in Columbia Heights might not be the busiest big box retailer in the D.C. area on Friday. But the store’s team leader, Michael Yost, still has a lot to do this week. [Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian]

Dabney Reviews — The Dabney at 122 Blagden Alley NW in Shaw is receiving positive reviews from Yelpers, bloggers and other people. “If this is Mid-Atlantic cuisine… I’m all in,” DCist contributor Josh Kramer wrote. “Teach me Chef Langhorne. You don’t have to take me to your secret ramp nursery in the forest. Just keep cooking.” [DCist, Eater DC]

ABRA Photos of The Speak Before Closure — The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has released a report with photos of Halloween revelers at The Speak (1413 K St. NW) as part of the agency’s investigation into the now-closed faux speakeasy-style bar. The Speak was ordered to cease operations after selling alcohol without a valid liquor license. [Barred in DC]

Cooking Like Hank’s Oyster BarThe Washington Post has a recipe for making the fried oyster sandwich at Hank’s Oyster Bar at 1624 Q St. NW in Dupont. [Washington Post]

Thanksgiving Thanks  — What are you thankful for? Tell us in the comments. We might include your comment in a post later today.

Photo via Wikimedia/Magnus Manske

by Andrew Ramonas — November 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Drummers in 2011Sundays at Meridian Hill Park have become a little quieter.

Falling temperatures have put the weekly drum and dance circle at the park on its annual winter hiatus, the gathering’s leader, Afrika Abney, told locals in an email yesterday. Under a permit the drummers and dancers received from the National Park Service, they can’t perform unless it’s 65 degrees or warmer.

The park, also known as Malcolm X Park, hosted its last official drum and dance circle Nov. 15. The gathering’s most recent incarnation began in March, continuing a tradition that started in the 1950s.

Drummers and dancers are expected to return to the park at some point in the spring.

by Tim Regan — November 24, 2015 at 9:10 am 0


Hannibal Comes to Columbia Heights — Hannibal Buress delivered a surprise standup set at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights on Sunday night. [DCist]

Quarter+Glory, Kid — A new cocktail bar called Quarter+Glory will soon open on 14th Street, and it’s going to be “an authentic ode to the bars of old New York.” [Washington Post]

Pastrami Piled High — A new pastrami-focused eatery by Ripple chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will open in the Washington Convention Center. [Washington City Paper]

Trans-Rights Activist Charged — The U.S. Attorney’s office will move ahead with prosecuting a trans-rights activist arrested for blocking a street during a protest in Columbia Heights last week.  [Washington Blade]

V For Vacant Lot — Signage has been posted for a new development coming to Georgia Avenue called The V. [Park View, D.C.]

by Andrew Ramonas — November 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

ZooLights (Photo via National Zoo)

Thanksgiving is here in a few days. Are you hosting friends and relatives from out of town? Are they looking for something to do?

Here are some suggestions to keep you and your visitors occupied this week:


Tango Glories
Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. NW)
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Learn the tango, catch a screening of “Tango Glories” and hear from Oliver Kolker who directed the film about an octogenarian who works to overcome post traumatic stress disorder and depression through dancing. Tickets are $13.


U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW)
6 p.m.

See Dragonette, with Avan Lava, Young Empires, play on U Street. Tickets are $20.


National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW)
5-9 p.m.

ZooLights returns Friday with 500,000 LED lights, music, food and drinks (of the alcoholic and nonalcoholic varieties). It is set to run every night until Jan. 2, except Dec. 24, 25 and 31.


Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
City Market at O Street (800 P St. NW)
2-6 p.m.

Take in live entertainment, face painting, train rides and even a giant snow globe before seeing the City Market at O Street’s holiday tree light up.

Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9:30 p.m.

Catch a show with Heidi Glüm, Rumor Millz, Alotta McGriddles, Salvadora Dali, Champagne Supernova, Harley Q and DJ Dean Sullivan. Tickets are $7.


Go-Go Brunch featuring The Chuck Brown Band
Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW)
1:30 p.m.

Although go-go legend Chuck Brown died in 2012, his band lives on and is set to play Howard. Tickets are $20 to $40.

Photo via National Zoo

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

A new bookstore with a laid-back vibe and tens of thousands of new and used books to buy is coming soon to Georgia Avenue.

Walls of Books, a store set to open at 3325 Georgia Ave. NW on Dec. 12, will include a literal wall of 30,000 books in English and Spanish, said owner Pablo Sierra.

Sierra, who lives in Brightwood, said he hopes the new bookstore will become a hangout for the neighborhood.

“People like bookstores,” Sierra said. “This is where I wanted to open up. I like this community and I wanted to provide something to it.”

Sierra said the 2,400 square foot space will include book shelves alongside space for couches and chairs to read.

“It’s a great big space. It’s wide-open,” Sierra said. “It’ll be a pretty chill environment. I want this to be a place where people can sit down.”

Sierra said most books will cost between $5 and $10. In addition to selling books, the forthcoming store will also buy them from residents. And Sierra added that he’ll also sling lively conversation, free of charge.

“We’re really excited to be part of the community,” Sierra said. “I love books. I love reading. … Reading is great, but reading as a community is better.”

Photo courtesy of Pablo Sierra

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2015 at 9:30 am 0

Mural at 15th and U streets NW

What’s That Smell in Columbia Heights? — Oh. It’s weed. And it’s not that big of a deal, say residents. [Washington Post]

Park View Gains a Bookstore — Walls of Books will open at 3325 Georgia Ave NW on Dec. 12. [Petworth News]

Tacos! — A new eatery called Lezo’s Taqueria opened in Mount Pleasant over the weekend. [The 42 Bus]

Hilltop Bar Incoming — Spring 2016 is when this Sherman Avenue gastropub will open its doors, says the owner.  [New Columbia Heights]

Garbage at Whole Foods — Go buy garbage at Whole Foods. A “veggie garbage plate,” that is. [DCist]

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2015 at 8:15 am 1 Comment


It’s cold out there, and although you can probably put on an extra sweater or crank up the heat, some people can’t. D.C.’s Department of Human Services activated yesterday its first hypothermia alert of the season.

See someone in need of shelter? Here’s how the city says you can help:

To request shelter transport for DC residents who are homeless and on the street now, contact the shelter hotline at [email protected], (202) 399-7093, 211, or 1-800-535-7252 (toll-free from a pay phone).

Families seeking emergency shelter should go to the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.  The shelter operates between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except for holidays and days on which the District government is closed).

After 3:30 pm and on weekends, during extreme temperature alerts, families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the D.C. General family shelter or other available family shelter.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

Caroline Street in the fall

Are your friends already leaving town to get a jump start on Thanksgiving festivities with family?

Never fear. We have plenty of suggestions for the weekend to keep you busy — with or without your buddies.

If you venture outside Saturday or Sunday, expect daytime temperatures to hover in the upper 40s or lower 50s under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. On Saturday night, the temperature is expected to dip to the upper 30s. By Sunday night, the temperature is expected to hit the upper 20s. No nighttime rain — or snow — is predicted.

Here’s your guide for Saturday and Sunday:


  • Catch Diarrhea Planet — four guitars, a bass and drums played by six friends who just want to be loud on stage — at Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) at 9 p.m. Saturday.
  • Play some games at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of International Games Day.
  • Help make some blankets at Off Road Indoor Cycling (905 U St. NW) on Sunday for babies in need. The knitting and crocheting runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Stuff you should know:

by Tim Regan — November 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 4:15 p.m.) A speakeasy-style bar on K Street has been ordered to cease operations after selling alcohol without a valid liquor license, regulators from D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board said this week.

According to an ABC board order from Wednesday, Boyermarketing LLC, the company behind the forthcoming “caviar bar,” Odessa, “operated an illicit nightclub” called The Speak in the basement of its building at 1413 K St. NW between May and November.

The ABC board directed Odessa to “cease and desist selling, purchasing, servicing or permitting the consumption of alcohol at 1413 K Street NW” and surrender its liquor license, which the board added is “wrongfully” in the bar’s possession.

That license, said the board, was never officially transferred to Odessa from former holder Tattoo Bar and only permitted alcohol sales on the first floor of the building, not the basement.

According the order, an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) investigator received an anonymous tip on Nov. 1 that the speakeasy-themed bar was selling alcohol without a valid license.

When the investigator visited the club that night, he said he entered through a “full-length mirror that swung open” and saw approximately 100 people, mounted speakers playing music, a fully stocked bar, bartenders and bar backs.

The investigator said that when he asked to see The Speak’s liquor license, a manager showed him one belonging to Tattoo Bar. When the investigator asked to speak with the owner, the manager called Odessa’s Ajiboye Laosebikan, who explained that the license had already been transferred to Odessa and that The Speak was therefore in good standing.

But an ABRA investigation that followed found that to be untrue. The investigator noted that, although the liquor license is still active, it belongs to the former Tattoo Bar and does not cover alcohol sales in the basement of the building, where The Speak was located.

Additionally, ABRA said Laosebikan may have a history of trying to fool them. While managing another establishment, Laosebikan allegedly “forged an ABC Managers license and attempted to deceive an ABRA investigator.”

Regulators concluded that Odessa sold alcohol without a license, made a substantial change without filing for one, failed to obtain a temporary retail permit, among other charges, and ordered Odessa “and its agents” to cease operations and turn over Tattoo Bar’s license for safekeeping.

A representative for Odessa was reached but didn’t have an immediate comment.

Though a Facebook posting said The Speak was closed but “will be back soon,” the speakeasy-style bar’s social media accounts disappeared shortly after the publication of this story.

Interior photos via Facebook / The Speak


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