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 Borderstan.com — November 24, 2015 at 7:00 am 0

Everett Shipmon (Photo via VIDA Fitness)Most personal trainers will tell you that consistent weight training plus eating a clean, balanced diet is the surefire way to build strong, lean muscles. They’re right, but VIDA Renaissance personal trainer Everett Shipmon has another secret ingredient to building a sexy physique – regular sports massages from Aura spa!

Everett has been personal training for five years in the DC area and has been with VIDA since March of 2014. As a former track athlete, regular exercise has always come naturally for him and he enjoys being able to share his passion for fitness with others.

“I understand that what comes so easily for me is more difficult for other people. I want to share my expertise with them and help them reach their goals no matter what they are. My motto is consistency is key – goals are only reached one workout at a time,” he says.

Part of Everett’s consistency model is not only creating healthy habits in and outside of the gym, but giving your body the proper recovery and care it needs after intense workouts.

He currently visits Aura spa once a week for a 90 minute sports massage and says he can feel a noticeable difference in his muscles as a result. The massage is his favorite way to decompress after a heavy lifting session, and he says he can feel an overall improvement in the length and flexibility of his muscles.

“When you do a lot of strength training you’re actually breaking apart your muscle fibers. This forms adhesions (knots) in the muscles which cause tightness, and if not worked out properly can cause injury. Massages iron out those adhesions so the muscle fibers repair and rebuild correctly. I encourage all my clients to do regular massages at Aura” he says.

Everett has been a regular Aura spa client for ten months now and he says he’s never felt better! While he receives a sports massage on a weekly basis, he says he’s also a big fan of the pedi scrub and trying out the different kinds of essential oils we carry.

“The LMT’s are amazing and have helped me out on a number of occasions by recommending different products and checking in with me.  And I highly recommend the pedi scrub – everyone should try that!” he says.

If you’d like to book an appointment with one of our LMT’s or Estheticians, please visit our booking services page here. If you any advice about which services to try first, Everett is your guy!

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Borderstan.

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm 0

1700 New Jersey Ave(Updated at 6:02 p.m.) An assailant stabbed a man in Shaw earlier this afternoon, said D.C. Police.

According to police, the crime happened on the 1700 block of New Jersey Avenue NW around 4:30 p.m.

The victim of the stabbing was “conscious and breathing” when officers arrived on the scene, said authorities.

Police are on the lookout for a bearded man described as being black, five-feet-ten-inches tall, around 240 pounds and wearing grey sweat pants with a black stripe on the side.

In other crime news, police said gunshots were reported and a car was hit with bullets near Meridian Hill Park earlier today.

The car, located at 1600 Euclid Street NW at the time of the gunshots, was occupied when it was struck. But police said nobody was injured by the gunfire.

Photo via Street View

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 Borderstan.com — November 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm 0

Now’s your chance to peek into the homes of Washington’s most talked about neighborhood as the Logan Circle Community Association, LCCA, hosts the 37th annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5pm.

This year you get a glimpse of the neighborhood’s historic renovation and modern future from homes and buildings that include a fixture of 14th Street’s Automobile Row, the former diplomatic headquarters of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, a turn of the century carriage house to a distinct expression of 21st century green architecture. All are among the dozen properties on this year’s tour.

Each year the festive event kicks off the holiday season in style with carolers throughout the neighborhood and the merriment of the annual wassail party hosted at Studio Theatre.

Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased online until Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets on the day of the tour are $35 at Studio Theatre or Old City Farm and Guild.

Proceeds from the event will continue LCCA’s longtime mission of providing an effective voice for a diverse residential and business community in its historic neighborhood while building a thriving future.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association.

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 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 23, 2015 at 10:50 am 1 Comment

Police CarA masked thief and three accomplices attacked and robbed a man near the 14th Street corridor Friday night, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1800 block of 13th Street NW. The area is a block east of Black Cat and Matchbox.

The victim was walking in the vicinity when four men came up to him from behind, according to authorities. They then tackled him.

Once on the ground, the victim was punched and kicked by the four suspects. One of the suspects, who wore a black ski mask, then grabbed the victim’s BlackBerry from his pocket.

The masked robber and his accomplices fled when a witness began honking the horn of his car.

In addition to the stabbing, shooting and armed kidnapping — in which a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed — at least four other crimes with weapons occurred in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday afternoon, police said.

  • A cabdriver was robbed by a passenger at gunpoint while trying to drop off the person on the 2300 block of 11th Street NW near the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus about 5 p.m. Saturday. Police didn’t release a description of the suspect.
  • A man was robbed at knifepoint by three men on the 1400 block of Chapin Street NW just east of Meridian Hill Park about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Police arrested three people in connection with the robbery.
  • A man and a woman were robbed by someone at gunpoint on the 2800 block of Ontario Road NW in Adams Morgan about 2 a.m. Sunday. Police didn’t release a description of the suspect.
  • A man was robbed at gunpoint on the 500 block of Gresham Place NW by three people just north of Howard University’s campus about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Police didn’t release descriptions of the suspects.

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 Andrew Ramonas — November 23, 2015 at 8:40 am 0

Police car lightA man with a knife kidnapped a woman whom he sexually assaulted and robbed in Shaw over the weekend, police said.

The armed kidnapping began on the 1100 block of 11th Street NW and ended on the 1500 block of 5th Street NW Saturday morning.

The woman was walking on 11th Street when the man ordered her into his car, according to authorities. He then drove her to 5th Street, where he sexually assaulted and robbed her.

Police said the suspect is:

“A black male, approximately 6′ tall, 200 pounds, in his early 30’s, with small eyes, bald head, and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and light blue jeans. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a white minivan with an unknown tag.”

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an armed robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

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 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm 0

1800 block of Belmont Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 5 p.m.) A man was shot in Adams Morgan this afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1800 block of Belmont Road NW about 3:30 p.m. The block is between 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.

The victim was unconscious after the shooting, according to authorities. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was killed.

Police haven’t released a description of the shooter.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — November 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm 0

2000 block of Klingle Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed in the chest in Mount Pleasant this afternoon, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 2000 block of Klingle Road about 2:30 p.m. The area is near Rock Creek Park.

The victim was conscious after the attack, according to authorities.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

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.

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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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