Shinola, a high-end retailer based in Detroit, celebrated the opening of its flagship D.C. location with a glitzy party Wednesday evening.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the high-profile guests to attend the opening of the new store, which is located at 14th and R streets NW in the former site of the Central Union Mission Shelter.
Shinola sells luxury American-made watches, leather goods, bikes and other accessories. The 5,000-square-foot store on the ground level of the Mission Apartments building has an open design with ceiling-to-floor windows along two sides of the store.
Guests at the invitation-only opening event perused the store’s watches and other accessories while sipping on cocktails, some of which included the brand’s own Shinola Cola. The event also featured desserts from Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown.
Shinola’s previous, temporary location at 1534 14th Street NW will be occupied by Shinola’s sister brand Filson and is currently being renovated.
From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.
M Cafe and Bar, a long-awaited 90-seat Italian restaurant at 14th and R Streets, may have to open without outdoor seating. It will be located on the ground floor of the newly constructed apartment building The Aston (1634 14th Street).
Representatives from the restaurant, failed to show up for a scheduled hearing requesting ANC approval on its public space permit at the May 22 ANC 2F Community Development Committee meeting.
The committee voted unanimously to recommend the full ANC vote at its next meeting to oppose the application. The reason: there will be no community or ANC review of the sidewalk seating plans before it comes before DC authorities for approval next month.
M Cafe and Bar and Bar di Bari both located at the corner of 14th and R Streets are aiming for a June 15 opening. Bar di Bari will be located on the northwest corner in The Northern Exchange, a former Verizon building.