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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"BodySmith"

Click for photos: BodySmith at its new location at 1630 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from the new BodySmith.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

After moving to a new location where they totally renovated the former AYT auto service shop space, the new BodySmith space at 163014th Street NW is open.

According to Shane Beatty, marketing manager of BodySmith, the ample space comes with new equipment but keeps it key characteristic of personal dedicated treatment given to its members. “This is a gym where we know the names of our members.”

The space at BodySmith is ample and modern with lots of natural light. If you are ready to use the cardio equipment, there are nine 50-inch flat screens that will keep you entertained during your workout. The kickboxing studio is already set up, and Chuck Harney of the Bike Rack is in charge of the spinning studio.

The first level is 5,400-square-feet, containing the lobby, personal training studio, massage and treatment rooms and a new organic juice bar. The juice bar, JuicyMax, will face the street and will have its own entrance. It will serve cold-pressed juices, coffee, tea, fruit yogurt, protein shakes and small breakfast items. JuicyMax will be open soon.

Personal Training and Attention

The second level of 8,000-square-feet has a separate space for classes and areas for spinning, boot camp and kickboxing. It also has a full free-weight station, strength circuits and treadmills for cardio workouts.

Their regular programs include muscular endurance training, cycle, Punk Rock Fitness (punk music, tattoos, fun and fitness), fit-functional interval training, kickboxing (taught by NYC’s Ken Charney), pilates, yoga and boxing.

There are 20 personal trainers and 12 instructors available to check and customize your experience. At BodySmith they are ready to create what is best for you with the proper motivation from the beginning.

Personal training, partner training, group training and off-site training are available; you can check their rates.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

"Glen's"

Glen’s Garden Market to open Sunday, April 21. Click above to see pictures of the space. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Glen’s Garden Market is opening this weekend, Sunday, April 21 at 20th and S Streets NW. Check out the photos of the interior of the new store.

Sunday may seem odd for an opening day, but owner Danielle Vogel planned to open the hyper-local focused specialty food store in conjunction with Earth Day.

Vogel, a self-described fourth generation grocer, decided to open her own store after several years of working on environmental policy on the Hill.  After experiencing frustration with the job — and more specifically frustration with the climate bill — Vogel decided to take the climate’s destiny in her own hands, with a store that minimizes environmentally harmful practices.

What to Expect at Glen’s

Here’s what you can expect to see/taste at Glen’s:

  • A bar/beverage area with local draft beers, bottled draft beers, a wide selection of local wines (lots of Virginia wines) and a wine dispensing machine.
  • A fully-stocked specialty meat and cheese counter. Think: spicy bison pastrami, beef pastrami and other hand-sliced local meats.
  • Locally-sourced chocolates. No need to say more.
  • Recycled interiors, such as wood that was used at a cattle fence at one of the locally-sourced farms.

The 5,000-square-foot space focuses on food and drink from the states of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New York.

Vogel, who has been working to open the space for two years says she chose the location because she feels the neighborhood will “welcome a concept like ours.”

Glen’s is opening in the former site of a Townhouse Safeway grocery store, which closed in 2010.

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by Borderstan.com April 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"ScratchDC"

ScratchDC is expanding its service area. (Ashley Lusk)

ScratchDC — a local company that plans, measures and delivers organic and locally-sourced ingredients for a home cooked meal — is expanding its services to include Georgetown, Glover Park, Arlington and Alexandria starting Monday, April 15.

To celebrate the expansion, scratchDC is throwing a customer appreciation happy hour and celebration in Saturday, April 14, from 4 to 7 pm at Ulah Bistro (1214 U Street NW). The party will include appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drink specials. There’s also talk of some free giveaways and other prizes.

For more information on the event, contact Ryan Hansan at hi[AT]scratchDC.com.

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by Borderstan.com March 18, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

"RidePost"

RidePost team Marty Bauer, Blair Decker, Robert Pearce and Nik Budisavljevic. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]borderstan.com.

Innovation is happening in how you get from point A to point B, and a company now in a DC startup accelerator, RidePost, wants to help you cover long distances while having memorable experiences.

RidePost lets you do two things: Make money off the empty seats in your vehicle by making them available to travelers headed where you’re going, and grab a ride with someone traveling to your destination with an open spot in their vehicle.

There are 2.3 billion car trips in the United States each year, according to RidePost co-founder and CEO Marty Bauer, 80% of which are single occupancy. RidePost wants to create inventory out of all those empty seats.

“That’s where we see ride sharing,” Bauer said. “Capitalizing on people taking the same trip every day who have empty seats.”

Getting There

Drivers can make a little money, and riders can get where they’re going more affordably than through other transportation options. The basis of the idea, getting money from those riding in your car, isn’t new, as anyone who’s taken a college road trip with friends can attest.In fact, it’s on a college campus that RidePost started, at the University of South Carolina, where Bauer and co-founders Blair Decker and Nik Budisavljevic were graduate students.

Bauer came back from a stint in Europe, where he traveled by taking car trips with strangers, thinking there may be an opportunity to enable large numbers of people to do the same in the U.S.The three founders started RidePost in Greenville, S.C., and were soon joined by Robert Pearce, who left a good paying job in Charleston to give RidePost a shot as Chief Technology Officer.

RidePost was accepted late last year into The Fort, a startup accelerator run by Fortify Ventures out of 1776, the new startup epicenter run by Evan Burfield.

Getting to DC was a goal for RidePost, who sees DC and its proximity to other East Coast cities as a key part of their company’s success.

Now having moved to DC, it’s up to the RidePost team to realize their company’s vision of getting large numbers of people to use RidePost.

If the company’s successful, one day your trip to Philadelphia may be via RidePost and not a discount bus line.

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by Borderstan.com February 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"vintage"

Simon Vintage at 1911 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Borderstan is a neighborhood full of vintage shops and quirky boutiques. GoodWood, Ginger Root Design and Miss Pixie’s are just a few in the 14th and U Street area — but wander east towards 9th Street NW and you’ll find even more hidden treasure.

Simon Vintage opened last year at  1911 9th Street (the former location of Toucan Boutique). The two-story shop, owned by Sean Reidy and Steven Cruse, offers a variety of furniture, home goods, toys and hardware with pieces ranging from Art Deco to mid-century style and even lightly used contemporary furniture.

The shop schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 pm.

Let us know what you find!

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by Borderstan.com February 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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Caramel on U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Thursday, February 21, Caramel will host a reception from 6 to 8 pm to celebrate the 30th anniversary of PFLAG DC, a community-based organization of parents, family and friends of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered persons.

Throughout the evening, Caramel and local Maryland artist Linda Button will donate 30 percent of art and retail sales to PFLAG DC.

Complementary refreshments will also be served. For more information, visit the website’s event page. Caramel is at 1603 U Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"GoodWood"

GoodWood at 1428 U Street NW. (Jamie Hurst)

From Jamie Hurst. Email her at jamiehurst[AT]borderstan.com . Follow her on twitter @highheeldtravlr

On a snowy Super bowl Sunday, like many of my fellow Borderstanis, I popped in to GoodWood to check in with the owners, Anna and Dan Kahoe.  They are building a cozy Borderstan community, one home décor sale at a time.

Borderstan: Tell me a little bit about GoodWood and why you were interested in being in Borderstan.

Anna: GoodWood opened in 1994 and Dan and I have had it for ten years. We love being in this neighborhood and we have customers that still shop here from before we had the store. Of course we now have this whole new influx of people. You know, it was great space and a great opportunity and we took it.

I don’t know what drew us… it was close, it was funky. It was – actually in the very beginning I would think of this area, as like this is where Washington is going to become more like New York.

Borderstan: Yeah, I can see that.

Anna: It was the first section of independently owned shops.

Borderstan: Has the changing demographics changed the independence? Or what do you think?

Anna: There are a lot more restaurants and bigger small corporations, like Black Salt. Jeff Black, who does all the restaurants, I feel like he’s a native son. So it’s sort of nice in that instance to be blessed by somebody who’s had a lot of success in DC to bring their name and reputation to the neighborhood. 14th street real estate is skyrocketing and I hope people can still do something cool and different. I feel like we are in the right place.

Dan: We are going to stay as long as we can. We want to be in this neighborhood.

Borderstan: What about this neighborhood draws you? I think its so charming.

Anna: One of the interesting things is that there are not a lot of big buildings so the nature of the retail and of the restaurants is a little cozier and it’s so walkable. People live here, they shop here.

I love that we see people every week. They stop by on their way to the gym or they come every week because they have a book group. I think it’s almost like Cheers or Main Street. You get the same group of people checking in.

Borderstan: You’re building a community with your shop.

Anna: I get nervous over the holidays when some of our good friends leave and it’s mid-January and I’m like, where are they! They haven’t come back yet. You know? I always want to hear about it [their trips].

Meeting people’s parents-I love that. It’s my favorite thing when people bring their parents into the store. Because I feel like the good girlfriend they want to introduce them to.

Borderstan:  They have to show you off! A lot of people shop here because they feel that it’s not just a home goods store but that it’s also homey to shop here. Is there an instance you would want to share where you found an object you were really in love with, and then it found a really good home?

Anna: There are pieces I get really attracted to and I’m always hoping that it goes to one of our regulars, this, that and the other. [laughs] Dan’s going to hate that I tell this story but Dan just brought in today, see that Vanson leather motorcycle jacket over there?

"GoodWood"

GoodWood. (Jamie Hurst)

Borderstan: Oh, yes.

Anna: Dan was wearing that when I met him.

Borderstan: OH!

Anna: I know. So speaking of homey, we are selling a piece of our history.

Borderstan: That’s so bittersweet!

Dan: I got skinny.

Borderstan: Well, that’s not a bad thing.

Anna: People often want to know the story behind something. And often we get stuff at auction and there really is no story. And I’m like, it’s your turn. You build the story. Or the story is that you found it here. This is the beginning.

And my favorite thing is when customers come in and they say, oh, I wish I lived here. That’s the feedback we want. We want people to feel comfortable here. Beyond getting something you need, like a chest of drawers, it’s a place to check in.

GoodWood, 1428 U Street NW. Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 12 to 7 pm, Sundays 12 to 5 pm.

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by Borderstan.com February 4, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]borderstan.com.

Lauren Wolfe from (Luis Gomez Photos)

Lauren Wolfe from Partyista. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It can be hard to choose an event space if you don’t know all your options.

That’s the problem new Borderstan startup Partyista, headed by Lauren Wolfe, wants to solve.

Partyista is a search engine for event spaces. Currently the site can give you information for spaces in DC, northern Virginia and southern Maryland. Wolfe said there are plans to expand to her hometown of Detroit, Mich., in March, and then Charlestown, S.C.

“One of the most popular wedding destinations in America,” Wolfe says.

You use the site by choosing your location, event type, number of expected attendees and your budget. You can then refine your search results by a number of criteria, from whether a venue has WiFi to Halal food.

It’s the ability to really hone into what event spaces offer that Wolfe thinks will make Partyista a must-use tool for anyone planning an event.

“Instead of having to painstakingly call hundreds of venues in Washington, DC, you can turn to Partyista and get all of the possible results in a second,” Wolfe says.

The way Partyista knows all this information about event spaces is by manually gathering it. Many places for events don’t make available online the detailed info Partyista wants to help you find.

“It is impossible to scrape the Web or use another popular website’s API (application program interface) for the challenge that Partyista is undertaking,” Wolfe says.

The manual nature of information gathering will require Partyista to hire individuals in other cities if it wants to scale, or expand.

That could be a daunting task for the currently bootstrapped company, but Wolfe is starting to look for investors for Partyista.

“We’ve just begun the process, but hopefully we’ll announce good news soon,” Wolfe says.

Wolfe is also looking at how the site can generate revenue.

“We are currently working to add an advertising plan and a direct booking program to the site,” Wolfe says.

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by Borderstan.com January 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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Chuck Harney of the Bike Rack. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Here at “Borderstan People,” we like to profile local movers and shakers who are spicing up the neighborhood in a variety of ways. Recently, we caught up with Bike Rack owner Chuck Harney to chat about business, the neighborhood and biking in the city.

Here’s what he has to say.

Borderstan: When did you start Bike Rack and what was your inspiration for beginning the business?

Harney: The shop opened in May 2007. I actually wrote the business plan in 1997. My inspiration came from being a cyclist and living in a part of the city that was not served by a shop. Personally, I was also inspired by my desire to own my own business.

Borderstan: Do you live in the neighborhood?

Harney: I live in Adams Morgan

Borderstan: When did you move to DC?

Harney: I moved to DC from Los Angeles in 1991

Borderstan: What about this neighborhood made you chose your location?

Harney: Our current location was not my first choice. However, as development in the Logan Circle area began to take off, it seemed like a good idea to be as close to 14th Street as possible.

Borderstan: What can customers expect from your business? 

Harney: In my opinion and experience, our customers can expect a really friendly and knowledgeable staff, absolutely no attitude and we do not look down on anyone, a clean and attractive store stocked with the items that our customers tell us they want through their choices and feedback, a high level of community involvement and professional and expert repair service.

Borderstan: Do you think DC is a biker friendly city? Why or why not? 

Harney: I do believe that DC is a much friendlier city toward cyclists than it has been before at anytime. I also believe that it will continue to become a friendlier city toward cyclists in the future. This is the result of local leaders who believe that DC can become a “cyclist’s city” and to local groups and organizations who continue to lobby for things like bikeshare, bike lanes, bike parking, education for cyclists and motorists, alike, and an enforcement of motor vehicle laws in regards to cyclists.

Borderstan: Where is your favorite place to bike in the city?

Harney: I am not big on riding in the city – I like to ride out of the city and keep going. However DC has a lot of great hill climbs, and of course there is Hains Point where I can be found knocking out a 40k time trial on a hot summer morning.
Borderstan: What is your best advice for someone either interested in starting to bike or just getting into biking?

Harney: Come see me.

Borderstan: Where’s your favorite place to hang out in the neighborhood? 

Harney: That’s a leading question, I dont want to upset anyone, so I will say that I love the entire neighborhood, there is no bad place to hang out.

The Bike Rack (1412 Q Street NW) is open Monday though Friday from 8 am until 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm and on Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.

by Borderstan.com December 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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Frank Asher at OLD CITY Green. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Borderstan’s garden center, OLD CITY green, is preparing for its upcoming move. The store’s current lease at 9th and N Street NW ends on December 31, and the store is moving to a new location at 925 Rhode Island Avenue NW (the front courtyard location at Shaw Junior High School).

As of now, OLD CITY green is out of Christmas trees and is closed for the winter. The Borderstan business will re-open at the new location in March. OLD CITY green is looking for volunteers to help with the transition. Those interesting in helping should email Frank Asher at oldcitygreen[AT]gmail.com.

Stay tuned for updates on the new GREEN location!

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by Borderstan.com December 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

BodySmith

BodySmith is  opening in a new, larger location on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

BodySmith, the personal training studio located on 14th Street NW, is growing some muscle. The new space (where AYT Auto Service used to be) is scheduled to open in January.

According to Shane Beatty, marketing manager of BodySmith, the renovations are on schedule and happening quickly. In addition to changing its building on 14th Street (it’s moving a couple of buildings north), BodySmith is also working on changes to its brand.

The new space has two levels. The first level is 5,400 square feet, and will consist of lobby, personal training studio, massage and treatment rooms and a new organic juice bar. The juice bar, JuicyMax, will face the street and will have its own door, serving cold-pressed juices, coffee, tea, fruit yogurts, protein shakes and small breakfast items.

The second level of 8,000 sqaure feet, has a separate classes space and areas for spinning, boot camp and kick boxing. It will also have full free weight station, strength circuits and treadmills for cardio workouts.

The look of the gym will be an open space concept with natural light coming through the large windows with a modern, warm and welcoming feel to meet the needs of the gym’s members. Check the images in the gallery below.

'BodySmith"

Renovations and renderings of BodySmith; and Shane Beatty. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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by Borderstan.com November 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Old City Green

Frank Asher at OLD CITY Green. (Luis Gomez Photos).

OLD CITY green (902 N Street NW) is closing soon, but before the Shaw garden store says goodbye, it’s throwing one last party.

OLD CITY green is inviting neighbors to a Holiday Send-Off party on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm, complete with Christmas trees, a roaring fire and live music. There will also be Thanksgiving-style food on the grill and beverages to cheer, including the greenhouse’s famous root herb hot toddies. Tickets to the party are $20 and are available online.

Starting November 23, OLD CITY green is also be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garland for the holiday season. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com November 21, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Homeless"

A homeless man on Connecticut Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

FactThe average person makes 24 percent of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and, despite a deep recession, charitable giving was up more than 3 percent in 2010 (Source: Charity Navigator).

Here at Borderstan we want to help you make the decision to give locally this year. That’s why we’re providing you with an easy way to make contributions to charities that provide support for our neighbors in Borderstan and DC. From health care to social services and the arts, philanthropies in our neighborhood make an impact on our community.

Gifts for the Homeless (GFTH) is holding its annual clothing drive, Friday, November 30, through Sunday, Deceember 2 at the Portals III, 1201 D Street SW.

During last year’s clothing drive, more than 400 volunteers sorted, bagged and delivered over 4,000 bags of gently used clothing to 63 area shelters, soup kitchens, transitional homes and other service organizations.

GFTH also solicits monetary donations, which it uses to purchase and distribute new clothing for many of the shelters it serves. GFTH has no paid staff and no overhead, so it uses 100 percent of the money donated to purchase new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children.

For more information, visit the GFTH website or Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com November 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Old City"

Frank Asher at OLD CITY Green. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

OLD CITY green (902 N Street NW) is closing soon, but before the Shaw garden store says goodbye, it’s throwing one last party.

OLD CITY geen is inviting neighbors to a Holiday Send-Off party on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm, complete with Christmas trees, a roaring fire and live music. There will also be Thanksgiving-style food on the grill and beverages to cheer, including the greenhouse’s famous root herb hot toddies. Tickets to the party are $20 and are available online.

Starting November 23, OLD CITY green is also be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garland for the holiday season. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com July 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,385 0

"Batch 13"

Special beer, wines and spirits at Batch 13, 1724 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Batch 13 is the place to go if you are looking for special beer, wine or spirits. The two-level store has been open for a week now. At 1724 14th St NW (between R and S Streets), it is a new retail addition on the block. After some six months of waiting for permits — and then renovations to the former Dogs by Day daycare space — the liquor store’s decor is a delight to the eyes.

We spoke to one of the managers of Batch 13 who told us, “Batch 13 is a fun place to shop and learn about beer, wine and spirits.” The store has more than 1,000 craft beers from small breweries — a paradise to the aficionado. It also carries a wide selection of wines and will be carrying small batches of bourbons and whiskeys. It is the place where you can find a brand you know, or Distilled Aventinus, which sells for $98 per bottle.

Batch 13 eventually plans to open rooftop for special tastings and gatherings. Batch 13 has tastings every Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm. The store is open from Monday to Thursday from 2 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 11 pm. They also deliver.

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