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by Tim Regan — October 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments

(Updated at 4:06 p.m.) A new business is slated to start selling leather journals and custom notebooks from a storefront in Dupont Circle.

Online store Jenni Bick Custom Journals is set to open a new brick-and-mortar location at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW this December, according to co-owner Robby Bick. The new shop will occupy the space that formerly held Riccardi Clothier, which moved to Georgetown last June.

When the store opens, it will sell a variety of handmade journals, albums, notebooks and sketchbooks bound in leather and other materials, Bick said. The store will also carry items from larger manufacturers such as Moleskine and Epica.

“We’ll have far and away the best selection of journals, photo albums and sketchbooks that you’ll be able to find, certainly in the area, but probably anywhere,” Bick said.

Additionally, the store will carry pens, cards, and stationery, and will have a hand-operated embossing machine for custom orders, he added.

Bick, who lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and company co-owner, Jenni, is no stranger to living and working in D.C. In the ’90s, he operated Adams Morgan bookstore Bick’s Books. He’s also managed or worked at a number of book and record stores in the District over the years.

For the Bicks, the new store will serve as a kind of homecoming.

“Both Jenni and I grew up here, and for family reasons, wanted to return,” Bick said. “My first job was in my Uncle’s book and record store at 1342 Connecticut Avenue, the same block we are moving into, back in 1969.”

by Tim Regan — September 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0


It looks as though a recently closed Dupont Circle photo gallery will be replaced by a shop that repairs, buys and sells phones.

The Claude Taylor Photography gallery at 1627 Connecticut Ave. NW closed two weeks ago. Owner and gallery namesake Claude Taylor opened the store in 1998, according to an Exposed DC post.

The dozens of framed photographs that once lined the shop’s windows are gone. Now, a drab white banner hangs in the blue storefront’s window:




Down the street, photo supply shop Embassy Camera is also slated to leave the neighborhood on Sept. 17. But that store will reopen at 1225 I St. NW “on or about” Oct. 15, its owners said.

It’s unclear whether that store’s former home, too, will become a phone repair shop.

by Tim Regan — July 14, 2016 at 10:05 am 1 Comment

Several of the owners behind a group of popular D.C. bars and hangouts have plans to open a new dance club in the former Midtown Space in Dupont.

Decades, a new business from the partners behind Echostage, Soundcheck, Ultrabar, Barcode and other businesses, will open at 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW this fall, according to managing partner Antonis Karagounis.

The bar is an homage to D.C.’s “retro” club scene, Karagounis said.

“It’s supposed to bring back the old-school vibe of the multi-level, multi-DJ clubs that defined D.C. Nightlife in the ’90s and 2000s,” Karagounis said. “Places like Spy Club, Zei Club, Fifth Column, Vault, The Ritz, Tracks, DC Live, [and] Love, were nightlife staples in the ’90s and 2000s. Decades is supposed to recreate that vibe and atmosphere and give clubgoers a new weekend hangout where they can party and be part of various decades of nightclub music.”

When the forthcoming club opens, DJs will spin music from bygone eras on all three of the building’s floors and on its rooftop deck. Though the nightclub won’t serve food or snacks, its bartenders will sling past club staples like orange crushes, Jello shots and Goldschläger, Karagounis said.


by Tim Regan — May 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

1647 Connecticut Ave. NW

A burger joint just north of Dupont Circle seeks to add beer, wine and cocktails to the menu

Bareburger, the burger-centric eatery located at 1647 Connecticut Ave. NW, has applied for a license to serve alcohol , according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

According to a draft menu we received from Bareburger representative Nabeel Alamgir, the restaurant intends to serve beers in sizes varying from 20 to 60 ounces, glasses and bottles of wine, and blended frozen drinks and other cocktails.

“The beer and wine section will be sourced locally to D.C. area,” Alamgir said. “Over 90 percent of our locations serve alcohol.”

Bareburger opened last month.

by Tim Regan — February 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Willie T’s Lobster Shack (1511 Connecticut Ave. NW) says it’s getting new digs.

A PoPville reader spotted a for-rent sign on the seafood-centric sandwich shop recently. But a visit to the shop this afternoon revealed that the store is looking to relocate, not close for good.

“We thank our loyal following for supporting this location,” reads a sign posted on the front door of the business. “We’re not down for the count. We’re reinventing and delivering even more excellence.”

According to the sign, fans of the lobster shop should “watch for a very exciting and very nearby re-opening (still in Dupont) within the next few weeks.”

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Vandals shattered the front door and drew a smiley face on an exterior wall at The Chickery (1300 Connecticut Ave. NW) late last night, store employees said this morning.

Who would vandalize a popular new chicken joint? According to a sign posted on the shattered door earlier today, it could be “somebody [who] must hate chicken.” But company founder and chef David Adjey thinks it might have just been drunk people.

“It doesn’t look like anyone tried to break in,” Adjey said. “People get drunk. People do silly things.”

Adjey added that Chickery employees notified authorities and shared security camera footage with police this morning.

Other than last night’s act of vandalism, Adjey said the Dupont Circle neighborhood has been overwhelmingly supportive of his company’s newest location since it opened last week.

“We’ve had lines out the door,” Adjey said. “We’ve gotten such great feedback from people in this neighborhood. It’s what everyone likes. It’s real food. It’s unpretentious.”

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

It may eventually be possible to get burrito-sized sushi rolls down the street from Dupont Circle.

Buredo, the super-sized sushi restaurant that opened in Franklin Square in July, is considering opening a new location in the former Pinkberry space at 1213 Connecticut Ave. NW,  a representative with the company told us today. (more…)

by Jennifer Currier — December 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment

The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for one person of interest in a late-night Christmas Eve burglary on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.

A surveillance camera in the establishment caught the suspect on video taking what appears to be bottles of liquor and other alcohol from a storage room.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Police did not specify if the subject in the video is also suspected of breaking and entering or if anyone else was in the establishment at the time.

This theft is being classified as a burglary in the second degree, a felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison.Christmas Eve Person of Interest (via MPD)

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

by Tim Regan — December 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle residents will soon be able to sink their teeth into chicken sandwiches and meaty rotisserie chickens.

Forthcoming Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery is slated to open at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in the next one or two weeks, said manager Lionel Davis.


by Tim Regan — November 16, 2015 at 8:45 am 0

(Updated at 5:12 p.m.) D.C. Police have brought charges against a woman who barricaded herself in an office building, prompting an hours-long standoff that snarled traffic downtown and in Dupont earlier this morning.

Police said they were alerted to a woman who was threatening harm to herself and others near an office building on the 1900 block of K Street NW at approximately 12:19 a.m. this morning. When officers arrived, the woman fired a gunshot, and a “barricade situation was declared.”

The standoff that followed lasted for more than 10 hours and resulted in several road closures throughout the area.

Authorities took 31-year-old Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., into custody after she peacefully surrendered around 10:30 a.m. today. They later charged Dalke with assault on a police officer while armed.

Police tweeted earlier this morning that the incident was not an “active shooter situation,” and that the woman in crisis was “contained.” An officer at the scene said he believed no pedestrians were in danger and that the street closures were precautionary in nature.

With few alternatives, many cars drove nearly bumper-to-bumper along Connecticut Avenue NW. Some drivers told The Washington Post they’d hardly moved after two hours of traffic.

Some commuters were even locked out of their office buildings this morning, and many were observed congregating near the intersection of 19th and L streets NW.

As one person in the crowd put it earlier this morning “this city looks like a parking lot right now.”

by Tim Regan — November 16, 2015 at 7:05 am 0

(Updated at 10:06 a.m.) A man was stabbed in the back on Connecticut Avenue NW in Dupont early this morning, said D.C. Police.

Officers rushed to the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 2:37 a.m., a police spokesperson said.

Authorities said the man was “conscious and breathing” when he was transported to the hospital.

This story will be updated as more information is known.

by Tim Regan — October 16, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

CorePower Yoga on Connecticut

A planned CorePower Yoga appears to be one step closer to opening on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Workers covered the windows at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW with a sign advertising the forthcoming Denver-based yoga company earlier this week.

As for what the studio might hold, the CorePower website says it’s slated to house “three large and luxurious yoga rooms, as well as a range of amenities including changing rooms with showers and private lockers.” The studio will also include a retail boutique selling “activewear and accessories.”

Though a representative from CorePower could not be reached for comment, the company’s website says the location could open by the end of fall.

by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 11:40 am 1 Comment

A hotly anticipated José Andrés eatery is now open in Dupont Circle.

Beefsteak opened its doors today at 1528 Connecticut Ave. NW. Patrons were seen filing into the restaurant shortly after its 10:30 a.m. opening this morning.

Beefsteak’s signature dishes include bowls filled with veggies, grains and nuts, gazpacho and “burgers” that eschew meat for a hunky slice of tomato.

This is the second Beefsteak opening in the District. The first location opened in Foggy Bottom in March.

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0

A Dupont Circle jeweler is expanding into the space next door.

Tiny Jewel Box, located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, is currently knocking down walls and building out the space next door. When the new combined location opens in November, it will span 8,000 square feet and include a grand rotunda, the company said.

Construction crews could be seen working on the next-door space this afternoon.

The new location will carry a variety of brand name watches, including timepieces from Cartier and Rolex. The location will also include a Rolex authorized repair center, a bridal salon, a collectibles shop, and a vintage heirloom boutique.

The company said it will continue to use the five floors above its ground-level retail space for office space, manufacturing, custom design and gifts.

by Tim Regan — September 11, 2015 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

Saint Yves at 1220 Connecticut Ave

The “rare bourbon” bar planned to open in Dupont Circle now has a name.

A public hearing notice posting from last week shows the bar, which seeks to open in the former Bertucci’s Restaurant space at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW, will be called “Saint Yves.”

The space will be shared with a Cava Grill, reported Washington City Paper yesterday. Workers could be seen renovating the space earlier this morning.

ANC 2B’s commissioners discussed the forthcoming bar and its application for a tavern liquor license during a monthly meeting on Wednesday.

According to that application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.

“It’s going to be an open space,” said 2B-05 Commissioner Abigail Nichols, who met with the owners of the bar earlier this month. “It’s really not designed for eating at all. They’re planning to have food but a very simple, more hors d’oeuvres-style menu.”

In a procedure most often used to reach a settlement agreement, the ANC voted 6-0-0 to protest the bar’s liquor license application on the basis of peace, order and quiet.


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