The MidCity Dog Days celebration kicked-off Tuesday evening with a party at the Joan Hisaoka Art Gallery (1632 U Street NW).
Businesses and retailers participating in this weekend’s Dog Days Sidewalk Festival attended the bash and shared wine and appetizers provided by Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market, with the event’s organizers.
The MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival will take place Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street). Times for the Festival are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5. For a list of the Festival’s featured events, see our Dog Days preview and visit the Dog Days website.
Borderstan.com is a proud sponsor of the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the Dog Days website or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.
We’ll see you this weekend!
The MidCity Business Association (MCBA) announced that their Board of Directors decided to put the association into dormancy. In an email to members, Kamal Ali — owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl and MCBA President — said that dormancy means that the Association “will cease to accept annual dues, as well as cease all day-to-day operation; however, the Association will not be dissolved.”
Ali went on to say that the goal had always been to have a self-sustaining business association supported by member dues, but over time that model did not work due to lack of participation from the small business community in MidCity. MCBA had an executive director until late 2010 when the organization was no longer able to fund the position.
The MidCity BA was formed in 1998 to represent businesses along the commercial corridors along 14th Street NW from Florida Avenue to Thomas Circle and along U Street from 9th to 17th Streets. Their website lists dozens of business members, ranging from small independent shops such as Som Records and Rue 14, to landmark national retailers Room & Board and Whole Foods.
The MidCity BA had been the force behind the annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale which has grown in popularity over the past 12 years. Ali said the board hopes to keep Dog Days alive through a partnership with Think Local First DC (TLFDC). During dormancy several MCBA board members will explore options and hopefully find and organizational plan to keep things afloat and continue to be an advocate for the business community.
TLFDC has been growing and active in DC, including the MidCity area, over the past two years. The organization has an executive director, Stacey Price, and a number of it members in the Borderstan area are also MCBA members. The organization is a member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), which helps Think Local First organizations get established across the country. TLFDC was a driving force locally for the Think Outside the (Big) Box retail tour on Small Business Saturday, November 26.
Click on the collage above for photos from the 2011 Dog Days Sidewalk Sale.
Did you make it to the 12th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale last Saturday and Sunday? If not, we have photos from this annual good-time and bargain-shopping opportunity. Check out our photos — maybe we saw you there.
Dog Days is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association and takes place each year on the first weekend in August on the 14th and U corridor.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Dog Days: What You Need to Know
Check out singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins at Som Records on Sunday. She’s in town for two shows on Sunday and Monday, opening for Fountains of Wayne at the Birchmere. Home Rule is one of the originators of the event, and featured in MetroWeekly discussing how the event has grown from the sidewalk sale they began 12 years ago. Check out Laura’s Weekend Picks for more details. The annual event is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association.
Despite what Florence and the Machine has to say, the dog days of August aren’t over. They’re actually coming up this weekend.
This week’s weekend picks is dedicated to the 12th Annual MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, everyone’s favorite annual sidewalk festival — and it’s happening all weekend right here in Borderstan, August 6 – 7.
Stop by the 14th and U Street corridor (and surrounding area) to catch great deals at your favorite stores and restaurants. Here are some that look really good:
Florida Avenue Grill is perfect for a weekend breakfast with wonderful home-style food at a very good price. At the corner of 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW, it has been a fixture in the area for years.
Lauriol Plaza at 1835 18th Street NW is probably one of the best places in town to enjoy Latin American food. Get there early for brunch, lunch or dinner; good prices for the food and service, but it is usually crowded.
“FuckingA” is playing at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW. “A bloody, modern riff on The Scarlet Letter, as only Suzan-Lori Parks could do it–with wicked poetry, biting comic songs and unforgettable style. In ‘Fucking A,’ Parks takes a wild, theatrical carnival ride through a post-apocalyptic future, where an outcast abortionist will do anything to reclaim her lost son.”
See “Tribute To Nina Simone” on Friday, July 3t, at the Bohemian Caverns at 2001 11 Street NW. “Blessed with a beautiful voice and a marvelous craft, Akua Kyerematin’s musical roots run deeply through the blues, jazz and R&B, her style, thus, is a fluid and constantly evolving neo-soul conglomeration that stresses jazz and the blues. Look closely at Akua Kyerematin today, for you will surely be hearing huge things about her tomorrow.”
“Good People, Bad Behavior” is at G Fine Art Gallery, 1515 14th Street NW with works by Tim Bearse, Christiana Caro, Nicholas des Cognets, Benjamin Jurgensen, Ian McMahon, Nataliya Slinko, Hannah Walsh.
“Line Forms Here” is showing at plan b gallery in Borderstan, 1530 14th Street NW. This is a new show: “Line Forms Here – Works in various media with a linear focus,” by Chad Andrews… Amy Davis… Karen Hubacher… Juditha… Arpi Sahr… Melissa Widerkehr… Brian Petro… Greg Minah and Gordon Binder. It opened July 23 and runs through August 23.
“Broadway Rocks!” is Saturday August 1 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA: “The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Wicked, Tommy and more! Fusion is what it is all about.”
Paul McCartney is at FedEx Field on Saturday August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Landover, Maryland.
Come out this weekend and celebrate life in Borderstan with two area events. Enjoy food, shopping and great people watching this weekend on 14th Street NW and U Street NW.
First is the “U Street Community Festival.” The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts a community festival this Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. The event is in conjunction with the 10th Annual MidCity Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale weekend and the weekly Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only).
The 10th Annual MidCity Business Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: Don’t miss this fun event in Logan Circle-Borderstan: tons of sales and activities along the 14th Street Corridor and U Street, NW