by August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm 2,455 0

"MidCity Dog Days Kick Off Party"

Click above to see the photos: MidCity Dog Days Kick-Off Party at Joan Hisaoka Gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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. 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 for more information on specific Dog Days events.

We’ll see you this weekend!

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by February 10, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,396 0

MidCity Business Association, 2011 Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, Luis Gomez Photos

The MidCity Business Association created the Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on the 14th Street corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? You can email him and follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

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.

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by August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am 2,097 0

Dog Days 2011. Click above for more pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above for photos from the 2011 Dog Days Sidewalk Sale.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz (think Twitter for pics) or at One Photograph A Day. You can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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 August 5, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,193 0

Metro, Dupont Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

The south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.


by August 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm 2,220 0

MidCity Business Association, Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, Borderstan, Logan Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

This weekend: 12th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on the 14th and U corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

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:


by August 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm 1,501 0

A toy dog in the window of Ruff 'n Ready at xxxx 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

A toy dog in the window of Ruff ‘n Ready furnishings at 1908 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

As the weekend winds down, here are some photos from Luis at One Photograph A Day that he took at the Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on 14th Street NW this weekend.

by July 31, 2009 at 7:04 am 1,755 0

Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Florida Avenue Grill, at 11th Street and Florida Ave. NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Florida Avenue Grill at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Lauriol Plaza, located at 1835 18th Street NW. (Photo: Lauriol Plaza Web)

Lauriol Plaza at 1835 18th Street NW. (Photo: Lauriol Plaza Web site.)

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 at the Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street, NW

“fuckingA” is at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW. (Image: Studio Theater Web site.)

Bohemian Caverns, Tribute to Nina Simone

Bohemian Caverns: “Tribute to Nina Simon.” (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

“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" at G Fine Art, 1515 14th Street, NW

“Good People, Bad Behavior” at G Fine Art, 1515 14th Street NW. (Image: G Fine Art Gallery Web site.)

"Line Forms Here" is the new exhibit at gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW. It runs through Sunday, August 23. (Image: gallery plan b.)

“Line Forms Here” is the new exhibit at gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW. It runs through Sunday, August 23. (Image: gallery plan b.)

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! Saturday 1st at Filene Center. (Image: WolfTrap)

“Broadway ROCKS! is Saturday at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. (Image: Wolf Trap Web site.)

Paul McCartney Washinton DC

Paul McCartney plays at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, on Saturday. (Image:

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.

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. It is in conjunction with the MidCity Dog Days events on 14th Street NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

MidCity Business’ 10th annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday and Sunday. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

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


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