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by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

A local pharmacy will close its doors on Connecticut Avenue after more than 30 years in business.

Tshiffely Pharmacy, located at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, is slated to close on Dec. 18, but not because of financial troubles, said pharmacist and co-owner David Toth. The building the pharmacy is housed in will be renovated soon and the drug store’s owners decided to let their lease expire, he explained.

Toth said he will continue doling out prescriptions at the pharmacy’s other two locations on 19th Street and K Street.

“We decided to combine everything into the other two stores,” he said. “One of which is a block and a half away.”

Though Toth didn’t know what would move in once the pharmacy closed, he speculated it would “probably be a bagel place.”

by Tim Regan — November 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

A Mediterranean market in Dupont now carries something its customers have long thirsted for: beer and wine from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

Customers can now purchase bottles of Keo beer from Cyprus, Turkish brew Efes and Greek Naoussa Xinomavro from Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market, located at 1717 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Husband and wife owners Niko and Oana Adamopoulos assembled the beer and wine list with help from Niko’s experience as a wine consultant in Greece, the according to a press release.

Mediterranean Way first opened its doors in 2013. In addition to beer and wine sourced from its namesake, the market also sells olive oil, balsamic vinegar and refrigerated deli products.

by Tim Regan — November 17, 2015 at 1:05 pm 0

A crowd of people protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership marched through parts of downtown and Dupont Circle this afternoon.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as “TPP,” is a free trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the U.S., Australia, Chile and Vietnam. Though the U.S. government says the agreement “will make it easier for American entrepreneurs, farmers, and small business owners to sell made-in-America products abroad,” some critics say the agreement widens the gap between the haves and the have-nots, among other concerns.

Marchers, some dressed in costumes and hoisting banners, beat drums and chanted “Stop the TPP!” on loudspeakers, which could be heard several blocks away.

The protestors marched along K Street NW yesterday evening. Earlier today, the protestors were seen trudging slowly through Dupont Circle.

Sadly, the protest was missing one of its iconic members. The protest llama seen across Instagram and Twitter last night was “too tired” to participate in today’s march, said one protestor.

by Borderstan Contributor — November 16, 2015 at 12:40 pm 0

By ANC 2B Commissioner Nicole Mann

Traveling to a foreign country with limited phone and internet service is frustrating to begin with, but the stress is tenfold realizing everyone in the room is checking their cell phones in a panic and you’re left feeling uninformed.

I was sitting in a restaurant in central Paris on Friday evening, on vacation with a friend to get a feel for a foreign culture I had never experienced before. I had the overwhelming feeling that something important had happened when the Parisians at tables around me began to scroll through their phones in nervous whispers, receiving phone calls from friends seemingly all at once.

They were speaking in French, and I didn’t understand a word. I couldn’t stand sitting in the dark, so I switched on my data plan to check the internet against my better judgement.
Immediately the source of tension in the room became clear: there had been attacks in central Paris.

So many different reports were coming in — bombings, shootings, hostages — that, at first, I was skeptical. Surely something had occurred, but often initial reports on Twitter are hyperbolic and inaccurate, so at the time with limited information, I assumed the likelihood of all three reports was slim. I was wrong.

In the next few minutes the busy restaurant had fallen into a nervous dialogue. I don’t speak French, but I could still interpret the conversations: each Parisian was reporting that they were safe on social media, checking phones for updates, receiving calls from concerned friends and family, and rushing to be the first to report new information to the table as the initial speculation became fact.

Bombs had gone off at a stadium outside the central city. There were shootings outside restaurants about a 15 minute stroll from where we sat. And there were hostages held inside of a concert hall not far away.

We paid our check and rushed back to the hotel, flipped on CNN international, and checked Twitter for news.

As is usual with breaking news, Twitter is both the best and worst source to consult. While much of it was informative, just as much was inaccurate. Reports were flowing in about additional bombings and an active shooter at Centre Pompidou and Les Halles – both about two blocks from our hotel, and both of which we had walked by only hours before.

We didn’t believe it – we were convinced we would have heard the commotion from where we were. Anxious to be engaged in the story, we left the hotel to confirm, and walked to both places. They were silent and empty, and we reported back that the speculation was unfounded.

By then, Paris had been essentially shut down by a curfew, a purported first in the city since WWII. But people were still milling about. Emergency vehicles raced down the streets in large caravans every few minutes but otherwise the neighborhood was still. There were active shooters around the city, motives unknown at the time, but no one seemed panicked.

The next morning, with museums closed, we had nothing much else to do but to walk around the city. Our lunch waitress seemed stressed and fatigued but not scared. Some shops were closed, some were open, and some had been adorned by makeshift memorials; a black sheet draped over the door, a black winter scarf tied around a sign.

A salesmen at a clothing store browsing his phone spoke limited English, but asked us if we were American. He showed us a photo of the Empire State Building colored in blue, white, and red.

“Have you seen this?” We had.

“It is beautiful. That this is for us. It is lovely. We appreciate it.” His words were genuine; he was not fearful or shaken. Rather, he seemed resolved, proud; he had had his store open all day.

I told him we had appreciated, too.

That night we visited the memorials at each of the affected sites. Crowds of mourning Parisians were littered with news trucks and live shots, but the Parisians ignored them. The mourners were subdued and quiet.

Next to the memorial near the concert hall where hostages had been taken, a neighborhood bar was open — and packed! The crowd at the bar was so large, it had spilled out onto the sidewalk, but they weren’t sitting at tables sipping beers. Instead, they were standing and drinking in large masses, laughing and loud and tipsy and noisy and excited as though watching a sports game.

Fifty feet from the candlelit memorial, the news crews, and the blood-spattered street, Paris was still alive. I think that was the best way I could ever have experienced French culture.

Nicole Mann is an ANC 2B commissioner. Follow her on Twitter here.

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 — November 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

They’re tiny, they’re nutritious, they’re tasty, they’re microgreens.

And Maryna Higgins, the urban farmer and Dupont resident behind D.C.-based growing company Underground Greens, seeks to put more of the small salad shoots on your plate.

Higgins grows and harvests the sprouts inside a small space near Union Market, then delivers them by bike to local stores and restaurants such as Jrink, B Too, Press Juice Bar and Glen’s Garden Market.

“Most people probably see them in salads,” Higgins said. “Chefs use them as a garnish. … It’s like a new superfood.”

To grow the sprouts, Higgins spreads seeds on hemp mats placed under sunlamps. The mats are hooked up to a hydroponic watering system, which circulates fresh water to keep the plants hydrated. The sprouts mature on four-tiered shelves, and are ready for harvest after about eight to fourteen days.

The entire process, Higgins said, is designed to be as eco-friendly and energy-saving as possible.

Higgins hopes to fill her space near Union Market with trays by the end of the year. Once she fills her 900 square foot space, she said she’ll look for something a little larger. But her aim isn’t necessarily to distribute as many greens as far and wide as she can.

“When I go to Whole Foods and pick up a bunch of mint that comes from Peru, it just hurts,” Higgins said “My goal is not to expand into shipping, but [to be] local, cut down on carbon emissions and cut down on the time food travels. … being local is one of the advantages that I have.”

Still, the microgreen grower said it would be nice to expand a little.

“Microgreens is a volume business,” Higgins said. “It’s almost a catch-22. You need a bigger space for the volume, but you need a volume to invest in the bigger space.”

Higgins said she’d also like to start growing other leafy vegetables such as lettuce and herbs.

“It’s going to be hard, but I do enjoy it,” she said about the future of her company.  “It’s fun. It puts me in a lot of situations where I’m very uncomfortable. You learn a lot about this community.”

Microgreen photos courtesy of Maryna Higgins

by Tim Regan — November 9, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

Diners looking for gluten-free grub will have plenty to munch on at Dupont Circle’s newest lunch spot.

New York-based fast casual chain The Little Beet opened its first D.C. restaurant at 1212 18th St. NW at 11 a.m. this morning.

Kitchen workers were busy grilling chicken, mixing dressing and chopping vegetables about a half hour before the eatery’s grand opening.

Customers can order from menu of salads and bowls filled with grains, simple proteins and veggies. The menu also includes an assortment of juices and baked goods.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with breakfast service coming soon.

by Tim Regan — November 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) A man was stabbed and seriously injured in Dupont Circle park around 2:51 p.m. today, said police.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said two men were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries shortly after the crime occurred.

A WTOP reporter who witnessed the crime tweeted that a man was stabbed in the park this afternoon. He added that the man who was stabbed chased down his assailant and “beat him violently” following the attack.

This article will be updated as more information is known.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 30, 2015 at 11:55 am 0

The Pret A Manger concentration in and near Dupont Circle is set to grow this year.

Signs went up today for a Pret A Manger at 18th and M streets NW, which is a quick walk from the British sandwich and coffee chain’s location at 19th and L streets NW. The new location in the former Caribou Coffee space is scheduled to open in winter 2015, according to the signage.

Pret A Manger currently has eight shops in D.C., including downtown and Capitol Hill. Most of them are within a few blocks of another Pret A Manger.

Last week, PoPville published a rumor that the shop would open early next year at 1800 M St. NW.

by Tim Regan — October 28, 2015 at 9:15 am 0

Dupont Circle residents can now get their Coffee Bar fix a little closer to home.

The coffee shop opened its second location on the corner of 17th and M Streets NW earlier this morning.

The store, said Coffee Bar assistant manager Jeremy Jensen last month, is catered toward commuters and people who want to take their coffee to-go. But the new shop does have a small seating area that faces the street for optimal people watching.

by Tim Regan — October 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

High heel race 2012

Racers in high heels and colorful costumes will once again sprint through Dupont Circle during this year’s 29th annual 17th Street High Heel Race tomorrow evening.

Here’s what you need to know if you plan to go:

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Banaka and Birdie LaCage will marshall this year’s race. The festivities start with a parade at 7 p.m., followed by the race itself at 9 p.m. Crowds line up along 17th Street between R and P Street NW hours before the race, so attendees who want to snap quality photos or see the race up close should plan ahead and be prepared to wait in possibly cold, rainy weather.

Chairs, dogs “or anything drag queens can trip over” will not be allowed along the race route, said event organizers. Additionally, attendees are not allowed to climb on newspaper boxes, homes, trees or light posts for a better view.

The race will begin at 17th and R streets NW at 9 p.m. Racers will sprint south toward the finish line at 17th and P streets NW.

Those interested in running in the race can register at Cobalt (1639 R Street NW) any time before the race tomorrow. To work as a volunteer during the race, visit JR’s Bar and Grill (1519 17th Street NW) at 6:30 p.m. to pick up T-shirts and instructions. Volunteers must be 21 or older.

The first High Heel Race was organized in 1986 by JR’s Bar and Grill. Since then, it has become one of Dupont Circle’s most popular yearly events and draws thousands of people annually.

by Tim Regan — October 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Sauf Haus haunted hausA Dupont Circle beer hall will fill with evil clowns, human statues and costumed revelers shambling to live music next weekend.

Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW) will host a “haunted haus” event next weekend in honor of the s-s-spookiest holiday of them all, Halloween. Guests can partake in creepy events and buy discounted beer and cocktails during each day’s festivities.

The bar will kick off its three-day Halloween weekend with a viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight on Friday. As per the norm, guests will be encouraged to break out the gold speedos and fishnets.

“We’re encouraging costumes,” said Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson. Bartenders will also don costumes to pour $6 Radeberger and $6 Schofferhoffer Radler beers throughout the night.

But it’s the next day, Saturday, when things get a little creepier. From noon to 7 p.m., guests will be able to carve pumpkins and compete for prizes in an apple bobbing contest. Then, at 7 p.m., the evil clowns and human statues come out to roam the haus.

“They’re going to be strolling through the bar,” Roberson said. “There will be these slightly spooky happenings going on.”

Black Masala, a gypsy punk and funk band, will set the mood for the evening with live music. The bar will also screen classic Halloween films such as “Hocus Pocus” and hire a tarot reader to tell patrons’ fortunes throughout the night.

Although there might be some frights, scaredy-cats should still be able to handle this party. “We don’t want to scare people too much,” Roberson said. “It’s not going to be a full on haunted house in a traditional sense.”

by Tim Regan — October 21, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Don’t tell Biff, but there’s a DeLorean parked in Dupont Circle right now.

The iconic car is parked in front of Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW) to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in “Back to the Future Part II,” which just so happens to be today, Oct. 21, 2015.

Locals can head to the comic shop any time today to take photos of the car, snatch a “save the clock tower” flyer and even buy the DeLorean itself for the low price of $24,500.

Aaron DeNu, the man behind Dupont Festival and the MidCity Business District, was the one who helped the comic shop procure a DeLorean for the day’s festivities.

“It’s so exciting,” said Esther Kim, manager at Fantom Comics. “The DeLorean is the most iconic thing to come out of the movie, except for maybe Marty McFly’s vest.”

Fantom Comics will give away comics and play music outside the shop today in preparation for its Back to the Future costume party tonight at 6 p.m.

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Dupont Circle Drybar

Drybar fans will soon have a new destination for blowouts in Dupont Circle.

The California-based beauty chain announced today it will open its forthcoming store at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW on Friday.

A walk through the Drybar “menu” reveals a slim list of services and treatments including blowouts, shampoos and hair masks named after drinks that cost $10, $20, $28 or $80.

Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.

by Sean Meehan — October 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Dupont Circle House (Photo via Dupont Circle Citizens Association)Homeowners in Dupont Circle will open their doors and welcome all who stop by on Sunday as part of the 48th annual Dupont Circle House Tour.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the Dupont Circle Citizens Association during which Dupont residents show off their homes and neighborhood. The main focus of the tour is preservation and how homeowners have managed to build modern homes without destroying the historic houses.

“The tour is 48 years old and it really grew out of a desire to show that preservation is worthwhile,” Dupont Circle Citizens Association President Robin Diener said. “The tour is intended to show that these are beautiful buildings and to promote the neighborhood.”

Homeowners volunteer to show their houses as part of the tour. According to Diener, many owners choose to join the tour after a large renovation or to show off new designs in their house.

This year, in addition to several houses, historic mansions and condos, the tour will also include a sneak peak at the Dupont Underground, the art space being built in the former trolley tunnels that run under the neighborhood.

Included in the ticket price is the self-guided tour of all the houses and entrance to an afternoon tea party at the Heurich House Museum. The citizen’s association is also coordinating to have pedi-cabs available for those who may get tired on the tour. Tickets for the tour are available online for $40.

Photo via Dupont Circle Citizens Association


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