by Tim Regan December 17, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

CakeLoveA local bakery is saying goodbye to U Street.

CakeLove, which first opened at 1506 U Street NW in 2002, will close its doors at the end of this month, founder Warren Brown wrote in a press release last night.

Brown added that, while the U Street location is set to close, he’ll launch a new online store this month to help sell the company’s most popular product, CakeLove in a jar.

“After 13 wonderful years, the day has come for us to say goodbye to U Street,” Brown wrote in the release. “While I’m sad to leave the many friends and neighbors of this wonderful community, I’m very excited for this change.”

Brown will celebrate the company’s 13-year run with goodbye party and cake-cutting ceremony this Saturday at noon at the U Street location.

CakeLove’s location in Arlington closed at the beginning of 2015.

Photo via Facebook/CakeLove

by Andrew Ramonas December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Bazaar Spices (Photo via Twitter/Bazaar Spices)

A “full-service” spice shop is set to begin scooping out personalized flavor concoctions and more than 100 ready-made blends in Atlantic Plumbing within a few weeks, its owners told Borderstan today.

Bazaar Spices is slated to expand its offerings at its Union Market stand with a 625-square-foot space at 2130 8th St. NW during the first week of January, owners Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover said.

“At Atlantic Plumbing, we will continue to offer our high level of customer service that we really take great pride in providing and the really deep, rare and eclectic collection of spices, botanicals, beans, rice, lentils and other specialty items,” they said in an email. “We will have more room so we plan on adding even more unique goodies.”

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by Tim Regan December 15, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

La Bonne Bistro 1

La Bonne Bistro will end its pop-up dinner service at Creme (2436 14th St. NW) later this week, Creme owner Tegist Ayalew told Borderstan today.

Though La Bonne closed its U Street NW location in May, Owner Daniel Labonne reopened the restaurant in pop-up form at Creme in June. That six-month partnership is coming to an end on Dec. 19, Ayalew said. Creme will remain open for business as usual, she added.

A PoPville reader spotted a Groupon cancellation notice for La Bonne Bistro earlier today.

We were unable to reach Labonne to comment on what the eatery’s next step might be.

by Tim Regan December 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Hinckley PotteryThis may be your last chance to pick up a holiday gift from Hinckley Pottery (707 Kalorama Rd. NW) before it moves to Georgetown.

The longtime Adams Morgan pottery shop will hold its last annual holiday sale in the neighborhood this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., then each day between Dec. 15 and 23.

During the sale, the store will sell pots, plates, platters, teapots, mugs, bowls and an assortment of other clay vessels.

The 25-year-old pottery shop will move to Blues Alley in Georgetown in February, according to its website.

The pottery shop was forced to find a new home after its landlord, nonprofit Mary’s Center, decided not to renew the shop’s lease in order to take over the space, reported the Washington Business Journal in February.

by Tim Regan December 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

A Mexican restaurant in Dupont is “closed for renovation,” but it’s unclear when it will reopen.

Divino Grill (1623 17th St. NW) is currently closed, according to several signs posted on the door of the restaurant. The signs say the eatery was due to reopen “the first week of December,” but stacked chairs, loose boards, tables and decorations can still be seen scattered throughout the interior of the restaurant.

It was immediately unclear when — or if — the restaurant might reopen. We left a message with Divino Grill owner Felix Nelson Araya, but he has not yet returned our call.

The restaurant previously filed an application to host live drag shows last month, but the application was rescinded last week.

by Tim Regan December 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm 0

Benito's Place

A new place belonging to someone named Benito is coming together in Logan Circle.

The forthcoming restaurant, which is located at 1437 11th Street NW, will serve American food, said a worker inside the store earlier today. The worker did not know when the new restaurant might open.

PoPville reported a restaurant was slated to open in that space roughly one year ago.

by Tim Regan December 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

The hardware store on 17th Street NW will soon be larger.

TrueValue Hardware on 17th (1623 17th St. NW) is slated to expand into the space next door in January or February, said sales associate Joe Trotter. That space formerly held Art’s Shoe Service, which closed over the summer.

When it opens, Trotter said the new addition will be used to store and sell a wide selection of house paints and painting supplies.

by Tim Regan December 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmembers Jack Evans and Phil Mendelson helped cut the ceremonial ribbon on a newly expanded jeweler in Dupont Circle earlier this morning.

The Tiny Jewel Box, a longtime jewelry and watch business located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, today held a grand opening ceremony to mark the recent opening of its new 8,000 square foot addition next door.

“I love, love, love family-owned businesses,” Bowser said in a speech before the ribbon-cutting. “Small businesses are indeed the engine of our economy … and the Tiny Jewel Box has doubled down on Connecticut Avenue and doubled down on D.C.”

Bowser also praised the local Golden Triangle business improvement district, calling it a “champion” of businesses across the area.

Bowser, Evans and Mendelson then cut the ribbon along with Golden Triangle executive director Leona Agouridis and Tiny Jewel Box CEO Jim Rosenheim and president Matthew Rosenheim.

Attendees were invited inside for pastries, coffee and a tour of the newly expanded jewelry store following the ceremony.

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 19, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

A deli and buffet frequented by the downtown office lunch crowd will close its doors for good tomorrow.

TJ’s Deli, located at the corner of 14th and L streets NW, will shut down after 15 years in business, an employee at the store said.

Though the employee did not say why the deli was closing, the shop in recent years has gained competition from a Jimmy John’s and a Dunkin Donuts that may have helped contribute to its demise.

It was not immediately clear what might replace the deli.

by Andrew Ramonas November 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Mount Pleasant is getting a holiday pop-up shop that will have alligator shoes, mid-century modern furniture and other vintage goods for sale.

The store from D.C.-based R. Bernard Estate Liquidators is slated to begin its temporary run on the second floor of 3165 Mount Pleasant St. NW Sunday. It is scheduled to shut down Dec. 22.

From the R. Bernard Estate Liquidators website:

Season’s Greetings! R. Bernard Estate Liquidators invites you to visit our holiday Pop-Up Shop for a unique shopping adventure. We often wonder what dealers and collectors have tucked away; well here’s your chance to come and shop from a selection of very fine and unique treasures. This is where you want to shop for yourself and that person who “has everything”!

We have a great selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing: mock turtle necks, Italian knits, Sansabelt, and more. We have designer handbags, alligator shoes, select pieces of mid-century, Rosewood Asian curio, custom African rockers and statuary, a table from Roche Bobois, an excellent selection of cuff links and vintage jewelry, beautiful antique tapestries, a great selection of handmade rugs, wall hangings by Harris Strong, fun and fine pieces of art, also a wonderful selection of lanterns, clothes, baskets, jewelry and more from our host, Boveda Tribes. Unique shopping for unique people!

The store only is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed on Thanksgiving.

Photos via R. Bernard Estate Liquidators

by Andrew Ramonas November 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0

A Mount Pleasant gym dubbed the “anti-SoulCycle” is planning to move to a new location in the neighborhood within weeks.

Fit 360 at 3220 17th St. NW is slated to move about four blocks south to 3058 Mount Pleasant St. NW on Dec. 5.

Previously the home of a 24-hour laundromat, the Mount Pleasant Street space will have the same TRX suspension training rubber bands, weights and other exercise equipment as it does on 17th Street, but with more room, said Chiara Richardson, who runs the gym with her fiance, Brian McGee. Fit 360’s current space is 1,700 square feet, 800 square feet less than 2,500 square feet the new gym will offer.

Fit 360 won’t lose its 24-hour access for members when it moves, either. It also will continue to have private and group classes for students of all athletic abilities — just no spinning.

A sign advertising the new gym promises “no candles,” a staple of SoulCycle’s workouts on stationary bikes.

“We are about total-body wellness,” said Richardson, who called Fit 360 the “anti-SoulCycle.” “We have something for everybody.”

by Andrew Ramonas November 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

A two-year-old gym in Shaw has moved its metabolic conditioning, suspension training and other fitness programs less than a block south from its original location on 9th Street.

The new space for Reformation Fitness opened Sunday in two converted row houses at 1218 9th St. NW, only 100 lunges away from its old location at 1300-1302 9th St. NW, a gym spokesman noted.

The 1218 9th Street location can hold up to 50 students, spread out across two floors of private and group studios. The space also has changing rooms and lockers.

Reformation Fitness offers metabolic conditioning using weights known as kettlebells and TRX suspension training with rubber bands, as well as power yoga, Pilates and other exercises. In the near future, it also will have spinning classes, a first for Reformation Fitness, co-owner Misook Issa said.

“We are at a point where the program needs to grow,” she said.

Founded in 2013, Reformation Fitness has several classes every day for people of various skill levels. Students can sign up for sessions online or just walk in.

The gym’s group classes range from eight to 12 students in size.

Photo of students via Instagram/Reformation Fitness

by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) Adams Morgan is about to get a little saucier.

Red White and Basil, which bills itself as a “fresh & saucy pasta bar,” is slated to open at 1781 Florida Ave. NW “very soon,” but “not today,” a representative of the eatery tweeted this afternoon. This morning, a sign on the restaurant’s door indicated that the eatery’s opening was planned for today.

It wasn’t immediately clear what exactly the Italian restaurant will serve once it opens in the former Hans Pedr’ Kaffe space. A Red White and Basil representative wasn’t available to comment this morning, and neither the eatery’s website nor its Facebook page has a menu.

A liquor license application filed last month only said the restaurant will serve “freshly-made pasta as well as beer and wine.”

The eatery can hold tables for 17 diners inside and 20 people outside.

by Tim Regan October 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Glen's at The Shay, photo via .facebook.com/GlensGardenMarketGlen’s Garden Market has moved a step closer to opening its new location in Shaw.

The Dupont-based business has applied for a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at The Shay (1924 8th St., NW). According to the application, the new Glen’s aims to serve local beer and wine in a “communal eating space.”

Glen’s owner Danielle Vogel said at an ANC 1B meeting three weeks ago that she hopes to open the new location some time next month.

In May, Vogel told the Washington City Paper that employees at the forthcoming Glen’s would sling $4 beers and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees alongside locally sourced groceries.

“It’s going to feel more like a bodega,” Vogel told the Washington City Paper. “You’re going to be completely enrobed by the bounty of the region.”

The new Glen’s will also include a large beer garden and sidewalk cafe with seating for 51 people.

Photo via Facebook.com/GlensGardenMarket

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