by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Little Goblins paradeThe organizers behind this year’s Little Goblins Parade in Logan Circle are on the hunt for volunteer “goblin wranglers.”

During the parade, which begins on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., little ones dressed in colorful costumes will walk from Logan Circle to the 1400 block of P Street NW in search of treats. With candy in hand, the tiny revelers will move on to Stead Park in search of music, dancing and games.

Volunteers will ensure parade participants traverse the route safely and happily. Those who want to help out can contact event organizer Evelyn Boyd Simmons via e-mail.

Photo via Facebook.com/LCCA.D

by Tim Regan — September 25, 2015 at 10:40 am 177 0

Talks to grant an imperiled Logan Circle liquor store’s facade a historic status may have hit some preliminary bumps in the road.

A panel of representatives and ANC 2F commissioners weighed concerns and asked questions about the idea during a community development committee meeting at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) last night.

Commissioner Pepin Tuma, 2F-03, made his case before the panel. He said that, although the owner of the building at 1341 14th Street NW and Barrel House Liquor owner Mesfun Ghebrelulare — who also goes by M.G. — are discussing ways to keep or move the facade, he’d like to have a plan in case those talks fall through.

“A lot of the members of the neighborhood and myself personally are interested in … preserving the facade of this building within the parameters of D.C.’s historic preservation law,” Tuma said. “The important thing to do is to recognize the historic landmark of this facade and begin the process of working with the D.C. government and with neighbors to ensure that, if this is what folks want, we have all our ducks lined up in a row.”

But members of the ANC’s committee had concerns about granting historic status to the building when Ghebrelulare has already said he plans to move next door.

“I’m concerned because … if that happens, are we going to have two liquor stores side-by-side?” said Helen Kramer, at-large representative. Kramer also noted that granting the property a historic status would mean that the barrel could not be “chopped off and moved somewhere else.”

“I hear your concerns,” responded Tuma. “I think we would obviously like to minimize confusion to customers and the neighborhood about where Barrel House is. I think that’s a very good point.”

But Kramer reiterated her point. “I’m just very concerned that if this is designated as a historic landmark, what are they going to do to the property?” she said. “The sensible use would be a liquor store. I don’t think it’s desirable to have two side-by-side liquor stores.”

Other concerns raised by the panel included whether the building’s facade truly is historic and whether it fits with 14th Street’s historic theme of being “automobile row.”

“The facade, which I think represents elements that people are really looking to preserve, was built in the early 1950s and has the historic … roadside style of architecture style of development that is rare in Washington D.C.,” Tuma said.

“If it is understood to be an example of roadside architecture, it could conceivably fit within the historic district as automobile row,” he added. “But that’s certainly above my pay grade. Everything is above your pay grade when you’re an ANC commissioner.”

In an interview with Borderstan, Tuma stressed that the committee’s discussion was necessary to move forward with a concrete ANC proposal.

“Those concerns that were raised in there, about confusion and potential trademark issues, are significant issues with which we’ll be concerned,” Tuma said. “But none of those independently mean that we should not investigate and concern ourselves with the historic nature of the facade.”

“I’ve shopped there for 17 years, maybe longer, and it’s a piece of history” Tuma said. “Hopefully there’s a way to preserve the architectural history and ensure that M.G. and Barrel House have another 20 years of success in the neighborhood.”

by Tim Regan — September 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm 111 0

STOCK-5The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to install several new bike lanes in and around Logan Circle.

DDOT representatives will share the department’s plans during an upcoming ANC 2F meeting at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) this Thursday at 7 p.m.

During the meeting, the department will give its notice of intent for installation of bike lanes in the following locations:

  • N St. NW between 15th St. and Vermont Ave. NW
  • M St. NW between 9th St. NW and Blagden Alley
  • 12th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. and L St. NW

If the projects meet the ANC’s approval, DDOT will begin installing the lanes in October, said department communications specialist Michelle Phipps-Evans.

by Jennifer Currier — September 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 122 0

OCULUS 2013 PARK(ing) Day Display

Some parking spots throughout D.C. won’t be occupied by cars tomorrow. Instead, they’ll be home to pop-up parks.

PARK(ing) Day is a national event that businesses, organizations and residents throughout the District every year. The city celebrates the event by turning parking spaces into these pop-up parklets.

Dupont Circle-based Rails to Trails Conservancy is participating in the event for the first time. According to Director of Communications Elizabeth Striano, they’ll set up shop near at 1400 New Hampshire NW and host bike accessory raffles, free giveaways, a bike repair station and pass out drinks and ice pops.

Bicyclists can also stop and get a Polaroid picture in front of a backdrop of a bike trail the organization helped build.

“We’re taking up two spots, so this year we’re feeling it out to see what works and what doesn’t,” Striano said. “Being able to safely bicycle in the city is critical, so we’re excited to help promote healthy places and people.”

There are 10 parks expected to go up in northwest D.C. Each will have a different theme, purpose and activities.

The locations and sponsors for the parks are:

Dupont Circle

  • 2000 M St. NW (Island Press)
  • 1400 New Hampshire Ave. NW (Rails to Trails Conservancy)

Logan Circle

  • 1440 P St. NW (OCULUS)

U Street

  • 1250 U St. NW (District Department of Parks and Recreation

Adams Morgan

  • 2424 18th St. NW (BicycleSPACE)

Columbia Heights

  • 3407 14th St. NW (Washington Area Bicyclist Assocation)

K Street

  • 2020 K St. NW (Golden Triangle BID, Gensler)
  • 1830 K St. NW (ZGF Architects)
  • 1612 K St. NW (Project for Public Spaces)
  • 1200 K St. NW (HKS Architects, Inc.)

Many of the parks will be open from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, there will be approximately 30 pop-up parks throughout D.C., more than double the amount from last year. Click here for a full list of where to find the parklets across the city.

Photo via Flickr user Aimee Curtis Photography

by Sean Meehan — September 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm 158 0

Shinola, a high-end retailer based in Detroit, celebrated the opening of its flagship D.C. location with a glitzy party Wednesday evening.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the high-profile guests to attend the opening of the new store, which is located at 14th and R streets NW in the former site of the Central Union Mission Shelter.

Shinola sells luxury American-made watches, leather goods, bikes and other accessories. The 5,000-square-foot store on the ground level of the Mission Apartments building has an open design with ceiling-to-floor windows along two sides of the store.

Guests at the invitation-only opening event perused the store’s watches and other accessories while sipping on cocktails, some of which included the brand’s own Shinola Cola. The event also featured desserts from Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown.

Shinola’s previous, temporary location at 1534 14th Street NW will be occupied by Shinola’s sister brand Filson and is currently being renovated.

by Tim Regan — September 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Garrison_VolunteersGarrison Elementary School (1200 S St. NW) is seeking volunteers for its annual Green Apple Day of Service event this Sunday at 3 p.m.

The national event, organized by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, encourages local schools and communities “to make a difference in the quality of our children’s physical environment.”

Volunteers will help spruce up the school’s gardens and do general work outside during the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and to bring work gloves if they have them.

Click here to RSVP for the volunteer opportunity.

by Jennifer Currier — September 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0

New Bluemercury Store

Beauty retailer and spa Bluemercury is now open on P Street.

The store opened its doors in the former Pacers Running space at 1427 P St. NW last Friday.

Though the retail portion of the store is open for business, its spa — which will sell skincare, waxing and makeup application services — will open in two weeks. According to a sales associate at the store, a grand opening event is in the works for early October.

While there are currently no sales or discounts associated with the opening, the company is celebrating its 16th anniversary by giving gift bags full of larger-than-sample-sized products to customers for every $150 they spend in-store or online.

by Tim Regan — September 3, 2015 at 7:15 am 0

1500 block of 14th Street NW

(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.

Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 212 0

Churchkey, photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

Popular Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey  (1337 14th Street NW) will devote all 55 of its taps to local beers next Thursday at 4 p.m. in celebration of DC Beer Week.

The event represents the “largest single tapping of D.C. craft brews ever,” says ChurchKey.

Greg Engert, beer director at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns ChurchKey, says the idea to pour 55 local beers had been on his mind for a while.

“The idea for a total tap takeover had been increasingly insistent, and when I started reviewing the releases of the 6 independent D.C. brewers we would come to feature, it all started to become a palpable possibility,” he says.

Engert adds that attendees should expect hard-to-find beers and one-time batches alongside old favorites. “There will be no shortage of rare and special brews on tap,” says Engert.

Among the beers served will be 3 Stars Brewing Company’s wine barrel-aged saison, Harvester of Sorrows, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and Right Proper’s botanically-laced farmhouse ales Alice and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.

Here’s the complete list of all 55 beers being poured:

  • 3 Stars Above the Clouds
  • 3 Stars Citra & Lemon Peel Saison
  • 3 Stars Cognitive Dissonance
  • 3 Stars Desolation
  • 3 Stars Ghost IPA
  • 3 Stars Harvester of Sorrow
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison – Cherries (Cask)
  • 3 Stars Pandemic
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle
  • Atlas District Common
  • Atlas Home Rule
  • Atlas NSFW
  • Atlas Ponzi
  • Atlas Ponzi – Simcoe & Citra (Cask)
  • Atlas Pumpernickel Stout
  • Atlas Rowdy
  • Atlas The 1500 South Cap Lager
  • Bluejacket Forbidden Planet
  • Bluejacket Goldfinch
  • Bluejacket Judge Ruby
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend – Citra (Cask)
  • Bluejacket Red Wine Barrel-Aged Swirl
  • Bluejacket Rheinard de Vos
  • Bluejacket Sub Rosa
  • Bluejacket The Jam
  • Bluejacket Triple Smoke Barrel-Aged The Wake
  • Bluejacket Wallflower
  • Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio
  • DC Brau El Hefe Speaks
  • DC Brau Pils
  • DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
  • DC Brau Citrocity
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Cask)
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon – Apricots & Grapefruit (Cask)
  • DC Brau Solar Abyss
  • DC Brau The Citizen
  • DC Brau The Corruption
  • DC Brau The Corruption (Nitro)
  • DC Brau The Public
  • Hellbender Bare Bones Kolsch
  • Hellbender Chazzwazzer IPA
  • Hellbender DC Solidarity Brew: Red, White & Gluten
  • Hellbender Ella KPA
  • Hellbende Red Line
  • Hellbender Rum Barrel-Aged Red Line
  • Hellbender Southern Torrent Saison
  • Hellbender & Lost Rhino Dunkelweiss
  • Right Proper Alice
  • Right Proper Comrade
  • Right Proper Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne
  • Right Proper Lifehouse
  • Right Proper Lookaftering

Photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 239 0

Magic Bullet, Image via Upshur Books

Borderstan residents can now pick up a copy of the latest issue of D.C.’s free comic book newspaper, Magic Bullet.

The paper is organized and edited by small press comic book collective DC Conspiracy and features one-page comics and illustrations from dozens of locally sourced contributors.

This is the semi-annual newspaper’s 11th issue since it was created in 2010.

Copies can be found at the following Borderstan-area locations:

Adams Morgan

  • Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th Street NW)
  • Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street Northwest)
  • Red Onion Records (1901 18th Street NW)
  • Smash Records (2314 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor)
  • Songbyrd (2475 18th Street NW)
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
  • Tryst (2459 18th Street NW)

Columbia Heights

  • Coffy Cafe (3310 14th Street NW)
  • Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mt Pleasant Street NW)
  • Palace 5ive (2216 14th Street NW)
  • The Coupe (3415 11th Street NW)
  • Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Avenue NW)*

Dupont Circle

  • Fantom Comics (2010 P Street NW)

Logan Circle

  • Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street NW)
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW)
  • Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)*
  • The Coffee Bar (1201 S Street NW)*


  • Upshur Books (827 Upshur Street NW)

U Street

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW)
  • Big Planet Comics (1520 U Street NW)
  • Joint Custody (1530 U Street NW)

Image via Upshur Street Books

*Denotes a business that was lumped in with its closest neighborhood for clarity

by Daniel Levitt — July 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm 224 0

A new Chinese restaurant will soon open in Logan Circle.

14th Cafe (1416 14th Street NW) will open on the corner of 14th and P Streets NW in the former Carry Out Deli space, Washington City Paper first reported this morning.

The new eatery will serve predominantly Chinese food with some Korean dishes included on the menu.

When visited by Borderstan earlier today, 14th Cafe owner Lin Pin said her new restaurant will open “hopefully Friday” of next week. She added that she picked Logan Circle for its large population of young residents.

by Jared Holt — July 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm 110 1 Comment

Bar Pilar

A 14th Street NW bar will celebrate the 116th birthday of Earnest Hemingway the way the famous writer might have.

Bar Pilar, located at 1833 14th Street NW, will serve a special menu of Hemingway’s favorite meals and libations tonight starting at 5 p.m.

According to Pilar’s menu, Hemingway enjoyed noshing on pickled mushrooms, chilled cucumber soup, lobster salad and rabbit stew.

Bartenders will pour five different tropical and rum-based cocktails such as the “Hemingway Daiquiri,” an absinthe-based drink called “Death in the Afternoon” and two different rum slushies.

Is this really what Hemingway liked to eat and drink?

“Hemingway once said, ‘The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them,'” said Melissa Gold, a PR rep for Bar Pilar, in an e-mail. “Trust us.”

Bar Pilar will also screen movies based on Hemingway novels on both of its floors.

Image via Facebook.com/BarPilar

by Tim Regan — July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 883 1 Comment

Police CarD.C. Police officials say they’ve arrested 30 men since cracking down on prostitution in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont on July 14.

All of the arrests were made in the area between 9th and 17th and L and N streets NW, and police say the arrested men have all been charged with solicitation of prostitution.

According to police, this is an ongoing operation that “will continue to focus on the prostitution complaints in this area.”

Earlier this month, police conducted an operation in the 1100 block of K Street NW that resulted in eight prostitution-related arrests.

by Jared Holt — July 16, 2015 at 11:15 am 948 0

Logan CircleA group of four teenagers violently robbed a boy near Logan Circle yesterday.

The boy, who is in his early teens, was walking on R Street NW around 5:30 p.m. when one of the suspects approached him. The boy said, “Excuse me,” and then the suspect tackled him and attempted to rob him, police said.

The three other suspects then joined the attacker when the victim fled toward Logan Circle, authorities said.

The group caught up with the boy on the 1300 block of P Street NW. They then circled him, emptied his pockets and stole his property, police said.

Officers patrolled the area, found all four suspects and arrested them in connection with the robbery.

by Tim Regan — July 2, 2015 at 10:10 am 335 1 Comment

A suspected package thief was caught on camera last week in the Logan Circle neighborhood.

In a video released by D.C. police earlier this morning, a man can be seen walking up to a home and retrieving a package from the doorstep. The man then sits down at a nearby table and waits for approximately 38 seconds before standing up and walking away with the package.

Police confirm a theft was reported at a residence on the 1200 block of S Street NW last Wednesday at approximately 4:24 p.m.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., 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.

Video via MPD


Subscribe to our mailing list