UberOffices is expanding. And it’s not UberOffices anymore. It’s MakeOffices now.
The company officially announced its name change in a press release sent to tenants last Thursday. (Full disclosure: Borderstan operates out of MakeOffice’s Dupont Circle location.)
“We’re excited for this opportunity to rebrand ourselves as we grow and expand to new markets,” wrote MakeOffices founder and CEO Raymond Rahbar in the release.
In an interview with Borderstan, Rahbar elaborated on the reason for changing the company’s name.
“I don’t think we realized what we were setting upon to do or how great the opportunity or advantages would be,” the CEO said. “We didn’t put too much thought into the name or the structure of the company.”
And before you speculate: Rahbar said that the name change had little do to with the success of transportation service Uber.
“Now that we’re a little larger, we know where we want to go,” he explained. “Rebranding ourselves now made the most amount of sense.”
The company is getting larger by the week, Rahbar added. It opened a brand new office in Reston, Va., yesterday and Rabhar said he plans to unveil outposts in Chicago and Philadelphia in the coming months.
There’s a Logan Circle location slated to open at 1509 16th St. in the spring, which Rahbar said will “be the best MakeOffice experience possible,” citing the fact that the coworking company will own the building, not just lease space within it.
Rahbar also hinted that the company might also branch out from its successful business of renting out coworking spaces.
“We’re thinking about going in a couple other verticals,” he said. “We plan on taking the sharing economy a few more steps, but nothing’s concrete now.”
A pet daycare and grooming business in Logan Circle is set to temporarily close next week, then reopen under a new name next month.
An employee at Planet Pet (1738 14th St. NW) said today the store will close on Nov. 14 at 10 p.m., but will reopen under a new name and new management in “mid-December.”
A sign posted on the door of the business promised a “new name [and] a new vibe” and that “D.C.’s next big pet pavilion is coming to the 14th Street corridor.”
The employee at the store did not provide more details as to what that might mean, but said more information about the forthcoming changes would be available soon.
The final day for Planet Pet’s daycare service is this Sunday, and all boarding dogs must be picked up by 9 p.m next Monday. The store is also currently hosting a clearance sale with discounts up to 30 percent, said the employee.
The robbery happened on the 1400 block of 10th Street NW about 9 p.m.
The victim was outside in the area when a man approached her, according to authorities. The man told the woman to hand him her cell phone and “look at the ground,” which she did, police said.
The man then ordered the victim to give him her phone’s passcode, which she supplied, according to authorities. He also rummaged through the woman’s purse, but didn’t take anything from it.
He fled on foot with the phone.
A description of the suspect wasn’t immediately clear.
Photo via Google Maps
(Updated at 10:03 a.m. on Thursday) Men may once again gather at an infamous address in Logan Circle … only this time, they’ll be shopping for clothes.
Clothing retailer J. Crew has plans to open a new men’s only clothing store at 1618 14th Street NW next year, said J. Crew PR Coordinator Annabelle Javellana yesterday afternoon. The company had set a tentative date to open the new retail location in May, Javellana added.
Despite yesterday’s news of a confirmed opening, a company representative told us this morning that there had been “confusion,” and that “the fact that [J. Crew] is opening there is not confirmed.” The representative did not deny the store may open or say whether that means the company is also eyeing other potential locations.
The building, once known for housing the infamous “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” events, was partially demolished two weeks ago, and has been the talk of the neighborhood for years. A man died there in 2009, prompting the city to file suit to shut the sex club inside down.
In February, the Washington Business Journal reported that the building’s owner was issued a permit to rebuild and repair the bottom third of the building’s façade.
Princesses, superheroes and even a little Kim Jong Un descended on Logan Circle in search of candy and other treats this weekend.
About 400 kids and adults marched from Logan Circle NW to Stead Park as part of the 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade on Saturday afternoon. Most of the little revelers and their parents spent much of their time on the 1400 block of P Street NW, where Whole Foods, Number Nine and other businesses handed out Halloween goodies.
“It’s unique and different,” Number Nine general manager Ben Gander said of the parade as he handed out cookies to trick-or-treaters. “It’s fun to see all the kids in costumes.”
Joelle Myers, a co-founder of the parade, said the trick-or-treating, costumed children and entertainers from the Blue Styles Brass Band made the afternoon “magical.”
“The parade grows in different ways each year and at the core it’s community building and bringing families together, highlighting what an awesome neighborhood Logan Circle is to raise a family,” she said.
Have photos you want to share with us from the parade? Send them to @borderstan. We might feature them on our site.
The robbery happened on the 1700 block of Vermont Avenue NW about 1 p.m. Thursday. The area is near 11th and R streets NW.
The victim was walking in the area when three young men came up to him, according to authorities. One of the young men pulled out a black handgun, which he used to hit the victim several times in the forehead. Another one of the young men then punched the victim numerous times in the face.
The third young man eventually reached into the victim’s pocket and grabbed his wallet.
With the wallet, the robbers jumped into a white Lexus and drove away, police said.
The victim was hospitalized.
Robbery Gun in the 1700 block of Vermont Ave. Lookout for 3 B/M's, 18 Yoa, wearing all dark clothing with mask
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 22, 2015
In addition to the shooting near Howard University early this morning, other crime reported in Borderstan since Thursday morning included robberies on the 1300 block of Green Court NW near Thomas Circle NW last night and on the 1300 block of Fairmont Street NW in Columbia Heights yesterday afternoon, according to authorities.
Suspects were arrested in connection with both of the robberies.
Photo via Google Maps
Congrats, Logan Circle, you’re getting a La-Z-Boy. And an Ann Sacks showroom. And a new clothing retailer from San Francisco. Hot dang, look at ’em. Look at all those stores!
The La-Z-Boy, an apparent purveyor of “American craftsmanship,” appears nearly ready to open at 1334 14th Street NW. Oh son!
But wait, there’s more: An Ann Sacks tile and stone showroom is slated to open soon a few blocks away at 1629 14th St. NW, and San Francisco clothing retailer Marine Layer is planned for the next door space later this month or early next month. Hoo boy!
Just look at all these stores ready to open. Look at ’em. Look at ’em!
Ann Sacks photo via Facebook.com/AnnSacksDC
Goblins hungry for candy are plotting take over Logan Circle next weekend, all in the spirit of Halloween.
The 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade will fill the streets with children with their parents on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. The crowd will begin its slow march at Logan Circle, then walk along the 1400 block of P Street NW. (Click here to view the full parade route.)
Employees from businesses along the block will hit the sidewalks and pass out candy to participants aged anywhere from 12 months to 10 years old.
Parade organizers Joelle Myers and Evelyn Boyd Simmons have planned the event together since its inception and have watched it grow every year. This year, they’re expecting a crowd of about 400, including kids, parents, grandparents and dogs.
Executing an event of this size takes the collaboration of community organizations, area businesses and key sponsors like TD Bank and Whole Foods. Volunteers and the members of the Metropolitan Police Department also help the parade run smoothly.
“This is an event that has been growing and evolving right along with the community,” Simmons said. “Our goal is to have it become institutionalized and a tradition in Logan Circle.”
One of the most significant changes made this year is that the parade route will be reversed. Marchers will gather in Logan Circle around 12:45 p.m. and end in Stead Park, where activities and live entertainment will keep the festivities going at Stead Park.
“With dance groups and music, this year we really wanted to have entertainment for kids, by kids,” Myers said. “It’s amazing to see how the community comes together, so we changed the entertainment to maintain the interest of everyone who attends.”
No matter how big the parade gets or how much it changes as the years go on, Myers and Simmons hope to keep their original purpose in mind.
“It’s a great way for kids and their families to really enjoy Halloween,” Myers added. “That’s just something we really want to continue bringing to the community and making it better and better.”
Myers said that she’s searching for five more volunteers to “wrangle” goblins, hand out candy at Whole Foods and Lululemon on P Street and generally monitor the crowd. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.
Photos courtesy of Little Goblins Parade
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) October 14, 2015
The pop star reportedly surprised a throng of locals when he biked through Logan Circle and Dupont earlier this afternoon. And on his birthday, of all days.
Two Whitman-Walker employees said they spotted “The Voice” coach leaving the Filson (1534 14th St. NW) near the health center around 1 p.m. today.
“My colleagues were totally shocked, yes,” said Shawn Jain, Whitman-Walker’s director of communications. “I did not see him, but they retold me the story, and they couldn’t contain their excitement. We wonder what he’s doing here.”
Other locals took to Twitter to describe meeting the man famous for melting hearts and just totally destroying the charts in the late ’90s and early 2000s:
Usher just rode past me on a bike. Usher is totally allowed to ride on the sidewalk.
— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) October 14, 2015
— Errick McAdams, CPT (@ErrickPT) October 14, 2015
Usher just rode pass my job on a bike not motorcycle a damn bicycle
— Erica Sharnee' (@_EricaCreamer) October 14, 2015
Just said what's up to usher on a bike at 13th and L st
— Jayski (@Jay30002) October 14, 2015
— Whitman-Walker (@whitmanwalker) October 14, 2015
You guys, I just saw @Usher!
— (Stephanie) Slade (@sladesr) October 14, 2015
Today, Usher. Friday, Guy Fieri. Ah, the magic of Dupont Circle.
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) October 14, 2015
Photo via @Usher
A piece of Logan Circle’s seedier past is changing for good.
Construction crews could be seen dismantling most of the building that once held the “men’s parties” sex club at 1618 14th Street NW yesterday afternoon. Though a black tarp obscured some of the work, a quick peek behind revealed that most of the building’s interior had already been gutted. Only the building’s façade that faces Corcoran Street NW remains.
It was immediately unclear what the purpose of the work was. In February, the Washington Business Journal reported that the building’s owner was issued a permit to rebuild and repair the bottom third of the building’s façade.
The building, once known for housing the infamous “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” events, has been the talk of the neighborhood for years. A man died there in 2009, prompting the city to file suit to shut it down. After the building’s owners decided to raze it in 2013, ANC 2F debated preserving the building before ultimately granting a conditional demolition endorsement one year later.
The Democratic presidential debates are finally upon us, which means it’s also time for our obligatory “here’s where to see those dang debates” post.
But who’s debating, anyway? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, of course, but also Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and some guy named Lincoln Chafee.
Here are some options of where you can go to eat/drink during the debates:
U Street or Nearby
- DC Young Democrats will host a watch party at Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
- Martin O’Malley’s team will watch the debate in the blue sky room at Stetson’s (1610 U St. NW)
- Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) will “invite folks to yell at each other tonight” with drink specials until close.
- The bartenders at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) will sling a “debate special” tonight: 16 ounces of Angry Orchard cider and a Fireball shot for $8.
- Mad Hatter (1319 Connecticut Ave. NW) will host debate bingo.
- Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will host its own watch party. Hecklers, here’s your spot.
- Does Bernie strike you as a Veranda (1100 P St. NW) guy? That’s where his watch party will be.
- Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) will show the debates on 40 screens.
- Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) will screen the debates with sound via an HD projector.
- Hillary For America will cheer on the candidate at Blackfinn (1620 I St. NW).
- Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW) will “smell like freedom” during its watch party tonight.
Park View and Petworth
- Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave. NW) will screen the debates after its normal trivia night.
Know of another place showing the debates? Let us know and we’ll add it to this post.
According to Carroll, the alleged robber flashed a knife and took a person’s cell phone near the intersection of 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW around midnight yesterday.
Police were able to locate the suspect a short time later and place arrest him for robbery, Carroll added.
Similarly, another cell phone robber was arrested around the same time on the 1400 block of U Street NW, said Carroll.
In other crime news:
Police said two robberies occurred near Shaw and Logan Circle early yesterday morning.
obbery at 0019 hrs in the 900 block of T street NW Lookout for B/M white shirt and blue skinny jeans, B/M Black shirt and skinny jeans
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 11, 2015
robbery at 0013 hrs in the 1500 block of 10th street Lookout for 2B/M wearing blue jeans and dark shirts
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 11, 2015
Police were also on the lookout for two alleged robbers in Columbia Heights on Saturday night.
Robbery at 2146 hrs at 11th and Irving street NW Lookout for 2B/M In a silver vehicle
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 11, 2015
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs and upgrades in Logan Circle next month.
Workers will perform the maintenance on Nov. 2 on 14th Street NW from Rhode Island Ave. to N St. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.
Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.
DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.
The prospect of Logan Circle’s ANC 2F pushing for a historic status for Barrel House Liquor’s façade is getting dimmer.
The commission picked apart the idea during its general meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Thomas Circle last night.
A little background if you haven’t followed along thus far: Barrel House Liquor — known around the neighborhood for its iconic barrel-shaped facade at 1341 14th St. NW — announced it planned to move next door last month. Though the liquor store will live on, what might happen to the big barrel it’s leaving behind is unknown.
“We want to hear if this is something that the community wants to stay,” Tuma told Borderstan in September. “I personally want it. Everyone I’ve talked to wants it. But that’s the first step, that making sure this is representative of the greater community.”
Only a few parties can apply for a historic status, noted Tuma, and that includes the property owner and the local ANC. Though Tuma said he’d like the owner, Eric Meyers, to apply for the status himself, he said he was willing to push the ANC to move forward in applying with or without his help.
Some members of the public cheered on the effort. ANC 2F’s community development committee did not. Several ANC 2F commissioners echoed the committee’s skepticism last night.
Meyers spoke about the property and its iconic barrel during the meeting.
“This property has been an integral and very important part of our lives for almost 44 years,” Meyers said. “I could never conceive demolishing [the barrel], much less trying to move it anywhere.”
But Meyers stopped short of saying he wanted to apply for a historic status. “I want to make sure that the ANC understands that the property is already located in a historic district, and any renovation, any potential demolition — and I don’t know how you’d move that thing no matter what — would be subject to Historic Preservation Board approval,” he said. “But my wife and I own this property and have for decades, and we don’t intend to dispose of it.”
Meyers added that the barrel, which is made from poured concrete, cannot be moved or dismantled without destroying it.
“We will do the right thing for the property, we will do the right thing for preservation, and for the tenant if the tenant allows us to do so,” said Meyers.
Commissioner Kate Gordon, 2F-01, asked him pointedly: “Are you in favor of a historic landmark status for the facade of your building or not?”
“I am in favor of letting the Historic Preservation Board make that decision,” responded Meyers. “I am in favor of keeping it as part of any design for the property if M.G. [whose full name is Mesfun Ghebrelul] is no longer there operating in the business. I think it would be great to keep it there as a lobby or retail for the apartments above. But we’re nowhere near that sort of determination before we know more.”
Though Tuma said he felt like it was too early to push for an ANC motion, he said he’d like to see more research and documentation from architects. “I would not feel comfortable putting forth [a motion] without that kind of research,” Tuma said.
Charlie Bengel, 2F-06, strongly opposed applying for a historic landmark status for the barrel.
“Unless the owner specifically wants his property to be designated as historic, there’s no way I would ever support designating it as historic,” Bengel said.
“I think it limits his ability to run his business,” he added. “I think it would be a perfect example of government overreach to the nth degree, to the point where it could be fodder for late night comedians. I really feel strongly for private property rights.”
Commissioner and Chair John Fanning, 2F-04, echoed Bengel’s opposition to applying for a historic status.
“I think it’s kind of confusing and it’s an awkward situation because the barrel is the icon of the business,” said Fanning. “Where’s the real Barrel House? I would hope that you guys can work something out.”
Speaking from the audience, community development committee at-large representative Helen Kramer summed up her thoughts.
“I think it’s inappropriate getting involved in a landmark designation when there’s no imminent threat to the barrel,” Kramer said. “The owner of the property has stated that he has no intention of altering or destroying it, so the whole issue is moot.”
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