by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

A local purveyor of goodies and furnishings has moved to a bigger space on 14th Street.

Salt & Sundry, which occupied a storefront on S Street for about two years, opened a larger store in The Mission building at 1625 14th St. NW yesterday.

The shop sells assorted items such as candles, bar supplies, dishes and other home and pantry goods.

A new shop from Salt & Sundry owner Amanda McClements is slated to open in Salt & Sundry’s old space at 1401 S St. NW within the next week and a half, according to one of the store’s employees. The new business, dubbed Little Leaf, will specialize in cacti, succulents and stationary.

“Salt & Sundry’s little sister will give us more space to share the things we love — cacti and succulents, great quality stationery, desk accessories, handcrafted ceramics and more,” reads an online announcement posted to the store’s website in September. “We’re excited to grow and continue supporting makers and artists — both in DC and beyond.”

Salt & Sundry has one other store in Union Market. That location opened in 2012.

by Tim Regan November 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

A new dance club will bring Britney Spears, Coolio and Madonna to Dupont later this week.

Decades, a dance spot centered around “retro” music from the 2000s, 1990s and 1980s, is set to open in the former Midtown space at 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW on Thursday, according to managing partner Antonis Karagounis. The club had its soft opening over the weekend.

The club is meant to harken back to the days of D.C.’s long-gone club scene, Karagounis said.

“It’s supposed to bring back the old-school vibe of the multi-level, multi-DJ clubs that defined D.C. Nightlife in the ’90s and 2000s,” Karagounis told us in July. “Decades is supposed to recreate that vibe and atmosphere and give clubgoers a new weekend hangout where they can party and be part of various decades of nightclub music.”

Decades is scheduled to kick off its regular event lineup by hosting a “Throwback Thursday” event on Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. The party will feature three DJs, drink specials, games and “hip-hop from all eras and more blasting through the world class Funktion One sound system available on all four floors.”

by Tim Regan November 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

The owners of D.C.’s new ice cream roll shop plan to dole out free samples to celebrate the store’s grand opening this weekend.

IcyCode (2029 P St. NW) is slated to hold a grand opening party with free samples this Saturday, Nov. 12, from 3-6 p.m. When the store opens, it will serve Thai-style ice cream rolls in flavors like cappuccino, baked Alaska, chocolate mousse and green tea mochi.

According to a Facebook event post, Saturday’s party will be a “free tasting event” for people curious about the frozen treat.

The shop’s employees were hard at work making last-minute preparations when a Borderstan reporter visited IcyCode earlier today.

“We’re doing a lot of fun stuff,” chef and store concept developer, Yuanchi You told Borderstan last month. “I will put a lot of my touch into it.”

by Tim Regan November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

(Updated at 12:36 p.m.) The forthcoming Logan Circle men’s J. Crew store is due to open next Wednesday, according to a representative from the company.

The store, which is located at 1618 14th St. NW, will officially open on Nov. 9, a J. Crew representative said.

The store will host a grand opening party on Nov. 19 at noon to celebrate the opening, according to a “classified” brochure the clothing retailer mailed to a Borderstan reporter’s home yesterday.

The event will include complimentary professional portraits by a photographer along with “drinks, snacks and shopping.” Everyone who spends at least $100 will receive an unspecified gift, the retailer said.

by Tim Regan November 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm 0

The downtown lunch crowd has a new destination for burnt ends, pulled pork and ribs.

Fat Pete’s BBQ opened a new eatery at 801 18th St. earlier this week, according to the company’s Twitter account. The Golden Triangle BID also tweeted about the opening:

A walk through the restaurant’s menu reveals burnt ends, pulled pork, racks of ribs, smoked turkey and sides like baked beans, collard greens and cornbread. Other menu items include smoked salmon, coleslaw, watermelon slices and Mississippi mud pie.

Fat Pete’s also slathers its meat in six kinds of regionally inspired barbecue sauces in varieties like sweet, spicy, vinegar and mustard.

The company’s original location opened in Cleveland Park roughly two years ago, and there might be more Fat Pete’s on the way, the restaurant says.

“We’ll hopefully have 10-15 restaurants in the next couple of years,” company chef Howard “Hondo” Greenberg told Washington City Paper in August.

by Tim Regan November 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

A gastropub that’s been years in the making near Howard University appears to have set a firm opening date.

The Hilltop Bar and Restaurant (2737 Sherman Ave. NW) is scheduled to open Nov. 11, according to a recent Facebook post. Local blog New Columbia Heights was the first to spot the new opening date.

“[The Hilltop] is opening Nov. 11,” the Oct. 29 post reads. “Can’t wait to see you.”

This isn’t the first time the eatery’s owners said they were ready to start slinging food and drinks, however. The restaurant also said it would open last September, then again last May.

When the business finally opens its doors, it will serve a menu that includes offerings such as roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower and burrata salad, according to the eatery’s Facebook page.

Photos via Facebook / The Hilltop

by Tim Regan October 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

A new coworking space will open its doors to local entrepreneurs and creative types on H Street next week.

Locale Workspace is set to open at 1320B H St. NE on Monday, Oct. 31, according to company co-founder Alison Beshai.

The shared workspace will be aimed at self-employed workers such as graphic designers, writers, illustrators and photographers, Beshai said.

“We wanted to create a smaller, more intimate space that focused more on community and people in the creative industry,” she explained.

When it opens next week, the space will have free coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for members. Memberships are sold in one-day, 10-day or month-long packages.

As an added bonus, the coworking space’s members will have exclusive access to a lunch menu from the company’s downstairs neighbor, Sally’s Middle Name, from Wednesday to Friday each week.

The new space is Locale’s second in D.C. The company’s first coworking space, located at 52 O St. NW, will be rebranded into “Locale Workroom,” a venue for private meetings, workshops and rentals.

Those interested in previewing the new coworking venue can attend a launch party there at 6 p.m. this evening.

by Tim Regan October 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

new Dupont Circle ice cream shop could start serving frozen treats in a matter of weeks.

If all goes according to plan, IcyCode (2029 P St. NW) will open to the public on Nov. 13, according to chef and store concept developer, Yuanchi You. When the store opens, it will serve ice cream rolls, a frozen Thai-style dish that has caught on in places like New York CityLos Angeles and Boston.

You, who usually goes by the name “Johnny Hong Kong,” said he plans to elevate the ice cream rolls to the “next level.”

Some of You’s specialties are cappuccino, baked Alaska, chocolate mousse and green tea mochi ice cream rolls. Other forthcoming flavors include banana split, cookies and cream and s’mores.

“We’re doing a lot of fun stuff,” You told Borderstan. “I will put a lot of my touch into it.”

You added that the shop also will switch up its menu based on ideas from patrons.

“If a lot of people request whatever flavor, we will invent something new,” he said.

Is this the beginning of a new food craze here in D.C.? You thinks so. In fact, he said, the store’s owners are currently plotting out possible future expansions.

“We’ve already started to look for a second location around the D.C. area,” You said. “I think this concept will be everywhere.”

Photos via Facebook / IcyCode

by Tim Regan October 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm 5 Comments

(Updated at 4:06 p.m.) A new business is slated to start selling leather journals and custom notebooks from a storefront in Dupont Circle.

Online store Jenni Bick Custom Journals is set to open a new brick-and-mortar location at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW this December, according to co-owner Robby Bick. The new shop will occupy the space that formerly held Riccardi Clothier, which moved to Georgetown last June.

When the store opens, it will sell a variety of handmade journals, albums, notebooks and sketchbooks bound in leather and other materials, Bick said. The store will also carry items from larger manufacturers such as Moleskine and Epica.

“We’ll have far and away the best selection of journals, photo albums and sketchbooks that you’ll be able to find, certainly in the area, but probably anywhere,” Bick said.

Additionally, the store will carry pens, cards, and stationery, and will have a hand-operated embossing machine for custom orders, he added.

Bick, who lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and company co-owner, Jenni, is no stranger to living and working in D.C. In the ’90s, he operated Adams Morgan bookstore Bick’s Books. He’s also managed or worked at a number of book and record stores in the District over the years.

For the Bicks, the new store will serve as a kind of homecoming.

“Both Jenni and I grew up here, and for family reasons, wanted to return,” Bick said. “My first job was in my Uncle’s book and record store at 1342 Connecticut Avenue, the same block we are moving into, back in 1969.”

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Salt & Sundry plants (Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry)

A new shop specializing in cacti, succulents and stationary is set to replace Salt & Sundry near the 14th Street corridor in the coming months.

Little Leaf from Salt & Sundry owner Amanda McClements is slated to land at 1401 S St. NW this winter, according to an online announcement. Salt & Sundry, which has occupied the storefront since 2014, is scheduled to move to a larger space in The Mission building at 1625 14th St. NW when Little Leaf arrives.

“Salt & Sundry’s little sister will give us more space to share the things we love — cacti and succulents, great quality stationery, desk accessories, handcrafted ceramics and more,” the announcement says. “We’re excited to grow and continue supporting makers and artists — both in DC and beyond.”

Salt & Sundry, which sells candles, bar supplies, dishes and other home goods, has one other store in Union Market. That location opened in 2012.

Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry

by Tim Regan September 9, 2016 at 11:50 am 2 Comments


First, the craze hit New York City. Then Los Angeles. Boston came next.

Now, it looks as though a new business plans to bring a trendy ice cream treat to a storefront just blocks away from Dupont Circle.

Signage for a new business called “Icy Code” went up recently at 2029 P St. NW, the space that formerly held Thomas Foolery. According to the sign, the business will sling decadent “ice cream rolls.”

What are ice cream rolls, anyway? Paste Magazine describes the forthcoming craze like this:

This mounting trend started tiptoeing into the States last year by way of Southeast Asia — not just Thailand, but also Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines, where the treat is often sold by street vendors. To make it, a still-liquid ice cream base is poured onto a tray cooled to around -23 degrees Celsius; fruit, cookies, candies are cut (loudly) in with a couple of spatulas that resemble putty knives. Then the whole thing is smoothed into a wafer-y sheet to freeze up quick, and scraped into tubes.

A building permit issued Sept. 2 says the owners plan to renovate the space and add a wall. We’ll update this story if we learn more about when the new business might open.

by Andrew Ramonas May 16, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Buttercream Bakeshop at 1250 9th St. NW

A self-described “mighty little bakery” officially is set to start selling its breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes and other baked goods in Shaw tomorrow.

Buttercream Bakeshop is scheduled to open at 1250 9th St. NW at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to a post the bakery published on Instagram this morning.

Led by pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and decorator Alexandra Mudry-Till, who both worked on baked goods for Buzz Bakery owner Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buttercream Bakeshop’s “main event” is its cookies, cakes and confections, according to its website.

“Satisfy your mid day sweet tooth or pick up a cake or box of treats to share with friends,” its website says. “Our gourmet sweets are a delicious and thoughtful way to show you care. We like to think of cake as a required ingredient to a happy life, not just for birthdays, which only come once a year!”

by Tim Regan April 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

1413 K St NW

Someone plans to open a new barbecue restaurant and live music venue in the space once intended to house a luxurious caviar lounge.

The owners of a new eatery called “Vieux Carre” have applied to serve alcohol at 1413 K St. NW, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).


by Andrew Ramonas April 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Doozydog! Club

Dogs and their admirers are set to have a new club near the U Street corridor to hang out next month.

The Doozydog! Club, which bills itself as the “un-kennel” with a “modern dog experience,” is scheduled to open its first East Coast location at 2301 14th St. NW on May 18. The canine boarding, daycare and grooming company currently has locations in California, Texas and Washington state.

In D.C., the club will have 4,500 square feet of space for play parks, sleeping areas, a boutique, a “state-of-the-art Style Bar” and a window for passersby to see the dogs in action, according to the company.


by Tim Regan March 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Village Whiskey, photo via Facebook / Village WhiskeyThe restaurant group behind a popular Philadelphia bourbon bar has moved closer to opening another outpost in the District.

A recent filing with ABRA reveals that The Garces Group — the company behind Philadelphia’s Village Whiskey, Rural Society (1177 15th St. NW) and more than a dozen other eateries — has applied for a liquor license for a forthcoming Village Whiskey location in Blagden Alley.



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