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by Andrew Ramonas — October 26, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

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.

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by Jennifer Currier — October 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Little Goblins parade

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

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 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 Jordan-Marie Smith — August 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm 0

Number Nine crowd at GOP debate

Though plenty watched the GOP primary debate at local bars last night, one of the liveliest crowds gathered at beloved P Street NW gay bar Number Nine.

Walking up the steep steps, away from the hip, dimly lit first floor crowd and pumping music, a loud buzz emanated from the bar’s second story as patrons waited for the debate to begin.

“Figured it’d be a bit entertaining to watch in here, of all places,” said U Street corridor resident  Phil Ryan.  “You always get a good reaction.”

As 7 p.m. crept closer, the crowd milled around the increasingly busy bar, casually glancing at the four television screens for any sign of the candidates.

“This is the most D.C. thing,” said one man about the irony of a mostly-liberal bar watching a political event from the opposite aisle.

That liberalism showed when smiling candidates took the stage, introduced by FOX News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

While Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie received a round of resounding boos, it was business magnate and political troll Donald Trump who, possibly in jest, earned cheers and applause from one side of the elbow-brushing room.

It was soon clear that many in attendance were there solely for Trump’s antics.

For instance, when Trump raised his hand indicating he would consider running as a third party candidate, the entire floor erupted in a unified “Whoa.”

“I knew we’d all laugh at Trump,” Ryan said. “I mean, that’s part of the reason we’re all watching this.”

Cackles and shocked “ohs,” erupted from the crowd after Trump stood by calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig,” and when Trump bashed politicians “who get in bed with lobbyists of special interests,” one man shouted, “if they’re hot!”

But even Trump’s awkward demeanor and brash misogyny couldn’t quite keep the crowd’s full attention, even in the first hour. As questions bounced from Trump to Dr. Ben Carson, the previously silent and attentive crowd grew increasingly louder and more distracted.

And while some clearly awaited the funny moments, others seemed to agree on a few of the candidates’ points. For example, after Kelly asked Christie about entitlement programs, a silence fell over the room, and one man turned to his friend and said, “that’s … legit.”

It was clear Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the crowd over, at least for a moment, when he said: “If one of my daughters happened to be [gay], of course I would love them and I would accept them.” Throughout the night, Kasich continued to elicit applause and cheers for his comments on equality.

Final verdict? Unknown. But as the crowd thinned out onto P Street, Ryan said that whoever earns the GOP nomination, it won’t be Trump.

“He’s just trolling,” Ryan said.

by Tim Regan — July 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

1000 P Street NW, photo via Street View

(Updated at 4:26 p.m.; the incident happened close to the Shaw/Logan Circle border and the article was changed to reflect that.)

A man struck another man with a metal pipe and was then arrested near the border of Shaw and Logan Circle yesterday, say D.C. Police.

Justin Johnson, 29, is suspected of approaching a man and hitting him in the arm with a metal pipe on the 1000 block of P Street NW around 2:18 p.m. yesterday.

Johnson was arrested at the scene, say authorities. Police did not know if the victim was transported from the scene to a hospital.

A D.C. Fire and EMS representative was not immediately available for comment.

Information on the suspect’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Photo via Google Street View

by Borderstan.com — May 31, 2013 at 9:30 am 0


DC Meet Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MEETMarket is on this weekend, Saturday, June 1 . They will have more than 40 local vendors at the corner of P and 15th Streets NW in the Saint Luke Episcopal Church parking lot.

DC MEETMarket is a monthly outdoor market located in the heart of Logan Circle. Held on the first Saturday of every month from April to December.

Come out this Saturday from 11 to 5 pm. Enjoy the market and buy local.

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by Borderstan.com — May 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


DC Meet Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MEETMarket is on this weekend, Saturday, May 4. They will have more than 40 local vendors at the corner of P and 15th Streets NW in the Saint Luke Episcopal Chuch parking lot.

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? DC MEETMarket has you covered featuring a Mariachi Band and also a spotlight on Honest Tea a sponsor of the DC MEETMarket.

Come out this Saturday from 11 to 5 pm. Enjoy the market, buy local and celebrate.

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by Borderstan.com — April 5, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

DC Meet Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MEETMarket is at 15th and P Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The DC MEETMarket returns this weekend, Saturday, April 6, and the neighborhood party is bringing food, music and culture to the heart of Borderstan.

The community-driven event will take place on the corner of 15th and P Streets NW from 11 am until 5 pm. Self-described as a community market “where culture and neighbors collide,” DC MEETMarket meets on the third Saturday of every month at the same location.

For more information on the free and local event, visit the DC MEETMarket Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com — April 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.


Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Eleven years ago Gina Schaefer and her husband, Marc Friedman, had the somewhat unconventional idea to open a hardware store that would serve local customers doing home improvement projects.

The couple, then residents of Logan Circle (now living in Shaw), wanted to fix up their condo with locally purchased goods rather than have to drive across the city (or the suburbs) to get home repair supplies.

In March 2003, Gina and Mark opened Logan Hardware at 1416 P Street NW. Little did they know that their dream to open a local hardware store would start them on their way to a small empire of nine urban Ace hardware stores from DC to Baltimore.

Beginning this week, customers will be able to purchase items from the new Made in DC program which spotlights locally made merchandise.

Since opening Logan Hardware, their stores have employed more than 300 people, made 300,684 house keys, mixed more than 42,000 gallons of paint, and served more than one million customers. Logan Hardware’s most popular item: light bulbs.

On March 2, Logan Hardware hosted a 10th Anniversary celebration to show their appreciation for local residents with a 20 percent- off discount throughout the store and a raffle that benefited House of Ruth and Jubilee Jobs.

Made in DC Program

Beginning this week, customers will be able to purchase items from the new Made in DC program which spotlights locally made merchandise. The first products come from local crafter Tina Seamonster, who is offering up altered DC flag and cat, dog and bike magnets, DJ cat tote bags, zombie magnets and more.

Also new in the store: Look for spring flowers for your garden, a new line of nostalgic candy and sodas and an expanded pet section that includes Bully Sticks, Blackstone dog food, and more.

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by Borderstan.com — March 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


The 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at Stead Park this Saturday; photos from 2012. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This Saturday, May 30, is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park field on the 1600 block of P Street NW.

Last year the event drew a large turnout of kids and parents, around 200.The festivities included snacks, face painting, balloons and, naturally, a good sport who wore an Easter Bunny costume.

This year the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:45 am. The hunt will be in waves so all the kids get a chance to go — and and organizers say there are plenty of eggs. The event is sponsored by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate.

Come early to get a balloon, have your face painted and grab a snack. (Be sure to bring your own basket!)

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by Borderstan.com — March 19, 2013 at 9:57 am 0


Protesters against the Keystone Pipeline talk to morning commuters and the media following this morning’s protest at TD Bank, 1489 P Street NW. (Borderstan)

A small group of protesters occupied the ATM lobby and a small space on the sidewalk in front of the TD Bank branch at 1489 P Street NW Tuesday morning. The group was protesting TD Bank’s funding of the Keystone XL Pipeline. One of the group members said there was no organization behind the protest, although some of them had come from the Occupy DC movement.

DC Police were on hand in full force, and the 1400 block of P Street was closed to traffic at 7:30 am Tuesday morning. By 8 am, the two protesters inside the ATM lobby and the sidewalk protester — who was chained to a 300-pound chunk of cement — had been removed by police.

The protesters were giving media interviews and talking to early morning foot commuters at 15th and P NW. Police on the scene said no arrests were made. There was no representative of TD Bank on hand to confirm that the bank was not pressing charges against the protesters.


The scene shortly before 8 am this morning at 15th and P NW. (Borderstan)

The planned fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline has yet to receive final approval from the U.S. Government, and is the subject of considerable controversy; it is opposed by a number of major environmental groups, including the Sierra Club.

According to TransCanada, “The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.”

As Wikipedia explains, “The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport petroleum products from Canada and the northern United States “primarily to refineries in the Gulf Coast” of Texas.(USSD SEIS March 1, 2013 p.ES-2). The products to be shipped include synthetic crude oil (synbit) and dilbit (diluted bitumen) from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta, Canada, and Bakken synthetic crude oil and light crude oil produced from the Williston Basin (Bakken) region in Montana and North Dakota. Two phases of the project are in operation, a third, from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf coast, is under construction and the fourth is awaiting U.S. government approval as of mid-March 2013.”

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by Borderstan.com — March 12, 2013 at 6:05 am 0


Leave me Alone is by DoctorJ.Bass from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Leave Me Alone is by DoctorJ.Bass. The photo was taken March 3 at the corner of 14th and P Streets NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — March 7, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 


Once the Fraternity House, then Omega, soon to be a single-family residence. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Have you ever thought to yourself: “You know, if you knocked that wall down, this Chipotle has the potential to be a pretty great living space?” Well then, you might just have what it takes to get ahead in the competitive DC real estate market.

In the pursuit of the perfect living space, many real estate developers and home buyers in the District are going the route of the unconventional in order create unique and charming properties.

In recent years, several older buildings have been repurposed to meet the growing need for housing and commercial space in the District.

The old Lenox School in Capitol Hill, built in 1898, was recently converted into 24 condominium units. Churches like St Monica’s Episcopal in Capitol Hill have also been converted into housing. In Adams Morgan, the old Kalorama skating rink is currently being redeveloped into apartments, albeit without windows. The new Matchbox restaurant on 14th Street was also once a bowling alley.

Now in Dupont Circle, the building that most recently housed Omega (2123 Twining Court NW, just south of P Street, has been purchased and will be turned into an alley home.

As reported in Urban Turf, the once DC gay bar hotspot was recently purchased by a family who intends to repurpose the property into a single family home.

Originally built as a stable house in 1905, the property was first converted into a restaurant in the 1950s and later became The Fraternity House in 1979. The club was eventually renamed Omega in the 1990s. Omega abruptly closed its doors for good on December 26.

As long as space is available, there really seems to be no end to this “adaptive reuse” trend. A few years from now, we’ll find ourselves commenting on how – you really can’t even tell those apartments used to be a Barnes and Noble.

The 5,850-square foot Omega property was sold for$1.9 million.

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by Borderstan.com — December 11, 2012 at 12:05 am 2 Comments

"gun robbery"

The 1400 block of  P Street NW. (Borderstan file photo)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

DC Police reported a gun robbery in the 1400 block of P Street NW just after 6:30 pm Monday evening. The suspect was described as a black male in his ’50s wearing a beige jacket. The block is home to Whole Foods and a number of other well-know businesses, including a large number of restaurants. The Logan Circle shopping and dining strip is normally crowded with pedestrians at this time of day.

The 1400 block of P Street NW has recently been the street block in Borderstan with the greatest number of serious crime incidents (First Six Months of 2012: Crime in Borderstan Up Slightly from 2011), although most of these incidents are theft cases. In the first six months of 2012, two of the 26 incidents on this block were robberies, but neither involved a gun.

Tonight’s incident follows a series of robberies involving both knives and guns, as well as force and violence, in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area in the past two months.

From DC Police Reports: “Robbery Gun. UNIT 3071 CONFIRMED A Robbery in the 1400blk of P St. NW LOF a B/M, 50’s, Beige jkt.  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120619952. Sent on: 12/10 18:42.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery in the 1400 blk of P St. NW LOF a B/M, 50’s, Beige jkt. 6972.”

Recent Gun Robberies in the Area

It is not possible to compare robberies during the past two months to the same period of last year (see DC Police Crime Data Still Not Available Online). However, the following gun robberies have been reported in the area in the past two months.

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You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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