Attention, shoppers! Your trips to the grocery store are no longer a chore. It’s happy hour. At the newly open Bar at Whole Foods on P Street NW, you can now sit back and enjoy a coffee or something a bit stronger. The bar, which offers a nice selection of draft beers and wines, is on the main level of the store. They also have an all-organic coffee bar with organic coffee and espresso drinks. The store plans to have a grand opening for the bar soon, but is currently open for business.
The beer selection is varied – with eight different local beers offered on tap. Prices vary from $5 to $10 and there will be a 4-flight selection available as well. The store expects to switch out the beers offered every two weeks or so, providing customers with a nice selection of local craft brews. Some of these beers are exclusive to P Street and will not be available anywhere else in the area, including other area Whole Foods! Some of them will be available for purchase in the store. See an interesting new beer? Try a mug at the bar before committing to the six-pack.
Right now, the list includes RJ Rockers Pumpkin Ale (a P St exclusive), Dogfish Head Bitches Brew (my personal favorite), Unibroue Eau Benite (not available anywhere else in a 38-mile radius) and Epic-Fest Devious.
The Whole Foods P Street pub offers 100% certified organic coffee, draft beers and wines by the glass. All of the beers are made locally and will rotate based on availability and customer feedback, with some beers available exclusively only at this store.
If you are not into beer, do not worry. A selection of wines is available at the bar – both local and global. Priced at a reasonable $6 per glass, you might find yourself lingering at the bar longer than you planned to.
But wait, there’s more. The all-organic coffee bar offers hot and cold drinks, with organic milk from Trickling Springs Creamery. And if you are so inclined, they substitute soy and rice milk as well – for no extra charge. Take that, Starbucks.
For now, shoppers will not be able to walk around the store with drinks in tow (other than coffees), but they are looking to expand the bar to the mezzanine area. So go ahead, pull up a stool and fill up a mug.
Save up those shopping lists and support your community’s public school. On Tuesday, September 18, Garrison Elementary and three other schools in DC’s public school system will receive a share of 5% of the day’s net sales at the Whole Foods Market on P Street NW.
That same day, Garrison Elementary’s fourth-and-fifth-grade classes will spend the morning at Whole Foods to learn about organic food and healthy eating. Throughout the field trip, the students will get a tour of the store, compete in an organic scavenger hunt and take part in an “interview” with Whole Foods staff members.
The Whole Foods Market on P Street is open from 8 am until 10:30 pm at 1440 P Street NW.
Ladies (and gents) — it’s here again. Valentine’s Day. Red hearts, candy hearts, ‘I love you’ cards, and fuzzy white bears line CVS and Rite Aid walls and shelves all over the District.
Every year, as I anticipate the plans and questions and material items (What to do? Whom with? What to get and where?), I’m flooded by fond memories of years past: You know, the days when the big questions were “Which cartoon card should I tell my mom to mass order for my classmates? What color should my Valentine’s Day mailbox be?”
All of that said, just because mailboxes and candy hearts don’t necessarily characterize my days leading up to the holiday and the holiday itself, that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day – as a twenty-something year-old — can’t be equally as lovely.
While Valentine’s Day activities may vary — Bachelor marathon turned champagne drinking game, anyone? (yes, I have friends doing this), or a night out with a significant other — there’s one thing I believe friends, lovers and acquaintances (okay, maybe not acquaintances — that could be creepy) overlook:
The power of flowers.
I can’t speak for every person out there. But, I will say nothing makes me feel happier or more fulfilled than a few flowers in my apartment, or some on my desk at work. Some may argue “Why flowers? They die, and aren’t edible!” Well, for one – I don’t risk eating all of them (or any) in one fell swoop (or at all). Two, they’re pretty for the time they’re alive. And finally, when they do die, dried flowers make AWESOME wall-hangings.
All of this to say, friends and lovers, get out there and buy some flowers. Give some flowers. Or one flower (but not from a neighbor’s garden).
Where to Buy Flowers in the Neighborhood
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By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Anderson Cooper at Logan Circle Vida
How did I not know about this? Washington Examiner tells me, long after the spotting, that Anderson Cooper was working out with a male friend at the Logan Circle Vida Metropole. Loganites, is he still at Vida this week? TAKE SOME PICTURES!