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Park View Farmers Market Opens at Hook Hall this Sunday

January 8, 2020

DC’s newest farmer’s market will open in Hook Hall (corner of Georgia and Morton Street) on January 12, 2020. The Park View Farmers Market will be an indoor market which will be open year-round, every Sunday from 9am – 2pm.

According to the announcement on the Hook Hall Website, the mission of the Park View Farmers Market is to connect local farmers, growers and producers to local consumers in the Park View and surrounding neighborhoods.

The market features:

  • An indoor, year-round market, rain or shine;
  • Will be every Sunday from 9am-2pm;
  • The largest meat and seafood counter in Northwest DC; and,
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, seafood, meat, honey, bread, pastries, donuts and prepared foods that are both plant-based and meat-based.

The Midlands Weeks Away from Opening

October 17, 2016
Front and center in the Midlands' outdoor garden is a pergola.

Front and center in the Midlands’ outdoor garden is a pergola.

Over the weekend I stopped in at The Midlands to check out their progress. In looking around and talking to one of the owners, it appears that they will be opening in a few weeks (not more than a month). The beer garden has about as much room outside as there is inside. I was very happy to learn food will definitely be available as a part of the menu. The Midlands is located on the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street near Walls of Books and the Post Office.

Inside, there is a wonderful mural on the south wall which you can see in the photos below.

Midlands mural

Midlands mural

Bees and honey appear to be a theme at the Midlands. Not only to they feature prominently in the mural above, they show up elsewhere like the honeycomb inspired design on the north wall and in the metal cut out below.




Checking out the Golden Triangle’s Haiku Project

February 13, 2015

haikumapfinalIf you happen to find yourself in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, you’ll probably have seen their Golden Haiku project in many of the tree boxes. I’ve long been interested in how Business Improvement Districts add value to commercial districts, and have often wondered why we don’t have one on 14th Street in Columbia Heights. I think Georgia Avenue would benefit from one too, but I don’t think Georgia have the businesses to support one yet.

But back to the Golden Triangle area … this winter, the Golden Triangle BID The Golden has installed 60 haikus in tree boxes all over their district. The map above gives an indication of the area included in this project. Below are photos of four haikus from the 60 installed.

Haiku 1

Haiku 3

Haiku 2



Love Coffee? Check Out Harrar’s Weekly Coffee Ceremony

November 20, 2014

I haven’t written about Harrar Coffee & Roastery in a while, and thought time was overdue to give them a shout out. I’ve yet to be disappointed in a visit there, and find it a good way to get a day off to a good start.

While there last Saturday, I learned that on Saturday’s starting at 11:30 am, Harrar has their weekly Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, at which they also provide free samples of their coffee. Yet one more reason for me to really love this business.

If you love coffee, and haven’t stopped by Harrar yet, you might want to give them a try. They are located at 2904 Georgia Avenue, a little south and across the street from Bravo Bar. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 6am-8pm, Saturday 7am-8pm, and Sunday 7am-7pm.


Marketing Campaign Promotes 7th/Georgia Ave. and Technology Corridor

June 9, 2014
New Digital DC banner on Georgia Avenue.

New Digital DC banner on Georgia Avenue.

Over the last few days I’ve begun to notice new “Digital DC” banners on the streetlights along Georgia Avenue. Wanting to find out more, I went to the Digital DC Website listed on the banner and found the following.

According to the Website: “Digital DC” is a marketing campaign and economic development initiative to promote Washington, DC as the leading community in the innovation and high-tech economy. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the world for technology companies and venture capital investment, Digital DC represents and supports the vibrant, dedicated, and unique community of local and international tech and innovation-based businesses that are thriving in the District.

As first reported by the Washington Business Journal, Digital DC is part of Mayor Gray’s current initiative to create a “technology corridor (7th St NW/New York Ave NW to Georgia Ave NW/Kansas Ave NW) to establish a pipeline and clustered ecosystem of tech talent near the District’s existing tech hub within Gallery Place/Chinatown.”

Furthermore, the initiative includes “an entrepreneurial induction program designed to provide training, access to networks, capital, and resources for early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the District.”

Again, the Website describes the fund as: The Digital DC Technology Fund is a catalytic investment fund and customized mentorship program dedicated to promoting the success of early and growth stage technology ventures in Washington, DC. The pilot investment round will award up to $1 million in non-dilutive grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 to early and growth stage tech startups that locate within the boundaries of the Digital DC Tech Opportunity Corridor.

It will be interesting to see if this marketing and capital investment program brings many tech businesses to Georgia Avenue. If successful, it would certainly be a great addition to the corridor by helping to diversify the types of businesses located on Georgia Avenue and, as a result, help enliven the corridor as a business destination.



Annie’s Hardware Offering Government Shut Down Discount

October 2, 2013

Annie’s Hardward has just alerted me to their response to the Government Shut Down. It’s nice to see that Bars aren’t the only businesses providing a break to Federal employees.

The Government May Be Shut Down but We Aren’t

Annies logo

Now’s the time to tackle some big or small projects around the house. 

Show your Federal Government ID Monday through Friday between  8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and receive 5% off on your total purchase…Go ahead, paint that living room, clean up your yard, fix that wobbly handle that’s been driving you nuts.  We’ve got all you need and happy, helpful folks to answer your questions.

This offer is good on all regularly priced items and will continue until the government shut down ends! No rain checks or special orders but you can combine with Ace reward coupons.

In 1922, the Sale of the 3650 Block of Georgia Avenue was Big News

April 11, 2013
(From the Washington Post, July 30, 1922)

(From the Washington Post, July 30, 1922)

Here’s a nice tidbit I stumbled upon recently while searching for something else … a real estate news article concerning the sale of the entire commercial block on the east side of Georgia Avenue between Quebec Place and Rock Creek Church Road. According to the article, the sale of this block, a mere two years after it was built, to a Connecticut-based investor was evidence that outlying business property was attracting more and more attention. The property sold for $150,000.

News of the sale was certainly greeted with optimism. The article  goes on to say … “No property in outlying business sections has come to the front more rapidly than on Georgia Avenue. Many extensive improvements are being planned for this locality which promise to make it in the near future as important a business center as Fourteenth street and Park Road.”

According to the Bureau or Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator, the 1922 price would be comparable to $2,072,910.71 today. Below is the strip of property today.

3650 block of Georgia Avenue today.

3650 block of Georgia Avenue today.


Annie’s Ace Hardware Celebrates Year Anniversary

February 11, 2013
Annie's Ace Hardware owner Anne Stom with her partner Lyn Stoessen.

Annie’s Ace Hardware owner Anne Stom (right) with her partner Lyn Stoesen.

It hardly seems possible that Annie’s Ace Hardware (1240 Upshur Street, NW) has been open a full year. I feel like it’s only been a few month since I first posted the news that the Park View/Petworth/Columbia Heights area would be getting a new, full service hardware store. Yet, a year it’s been … and a great year at that.

On Saturday, February 9th, Annie’s celebrated their year anniversary with cake and coffee for customers. I understand Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser was scheduled to stop by as well, but I needed to leave prior to her arrival. There was also a raffle customers could participate in, but I don’t know the outcome of that (perhaps someone from Annie’s can help me out here). I thought it was a very nice way for Annie’s to celebrate their anniversary and in keeping with the store’s focus on providing great customer service and giving back to the community.

Anniversary cakes prior to cutting.

Anniversary cakes prior to cutting.

Also in that spirit, I continue to notice new services and products every time I go to Annie’s. On this last visit, I read that they will begin a knife sharpening service this week and they now carry Edison style light bulbs — and not just in 40 watts, but also 20 and 60 watts (see image below for Edison selection).

So, Happy Anniversary Annie’s! It’s been a great year with a great area business!

Edison style light bulb selection now available at Annie's Ace Hardware

Edison style light bulb selection now available at Annie’s Ace Hardware


Park View Year in Review: Part III — Small Business

December 31, 2012
DC Reynolds, located at 3628 Georgia Avenue.

DC Reynolds, located at 3628 Georgia Avenue.

While there was noticeable advancement in 2012 within the areas of development and District driven renovations,  there was also notable growth in local small business.

Within Park View proper, DC Reynolds opened at 3628 Georgia Avenue — the empty former Huron Pharmacy space — at the end of March. A neighborhood place similar to nearby Looking Glass Lounge, DC Reynolds is a combination bar and eatery. By July, DC Reynolds expanded hours of operation to include Saturday brunch, and then expanded service once again to include brunch on Sundays. Not to be outdone, Looking Glass Lounge also started serving brunch following DC Reynolds lead.

The renovated Lion's at 3615 Georgia.

The renovated Lion’s at 3614 Georgia.

Also on the 3600 block of Georgia, Lion’s Liquors reopened after a renovation of many months at the beginning of March. This was a huge change. Prior to closing in 2011, few residents had anything nice to say about this liquor store. It was poorly run, run down, dirty, and frequently had a dedicated crew of regulars who loitered out front. By contrast, the renovated Lion’s Fine Wines & Spirits is nothing but spit and polish. There is a good selection of wine (one that continues to improve) and while spirits are still behind the service counter, the safety glass is gone and the staff are friendly and service minded.

Knit hats and mittens in an assortment of colors at Tibet Shop, 3213 Georgia.

Knit hats and mittens in an assortment of colors at Tibet Shop, 3213 Georgia.

Further south on Georgia Avenue, Adams Morgan’s Tibet Shop opened their second location at 3213 Georgia Avenue at the end of November. This was the first true business to open in the area in years that is not in the service industry or reliant on alcohol sales. This alone merits notice and community support. It doesn’t hurt that Tibet Shop also has interesting merchandise that should appeal to shoppers once they become familiar with the shop.

Fish in the 'Hood, now Fish in the Neighborhood, at 3601 Georgia.

Fish in the ‘Hood, now Fish in the Neighborhood, at 3601 Georgia.

Though not a new business, Bill’s Seafood Kitchen, also known as Fish in the ‘Hood and now Fish in the Neighborhood, also had a noteworthy year. This local treasure of an eatery received good press this year from both the Washingtonian  and the Washington Post. Not bad for a small business in one of DC’s lesser known neighborhoods.

Just Outside the Neighborhood

Though the following businesses are just outside Park View, their close proximity must be included since they have made a definite impact on the community.

All in all, its been a very busy year for small business in the area, and a boon to small businesses serving the Park View community.

Next: Part IV — Historic Preservation and Community Activism.


Grant Money Available for Lower Georgia Avenue Facade Improvements

December 14, 2012
Map showing zone where businesses are eligible for grants

Map showing zone where businesses are eligible for grants

If you are a small business — or know of one — that is wanting to make capital improvements to your building but don’t have the funds, grant money is now available if you are located along the Georgia Avenue/7th Street/North Capitol Street corridor. According to emails distributed recently on listservs, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has just released information on the Great Streets Funding for façade improvements and Tax Increment Funding for  the Lower Georgia Ave. business corridor and other areas of the District.  The deadline is Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4 p.m. Details on the grant, the eligible area, and who to contact for additional information is available here.

The purpose of the “7th Street/North Capitol Street NW Small Business Capital Improvement Grant” is to support existing small businesses, attract new small businesses, increase the District’s tax base and create new jobs for District residents. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has allocated $400,000 for this round of funding and will be awarding grants up to a maximum of $85,000 each.

Eligible Applicants must own a retail or service business within the boundaries or with direct frontage on the boundaries (see map) and must otherwise satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in this Request For Applications. The Applicant may be the owner of the property or the lessee. Eligible retail development projects shall not include liquor stores, nightclubs, bars, banks, or hotels.

This sounds like a great opportunity for small local businesses and I certainly hope some of those in Park View take advantage of it.


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