Archive for the ‘Small Businesses’ category

Breaking: Fire at Fish in the Hood Today, No Injuries

April 14, 2017

UPDATE: As reported by the Washington Post, the fire was rule accidental with two injuries, one a civilian with minor injuries treated on site and one by a fire fighter.

A short time ago it was reported that there was a fire at Fish in the Hood, aka Bill’s Seafood Kitchen, at Otis and Georgia Avenue. According to DC Fire and EMS there were no injuries.

I don’t know the extent of the fire at this time. I wish Bill all the best and hope that the damage is minor so that this great Park View business can reopen soon!

Checking Out Story District’s Bright/Bold Storefront

March 7, 2017

Story District has been located on Georgia Avenue between Walls of Books and The Midlands since last fall, yet they really didn’t have much of a street presence that I recall until recently. When walking past their office over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that they now have a bold and inviting identity when you look at their storefront. I very much appreciate its colorfulness and inviting character.

Columbia Heights Initiative Holds Meet & Greet with Area ANCs to Talk Main Streets

February 27, 2017

main-streets-meeting(Participants from Main Street/ANC meet & greet. From l. to r.: Brad Gudzinas (1B02), Sharon Farmer (1A07), Christine Miller (1A05), Brianne Dornbush (Columiba Heights Initiative), Kent Boese (1A08), Jack McKay (1D03), and Zach Rybarczyk (1A03)).

On Saturday, February 25th, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners from Columbia Heights, Park View, and Mount Pleasant were invited to meet with Brianne Dornbush of the Columbia Heights Initiative and discuss the new Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street that was recently awarded to the Initiative. The Main Street is still in its early stages of organizing, so much of the conversation centered on how to share information, how to have the local ANCs work with each other and the Main Street, and suggesting priorities on where the Main Street could focus its efforts in the coming year.

One issue that was discussed was how to brand the main street, as Columbia Heights/Mt Pleasant Main Street is long. I suggested that a possible name could be the Mid-city Main Street as Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant are located within the Mid-city element of the Comprehensive Plan.

Another issue that was discussed was how to bridge the gap between Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant. Whether on Park Rd or Irving Street, the two business areas of the Main Street do not abut. The gaps between the business areas don’t encourage pedestrians to continue from one area to the other unless one already has a specific purpose in mind. Here, I suggested that public art could be one way to unite the areas, much like Capitol Hill did with their Alphabet Animals project a couple years ago.

Among the other issues that were mentioned was the relationship between the area Clean Team and the Main Street. Currently, they are two separate efforts that cover roughly the same area. In other main streets, the clean team is under the umbrella of the Main Street which helps with organization and ensures that both efforts are serving the same area. Several participants were of the opinion that the two should be combined in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant too.

It will be interesting to see how the newest Main Street effort evolves and what its first projects will be. Future opportunities are sure to be scheduled soon to continue the networking and collaboration that are necessary for a thriving neighborhood Main Street.

King’s Deli Open, Under New Ownership

January 31, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec Pl, NW.

As a follow up to my post last week regarding King’s Deli, I’ve since learned that it was recently sold and is now under new ownership. I had an opportunity to meet with the new owner on Sunday, and got to hear about their plans for the business.

While there is currently some irregularity with their hours of operation, they hope to spruce the place up and make it more inviting, both on the outside and within. I also asked about the recent health code violation, which I understand happened under the previous owner and has since been corrected.

I’ll provide more information as they are available.

Colony Club Joining Forces with DGS Delicatessen

January 30, 2017

sadies-weekdaysAccording to a new release shard by Colony Club, they are joining forces with DGS Delicatessen  to bring Dupont Circle top-notch coffee and bagels. The venture is called Sadie’s Weekdays and it will operate out of the DGS sandwich counter from 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. This will allow people to grab a latte and breakfast before DGS opens its doors for lunch.

Sadie’s Weekdays, a collaboration between cousins and friends, is a nod to the classic New York bagel shop, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and preparation. Expect to see a bagel with soft scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and crispy DGS pastrami. The bagels are coming from DC’s own Bullfrog Bagels. Colony Club’s baristas will be behind the counter, brewing Ceremony Coffee (Annapolis, MD) and pulling shots of Tandem Coffee (Portland, ME).

Below is a copy of the Menu.

sadies-menu

 

 

King’s Deli and Grocery Closed Due to Health Code Violation

January 27, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

I’ve learned that King’s Deli (located on the northeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Quebec Pl, NW) closed on January 17th due to operating without hot water, which is a health code violation.

As King’s Deli also has a liquor license, the liquor license will be put in safe keeping until the store reopens.

Latino Market May Be in the Works for Georgia Avenue

January 19, 2017

img_2030(Former D&B Deli site, just north of the old Murrays on Georgia Avenue.)

The old D&B Deli at 3412 Georgia Avenue (btw. Morton & Park Rd.) is closed and appears to be turning into a Latino Market. Its hard to tell how quickly this transformation will occur, as the Coming Soon sign for La Herradura Supermarket has been up since November.

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