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Construction at 3622 Georgia Avenue will Result in More Housing and Commercial Space

August 14, 2019

Here’s another long-vacant building on Georgia Avenue that is now actively under construction. 3622 Georgia, next to Lion’s Find Wines & Spirits, is an active construction site.

According to the building permit, issued in June 2019, the construction is for an addition and renovation of the existing two story and basement commercial building into a new R2 condominium with 8 dwelling units and a commercial/retail space on the first floor/basement level. The renovated building will be four stories above grade with a cellar and a mezzanine/equipment platform.

For a little history of the building, it was the office of Dr. Ephraim Edgar Ruebush, a successful veterinary surgeon, from 1925 until 1941.

New Convenience Store Open at Georgia and Irving

July 5, 2017

The Family Convenience Store has recently opened at 3100 Georgia Avenue, the northwest corner of Georgia and Irving. The building has been vacant for about six years. Has anyone checked it out?

Annie’s Hardware Expanding in Brookland — Joins Forces with Brookland Hardware

July 24, 2015

Congratulations to Annie’s Ace Hardware  and Brookland Hardware for growing and partnering to continue a long tradition of serving Brookland’s hardware needs. According to the press release (below), after 40 years in the retail hardware business in Brookland, Howard Politzer will hold a retirement and liquidation sale starting Thursday, July 23 at Brookland Hardware, 3501 12th Street NE. All inventory will be sold at deep discounts. After the transition, Howard will join the Ace team, bringing generations of knowledge and trust with him. I particularly like that Annie’s Ace will also be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood.

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland Info:
Expected Opening: Fall 2015
Anticipated Store Hours: MondaySaturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market   
Access: Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be a short walk from the Brookland Metro station on the Red Line and near several bus lines. The store will have seven dedicated parking spots.

Annies Ace expantion 1

Walters Opening in Park View This Friday

July 15, 2015

Following up on my May 9th announcement that the former Blue Banana/Park View Patio space would become a new bar/tavern called Walters, I’m please to announce that plans are to open this Friday at 5 p.m. Walters is located between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds at 3632 Georgia Avenue..

Last night I was able to check Walters out during a soft opening. My initial impression is very positive, and this seems like the first business in the space over the last 10 years that actually understand what a business needs to, well, stay in business. Overall, it was comfortable and welcoming.

Currently, the food selection is limited to house-made beef jerky, warmed and salted pretzels, baked buffalo wings, foot long hotdogs, a side salad, and traditional potato salad. Starting on Friday there will also be two sandwich choices as well. This is all a far cry and an improvement over the previous businesses in this space. There is also a small kids menu, complete with a connect the dots puzzle and a coloring page. Not bad.

I believe Walters has a lot of promise, and may prove to be a home run once its in the swing of things.

Below are a few photos from my visit.



IMG_9115(Beer, jerky, and pretzel.)

IMG_9113(Alphabet soup, letters on the wall by the tables for young and old minds.)

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.



Nest DC Located Above Looking Glass Lounge

May 10, 2013
Nest DC, located at 3634 Georgia Ave., NW.

Nest DC, located at 3634 Georgia Ave., NW.

It was brought to my attention a few days ago that new signage for Nest DC had been installed near Looking Glass Lounge. This was news to me. In calling them, I learned that they are located on the third floor of 3634 Georgia (just above Looking Glass)  and have been there for about two months.

According to their Website, Nest DC describes itself as a boutique property management company. After clicking on many of the links, it appears that they work with both property owners and those looking to rent a place. They have identified several neighborhoods that I would presume are where they are especially focused (although Park View is not listed among them), and even offer a design service to help owner better market their rentals.

All things considered, I’m happy to have this business in the neighborhood. It’s nice to have one less vacant commercial space on Georgia Avenue.

Park View Liquor Businesses Among Those Applying for Sunday Alcohol Sales

January 31, 2013
The renovated Lion's at 3614 Georgia Avenue

Lion’s at 3614 Georgia Avenue has applied to sell alcohol on Sundays

If you follow DCist, you will have noticed that a few days ago they published the list of liquor establishments that have applied to sell alcohol on Sundays. Of the fifty-nine applications filed so far, two locations are in Park View — Lion’s Fine Wines & Spirits at 3614 Georgia and King’s Deli & Grocery at 3651 Georgia (though DCist has the address as 2561 Georgia). So far, these are the only two applications in all of ANC 1A. Other nearby locations outside ANC 1A include Irving Liquor at  3100 Mount Pleasant Street, JB Liquors at 3914 14th Street, and M & S Market at 213 Upshur Street.

According to DCist:

“The board will be evaluating these applications on a case-by-case basis,” said [ABRA’s Bill] Hager. “The basic standard at this point is that a license must not have a Voluntary/Settlement Agreement; or if one does exist, that the terms do not preclude Sunday hours of operation.”

While you can read the full January 16th ABRA Press Release, the following is what will be of most interest to readers:

Of significance, the Bill allows Sunday alcoholic beverage sales by liquor stores. The District of Columbia now joins 37 other states that permit liquor stores to be open on Sundays. Liquor stores are currently permitted to remain open on Sundays in Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. ABRA Director Fred Moosally stated, “ABRA will begin accepting applications from liquor stores to sell and deliver alcoholic beverages on Sundays starting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.”

Growlers, which are reusable containers holding up to 64 fluid ounces of beer, may now be sold for off-premise consumption at brew pubs, liquor stores, and full service grocery stores. The sale of growlers of beer for off-premise consumption was previously limited to the District’s three licensed breweries.

UPDATE: I’ve since learned that D’Vines at 3103 14th Street has also applied to sell on Sunday.


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.


Adams Morgan Tibet Shop to Open Location on Georgia Avenue

November 20, 2012

*UPDATE 11/21/2012: According to the shop owners, the business now has a sign and will be open for business on Saturday, Nov. 24.*

3213 Georgia Avenue to become second Tibet Shop location.

As a reader stated in August, the former Van & Frank Barber Shop at 3213 Georgia Avenue will become the second location of the Tibet Shop. Shop number one is located at 2407 18th Street, NW, in Adams Morgan.

According to their Web site, Tibet Shop specializes in “high-end Himalayan arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, carpet, ritual items and other hand made products.” I wasn’t able to get in touch with the owner yet to see when they plan to open, but judging from what I was able to see through the windows, it must be soon. The store is already stocked full of Tibetan items. The only thing the shop appeared to lack was signage.

I think its great that we’ll soon have a new shop in the neighborhood that broadens the goods and services currently available on Georgia Avenue.

One of several Buddhas currently peering out of the new Tibet Shop windows.


3211 Georgia in Midst of Renovation

July 31, 2012

3211 Georgia is currently under renovation and will provide both residential and retail space

When thinking about area real estate under development, one generally notices the neighborhood’s single family houses with the roll off dumpsters in front. Where Georgia Avenue is involved, development also brings to mind the new developments in progress like the Avenue or the Heights or vacant lots. But I think a true sign of economic interest in the neighborhood and the future revival of Georgia Avenue is in the smaller vacant storefronts that abound. We’ve already witnessed some of this on the 3600 block of Georgia.

I recently noticed that 3211 Georgia is one such property that shows promise. Last Saturday the doors were open and it was very apparent that a full renovation of both the commercial space and the rowhouse behind it was in progress.

In checking the most recent permit, issue on April 19, 2012, the following description of the work was listed:


A previous permit was issued to dig out the basement of the main house. With this property almost directly across from the 69 unit Heights development, it will be interesting to see what business moves into the retail space once it is completed.


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