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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.


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