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August First Friday Happening This Week!

August 2, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive’s First Friday event is growing, and picks up two new businesses this month. First Friday’s is a celebration of our local small businesses, with many participating businesses offering something special for visitors. Below is the write up from this month’s event:

It’s hot out there! Enjoy another great First Friday on Georgia Avenue, #Beachinthecity edition! We will again have almost 20 businesses on (see list below) Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Mark those calendars, get into a relaxed beach mindset and stay tuned for the specials and special events for the August one. And, as always, we are partnering with our friends in Petworth Petworth Arts Collaborative. Happy Friday!

Add your favorite “summer strut” songs to our First Friday summer playlist on Spotify by “following” the playlist and then adding them: http://bit.ly/2shTX0M

Participating Businesses
♣ Bravo Bar
♣ Colony Club
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge
♣ District Dogs
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC
♣ Ana’s Restaurante
♣ Walls of Books – Washington, DC
♣ The Midlands
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering
♣ Yoga Heights
♣ Mom ‘N Pop Antiques [NEW]
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge
♣ DC Reynolds
♣ Walters Sports Bar
♣ Reliable Tavern
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave)

#FirstFridayDC #GeorgiaAveDC

Former Amanuel Market Retooling as Coffee Shop

July 11, 2017

The former Amanuel Market at 3661 Georgia Avenue, NW

I’ve been hearing scuttlebutt that the former Amanuel Market located on the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road will be becoming a coffee shop. There’s certainly been a lot of work going on there lately.

In checking out the building permit database at DCRA, looks like this is indeed what is intended. Following is the description from DCRA:

“USE CHANGE FROM CONVENIENCE STORE WITH ACCESSORY PREPARED FOOD SHOP TO FOOD PREPARATION AND COFFEE SHOP. BY KEEPING THE EXISTING MECHANICAL , ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING AS IS WITH THE ADDITION OF ADA COMPLIANCE HANDICAP ACCESS BATHROOM, THREE COMPARTMENT SINK , UNDER COUNTER FREEZER AND COFFEE BREW.”

I think a coffee shop will do well at this location and hoping it turns out great!

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?

First Tree Box on Georgia Avenue Gets Flowers

June 16, 2017

Digging into the hard, backed soil in front of Walters.

On Thursday night, June 15th, Commissioner Boese with volunteers from Georgia Avenue Thrive planted begonias in the tree box in front of Walters Sports Bar (3632 Georgia Avenue). Prior to the event, Annie’s Ace Hardware set aside the flowers which Boese provided. EatsPlace also provided lemonade for the volunteers.

I can tell you it was a lot of work. The soil was clay and compacted making digging with a shovel impossible, so a garden mattock was used.  Once enough of the hard, clay soil had been loosened up, mulch was used to help amend he soil. After that the begonias went in.

While the project is largely done, additional much will be required. Fortunately, there is already mulch available.

There were a number of lessons learned from the effort, the primary one being that the tree boxes on Georgia are composed primarily of  compacted clay with is very difficult t dig into.

(Finishing up the evening’s work.)

Help Add Some Color to Georgia Avenue with Flowers

June 13, 2017

Here’s a collaboration between Georgia Avenue Thrive and myself to begin adding some beauty to the tree boxes on Georgia Avenue. We’re going to kick it off this Thursday in front of DC Reynolds by planting begonias in the tree box in front of their business. This is a great opportunity to volunteer. Depending upon how well this goes, additional tree boxes will be considered for future plantings. See the flyer below for details.

Park Morton Development Plan for Bruce Monroe Site Draws Appeals

June 9, 2017

Four separate, but nearly identical, petitions to review the Zoning Commission’s Board Order to redevelop the Bruce Monroe site for the Park Morton project were filed with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on May 30, 2017. The petitions were filed by residents living close to the site, and ask the Court to “begin the briefing that will show how [the] final decision [of Zoning Case 16-11] is not in line with applicable DC Code, DC Zoning Regulations, the DC Comprehensive Plan, and the law to [the filer’s] concrete detriment.”

Based on some of the testimony given before the DC Council during the surplus and disposition process and before the Zoning Commission, these appeals were not unexpected. Presuming the Court of Appeals reaffirms the Park Morton effort when they review the petitions, and taking into account the current timeline for appeals before the Court, the appeals will result in either no delay in breaking ground or a delay of 1-3 months. The project and development team are continuing to work on plans with a Summer 2017 start date in mind.

(Design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.)

Looking Glass Lounge Robbed Late Monday Afternoon

June 6, 2017

(Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue)

From the MPD Listserv, posted Monday evening on June 5th:

Today [Monday, 6/5] around 4:40PM two suspects entered the Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue, NW.  One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money.  There were no injuries reported.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 5’7″, 160 lbs, brown eyes. black hair, medium build, medium skin tone, wearing, black sweatpants, white shoes with purple and black accents, lime green hoodie with pink Nike swoosh.

The second suspect was describes as a black male, 5’7”, early 20’s, black hoodie, blue jeans, black baseball hat, and a black mask.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 202 727-9099.


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