Posted tagged ‘small businesses’

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?

The Good Silver Opens Tonight!

May 9, 2017

(The Good Silver, located at 3410 11th Street, NW)

I’m happy to report that Columbia Height’s newest 11th Street destination — The Good Silver — is opening tonight at 5 pm. I got a chance to check them out last week and liked what I saw. For those that haven’t been following this transformation, The Good Silver is the next chapter in the story from the group that brought us Kangaroo Boxing Club (aka KBC). Check out the new menu here.

For full details, below is their press announcement:

The Good Silver, from Ivy and Coney Team, Opening Tuesday, May 9th

The team behind Ivy and Coney (Josh Saltzman, Chris Powers, and Adam Fry) and new partner, Carrie Dzwil, are excited to announce The Good Silver, at 3410 11th St. NW in Columbia Heights, will open Tuesday, May 9th at 5pm.

Remember when you were a kid, and mom would break out the “good” plates? It pays homage to a time when the everyday was elevated, simply by caring a little bit more. Don’t expect the finest forks or vintage China, but instead, a focus on quality food and drink in a casual atmosphere.

On the drinks side, Dzwil has incorporated some of her favorite seasonal flavors into a variety of shrub-based cocktails which bring out the best of local produce for some refreshing, tart and not too sweet offerings. A spring highlight is her Lemongrass Ice Pick, which combines lemongrass-infused Civic Vodka from local distillery Republic Restoratives, honey-ginger syrup, iced tea and fresh sage. It has kept everyone sane and hydrated after (or during) long, hot days of construction. The drink menu also includes a sparkling shrub punch for four, and a concise but excellent liquor and craft beer list that includes local distilleries and breweries.

Rounding out the team is Remi Gottheil, a graduate of Dartmouth, who ran off to join the circus (seriously, he taught trapeze classes) and worked under chef Danny Boylen. Gottheil has created a highly seasonal menu combining the best currently available produce (from farms such as Pleitez Farms and 76 Acres) with pickles, preserves and locally sourced proteins. Guests can choose from a selection of “handhelds,” starters and charcuterie. Highlights include the organic buttermilk-brined fried chicken sandwiches and a half smoke burger with pickled radish and sweet, tangy tomato jam. (more…)

Reliable Tavern Opens Tonight in Park View

May 5, 2017

Making new friends at Reliable Tavern.

After much anticipation, Reliable Tavern officially opens tonight. Reliable Tavern is the result of a collaboration between longtime barmen Joe Englert and Kyle Remissong as well as Langdon Hample, a local commercial real estate broker/investor — and is located just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro station at 3655 Georgia Avenue, NW. Longtime residents may recall that this is not Englert’s first enterprise in Park View,  having been involved in the old Temperance Hall (today’s Looking Glass Lounge).

Last night, I had the pleasure of checking out their months of hard work, which turned the former Capitol Locksmith into another great addition to Park View’s growing tavern community. The space features 15-foot ceilings on the first level and a well appointed basement level that includes two pools tables and a unique bar backdrop that showcases vintage 1920’s central boiler and steam pipes.

In exploring the spaces last night, I found the entire tavern to be attractive and inviting. Personally, I really like the addition to pool to the community. I also appreciated the incorporation of the old hardware cabinets into the first floor’s bar area.

As for food, it will be provided during operating hours from Chris Svetlik’s Republic Kolache. According to Reliable Tavern’s press release, “The ‘National Pastry of Texas’ will be served alongside a selection of Tex-Mex inspired bar snacks. In future months, Republic Kolache will expand its offerings to include a brunch on the weekends.”

Below are a few photos from last night:

(Above: Photos of Reliable Tavern’s main floor.)

(Below: Photos of the basement level’s bar back and one of the pool tables.)

First Friday Launches in Park View on May 5th

May 4, 2017
The lower Georgia Avenue businesses are launching First Friday tomorrow, on May 5th, from 6-8 pm. This will be a monthly recurring activity with a growing number of businesses offering specials, highlighting DC artists and musicians. Check out the First Friday Facebook page for more details and a list of participating businesses.

First Friday is organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, which is partnering with the Petworth Arts Collaborative on this with a vision for a vibrant First Friday from Upshur to Euclid in the hopefully not too distant future.

ANC1A Votes to Oppose DC Council’s Small Business Parking Bill

March 13, 2017

Enhanced parking sign limiting parking to area residents only.

On March 8, 2017, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) that represents Park View and northern Columbia Heights voted unanimously to oppose Council Bill 22-0125 that would expand access to the residential parking permit program (RPP) for small businesses having 10 employees or fewer that abut residential RPP blocks. Small business would pay the same annual $35 per pass rate that residents currently pay. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Robert White (at-large), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), and Brandon Todd (Ward 4) on February 21, 2017. The bill had no co-sponsors and has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

The resolution passed by ANC1A identified the following areas that the legislation does not address:

  • the high demand for parking on public residential streets that currently exists in Ward 1;
  • how small business parking permits would be managed within the context of Ward 1’s enhanced RPP program; and,
  • if small businesses would be permitted to participate in the RPP program if they are located in new buildings where residents have been denied participating in the RPP program through restrictive covenants.

More broadly, the bill raises questions of equity and fairness. Currently, large developments that are unable to provide off-street parking are restricting their future residents from participating in the RPP program, suggesting that local streets are already at capacity with no space remaining for new residents. If participation in the RPP program is extended to out-of-District employees of business, does this set a precedent to other out-of-District employees such as teachers, police officers, firemen, etc.. Lastly, there is not indication that there any consideration was given for limited use of metered parking space on commercial corridors for employees. In any case, there certainly was no outreach from the Council to ANC1A prior to the introduction of the bill.

ANC1A will continue to be engaged on this issue as it is reviewed by the Council. On Wednesday, the ANC voted to oppose the Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017 as it found the bill as introduced to be lacking an equitable balance for both businesses and residents. The approved ANC resolution identified a number of areas of concern, some being that it:

  • promotes a greater overall reliance on automobiles;
  • offers no rational for extending parking benefits to non-District residents;
  • does not audit the current availability of on-street parking or require DDOT to perform a transportation impact study on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis throughout the District of Columbia; and,
  • does not take into account the deeply subsidized fee currently extended to District residents when setting the fee for small business parking.

The full resolution is below:

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.

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.


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