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Archive - Sep 2014

September 30th

Mandarin Offers New Spa Treatment

Percentage of Proceeds to be Donated to Cancer Research

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month,The Spa at DC's Mandarin Oriental will offer a new Inner Strength spa treatment, featuring the Inner Strength oil personally created by Aromatherapy Associates’ founder Geraldine Howard. Howard created the oil to help her cope during her own battle with cancer. The ingredients build strength, inspire courage and induce a positive state of mind. A percentage of each treatment purchased will be donated by the Forbes Four Spa to cancer research.

Bang At The Yards to Host All Day “Cut-A-Thon”

Salon to Raise Funds to Fight Ovarian Cancer on Oct. 5

Bang Salon, a full-service hair salon, will host a 12-hour marathon hair Cut-A-Thon on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the company's soon-to-open location at 1212 4th St, SE. This is the salon’s fourth charity event in support of ovarian cancer education. 100 percent of proceeds from every haircut will be donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Complimentary champagne, mimosas and small appetizers will be served to participants throughout the day.

New Visitor Parking Passes, New Rules

What You Need to Know About the New Visitor Parking Pass Regulations

The 2014 Visitor Parking Passes (VPP) that would have expired on Sept. 30, 2014 will remain valid until Dec. 31, 2014, and residents can apply for 2015 passes starting Oct. 1, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Thursday. The extension gives DC residents time to adjust to the new system and gives DDOT time to review public comment to determine if any changes need to be made.

September 29th

IMM Thai Headed to H Street NE

H Street Life

In answer to the wishes of many residents, H Street NE will be getting a Thai food restaurant sometime in the near future.  1360 H Street NE, formerly Pho Bar & Grille, currently displays a sign announcing that Thai food is coming to the location soon, but provides no other details.  Local blog District Cuisine ( has identified the space as the future site of IMM Thai (, a restaurant with a location in Annandale that garners four sta

September 27th

Cocktails and Asian Street Food Meet at Copycat Co.

H Street Life

Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal recently revealed that the old Newsom Real Estate building at 1110 H Street has a new tenant. The space was most recently occupied by Newsom, a cute little restaurant that served up fabulous food and drinks at its soft opening during the H Street Festival a couple of years ago, but never actually opened.

September 26th

Frager's Inks Deal With Roadside Development

Storied Hardware Store to Return to Original Location

Frager's Hardware of Capitol Hill has reached an agreement with Roadside Development, LLC, a District based developer, to purchase its property at 1101-1117 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, on Capitol Hill. After development, Frager's will return as the anchor tenant under a long-term lease. The store will transfer its hardware, paint center, garden center and equipment rental operations, now scattered in three different temporary storefronts across the Hill, to their original home.

Deciding to Sell

September 25th

The Reopening of Van Ness Elementary School

Poised for Success?

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, I joined dozens of hopeful future Van Ness Elementary School parents and community members, to learn more about DCPS’s plans to reopen their school. Van Ness Elementary, just across M Street from the Washington Navy Yard, closed in 2006 due to the razing of multiple dwelling units in the immediate area. DCPS officials confirmed that the school will reopen for Fall 2015 and that the $15 million renovation budget is still in place.

E.V. Downey is the principal educational consultant at Downey School Consulting. She works with hundreds of families each year, helping them to find the right school for their child. From public to charter to private and parochial, E.V. helps families navigate the lottery system and private school applications. As the mother of an autistic child, she also commits part of her practice to helping support special education children in the area, especially in public and charter schools. A graduate of DCPS, she lives on Capitol Hill. Her daughter is in fourth grade at Brent and her son is in seventh grade at Parkmont School in NW.

New Asian-Fusion on H

Dining Notes

Justine Choe, who operates Tony’s Breakfast at 1387 H St. NE, is eyeing the long-vacant building at the corner (same address as Tony’s) for a Korean/fusion restaurant called BAB. On the drawing board are chili fries topped with buttered kimchi; crispy pork belly; kimchi quesadillas; Korean sweet potatoes. Also coming to H is Sin Bin Sports Bar at 1336 H St. NE, and Thai Cuisine is replacing Pho Bar & Grill at 1360 H.