Mid-City DC

11/18/2016 - 10:23am
For just under a year, Bloomingdale’s The Pub & the People has had a tenant in its basement. Little Wild Things Farm, which opened in December 2014, established its second location in the bar/restaurant’s lower floor last November. This month it will be opening a third location, in Bloomingdale’s Wicked Bloom. The urban farm, run by founder and chief veggie officer Mary Ackley and associate farm manager Chelsea Barker, began at the Carmelite Friars Catholic Monastery in... >>more
11/18/2016 - 9:13am
On Friday, Oct. 28, NoMa had a grand introduction to its newest retail destination. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), a sporting goods and outdoor equipment franchise, opened a new flagship store inside the same complex as the future Uline Arena, in the shadows of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro stop. The celebration had been publicized throughout the summer, most notably at the current site of Wunder Garten (which is at the intersection of First and L streets NE). REI and Wunder Garten co-... >>more
11/16/2016 - 10:14am
Shaw Is Number One – In a Number of Things If you think that Shaw is probably the most dynamic neighborhood in the District, a number of recent reader poll surveys are backing you up. The Washington Blade, in its review of the Best of Gay DC, starts by designating Shaw as Best Gayborhood. Shaw winners in the poll included Dacha Beer Garden (Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar), Nellie’s (Hottest Bar Staff), 9:30 Club (Best Music), Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (Best Rooftop), Beau Thai... >>more
11/16/2016 - 9:13am
Foundry Heather Jacks will present a new series of paintings that fall into one of two categories. The first grouping presents complex textures that prevent the formation of a precise sightline. The second tantalizes the viewer into wanting to touch the surface of the work. Jacks finds inspiration in the formation of patinas over time, particularly the way they change color, texture, and structure. The oil paint, cold wax, powdered pigment, and pastels that the artist pounds into a hard panel... >>more
11/15/2016 - 10:12am
Some of the estimated 8,000 citizens returning to DC each year from prison may soon have a chance at gaining the skills to start their own business. This year, the DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser signed off on a law to create the Incarceration to Incorporation Entrepreneurship Program (IIEP), designed to help returning citizens obtain a GED, business training, and scholarships for classes at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The objective is to build each participant’s... >>more
11/14/2016 - 10:21am
At the ninth of 10 stops on a publicity tour for the second season of its series “Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain,” The Balvenie (bal-vee-nee), a Speyside Scotch distillery, screened a recent episode of the show at Chinatown’s Landmark E Street Cinema on Wed., Oct. 26. The screening was accompanied with a tasting of four of The Balvenie’s whiskeys and a question-and-answer session with the distillery’s brand ambassador, Gemma Paterson, and Raul Ojeda, a Hollywood... >>more
11/14/2016 - 9:14am
The newest REI’s coop flagship store has arrived in historic Uline Arena at the corner of Third and M streets NE in NOMA. Located just steps away from Union Station and with easy access from Metro’s Red Line, it trumps any other REI store in the DC area, from its substantial square footage and numerous activities to its wide range of product sizes and models. REI’s first store opened in the 1980s. Over the past two decades REI has expanded to eight stores in the DMV area,... >>more
11/13/2016 - 9:12am
DC At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds has picked a fight with the city’s landlords, hitting them where they are likely to hurt most: in their wallets. She has introduced or co-introduced several legislative proposals destined to reform the city’s rent-control law, including the Rental Housing Affordability Stabilization Act of 2016, which would recalculate annual allowable increases on apartments and discontinue hikes in rents on vacant units. Realtors and apartment owners crowded... >>more
11/12/2016 - 10:15am
It looks like DC may consider scrapping a welfare time limit that threatened to leave thousands of families with children without cash resources to pay for rent, school uniforms, transportation, and other basic needs.  A Working Group convened by Mayor Bowser concluded that the District needs a stronger safety net for children. Twenty years of federal welfare reform – known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF – has shown that that strict time limits often fall on... >>more