Thursday, February 23, 2017

Turning Natural Among New Additons to H Street

Turning Natural opening this past weekend and was a among a slew of new additions in around the Atlas District.

This is the third location for Turning Natural (1380 H Street NE) and the second in DC. They make fresh juices and smoothies to order, have a selection of sandwiches and soups, and apparently coffee from Zeke's. Here's the menu. Coffee service wasn't up and running when I went in last weekend, but I saw the equipment and Zeke's bags, so A+ for Turning Natural if that is indeed the case. The new juice bar opened on Saturday and for now the hours are Monday - Friday 7 AM - 8 PM and Saturday 10 - 6, but they may offer Sunday hours eventually (probably sooner than later). I love this place so far and was a big fan of the MLK Ave location, so if this is even just  repeat of that, I'm good!
Further west, a new combination coffee shop, restaurant, and grocery is open in Trinidad. Yes, I'm totally late to this game, as Old City Market and Oven opened last November, in 2016. However, I hadn't had a chance to visit until just now, really liked the place, and wanted to share.
Old City is doing a lot. There are two floors, most of which are made up of a grocery items ranging from a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, to cleaners and toiletries, to gourmet snacks, cold drinks to go, and adult beverages. They also serve pizza and other made to order foods out of a dedicated kitchen (menu). There is a vegan pizza right on the menu, so they get major points from me. A coffee service counter greets you as you enter the space and they offer free wifi, which seems to be a fleeting amenity these days. Downstairs are more grocery items and a neat record collection with accompanying record player if you want to chill and listen to music for a while.

This is truly wanting to be a hang out spot and the staff is very accommodating and sweet. I hope they get all the business they deserve and I'll report back after I try the vegan pizza! Old City Market and Oven is open seven days a week and is located at 522 K Street NE.
Sospeso is a new and, might I say, very lovely looking restaurant space that opened Friday at 1344 H Street NE. The flavors are Mediterranean and the vibe & decor are apropos. Sospeso is open for lunch until 3 PM and even has early breakfast & coffee hour starting from 7 AM. Nice. The dinner service is slated to begin tonight. Here's the menu. Good luck to this place.
And last but certainly not least, Citi Pizza has opened (or actually reopened) at 504 H St NE. Classic pizza and whatnot. Several people have mentioned to me that they like this place. A lot. So there you go. Give it a try.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Coming Soon: Sephora, Tesla Will Open Downtown

Sephora will occupy a first floor space across the street from Zara, H&M, and Madame Tussauds.
Signage is up for a Penn Quarter iteration of Sephora, the Paris-based beauty and cosmetics store. Sephora has many locations in the U.S., but currently just one in DC -- in Georgetown. The Penn Quarter store will occupy 1,000 square feet in a corner retail space at 1000 F Street NW, a recently renovated office and retail structure from Douglas Development. I can't say when exactly Sephora will open, but based on the eye test, likely sometime this summer or early fall. Eventually it will be joined at 1000 F by GRK Fresh Greek, a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant. 

In nearby City Center, Tesla looks close to opening a showroom and salesroom in another prime corner retail spot. Tesla Motors is a California based automaker with a focus on electric powered cars and home power systems. The new showroom will be located at 909 H St NW. No word on opening date, but they are looking pretty close, with just cosmetic interior finishes due for completion.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Fun Post: NO THANKS and the Solidarity Caberet

Ted Leo, Priests, and a whole slew of other amazing artists are playing music and otherwise performing at the Black Cat tonight for NO THANKS: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sound Resistance in the Capital of the USA. NO THNAKS is a benefit for Casa Ruby and ONE DC, two needed, local organizations in these uncertain times.

This night is a two-fer of sorts with two mainstage-worthy shows on the same night. NO THANKS is actually on the mainstage and on the Backstage is the Solidarity Cabaret, a burlesque that will benefit Collective Action for Safe Spaces (full disclosure, I'm on the Board of Collective Action for Safe Spaces).

Two shows, one venue, three great organizations. Do it!