Friday, May 19, 2017

H St Could Get Second Vegan Resto from Philadelphia

The Apollo Apartment Building; H Street NE.

Eater DC is reporting some pretty cool news. We've known for a while that Philadelphia based vegan street food restaurant V Street was coming to the Apollo apartment building at 6th and H Sts NE. The new "news" is that the owners of that restaurant are now considering bring a second all vegan restaurant called Wiz Kid with, too. Amazing. Wiz Kid features a vegan take on the famous/infamous Philly Cheesesteak. 

The idea is not new. For years Moms/Gianna's in Philadelphia served up meatless versions of the cheesesteak. Hip City Veg has a version, too. Hopefully this all comes to pass. Good luck V Street & Wiz Kid!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kiehl's Open, "Studio Xfinity" Coming to PQ

Kiehl's, a skin care and cosmetics store, has opened inside of Union Station. Kiehl's is adjacent to similar stores MAC and Blue Mercury; on the first floor near H & M. This will be the second stand-alone DC location joining a Kiehl's at 3110 M St NW in Georgetown. Other area stores exist in Bethseda and Tysons. The company began as an apothecary and pharmacy in late 1800s New York.

Once slated for a Modell's Sporting Goods Store, it appears that 715 7th St NW in Penn Quarter will soon be home to a "Studio Xfinity." Xfinity is the brand name for a line of telecommunications products offered by Comcast. Comcast owns NBC, Telemundo, multiple cable channels, and by revenue, is the largest media corporation in the world. Their 2015 revenues were $74,510,000,000. Whoa.

Anyway, Xfinity is a brand under which they deliver cable television, internet, and telephone services. The Studio appears to be a retail center in which customers can interact with company by securing services, paying for them, and buying or leasing related tech and equipment. If you've ever been to the Comacast service center at Rhode Island Metro, think that, but with more of a customer service angle and perhaps more of a retail look.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Femme Fatale DC Pop Up Starts This Week

A new pop up space is coming to H Street NE and it's launching this week. Femme Fatale DC is a local community building collective of and for women artists, creatives, other workers, and business owners. Here's their description from the website
FFDC is the District's womyn-only collective of local womyn creatives & small business owners. We highlight different entrepreneurs & creatives at each of our parties, with a giant networking party held every other month. Our goal is to foster and sustain our local community of womyn who support one another's creative & business endeavors. We build meaningful friendships & business relationships, and appreciate one another's gifts. Be real, genuine, & ALWAYS have fun, so drop the prejudice and competitiveness at the door & come ready to party!
The pop up looks to occupy two storefronts that make up 1371-1375 H Street NE that have been on the market for a while as retail locations and were last occupied by a Salvation Army Thrift store. There were (are?) also plans to eventually convert 1371-1375 into a 27 unit residential building

The actual pop up experience sounds *amazing.* From the organizers:
Come shop from the sweetest up and coming local, womyn owned businesses in DC, including fashion, art, ceramics, up cycle furniture, organic and infused beauty products, and so much more. Oh and we have a pop up photography studio you can rent by the hour, a beauty bar, a lounge area for you to use for free and get your work done, and a whole lot more. 
The pop up store launch party is this Thursday May 4, from 7 PM to 11 PM. The particular event is women only and you can RSVP here. There is a $10 cover. Post launch party, the pop up opens for everyone. It will run until July 30.

Good luck Femme Fatale DC!

1371 H Street NE

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Streetcar Station Hit, Closed Indefinitely

The 3rd Street NE Streetcar station is was struck by a bus.
Yesterday, a Megabus crashed into the eastbound 3rd Street Streetcar station. It's not clear what caused the collision, but as far as I know, there were no injuries, which is amazing. From various photos on Twitter, it appears that the bus jumped the curb with its right side wheels, hit & destroyed the rain shelter on the station platform, and heavily damaged the raised curb bumper. 

This happened mid day yesterday, so I have to reiterate that not one person was injured . That's wild and welcome news, considering the circumstances. Streetcar resumed travel less than three hours after the crash. However, trains are skipping this station and will be for the foreseeable future. 

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