A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Loves Disco Returns to Rock & Roll Hotel 10/25

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I see that there are still tickets available for Saturday's Baby Loves Disco event at the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H Street). The dance party runs from 11am-1:30pm. Tickets are $18 a person or $60 for a four pack. Non-walking babies get in free.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trinidad Market & Deli Shut Down

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You can't read the date on the closure sign (below), but this happened within the last week. Apparently the cops went in first and briefly closed Trinidad Market and Deli, AKA Mike's, (which is WIDELY rumored to sell both Scooby Snax and Bizarro [$10 for a small bag], synthetic marijuana drugs related to K2 and Spice). Then DCRA and the Department of Health went in to conduct an inspection. Here's where the story gets really weird. I'm told that the employee who was on duty during the second inspection left the keys on the counter and disappeared out the rear door mid-inspection. Nothing odd about that at all...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Celebrate Halloween with Jimmy Valentine's

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Photo courtesy of Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club will once again hold their annual Halloween bash. It's Friday, 10/31, 9pm-close. Celebrate the holiday with djs Beatrix, Team Zapata, Joe L., R&B, and V:shal Kanwar.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Support Miner Elementary While Dining at the Star & Shamrock

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The Star & Shamrock (1341 H Street) has teamed up with the Miner Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to raise money for a great cause. Full details below:
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A Little Fall Themed Street Art

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I happened upon a woman drawing with chalk on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue last night. Here's what I found while walking my dog this morning.

Trinidad Hosts a Halloween Parade

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For more information join the Google Group Tots of Trinidad DC. Read more about Trinidad on the Trinidad Neighborhood Association website.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3rd Annual DC Homebrewers BBQ at Bardo Saturday

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DC Homebrewers is hosting its third annual barbecue fundraiser at Trinidad's own Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Road). From the press release: "The annual barbecue serves as a chance for the all-volunteer club to showcase and educate its members and the public on the art of homebrewing, alternate brewing techniques, and sensory panels to help new and advanced homebrewers expand their brewing and beer knowledge."

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Kitty's Saloon Now Open on H Street

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I recently stopped by the newly opened Kitty's Saloon (1208 H Street) to find out a bit about the place. They didn't have the kitchen open when I visited, but they are serving food now. They currently have six beers on tap (Shiner Bock $6, Atlas Rowdy $6, Abita Amber $6, Dogfishhead 90 Minute $7, Goose Island $7, and Allagash Curieux $12). All taps will rotate. They also have a selection of bottled beers ($3-9) and beers in cans ($3-6). Fans of craft cocktails can enjoy one of their house creations. I tried the refreshing Autumn for Rickey ($10), which consists of Green Hat Gin, fresh juice, and blackberry jam. The whisky/bourbon focused upstairs bar isn't open yet (give it a month), but they have a nice list of bourbon, whisky, rye, and scotch that you can enjoy downstairs.

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Dumbcloud Vapor E-Cigarette Store & Vape Lounge Coming to H Street

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With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes it was probably only a matter of time before H Street saw its own vape lounge where electronic cigarette aficionados can puff away in a friendly setting. That time has come, and Dumbcloud Vapor E-Cigarette Store & Vape Lounge is headed to 405 H Street (above Georgetown Valet). You can already buy many of Dumbcloud's products through their online store, so this should give us an idea of what to expect on offer once they get the brick and mortar location up and running. In addition to smoking accessories they also have a link (currently empty) for apparel, so we may see some clothing sales. They also have a Facebook page, but it doesn't contain much information at the moment. It does say that they "Provide customers with Electronic Smoking products with exceptional prices, express delivery, and great customer service."

Local Development Round Up

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The future site of the Apollo

We've seen a ton of development related news in the recent days/weeks. Here are some things you won't want to miss:

There's a new mixed use project coming to M Street between 3rd and 4th. It would feature 401 residential units and as much as 12,900sqft of retail space, plus 175 buried parking spaces.
More details: Wilkes Co. pitches 400-unit NoMa mixed-use building (Washington Business Journal, 10/15/14).

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Mercury Retrograde Edition

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Take One, oil on linen, 42” x 56”, Joey Mánlapaz.  Image courtesy and copyright gallery plan b


Critical Exposure - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Over 100 members of the Critical Exposure community come together to support this fundraiser. Help them kick off their 10-Year Anniversary at this celebration of their student and professional photographers. There will be an auction for participants to buy their favorite pieces. For more information about the auction and fundraiser, click here.
This event will be at DLA Piper Atrium located at 500 8th Street, NW.
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Gallaudet 6th Street Development Means Big Changes

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Rendering by Dangermond Keane Architecture (from GU's 6th Street project page)

There's a ton of recent local development news coming out and I wanted to particularly highlight what's happening with Gallaudet in the Florida Market (Florida Avenue and 6th Street).

Gallaudet is ready to move on their much discussed Florida Market development that is intended to serve as a gateway between the University and the larger neighborhood. They will apply DeafSpace principles to the project. This means a heavy emphasis on space and light, and how those can both be used to facilitate ASL communication as people move through the spaces. I would expect that we'll see wide hallways and a de-emphasis on sharp corners, as well as attention to surface choice. In past discussions Gallaudet representatives have stressed that this development is meant to be welcoming to both Deaf and hearing individuals.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honeycomb Comes to Union Market

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Honeycomb joins Salt & Sundry (pictured) and a host of other food and retail vendors at Union Market

An email went out this morning teasing readers with details on Toki Underground Chef Erik Bruner-Yang's newest venture. It's a shop called Honeycomb, and it's open right now at Union Market (1309 5th Street). I'd actually been meaning to stop by after a reader emailed me with exciting information about the offerings.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Driftwood Kitchen Opens Sunday

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 I was lucky enough to attend a friends and family soft opening event at Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street) last night. The space is great, and I was able to sample some of the food and craft cocktails they'll have on the menu. I also was able to chat a bit with owner Eric Toller who explained his vision for the new restaurant.

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