Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Local Briefing: Books & a Burmese Bodega for Small Biz Saturday, Plus Axe Throwing & a Star Wars Themed Bar


I hope everyone has great plans lined up for Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday is also this weekend. As previously mentioned, the Solid State Books (600 H Street NE) pop-up at The Apollo will celebrate the occasion with games, prizes, visits from local authors, and cider and donuts. The pop-up has plenty of books, cards, and gifts for kids and grown-ups. They also have t-shirts for sale in case you want to show off your local bookstore pride.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pow Pow has Thanksgiving Happiness in Egg Roll Form (& it's Vegan)

Vegan Thanksgiving eggrolls from Pow Pow
 Pow Pow (1253 H Street NE) is offering special Thanksgiving Egg Rolls this week. The limited time egg rolls first appeared on the menu Sunday night and owner Shaun Sharkey says the restaurant sells out quickly each day. The egg rolls are stuffed with mock turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pineapple kimchi. This ingredient combination means they are both delicious, and vegan. To boost their Thanksgiving bona fides the egg rolls come with both cranberry and gravy dipping sauces.

You can now get Pow Pow delivered across the District (20% off your first order through the restaurant's website). So if, say, you and your coworkers really need to try these egg rolls right now, you absolutely can do so.


Barack Obama Made a Surprise Appearance at a Veterans' Day Service Project in Langston Terrace

Daniel Olney's terra-cotta frieze "The Progress of the Negro Race" decorates a courtyard wall at Langston Terrace

Volunteers at a local Veterans' Day event got a special treat when they took part in a service project making repairs at the Langston Terrace Dwellings. The Langston Civic Association was one of the groups that that brought volunteers out to work that day, and they have photos posted on their website of Barack Obama shaking hands with thrilled volunteers and residents. You can keep up to date on what's happening by subscribing to their newsletter.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Local Briefing: Shooting (Non-Fatal) Friday in Trinidad & Thanksgiving Plans


Victim Injured in Shooting in Trinidad Friday Night
There was a non-fatal shooting in the 1400 block of Holbrook Street NE in Trinidad Friday night about 8pm. Officers patrolling the area heard about eight gunshots and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the arm in the 1400 block of H Street NE. The wounded individual was transported to a local hospital for treatment. If you have any information about this shooting please contact detectives at the 5th District station at 202-698-0150, or anonymously text MPD at x50411.

For those Staying in Town on Thanksgiving
Planning to spend Thanksgiving in the District? Here are some good options if you want to get out of the house:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Solid State Books Pop Up Opens at The Apollo Today

Photo courtesy of Solid State Books

Solid State Books' permanent space isn't quite complete yet, but you can find them operating as a pop up starting today. They'll be at The Apollo apartments (600 H Street NE), just a few doors down from their permanent location. The pop up will be open everyday 10am–7pm through the beginning of January.

Visit the pop up and you'll find books, cards, and other great gifts for adults and children in the 1,000 square foot space. They'll celebrate Small Business Saturday (November 25th) with games, prizes, visits from local authors, and cider and donuts. Keep an eye on the shop's Twitter and Facebook accounts for details on upcoming story time for children in the common area of The Apollo's rooftop lounge. And yes, they do have t-shirts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bakin', Shakin' & Cocktail Makin' at Cotton & Reed Distillery Tonight & this Weekend

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Detail of a photo from the FB event page shows the bearded Knafeh bakers 

Local rum distillers Cotton & Reed (1330 Fifth Street NE) are teaming up with a band of merry bakers from Knafeh, Z&Z, & Chris Hassaan Francke of the The Green Zone for something truly special. Cotton & Reed will host this four day event, and it's one you won't want to miss. The fun starts tonight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Considering J.O. Wilson Elementary for Your Child? Attend Tomorrow's Open House

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The My School DC Lottery is fast approaching (December 11th), and parents have some big choices to make.  If you are considering putting J.O. Wilson Elementary (660 K Street NE) on your list you're in luck. The J.O. Wilson PTA is hosting its first open house for parents of prospective students tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am–10:30am.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MPD Releases Video of Staffing Fighting Suspect During 11/7 Robbery of Tony's Breakfast

MPD has released video of a suspect in a robbery at Tony's Breakfast (1387 H Street NE) at 6:07am on Tuesday, November 7th. Police previously circulated two stills from the video, but the video itself is quite a doozy. If the suspect hoped to catch the staff off guard, he miscalculated.  At 17 seconds into the video you can see the man spring into action as he attempts to grab the entire register drawer.
It doesn't work out so well for him as multiple employees spring into action pulling back on the drawer and hitting him about the head with their hands and a rolled up newspaper. After 16 seconds of unsuccessfully trying to wrench the drawer from the grasp of the staff, the man grabs some money and runs out.