Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lotus Blooms Among New Retail for Adams Morgan

I can't say I've done an official count, but it feels like Adams Morgan has a lot of retail vacancies. For sure there will always be turnover in a neighborhood with so many retail storefronts, but it really does feel like there's a stagnation of sorts. But now some of the empty storefronts are starting to be filled and/or have recently changed hands, and none of the new tenants are bars or restaurants.
Alexandria's Lotus Blooms looks to open soon at 2408 18th St NW. Lotus Blooms is an adult boutique known for hosting workshops & classes. And of course it's also a retail location for all things toy, corset, garter, wand, rabbit, bullet, teddy, g string, pastie, boots, so on and so forth. All the fun stuff you usually buy online. This would be only the second location for Lotus Blooms and the first in the District. The 2408 18th St NW storefront (1,700 sq ft including basement level) was last home to the very short lived Instant Noodles and Viet Thai restaurants. 
Just blocks away, Cosmo Nail Bar recently (well... actually in February) opened in the WY18 condo building. Cosmo offers a familiar slate of mani/pedi offerings, with waxing and other spa-like services. This is one of a growing number of mani/pedi choices in Adams Morgan, Dupont, and Mount Pleasant. I assume competition is good in this field? Cosmo is located at 2200 18th St NW.
When coffee pop-up Cafe Diem --operating out of the Skynear building-- closed, I thought we had lost a neat, quirky space with really good coffee. Luckily Sweet Science appears to have filled that vacancy perfectly. Sweet Science opened quietly last month and has been brewing, by all accounts, freaking excellent coffee. I've heard a few good things about this place from people I trust about coffee. That being said, I still need to make a proper visit. Here's to better coffee in DC, a dream we've been actually realizing over the past 10 years. So awesome. Sweet Science is located at 1800 Wyoming Ave NW. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Golden Cinema: Outdoor Movies at Farragut

Robin Tunney as "Deb," in Empire Records.
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is sponsoring an outdoor movie series this summer. Movies will be shown on Fridays from May 22 until July 31, and begin at 7:30 PM. The location is Farragut Square, at the corner of 17th and K Sts NW.

Back in March, I advocated for voting Empire Records into the top spot. And of course, it's first up this Friday! The complete lineup, via Golden Triangle

May 22: Empire Records
May 29: The Devil Wears Prada              
June 5: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy     
June 12: The Social Network               
June 19: Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade              
June 26: Hook         
July 10: Nine to Five    
July 17: Miss Congeniality
July 24: Italian Job
July 31: The Wedding Planner

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mount Pleasant Youth Art Walk

The 15th Annual Mount Pleasant Youth Arts Fair is back. The associated Art Walk display is happening inside of Mt P Street businesses. The art --with the theme "Heroes of Mount Pleasant"-- includes pieces from students attending Sacred Heart School, Asian American LEAD, Rosemount Center, Bancroft Elementary, Bell Multicultural, District of Columbia International School, Latin American Youth Center, and Mt P Library patrons.
Visit these locations to see student work on display:

Past Tense Studio: 3253 Mount Pleasant St NW
Argyle Convenience Store: 3220 17th St NW
Old School Hardware: 3219 Mount Pleasant St NW
Don Juan Restaurant: 1660 Lamont St NW
Mount Pleasant Pharmacy: 3169 Mount Pleasant St NW
Las Americas Dental Health: 3165 Mount Pleasant St NW
El West Boots & Clothing: 3167 Mount Pleasant St NW
Alex Unisex Hair Salon: 3163 Mount Pleasant St NW
Dos Gringos: 3166 Mount Pleasant St NW
Beau Thai: 3162 Mount Pleasant St NW
Radius Pizza: 3155 Mount Pleasant St NW
Dollar Star: 3129 Mount Pleasant St NW
Each Peach Market: 3068 Mount Pleasant St NW
Flying Fish Coffee & Tea: 3064 Mount Pleasant St NW

The Mount Pleasant Youth Arts Fair and Art Walk is sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Business Association, Friends of Mount Pleasant Library, and Haydee's Restaurant.