Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Small Business Saturday Event At The Arts Walk

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

This Saturday, the artists at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk will be hosting a Small Business Saturday event from 9:00 am -9:00 pm. From the event page on Facebook:

*Stitch & Rivet will be open 10-6 promoting a variety of local handmade items great for unique gifts!
*Maroulla Sculpture will be open 9-7 promoting a line of miniature sculptures in bronze & marble + a line of one of a kind artistic jewelery creations as special gift items!
*Rachel Pfeffer Designs will be open 10-5 promoting handmade jewelery for your special someone!
*Black Lab will be open 9-5 promoting discounts on photo-based digital prints and books!
*Center for Byzantine Material Arts will be open 10-4
*Latela DC will be open 10-9 promoting 20% off on select artworks including paintings and photography prints, local handmade soaps, and art books + hosting a pop-up of select artists who will be creating throughout the day on #SmallBusinessSaturday along with bins of vinyl records $1-$3 each!

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

Community Forklift’s Family Friendly Black Friday Alternative

community forliftOne of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we thought their Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events would be of interest to readers since it’s not too far and sounds like a lot of fun! Here are some details and sure to check  out the Facebook event page for more info.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means… Community Forklift’s Green Friday and Small Business Saturday Weekend Extravaganza!

We hate Black Friday – the commercialism, the cost, and the unhappy crowds.

Lets Celebrate Community Instead!

Every year, Community Forklift adds a fresh twist to the drudgery of Black Friday and the holiday scramble by celebrating green, local, and small businesses, as well as teaching folks how to make their own unique gifts and holiday decorations.

Dates: Friday, November 27th & Saturday, November 28th
Times: 11am-4pm each day

There will be:

  • Live music both days
  • Free Gift-Making Workshops
  • Craft Area For Kids
  • Pictures With Santa
  • Local Artists selling their crafts
  • Food Trucks

Community Forklift is about a 15 minute drive to 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781.

Lab 1750 Pop Up Offers Locally Made Crafts And Gifts

If you are looking for unique gift giving options this holiday season, check out Lab 1750, a pop up marketplace near Union Market. We stopped by and took the pictures below. Items for sale included motorcycle accessories, framed art, women’s clothes, cocktail tools, greeting cards, table linens, children’s clothing, exercise wear, and jewelry. There is also a kombucha bar in case all the shopping wears you down. Vendors include Ann Mashburn CapsuleCraft KombuchaDunn Lewis MCLisa ShirkLiving ThreadsMaster WilliamsNiko+AvaRon DavidS3 ActiveSouth BlockThursday Boots, and Time Off, among others.

Lab 1270 will also present events like dinners, yoga classes and more in the coming months. The Lab is  open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and is located at 1270 5th Street, NE

Right Proper Brewery And Tasting Room Opens December 3rd

To say beer loving Brooklanders have been eagerly awaiting Right Proper Brewing Company‘s opening is a huge understatement. We recently learned from this Washington Post story that Right Proper received the go-ahead to brew on Thursday and plans  to have at least five beers on tap when they open their doors on December 3rd.

According to the  WaPo story, the tasting room will eventually serve up to 12 beers on tap, tasting flights, growler fill ups, and in the future offer charcuterie and other foods. There are also plans for a front patio with tables, bike racks, and planters. We can’t wait!

Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard St. NE.

Help Send Woodridge Warriors Pee Wee Team To The National Championship

The Woodridge Warriors organization has been providing youth sports, mentoring and tutoring since 1963. We recently learned that the Woodridge Warriors “Pee-Wee” football team advanced to the American Youth Football National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida! Financing this trip will take an all hands on deck on effort and the Warriors are seeking community support. Check out their Go Fund Me Page here. The AYF National Championship is December 5th thru December 13th, 2015, so time is of the essence. Wishing the Warriors the best of luck in representing DC in the championships!

Yoga Studio On RIA, Serenity Place DC, To Close In December

yoga mat

Serenity Place DC opened over a year ago on Rhode Island Ave NE with the mission of being a “yoga and wellness center for all ages, bodies, genders, races, shapes, and sizes.” We were saddened to learn that this small business will be closing up shop soon. From an email from Crystal, studio owner:

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, my heart is full of gratitude for our little yoga community. It has been my pleasure to open Serenity Place DC and create a space for our community to practice yoga, health and mindfulness. For this reason, it is with a heavy heart that I inform the Serenity Place DC family that we will be closing our doors on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
I have poured all of my energy, time, and money into running and teaching at Serenity Place DC for the last year and a half. Despite giving it my all and recruiting an amazing team, we still couldn’t make the studio financially viable over the long term….I am so proud of the wonderful yoga community we built in Ward 5 and trust that this is just the beginning.
We wish Crystal well in her future endeavors.

Zoning Sends Holy Redeemer Development Back To The Drawing Board

Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf
Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf

Back in October we wrote about an upcoming  Zoning Commission hearing of the Planned Unit Development for the proposed townhomes on the Holy Redeemer College property. We recently learned from this story in the Washington Post that the Zoning Commission was less than pleased with the design and told the developer, Madison Homes, to return with a new design. From the WaPo story:

“This is really not good,” said Commissioner Peter May at the hearing. “The architecture of it and the design of it feels cheap.”

May was also expressed concern about the 14-foot width of the townhouses. In addition to making for a narrow living experience, he said, the width would have necessitated more depth, and a larger overall footprint that May said he fears would overpower the Holy Redeemer building, which is seeking historic designation.

“I think you could get a reasonable development on this excess land, maybe with a multifamily building,” May said. “I cannot see that townhouses are the right solution. If the project does go forward as townhouses, the number has to be significantly reduced.”

Commissioner Marcia Cohen expressed ambivalence about the plan, but said that the narrow width may lead to a more affordable product.

The article says that the developer plans to return with an updated plan. We will let you know  when we hear anything new.

St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving Food Drive – Help Neighbors In Need

Bring it!
Bring it!

Contributing to St. Anthony’s food drive is a great way to help those less fortunate than you this Thanksgiving. In addition to regular distribution from their food pantry,  they will also be preparing Thanksgiving baskets for those  in need. From Michael Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony School:

St. Anthony Catholic School is hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. The drive begins on Monday, November 16 and “ends” on Monday, November 23. You are also invited to the blessing of the food and a Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:15 AM in the church.

Donations can be dropped off at the school, 3400 12th Street, NE (across from the Brookland Post Office) beginning today (Monday 11/16).

Right Proper Brewery And Tasting Room To Open In December

Right ProperSince we found out that Right Proper Brewing Company was opening a brewing operation and tasting room in Brookland about a year ago, we have been tracking their progress. We were happy to see this recent story in the City Paper with sneak peek pictures and additional details. From the story:

The current equipment setup will allow Right Proper to grow from brewing 1,000 barrels a year at the brewpub to up to 15,000 barrels per year at the new brewery, with room to add more tanks to expand beyond that. Cheston predicts they’ll make 3,500 barrels in the new brewery’s first year of operation. The expansion means you’ll start seeing Right Proper’s brews at restaurants and retailers around town.

The tasting room, adorned with rich cherry wood, will have 12 draft lines and two high-tech growler fillers that can pour beer from any of the 12 lines. The bar and tables seat about 45 and are made from wood sourced from a single fallen tree from co-owner John Snedden’s back yard.

Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper will be located at 920 Girard St. NE and should open sometime in December.

Chipotle Opening Date Announced – November 28th

Back in August we learned that national fast food chain Chipotle will be coming to Monroe Street Market. The restaurant will seat 56 and will occupy the corner of Monroe at 7th Street NE. We thought readers would like to know that yesterday Monroe Street Market announced that the store will open on Saturday November 28th. Check out the Instagram post below.

Get Ready Everyone! Chipotle Opens November 28!!! #chipotle #chipotleislife #burrito #guac #MSM #monroestreet #msmliving 🌯🌯🌯

A photo posted by Monroe Street Market (@monroestmarket) on