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Local Business Spotlight: Scout Properties

Scout TeamFrom time to time we like to do features on great neighborhood businesses. We met Sergio and Kelly of Scout Properties a few years ago and have come to know them as great neighbors and businessmen. We thought our readers would enjoy learning about this team.
What services does Scout Properties offer?
Scout Properties is a full service residential brokerage offering sales, leasing, and property management services in the District of Columbia (we do not service VA or MD). We generally focus on the areas of DC that are East of Rock Creek Park and West of the Anacostia River.
How long have you been in Brookland and why did you set up shop here?
We opened our doors in the Spring of 2013. Brookland’s charm and slower pace attracted us to the neighborhood initially, when my fiancé, Kelly, and I moved here in the Fall of 2011 from Columbia Heights. A close friend had purchased the commercial property where our offices are located (3620 12th Street NE) shortly before we decided to start our own real estate firm.   The timing was perfect and we couldn’t be happier with the location and to call Brookland home!
Pope FrancisTell us a little bit about your team and what inspired you to start Scout Properties.

We have a small office consisting of 7 employees, including myself and Kelly (company bios here).

After working for a larger company for almost 8 years, I yearned for a structure that was less corporate. I wanted to develop a small boutique-style business that provides exceptional service to clients and supports a positive working environment for its employees.
Anything you want add/want our readers to know?
I am personally proud of the fact that all of our employees live locally and our business is local. Folks in the neighborhood have been so supportive since the beginning and we feel lucky to be able give back to the community when opportunities arise!
What are the best ways to keep up with Scout Properties?
Please follow us on Facebook and check out our website for more information about our services and available properties!  Also, folks should feel welcome to drop-in for a friendly chat and a cup of coffee and some candy! We stay fairly busy during our 9am-4pm business hours, but we always enjoy meeting our neighbors!
Scout Properties is located at 3620 12th Street NE, between Newton and Otis.

Honor Howard Politzer Day Celebrates 40 Years Of Brookland Hardware Saturday

We recently wrote about Brookland True Value Hardware store closing after being open for over 40 years. Since that time, the Washington Post has picked up on the story, and WJLA broadcasted this story. Also, don’t  miss this super informative blog post from Bygone Brookland about the history of the location and store.  We stopped by and took the photos below of the liquidation sale that is going on till everything is gone.

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at the store to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy and contribution to the neighborhood. Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Brookland True Value Hardware is located at 3501 12th Street NE.

Longtime Business, Petals Ribbons And Beyond, Seeks Your Input Ahead Of Re-Opening

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One of our favorite local businesses is  Petals Ribbons & Beyond. For readers who have not visited this longtime Brookland location, the store has been a combination florist and gift shop/card store for over 15 years.

We recently learned that Sara Lucas, the store owner, is in the process of updating both the store itself and her merchandise. I spoke with the team helping to spruce the place up and they said that Sara is soliciting input on the types of things neighbors would like to buy, so she can re-stock the store.

Please share your thoughts here so that collectively, we can help Petals Ribbons & Beyond remain a successful business. While I love our local restaurants and bars, I think our neighborhood still lacks  walkability and the types of retail that will keep our dollars in the neighborhood. If you feel the same way, here is your chance to ask for the types of things you would like to buy.

As for the next steps, right now, there is a sidewalk sale going on at Petals, so Sara can make room for the new inventory, and make room for the renovations to come. After some fresh coats of paint, store rearranging,  landscaping, and new merchandise ordering, the store will have a re-grand opening this fall.

Petals, Ribbons and Beyond is located at 3906 12th Street NE (near Quincy Street, next to San Antonio Bar and Grill). We will follow up with more information as Sara moves ahead with her re-boot!

Brookland Hardware’s Legacy To Live On At Annie’s Ace Hardware

Hardware Store Supplies NE Washington DCYesterday we received a press release regarding the closing of Brookland Hardware and the opening of  Annie’s Ace Hardware.

Fans of Brookland Hardware will be happy to hear that owner Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware as a Senior Adviser and Annie’s Ace will be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood. Also, according to the release:

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at Brookland True Value Hardware to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy… Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and John Feeley, Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011, Arcadia Publishing).

Annie’s Ace Hardware is slated to open in Fall 2015 and will be will be the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. Annie’s will be located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

Brookland True Value Hardware Store To Close After 40 Years

Letter sent to Brookland residents.
Letter sent to Brookland residents.

Many Brookland residents received unwelcome news in their mailboxes yesterday – longtime neighborhood business, Brookland Hardware is closing after more than 40 years.

According to the letter, the store’s owner, Howard, is retiring and will be liquidating the store’s inventory via a “retirement – store closing sale” from Thursday July 23 – Wednesday July 29th. So with that, Brookland loses another major landmark and cornerstone.

We will let you know when we hear of what will become of this space at the heart of our neighborhood.

Right Proper Brewery Gets Permit To Move Forward In Brookland

right proper logoBack in May we were happy to report that that Right Proper brewing is planning to open their much anticipated location at 920 Girard St NE by late summer.  Recently we learned that they were granted permits to move forward with the brewery. From an article in the Washington Business Journal:

920 Girard St. NE: A 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room, Right Proper Brewing Co., will be installed in this former auto repair shop in Brookland. The brewery will seat 17, with a maximum occupancy of 42. Right Proper, whose existing home is 624 T St. NW, was created by “beer guru” Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co.

We will let you know when we learn anything new. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.

Brookland Tuesday Farmer’s Market Now Takes EBT/SNAP

Farmers Market Washington DC
Brooklanders Enjoying The Farmers Market last summer

We were happy to learn that the team that organizes the Tuesday farmers market, Licking Creek Bend Farm, now have an EBT/SNAP machine.  In addition to Licking Creek, the  following business will be there today:

  • Girardot’s Crumbs
  • Ester’s Granola
  • Real Sauce Company
  • Potomac Pastry

This week the market will feature beets, herbs, snow peas, purslane scallions, garlic scapes, rhubarb, white ranier sweet cherries. black bing cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, sugar plums, and peaches.

The Farmers Market sets up shop at the open space under the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge by the Brookland/CUA Metro stop every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm through October.

See you today at the market!

Excel Pilates Offers Free And Discounted Classes – Sign Up Soon!

For over 15 years, Excel Pilates DC has been helping Brookland area residents get and stay in shape. The studio underwent a complete renovation in 2013 and remains, as always, dedicated to a personalized classic Pilates practice. Recently, Excel won the City Paper’s readers poll for Best Pilates Studio 2015

If you have ever been curious about Pilates or wanted to give Excel a try, now is the perfect time  as they are offering free and discounted classes from June 24th -July 1st. See the Excel website for more details and contact the studio directly to reserve a class under this special promotion –  (202) 269-3020 or info(at)excelpilates(dot)com. Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.