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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.

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

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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.

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.

Support Brookland Non-Profit Byte Back By Shopping At Amazon

Byte Back is Brookland’s local non-profit that addresses the growing digital divide between low-income, disadvantaged people and those with the benefit of higher education. (Check out the interview we did with them back in 2013.) You can easily support this this great organization and the work they do providing computer training, access to technology, and career services to underserved adults in DC by simply shopping at Check out the tweet below.

Click here to start shopping. Byte Back is located at 815 Monroe Street NE.

Annie’s Ace Hardware Opened Yesterday

Yesterday Annie’s Ace Hardware opened, so we headed over to check it out. We were really surprised about how big the 7,400 square-foot store felt. We were also amazed at the variety of products including paint, grills, cleaning products, canning supplies, tools, parts, gardening supplies and lots more. The store will also offer services like key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. We didn’t see it, but there will be a 1,000 square-foot garden center. Check out the pics below.

The store hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annie’s Ace Hardware is located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

Scrap DC Loses Lease – Will Close Doors November 22nd

We were saddened to hear that Brookland non-profit Scrap DC will be shutting its doors later this month. Not only do we love the mission of re-purposing  items to keep them out of landfills, they really provide a service via educational programs and affordable materials to the community. We spoke with Scrap DC executive director Sharon Robinson, who simply said they “lost their lease” and the flyer below was being handed out on Saturday. The flyer states that they will re-open in the spring in a new location, and points people to their Facebook page as a place to keep up with their plans. This is the second time a Brookland non-profit has lost their lease at this location, 3101 12th Street NE, due to financial hardship. In October 2012 First Time Computers left because they couldn’t afford the increase in the lease amount when they went to re-sign.

Scrap DC Closing

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.