Category Archives: Neigborhood Businesses

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.

Brookland’s New Bakery, The Bakers’ Lounge Opens Saturday!

Back in March we posted about a new bakery coming to 12th Street NE in Brookland called the Bakers’ Lounge, and interviewed Catherine Cotay, the baker’s owner/director. Then, in April, we got a sneak peek of the tasty treats to come. We are now happy to announce that the bakery is finally opening Saturday. Here is the tweet that tipped us off:


We caught up with Catherine again to ask about the opening. Here’s what she had to say:

 I will be open on Saturday for people to buy baked goods and put in orders for events etc. The space is still transforming and we are expecting our funiture in a few weeks. This Saturday we will open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.

Going forward we plan on opening from 11:00 am till 8 pm Tuesday to Thursday and till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturday. On Sundays we will be open from 11:00 till 7:00 pm . These might change depending on the demand for late night desserts. This weekend we will have a mixture of baked goods. This Monday being a holiday we will be open from 11 am for people to buy baked goods.

Let’s support this new local business and be sure to let Catherine know what you would like, she is open to responding to neighbors request.  The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Brookland Based Potomac Pastry Continues To Grow – Your Chance To Support

Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry's Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry’s Facebook Page.

Readers may remember our interview last summer with Jamila Minniks, Brooklander, and owner of Potomac Pastry. We recently caught up with her again and she tells us:

we have grown so much that we are outgrowing even Union Kitchen!  We are in the initial stages of finding space, and will be moving to a more individualized kitchen space in the new Union Kitchen space to accommodate our growth!
That’s not surprising. Anyone who has purchased her baked goods, sold through a number of wholesalers, at Zeke’s on Rhode Island or at the Brookland Tuesday farmers market, knows that her high quality pastries are delicious!
Now Jamila is reaching out to the community and supporters though her  Kiva Zip website.  (Kiva Zip is a non profit organization that enables 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs.) With the loan she will be able to buy the equipment she needs to grow, including a 60-qt stand mixer and a double stack convection oven.  Her goal is to earn enough money to open a brick and mortar store and she says:
it would help us bring our little pastry shop to Brookland a little faster!
If you are interested in helping this neighborhood entrepreneur grow, consider lending  to her goal here, loan amounts start as low as $5.
You can place orders for her pastries and desserts via phone, email or through her website.  Keep up with Potomac Pastry though Facebook, Twitter, and their website.
Phone: 202.864.9627
Email: jamila(at)potomacpastry(dot)com

Right Proper Brewery To Open In Brookland Late This Summer

right proper logoIn November we were happy to report that Right Proper brewing is opening up a location at 920 Girard St NE. We recently learned from this City Paper article that Brooklanders will be able to stop by, enjoy a pint and fill up their growlers by late summer.  We will bring you more details as they become available. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.

Annie’s Ace Hardware And Garden Center Coming This Fall!

Many readers are sure to know of Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth. This locally owned and operated store is popular because they go above and beyond – from knowledgeable employees who help advise customers, to excellent customer service and hosting events that give back to the community.

From 2013 - the space where Annie's is coming.
From 2013 – the space where Annie’s is coming.

We are excited to learn that we are getting our own Annie’s Ace Hardware this fall. The store will be located  about a half block south of the Arts Walk at 3405 8th Sreet NE, above the Menkiti Group Headquarters. When we wrote about the Menkiti Headquarters in 2013, we snapped this photo of the space where Annie’s is going. The store will be 7,400 square feet, plus a 1,000 square foot garden center adjacent to the store. Annie’s will be open 7 days a week and will offer typical hardware store supplies, and nice extras like Weber grills and canning supplies.

Check out the press release from Annie’s and the Menkiti Group below for more details and this video about her store in Petworth. We will let you more details as we get them. Welcome to the neighborhood Annie!

Press Release - Annie's Ace Hardware (2015-4-28)_Page_1

Congrats To Excel Pilates And Monroe St. Market For Earning City Paper’s Best of DC

So, we are a little late on this one,  but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that Excel Pilates and Monroe Street Market were recently recognized by the Washington City Paper‘s Best of DC poll! Way to go!!

Photo courtesy of Excel Pilates
Photo courtesy of Excel Pilates

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, It should be no surprise then that Excel won the readers poll for Best Pilates Studio 2015Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Brookland Development NE Washington DCMonroe Street Market won Best Up-and-Coming Arts Neighborhood in the staff picks. The write up notes the:

clever mix of apartments, restaurants, and 27 artists’ studios (otherwise known as the Arts Walk) right next to the Brookland-CUA Metro stop. It’s worth a stroll through this neighborhood to get a feel for this new arts scene that includes photography, painting, leather work, and printmaking.

Monroe Street Market is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Sneak Peek – The Bakers’ Lounge – Brookland’s New Bakery Opens Soon

A few weeks ago we posted a story about The Bakers’ Lounge, a new bakery coming to the corner of 12th and Evarts Streets, NE. Yesterday we got a sneak peek of what is to come via their soft launch event. Catherine Cotay, the Director of The Bakers’ Lounge told us that there is still work to do to get the store ready to be open on a daily basis, which she thinks it is only a matter of weeks away. So for now, enjoy the photos we took of the yummy treats we sampled. Our favorite sampling was the creme puffs – heaven on a plate! Other stand outs were the lemon bars -not too sweet, with just the right touch of tartness and the super moist cake balls. There was also a wide variety of yummy cupcake flavors. Warning, for future customers, my dinner appetite was definitely ruined, LOL. Also included in the slideshow are the menus of the products to be offered and info on high tea and party packages.

Clearly the space has been completely transformed from the previous tenant, and features high ceilings and bright white walls. But, there is still a lot to be seen, as a large wall in the bakery that currently creates a hallway will be coming down to open up the space in a big way. Still, you can see the ascetic they are going for- bright, modern and welcoming, with a punch of British flair.

Lastly, Ms. Cotay let us know that she is listening to Brooklanders – namely yes(!), the store is already wifi enabled, coffee will be served, as well as non-sweets like breads and bagels. We will let you know when the bakery opens its doors. The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE. Keep in touch with the latest on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest sites.