Category Archives: Neigborhood Businesses

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

Photo courtesy of www.petalsribbonsbeyond.net
Photo courtesy of www.petalsribbonsbeyond.net

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.

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