Category Archives: Neigborhood Businesses

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.

Askale Cafe Seeks Beer And Wine License

Askale Cafe Liquor License Askale and Asratie, owners of Askale Cafe, Brookland’s Ethiopian eatery, posted ABRA placards in the cafe’s windows yesterday. The cafe is seeking to re-establish the beer and wine license associated with location that expired before they took over. Hopefully all will go well and there will be no issues at their ABRA public hearing.  We were happy to hear from Asratie that their application has the support of ANC Commissioner Higgins. They are seeking a stipulated license, which means they may be able to serve during the hearing period if approved. Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Filter Coffeehouse/Bike Rack Location Opening April 18th

Storefront of
Storefront of Filter/Bikerack

The prospect of a combination coffeehouse  by  Filter  and bike shop by the Bike Rack coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk has been in the works for quite some time.  We were pleased to hear from Erin from the Bike Rack that the location will open April 18th. Here is the press release:

Two of D.C.’s favorite pastimes, coffee and bicycles, are coming together in the historic Brookland neighborhood under one roof on April 18. The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse are excited to be part of the growing community at the Monroe Street Market.

The April 18 Grand Opening will be held in conjunction with the first Brookland Farmer’s Market of 2015.

The two businesses will share space within the Brookland Works building at 716 Monroe St. NE. The Bike Rack will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Filter Coffeehouse will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday andSunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Bikes and coffee just go together, ask any cyclist,” said Chuck Harney of The Bike Rack. “ We feel that a bike shop should be a community gathering spot for the local community and for cyclists. A coffee bar helps to create that feel year round.”

WHAT:    The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse Grand Opening
WHEN:    Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE:  The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington DC, 20017

Visit for more information.

About The Bike Rack
The Bike Rack is a friendly community of people who care about cycling and improving their customers’ biking experience. The Washington Post Express and Washington City Paper named The Bike Rack 2014’s Best Bike Shop. Brookland joins The Bike Rack family as the second location, the first being at 1412 Q St. NW. Learn more about The Bike Rack at

About Filter Coffeehouse
Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar opened in March of 2010 with the intent of sharing truly amazing coffee with Washington, DC. Their coffees are carefully and artfully roasted by Ceremony Coffee, a local roaster in nearby Annapolis MD. Brookland marks Filter Coffeehouse’s third shop along with a Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom location. Learn more about Filter Coffeehouse at

New Bakery – The Bakers’ Lounge – Coming To Brookland!

The Bakers Lounge 2Brooklanders with a sweet tooth rejoice!  A new British bakery concept called The Bakers’ Lounge is opening  at 2701 12th Street NE, at the corner of 12th and Evarts. The bakery’s soft launch will be on Saturday, April 11th – check out the event page here.  The bakery will have a British spin, even offering High Tea once a month, with a selection of fine pastries, cucumber sandwiches, and a pot of tea! Awesome. We caught up with Catherine Cotay, the Director of The Bakers’ Lounge and asked her about the plans for this new neighborhood business. She said:

The Bakers’ Lounge refers to multiple bakers who are cutting edge and happy to infuse traditional dessert with a slight twist; whether it’s changing the shape of a dessert, or an added ingredient. The Bakers’ Lounge is an extension of a family owned business that dates back to the 60’s.

We asked her about her inspiration starting the business:

Baker's Lounge 1My passion for baking started at an early age, I grew up in a bakery and my grandmother was a renowned baker and caterer. I would sit with my grandmother for hours watching as she hand piped wedding cakes, one tier at a time, with such intricacy which is such a lost art in today’s cake-making. She was very particular about her flavours and ingredients, and that is the corner stone of The Bakers’ Lounge, hence our slogan: “Taste the difference.” I started my virtual business in August of 2012 and it has steadily grown. The Bakers’ Lounge menu spans from cookies, to a selection of cakes, and a number of English puddings, (especially  the ones I grew up with like sticky toffee pudding, ginger pudding, trifles and more).

Why did you choose to open up shop in Brookland?

Since I moved to the USA, I have always marveled at Washington D.C and the character that it has. When I first started searching for my space, I fell in love with Rhode Island Avenue row and decided to explore the area in more detail. The more I explored, the more I appreciated the community that is Brookland and saw the potential that it has. Brookland was sold to me by the very sound of the phrase, “Bakers’ lounge comes to Brookland.”

What is your vision for The Bakers’ Lounge?

The vision for my store is a lively lounge and a very people-friendly environment with soft lights, comfortable seats, and decadent desserts. We will have a function room for children’s cupcake parties or poetry and pastry nights, and painting and pastry nights. Our goal is to know all our customers by name so they get a sense of a personal touch. We cater for every event-birthdays, weddings, and the works!

We can’t wait to check it out! Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Serenity Place DC Spring Open House Today

Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!
Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!

On Saturday, March 14 from 3-6 pm local yoga studio Serenity Place DC will  be having their Spring Open House. Since we last wrote about the studio, they have moved a couple blocks down from their original location above Zeke’s Coffee. At their new place they have lots more space and greater flexibility with their scheduling. The community is invited to come by and check out the studio, meet the teachers, and learn more about their classes. There will be several yoga demonstrations occurring throughout the day as well as raffles. Check them out and  and register for the open house  online here. Admission is free and Serenity Place DC is located at 2008 Rhode Island Avenue NE.