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Excel Pilates Open House + Vote For A “Best Of” Repeat

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.  They offer a variety of classes, including yoga. Check them out for yourself at their open house on Sunday February 7th from 12:00 -1:00 pm (flyer below).

Last year Excel was voted Best Pilates Studio in The Washington City Paper’s  readers poll . Let’s give them a hand and vote for them again in this years poll – and vote for other Brookland -area businesses too! Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Excel Pilates open house

RIA Red Chili Fundraiser Today AT The Public Option

Back in October we wrote about the opening of The Public Option, a new brewpub on Rhode Island Ave. Today they are kicking off a new series of events, and this one is for a good cause. From the Public Option website:

In the first of what we intend to be a series of guest chef appearances, Kyle Todd (Director of Rhode Island Main Streets, Austin Texas native, and chili chef extraordinaire) has agreed to prepare a batch of his renowned chili here at the Public Option.  (He’s making corn bread too!)  Kyle will be on hand from 5:00 – 9:00 on Saturday.  A  portion of all sales made during the event will benefit Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets.

Sounds like a fun event, and a great reason to check this neighborhood gem out. Check out more information at the event page here.  The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Wardman Wines Offers Up Wine Tastings And Other Events

Yay! Booze!
Yay! Booze!

Back in early December we wrote about the opening of Wardman Wines,  a new store that sells wine, liquor, beer. and other yummy products like olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We thought readers would like to know that the store has been offering almost nightly events to engage neighbors. Today, January 16, they will have a wine tasting with Donald Moffat from 1:00 – 4:00. Check out their events calendar here. Upcoming events include:

  • January 17, 2016 – Class: Grapes & Places – Syrah
  • January 19, 2016 – Class: Introduction to Wine Tasting: Learning to Love Your Palate
  • January 20, 2016 – Weekly Tasting: Wine & Cheese
  • January 23, 2016 – Wine Tasting with Max Evans
  • January 24, 2016 – Class: Introduction to Wine Tasting: Learning to Love Your Palate

Wardwan Wines is located at is located at 625 Monroe Street NE, Suite A7 between Barnes and Noble and Chipotle. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

Wardman Wines Opens Friday At Monroe Street Market

Back in August we wrote about Wardman Wines, a new store that will sell wine, liquor and beer. We were happy to learn that they will be opening their doors this Friday. Check out some pics we took of the store last week.

From an email:

We’re excited to be coming to the neighborhood…Obviously, we’ll be selling wine, but we’ll also be carrying a good selection of beer and spirits, as well as some wine-friendly snacks. We will have a tasting bar and regularly-scheduled tasting events and classes. We really want people to be comfortable with the experience of buying wine, and we want them to be happy with what they purchase.

We were also excited to hear that they will begin delivery service once they are up and running. Sounds like a win for the neighborhood! Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE, Suite A7 between Barnes and Noble and Chipotle. Check out their Facebook page here.

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

yoga mat

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