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Bluebird Sky Yoga To Offer Massage Service Through July 3rd

Bluebird Sky Yoga

This is good news for neighbors with sore muscles. From an email:

JUNE 19 – JULY 3
This summer, indulge in self-care with a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute massage at the studio. Select from the following options:

Signature Massge
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Neck, Back, and Shoulders
Après Yoga Sports Massage

Schedule your massage and get more info here. Bluebird Sky yoga studio is located at 3101 12th St NE.

City Paper ‘Best Of’ Ballot – Consider Voting For Brookland Businesses

We thought readers might want to consider supporting Brookland area businesses by voting for them in the latest DC City Paper “Best Of” competition. The poll closes March 5th. If you fill out the ballot, you may want to consider the following Brookland and nearby businesses. Let us know if we left anything out. You can fill out your ballot here.

  • Best Dance Company: Dance Place
  • Best Jazz/Blues Venue: Jazz & Cultural Society (JACS)
  • Best Bike Shop: The Bike Rack
  • Best Hardware Store: Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland
  • Best Pilates Studio: Excel Pilates Brookland
  • Best Place to Buy Wine: Wardman Wines
  • Best Vet: District Vet
  • Best Yoga Studio: Bluebird Sky Yoga
  • Best Neighborhood To Live In: Brookland (of course!)
  • Best Bakery:  The Bakers’ Lounge
  • Best Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
  • Best Brew Pub: Public Option
  • Best Coffee Shop: Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • Best Craft Beer Selection: Brookland Pint
  • Best Dive Bar: The Dew Drop Inn DC
  • Best Ethiopian Restaurant: Askale Cafe
  • Best Local Brewery: Right Proper
  • Best Neighborhood Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
  • Best Pho: Pho 12
  • Best Pizza: Menomalé Pizza Napoletana
  • Best Sandwich: MGM Roast Beef

Best of luck to Brookland area businesses!

Post-Holiday Upper Event At Stitch And Rivet Saturday

This coming Saturday, Stitch and Rivet, a local crafter of handmade gifts and accessories is celebrating their three year anniversary. From the event page:

The holidays are over, winter is here, and the skies have been gray for many days in a row. LET’S HAVE A PARTY!

2017 is here and many new things are coming to Stitch & Rivet- a freshly updated line, our new monthly Featured Maker and a new look to the workshop. Come celebrate our third year in business, check out the new work, and meet Jennifer Wilfong of Yummy & Co. our first Featured Maker. This event is family friendly, and there will be cake!

Stitch and Rivet is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Arts Walk Studio #3

Your New Years Eve Rundown Of Local Events

When we moved here seven years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. Now every year seems to bring more and fun events and a wider array of choices.  Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local. Cheers!

  • Brookland’s Finest will offer a fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes shrimp cocktail, Surf and Turf,  and dessert. The dinner costs $35 per person and there will be a champagne toast for guests in the restaurant when midnight rolls around. Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
  • Brookland Pint  will have a special menu that will be served Saturday evening. For $50 guests will get a special paired tasting menu. Make reservations by calling 202.758. 2757 or emailing Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
  • Dew Drop Inn is offering up a New Years Eve dance party with a DJ from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am. From their Facebook page: “Come ring in 2017 with The Dew Drop Inn. Will be having an all night dance party with tunes by Ameer Dyson and No Cover & Midnight Toast.” The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
  • Nido is having a special four-course Spanish-inspired dinner for $85 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. There will be three seatings, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. There will also be an optional $45 wine pairing. Check out more details on their Facebook event page and purchase tickets here. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
  • Smith Public Trust‘s NYE Space Camp dance party returns this year. The event starts at 7:00 pm with a handful of DJ’s through the night. The event is free but you have to RSVP here to get in.  Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12TH Street NE.
  • Steel Plate is hosting a New Years Eve party, starting at 9:00 pm.  Purchase tickets at their event page for $15. Because they are looking to have a pleasant, non-crowded environment, tickets sales will be limited to a reasonable number. There will be two DJs, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

We hope everyone has a fantastic New Years no matter what your plans!

Menomale Closed Tuesday -Thursday Next Week For Renovations

We thought Menomale regulars would like the heads up that they will be closing up shop – just for a few days – to spruce up the place. We spoke with Ettore Rusciano, Menomale’s owner and he said that the reno will mostly be cosmetic things like fresh paint, new lighting, and some minor repairs to the pizza oven. We look forward to checking out the updates and enjoying the best pizza in DC when they reopen. The post below is from Menomale’s Facebook page.

Bluebird Sky Yoga Studio Opens In Brookland Next Week

Bluebird Sky Yoga
Bluebird Sky Yoga

Back in April we learned Brookand would be getting a full time permanent yoga studio called Bluebird Sky Yoga at 3101 12th Street NE (12th and Irving). We are happy to report that they will be opening this weekend. From an email:

Brookland’s newest yoga studio is celebrating opening tonight, with the full class schedule starting MONDAY. Sign up for classes early to reserve your space.
If you’re looking to get back into yoga, try our Yoga Fundamentals or Alignment-based Flow classes.
Searching for a faster-paced class? Check out Rocket or Vinyasa.
Wanting to quiet the mind? Try our Restorative class.
Interested in working more directly with a teacher? Test out our Mysore Ashtanga program.
If you’re up for an adventure, try our Primal Yoga class, only offered in DC at Bluebird Sky Yoga, and taught by less than 20 certified teachers around the world.
With over 30 classes on the calendar at opening, we hope you will find classes and teachers you love.

Classes start Monday November 7th and you can sign up for classes now here. Welcome to the neighborhood, Bluebird Sky!


Brookland’s Pho 12 – Now Open And Serving Up Deliciousness

Ever since the news broke that a new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 12, was coming to Brookland a lot of neighbors have been eagerly awaiting their first taste. The restaurant opened on October 20th and is located at 3740 12th Street NE (where B’Cafe used to be). We decided to check it out and took the photos below.

The restaurant is small but cute with 7 tables. Besides (obviously) Pho, the restaurant also serves appetizers, rice and noodle dishes and desserts, including beignets. We tried the spring rolls, chicken skewers (so so so good), a Pho bowl, and pork with vermicelli noodles. I don’t know much about Vietnamese food but we found everything to be very tasty, flavorful and fresh. The service was also very nice and helpful. I tried my first Vietnamese iced coffee and loved it, good and strong. Over all we are super-delighted to have this new addition to the neighborhood and will definitely be back soon.

The restaurant’s hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM and you can check out the menu here. If you don’t have flash, you can check out the photos here.

Salumeria 2703 To Have Grand Opening July 27th

Last month we wrote about the soft opening of Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new  Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale.  Now we are happy to see that after a short break they are opening their doors again for their grand opening on Wednesday July 27th.

The store sells products imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, and prepared food like fresh made pastas and meals to go made at the deli on site. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale.  Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.

New Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho 12, Coming To 12th Street In Brookland

Pho 12 Vietnamese Brookland

We were happy to see that we will be getting a new Vietnamese restaurant soon! The new restaurant, Pho 12, will be 3740 12th Street NE, in the location where the now closed B’Cafe used to be. We spoke with a worker at the location who said that the restaurant will be open in about a month or so. We will keep an eye out and let you know when we see any signs of an opening.

Perfect Nails 12th Street NEPermits on the windows also indicate that the 9 unit former hotel on the second and third floor above are being refurbished. It would be great to have hotel in the neighborhood. We will let you know when we know for sure whether it will re-open as hotel or as something else.  Also, from a sign on the other storefront, a beauty shop/nail salon called Perfect Nails will open this month.


Pretty Paint ‘N Pillow Talk Event At bartered Threads This Sunday

We thought readers would be interested in this fun event happening  this Sunday, June 26 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Bartered Threads thrift boutique, now is a great time! This event includes brunch, wine, and pillow painting for a cost of $30. Check out more information at the event page and the Tweet below.

Bartered Threads is located at 3924 12th Street NE.