Category Archives: Neigborhood Businesses

Artist And Craftsman Supply Opened In Nearby Brentwood

If you have an interest in arts or crafts then you should know about Artist and Craftsman Supply, which recently opened near Brookland at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot). We recently checked out the store, which has been open for about four weeks, and we were blown away by the size, selection and variety of products.  Here are a bunch of photos we took of the store. (You need flash to see the photos .If you cannot see them, click here to open the album on Flikr.)

There is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas,  and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. Check out their Facebook page here. Welcome to the area and good luck!

Bluebird Sky Yoga Studio Signs Lease In Brookland

Ever since SCRAP DC left the commercial property at 3101 12th Street NE in November, a lot of neighbors have been anticipating what would take its place. We learned from the tweet below that Bluebird Sky Yoga will be setting up shop in that space, which is at the corner of 12th and Irving NE.

While information like class schedules and instructor bios are still forthcoming, the Bluebird Sky website says the following:

Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC’s most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.

Founder Jennie Light discovered her love of yoga nearly a decade ago while living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Just like the great outdoors, she found that the yoga mat offers a space for self-exploration and discovery. We can push our edge, or simply sit and observe. While the mountains are far from the city, B. K. Iyengar reminds us that, “you do not need to find freedom in a different land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul.”

Our schedule is intentionally diverse. Whether you are looking to study a long-rooted tradition such as Ashtanga, a flowing practice like Prana Flow, a martial-arts influenced practice such as Primal Yoga® Flow, a fascia-focused practice like Yin, an upbeat practice like Rocket, a restorative practice such as meditation, or something else entirely, we hope you will find classes and a community you love.

We hope to see you soon.

Love and Light,

The Bluebird Sky Yoga team

We will let you know when we learn anything more. Welcome to the neighborhood Bluebird Sky Yoga!

Farmers Market Flow – Weekly Yoga Class Starts Saturday

Grab those mats and go!
Grab those mats and go!

Readers may remember our blog post about Brookland Yoga, a new “floating” yoga studio that launched recently. We thought neighborhood Yogis would be interested in knowing that Brookland Yoga has partnered with LATELA to provide yoga classes at the Arts Walk farmer’s market every Saturday starting April 23 through November 12th, at 9:00 am. From the event page:

Join us for a 45 minute awakening slow flow yoga class on Saturdays at the Brookland Farmer’s Market. Stay after class to get some yummy local produce and coffee and chat with your neighbors.

We will begin with a flow, holding our poses for several breaths to create heat in the body, then move into strengthening, and finally into restorative yoga postures to calm the nervous system and rejuvenate the body and the mind. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat.

Classes are held underneath the arts walk sign on the Monroe Street Market, next to the Brookland-CUA metro bridge just outside of the LATELA store front.

Sign up for the classes here. Check out the Brookland Yoga website here. LATELA is a creative platform that combines art and yoga for positive community growth, and they have an artists studio on the Arts Walk. Check out LATELA’s site here.

PS – if you can’t make the Saturday class, check out Brookland Yoga’s Beer and Yoga class at Right Proper Brewery on Mondays.

Congrats To Brookland-Area Businesses In City Paper “Best Of DC” Wins!

When we first moved here, San Antonio’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern were holding it down as the major sit-down restaurants  in the area. So it is still pretty surprising to us, in a way, to see Brookland businesses (and those in our wider area) getting publicity from the established city-wide press.  We love it. These small businesses put a lot on the line, and took a chance on our area, so we thank them and congratulate them on being “Best Of” in their category.  Area winners in

the annual City Paper poll


Right Proper takes the brewing process one step further than most: Its production brewery, which opened in Brookland in December, houses three 45-hectoliter oak wine casks (called foudres in French) inoculated with a house culture of wild yeasts and bacteria. A tribute to the days when beers were produced in only wooden vessels using natural airborne yeast, foudres allow beers to continuously develop in character and depth.

Right Proper Brewery is located at 920 Girard St NE.

  • Public OptionThe Public Option – DC’s Best Brew Pub (Staff Pick).  Since we did a story on their soft opening back in October, this small home-grown business has steadily improved with fun pop-up events and outdoor seating. As the City Paper said:

It is the most neighborly pint you can order in Washington. Now that is a brewpub.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish…Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”

Nido is loacted at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE

  • JACSJazz and Cultural Society (JACS)  – Best New Jazz Venue (Staff Pick).  When we  first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago,  as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination.  As noted by the City Paper:

It all adds up to a rare breed: jazz as a grassroots movement. JACS’ place among the rowhouses of Brookland is no accident. It signifies Howard and Jamison’s desire to strip away the music’s often-elitist trappings and give it back to an everyday audience.

JACS is located 2813 12th St. NE

Annie’s Ace Hardware Grand Opening This Weekend

Annies acehardware grand openingAnnie’s Ace hardware opened its doors in November, and now the local business is having its official grand opening. From the event page:

We’re celebrating the Grand Opening of a new Annie’s Ace Hardware in Brookland! Come out to find all the great products you need for your home and garden and meet the knowledgeable staff you’ve come to know and trust from Annie’s Ace! Enjoy all day savings, special events, workshops, product demonstrations, giveaways and more!

Don’t miss these special highlights:

All Weekend

* All day savings, special events, workshops, product demonstrations, giveaways and more!

* Save with Grand Opening Hot Buys coupons and enter to win a Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, a $399 value.


* All day – $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of regular priced merchandise

* 5-8 pm – Benjamin Moore Wine & Cheese Party
Meet Benjamin Moore’s and Professional Colorist Lauri Hafvenstein, and enter to win 4 gallons of Benjamin Moore Regal Select, a $225 value


* First 50 Customers receive a FREE Goody Bag

* First 200 Customers receive a FREE Ace Reusable Bag plus 20% of all items that fit in the bag

* 11 am-2 pm – Free Hot Dogs

* All day – Clark & Kensington and Valspar Paint Demonstrations


* 50% off any regular priced item under $30
* Free herb plant for the first 200 customers
* 6 pm drawing to win a Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, a $399 value

Annie’s Ace Hardware is located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

Local Brewpub, The Public Option To Get Outdoor Seating

The Public Option is a local microbrewery that opened last fall. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now you have another reason to. From their Facebook page and Twitter feed, respectively:

We had our Public Space hearing for sidewalk seating today. And I am happy to report that we were approved! It will take another couple of weeks to get the required permits, etc. And then there’s the matter of furnishings (consistent with the exacting standards you have come to expect from the PO). But pencil us in for tax day.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Brookland Yoga – A New ‘Floating’ Yoga Studio Option

One of the services that can be hard to come by in the Brookland area is a good yoga class. That’s why we were happy to hear about the launch of Brookland Yoga, a “floating” yoga studio, meaning, it doesn’t have a permanent location, and instead their mission is to partner with already existing organizations in the community. We caught up with Sharlene Bagga-Taves, the owner Brookland Yoga and asked her some questions about her new business. Interested? Check out her next class at Right Proper Brewery on Monday March 14th. Here is the flyer and go to the event page here to sign up.
Brookland Yoga Right Proper
What brought you to your yoga practice?

I have been exposed to yoga ever since I was a little girl. I remember getting ready for school and coming downstairs to see my dad practicing his sirsasana, or, headstand, in the living room against the glass porch door.  I never really thought of it as yoga, or really thought of it at all, until I started practicing yoga in 2002 after a nasty ankle injury.  I was hoping that yoga would be a way for me to transition back into working out until I could completely bear weight on my ankle. It turns out yoga became a much bigger part of my life.

Over the first few years of my practice, what kept me going back to yoga – at least what I thought – was the physical exercise component. I love sweating it out in hot yoga and the increased flexibility it can inspire (when practiced safely, of course). As I started practicing yoga more regularly, I realized that other parts of my life were improving.  Somewhat related, but not necessarily linked, I was able to get off my asthma medication and have not returned to it since. Part of this may have been just growing out of my childhood asthma, but it is likely that at some point my practice of deeper breathing and awareness of breath probably aided this remission.

I have moved around a lot as an adult and have always been nervous about whether I’d feel part of a community during my stints in different places.  Having lived in Michigan, California, El Salvador, Thailand and now Washington, DC, I have discovered that yoga is really a bridge to community for me. By that I mean, it is a great way to meet like minded people and folks that share other interests of mine which include wine tasting, traveling, reading, working out, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and of course yoga

What is the story behind Brookland Yoga?

So when I took a year off after having my son in 2014, I had some time to refocus my creative energy. I rediscovered my inner artist and started painting, doing ceramics, cooking a ton, gardening, and turning my yoga teaching up a notch – both in terms of creative sequencing and also creative alliances. This is where my idea for a “floating” yoga studio grew from. I am a very proud Brookland resident and have always been surprised by the lack of yoga and athletic outlets in this part of Northeast D.C.  To my delight, the first few businesses in the community I reached out to were excited to partner with Brookland Yoga, and together we are able to offer unique yoga experiences to Ward 5 residents and beyond! We have partnerships with the Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market, the Monroe Street Market (for their residential community) and most recently Right Proper Brewery. You might think of Brookland Yoga as a traveling pop-up yoga studio partnering with local organizations to create unique yoga experiences. That is our vision.

Brookland yoga is always looking to expand partnerships and we welcome interested yoga teachers to get in touch if they’d like to join our team.  New opportunities are coming up every day – at least it seems like that, and it feels great. I hope to combine some of my other favorite activities with yoga and mindfulness such as art & yoga and mindful wine tasting following a yummy, sweaty yoga class! I’m working on those leads now.

I also love teaching pre-natal yoga and connecting folks within the community of new parents in the neighborhood. This summer, Brookland yoga is hosting pre-natal classes outdoors followed by a social half-hour of tea to meet and greet with your neighbors. Perhaps this will become a regular thing. When I was looking for permanent studio space, my vision was to have a half-hour of tea and socializing before the start of each yoga class.  Now that we’ve become a floating studio, we’ll have to find other creative ways to do this! It’s a good thing that there are so many beautiful spots in the city to practice yoga outdoors.

How long have you been teaching yoga?

I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching it since 2013. I completed an intensive 200 hour teacher training in Chacala, Mexico and am currently enrolled in the Advanced (500 hour) Teacher Training program at Tranquil Space in Dupont circle.  So far, anatomy is the part I like to nerd out on the most – it is really fascinating how our bodies work!

 Tell us about the types of places you are looking to hold classes and how often.

I am looking to develop a comprehensive yoga program in Brookland that offers the community regular yoga classes and unique yoga experiences that don’t require a lot of travel. If neighboring businesses and organizations continue to be receptive to partnering with Brookland Yoga, I think that this goal is very reachable.  It also includes signing up some of the experienced yoga teachers (many of whom I met at my farmers market classes last summer) to join our team so that we can really cater to the needs of our students

Why did you pick Brookland to open your business?

I never thought about starting a business before I moved to Brookland, so I would say that Brookland itself is really the inspiration. When I moved here after living abroad for two years, I was amazed at the sense of community that I felt. I have lived all around the city in various neighborhoods over the last ten years, and have never felt such a strong sense of community anywhere else in D.C. Talking to people that really want to practice yoga in Brookland and meeting new local business owners that are interested in partnering with us is what gave me the final push of inspiration I needed to start Brookland Yoga.

Anything else you want readers to know?

My background is in public health and both of my parents’ careers were in mental health care, serving mostly homeless patients in the metro Detroit area.  I think, without realizing the path, my background in health has led me to yoga which actually has amazing mental health benefits including finding calmness in the chaos of life, and enhancing one’s ability to cope with change and hardship, often through breath.  If you don’t know what I mean, I hope to see you on the mat, even if all you want is a good workout and stretch!

What is the best way for readers to keep up with the Brookland Yoga?
Send us an email at and we will be sure to let you know about upcoming classes and events.  You can also check out our website here. If you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to hear from you as well.

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.