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
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!!
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 2015. Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.
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.
Like it or not, no one can claim that our neighborhood isn’t changing rapidly. We learned this morning that Brookland won the City Paper’s Plexie Award for Most Transformed Neighborhood. The Monroe Street Market development, pictured above, is a big reason why. Here is the explanation behind the award:
It’s a hidden gem no longer. Brookland, with its quiet streets and gorgeous detached houses, was largely off of most Washingtonians’ radar, to the delight of residents who enjoyed its low housing prices and rents. Then came Monroe Street Market. The $200 million project, partly complete now, will include three buildings with more than 550 apartments, artist studios, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Busboys and Poets, and a restaurant from the owners of Meridian Pint—all on a formerly desolate patch of land right by the Brookland Metro station (technically on the Edgewood side of the tracks, but who’s nitpicking?). No wonder home prices in the neighborhood have already jumped, by various estimates, between 13 and 39 percent.
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