Friday, July 14, 2017

Metro now testing homes near Petworth Metro for damage from shaking caused by new trains


Many residents near the Petworth Metro are worried about their homes shaking due to the new, heavier 7000-series Metro trains. A number of reports have talked about it over the past few months, with Metro first saying it wasn't related, but now they're hiring contractors to study the issue.

I've written before about the issue, and WUSA-9 recently did a story where they measured shaking in a house near the station and found that each shake was exactly timed when a new train arrived at the station. Now they're reporting that Metro has hired a contractor for at least one person's house to see if the shaking might cause structural damage.

Let's hope there won't be damage -- I know I'd be worried if I lived near the station. Anyone else notice this?

Photo: a 7000 series car at PG Plaza, from Wikipedia

Hear from MPD's Third District commander on Saturday


If you're interested in learning more about safety in our area or sharing your opinion, MPD's Third District Commander, Stuart Emerman, will be speaking at the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Association meeting on Saturday. It's at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis Pl NW, at 11 am.

The Third District covers Columbia Heights up to Monroe Street, plus Park View, U Street, Howard University and parts of Ledroit Park, Adams Morgan and Logan Circle and part of 16th Street. Click the map for a bigger version. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Possibly unpopular opinion: I don't think Sundevich is that great


A few months ago, folks in the neighborhood were thrilled when Small Fry at 3212 Georgia started serving Sundevich sandwiches along with their usual barbecue. The same folks own both spots, as well as the awesome Union Drinkery next door plus A&D in Shaw.

And after trying a lot of the sandwiches there, I've come to a conclusion -- I don't think they're that great. By my count I've probably had 10 different sandwiches in order to give them a chance with a full sample size and most have been... fine. Not great, not bad, but just kind of bland.

The ingredients are decent quality, the bread is ok and they're made as they're described, but just fall flat for me. Nothing extraordinary. And I like Small Fry pretty well; they have solid BBQ, good mac and cheese and a great fried chicken sandwiches. (Just avoid the smoked vegetables.)

So I don't quite get it -- am I missing something about Sundevich? I've never been, so was I jaded by the universally positive reviews for the original Shaw location and expecting something awesome -- or is the original location just better?

Image from the Sundevich Twitter.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jenkins Capital BBQ opening July 4th, soft opening today; check out the menu


It's BBQ time! Jenkins Capital BBQ at the old Ruby Tuesday spot (14th and Monroe) is opening officially on July 4th with a soft opening today, July 3rd, according to a tipster.

The tipster also sent along the full menu, which seems a bit smaller than we saw before, but still very large. Might be worth a shot for your 4th of July party. (Click the image above for a bigger view.)

Nice to see something come to this space, which has been empty for a few years, and I wish them luck! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Here's where you can buy fireworks in DC! Two stands in our area

The 4th of July is upon us, and that means cookouts, hot weather, and fireworks -- fireworks everywhere, not just on the Mall.

It's my opinion that a rooftop in Columbia Heights is the best place in the world to see 4th of July fireworks, because you can see the main display, displays at towns around the area, and a ton of DIY displays all around our neighborhood. Anywhere you look you'll see something going on -- it's fun, it's communal, and it's explosive.

You can buy some fireworks in DC, though not the ones that shoot in the area and explode, and I contacted DCRA to get the list of where they are -- see below.

In our area that's 3700 New Hampshire (corner of Georgia, at the Petworth Metro) and 4140 Georgia (at Upshur). Here's the full list below:

UPDATE: there are two stands not listed: 14th and Otis and Georgia and Newton.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Save $15 from Ecoverde Maids, a green, local small business

 

This is a sponsored post for our advertiser Ecoverde Maids, a great small local business that's been a longtime supporter of the site. Check them out!

This year Ecoverde Maids is turning 5 years old! Through competitive pricing, attractive service plans and friendly customer service, Ecoverde has created a strong residential client base serving Columbia Heights and Petworth. Today we'd like to introduce you to Carolina Rodriguez, the owner. Since they receive all lot of bookings from the surrounding area, they have decided to sponsor this blog. They have created a $15 off promo code that you can use by clicking on their banner on the top of the blog.

Ecoverde founder Carolina Rodriguez moved from Spain to Washington DC in 2005 to work for the Spanish government. In her free time after work she took a course from the Latino Economic Development Center on how to start a small business—more specifically, how to start a cleaning business. The training lasted for six weeks on Tuesday nights and she learned everything about starting a business, from how to do taxes, to becoming an LLC, to all the legal and administrative aspects. In 2012 she launched Ecoverde Maids in the Washington, DC Metro area and is currently working on launching another branch in Boston. 

While she is focused on running a successful business, she does find time for other activities. “Honestly, I am so passionate about so many things in life!” she said. She’s raising a two year old daughter, studying for a Masters in Secondary Education at George Washington University (she’ll graduate this summer), does morning meditation, goes to yoga class, Facetimes with family in Spain, enjoys watching movies, catches up with friends over coffee… and is running a highly successful cleaning business as well.
Carolina originally studied social work in Spain, but has come to love running her own business. “I like handling the online marketing and entrepreneurship,” she said. While Ecoverde Maids focuses on eco-friendly cleaning, the service offers both green cleaning and conventional cleaning depending on the client’s request. “Green cleaning is very important. We need to be aware of the environment and how we relate to it with the products we consume,” Carolina said. Seventh Generation products are a favorite brand that the team uses to clean without toxic chemicals.

When she first started out, Carolina was out in the field doing cleaning with her staff, but now she focuses solely on the administrative aspects and on growing the business. She felt it was important to get exposure to the actual cleaning process, in order to know exactly what her customers were experiencing. “When you’re selling a product, you need to know what you’re selling,” she said. She doesn’t miss being out in the field, though, and feels that her main focus should be on taking Ecoverde Maids to the next level. To that end, she has a staff of ten people who are helping to handle the day-to-day cleaning services.

Despite the challenges, she finds the work to be fulfilling. “I started the business four years ago and it’s been evolving. I like trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I alter my systems accordingly. The best part is to see something that I created with my own hands grow and become a success.”

One of the secrets to her success is the personal touch she has the team leave after each client’s home is cleaned. “We want the client to have a feeling of coming home to a clean and fresh house, so we leave mints on top of our company business card.” Another critical component is soliciting feedback from her customers frequently. “The same day of the cleaning our clients get an email asking them to rate the team. Their response goes to us and to the cleaning teams. This is how we do quality control and to make sure clients are happy with this team. Customer satisfaction is very important.” 

From her many years of success, she offers some words of advice for someone looking to start their own cleaning business. “You’ve got to have patience most of all. There’s a lot of work out there, many people who are busy and who need their homes cleaned. In the beginning it will be slow going but put yourself out there and advertise. An online presence is one of the most important pieces. You have to keep a good online reputation with good views and a positive image of your brand and business. That will bring long term success.” 

If you’re in the Washington DC or Boston area, you can book Ecoverde Maids for a high-quality green cleaning service today.

Cool "Resist" landscaping on Sherman Avenue house


The other day I was walking down Sherman and spotted this house, with RESIST spelled in rocks in their garden as well as a sign with a lot of progressive values. Pretty neat way to show your opinions. The house also had some pride flags and others. I like living in an area with lots of political sentiment.

Anyone else notice political houses? I'm reminded of the house on 13th that has the alien in the window with various political signs.


Monday, June 26, 2017

New coffee shop and deli coming to 3661 Georgia, old Amanuel Market


Looks like a new coffee shop and deli is coming to the area: I saw permits in the window at 3661 Georgia Avenue NW, just south of New Hampshire, the old Amanuel Market, a convenience store. The market was busted for selling synthetic drugs in 2015 and closed sometime after that. The owner also applied for a liquor license in 2011 but the ANC opposed it.

The permit says there will be food prep and coffee with 11 seats. I can't find much else more about it, interested to see if it's going to be a hip spot, a deli with coffee in those pour yourself things, or something else.

Here's the full permit text. Some places have coffee machines on the counter but they're for the staff to use, so we'll see.

USE CHANGE FROM CONVENIENCE STORE WITH ACCESSORY PREPARED FOOD SHOP TO FOOD PREPARATION AND COFFEE SHOP. BY KEEPING THE EXISTING MECHANICAL , ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING AS IS WITH THE ADDITION OF ADA COMPLIANCE HANDICAP ACCESS BATHROOM, THREE COMPARTMENT SINK , UNDER COUNTER FREEZER AND COFFEE BREWING MACHINES ON THE COUNTER. 
PREOPARED FOOD SHOP WITH 11 SEATS ON THE 1ST FLOOR, CELLAR FOR STORAGE ONLY. NO MECHANICAL WORK WILL BE ADDED ON THE ROOF.

Red Derby now offering $3 brats, half-price burgers on Mondays


Whoa, this is a super deal. Red Derby, the relaxed neighborhood spot at 14th and Quincy, has just launched a $3 brat Monday: $3 for one brat with sauerkraut or two for $5. Monday also have have price burgers.

The Derb' has pretty solid bar food, so I suspect this brat is good too.

They're at 3718 14th Street NW. Check them out if you haven't been (but remember they are cash only, there is an ATM.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

El Rinconcito II under construction again after fire in October; looks close to done


Good news for fans of El Rinconcito II at 1326 Park Road, the Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant that burned in October: I walked by the other day and there's construction going on inside, and it looked pretty close to being finished.

The spot caught fire in late October and has been closed since. If you haven't been, it's quite tasty, good and not expensive Salvadoran and Mexican food, plus they have a nice patio.

I hope they get back on their feet soon. I am missing some pupusas and tasty cheesy Mexican food (and margaritas.)