Friday, February 17, 2017

The Midlands donating all profits on Monday to Latin American Youth Center

This is pretty cool: The Midlands, the beer garden at 3333 Georgia, will be donating all profits made on Monday to the Latin American Youth Center, which works with low-income youngsters and families through cultural, educational and skills programming. Their work includes tutoring, arts, health, housing and job skills, among others, and serves a large and diverse group of people.

Here's more from the Midlands, and they also have a Facebook event invite.
In honor of President's Day The Midlands will be donating 100% of profits from the entire day to the Latin American Youth Center of Washington DC.

Their mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. 
Since their founding in the late 1960s, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year LAYC serves over 4,000 youth and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties as the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC).

They believe in a future where all youth pursue their dreams, reach their goals, and acquire the skills and self-confidence to live a life of purpose, connection, contribution, and joy. 
So come join us for what is starting to look like a beautfiul, 65 degree feburary day and lets raise a whole lotta movey to help the future of our nation by enjoying beer with your friends and family in the sunshine. Remember, nothing beats day-drinkin' unless it's day-drinkin' for good casue. See you MONDAY!

Gussini Fashion opening in former Staples space in DCUSA

If you haven't walked by DCUSA lately, you may have missed the new sign where Staples used to be on 14th Street, for Gussini, a fashion retailer.

The company is a local chain based in Bladensburg, Maryland with about 10 stores and sells clothes and footwear, including a lot of plus size items. Looking at their website it looks a bit like Kohl's inside.

Their website says:
GUSSINI FASHION was founded With a vision of becoming a neighborhood boutique. GUSSINI FASHION grew to over 10 stores. We have over 10 locations and are one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. 
GUSSINI FASHION offers a wide assortment of clothing for juniors and plus sizes, as well as an extensive shoe collection. GUSSINI FASHION is about bringing you the very latest in new fashions and styles and our assortment is constantly changing. So, if you see something you like you better grab it quick or you may miss out! 
GUSSINI FASHION has also been a pioneer in attractive, well-fitting apparel for plus sizes. We firmly believe that every woman, regardless of shape or size, should enjoy fun, fashionable, and feminine clothing at an affordable price. 
GUSSINI FASHION is headquartered in Bladensburg, MD.
Here's a shot of a store from their website.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Neighborhood restaurants participating in today's Day Without Immigrants protest: Bad Saint, Le Caprice, Thip Khao, Meridian Pint, Room 11 more

Some local establishments are taking part in today's Day Without Immigrants, where restaurants are closing or donating profits as a way to highlight the importance of immigrants to the food service industry.

Eater has a full list, and in our area Bad Saint, Busboys and Poets, Florida Avenue Grill, Himitsu, Le Caprice, and Thip Khao are closing today, while Meridian Pint and Room 11 are having only their bars open, no kitchen, and Meridian Pint is bring your own food.

Pretty neat.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Local nonprofit 826DC hosting ping pong tournament fundraiser: want to compete, watch or donate?

826DC, the local nonprofit that tutors kids and operates the Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co. storefront, is hosting their fifth annual ping pong tournament fundraiser: Paddlestar Galactica.

They're looking for folks to compete or donate to the event, which sounds like a lot of fun. The tournament itself is at U Street Music Hall on March 26.

Here's more from them:
826DC is raising money by having volunteers and friends compete in a bracket-style ping-pong tournament. Being our fifth year in a row, this event has generated amazing results in donations-last year we surpassed $50,000! All of these proceeds go towards our programs, keeping them free for the students to enjoy.

We're looking to spread the word about the event to anyone interested in either competing or donating, and we would love your help! You can visit our page or Facebook event to learn more about it. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stay involved after the Women's March: "huddles" for what people can do next in Petworth, today and over the next three weeks

This is neat: if you attended the Women's March a few weeks ago, you probably saw and felt the electrifying energy behind it. And whether you marched or not, some folks in Petworth are hoping to join others around the country catalyze that energy and figure out what to do next.

On the Women's March website there's a list of 10 things you can do in the next 100 days, and one of them is a huddle, or a way to get together and talk about the next steps.

And one resident, Lylie Fisher, has organized three huddles in our area at the Homestead restaurant and bar at 3911 Georgia. The first one is tonight, then the next two Thursdays. Here's more from her:
I have started the "Action and Sanity" Huddle so we can practically explore thoughtful responses to emerging government policies/actions that affect us, our community, country and world. The goal of the Action and Sanity Huddle is to find common ground, support each other’s efforts and maintain our equilibrium. The Huddle will be positive, inclusive, and action-oriented. The focus is to share community organizing ideas, forge collaborations and inspire individual endeavors. 
What is a Huddle? Part of the first 100 days strategy through the Women's March this gathering of friends and neighbors will begin to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into practical ongoing engagement. Over 4,000 Huddles are meeting in the USA and around the world. 
Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP:

Learn more at:

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Feb 28:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Small Chop, the coffee shop pop-up in The Hilltop is awesome; check them out

Last week I decided to check out Small Chop, the coffee and pastry pop-up shop in the Hilltop restaurant at Sherman and Girard. They're open 7am-2pm on weekdays with coffee, espresso, pastries and and kolaches, Texan/Czech pastries with filling.

I got a tasty espresso drink and a sour cherry kolache, which was awesome -- good bread stuffed with the fruit. They have various rotating kinds too, like Migas with scrambled egg, onion, cheese, pepper and tortilla chips.

It's definitely a cool spot, and they have wifi as well. You can find more at Small Chop's Instagram.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Post writes a good guide for eating and drinking in Petworth (and actually in Petworth!)

There's been a lot of new stuff in our area in the last few months or so, especially in Petworth, and the Post wrote a guide to the area.

They go through breakfast through post-dinner drinks and include Slim's Diner, Qualia Coffee, Little Coco's, Straw Stick and Brick (a deli at 5111 Georgia), Hank's Cocktail Bar (formerly Twisted Horn), Himitsu, Petworth Citizen, Ruta del Vino, Slash Run, Ten Tigers Parlour, and Timber Pizza Co.

If you haven't been, I'd especially recommend Slash Run and Little Coco's, they are awesome (and coincidentally both from Jackie Greenbaum of El Chucho.)

And unlike some articles that talk about places like Looking Glass as being in Petworth, these are actually all Petworth places, except debatably Little Coco's, which is sort of North Columbia Heights or 14th Street Heights or who-knows-what. (I talked about this area before too.)

It's a good guide with a lot of hot spots. Any spots you think they missed? Or other faves? There are still a few I haven't visited and a few I'm writing about soon, like Ten Tigers.

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Two literary cocktail nights at Petworth Citizen this week: Off the Books and Ta-Nehisi Coates-inspired drinks

Petworth Citizen is hosting two neat events this week, continuing their theme of literary drinks -- tonight starting at 7 pm is Off the Books, where mixologist Sean McPherson picks cocktails related to current events from cocktail books. Sounds like fun.

And tomorrow also starting at 7, this week's Literary Cocktails are inspired by National Book Award and Macarthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, also a Howard alum.

Here's more info for both:
Cocktail history is still being made every day. That's the inspiration behind Sean MacPherson's Thursday night series, Off the Books, only in the Reading Room DC. Sean picks a cocktail book that inspires him, either historical or contemporary, and mines its pages for the best and most groundbreaking cocktails in the world.

This Thursday he's reading/pouring from Dale DeGroff's THE CRAFT OF THE COCKTAIL, which teaches readers to make "500 of the world's best drinks." Sample a few of them with us this Thursday, created and poured by a master of DC bartending!

MacArthur "Genius" and National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is the inspiration for Chantal Tseng's literary cocktails this weekend. Every weekend Chantal picks a new author or theme, takes a deep dive into their library, and makes a unique menu of cocktails inspired by her reading.

Take pictures of your drinks this weekend, tag @petworthcitizen in them, and use the hashtags #GetLit and #LiteraryCocktails to be entered into a contest for a complimentary drink.

**PLEASE NOTE** These cocktails are inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Mr. Coates is NOT expected to be with us that night.
Petworth Citizen is at 829 Upshur Street NW.