Retail Real Estate

Atlantic Plumbing: The Shaw Boom Continues

Rendering courtesy the JBG Cos.

Rendering courtesy the JBG Cos.

The City Market at O may have been the first mixed-use development of its kind (read: gigundo) to grace the streets of Shaw, but my friends, I am here to tell you that the arrival of that leviathan was just the beginning. The Atlantic Plumbing condos, set to deliver in spring of 2015, will have 62 one- and two- bedroom condo units, multiple rooftop terraces, an in-house gym, and a variety of eateries – a complex certainly on par with its nearby competition. Condo pricing begins in the upper 300’s, but skyrockets up to nearly 2 million. (Either that’s going to be one hell of a 2-bedroom, or developers The JBG Cos. and Walton Street Capital LLC are holding out on some of the details.) The building described (and pictured) above will be at 2030 8th St. NW; next to it, at 807 V St. NW, will be 300 luxury rental units, even more retail, and a Landmark Movie Theater. Shaw is going to be pretty much unrecognizable before the decade is out.

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DC is Getting a Cat Cafe!

 

Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle from www.sfgate.com

Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle from http://www.sfgate.com

DC’s dog-lovers know that there are dog-friendly patios and yappy hours aplenty all over town. And soon, DC’s cat-lovers will have a space to play too! Crumbs and Whiskers Cat Cafe has announced that it will be opening a location in DC in summer 2015. Their website bills the space as a “Cat Shack. Tea House. Bakery. Art Lounge.” All the things I love in one place!

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So what the heck is a cat cafe, you ask? It’s basically a coffee shop and cat adoption center rolled into one. Patrons can enjoy tea, coffee, and tasty baked treats while hanging out with friendly felines. The cats will be supplied by the Washington Humane Society, and will all be available for adoption. Not only is this a fun way for folks who can’t have cats of their own at home to get some kitty snuggles in, but I really think this is going to revolutionize the world of cat adoption.

The concept was first popularized in Asia & Europe, and the first American cat cafe opened in Oakland, CA just last month. If those photos are any indication, we cat-lovers have a lot to look forward to.

Navy Yard Update: Fall 2014

Things just keep getting more and more exciting down in SE! If you haven’t paid Navy Yard and its anchor development, The Yards, a visit in the last few months, here’s a photo tour of some of the exciting new additions to the area:

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Great news for nearby pet-owners! Petco’s boutique spinoff, “Unleashed”, will be opening any day now (pictured above). Below, some shots of the recently-opened Willie’s Brew and ‘Que, which is brought to us by Chef Rock Harper. A Hell’s Kitchen Alum who has done tons of work for DC Central Kitchen (a phenomenal non-profit that is near and dear to my heart), I’ve had the privilege of meeting Rock at many a food event in the past. He is a wonderful person and a talented chef, and I look forward to checking out his restaurant. The menu offers a seriously wide variety of BBQ – from St. Louis ribs to Korean chicken wings – and the space is, well, AWESOME. Floor-to-ceiling windows all the way around, and with ceilings that high, that’s nothing to sneeze at. And you can only imagine how much trouble folks can get into at the giant wraparound bar that anchors the space!

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I love me some good BBQ, but nothing can compete with the power of my sweet tooth. That’s why the addition that I’m most excited about is this one: Ice Cream Jubilee. Opened by a fellow recovering attorney, this shop offers incredibly luscious ice creams in a variety of traditional and deliciously non-traditional flavors. I’m currently torn between the blueberry pie and the caramel popcorn flavors, but at the end of the day, it’s their insanely tasty vanilla that I opt to put into my coffee float. Any shop who can make plain ol’ vanilla ice cream taste THAT good clearly knows what its doing.

My coffee float from Ice Cream Jubilee, featuring their incredibly flavorful vanilla ice cream. SWOON.

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Across from Jubilee you’ll find EVO Furniture Gallery, which bills itself as offering “Affordable Modern Loft Designs Customized to Fit Your Living Space.” Whether their definition of “affordable” matches yours and mine is debatable, but it’s always nice to see new retail in the hood!

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As you can see from this shot, taken with my back to EVO, there is still a lot more to look forward to in Navy Yard. In the distance you can see the VIDA luxury fitness center that opened at the beginning of October, which is attached to a Harris Teeter that is supposed to open today. That construction site is “Parcel N” – it’ll house 327 more apartments and an additional 20,000SF of retail space. It’s set to delivery in 2016. And there are a LOT more residences planned over the next few years, condo and rentals.

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Interested in beating the crowds and moving to Navy Yard now? Click here to see listings in the area. And if you’re lucky enough to already own, now is a GREAT time to sell, before the area is flooded with new inventory. Your place is a hot commodity right now, so shoot me an email if you’re interested in taking advantage of that!

Get a Sneak Peek at the Angelika Experience

Photo courtesy filmjournal.com

Photo courtesy filmjournal.com

East-siders: bummed that you have to wait til next year to check out a flick on our side of town? Well, rejoice! The SoHo-based Angelika Theatre, which will officially be opening in the Union Market area in 2015, is hosting a pop-up theater experience starting June 13th. They’re converting a warehouse into a three-screen theater, and will also be serving a sampling of the gourmet snacks and beverages that the theater will offer when it’s fully open. The warehouse is located at 550 Penn Street NE, Unit E – next door to the Dolcezza Gelato factory. Per the website, the pop-up’s menu will feature “A selection of gourmet packaged snack foods and drinks including Rosemary Truffle Popcorn, Crunchy Kale Chips, Maple Bacon Chuao Chocolate Bars, Intelligentsia Coffee, and a selection of craft bottled beers and wines, curated by former Food Network executive Bruce Seidel (Hot Lemon Productions) and former Food Network chef Santos Loo.”

The pop-up will run until the actual theater opens next year. Check out the Angelika Pop Up website for information on showtimes, tickets and more.

Yummy News for Mt. Vernon Triangle!

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The folks behind Georgetown’s Baked and Wired have officially announced that they are bringing a new concept to the Lyric Building in Mt. Vernon Triangle! The building is at 5th and K NW, right across from City Vista, and their space is roughly 4,000 square feet.

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Unlike Baked and Wired, their new concept will have a much heavier emphasis on savory offerings, and less on the sweet side. In fact, as of now they are saying they won’t offer their wildly popular cupcakes at this shop at all – instead opting for pies and bar cookies as their sweet offerings. (In my humble opinion, if they know what’s good for their business, they’ll change their minds about that particular decision pronto.) That said, customers can call ahead and place special orders for treats from Baked and Wired to pick up at the new spot.

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The new cafe will focus heavily on artisanal breadmaking, which is GREAT news for a local food community that has long lamented the lack of truly great bread in this city. They will also offer an “artisanal toast bar.” Yup, toast. The artisanal toast craze began in San Francisco (big surprise), and is apparently making it’s way to DC. In addition to toasty slices of their fancy breads, the new shop will offer a variety of sweet and savory house-made spreads to top your toast with. And while I can’t totally get behind the idea of fancy toast (I still can’t say “artisanal toast” without rolling my eyes), I have to say that some of the spreads sound downright delicious: Nutella + sea salt, peanut butter, banana, + honey, salmon + chive cream cheese, and avocado + sea salt.

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The cafe will offer a simple weekend brunch, featuring things like “cinnamon rolls, Belgian waffles, poached eggs with prosciutto, and, of course, toast.” – J. Sidman, Washington City Paper. There will also be a small market inside the space, and the occasional pizza night.

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All in all, I feel like the concept sounds delicious though a bit scattered. But it won’t deliver til next year, so they have plenty of time to tighten up their plans (read: add cupcakes to the menu!!)

Exciting NON-RESTAURANT Retail Coming to 14th Street!

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Courtesy of Perseus Realty

14th Street NW has basically become DC’s Restaurant Row, thanks to the explosion of restaurant openings along that corridor. And while I love me a good restaurant opening, I really believe that sustainable growth in a neighborhood requires the right mix of retail, residences, and restaurants. So I’m thrilled about the non-restaurant retail and office space that is currently under construction at 1728-1734 14th Street!

1728 will be a four-story building. The top two floors will be office space occupied by Bonstra Haresign Architects and Sweetgreen Corporate. And the lower two floors? None other than West Elm furniture & decor! I was pretty bummed when the Metro Center West Elm was transformed into a Forever 21, so am really happy that it is coming back to the city in such a great location!

The townhouses that comprise 1734 (they are grayed out in the rendering above) will be the new-and-improved home of Logan Hardware (currently located on P Street near the Whole Foods), housing both the newly-expanded store and Logan Hardware’s corporate offices.

The goal is for the building’s tenants to be open for business this September. Time to start shoring up the redecoration budget!

City Center: A Photo Tour

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City Center is getting super close to delivery! I took a walking tour of the site yesterday and am amazed at how they’ve transformed what was once a giant, nonsensical parking space in the middle of the city. A mix of residences, retail, and office space, the complex is the height of luxury. High-tech touches like the interactive touchscreen directories and the large, ever-changing digital art archway bring the complex into the 21st century.

The office space will be occupied by Covington & Burling (one of the area’s largest corporate law firms) and the American Hospital Association’s lobbying arm. Retailers will all be on the higher end, and will include names like Kate Spade and Hugo Boss. Expect a number of great dining options as well, like Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro and Magnolia Bakery veteran Meredith Tomason’s RareSweets bakeshop. Residences are mixed between rentals and condos, and there are still about 30% of the condos available for sale. Want to learn more? Email me!

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Water features and dancing fountains spring from the ground in the complex’s central plaza area, which will be surrounded by patio seating for the restaurants.

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Interior shots of one of the restaurant spaces. The wall of windows opens up accordion-style when weather permits, and the high ceilings and huge picture windows flood the place with light.

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This two-story black archway is actually a giant digital screen that will be constantly streaming “digital art installations.” No advertising allowed. The goal is for this to be the iconic spot in the complex – this is where you’ll want to take that group photo so everyone will know you’ve been to City Center DC.

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