09/02/14 2:30pm

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3400 block of 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Four robberies in the Columbia Heights area may be linked.

Fran’s Hair Salon (14th and Ogden Street) was robbed at gunpoint in late July by two African-American males @5pm on a Thursday.
A tailor in the same area was bound, beaten and robbed in his place of business.
Miss Hair Braiding Salon (14th and Meridian Place, across the street) was robbed at gunpoint by an African-American female Thursday August 21 at @5pm.
A general store next to Bacon Funeral home (also on 14th Street near Meridian) was robbed by two African-American males on @5pm Saturday August 23. A woman who worked in the store was attacked and injured and taken away by ambulance. Store owners believe all robberies are related and involve all the same group of people.

While police have become involved, no arrests have been made or any leads established. Store owners in the area believe the robberies will continue until this group is caught.

The common denominator for all the locations is that they occurred during or near the weekend, @5pm, within a city block of each other, and involved stores that would have cash on hand at the end of the day.

Leads on the identity of this group are being sought, and someone may have important information regarding these robberies. Also, the general public needs to be alerted for the sake of safety (particularly with autumn and winter coming).”

09/02/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user James Calder

TGI Fridays:

“I know how much everyone loves chain restaurants but does anyone have any information on when the TGI Friday will open up. I can’t wait to see how that battle goes down with Ruby Tuesdays. I remember the residents above the location didn’t want them there. Wondering if that was the hold up or just the usually time it takes with how lengthy the permit process takes in DC.”

Auto Detailing:

“Anyone know of a good reputable mobile auto detailer? I live in Mt P and looking for someone to come to house to clean inside and outside of car. Hopefully under $200. Groupon and Living Social seem to have several deals but they all have poor service records or have other negative reviews. Thanks!”

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09/02/14 1:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Becky Miskell

“Dear PoPville,

My purse was snatched, with my new iPhone 5s in it, at the corner of 14th and Rhode Island, NW last night [Ed. Note: Last week]. I filed a report with the police last night, however we know that will lead nowhere. It’s become clear today that there’s some sort of purse snatching scheme going on. I’ve heard from a woman on a burner phone (we traced the number) that claims her boyfriend found my phone but is hesitant to drop it at a neutral location for fear of getting “set up”. The woman was supposed to call me back in “20 minutes” after checking back in with her boyfriend – that was about an hour and a half ago. I could start stalking the burner number, hope the ultimate phone ransom isn’t too steep, and have the police follow me to the phone’s location. Or I could forget it and go spend another $600 on a new phone (I just bought it!).

My question: I’m sure I’m not the first. Is this a lost cause or is there some sort of tip to get my phone back?”

09/02/14 12:55pm

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This house is located at 1326 Hamlin Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“This charming Brookland bungalow features 3 bedrooms w/ large closets,an open living room & dining room,smart kitchen w/ generous cabinet space & a pantry,enclosed sun porch & easy off st. parking!The open basement offers endless space for storage&a laundry area.Brand new furnace/HVAC ,newer roofing,spacious back deck & a meticulously landscaped garden. Prime location just blocks to metro!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $450,000.

09/02/14 11:45am

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3815 Georgia Ave, NW

From a press release:

“”Chez Billy, the neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Petworth, will begin serving its democratically-designed brunch on Sunday, September 7. Brunch will be served every Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Created by Executive Chef Brendan L’Etoile–and based upon a poll Chez Billy ran in concert with PoPville earlier this summer–the menu highlights traditional French fare, classic brunch items, and vegetarian options. Dishes like Brioche French toast with apple rum-raisin & pecan syrup, croque madame, sweet potato hash, made with piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, smoked paprika, poached eggs and hollandaise and Chez Billy’s famous Royale With Cheese 6oz burger will be available for brunch.

“We love our neighbors in Petworth and wanted to give them a great, no-fuss brunch with amazing food, “ says General Manager, Justin Marshall. “We asked our guests—and then the neighborhood at large via PoPville–to tell us what they wanted, and we received input from hundreds of neighbors. We took the feedback we received very seriously and think everyone will be pleased with what we’ve come up with.”

In addition to the food menu, Chez Billy will offer $15 bottomless mimosas, Petworth’s own Qualia coffee, house-made sodas and of course, an extensive wine menu.

Reservations can be made by calling 202.506.2080.”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

09/02/14 11:15am

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Former Suns Discount Store, 3174 Mount Pleasant Street, NW at corner to the left of Bestworld

Thanks to all who sent world last week via the Mt. Pleasant listserv:

“It seems that *Subway (sandwich chain)* may be coming to Mount Pleasant. It would be at 3174 Mount Pleasant Street in the old toy store (white brick facade) adjacent to the Best World. This space borders Kilbourne St. and has been vacant for the past two years. The franchise owners are going through the permitting process now.”

Ed. Note: We spoke about Botanica Boricua coming to former Lamont Video Store at 3171 Mt. Pleasant St, NW here.

09/02/14 10:45am

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Photo via Smithsonian’s Bento Website

Thanks to a reader for sending while I was gone last week.

From the Smithsonian’s Bento Website:

“Opening this weekend in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is an installation by contemporary Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, whose art uses everyday objects such as yarn, shoes, and keys to create room-filling works that have deep personal meaning. In her installation, called Over the Continents, she used 350 donated shoes and 4 miles of the same shade of red yarn used in the yarn bomb. Part of the Freer|Sackler’s Perspectives series of contemporary art, Shiota’s work will be on view for the next year. The yarn bomb, unfortunately, can only stay up through Labor Day.

The yarn bomb was installed the evening of August 28 and revealed early in the morning on August 29, the day before Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota officially opened to the public. We had been knitting for about two weeks to create all of the pieces.”

Ed. Note: I missed a bunch of cool/notable stuff last week while I was on vacation – I’ll try to play catch up and post the good stuff the rest of this week – if you think I missed something really big – please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail – thanks!

09/02/14 10:15am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

From DPR:

“All District Spray Parks, along with Upshur, Francis and Oxon Run pools were scheduled to close this week, however due to this weeks expected record high temperatures, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced today that these selected aquatic facilities will remain open through the week.

All Spray Parks will remain open until Sunday, September 7; operating daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

Upshur pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW) will remain open until Friday, September 5; operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Francis pool (25th & N Street, NW) will remain open until Friday, September 5; operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm. (Francis will be open on Tuesday.)

Oxon Run pool (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE) will remain open through Friday, operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm; as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Oxon Run will close for the season at 6 pm on Sunday, September 7.

East Potomac pool (972 Ohio Drive, SW) will continue to operate on their normal schedule.

Doggie Day Swim, will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 6 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Randall, Francis and Upshur pools.

According to the National Weather Service, the District of Columbia is expected to experience extremely high temperatures and humidity this week. Residents are encouraged to stay inside if possible.”