Saturday, September 29, 2007

Showtime Barbershop and Salon

From ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

It's SHOWTIME! Showtime Barbershop and Salon, that is.

Last week, I went over to 113 Rhode Island Avenue NW to meet the owner, Sean Wiggins, and welcome him to Bloomingdale. Well, let me tell you the pleasure was all mine. Sean and Showtime are going to be a real asset to Bloomingdale. He hasn't even been here a month and he is already thinking about ways he can help the community, especially the young people. Now, his focus is not surprising since he is a graduate of McKinley Tech, just a hail-mary pass away from Sean's shop. So he and I will be talking in the next few months about what he can do.

But not only is he going to be lending a hand to the neighborhood, Sean is offering the neighborhood several specials for the month of October:

WOMEN: Shampoo, Conditioning Treatment, Trim, and Blowout for $30 (by appointment only)

MEN: Haircut for $10; Taper cut for $14 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only)

Those are tremendous gifts to the neighborhood. Showtime is open Tuesday through Friday 7:00 to 7:00, Saturday from 7:00 to 5:00, and Sunday from 7:00 to 3:00. And for appointments, please call the shop at 232-2971 or Sean's cell at 391-8269.

So please support this new business, I can assure that I will be in Sean's chair this coming Tuesday.

John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Vice Chair, ANC 5C
(202) 986-2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I saw a sign that Grainger will be locating in the vacant building at Florida and 4th NE.

Though not a local brew like Fragers or even Logan Hardware, i have been to the Grainger up in Silver Spring a number of times for my tool and hardware needs. They have a pretty crazy catalogue too, but not as outrageously large as McMaster Carr.

Anyway, its good to have a store close by that i'm sure i'll use.

movie night in bloomingdale

All Nations Baptist Church
2001 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Youth MInistry presents a
"Free Movie"

Friday, September 28, 2007
6:30 pm

"AKEELAH and the BEE"
A precocious eleven-year-old girl, Akeelah Anderson, from south Los Angeles, is discovered to have a talent for words. In spite of the objections of her mother Wanda, Akeelah enters a spelling contest. Her gift takes her to compete in the National Spelling Bee, the most famous competition of its kind in the world. On the way, she is helped by a forthright, mysterious teacher, Dr. Larabee, and other members of her community.

Rev. Dr. James Coleman, Pastor
CALL: 202-832-9591

Thursday, September 20, 2007

a parenthetical bear

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan

reading series at big bear cafe starts tonight.

reading series at Big Bear starts tonight. 8:00.

{a reading series at Big Bear Café}
8:00 PM
Thursday Sept 20

Mike Maggio
{author of deMOCKracy, a DC Poet Against the War}

Mike Scalise
{essayist on bad jobs, bad luck, & nyc}

Carolyn Joiner
{poet working with repetition; poet working with repetition; poet...}

Rocky Jones
{singer/songwriter/interior designer}
&, of course, Big Bear will be offering its full menu of food & coffee drinks

big bear cafe
1st and r street nw

Monday, September 17, 2007

windows cafe and market

saw this on a neighborhood email:

Lots of New Items at Windows Market !

What's new at Windows Market at 1st & Rhode Island Avenue NW?

The Abeje's are now carrying these new items:

Medford Farms: Water crackers, stone ground wheat crackers, celery onion snack crackers

Baxter canned soups: Potato & leek soup, fagioli bean & pasta soup, cream of asparagus soup, lobster bisque

De Cecco: Penne rigate, spaghetti, linguini, elbows, rotelle, gemilli, fusilli
Alessi: Aroborio rice, Italian split pea soup, Tuscan white bean soup

Plus: fancy Ritter Sport chocolates, many new cheeses, such as Heluva Good Monterry jack, Richfood New York sharp cheddar, Rosenborg Brie

.... and look forward to announcements about forthcoming wine tasting events at Windows!


a great photoset of neighborhood buildings here

Sunday, September 16, 2007

a new eckington blog

a book recommendation

a dear friend, community activist, academic, librarian, writer, artist, arts organizer and general all around genius that i know recommended a book on community building to me.

The Great Neighborhood Book
A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
Jay Walljasper, Author
New Society Publishers
ISBN 978-0-86571-581-3

It listed on this terrific website.
Project for Public Space

the prince is raising the bar

look at all these posts and video and all!

Prince of Petworth, you're kicking some ass on the neighborhood blog scene.
nice job.

thinking about farmers markets

i went down to the Bloomingdale Farmers Market today and now, while i'm enjoying an awesome heirloom tomato, pesto on "flute" sandwich i'm thinking about farmers markets.

When i was a kid we would only go to farmers markets occasionally. We'd make a special trip to the Union Square Farmers Market in New York, or to small roadside stands for seasonal harvests like apples, or corn, and to a few amish markets. But only a handful of times a year.

I was more interested in the adventure than the produce. All i wanted to eat was a tuna salad sandwich and a yoo-hoo. or pizza and soda.

It wasn't until i went to college that i actually met produce farmers, vegetable gardeners and began to care about the origins of the food i ate. It was then that i began making trips on my own to the few farmers markets that i knew of. and even then, it wasn't that often.

After college, i worked and lived on a Community Supported Agriculture farm in Maryland for 6 months. I ate really really well. We also set up at farmers markets and made deliveries of "shares" of each weeks harvest.

I learned to love farmers markets. After i left that farm, i would often go to farmers markets and roadside stands, but not religiously, more of a ... oh what would i like to do today kinda thing. I used to work at the Shakespeare Theatre and would hit up on the thursday afternoon penn quarter market, and i always encourage my wife to go, since she currently works in that hood.

Now, i try to make it every sunday to the bloomingdale farmers market and want to include it in my regular shopping habits. I love the quality of the produce there and feel that its an important thing to support.

While its pretty small and limited, the stuff available at the market is amazing. the heirloom tomatoes i got today were perfect, and i still can't believe bread line is setting up in our hood. they are simply the best bakery in the city, but the hours and the location of their shop was never convenient for me.

I have hopes that the market will grow and take over the entire street, but in the meantime i'll still do my best to make it every sunday.

I'm glad that establishing farmers markets has been a growing trend
here is the most current list of farmers markets in DC that i could find

Friday, September 14, 2007

a bit on eckington

the DC Urban Metro Diary wrote a post about eckington and noma.

read it here.

{a reading series at Big Bear Café}

{a reading series at Big Bear Café}
8:00 Thursday Sept 20

Mike Maggio
{author of deMOCKracy, a DC Poet Against the War}

Mike Scalise
{essayist on bad jobs, bad luck, & nyc}

Carolyn Joiner
{poet working with repetition; poet working with repetition; poet...}

Rocky Jones
{singer/songwriter/interior designer}
&, of course, Big Bear will be offering its full menu of food & coffee drinks

todd place condos

todd place condo

Sunday, September 09, 2007

haitian musician/ community bbq event in bloomingdale.

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
i was set up at adams morgan day all day today, so i didnt get to attend this community event. A neighbor sent me the photos to post.

i hope all that made it had a good time, and thanks very much to all those that made it out and said hello over on belmont!

kris hammond has a good post HERE.

In Shaw has a take too.

the bloomingdale ( for now) blog has words and snaps too.

Friday, September 07, 2007

big sunday in bloomingdale

Haitian Choral and Orchestral Symphony, and Free Neighborhood Pig Roast!

Sunday, September 9th, Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

We have raised over $500, and we are almost ready for the BBQ. Special thanks to Councilmen Harry Thomas Jr., and Kwame Brown for their support.... and commissioner John Salatti for helping get the money together. This should be a lot of fun.

On September 9th, Les Petits Chanteurs will be performing at the 10am service at St. George's Episcopal Church, and then around 12 noon the group along with the congregation of St. George's will be coming to the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market for the street side Caribbean symphony...

Come this Saturday and help build the fire pit!
It is supposed to be a beautiful day.

Bloomingdale Farmers' Market
First and R Streets, NW

message from Martha Cherlot from the Embassy of Haiti:


A Haitian Choral and Orchestral Symphony, and Free Neighborhood
Pig Roast!

Sunday, September 9th at the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

Come to the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market Sunday September 9th for a free neighborhood Bar-B-Que!

There will be free-range pork and lamb on the grille, vegetables and fruits in the stands, and a full suckling pig roasting in a fire pit!

There will also be music from a group of 50+ choral and classical musicians from Port Au Prince, Haiti, playing with six violins, two violas, two cellos, a double bass, a flute, and a Haitian tambour drum.

Come and celebrate the Bloomingdale
Farmers' Market!

Come and help us thank everyone who has helped make it a reality..

Sunday, September 9th
First and R Streets, NW

free yoga

Free Yoga in the Park!

Awaken your body and spirit

Saturday, Sept. 8, 3:00-4:30

in the small park at 1st & R Sts. NW

outside the Big Bear Cafe

Last week's yoga class brought out a number of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park residents at all levels, bringing down dogs, double pigeons, sun salutations and great energy to the park. This Saturday, Bloomingdale yogi Beth Solomon and guest teacher Sean Zimmermaker of Logan Circle offer a challenging yoga practice that that heals, detoxifies and exhilarates the body. Bring a yoga mat and towel, wear comfortable clothing, and get ready to breathe, stretch, and turn on your inner power!

For more information, email Beth at

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

new gallery along florida, ne.

saw this on Mid Atlantic Art News.

Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith have announced the purchase of 1358-1360 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC as the new location for Conner Contemporary Art and *gogo art projects.

The property, a former auto body shop, is a 12,000 sq. ft. complex with two interior levels as well as an enclosed outdoor area for the exhibition of large-scale sculpture, video projections and installations. Conner Contemporary Art and *gogo art projects will occupy the 6500 sq. ft. ground floor space featuring two exhibition areas and a permanent video/sound room. The 4300 sq. ft. second-floor space is currently being developed.

press release from gallery's website