The past few weeks have been nonstop. We got back from our road trip and put our lives back together just in time to have visitors stay with us for the weekend. We had a blast checking out two live shows, including Queens of the Stone Age at the brand new Anthem at the District Wharf. It was an amazing performance and we loved the venue. Can’t wait to check out more of the Wharf soon. In the meantime, here are our best bets for the week!
Help Ivy and Coney “Forge the Future in Shaw”
Shaw Main Streets and local hangout Ivy and Coney are in the running for a cool national funding opportunity and they need your help. From now through October 31, 2017, the public is able to vote daily to “Forge the Future in Shaw,” in support of DC among 24 other cities by voting online. Shaw is competing for the restoration of an “Ugly Duckling” building built in 1881 as a blacksmith shop in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood. The project competes for $150,000 in funding, as part of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, presented by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America.
Now home to Ivy and Coney a Chicago and Detroit-themed sports bar known for its hot dogs prepared in the styles beloved by those two cities, the façade is currently covered in stucco and vinyl siding. The preservation project would remove these materials to discover what original elements are present and restore the building to its historic appearance, based on a 1947 photograph. Ivy & Coney currently features a retractable roof deck at the rear, built with support from the Washington, DC government’s Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Program. The
ground floor retail space is currently vacant.
The winners of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets grants will be announced on November 2, 2017. Go to http://voteyourmainstreet.org/Shaw daily and vote five times every day during one visit to support the DMV’s only contestant in the Partners in Preservation contest. Voting is free, and registration using a valid email address is required.
Shop at Whole Foods to Support SOME
Get your grocery shopping done for the week while supporting a great cause. On Wednesday, Whole Foods is donating 5% of their net sales to SOME (So Others Might Eat) to help DC’s homeless and financially struggling population. You can support the cause by grabbing your weekly necessities, eating lunch at your local Whole Foods or even having a glass of wine at happy hour.
Pumpkin Decorating Brunch at Little Coco’s
On Saturday, Little Coco’s is uniting friends, families, and fellow Halloween-lovers all along the upper 14thstreet corridor to enjoy a festive and fun-filled day for both families and adult revelers looking to enjoy some seriously spooky and spectacular activities, sips, and snacks. From 11am to 2pm, Little Coco’s will be welcoming families to enjoy a rooftop buffet brunch along with pumpkin decorating. Priced at $16 per adult, and $8 per child, each decorator will get a pumpkin, decorations and brunch buffet. For additional information or to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festivities continue between 6pm to 10pm, 14th Street festivities with an adult-friendly evening of devilishness, drinks, and spooky-themed dishes at the inaugural Upper 14th Street ‘Brains & Booze’ Halloween Crawl. Participants include Little Coco’s, Lyman’s Tavern, Red Derby, Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, Taqueria Habanero, Airedale, and The Pinch. Each restaurant and bar will be featuring a variety of creepy Halloween-inspired culinary and cocktail creations.
Halloween crawl-hoppers who get their card stamped at each location will be entered into a next-day raffle for a chance at winning gift certificates, complimentary food and drink, and an assortment of restaurant and bar-branded goodies. In addition, several participating restaurants and bars will be hosting themed after parties beginning at 10:00PM including:
- Airedale – Costume Karaoke!
- The Pinch – Live Music (Murphy’s Law—Doors Open at 7PM)!
- Red Derby – “Motown Halloween Party – An Evening with Love, Peace and Soul’
- Little Coco’s – Costume Bingo! (Hosted on the Roof)
- Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana – Fundraiser for Mexico (Late Dinner, DJ & Dancing) $25/Door
1789 Champagne Dinner
Join 1789 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Chef Sam Kim’s four course tasting dinner and a spirited discussion with Alice Voirin, matriarch of the Voirin-Jumel label. Her family has been making small lots of beautiful bubbly from their property in the Grand Cru Village of Cramant since 1945. Grower-producers like Voirin-Jumel make up the heart and soul of the Champagne region, supplying world-renowned Champagne houses with grapes while keeping the best fruit for themselves. A seat at the dinner costs $150, inclusive of tax and tip. The Champagnes of Voirin-Jumel are available for purchase at Pearson’s Wine & Spirits in upper Georgetown.