Fuel Pilates opening Saturday

Now, this is out of my normal coverage zone, but since the owner, Kelly Griffith, has taught throughout the U street/Logan Circle area, I want to write about the opening of Fuel Pilates at Wisconsin and M in Georgetown (right above Lacoste). Kelly has taught at Flow, B Fit, and the now closed Inspired Yoga. If you’ve ever been to a class with her, you know that she’ll work you hard but yet cheer you on. She’s a great teacher.

Fuel Pilates’ official opening is this Saturday – along with free classes all weekend, there is an opening party at 6 pm Saturday – drinks and refreshments will be provided (as well as a DJ) to celebrate their grand opening. Check it out!

Seafood & Crab no more

I walked by the Seafood and Crab restaurant below U street on 14th last night, and while they still have their long running¬†“grand opening” sign up, they appeared to be very closed. Lights off and doors locked at around 6 pm and it seemed like their counter/kitchen space had been gutted. Unfortunately, if they are closed I don’t think many people will be mourning¬†their closure.

UPDATE: Yup, it’s closed and there is a for lease sign, RIP restaurant who had a grand opening for at least 6 years.

Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery

I might not cover it enough, but I’m a big art lover, so when I was invited to go to Long View Gallery‘s grand opening at their new, larger location, I had to go. The grand opening features art from some of DC’s best known artists: Dana Ellyn, Steve Pyke, Scott Brooks, and Drew Ernst, for example. And, as mentioned above: the space is huge, we’re talking 5000 square feet of space, pretty perfect for an event, which is why they plan to rent out the space as well as use it for a gallery. It has an unfinished warehouse type feel, not unlike many art galleries in the area.

So, check out the new space, their hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. And check out some of the featured art at my Flickr photostream.

Amani's DC store (courtesy of AmaniDC)

Amani's DC store (courtesy of AmaniDC)

AmaniDC, a nonprofit boutique, is having its grand opening today and tomorrow in Mt. Pleasant. Amani is a peace-building organization that helps East African women fleeing from conflict and poverty. Their boutique sells handbags, jewelry, home goods, and children’s items made by the women. The organization is self-sustainable, operating on the profits made by selling the items.

Their DC store is opening at 3166 Mt. Pleasant Street and will celebrate their grand opening today from 2-7 pm and tomorrow from 11 am-4 pm. The events will feature raffles, free gifts with $25 purchase, African chai, and refreshments. I urge you to make it over to the grand opening, what a wonderful way to support a great cause.