A lot of great news has come through this week in the neighborhood, so instead of writing up separate posts, here’s a quick update:

  • Mova, the gay bar that used to be open on P Street, is apparently opening their new 14th and W location tonight, according to their Twitter feed. However, there’s still paper on the windows – so we’ll see what happens
  • The old Shirt Laundry will be a Stephen Starr restaurant, a second location of his Philly restaurant Parc – which I happen to have been to and liked immensely. Looks like they are hoping to open mid-2012
  • There will be a vintage pop up space, Mimilah, in the old Mid City Caffe location starting this weekend – great to see this space being used

Anything else I missed? Share it in the comments and I will update.

Good news from Quarter Life: there’s a possibility the new vintage store coming to the old Nana’s space on U Street between 15th and 16th could have a soft open this weekend. Rock It Again will be a vintage store from Aviyah and Clint, the owners of a stall in Eastern Market.

According to the owners the clothes they sell come from 50s through the 70s. And its nice to know they will be selling a decent amount of men’s vintage as well as women’s.

Nana, courtesy of M.V. Jantzen (Flickr)

Nana’s officially shuttered its U street location a few days ago, and will be opening its new Mount Pleasant location hopefully soon. Lisa from Quarter Life reports on good authority that the next tenants will have a vintage store, but details are fuzzy at this point. Glad to see the 1500 block of U Street expand as a destination for fashion/vintage. I’ll keep you posted once more details come out.

Dr. K Vintage is open

I walked by yesterday and was happy to see a sign up at Dr. K Vintage (16/U). Then I noticed a handwritten “OPEN” sign in the front window. Hooray! I didn’t have the time to stop in (nor anything other than my phone to take a picture with) but I will soon.

UPDATE: The owners have written in to let me know they are open everyday from 1 to 10 pm. Stop in!

Thanks to Lisa from Quarter Life for spotting this (she really is the go to source for everything vintage in the area). Dr. K’s Vintage Store is coming to 16/U, a spot formerly held by Pink November. I’m not exactly surprised that Pink November closed, as it wasn’t affordable, nor were the people working there very friendly. They never really seemed to get back on their feet after their first store closed at 13/U.

Dr. K’s will make the 1500 block of U Street something of a destination for vintage shoppers. Lisa wondered if this could be bad for the other shops, but I think that it will mean a lot of people will come just to visit all of the shops, and not favor one over the other.

No word on when Dr. K’s is opening, but I’ll keep an eye out.

Beautiful hat from Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots (1530 U Street) is open! I stopped by this weekend and talked with the lovely Kristen and Erin for nearly an hour – they’re very friendly and sweet women, and very talented. Ginger Roots hours are 12-7 Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 1-6 on Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

I was a bit misunderstood when I characterized Ginger Roots as a vintage boutique. What Kristen and Erin do with their clothing line, and what a lot of the artists they feature do as well, is take second-hand, vintage materials and revamp them (therefore the name of their clothing line is ReVamp) into something new. Their shop does feature some vintage finds, but most of it is made with vintage materials that have been repurposed. Kristen and Erin also do tailoring.

While the store is open now, they will be having their grand opening sometime in September, when their clothing line is finished. They have a few pieces out now and they are beautiful. Price points on the clothing will depend on labor and material (not surprisingly) so the more complex pieces will be about $100, but there will be more affordable options. The jewelry is also pretty reasonably priced, I walked away with two pairs of cute earrings, both $12.

I’ll keep you posted about the grand opening, but in the meantime check out their store and say hi! And I wish them the best of luck.

Ginger Roots, courtesy of Quarter Life

Thanks to Quarter Life, I was able to read all about a new vintage store/boutique coming to 1530 U Street: Ginger Roots. They will have their grand opening in September in the same building as District Shades. They had a soft opening last weekend, which Quarter Life attended (she has tons more photos so check her post out).

Ginger Roots will features local artisans and eco-friendly goodies. There will also be original designs by ReVamped, the owners Kristen and Erin’s own label of remade vintage clothing. The owners work at Treasury, the great vintage shop on 14th street, and are now opening their own.

Stay tuned on an actual date on opening, I’m excited for another vintage boutique in a neighborhood that is quickly becoming a destination for vintage boutique shopping.