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.

Ruff & Ready Furnishings, courtesy of IntangibleArts

I need furniture for my new apartment – but don’t have a lot of money to spend. I’d been checking out places like Miss Pixies, which is nicely curated but a bit out of my price range. I even looked at Room & Board and laughed at how unaffordable their pricing is, for me at least (they’re opening mid-June by the way!). I didn’t really want to go to Ikea (in my mid-20s aren’t I beyond it?). So I checked out Ruff & Ready Furnishings for the first time a few weeks ago. Sidewalk sales, a bargain basement, and decent quality, affordable furniture. Sure, the wares are stuffed in there, but the guys who work there will get out whatever your buying from under whatever. And yes, the furniture needs some TLC but for the prices you’re paying, it’s worth it.

When I got there to purchase, I was even more impressed with the quality service the people who work there provide. Friendly and nice, but also really accommodating. When it looked like the furniture we bought wouldn’t fit into the Jeep we had, the guys worked with us to make it all fit in so we only had to take one trip. I also hear they have a $25 flat fee for delivery – which is a pretty amazing deal. I’ve been singing the praises of Ruff & Ready for the past few weeks and couldn’t help but give them more props here.

The store moved to 14th street in 1989, has been around since at least 1979 on 18th street. That’s pretty impressive. I’m surprised I hadn’t been in there more – I guess going to stores that are better maintained/easier to navigate is more of a desirable Sunday afternoon activity. But if you’re a bargain hunter or in need of some affordable furniture, this is the place to go.

Spotlight on is an occasional feature (that I’m trying to do more regularly) in which I spotlight local businesses.

Case with loads of beautiful jewelry, Legendary Beast

So, girls and guys, I have lived in the area for 3 years and before last weekend, had never been to Legendary Beast. What is wrong with me? This little jewelry store on the 3rd floor of a converted townhouse on U street (between 15th and 16th streets) is amazing. Great vintage finds, great range of more affordable and more splurge pieces, and a great owner who is so knowledgeable about every era of jewelry. You can easily spend hours browsing through the cases, the strands and strands of necklaces, the trays of rings and the rows of earrings.

Legendary Beast is only open weekends, so go Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays from 12-5 (unfortunately they seem to be closed this weekend because of health, I hope everything’s OK!). As I left on Sunday, all I could think was, OK I’m becoming a regular here now. If you haven’t been, you really need to go.