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The retail study was conducted by the consulting firm HR&A and focused on the retail potential of Connecticut Avenue from Van Ness Street to Albemarle Street.
The study included:
- Analyzing the current retail sales of the Van Ness trade area;
- Utilizing demographic and income data to determine unmet demand in multiple retail categories;
- Creating recommendations for specific types of retail opportunities: and
- Developing strategies to satisfy the identified retail gaps.
Highlights of study findings:
- $457.8M Total spending potential;
- There is a significant retail gap in area spending, indicating that customers are leaving the area for a large share of their retail needs; and
- The existence of a gap for all retail types suggests that there is a wide variety of new retailers that could enter the market and better position retail in Van Ness.
The study will be used by Bernstein and UDC as they seek tenants for retail space that will become available starting in 2019. It will also be made available to other property owners in the area.
Join us on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for another Jazz@VN. Tesoro Restaurant will be our host and will feature food and drink specials. We will welcome Jazz bassist Tommy Cecil and Robert Redd on piano.
Check Out What Some of Our Businesses are Up to This Month!!!
Soapstone Market celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a special menu Friday and Saturday, March 16th & 17th. Enjoy house-made Corned Beef Brisket with Cabbage, Potatoes & Carrots Colcannon and their “Just Cabbage & Potatoes” for vegetarians. They’ll also have Irish Guinness Beef Stew, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie and house-baked Irish Soda Bread. All on the hot bar for $9.99/lb. Grab one (or more) of their specialty Irish beers and you’re set. Oh, and did we mention St. Paddy’s is on a Saturday this year? More time to celebrate!
Bread Furst will offer Irish Soda Bread and Brown Bread on Tuesday, March 13th through Saturday, March 17th. Keep an eye out for their shamrock cookies that week too! And, it’s not too soon to think about Easter and Passover (they’ll be here before you know it!) Check out Bread Furst’s holiday menus at www.breadfurst.com and let them do the cooking. (Don’t miss those pre-order dates!)
Laliguras Indian and Nepali Bistro has TWO great specials we want to share! Enjoy 20% off dine-in or carry-out dinner, 7 nights a week from 5-10pm. (excludes tax, tip and alcohol). And, they have a great new weekend brunch special: All You Can Eat Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas for $25. Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30am – 3pm. Stay tuned for information on Indian cooking classes with Chef Dawa in May and by popular demand, a new menu item: Craft Beer (it’s happening).
Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar has one of the best Happy Hours in DC! Great prices on a large selection of wine, craft beer, whiskey and cocktails along with a new bar food menu makes it a place you must visit VERY soon. Happy Hour runs 3:30-6:30pm. For more information call 202-537-1040. (Acacia Bistro is the recipient of WINE SPECTATOR’s 2012-2014-2016 Award of Excellence.)
We are looking for performers for our Farmers Market this summer. If you are a musician or know of a musician who may be interested in performing, please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have several performance dates available.
Welcome New Board Members
Sarah is a local account manager at WAMU 88.5, where she has been on staff since 2010. Sarah works with local businesses and nonprofits to help them raise their profiles in DC, all while raising money for the local NPR affiliate. She is an 11-year resident of DC, and currently resides just blocks away from Van Ness Main Street.
Patricia is chair of the Events Committee. Originally from the UK, Pat was Managing Director of a professional conference organizing company in London for many years. In 1991 she moved to Washington DC to head up the arrangements for the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.
In 2009 Pat was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has since become involved with several Parkinson’s organizations, including the World Parkinson Coalition, where she is currently a Board member. In 2016 Pat was named as a Washingtonian of the Year for her service to homeless people in Washington DC. Pat moved to Forest Hills in 2012 and lives on 29th Street.
Matthew is Chair of the Design Committee and is a technical designer at Gensler specializing in Residential and Mixed-Use projects. Project highlights include the Chinese Embassy Residences on Connecticut Avenue, the Eastern Market Metro Park Master Plan and the HQ for Marriott International in Bethesda, MD.
Other Fun Things
Yoga + Wine Wednesdays, stretch and sip each week at Soapstone Market. Learn more: https://soapstoneyogaandwine.eventbrite.com
We’re all a little Irish….have your nails painted GREEN at Nail Avenue! Call for an appointment today (202) 966-6799
Take a class at Hillwood Museum – from learning how to properly grow and care for orchids to creating a floral arrangement that will wow your guests, Hillwood has a full schedule of classes and events: www.hillwoodmuseum.org/events