Barracks Row Annual Meeting Celebration

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March 6, 2012

Barracks Row Annual Meeting Celebration

The 2011 Barracks Row Annual Meeting Celebration will be held in just one week on Wednesday, March 14, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Lavagna, 539 8th Street, SE. This is the one day per year we look back on our successes from the year before while mixing and mingling with friends and neighbors.

2011 was our 12th year as a Main Street. In 1999 we were given a charter by the National Trust for Mayor Gray Speaking On Barracks RowHistoric Preservation. Each year since then we have hosted events like Taste of Eighth, our annual restaurant tasting, Barracks Row Fall Festival and the arrival of Santa to his Barracks Row Work Shop at 8th and G Street SE.

During 2011 we beautified the corridor with thousands of bulbs planted by teams of volunteers and we paid for 3 days a week of Clean and Safe services (the Capitol Hill BID pays for the other 4 days).  Behind the scenes we managed facade grants to maintain and improve buildings in our Main Street boundaries. We also conduct ongoing outreach to federal and district governments on issues of interest to our business, building owners and our neighbors. Above is Mayor Gray on Barracks Row declaring August 2011 "Sidewalk Cafe Month" in the District.

Come celebrate another great year with us! Give us a call at the office 202-544-3188 with questions. See you on the 14th!

Chateau Animaux Becomes Howl To The Chief

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February 21, 2012

Earlier this month Dennis Bourgault, owner of Chateau Animaux, the iconic pet service provider / retailer Josh Botman, Manager, Chateau Animaux(with the hard-to miss mini Eiffel Tower out in front) announced the sale of the business to Kim Hawkins, an expert in pet foods. Hawkins plans to rename the business Howl To The Chief. Josh Botman, pictured here will continue as store manager. He reports that the new logo is in final design now. The store located at 733 8th Street, SE will soon be getting new signs and new branding in the interior.

In other pet business news, owners of Wagtime (Shaw based pet day care-pet supply retailer) are pursuing plans to open a Barracks Row location. Last week ANC 6-B Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, hosted a meeting so that Barracks Row neighbors could meet the Wagtime owners. Also attending the meeting were 4 customers of the Shaw Wagtime who were present to attest to the excellent service levels provided by the organization.  The site being considered by the owners is at corner of 9th and M Street, SE; it would have to be rezoned to accommodate pet boarding.

Freeway Mural Photos

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Barracks Row Main Street is thrilled to announce that the first panels of our long-awaited freeway mural have now been installed! Check out the photos below for images of the four center sections to the underpass component of the design. Later this month, this middle section will be flanked on both sides by two much larger panels, and later this spring, the portion that will run along the northern face of the freeway all the way from 8th Street down to 7th Street and on each supporting column will be completed. We're so excited to finally be able to beautify this space!

Cupcake Wars After Superbowl

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Photos from the Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl

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Last Sunday Barracks Row chefs taught courses from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to students eager to learn their secrets. Take a look at the photos from the classes: from Oyster Shucking at Senart's to Cupcake Baking at Hello Cupcake to Pizza 101 at Matchbox - a total of 9 different classes were held, some multiple times. Click here for photos. Special thanks to Penny Karas, owner of Hello Cupcake, who came up with this great idea!

Because of your enthusiastic feedback we will definitely organize another Culinary Education Crawl in the months ahead!

Hello Cupcake Chef introduces class to freshly baked Cupcakes

Matchbox Chef prepares class to begin creating pizzas

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