Last week, we had drinks with a client at Quill at The Jefferson Hotel (1200 16th St., NW). We’ve been to Quill several times before and love it’s combination of intimate sophistication and innovative drinks list. In contention for our new favorite cocktail in the city is the:
Author Cocktail – October
Lord of the Rings
“All’s well that ends better”
Gin, Aperol, Lime Juice,Yellow Chartreuse, Peychauds
Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an open discussion about Makerspaces and what is happening both locally and nationally within the maker movement. This event is free to the public.
The Maker Movement is revolutionizing how we think about innovation – in Makerspaces around the country, people are using advanced tools and technology to harness their creative energy and design the next great invention. And libraries are playing a vital role; many libraries have developed their own Makerspaces, providing tools and technology services including: 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and digital advancement classes at little or no cost to their patrons.
How is this movement shaping the next generation of American inventors, and how is this new accessibility going to shape our economic future? And what impact are these changes having here in D.C.?
Find out by joining our discussion with panelists:
- Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop and Author of The Maker Movement Manifesto
- Phyllis Klein, Co-Founder of D.C.’s FabLab
- Nick Kerelchuk, Manager of DCPL’s Digital Commons
- Moderator John Rennie, Editorial Director of Science for McGraw-Hill Education and winner of the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science
The Downtown DC BID broadcast a release echoing the anecdotal evidence we’ve heard and seen for a while and that is that there are now LOTS of outdoor cafes in downtown DC – 178 to be precise which is a 7.9% increase over last year. We can’t emphasize enough how much vitality and safety outdoor seating adds to the neighborhood so we’re glad to hear this news. On to the press release:
DowntownDC BID Now Home to 178 Sidewalk Cafes
WASHINGTON, DC— The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was home to 5,541 sidewalk cafe seats at 178 cafes in 2014, a 7.9 percent increase in the number of cafes since 2013, according to a new survey conducted by the BID’s department of Public Space Management in the summer of 2014. A total of 13 new sidewalk cafes opened in the BID in the last year, adding to the 165 cafes documented in the BID’s 2013 sidewalk cafe survey.
These and other fun facts this year can be easily analyzed from your own desktop computer using the BID’s interactive Sidewalk Cafe story map, created using ArcGIS Online generated by Esri. By using this technology, users are offered a visual representation of sidewalk cafe density and have the opportunity to personally delve further into cafe details and data.
According to the plaque outside, the Morrison-Clark Inn began as the homes of two Civil War era developers, David Morrison and Reuben Clark. In 1923, the Morrison Home was purchased by The Women’s Army and Navy League and became an inexpensive place for enlisted men to stay while visiting Washington, DC. Eventually known as the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s Club, First Ladies including Grace Coolidge, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy frequently presided over teas and fundraisers.
The Morrison-Clark Hotel opened its doors in 1987 and is currently undergoing a major expansion. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Surrounding the lunch hour from 11 am to 2 pm, DC Water (formerly WASA), will host a celebration in the Park at CityCenter on I Street, NW between 10th and 11 Streets of the 40th anniversary of the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act enacted in 1974. There will be a water bar, food & demos, live music, and more.
We keep a jug of chilled tap water in our fridge for when we get thirsty and to fill up our portable water bottles for exercise runs around Penn Quarter and downtown. It’s one of the least expensive yet most valuable basic resources we buy. Water is life!
We’re always amused and entertained when retailers take a tailored approach to reaching customers walking around downtown DC and Penn Quarter. The king of guerilla advertising is Zipcar who put a couch and pitched a tent on both sides of 7th Street NW. Not as effective but still fun are sandwich boards such as this one with a joke applied in chalk in front of Luke’s Lobster in the 600 block of E Street NW. We look forward to the next joke – happy Friday!
The annual Oktoberfest kicked off this past weekend in Munich. There are big tents and oompah bands setting up outside of town for the next two weeks, but if you pop over to Cafe Mozart (1331 H St. NW), you can enjoy the specials they have on offer or stock up on wursts and other provisions to host your own party. Prost!