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september 11, 2014
 
baked & wired owners sign lease to open new bakery & coffeehouse at lyric 440K

Residents of the Lyric 440 K Apartments can add an on-site bakery and coffeehouse to their amenity list. Yesterday, owners/developers Quadrangle Development Corporation and The Wilkes Company announced the signing of a retail lease with the owners of Baked & Wired, the iconic bakery and coffee shop  in Georgetown. The new 4,231 square foot shop will open in early 2015 and will offer handcrafted breads using slow fermentation and traditional baking methods along with hand crafted coffees from a custom Slayer espresso machine using multiple small roasters. The menu will also feature light fare that encourages pairings of breads with house-made spreads and toppings. Baked & Wired pastry fans will also be pleased --  the new store plans to provide an assortment of sweets and retail offerings to complement the menu. Baked & Wired customers will be able to pick up special orders at the Lyric 440K location. The new store will have café seating and a welcoming, community atmosphere.
love your dog day and color the k arts celebration coming to mvt freshfarm market
 
The MVT CID will go dog crazy this Saturday, September 13th as we welcome Wagtime and Anytime K9 to 5th & K during the FRESHFARM Market. Enjoy dog agility training demos at 10:30 am and 11:30 am and you can bring your own dog between 10:30 am and noon to explore some of the agility equipment available to try. Handmade dog biscuits by Alba Osteria and other giveaways will also be available during the event.

On September 27th, MVT will join in the city-wide Arts4All festival with our own ‘Color the K’ event, an original art event at 5th and K Streets from 10 am to 1 pm. Designed for participation and interaction, activities will include muralist Rose Jaffe painting a temporary community mural on the wooden construction barriers at 5th and K Streets, chalk art demonstrations and areas for kids and adults alike to add their own art, a hardware art show hosted by 5th Street Ace Hardware and more. There is still time to submit your idea to Ace Hardware for your hardware art entry – a $100 grand prize awaits the winner! Click here for more info.

Next up? Mark your calendars for the return of the Fall Fun Day on October 25th – also the last day of our FRESHFARM Market. More to come!
explore mvt's two parklets on friday, september 19th

Stop by Alba Osteria and 5th Street Ace Hardware between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm on Friday, September 19th, as they join businesses all around DC in creating mini-parks out of parking spaces. The tiny pop-up parklets (see DC Office of Planning 2013 parklet, right) are designed to invite people walking by to stop and relax in a creative outdoor space. At Alba, you can try your hand at bocce ball competition and then return for a neighborhood pig roast that evening. 5th Street Ace Hardware will build an original pallet town constructed from pallets and lumber with tables and seating available for guests to relax while sipping complimentary cold coffee. 5th Street Ace will also provide 16" x 16" wallboard tiles for individuals to paint and for Ace to display as a large, community made art piece during the Color the K Hardware Art Show on September 27th.


 
walkingtown dc comes to the heart of the city
 
Walkingtown DC returns to Mount Vernon Triangle with MVT CID President, Claire Oleksiak, leading the free “Heart of the City” tour. Join us on Sunday morning, September 21st, at 10 am to explore the neighborhood and learn about its history and coming development. This tour will include descriptions of the once iconic Northern Liberties Market and other existing historic buildings, a visit to one of DC’s original commercial alleys, Prather’s Alley, and discussion of the social and economic forces that led to MVT’s original development, period of decline and current revitalization. The tour will end with a rooftop visit at the Lyric 440K featuring a birds-eye view of DC. Meet at the entrance to the Carnegie Library, along K Street between 7th and 8th Street, NW. Sign up at http://bit.ly/1r7r0Io. Unable to attend the tour? Click here to link to the Mount Vernon Triangle history brochure.
restaurants change it up for fall

Alba Osteria has announced a new Grill Grab & Go counter every Thursday and Friday at lunchtime. Designed for those who don’t have time for a sit down lunch, this new service will get you in and out with one of Alba’s famous paninis, chips and a soft drink. To kick things off, the restaurant will be giving away the first 50 paninis this Friday, September 12th.

Down the street at Mass and 4th, Tel ‘Veh has been re-launched as
Rudy’s Mediterranean Grille, showcasing the menu that has made their restaurant in Columbia, MD by the same name, so popular. Check out the Popville story and stop by to check it out.

Silo will be open on Mondays starting September 22nd, with a new fall food and cocktail menu.
mvt spotlight: neighborhood professional dog walker danny kampf
 
Mount Vernon Triangle’s Danny Kampf is one of the most recognizable people in the neighborhood, often seen walking 6-13 dogs at any given time. His enthusiasm for his work is infectious and in this interview with the MVT CID, he tells us how he came to be a professional dog walker and why it’s so important for the dogs and their owners.
vida offers free run club tuesday mornings
 
Looking for a great way to start your day? VIDA at City Vista has recently started a Run Club, led by seasoned marathoner Travis Smith. You don’t need to be a member, it’s free and is appropriate for any level runner, whether you run a 6-minute mile or are just getting started. The Run Club meets every Tuesday at 6 am and runs a 3.5 mile route throughout the City. If you are interested in joining VIDA, they are partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in September and will donate $49 of each enrollment fee back to the nonprofit. VIDA celebrates its 8th anniversary this month and offers an array of fitness options to support a healthy lifestyle.
volunteers make a difference at walker-jones on beautification day
 
Dozens of volunteers showed up at the Walker-Jones Education Campus to participate in DC Beautification Day. This annual DCPS event was established in 2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Beautification efforts included landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, and other external beautification efforts. Volunteers and supplies supported over 100 schools. MVT CID Director of Operations, Leon Johnson, was there to help and reported a very strong and enthusiastic community response. Remember to check on our Community Action page for volunteer and donation needs throughout our community.
mvt cid earns two merit awards from international  downtown association

The International Downtown Association (IDA) has recognized the MVT CID with two Downtown Merit Awards for our work and initiatives related to the K Street Streetscape, Design, Construction and Activation (Public Space Category) and for the MVT CID Marketing and Communications Implementation (Marketing and Communications Category).  The submissions were among many in their categories. The Public Space category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. The Marketing and Communication category highlights plans or strategies that used print, electronic media, or multimedia efforts to promote downtown and further the value of city centers. We see these awards as a reflection of the vitality and growth in our community and appreciate the high level of participation from the community in all of our efforts.

 
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