july 20, 2015
summer concerts and a petting zoo this week

From Summer Concerts to a Petting Zoo, the Mount Vernon Triangle is celebrating summer with the community. Coming up this week – Tunes in the Triangle returns on Thursday July 23rd with Andrea Pais (soul/pop) at lunchtime at 5th & K and Alison Carney (soul/R&B) in the evening (6-8 pm) at Milian Park at 5th & Mass Ave. Then, on Saturday, July 25th we will host a petting zoo from the Leesburg Animal Park. Come play with bunnies, baby chicks and ducks and a baby goat or sheep at the MVT FRESHFARM Market from 10 till noon at 5th & K Streets, NW

Earlier in July, we held our 2nd Annual MVT Dog Day, where dogs and their owners tried agility equipment and socialized together. The obstacle course was guided by trainer Jessica from
Anytime K9 and demonstrated by rescue pit bull, Blue. Anytime K9 also donated a certificate for a free group training class, given away in a raffle at the event. Wagtime was on hand with free goody bags and our four-legged friends enjoyed house made dog biscuits courtesy of Roberto Donna at Alba Osteria. Click here for photos from Tunes in the Triangle and MVT Dog Day.


bicyclespace opens at lyric440K
Locally owned bicycle shop, BicycleSPACE, opened this month at Quadrangle/WilkesLyric440K apartments. The new location, adjacent to A Baked Joint bakery, is 4,104 square feet, twice the size of their previous 7th Street store. In addition to selling a hand-picked selection of bikes for all types of bike lovers, from serious competitors to weekend adventurers, BicycleSPACE hosts weekly ride events, yoga classes, art rides and more.  BicycleSPACE founder Erik Kugler expressed his enthusiasm for the new location this spring, saying, “No matter how big our company gets, we will always remember the early support of the Mt. Vernon Triangle community and consider Mt. Vernon Triangle to be our home." BicycleSPACE was voted “Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed” in the City Paper’s Best of 2015 Reader’s Poll as well as “Best Bike Shop” in the 2015 Washington Area Bicyclists Choice awards. A schedule of activities and sign up for their enewsletter can be found here.
455 eye street residential project underway

Construction for Equity Residential’s mixed-use, multifamily residential building located at 455 Eye Street is underway. The unique project will bring 174 apartments and 2,008 SF of ground floor retail to the site. Hickok Cole Architects designed the project which includes the  preservation  of the existing historic warehouse, auto-works building and two townhouses. Mount Vernon Triangle is excited for this collaboration of the modern and historic and the opportunities it will provide for the community. The building is projected to be completed in 2017. For more information about projects in the MVT, click here for the online MVT Development Map.
texas de brazil now open and dcbia walking tour
Texas de Brazil is now open at 455 Mass Ave., bringing an authentic Brazilian-American “Churrascaria”, or steakhouse, to the MVT. Enjoy a 50-60 item seasonal salad bar and then turn your place card to green for various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. On June 25th, the MVT CID partnered with the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) to host a Mount Vernon Triangle Development Walking Tour and Networking Event. Presenters, including MVT CID President, Claire Oleksiak, delivered an overview of the neighborhood and key projects then gave a tour of the neighborhood and ended with networking at Texas de Brazil. Photos from the event are available on our Flickr page here.
orangetheory fitness signed to 425 i street

Orangetheory Fitness has signed their lease for a new studio opening this fall at 425 I Street, NW. Orangetheory Fitness is a high intensity interval fitness concept that offers 60-minute professionally coached group workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Orangetheory uses proprietary heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn, keeping your heart rate in the “orange” zone. The company believes that working out with a group is more effective and fun, plus it can build camaraderie and community. Challenge your friend to a contest, or just share your day while getting motivated by those around you – beginners to advanced, all can burn tons of calories during and post workout. You can check out their new website (which mentions pre-opening rates) here and follow them on Facebook.

chinatown park start fresh! offers new fun outdoor activities
The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has launched Chinatown Park Start FRESH!, a series of fun and healthy outdoor activities held in the Chinatown Park located on the south corner of Mass Ave. and I Streets, NW between 5th and 6th Streets, NW. Upcoming events include adult Taekwondo tonight, July 20th, at 7 PM, DC Seniors Move! (morning Tai Chi class every Tuesday at 8 AM), Yoga in the City (adult yoga class Monday, July 27th at 7 PM) and two “Under the Stars” outdoor movies on August 20th and September 10th. All events are free and open to the public. Additional events will be announced in the near future on MOAPIA’s website at and you can follow them @dcmoapia on twitter for updates.
calling all artists for 5th street ace hardware's annual hardware art show

Local artists are invited to submit their works of hardware art for 5th Street Ace Hardware’s Annual Hardware Art Show. Art submissions must be received by September 11th and the winning artist will receive a $100 gift card to 5th Street Ace. Art featured must use at least one hardware element, i.e. a light bulb, nail or washer cleverly incorporated into the artwork, wiring from our electrical aisle, paint from the store, shellac, etc. Art must not be offensive in content or message. Email for questions about art submissions or call our store manager, Brad, at (202) 682-4570.

For those less artfully inclined, join 5th Street Ace Hardware for a night of art, food, and fun at the Art Show on September 23rd. You get to be the judge while enjoying complimentary snacks and sweet treats and voting on your favorite piece of art during the event or vote early starting September 16th using our online voting portal. Receive a free gift when you RSVP for the event! Send an email to to submit your RSVP.

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