by Luis Gomez
Paula Amt is a true Borderstan entrepreneur: she lives in eastern Dupont and owns two businesses in western Logan Circle. Her first business was Framesmith DC, which opened in April 1999 in the carriage house at 1352 Q Street NW; the second was gallery plan b, which opened in March 2005 at 1530 14th Street NW.
The frame shop and the gallery are among a number of galleries that have come to the 14th Street corridor. Gallery plan b exhibits include photography, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amt features established artists as well as emerging local talent.
Borderstan: Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?
Amt: After having worked for a small business and commuting to Kensington, Maryland by Metro, I decided I wanted those three hours of my life back every day. I did not start these businesses because I am a “business person,” I started them because I wanted a little more independence—some might say “control”—and no commute, and to be working in the community in which I live.
Several hundred Loganites lined up tonight for free pizzas at the HomeMade Pizza store at 14th and Church NW. It was the first of two nights of a soft opening for the chain store. The official or “hard” opening is Thursday afternoon.
According to Eric Fosse, founder and CEO, HomeMade Pizza gave away about 250 medium-sized pizzas tonight.
“Word of mouth is the best advertisement,” Fosse said. The store will be giving out free pizzas again Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Located at the northwest corner of 14th and Church, the store is next to the soon-to-open Cork and Fork. HomeMade Pizza specializes in ready-to-bake pizzas for home.
Luis took this shot of Miss Pixie with her pink Christmas Tree when we passed by the store earlier this week around closing time. She told us that the tree is not for sale although she gets offers.
I remember shopping at Miss Pixie’s store when it was on Adams Mill Road in Adams Morgan. One spring Saturday afternoon I went into the store with a friend. Somehow she ended up purchasing a wrought iron bird bath—for me. Cocktails may have been involved. The bird bath now lives a few houses away with a neighbor.
Good morning, Borderstanians. Just four days to go until election day next Tuesday. D.C. city council races—particularly those two at-large seats—are getting plenty of coverage in the media and blogosphere. The presidential race is bringing us muchos television ads, thanks to Virginia’s status as a battleground state between McCain and Obama.
But, what about local races for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC)? (If you are unsure what ANCs do, click here.) Borderstan is split between three ANC districts, two in ANC 2B/Dupont Circle and one in ANC 2F/Logan Circle. None of the three incumbent commissioners representing Borderstan face opposition for the next two-year term. (Information at bottom of this posting on how to determine your ANC district and commissioner.)
Contested Race in ANC 2B-09
There is one neighboring ANC 2B district that is garnering a great deal of coverage—the ANC 2B-09 seat where incumbent Ramon Estrada is being challenged by Doug Rogers. Here are links to the two candidates’ Web sites and to some coverage of the race:
- Ramon Estrada’s Web site.
- Doug Roger’s Web site.
- Greater Greater Washington Blog: “Better Know a Single-Member District: 2B09.” (If you haven’t already figured it, GGW is one of my favorite local blogs that focuses on urban-metro-transportation-development issues.)
- Washington Blade coverage from October 24.
Borderstan ANC Districts and Commissioners
- Borderstan’s boundaries are from P to S Streets and from 14th to 16th Streets NW (the center of Borderstan is 15th and Corcoran Streets NW).
- ANC 2B-04: West Borderstan from the north side of Q Street to the south side of S Street is in District 04 and is represented by Jack Jacobson. He is running unopposed on November 4.
- ANC 2B-05: West Borderstan from the south side of Q Street heading south is represented by incumbent Victor Wexler who is running unopposed on November 4.
- ANC 2F-01: East Borderstan (east of 15th Street) is represented by incumbent Charles Reed, the commissioner for ANC 2F-01.
- Map of ANC 2B districts.
Finally… VOTE ON TUESDAY.
We took the dog for a late-afternoon walk after it had cooled a bit. Walking by Cafe Salsa on the 1700-clock of 14th Street, we noticed the yellow-red-blue trim on the building — a common color scheme in Latin America (and the colors of the Venezuelan, Colombian and Ecuadoran flags). The food will be “Nuevo Latino Cuisine.” The owners appear to already have a restaurant at 808 King Street in Alexandria. The logo and colors are exactly the same, as is the description of the food.