BicycleSPACE requests your support

See below from owner of BicycleSPACE. Normally I’d summarize this sort of thing as opposed to copy paste verbatim but I do not have PC/laptop access this week and don’t like to type anymore than I have to on an iPad. Anyway, BicycleSPACE is a great business and highly engaged in the community so please consider supporting them at

Hello folks,

I need your help.  Living Social and Chase Bank are awarding a sizable grant based on the following criteria, and my bicycle shop BicycleSPACE fits the bill perfectly:


•   Solid business & management team/owner;

•   Well thought-out and feasible growth plan;

•   Likelihood to succeed within a two-year time frame;

•   Positive impact on local/relevant community (e.g. job creation, meeting an unfulfilled need, etc.) and demonstrated local support; and

•   Energy, enthusiasm, creativity and passion for your business.

Though our means are and have been limited, we have gone to extraordinary lengths to provide a place which is friendly, helpful, and active in supporting and building community to make our city better.  In our short life-span, we’ve been voted the Best in DC by both the readers and editors of City Paper, we’ve attracted the most Facebook fans of any local bicycle shop, and our YouTube channel has almost 13,000 views.  We lead at least six free weekly moderate-paced groups rides where we’re friendly and respectful to both pedestrians and drivers.  We host two free weekly yoga classes, bike repair classes, host numerous free events, and provide assistance and financial support to numerous established and new organizations.

Our background is in working with bicycles, and we’re using this platform to make Washington DC an exemplary city for getting around by bicycle.  Bicycles help to bring people health, happiness, liberty, and when areas can provide safe infrastructure, bicycles can even help with economic revitalization.

Imagine for a minute if people in the city didn’t need a car, or if couples only needed to own one car.  By AAA estimates, each household would save over $8,000 on the average by going car-free or car-light.  Now multiply that by all of the households in the region, while considering that people who use bikes as their primary form of transport spend much of their money locally, and you can see the potential economic benefit that bicycles can bring to our neighborhoods.  With new local opportunities, new specialty shops, cafes and restaurants will open, jobs will be created, employees will be hired, and profits will be reinvested locally to create thriving, dynamic, and connected neighborhoods.  One day, perhaps, we could enable even local manufacturing and production and bring even more jobs back home.

We need 250 votes in just several days to qualify, and then we hope our accomplishments and business plan will speak volumes to the grantors.

If you would like to see this happen, please go to, click on “Login and Support” and search for bicyclespace to support us.

Many thanks and see you soon,

Erik Kugler

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Has Buddha Bar Closed?

Eater DC reports that Buddha Bar at 455 Mass may have abruptly closed for business permanently.

While I didn’t express this openly on the blog when Buddha Bar first opened I always had my doubts it was a good fit for the neighborhood. It wants to be a club but no other clubs are near by. The atmosphere was about dim lighting and DJ’s which was incompatible with the 180 seat patio and thus that generous outdoor space was left largely ignored. It may not happen overnight, but if Buddha Bar is done for business I think a better option will arrive and we’ll be better off for it.

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Sweetgreen to City Vista confirmed

In early April we shared the scuttlebutt that Edens had chosen to reclaim the space leased to Michael Landrum as the restauranteur was not up to the task. At that time we suggested salad and frozen yogurt purveyor Sweetgreen would take over the 5th Street retail bay that Landrum intended to open Ryse in.

There is now visual confirmation that Sweetgreen has claimed the space as their 13th location. The windows are now papered with Sweetgreen marketing and they’ve tweeted that the secret is out.

Hat Tip: Shipsa01

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District Crossfit location on NY Ave to be displaced by development

In April we picked up the City Paper story that Douglas Development was beginning to make the rounds to the ANC about a proposed spec office building project on the 600 block of New York Ave NW. That office project continues to move forward and District Crossfit (presumably DC Eagle too) has been served notice of termination of their leases this fall.

The owners of the popular crossfit gym knew displacement was a possibility all along and have been seeking out a new location. Very recently District Crossfit signed a lease for 10,000 SF at 1525 Half Street SW. This will represent a massive expansion and triple the size of the current gym operations. The new location will offer over twice the amount of space for the regular group classes, have a dedicated space for individual workouts, and for the first time ever offer lockers and shower facilities.

District Crossfit's 635 NY Ave location to close this fall

I’ve been a member of District Crossfit for a year and have had great results. Despite the upgrades at the new location I’ll sorely miss the convenience of having the gym be 3 blocks away from my front door. Even gym owner Andrew Killion will have to make the commute from Mount Vernon Triangle to Southwest as he recently signed an apartment lease at City Vista.

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