Last night, I attended a grand opening celebration at the Old Dominion Brewhouse. I was happy to meet some of the owners of our new neighborhood gathering spot and am impressed that such wonderful people are invested in Shaw. At the event were many local business owners (including folks from The Space and The Long View Gallery), government leaders (like Kevin Chapple and Alex Padro), family and friends of OD, and local bloggers (like Mari from InShaw).
We had the pleasure of speaking with the owners of two retailers coming to the convention center, D’vine Cravings Bakery on 9th Street and the Julie Sumner Salon and Spa on N Street. Here’s a report on what we learned (as reported by Remaking Le Slum correspondent Drew):
D'vine Cravings Bakery
D'vine Cravings should open within two months. The owners--a very cute couple currently residing in Alexandria--plan to be open early in the morning to serve coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries. They will also serve lunch: three signature sandwiches and homemade soups. D'vine Cravings will be most recognized as an exceptional pastry shop and catering business. D'vine Cravings will provide our neighborhood with a great new resource (not to mention many delicious carbs--I can't wait to try their cakes, pies, and pastry goodies). I look forward to many neighborhood parties catered by them.
The Julie Sumner Salon and Spa
This business will be on the back side of the convention center across from The Exchange. They will do it all: hair, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, etc. Julie had a highly successful salon and spa in Chinatown, which she closed after signing her lease for a space in the convention center about 3 years ago. She hopes to be open in the next 3-4 weeks. This will surely fill a neighborhood need, as we're currently lacking nice salons and spas.