I had a great weekend in and around Shaw, and hope you did too. Some of the highlights of my time away from the office include dinner at Rasika in Penn Quarter (I generally don't like Indian food, but Rasika is nothing short of delicious), brunch at Cafe St Ex on 14th Street, walking through the 14th and U Farmers Market on Saturday, browsing antiques at GoodWood, and checking out the offerings of Maruka School for Yoga, Healing Arts and Retail Boutique. I love the diverse options that are just a short walk from our Shaw doorstep.
On Saturday, I made it by Shiloh's Unity Day. Whatever their motivation was for hosting the event, I must say that it was a step (one step of many needed...) in the right direction for the church in terms of making amends with the community. I was eagerly invited to attend by a parishioner who was actively engaging neighbors and passers-by. At the event, there was tons of free food, a moon bounce, and various information booths. There were also renderings (dated 2006 and created by Lance Bailey and Associates) of what they plan for their vacant properties along 9th Street. The plans appear to necessitate acquiring the electrician's building before moving forward and include what appears to be a retail space in the first floor of a senior living facility. I found the renderings quite attractive. The buildings will continue to blight our neighborhood until action is taken, so, until then, these plans are just as helpful to the neighborhood as the promise of renovation made in 1990 was.
Finally, we made it to The Space (903 N Street, NW) for pre-dinner cocktails on Saturday night. The Space is open to all for the foreseeable future, and is a really (really) cool destination in the neighborhood. The decor and feel of the first floor is uber chic, and The Space's roof deck is an ideal place to spend an evening or just to grab a few drinks on your way out when the weather's nice. We enjoyed a cheese plate off of their great and concise menu and chatted up some people we'd never met before amidst the flowing white curtains of the rooftop. I'll make a full post about The Space, its regular options and upcoming events soon.
Anyway, hope you had a great weekend also, and happy Monday!