Anyone who has lived in this neighborhood for more than three years can tell you how much things have changed–and keep changing. Our “hood” has gone from a place to avoid to the most hip, happening place to be in DC. From the balcony, we recently counted some 16 cranes in the near and far distance. Between now and 2015, the city will be adding over 1966 total residential units and scads of retail space within a half mile radius of our store. All of those units need to be furnished, and you can bet we are going to be the merchant of choice!
I like to think that Room & Board was a real boom to development in this part of town. We are not “big box” by any means, but we were the largest national store ever to set up shop here. Our presence created an anchor for what can only be described as phenomenal growth. We, here in the store, are already reaping the benefits of this burgeoning part of town. Come work here, and this is just a sampling of what you can enjoy within two blocks of our showroom:
New restaurants: Matchbox; Le Diplomate–open, we hear, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Ted’s Bulletin; and M Cafe. Tacqueria Nacional just opened directly across narrow T Street. (Our staff has been treated to some free tacos and quesadillas.) Bakehouse bakery and coffee shop is slated to open across from us on May 16. And coming in 2014: Trader Joe’s, just one block away! If just thinking of all this packs on some pounds, we’re also getting a brand new YMCA.