Say so long to Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.). After October 17, the bar will close for an estimated 10 months of construction, according to the Washington Post.

Owner Bill Thomas “has wanted to renovate what he calls a ‘very disjointed’ building for years, but didn’t want to begin any major projects until he was able to purchase the real estate, which happened just over a year ago,” the Post reports. Plans include new plumbing and electrical systems, new bathrooms, a new roof, and step-free access to the front patio and main dining room, according to the paper. Thomas also plans to add 1,000 square feet of space to the rear of the building, which is expected to reopen—with a new name and a more ambitious menu—next fall.

Balance Gym is expanding

Balance Gym (2121 Wisconsin Ave.) is undergoing a renovation that will enlarge the gym’s weight training area, add a group exercise studio, and double the size of the space devoted to CrossFit Glover Park. The redo will also add indoor access to the gym’s lower-level workout area, which is now accessible only from outdoors. Space for the renovation will come from taking over two vacant office spaces.

The construction is expected to last for two months, but club management anticipates minimal disruption for members during that time. “Most of the work will be completed on our newly acquired space, with very little impact on the existing club during construction,” explains CrossFit director Emily Baskin.


Check out the Craigslist ad for the “soon to be reopened” Glover Park Hardware store at 2233 Wisconsin Ave.:

“Helpful Hardware Folk” Needed – A Few Cool Hardware Stores

Compensation: Hourly rate commiserate with applicable experience.
Employment type: Full-time

Ace is the PLACE… A Few Cool Hardware Stores, Ace Hardware, is looking to hire energetic and hardworking people to join our team of dedicated customer service associates at our soon to be reopened Glover Park store. We are your neighborhood hardware stores with a mission to provide the best service to our customers.

Key Responsibilities
1. Customer service delivered with enthusiasm and genuine interest in ensuring customer satisfaction
2. Communicating clearly, effectively, and politely with customers in store and over the phone
3. Stocking and receiving deliveries
4. Cashiering
5. Maintaining store appearance (includes dusting, moping, restroom cleaning, etc.)

Minimum Requirements
*High school degree or equivalent
* Willingness to learn
* Team player
* A commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction
* Ability and to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays to meet business needs
* Must be able to lift 40 pounds frequently
* Ability to stand for an extended period of time (position is at least 90% standing)
* Works with a sense of urgency throughout shift.
* Retail experience preferred.
* Previous home improvement knowledge helpful

! Health insurance after eligibility waiting period for Full time
! 401k plan (after 1 year of service)
! Profit sharing (after 2 years of service)
! Employee discount
! SmartBenefits
! ZipCar discounts
! Fun and active work environment
! Ability to grow with our store


Full-time and Part-time available. Applicants MUST be able to work weekends.
Start Date: upon store reopen
Please visit our website http://www.acehardwaredc.com/employment-opportunities.html to access the application and send to the email address indicated.

Due to the number of responses we are expecting from this post, we may not be able to respond to everyone that replies.

Tennis Zone may move upstairs

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park may soon be welcoming a new business at 2319 Wisconsin Ave., but its current tenant, Tennis Zone, is not leaving, owner Ravi Shankar tells us. Although the building currently sports a “for rent” banner, “we are staying here, but we’re moving upstairs,” Shankar says. The storefront’s second floor is currently vacant. Landlord Remy Esquenet did not respond to requests for comment.

Tennis Zone now offers yoga wear as well as tennis equipment. At press time, the shop was planning to run a $20-off sale on women’s yoga and lifestyle apparel in September.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On July 23, a cyclist riding north in the 2200 block of Wisconsin Ave. fell while taking a curb cut up onto the sidewalk. The driver of an SUV emerging from a driveway then hit the fallen cyclist, who was transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver was cited for failure to pay full time and attention to the operation of a vehicle.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park Hardware hopes to open in its new ground-floor location (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) in October, according to owner Gina Schaefer. The company rented the vacant storefront shortly after its lease at the prior location (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) expired in January. The owners have been working ever since to renovate the space and install a needed freight elevator. Delays with the elevator’s installation have led to much frustration, both for the owners and for Glover Parkers who have sorely missed the shop.

The hardware store’s old space underneath Washington Sports Club is slated to become a Rite Aid.

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B has filed a protest against a planned roof deck at the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.). The ANC will withdraw its protest if the hotel reaches a compromise agreement with neighbors, according to commissioner Jackie Blumenthal.
The planned deck, which would have a seating capacity of 136, is part of an ongoing renovation that will end with the hotel being renamed “The Glover Park Hotel.” Near neighbors have raised concerns about the deck’s potential to create late-night noise and parking problems. The Savoy has been negotiating with neighbors to establish rules for the deck that would address their concerns, but at press time, no compromise had been reached.

The rooftop deck at Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) operates under a voluntary agreement that stipulates it must be closed by midnight, and any music must be recorded, unamplified, and inaudible outside of the premises. The ANC argues that any new rooftop deck in the neighborhood should not be allowed to stay open later or play louder music. (Two other establishments, Mason Inn at 2408 Wisconsin Ave. and Mad Fox Tap Room at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., are allowed to serve alcohol on rooftop decks, but neither of those decks has been built.)


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