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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On January 5, a judge ordered that the liquor license for JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) be turned over to the federal government as part of a plea deal in a cocaine trafficking case. The defendant, Lawrence Carl Nelson, pled guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nelson, a co-owner of the license, is believed to have bankrolled the club’s 2012 purchase by a partnership known as The Vice Group. Also seized by the feds was a $1 million promissory note from The Vice Group to Nelson, according to the judge’s order.

The strip club was evicted from its building last July for nonpayment of rent, and the building has been vacant since then. The landlords found the original liquor license on the premises and turned it over to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the club’s former owner, Michael Papanicolas, is suing The Vice Group and its spokesman, Paul Kadlick, for breach of contract. Papanicolas claims he is owed at least $375,000 from the 2012 sale. There was a hearing on the case held January 9, but no defendants showed up. Another hearing has been scheduled for March 27.

As for the building, the owners of The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) are in talks to move to the larger JP’s space. Although neither the landlords nor the Mason Inn owners are talking publicly about the negotiations, the Georgetown Current has reported that the Mason Inn owners are interested in purchasing the building.

From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A neighborhood institution passed to a new generation last August, when Glover Park native James DeVol died at age 75. DeVol had grown up at the DeVol Funeral Home (2224 Wisconsin Ave.), which his parents owned and operated. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, James and his two brothers joined the family business, which eventually expanded into 2222 Wisconsin Ave. and added a second location in Gaithersburg. With James DeVol’s passing, the firm has transferred to a third generation of DeVols: James’s sons Kevin and Robert. In a 1992 Washington Post story about his work, James DeVol articulated his professional philosophy: “I see it almost like being a physician. You are there to help people.”

From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The gym formerly known as Roam Fitness has rebranded as Urban Athletic Club, according to owner Graham King. The club, located inside the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.), made a splash in 2013 when it opened with outdoor fitness classes, but it also features a fully equipped indoor studio and classes. “While ‘Roam’ was a good name, it confused some people, as they didn’t know that we had an indoor facility that offered personal training and group classes,” King tells us. For information, visit urbanathleticclub.com.

From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The six new luxury condominiums at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. went on the market over the holidays, and one was under contract by mid-January, according to Nate Ward of Capital Park Realty. Ranging in price from $425,000 to $1.2 million, the one- and two-bedroom units feature open layouts, huge plate-glass windows, and Thermador ranges. There’s parking at the building’s rear for the two penthouse units—each of which comes with a rooftop deck. For information, visit cparkre.com.

From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Late at night on December 19, a 1998 Nissan two-door sedan with Virginia plates was stolen from outside Jimmy John’s (2428 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The owner parked the car around 10 p.m. and returned a few hours later to find it missing, the report stated.

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Around 2 p.m. on December 5, a shopper at CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) lost two credit cards and $160 in cash to a pickpocket, according to a police report.

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On December 17, a man sleeping in the vestibule at Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.) became abusive when asked by a staff member to leave. The man pointed a pocket knife at the staffer and addressed him using profanity and racial slurs, according to a police report. The man fled on foot after the staffer called 911.

 

The owners of Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) thought they had a deal to renew their lease, owner Gina Schaefer told the Georgetown Current. “The landlord decided at the last minute to lease to someone else. It felt like the worst part of business.”  The store, which opened in 2005, plans to close in mid-January.

Schafer said the shop is actively looking for a nearby location, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal told reporter Brady Holt that she was looking for ways to help make that happen. “This will be a terrible thing for the neighborhood if they go,” Blumenthal said.

Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) will close in mid-January because it was not able to come to terms with its landlord on a new lease. But the store’s owners are looking for another location nearby, assistant manager Olen Hopkins tells us: “They are trying diligently to keep us in this area, but it’s all still kind of up in the air.”

The hardware store negotiated its original lease with the building’s previous owner before opening in early 2005. But the complex was sold in 2013 and is now a joint venture of Altus Realty, Chesapeake Realty Partners and Ellisdale Construction. The three partners are building an apartment complex at the rear of the property, on what was formerly the hardware store’s parking lot.

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