Business Ins & Outs
Town Hall Moving to Replace Blue Ridge Town Hall, formerly of 2340 Wisconsin Ave., will move in to the Blue Ridge space at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. in the coming weeks, according to the Glover Park Gazette. The owners of Town Hall will acquire the building, which includes a large patio space and bar, and the property’s liquor license. According to the Gazette, the owners of Blue Ridge, Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, were unable to complete their plans for opening a coffeehouse and diner in the space because of ongoing complications with Mendocino Bar & Grill. Hengst and Rager subleased the M Street property to the Grill, which was forced to close last spring due to back taxes.
‘Uncommon Furnishings’ Comes to Town Local and international designer, artist and furniture maker, Jan Marfyak has set up shop, Uncommon Furnishings, at 35th and N Streets. “It’s got a different buzz,” says Marfyak approvingly of today’s Georgetown. He has been around D.C. for years as well as the New York and L.A. arts scene and has worked with Krupsaw’s, Antony Childs, Miller & Armey and Muleh.
Displaying decorative objects for homes – polished petrified wood, calcium slabs and mill stones, to name a few intriguing pieces – Marfyak pulls from his warehouse in Montgomery County and his world travels. His designs involve unusual textures, forms and colors with residential and commercial applications. If you are looking for unique framings or yet-to-be-authenticated petrified crocodiles from China – or not – stop by and say hello to Marfyak. Each of his art pieces tells a story, and he can tell quite a few of his own. He is well worth the trip. Uncommon Furnishings is at 1301 35th St., NW, 202.422.6695.
Liquor Store Hours Extended to Midnight Neighborhood liquor stores can now stay open until midnight instead of 10 p.m. D.C.’s new law which raises alcohol taxes – from nine to 10 percent – also includes extending hours for retail liquor sales to offset losses for the businesses involved. Already, liquor stores such as Wagner’s and Dixie Liquor, are open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.