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A number of retail spaces in Columbia Heights have remained empty for a near eternity. That, coupled with the endless road construction and constantly snarled traffic, has seriously hindered the neighborhood from reaching its full potential.

Thankfully, 11th Street is coming along, with the opening of wine bar Room 11, and construction of a small office/retail building up the street. But the area just got another boost (this very morning, actually, according to Prince of Petworth.)

One of its longstanding vacant retail spaces is open for business,  with Tynan Coffee and Tea. It’s on Irving Street, by Five Guys, near the 14th Street intersection—-a perfect location for loading up on caffeine before braving the DC USA crowds.

Image by Intangible Arts, Flickr Creative Commons