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Antiques in the Front, Spray Tan in the Back: The nexus of 14th and U streets NW is surrounded by quite a few consignment shops and new and used furniture stores. But what the neighborhood doesn’t have is a combination antique shop and spray tan business. Luckily, for those feeling rather pale and starved of secondhand schlock, Fit to Be Tan is setting up shop in the U Street space formerly occupied by Greater Goods. A spray-tanning interior designer is behind the operation, which will open Tuesday. +1
East of Eatin’: Apparently, people want dining options near where they live. The Post discovers what anyone who’s spent at least a minute east of the Anacostia River has realized: That there are precious few dining options in Wards 7 and 8—six restaurants with table service for 140,000 residents, to be exact. But, hey, maybe things are getting better! Maybe! District officials are, apparently, pushing hard for more businesses to open doors by leading potential entrepreneurs around Anacostia, Congress Heights, and other neighborhoods largely devoid of commerce. +1
Born on the Kickstarter: Local film producers Metro Teleproducers are looking to fund the completion of a documentary on shuttered Bayou nightclub. The project’s Kickstarter page sure has some intriguing rhetoric: “Born by a mob murder and killed in vitality, The Bayou thrived for 45 years as a distinctive musical marvel that transcended genres and eras in the shadows of the gritty Georgetown waterfront. The film chronicles the unlikely rise, the changing faces, the jaunty anecdotes, the gaudy on- and off-stage high jinks and the mystical allure of The Bayou (1953-1998).” +1
The Tourmobile is Dead: But its replacement isn’t exactly a stunning example of progressive thinking. The new shuttle “will run in a loop from Union Station to the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington cemetery, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Smithsonian Metro station” and begin service March 12. Though $1 express service between the National Mall and Hains Point will be available during the Cherry Blossom Festival, the shuttle will otherwise cost $5 per head—which is no doubt a price-gouge for elderly visitors, parents with young children, or families in general. -2
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