Getting Framed

August 21, 2017 | Front Page, jeblog

This week I was so psyched to receive the most amazing gift from my love. It was an original artwork piece from Oahu’s North Shore artist Welzie. Not only was it spectacular because it came from my husband but it is truly rare to find a piece of work from Welzie that is not created in resin – his traditional surf art medium. I knew for certain it required the perfect frame highlight it’s modern and fresh approach to Hawaiian life.

I think we can all relate, finding the perfect picture frame can sometimes be a real challenge. As an avid collector of unique art I have found that there are so many artists that don’t specifically work within the boundaries of traditional frame sizes. Their canvases are either a little to big/small or the paper is just not anywhere near a size that you can find in store so you are forced to sometimes spend more for the custom framing than you did for the piece. However, don’t forget…it is an investment and there was some energy in that art hat captivated you and your spirit. It is important to find the right frame.

Here are a few things to consider when starting on the framing journey:

• FOR LARGE PIECES KEEP FRAMING SIMPLE – Large art pieces have a huge impact on a space. Keep your frame simple so the artwork can shine. Depending on the wall you’re hanging it on, opt for a smaller 1–3” mat, or no mat at all. And speaking of size, before you even get to the framing make sure that you’re selecting art pieces that suit your space. Many people make the mistake of using art that’s too small because they are ready to commit to a piece of art that can command attention. Make sure the art is the right size for the space and do not be so concerned about the colors in the art matching your pillows.

• GIVE SMALL PIECES EMPHASIS WITH LARGE MATS AND FRAME – If you have small pieces of art that are special to you give them a large mat and frame. Or if you have small pieces that are complementary, group them together in a grid to fill the space of a large-sized piece. Either solution helps them make more of a visual impact. Remember, if the art you want to put on that wall isn’t the correct size, if the work is on paper, you can make it work by compensating with a mat and a frame that are bigger to make the piece the size you want it.

• FRAME IN COLOR FOR THE SPACE – Look around your room and pay close attention to its size when picking frame colors. Lighter frames can make a space look bigger, and darker frames draw attention to the fact that a room is small. If you want to mix up your framing color palette, take cues from other colors in your space. If your room has a bold accent color perhaps try matching or coordinating the frame with the color. When facing a neutral palette select a color for your frame that will match the floor. I suggest selecting any frame colors you desire for gallery walls. For a streamlined look, choose all same-color frames or for an eclectic look, select a variety of frames (maybe even a few vintage ones). Be creative and select a style that suits the vibe of your space.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design

DC’s Five Expensive Zones

August 21, 2017 | The Scoop

Earlier this month, UrbanTurf took a look at the five cheapest zip codes for DC homebuyers. Today, we look at the ten most expensive.

Home sales prices have averaged above $1 million in 12 neighborhoods so far in 2017. With an average sales price of just under $6 million, Massachusetts Avenue Heights is by far is the most expensive city housing market and, although there have only been nine sales this year, it is also the neighborhood that has seen the largest jump in prices, thanks to transactions like Morocco’s purchase of the Ourisman mansion and Commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross’ purchase of a $12 million, seven-bedroom house.

(Urban Turf)

DC Region as Silicon Valley East?

August 21, 2017 | The Scoop

There is no doubt that the D.C. area is ripe with talented people. But is it innovative enough to be worthy of the title “Silicon Valley of the East,” over other tech-heavy cities like Boston and New York?

Jon Jackson, the founder of the successful local startup Mobile Posse, seems to think that’s an attainable goal for the nation’s capital.

“I want for it to be the Silicon Valley of the East,” Jackson said. “I’m not sure that it is the Silicon Valley of the East [but] I think that there are some hallmarks of the D.C. area that make it possible for us to get there.”

Jackson founded Mobile Posse in 2005. The company is a “leader in mobile content discovery solutions that help wireless carriers and device manufacturers capitalize on the mobile advertising economy.” The business has seen tremendous growth — about 70 percent per year — for the past three-and-a-half years, which is part of the reason Jackson believes D.C. is a prime location for startups.

Formerly in McLean, Mobile Posse moved to Arlington just over a year ago, where both Jackson and his cofounder live.


I’ll Have a CD and Latte to Go

August 17, 2017 | The Scoop

Capital One is venturing into the world of coffee and pastries. Yes, really.

Designed to be part co-working space, part-bank, part-coffee shop, Capital One announced today it would be opening a suite of Capital One Cafés designed to help people connect, refresh and also become more comfortable with their financial life.

Each space will include a staff of “café ambassadors” who will talk to people about different money management habits, goals and action plans for financial success. The two spaces will also come equipped with free meeting rooms and a lounge for anyone to use.

According to a map sent by Capital One, the two spaces will be located at 3150 M St. NW in Georgetown and 732-736 7th St. NW in Chinatown. Both spaces are slated to open at the end of 2018.

In early August, The Washington Business Journal reported that Capital One had purchased the Georgetown space at the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and M Street NW for $50.2 million from Sagamore Development, the development arm of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. In 2014, Sagamore bought the property for $12.2 million.

The two Washington, D.C. locations are just a part of a larger trend from Capital One. In 2016, the company announced it was opening two cafés in Chicago. According to the company’s website, there are 21 café locations open now in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania Virginia — including one in Richmond, Va.

(American Inno)

Smithsonian Castle Evacuated

August 17, 2017 | The Scoop

The iconic Smithsonian Castle was briefly evacuated late Wednesday morning after a fire broke out on the fourth floor. No one was hurt, but it’s unclear if any of the museum’s artifacts were damaged in the fire. The small fire started in an area housing a library but sprinklers were able to put out the flames before anyone was hurt, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman told WTOP.

It’s still unclear if any of the museum’s artifacts were damaged in the fire. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the Smithsonian said the castle would be closed at least for the rest of the day, but that all other museums would remain open. D.C. Fire said investigators have determined the fire was an accident and electrical in nature.


Batter – er- Beer Up!

August 17, 2017 | The Scoop

The Nationals are proud of their beer program, and justifiably so. What started with a single “District Drafts” vendor cart in the 2013 season has blossomed into eight stands spread around the stadium serving local beer.

Each stand has four taps, and 30 of those 32 taps are dedicated to beers from six major local breweries: 3 Stars, Port City, DC Brau, Mad Fox, Old Ox, and Atlas Brew Works. The other two taps are reserved for a beer from one of four smaller-scale local breweries: Right Proper, Fair Winds, Heritage, and Hellbender. That selection also rotates by homestand. The mix of breweries varies by location, and which beer a brewery offers rotates with each homestand.

And that doesn’t count the dedicated concessions for beers from ex-micro breweries like Virginia’s Devil’s Backbone, Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing, or Chicago’s Goose Island. Or the beers sold at the gluten-free stand. Then there’s the usual assortment of macro-brews, along with the occasional Victory or Flying Dog.

This ever-changing variety makes it tough to say conclusively what to drink at Nats Park, but here’s a three-stop stadium beer crawl for fans who don’t mind leaving their seats in the name of a good brew.


Washington, Baltimore on List of Potential Cities to Host 2026 World Cup Games

August 16, 2017 | Front Page, jeblog

Washington and Baltimore are among 34 U.S. cities on a list of proposed locations to potentially host matches at the 2026 World Cup.

The United Bid Committee unveiled the list of U.S. cities, as well as seven in Canada and three in Mexico that are being asked to declare their interest. The request for information asks each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process by Sept. 5. A short list is expected to be announced later that month and the cities will have until January to prepare a formal bid.

The bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be sent to FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, by March 16. Morocco will compete with the U.S.-led bid, in a surprise move announced last week.

The bid committee plans to include 20 to 25 venues in its final bid to FIFA. If selected to host the 2026 World Cup, at least 12 locations could host games.

The 49 stadiums selected in the initial process have at least 40,000 seats that could hold group stage matches. A capacity of at least 80,000 is needed to be considered for the opening match and final. M&T Bank Stadium seats 71,000. FedEx Field has 82,000 seats. It’s likely Washington’s NFL team, which currently plays at FedEx, will have a new venue constructed by the 2026 games. The team’s lease on FedEx expires in 2027 and owner Dan Snyder has already started planning a new home for the team.

The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994.

As published by WBJ – Ryan Sharrow – 8-15-17

Congrats to Cakelove and D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes

August 16, 2017 | The Scoop

Local bakeries Cakelove and D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes will soon have their products sold at Wal-Mart locations across Greater Washington, thanks to a pitch competition from the retail giant.

Between 50 and 100 Wal-Mart stores will begin carrying Cakelove’s cakes in a jar staring early next year. Three flavors will be offered: carrot, strawberry shortcake and red velvet, with the potential for more flavors in the future. D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes will see its sweet potato cake in about 250 stores, and Wal-Mart is currently looking into carrying its cupcakes as well.


Worst Tippers

August 16, 2017 | The Scoop

On an episode of KQED’s Forum earlier this month that focused on the practice of tipping, participants posited that the more affluent a customer is, the more generously he or she will tip. A study of data from San Francisco-based payment processing company Square appears to claim the opposite, however, saying that some of the country’s richest states are also home to the nation’s stingiest tippers.

So reports Time, looking at millions of credit and debit transactions made through Square “from over 2 million sellers across the country” in July of 2017. Based on that data, the nation’s worst tippers can be found in Hawaii, where the average tip percentage is 14.8 percent. the District of Columbia is slightly better, at 14.9 percent, Massachusetts is at 15 percent, and California rounds out the bottom four at 15.2 percent.

The national average is 16.4 percent, Time reports. Idaho tops the tip list, Square says, with an average 17.4 percent gratuity. For the sake of comparison, the San Francisco Chronicle recommends a tip of around 20 percent for most food and beverage services.

Time notes that “Some of the spots with the worst tippers, like Hawaii, the District of Columbia and California, are home to some of the highest earners in the U.S.”