DC City Blog http://www.dccityblog.com Information about Washington, DC Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:23:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Interview with M Squared – The Leading Real Estate Brokerage in DC http://www.dccityblog.com/interview-with-m-squared-the-leading-real-estate-brokerage-in-dc/ http://www.dccityblog.com/interview-with-m-squared-the-leading-real-estate-brokerage-in-dc/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:47:56 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1474 Whomever said DC doesn’t have any true technological innovation (it might have been me) is obviously ignorant of the fact that the last few years have seen some pretty significant traction in the local start-up scene.

M Squared is the latest start-up I’ve stumbled across that has is taking a fresh look at an entrenched industry.  I chatted with the founders recently and they shared their story with me.

Why did you start M Squared?

We started M Squared because we were frustrated with how out-of-touch many traditional real estate brokerages were with today’s marketplace, both in terms of consumer and agent offerings.  You know how Apple revolutionized personal computers and made them more consumer focused, easy to use, intuitive and just plan cool?  In a nutshell, we’re doing the same for the real estate industry.

What makes M Squared unique?

First of all, we don’t like to think of ourselves as a real estate brokerage.  Instead we feel like we’re more of a marketing and technology company whose obsessive focus is real estate.  We take the technology and marketing burden off our agents, consistently execute it at the highest possible standard at the company level, and free up our agents to do what they do best which is providing our clients with unparalleled service and market knowledge.   Working as a team we are able to master the ever changing marketplace better than any one of us could hope to do so on our own.

Another unique feature about M Squared is that we offer comprehensive solutions to anything you can throw our way.   For example, if you bought your home at the height of the market and can’t sell without taking a substantial loss, we offer full service property management which allows you to rent your home and cover most if not all of monthly expenses until the market returns to where it once was.

When you say, “Ever changing marketplace”, what do you mean?

Well, the real estate marketplace of today is vastly different from just a few years ago.   Today, over 90% of real estate buyers start their search online.  One in three will find their broker and property online.  More people visit our website than ever step foot in our office.  Our website, is our office.  You need a robust, dynamic web and mobile presences that empower real estate buyers and sellers.

How does M Squared’s website empower Washington DC home buyers?

We offer a single location to search the entire MLS via interactive maps.   You can search by neighborhood, zip code or even draw your own search area.  Buyers can quickly save, share and compare properties of interest.   Moreover, buyers can save a search and our system will automatically perform their search daily and send them new listings matching their criteria.

Another great feature for buyers is our real estate RSS feeds which offers MLS listings in RSS format for neighborhoods, zip codes, price ranges and property types.

Then of course, there’s our mobile application which enables you to search real estate on the go using GPS technology.

How can Washington, DC home sellers benefit from M Squared?

We hands-down provide DC sellers with the most robust, complete marketing offerings for real estate.   Every property is unique and it all starts with understanding a property’s identity. From here, we create a custom online, print and video campaign to best market the property.

Visit M Squared on the Web at http://msqrealty.com


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Bravery Corporation, Formerly 360JMG, Rolls Out Comprehensive Re-Brand http://www.dccityblog.com/bravery-corporation-rebrand/ http://www.dccityblog.com/bravery-corporation-rebrand/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2011 08:00:22 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1464 (Bravery Corporation via DC City Blog) – Bravery Corporation, a leading Washington, DC-based digital and public relations firm formerly known as 360jmg, recently launched a comprehensive re-branding campaign, along with a digitally enhanced new website, www.braverycorp.com. Bravery Corporation is a full-service agency that specializes in public relations, brand strategy and execution, digital and social media, advertising, and design.

With a diverse roster of clients, Bravery services restaurant, real estate, consumer, and government clients. Some of the firm’s current clients include Buddha-Bar, Douglas Development, Akridge, CSX, Destination DC, Chinatown Coffee Co., and DC Public Schools.

One of Bravery Corporation’s core principles is ensuring that message and strategy are tightly integrated with advanced technology. According to Bravery Corporation’s CEO Max Brown, “Technology is the driving approach in the digital age, but how all the communication pieces fit together is too often overlooked by industry professionals – usually because they don’t understand the technology available to help their clients. By combining creative messaging with technology, we provide our clients with the best solutions to help them meet their unique goals, irrespective of platform.”

Bravery Corporation’s cutting-edge website highlights the firm’s diverse capabilities, experienced staff, and past and current client work. The website features a “Brainfeed,” a real-time tool used by Bravery Corporation’s staff to post articles on industry topics, from public relations and marketing to art, design, and digital innovation. The Brainfeed links to the firm’s Twitter account, @BraveryCorp, and the Bravery Corporation Facebook page.

Additionally, Bravery Corporation’s charity-focused microsite Project Oxpeck, www.projectoxpeck.com, allows users to select and support a charity of their choice, and share this opportunity with friends via multiple new media vehicles. Through this customized annual giving program, Bravery Corporation pledges to donate to the charity that accrues the most points at the end of the year, based on the number of times their charity of choice has been shared.

Brown explains, “The mission of Project Oxpeck is to use technology to help people target philanthropy and have some fun along the way.”

For more information, visit:


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Kira Bates
Account Director

Alexandra Ludmer
Account Manager

Washington, DC-based digital and public relations firm rolls out comprehensive re-brand and launches new website, www.braverycorp.com, and new customized, online annual giving program, www.projectoxpeck.com

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Cherry Weekend in DC http://www.dccityblog.com/cherry-weekend-in-dc/ http://www.dccityblog.com/cherry-weekend-in-dc/#respond Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:31:41 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1462 (Cherry Weekend via DC City Blog) – Cherry Weekend is a high-energy weekend dance benefit with many social events and an all-night dance party that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Funds generated from the events benefit a number of local nonprofits. For more information visit our website, http://www.cherryfund.org/events.shtml.

Events include the following:

Thursday, March 31st / 10:00pm-2:30am / Cobalt / 1639 R Street, NW / No Cover

Start your engines as we go into overdrive with DJ Randy Bettis, the DJ/producer of the award wining Gay Days Tour. Randy has remixed some of the hottest artists and will be sure to please any dance floor with his signature hits. Joining him is local favorite dj Jason Horswill. Jason can be seen around town serving it up at many of DC’s most talked about events. Rounding out this evening is none other than Cobalt’s own fiesty Lena Lett, Cobalt’s Thursday Night Host.

Sponsors: Cobalt, Pink Banana Media, Centaur Music

FASHION An Evening of Fashion w/ Local Designer Andrew Nowell
Friday, April 1st / 2:00pm-8:00pm / Caramel Boutique / 1603 U Street, NW / No Cover

Mix & mingle with the beautiful people at CHERRY’s Evening of Fashion. Models, stylists, and personal trainers and DC’s own local Designer Andrew Nowell will be gathering for cocktails and conversation at one of DC’s favorite clothing boutiques, Caramel. While you there you can pick up or purchase your tickets and passes. A portion of the evening sales at Caramel will be donated to help support HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives in our nation’s Capitol.

Sponsors: Caramel Boutique


Sunday, April 3rd / 7:00pm-2:00am / Ultrabar / 911 F Street, NW / $20.00

End your weekend the RIGHT way. Gather your crew at Ultrabar to debrief about the weekend’s escapades, and have a few cocktails before being dragged back into the workweek.  So come on by and hit the dance floor one last time with Montréal’s own dj Stephen Grondin and NYC’s Sin Morera.  Each with their larger-than-life reputation requires no introduction, and we are THRILLED to have them close out this special weekend.

Sponsors: Ultrabar

About Cherry Weekend

The Cherry Fund, established in 1999, and located in Washington, DC, is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c) 3 Foundation. The sole purpose of the Fund is to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS service community. The Fund focuses on organizations combating the spread of HIV infection & AIDS through prevention, treatment, testing, and education.

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Monstrous Exhibition featuring the artwork of Jessika Dené Tarr http://www.dccityblog.com/monstrous-exhibition-featuring-the-artwork-of-jessika-dene-tarr/ http://www.dccityblog.com/monstrous-exhibition-featuring-the-artwork-of-jessika-dene-tarr/#respond Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:53:19 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1459 (Jessika Dené Tarr via DC City Blog) – Emerging from the dark yet whimsical world of children’s literature, Jessika Dené Tarr’s exhibition Monstrous features works that are both narrative and theatrical.  Just as German story books combine dark and provocative themes with seemingly innocent illustrations, her works contain a tension between content and style. Examining many branches and symptoms of fear, each piece deals with a specific monstrosity, whether it be an inner demon or outer evil. From phobias and the Uncanny to distrust and envy, each work draws inspiration from a variety of sources, both personal and fictional. While overtly signifying fear itself, much of her imagery alludes to the subconscious and collective fantastical, exploring the aesthetics of surrealism and dreams.

Come along to Hillyer Art Space on the evening of Wednesday, February 16th (7pm) to hear Jessika speak about her new body of work Monstrous. Jessika will also be showing a short film which displays the creative process behind the large-scale (20ft x 3.5ft) piece in the show, “As lost as a handful of passengers in a great, drifting ship.”

For more information visit http://www.jessikatarr.com

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Buddha-Bar DC Announces New Executive Chef http://www.dccityblog.com/buddha-bar-dc-announces-new-executive-chef/ http://www.dccityblog.com/buddha-bar-dc-announces-new-executive-chef/#respond Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:23:06 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1456 (Buddha Bar via DC City Blog) – Buddha-Bar DC today announced new Executive Chef Simon Volante has joined the restaurant. Chef Simon Volante’s extensive experience with Asian-fusion cuisine makes him a strong asset to the highly-acclaimed restaurant and lounge.

Chef Volante, who trained in his native England before moving to the United States, most recently served as Executive Chef at the celebrated RED Restaurant & Bar in Los Angeles, located at the 4 Diamond resort, Pacific Palms Resort & Spa. Chef Volante successfully created and launched the Asian-fusion dining concept, prompting Los Angeles Times to call RED Restaurant & Bar “A Real Hidden Gem.”

Prior to his position at RED, Chef Volante created culinary magic at many of the world’s top boutique resorts and restaurants in London, Boston, Beverly Hills, Vail, Sedona, and Washington, DC. His inventive cuisine is focused on high-quality, fresh meats and seafood, as well as locally-grown produce.

Buddha-Bar DC co-owner Mikhail Don heartily welcomes the new chef, stating, “Chef Volante is a natural fit to lead Buddha-Bar DC’s culinary team, and we are thrilled that he accepted our offer. You can expect inspiring things from us this year, as I’m confident that Chef Volante will take our innovative, fresh cuisine to even greater heights.”

Already familiar with Washington, DC’s dining culture, Chef Volante served as Sous Chef at Aquarelle and Jeffrey’s restaurants in the former Swissôtel within DC’s Watergate; Lead Cook at The Jefferson Hotel; and First Cook at The Willard Room Restaurant. Chef Volante is excited about returning to the District and making his own mark on DC’s vibrant restaurant scene.

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Living Social and Target Sign Leases with Douglas Development http://www.dccityblog.com/living-social-and-target-sign-leases-with-douglas-development/ http://www.dccityblog.com/living-social-and-target-sign-leases-with-douglas-development/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:46:22 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1453 (DC City Blog) – Douglas Development just announced that both Living Social and Target have signed leases for Douglas Development-owned properties in Washington, DC’s Chinatown. The quickly expanding DC-based online coupon website Living Social will occupy 12,500 square feet at 718 Seventh Street, NW. Around the corner, Target will occupy 5,500 square feet in the new class A trophy building at 1155 F Street, NW.

Living Social currently has offices in two other Douglas Development-owned properties; the company occupies more than 10,000 square feet at 829 Seventh Street, NW, and 12,500 square feet at 702 H Street, NW. Its third office is under construction and will be completed by late January 2011.

Douglas Development’s Executive Vice President/Principal Norman Jemal recently commented on Living Social’s multiple offices in an interview with Washington Business Journal, explaining, “being next door and across the street from one another gives it an urban campus environment.” Jemal continues, “Access to the metro is great and it really delivers the kind of environment that they’re looking for.”

Additionally, Target has chosen to relocate its government affairs office to the newly constructed trophy quality building at 1155 F Street, NW, where Target will occupy 5,500 square feet. Target is the latest addition to the building, which is occupied predominantly by government affairs, healthcare, and law offices, including Novo Nodisk, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Intel, Home Depot, and Facebook. The building’s unbeatable location and high-end mix of retail and office tenants make 1155 F Street, NW one of the hottest addresses in the District.


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Kira Bates
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Washington National Opera Presents “Songs for the Unsung,” a Free Performance December 9 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home http://www.dccityblog.com/washington-national-opera-presents-songs-for-the-unsung-a-free-performance-december-9-at-the-armed-forces-retirement-home/ http://www.dccityblog.com/washington-national-opera-presents-songs-for-the-unsung-a-free-performance-december-9-at-the-armed-forces-retirement-home/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:54:53 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1450 Washington National Opera via DC City Blog) – Washington National Opera (WNO) will present Songs for the Unsung, a free public concert, on Thursday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. at the historic Armed Forces Retirement Home. Songs for the Unsung will feature original musical works inspired by the personal memories of American war veterans. The concert is presented in collaboration with Double Nickels Theatre Company and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Event details are below.

Through live music and performance, “Songs for the Unsung” preserves the memories of those who served in the military from World War II to the Vietnam Conflict. Over the course of several months, retired military veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home shared their stories with the Double Nickels Theatre Company, a company that specializes in “reminiscence theatre.” The Double Nickels team turned to the artists at Washington National Opera to turn the stories into an operatic concert, garnering the power of music and the human voice to tell these Veterans’ moving, personal stories.  Songs for the Unsung breathes new life into seminal American experiences spanning more than 90 years and uses the performing arts to reinvigorate communication across generations and cultures.

Songs for the Unsung continues WNO’s commitment to serving diverse communities throughout the region, using the art of opera to inspire, entertain and educate both on and off the stage. Similarly, Double Nickels Theatre Company harnesses the rich stories of senior citizens’ well-lived lives and turns them into art. Recognizing the military’s integral role in the broader Washington, D.C. community, WNO and Double Nickels Theatre Company partner for the first time with Songs for the Unsung, amplifying both organizations’ community outreach initiatives.

Performers include tenor Jesús Hernandez, a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist as well as an Iraq War veteran. Joining him onstage are sopranos Jennifer Waters, Joyce Lundy and Alia Waheed. Songs and lyrics are written by WNO artist Tom Minter.

WHAT: Songs for the Unsung
A free concert performance celebrating the legacy of military veterans

WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Armed Forces Retirement Home
3700 North Capitol Retirement Home
Washington, DC 20011-8400
(Entrance: Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road, NW)

WHO: Residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington National Opera, Double
Nickels Theatre Company

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

Double Nickels, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) reminiscence theater company with a vision towards connecting members of the senior population to the larger community through the power of theater, while harnessing the rich stories of their well-lived lives. The Double Nickels Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by Antoinette Ford as a way of encouraging seniors to stay actively involved with their communities, youth and people of differing cultures and backgrounds.

Founded in 1956, Washington National Opera is recognized as one of America’s leading opera companies. Under the leadership of Plácido Domingo since 1996, WNO continues to build on its rich history by offering operas of the highest artistic quality, balancing popular grand opera with new and infrequently performed works. In addition, WNO fulfills its mission by serving as a vital resource throughout the DC metro area, bringing opera to a broad and diverse public through its award-winning education and community programs.

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Best Clubs in DC http://www.dccityblog.com/best-clubs-in-dc/ http://www.dccityblog.com/best-clubs-in-dc/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:00:35 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=214 Each year, DC City Blog announces its picks for the best clubs in DC.  This short list of venues is compiled based on a variety of criteria including the aesthetics of the venue, quality of service and general ambiance.  Here are the clubs in DC that rank high across all these criteria:

L2 Lounge – For the first couple years since inception, L2 maintained a veil of exclusivity that walled it off from the vast majority of DC.  Since bringing in a new and dynamic management team, L2 has opened its doors (somewhat) by forming strategic relationships with some top local entities such as Art Soiree.  Although L2 has done well to maintain its exclusivity and provide a high quality of experience to its members, it has really begun to evolve into more of a landmark cultural venue in DC and created a compelling reason for DC’s socialites and culturalites to come back into Georgetown.

Josephine – Josephine has been going strong for several years now and done a simply incredible job balancing exclusivity with a high quality of customer service.  This balancing act is what has helped Josephine create a loyal following and a consistently high caliber club experience.

Gazuza – Gazuza has been quietly creeping up during the past year.  Located a bit further up on Connecticut than some of the more notable Dupont clubs, Gazuza offers a more laid back, lounge experience that we have found to be more conducive to socializing and just more enjoyable.

Eden’s Lounge – The only newcomer that made the list, Eden blew up relatively quickly due to a combination of shrewd promotions and a well-timed launch of DC’s premier outdoor lounge at the outset of Summer 2010.  It will be interesting to see how the club maintains as we head into the colder months but so far it seems to be sustaining its momentum.

Spot – Spot has been able to execute a similar balancing act as Josephine except on a smaller scale (it is after all a significantly smaller venue).  Spot is one of the newer venues in the Dupont cluster of clubs and differentiates itself through better customer service.

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Cirque du Soleil Comes to Washington, DC with OVO http://www.dccityblog.com/cirque-du-soleil-washington-dc-ovo/ http://www.dccityblog.com/cirque-du-soleil-washington-dc-ovo/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:10:18 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/?p=1443 cirque-ovo-medium

When I saw Cirque do Soleil’s  “O” at the Bellagio last year, I remember thinking that this was as good as it gets.  The show has 85 acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers who are performing inside and above a living, breathing stage that includes a 1.5 million gallon pool.  The stunts are breathtaking and the stage itself is just another world.

As I walked up the ramp to the large tent that hosted OVO, I remember thinking two things: First, that there wasn’t a chance that OVO would live up to my perception of what a Cirque show should be, based on my experience with ‘O,’ and secondly, that the tent sort of reminded me of the Big Apple Circus that I used to go watch in Glen Echo Park.

I couldn’t have been more wrong on both counts.

The performances in OVO (best described as breathtaking) rivaled those I witnessed at “O,” perhaps further amplified by contrast with the relatively more understated backdrop of the enormous tent that hosts the production.  I was simply blown away by some of the feats in OVO and at one point while watching the tight-rope performer balance on one hand, upside down, on a rope that was panning up-and-down, wouldn’t have been surprised if he had simply begun floating in mid-air as it would have been in the same ballpark as some of the other acrobatics he was executing.

Two attributes clearly differentiated OVO from “O” in my mind.  First, OVO is far more interactive than some of the other Cirque shows.  The distance between performer and audience is intimate and the audience finds themselves far more drawn into the action on-stage.  The show is also choreographed to be more interactive, with a great deal of audience-performer engagement.

Second, I have a feeling that OVO may actually be the most fun Cirque show I’ve seen.  In contrast to “O,” where comedy serves to provide the audience with a break to catch their breath between dramatic performances, comedy in OVO is an intrinsic characteristic of the narrative fabric itself.  The musical and dance performances are heavily influenced by both Samba and Bossa Nova (not surprising considering the show itself is created and directed by Brazilian dancer/choreographer Deborah Colker) and certain sets make you want to stand up and dance.  In all, OVO might actually be the most family and child-friendly Cirque currently out there.

If you haven’t been yet, you should hurry up.  It’s only running for a couple more weeks so book your tickets now.

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OVO by Cirque du Soleil has added six additional shows! http://www.dccityblog.com/ovo-by-cirque-du-soleil-has-added-six-additional-shows/ http://www.dccityblog.com/ovo-by-cirque-du-soleil-has-added-six-additional-shows/#respond Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:25:29 +0000 http://www.dccityblog.com/ovo-by-cirque-du-soleil-has-added-six-additional-shows Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production OVO has hit Washington, DC, and friends of DCCityBlog.com can receive first access to these additional shows with an exclusive discount!  OVO is now performing for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at The Plateau at National Harbor. OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy & movement.  To get your tickets to the hottest show this fall click here.

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