Taste of 8th (Photo via Barracks Row Main Street)Pineapple and Pearls, Medium Rare and other area businesses are preparing to serve food and drink samples for the Taste of 8th festival next Saturday. Each sample will cost $5, but some locals have a chance to get them for free, as long as they’re willing to work for it.

Barracks Row Main Street, the group that puts on the annual food festival, are offering free tickets to volunteers who help with the festival. Those interested in volunteering can email the group to sign up.

Those who aren’t volunteering can purchase tickets online. A single taste costs $5 but hungry festivalgoers can buy 5 tickets for $20.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. More than 16 Barracks Row-area eateries have already committed to the festival, including Sweet Lobby, Bayou Bakery and District Doughnut. The full list of participating businesses will be released on Barracks Row Main Street’s website.

Photo via Barracks Row Main Street

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Photo via Barracks Row Main StreetsHigh-end home goods store Homebody will reportedly close its location on 7th Street SE.

Homebody, which is located in the lower level of Forecast, last summer reopened its clothing boutique at 218 7th St. SE after closing its former location on Barracks Row.

The Barracks Row Main Street organization sent out an email about the closure yesterday.

“Henriette Fourcade, owner of Homebody now located at 218 7th St. SE — in the lower level of the Forecast store — announced this week that she is ‘past ready’ for a change and is suspending operations of her store in the near future,” reads the email from the nonprofit.

The shop is reportedly in the midst of a “moving on” sale.

More information on the closure from Barracks Row Main Street:

A multi talented designer and horticulturist, Fourcade has many options on her radar- and, as she points out, none of those options are as challenging as being a sole proprietor of a single-site retail store open 6 days a week.

After spending time at the beach with family and completing some long overdue travel Fourcade will decide which of many offers she will accept to begin the new chapter in her life.

Happily for the neighborhood, some of the items and lines carried by Homebody will be picked up by nearby Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street, SE, a Barracks Row retailer. At least one furniture line will continue to be sold at Forecast.

Homebody was originally opened on Barracks Row at 715 8th St, SE, in 2005 by Fourcade and a former partner. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite. However, by 2015 with the 10 year lease expiring and in search of more weekday shoppers, Fourcade decided to try the Eastern Market area and moved the shop there about a year ago.

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Summit to Soul (Photo via Barracks Row Main Street/Summit to Soul)

A purveyor of women’s running, yoga and fitness clothing is set to arrive on Barracks Row this summer, a neighborhood group announced late last week.

Summit to Soul is slated to open in June at 727 8th St. SE, according to Barracks Row Main Street. The shop will replace Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel.

Billing itself as a “athleisure boutique,” Summit to Soul has “a curated collection of eco-friendly, responsibly-sourced athletic apparel and accessories for running through meadows, exploring forests, hiking mountains, and finding your om,” according to its website.

Photo via Barracks Row Main Street/Summit to Soul

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Miracle Theatre

Barracks Row will have a new second-run movie theater and performance space by “early April,” according to Barracks Row Main Street.

Owned by the National Community Church, Miracle Theater (535 8th St. SE) plans to show a variety of major movies that have left first-run movie theaters.

Juliet Main, Miracle Theater’s general manager, told HillNow in September that the theater will focus on children’s programming.

“We’ll show mainstream movies,” Main said in September. “But to cater to the growing [number of] Capitol Hill families, we definitely plan to work in a good amount of children’s films and live performances.”

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&pizza on Barracks Row, March 26, 2015A new pizza shop likely will arrive on Barracks Row next month, a neighborhood group said yesterday.

The local chain &pizza probably will open its forthcoming restaurant at 405 8th St. SE in late September, Barracks Row Main Street said in a newsletter, citing “inside sources.” In June, the fast-casual eatery tweeted that it hoped to open its Barracks Row location this summer.

An &pizza spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Signage for the future &pizza location has been up since at least March.

The chain has more than a dozen locations in the D.C. area, including the H Street corridor.

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545 8th St. SE (Photo via Google Maps)A custom frame shop will move across the street from its current location on Barracks Row into the former home of the Be With Me Playseum this fall, a neighborhood group announced yesterday.

Frame of Mine is expected to relocate from 522 8th St. SE to 545 8th St. SE in October, according to Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the street’s revitalization. Playseum left the space after it closed down in May.

The 33-year-old frame shop will remain at its current location until the move is complete.

Another business also is expected to join Frame of Mine at 545 8th St. But a tenant hasn’t been announced yet.

“The idea of leaving 8th Street would have been heartbreaking,” Frame of Mine owner Cissy Webb said in a statement. “It is wonderful to discover a building owner who is not interested in a restaurant tenant — someone who wants to maintain the spirit of the old retail tradition on 8th Street.”

Frame of Mine is one of several businesses that are planning to leave or already have left Barracks Row storefronts this year.

In addition to the Playseum, the businesses include Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel, Homebody and Las Placitas Restaurant.

Homebody, which is in the process of relocating to 7th Street SE, is losing its space to a spinoff of Rose’s Luxury. Las Placitas, which is moving down to 8th and M streets SE later this year, is giving up its space to its neighbor, Matchbox, which is expanding.

A new tenant for Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel’s space hasn’t been announced yet. But Rodney Smith, the store’s owner, said he is set to shut his shop down before the year’s end.

Photo via Google Maps

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Barracks Row Main Street garden party in 2014 (Photo courtesy of Sharon Bosworth) Locals can sip a “Barracks Rower” cocktail, shoot oysters and listen to live jazz outdoors next month to help support commercial activity on 8th Street SE.

Barracks Row Main Street, the nonprofit organization dedicated to 8th Street’s revitalization, is slated to host its annual garden party fundraiser June 3. The event at the Amway House (419 New Jersey Ave. SE) will feature food from Barracks Row restaurants Senart’s Oyster & Chop House, Cafe Kimchi, The Chesapeake Room and Ambar.

Jon Genderson, owner of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, also will serve the Barracks Rower, a gin-based summertime drink, Barracks Row Main Street spokeswoman Sharon Bosworth said. But she declined to elaborate on the cocktail’s ingredients, saying partygoers will have to wait until the fundraiser to learn more about it.

A single ticket for the gathering is $125 online, while three tickets are $250. The party runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It’s always a fun event,” Bosworth said.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Bosworth

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Matchbox mini hamburgers (Photo via Barracks Row Main Street)Lollipop lamb chops, northern Thai salads and mini hamburgers will hit the sidewalks of 8th Street SE this weekend.

The annual “Taste of 8th” is back Saturday with food samples from more than two dozen Barracks Row restaurants and shops.

Cava will serve up the lollipop lamb chops. Matchbox will give out the mini burgers. Nana Thai will prepare the Northern Thai Nam Tok salads.

Medium Rare, District Doughnut, Spring Mill Bread Co., The Sweet Lobby, Souk and Capital Teas will have food to try, too. Chat’s Liquors also will be on hand with pours of Chateau Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classe 2002, a red wine from France.

People who volunteer at Taste of 8th will receive free tickets. Otherwise, a ticket costs $5 for one sample or $20 for five samples.

Taste of 8th, which is organized by Barracks Row Main Street, is set to run from 1 to 4 p.m.

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District Doughnut doughnuts (Photo via Facebook/District Doughnut)(Updated at 5:40 p.m.) Restaurants on Barracks Row will hand out free samples during the annual Taste of 8th event next month. But locals will have to work to get the deal.

The group Barracks Row Main Street is offering free Taste of 8th tickets to people who volunteer for the event Saturday, May 2. Interested volunteers should email the group.

The organization has yet to announce which restaurants will participate in this year’s event, but participants are expected to include District Doughnuts, The Ugly Mug and Matchbox. But previous participants have included Cava, Spring Mill Bread and Ted’s Bulletin.

Cava has handed out grilled lamb chops, while Spring Mill Bread has offered brownies and Ted’s Bulletin has served up milkshakes.

For people who can’t volunteer, a ticket for a single taste costs $5. But festivalgoers can get five tickets for $20 or 10 tickets for $30 online.

Taste of 8th is set to run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Photo via Facebook/District Doughnut

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(Updated at 7:50 p.m.) Capitol Hill children will have more than one place to find an Easter egg this week.

The Playseum is set to kick off its Easter celebration tomorrow night with a hunt inside its Barracks Row storefront. On Saturday afternoon, at least a few other groups are scheduled to host egg searches in Lincoln Park and on the lawn of the Hill Center. And the 13th Street Community Park and Garden will host its own hunt Sunday afternoon. Here’s what’s planned:

  • Friday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Playseum’s hunt, featuring “lots of fun and eggs galore” for $7 per person. Location: 545 8th St. SE.
  • Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.: National Community Church’s Easter Eggstravaganza, featuring 11,000 eggs, the Easter Bunny and games. Location: Lincoln Park, East Capitol Street between 11th and 13th streets. Register online.
  • Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.: Barracks Row Main Street’s Barracks Row Bunny Trail, featuring snacks and a golden egg that wins its recipient a prize. Location: Hill Center lawn at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and the 500 to 700 blocks of 8th Street SE.

Photos courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street

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Hill foodies will soon be able to learn some tricks of the trade from chefs on Barracks Row.

Cooks at 8th Street SE restaurants including Medium Rare, District Doughnut and Belga Cafe will participate in a lineup of Culinary Education Crawl classes on Nov. 15 and 16.

The classes offer immersion learning for beginning and experienced chefs alike, according to Sharon Bosworth, spokeswoman for Barracks Row Main Street, which is organizing the event.

Here are some of the highlights:

Shuck oysters at Senart’s — Senart’s Oyster and Chop House will run an all you can eat lesson in oyster shucking. It’s been one of the most popular classes of the crawl in previous years, Bosworth said. “Oysters shucking is just a dazzling moment,” she said. “It seems like one of those things that everyone — maybe from cave days — wants to know how you get the thing open.”

Cook a modern Mexican meal — Agua 301, the sister restaurant of Zest, will teach participants to make sautéed shrimp in a chipotle cream sauce, rice, and sweet potato and butternut squash mash with truffle oil.

Learn to make doughnuts — District Doughnut will train sweets lovers in making their popular doughnuts. “You will get undivided attention from the chef,” Bosworth said. Participants will take home an “ample” supply of doughnuts,the event website says.

Make the perfect steak — Medium Rare will give a step-by-step lesson on how to make classic dishes perfectly. The session will start with salads, move on to grilling steaks and then try french fries.

For information on prices and the full lineup of classes, see the event website.

Photos courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street

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