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Bluestone Lane, and its ‘Avocado Smash,’ come to Capitol Riverfront

WASHINGTON — Australian-influenced coffee and cafe chain Bluestone Lane will open its third D.C. location at Capitol Riverfront this fall.

The new location will be in developer Skanska’s 99M, a 234,000-square-foot office building at the corner of First and M Streets, SE. It will be part of the building’s 11,000 square feet of ground floor restaurant and retail space.

The New York-based Bluestone Lane has several dozen locations mostly in New York and California. Its other D.C. locations are in Georgetown and the West End.

In addition to its gourmet coffees, Bluestone Lane is popular with fans for its cold-pressed juices, organic teas and healthy breakfast items. Its signature dish, the “Classic Avocado Smash,” is served on multigrain toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts and olive oil.

“We are very excited to become a new local for the Capitol Riverfront community. We’ve had a lot of interest in Bluestone Lane from residents moving into the area, and 99M is the perfect fit for us,” said Nicholas Stone, founder and CEO of Bluestone Lane.

Bluestone Lane joins about 50 cafes and restaurants in the Capitol Riverfront area.

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‘Bio-center’ planned for downtown Bethesda

WASHINGTON — Developers StonebridgeCarras and the Donohoe Cos. will jointly develop a bio-center in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, to attract life sciences companies to the new co-locating facility.

The 175,000 square foot Bethesda Bio building will be developed at 8280 Wisconsin Avenue.

The building will focus its commercial space on bringing life sciences companies to the Bethesda Central Business District.

“The Bethesda Central Business District has continued to demonstrate its great success in attracting a wide range of companies to its premier mixed-use environment,” said Douglas Firstenberg, principal with StonebridgeCarras.

“It represents one of the most attractive untapped markets to locate life sciences near two world-class institutions — the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Medical Center,” Firstenberg said.

The purpose of the building will be to meet the need for premier lab space.

Already 75 percent of the commercial lab space in the D.C. region is located in Montgomery County’s I-270 corridor.

“One of the greatest challenges to continue the growth of Montgomery County’s outstanding Bio market is quantity and quality of commercial lab space,” said David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

“The development … allows Montgomery County to compete with other urban markets such as Cambridge in Boston and the East Bay in San Francisco to provide an urban option located next to the largest support and driver of bio research in the world at NIH.”

The developers have begun the approval process and expect to begin construction in the third quarter of 2019, with the building completed in the summer of 2021.

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Virginia tourism hit $25 billion in 2017

WASHINGTON — Tourism in Virginia continues booming.

The tourism industry, the state’s fifth-largest employer, reached $25 billion in revenue in 2017. That’s a 4.4 percent increase over 2016, according to new statewide data released Tuesday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said tourism in Virginia supported 232,000 jobs last year, a 1.1 percent increase.

Overall, the industry provided $1.73 billion in state and local revenue, up 2.8 percent.

Domestic visitors spent $68 million a day in Virginia last year, the state said.

The tourism industry in Virginia was responsible for $5.9 billion in payroll income last year, up 4.8 percent from 2016.

“Our tourism industry is an important and vital component of economic growth and job creation in Virginia,” said Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “As the tourism sector continues to grow and new product is developed, our communities across the state become even more dynamic and vibrant.”

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is sticking to its “Virginia is for Lovers” marketing brand, which marks its 50th anniversary next year.

Virginia is for Lovers is the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country.

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The College Board expands Reston HQ, adds jobs

WASHINGTON — The College Board will keep its Reston Town Center headquarters, lease more space and hire additional employees after getting a grant from Virginia.

The nonprofit, founded in 1900 to broaden access to higher education, has more than 600 employees at its Reston headquarters, at 11955 Democracy Drive. It will lease an additional 74,000 square feet, and create 120 additional jobs.

Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $750,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund as part of the expansion.

Fairfax County has been on a headquarters expansion roll this year.

In March, MicroStrategy opted to stay in Tysons Corner and to add 300 jobs to its headquarters there.

Tysons-based software maker Cvent Inc. announced in April it would lease additional space to expand its Tysons headquarters and increase the size of its workforce by 35 percent, including the addition of hundreds of jobs in Washington.

Reston-based software maker Appian Corporation also announced in April it would keep its headquarters in Northern Virginia and add hundreds of jobs, by moving to the former Gannett Co. headquarters on Jones Branch Drive in McLean.

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Lidl now delivers in Northern Virginia

WASHINGTON — Lidl, the Washington area’s newest discount grocer, now delivers in Northern Virginia.

Lidl has partnered with online grocery delivery company Shipt for home deliveries from Lidl stores in Ashburn, Manassas, Woodbridge and Fredericksburg.

The Shipt model is based on an annual membership fee with free delivery for orders over $35. The Shipt membership fee is normally $99 a year. It says new Shipt members who sign up for Lidl delivery in Northern Virginia will receive an annual membership for $49.

Through its partnership with Northern Virginia Lidl stores, shoppers can choose a one-hour delivery window, note preferences, and pay for their order, all within the Shipt app. Shipt’s shoppers select, bag and delver items.

Shipt is also hiring more shoppers in the area.

Rival Aldi notes on its website that home delivery is “coming soon” to the Washington area through a partnership with Shipt rival Instacart.

Lidl, which has thousands of stores in Europe, began its Washington area expansion last year and in 2015, picked Crystal City for its North American headquarters, where it employs more than 700. It also has distribution centers in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and Cecil County, Maryland.

Lidl has said it plans more than 100 stores on the East Coast eventually.

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Himitsu’s Kevin Tien makes Food & Wine ‘Best New Chefs’ list

WASHINGTON — It’s been a good year for D.C. chef Kevin Tien, as far as accolades go.

The 31-year-old chef, whose popular Japanese restaurant in Petworth, Himitsu, opened two years ago, has been named one of 10 “Best New Chefs 2018” by Food & Wine Magazine.

Tien was also a finalist this year for a James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award, though he lost the award to Camille Cogswell of Philadelphia restaurant Zahav.

The D.C. area did have one James Beard Award winner this year. Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney in Shaw, received the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.

Food & Wine calls its Best New Chefs list an annual list of the most innovative and up-and-coming epicurean talent in the country.

Past winners over the list’s 30 year history have included Thomas Keller, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Symon and David Chang.

“For 30 years, Food & Wine has highlighted the country’s most brilliant, talented, and up-and-coming chefs for pushing their cuisines forward. This year’s class of Best New Chefs is one of the youngest groups to be recognized in the history of the program,” said Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis.

Monday night, winners attended Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs party at Vandal on Bowery in New York City.

The chefs will also be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine, and will be showcased at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen from June 15 — 17.

You can see all of this year’s winners on Food & Wine’s website.

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This is the most important paperwork unmarried couples need

WASHINGTON — Married couples automatically speak for each other in the event of emergencies, either financial or health.

For unmarried couples, straight or gay, power of attorney may be the most important piece of paperwork they have, specifically the “advance directive durable power of attorney for health care and living will.”

“God forbid it, but if somebody has a horrible accident and is rushed to the hospital, are you this individual’s spouse? No? Well, now you’ve got to produce the appropriate documentation that you are the person who the medical team should be talking to make those decisions,” Bill Moran, at Merrill Lynch in D.C. told WTOP.

Once you get that power of attorney paperwork, don’t just stash it in a filing cabinet.

“I actually recommend to my clients that are not married that they carry copies of those documents with them, so that in the event that somebody winds up in the emergency room, you’re presenting them to the staff when you come in there that you are the person who is making those medical decisions,” Moran said.

Power of attorney documents also cover long-term care and end-of-life decisions, and POA can extend to a wide range of other decisions that would otherwise require consent of both partners, such as disposal of real estate should one partner become incapacitated.

It doesn’t cost much to have a professional prepare power of attorney documents, and there are also inexpensive or free forms available online that carry as much weight.
If you choose the DIY route, just make sure your documents are made official through a notary public.

Moran specializes in financial planning for the LGBT community and was named an honoree for this year’s Washington Business Journal Business of Pride Awards.

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Blackstone will buy Bethesda’s LaSalle Hotel Properties in $4.8B deal

WASHINGTON — Bethesda-based LaSalle Hotel Properties, which owns dozens of upscale hotels, including several Kimpton properties in the D.C. area, will be acquired by New York investment group Blackstone Group LP in a deal worth $4.8 billion.

It thwarts Bethesda-based Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s offer to buy LaSalle for $3.7 billion.

The news comes three days after Blackstone said it would sell the last of its Hilton Worldwide Holdings shares, worth $1.3 billion. Blackstone has been a Hilton investor for 11 years. It is considered the most successful private equity deal on record, according to Bloomberg News.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Blackstone, which we believe is in the best interests of our shareholders and represents the culmination of a thorough review of strategic alternatives,” said Stuart L. Scott, Chairman of the Board of LaSalle.

LaSalle’s board and its advisers contacted 20 potential buyers.

The Blackstone acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter, though it still needs approval of LaSalle shareholders.

LaSalle’s local hotels include D.C.’s Hotel George, Hotel Madera, Hotel Palomar, Hotel Rouge, Liaison Capitol Hill, Mason & Rook Hotel, the Sofitel at Lafayette Square, The Donovan and Topaz Hotel.

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DC is a ‘job-first’ city for many moving to Washington

WASHINGTON — When it comes to relocating, there are “job-first” movers — those who move to a city primarily for work-related reasons — and “location-first” movers that move because they like the city, and will job search once they get there.

D.C. is definitely a job-first city.

“In the Washington, D.C. area, you have a lot of high-paying jobs for college-educated workers and these are the same workers who might be looking for jobs in New York or Boston or San Francisco, so they may not be committed to moving to D.C. but are instead exploring jobs in a few different places,” Sidney Bennett, at Apartment List told WTOP.

Apartment list surveyed more than 20,000 users to gauge their reasons for moving. Among those moving to Washington, 59 percent said they were moving to Washington because they landed a job here. Only San Jose, California has more job-first movers, at 75 percent.

Those renters moving to Washington also buck a national trend, and actually plan to stay put once they get here.

“Washington has more people planning to settle than a lot of other job-first places, and it may be because there are a lot of jobs that are industry specific that only the Washington area offers, like association-related or government agency jobs,” Bennett said.

The Washington area also has one of the highest concentrations of high-paying professional jobs.
Apartment List’s survey found 36.3 percent of new D.C.-area renters are planning to settle down here long-term.

Nationally, college-educated renters are more likely to be job-first movers.

The metros with the most location-first movers tend to be in more affordable, fast-growing Sunbelt metros, with 69 percent of those moving to Phoenix picking the city, not relocating for a job.

The top city for location-first movers is Las Vegas, with more than eight out of 10 moving to Vegas to look for a job, not because they’ve already landed one.

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After lowering bills, Washington Gas seeks Maryland rate hike

Westlake Legal Group after-lowering-bills-washington-gas-seeks-maryland-rate-hike After lowering bills, Washington Gas seeks Maryland rate hike washington gas utility Maryland News Local News Latest News jeff clabaugh Consumer News Business & Finance
Westlake Legal Group after-lowering-bills-washington-gas-seeks-maryland-rate-hike After lowering bills, Washington Gas seeks Maryland rate hike washington gas utility Maryland News Local News Latest News jeff clabaugh Consumer News Business & Finance

WASHINGTON — Three months after Washington Gas began passing on tax-reform savings to its customers, it is seeking a natural gas base rate increase for Maryland customers.

Washington Gas filed an application with the Maryland Public Service Commission to increase its base rates and charges for natural gas service. It said it is the first base rate increase request in five years.

If approved, it would increase the average Maryland natural gas customer’s bill by $5.18 a month, or 7 percent of the total gas bill.

Washington Gas said the proposed rates and charges would generate $41.3 million in additional annual revenue. That includes an increase in base rates of $56.3 million that would be partially offset by a reduction of $15 million in surcharges currently paid by customers for system upgrades.

Residential heating customers in Maryland have been paying $2 a month for that surcharge since 2014, which would be transferred into base rates.

The utility said the base rate increase request is unrelated to its pending merger with Canadian utility AltaGas, which is still awaiting approval from the D.C. Public Service Commission, the final regulatory hurdle it needs to clear.

As part of the merger, Washington Gas heating customers in Maryland will get a one-time $50 bill credit.

Washington Gas lowered bills earlier this year by an average of about $2 a month by passing along federal corporate income tax savings as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


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