Tag: Consumer News

Alexandria leaders say Amazon won’t quash affordable housing

WASHINGTON — Alexandria officials are confident housing prices and rental rates won’t become unbearable when Amazon sets up shop in Crystal City — even with skyrocketing rent in Seattle, where the online retailer has deep roots. “People have looked at Seattle and said that’s what’s going to happen in Northern Virginia, but we’re a different […]

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Think big, shop local: A roundup of Small Business Saturday deals in DC

WASHINGTON — Shoppers have their pick of big box stores to head to on Black Friday and prominent online retailers to check out on Cyber Monday. But nestled between two of the biggest shopping holidays, is one that encourages people nationwide to think and shop on a smaller, local level. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, […]

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Georgetown, Adams Morgan gear up for Small Business Saturday

WASHINGTON — Nov. 24 is the annual Small Business Saturday, a nationwide promotion to encourage shopping at small, independent and locally-owned businesses. The District has plenty of those. Some of the biggest concentrations of locally-owned businesses — many of them that have been around for decades — are in Georgetown and Adams Morgan. “Georgetown has […]

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JPMorgan Chase opens first DC branch, with more to come

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase has opened its first retail banking branch in the Washington area and will open several others before the end of the year. The first branch opened this week at 1401 New York Ave. Northwest, in McPherson Square. It also offered a sneak peek this week to community leaders of its new […]

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DC Council votes to put limits on home-sharing services such as Airbnb

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of consideration, the D.C. Council approved a short-term rental bill Tuesday to regulate home-sharing services such as Airbnb. The bill would restrict short-term rentals to a property owner’s primary residence and limit rentals to 90 days a year. The bill passed unanimously, and it will be up to D.C. […]

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Scooter company Bird doesn’t like DC’s new proposed rules

WASHINGTON — The District Department of Transportation’s new rules for dockless bikes and scooters starting in 2019 have ruffled Bird’s features. The electric-scooter operator is specifically concerned that limiting the number of scooters in any company’s fleet will make it unprofitable, and capping speeds of scooters would actually increase risks. In a letter to Mayor […]

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Whiskey, wine and puppies: Promotions to help you unwind on Election Day

WASHINGTON — It’s Tuesday night. You’ve done your research and cast your vote, so now what? If you’re looking to take the edge off at the end of a long Election Day, there are plenty of events to keep you busy in the area. From whiskey to wine, from trivia to puppies, there’s a little […]

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New Hilton Motto hotels have tiny, multipurpose rooms

WASHINGTON — Hilton’s newest hotel brand is called Motto by Hilton with tiny, multipurpose rooms designed to cater to budget-minded travelers who still want to travel to the most popular cities. Hilton says Motto is a micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations. Washington, D.C. will be among the first markets for a […]

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New DC studio to serve as a ‘Gouda’ place to learn about cheese

WASHINGTON — In the last five years, D.C. has lost several specialty cheese shops, including Cowgirl Creamery, Sona Creamery and Righteous Cheese. Now, a local cheesemonger is betting area residents are ready to spend their hard-earned dough to buck that trend. This winter, Alice Bergen Phillips will bring her Alexandria-based cheese business, Cheesemonster, to D.C.’s […]

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Ford to test self-driving cars in DC, bring jobs

WASHINGTON — Ford is bringing the testing of autonomous vehicles to Washington, D.C. and in an agreement, the automaker plans to educate and employ D.C. residents in the emerging industry. “This year and into 2019, we will build the backbone of a self-driving business in the city,” said Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles […]

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Changes may be coming to Airbnb-type rentals in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A move to amend short term rental rules in D.C. is making its way through the city council. The effort — which is still open to amendments — would create a scheme for licensing the rentals, allow the rentals to take place only in a homeowner’s primary residence and limit the rentals to […]

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DC native, U of Richmond student invents anti-binge drinking tumbler

WASHINGTON — D.C. native and current University of Richmond junior Olivia Pivirotto has invented a drinking tumbler that’s designed to control college student binge drinking and prevent their drinks from being unknowingly spiked with drugs. She has named the product the SWIGSAFE, and Olivia and her mother Brenda have formed a company, Thomas Point Enterprises […]

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New eatery wants to change the way Washingtonians think about hummus

WASHINGTON — On restaurant menus, hummus is typically listed as an appetizer. At cocktail parties, it often accompanies crudités. But at D.C.’s newest fast-casual spot, the popular chickpea spread has been called off the sidelines, and instead, is the star of each meal. Inside Little Sesame’s new home at 1828 L St. NW, chefs and […]

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Moxy DC hotel holding ‘casting call’ for employees

WASHINGTON — Marriott’s millennial-leaning, hip, Moxy hotel brand opens its first Moxy in Washington, D.C. in late fall — and it is hiring. But Moxy isn’t planning just job interviews. Moxy DC is hosting a casting call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27. “This is not your mom’s job interview, so potential employees should […]

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Major upgrades inside Capital One Arena are almost finished

WASHINGTON — A $40 million renovation of Capital One Arena has been underway for months, and the vast majority of the improvements will be finished in time for the Washington Capitals’ home opener next month. “We’ve actually put a lot of money into the building over the years. (But this is) the first complete face-lift […]

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Some DC taxes are going up: A pack of cigarettes will cost a lot more

WASHINGTON — Several D.C. tax rates change effective Oct. 1, coinciding with the start of the District’s 2019 fiscal year. Here’s a list of D.C. taxes going up: The general sales tax will go from 5.75 percent to 6 percent. The off-premises alcohol tax (for beer, wine and liquor bought at stores) will go from […]

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Some ‘side hustles’ become ‘full-time gigs’: Looking at labor on Labor Day

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. and WASHINGTON — Go on social media, and you can find people promoting their “side hustles.” But there’s nothing new about supplementing your income with a second job. From Maryland’s exurbs to downtown D.C., people find ways to put their skills to work. Sometimes the side hustle even turns into a full-time […]

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DC-area drivers fare poorly in Allstate report

WASHINGTON — Allstate’s “America’s Best Drivers” report doesn’t make drivers in D.C., or the greater Washington area, look very good. Based on data such as damage claims and so-called hard-braking events, D.C. ranks 198 out of 200 cities where data were studied. Nationally, the average number of years between auto insurance claims is 10 years. […]

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This ZIP code is home to DC’s most expensive rentals

WASHINGTON — Renting an apartment in the District is not cheap, and ZIP code 20037, which includes Foggy Bottom and the West End, is not only the most expensive ZIP code for rent in the city, it is also the most-expensive rental ZIP code in the entire mid-Atlantic region. The average apartment rent in ZIP […]

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Amazon rolls out Whole Foods Prime delivery in DC area

WASHINGTON — Whole Foods, which has had a grocery delivery partnership through Postmates, will now deliver directly through the Amazon Prime Now channel in the D.C. area. The District is one of four new cities, plus additional New York neighborhoods added to the roster of Prime Now delivery areas, bringing the total to 28 cities. […]

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Sips, bites, DJs and deals: Twilight Shop returns to Georgetown

WASHINGTON — More than 65 Georgetown merchants will take part in Georgetown’s second-annual Georgetown Twilight Shop Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will include sales and events along M Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Georgetown’s side streets. There will be five outdoor DJs throughout Georgetown, and free pedi-cab rides. Bars and restaurants will […]

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Problems with short-term rentals prompt DC to question landlords

WASHINGTON — D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office sent letters to 19 building owners and managers of 33 residential apartment buildings in the District requesting answers about short-term rentals being offered alongside long-term leases. The A.G.’s office says it has received complaints from tenants about safety concerns and frequent disruption from noisy and rowdy short-term guests. […]

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