Tag: Consumer News

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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WTOP moving to new headquarters in Maryland

WASHINGTON — The Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center is moving at the end of 2018 from its current D.C. newsroom to a new office space in Maryland. WTOP will live in an eight-story building that toes the D.C.-Maryland border, right near the Friendship Heights Metro station. After 30 years at 3400 Idaho Ave. in Northwest D.C., WTOP […]

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Philly cheesesteak taste test: Do delivered sandwiches make the grade?

WASHINGTON — Is there any chance that an authentic cheesesteak sandwich made in Philadelphia and sent on a 140-mile journey to D.C. could taste as good as it does fresh off the grill in the City of Brotherly Love? WTOP wanted to find out when we heard that the Philly landmark Pat’s King of Steaks […]

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Own a piece of old DC: W Hotel auctions off unique, antique items (Photos)

WASHINGTON —  From antique chandeliers to an ornate 1918 registration desk, couches and flat screen TVs — items from the W Hotel, in Washington, are being auctioned online. “There is no minimum reserve. We’re going to start everything at zero and it brings what it brings,” said Christopher Rasmus, of Rasmus Auctions. Potential buyers have until 1:07 p.m. Thursday to […]

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Scammers are posing as DC officials demanding money: police

WASHINGTON — D.C. police are warning residents to be wary of callers posing as D.C. officials demanding money. D.C. police on Thursday said the scammers are calling people and threatening arrest or prosecution if money is not paid immediately. The fraudsters, often based overseas, are altering caller IDs to make it seem that the call […]

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Starbucks to open DC store with focus on sign language

WASHINGTON — Starbucks is about to open its first U.S. location where the primary way of communicating is through sign language. The so-called “Signing Store” will land in D.C. in October at 6th and H Streets, Northeast, near Gallaudet University. In a news release, Starbucks said the store format “promotes accessibility and offers employment and […]

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Student loan debt, wealth divide are harming millennials’ homeownership dreams

In our three-part special report, Money On Our Minds, WTOP takes a close look at the financial situation of millennials in the D.C. area and how they make ends meet, with a focus on student loan debt, homeownership and retirement planning. WASHINGTON — Millennial homeownership is growing. People age 37 and younger made up the […]

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