Tag: Consumer News

Lowest and highest average car insurance premiums in the region

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the cost of new and used cars that keeps going up: area car insurance rates have also continued to climb. A new study shows rates have jumped about 3.5 percent since last year, and over 10 percent since 2011. And while that’s a lot, it’s still about half as high […]

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Target to fill big Tenleytown retail vacancy

The vacancy left by Best Buy’s exit from Tenleytown will be filled by a retailer in D.C. expansion mode: Target. The lease between Cityline at Tenley Center Inc., an affiliate of Invesco Real Estate, and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) was signed Feb. 11 and recorded with the District Thursday. The 10-year lease, with six five-year […]

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Decline in local farmers’ production could pose DC-area food security challenges

WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia farmers produce lots of food that end up on your dinner table, but not as much as they used to. Analysts reporting those findings believe it could be a growing challenge for the area’s food security. “Our production is declining in things like apples, chicken, pork, tomatoes, potatoes,” said Lindsay […]

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Bethesda’s Praline Bakery opens at The Wharf

WASHINGTON — Bethesda’s popular Praline Bakery and Bistro has opened a new location at The Wharf in D.C. Praline Bakery has a full menu at its new, 2,500-square-foot Wharf location, with pastries, cookies, cakes, macarons and coffee, along with soups, salads, quiches and sandwiches. It is adjacent to The Wharf’s 7th Street Park. Praline Bakery’s Bethesda location […]

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In a once-flourishing taxicab mecca, DC rides plummet

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital once boasted the highest number of taxis per capita of any city, but in 2019, the number of taxi rides in the District are plummeting — leaving some wondering if the industry is doomed. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, while the number of “one-tap” ride-hailing trips using services including Uber and […]

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Fight food waste, save money: ‘Ugly’ produce delivery launches in DC area

WASHINGTON — There’s a new way to fight food waste, combat climate change, save money, and increase your fruit and veggie intake — and you don’t need to leave the house to do it. Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco-based food delivery company that sources and sells oddly shaped or blemished fruits and vegetables, recently expanded […]

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Pizzeria Paradiso honors women lawmakers with ‘United States of Pizza’

WASHINGTON — Ruth Gresser, who opened the first Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle 27 years ago and has grown the business to five Washington area locations, is honoring other women leaders with a new rotating menu of pizza specials. “United States of Pizza: Women’s Slice of the Pie” is a weekly series of state-themed pizzas to […]

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Bradley Beal and broccoli: New health campaign targets DC-area youth

WASHINGTON — Washingtonians who wander into Giant Food stores this year will see a familiar face — or three — in the produce section. Next to bins of apples, oranges and tomatoes are posters of Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and Washington Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie — […]

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UPS brings keyless building entry to DC apartments and condos

WASHINGTON — UPS is expanding its keyless building entry delivery service to 10 new cities, including D.C., after successful tests in New York and San Francisco. Qualifying buildings will set up a system with building access company Latch, which works in conjunction with UPS delivery drivers. Once a package is out for delivery, Latch sends […]

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DC kicks off annual Summer Youth Employment program

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia has opened its annual Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment program for applications from both D.C. youth and employers who want to participate this year. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the application opening at an event at the Newseum Thursday morning. The Summer Youth Program, first launched in […]

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Breaking into DC’s freelance economy? Tips for first-timers

WASHINGTON — Whether you call it gig economy or freelancing or career independence, more and more people in the Washington area are breaking out on their own. For those newbies, reality sets in when they realize they are not only the talent, but also the payroll department, finance department, human resources department and procurement department. […]

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How old is your car? DC ranks high for keeping cars 15 years or more

WASHINGTON — Nationwide, the average length of vehicle ownership is at nearly seven years and rising, but in the D.C region, many drivers are keeping cars even longer. New and used vehicle marketplace and automotive research firm iSeeCars ranks Washington No. 9 among cities for long-term vehicle ownership. It says 11.4 percent of original owners have […]

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Amtrak taking bids for major Union Station makeover

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is one step closer to what will be a major renovation of its busy and sometimes chaotic passenger concourse at Union Station. It is part of Amtrak’s $2.45 billion investment in the Northeast Corridor, which will also eventually include faster and more frequent Acela service. Amtrak this month issued a Request for […]

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6 restaurants to look out for in 2019

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area’s restaurant bubble continues to grow, but it’s not bursting just yet. Close to 100 eateries opened in 2018 — from grand dining rooms to street-food stands — and 2019 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year for the taste buds. What, exactly, is in the works? Washingtonian executive food […]

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Small businesses offer space and breaks to furloughed federal workers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Christmas holiday is over, but thousands of area federal employees are not heading back to work — they’re waiting out the government shutdown. In Old Town Alexandria, Danielle Romanetti, owner of fibrespace, a yarn shop, knows how unsettling a furlough can be. Her husband works for the government, and she said […]

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Relief program to provide $13M for DC Water customers

WASHINGTON — A new relief program will provide a total of $13 million to help D.C. nonprofits and residents struggling to pay the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge, a fee used to help fund the District’s Clean Rivers Project. The money includes $7 million from D.C. and an additional $6 million from DC Water. Churches, […]

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Akridge partners with Chilean company to buy 1025 Vermont Ave.

WASHINGTON — D.C.-based commercial property company Akridge has partnered with Santiago, Chile-based STARS REI to acquire 1025 Vermont Ave., a 116,000-square-foot building in D.C.’s East End, from Carr Properties. Akridge did not disclose the sales price. Carr bought the building in 2006 for $34 million. It has a 2016 assessed value of $46.7 million. The […]

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Georgetown Wawa now open for hoagies; Fairfax store may be coming

WASHINGTON — Wawa opened its second urban format convenience store in the District Thursday, in the former Restoration Hardware store location at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Northern Virginia is also on Wawa’s radar. The Georgetown opening comes about a year after Wawa opened its first store in the District at 1111 19th Street, N.W. The […]

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Wawa to ‘bending’ business model to get into Fairfax Co.

WASHINGTON — Wawa opened its second urban format convenience store in the District Thursday, in the former Restoration Hardware store location at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Northern Virginia is also on Wawa’s radar. The Georgetown opening comes about a year after Wawa opened its first store in the District at 1111 19th Street, N.W. The […]

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Wawa ‘bending’ business model to get into Fairfax Co.

WASHINGTON — Wawa opened its second urban format convenience store in the District Thursday, in the former Restoration Hardware store location at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Northern Virginia is also on Wawa’s radar. The Georgetown opening comes about a year after Wawa opened its first store in the District at 1111 19th Street, N.W. The […]

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DC population tops 700K, including 9,700 babies

WASHINGTON — Seems like D.C. is the place to be. The District’s population hit a milestone this year, reaching 702,455 as of July 1, 2018, according to population numbers released Wednesday by the Census Bureau.. The District’s population has grown every year since 2006, including 100,000 residents added since the 2010 Census. According to the […]

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Closure of Toys R Us poses challenges for Toys for Tots

WASHINGTON — The closure of Toys R Us is creating problems this year for charity Toys for Tots, which has relied on the chain for donations of money and toys. Toys for Tots has struggled to fill the nearly $8 million hole left by the company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. […]

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