Drizly: We Bring the Party 2 You

Have you ever been to a party that runs out of alcohol but can’t drive to get more? Maybe you are hosting a party and need to stock up on alcohol for your friends and family. Carrying cases of beer, wine, liquor, and mixers from the liquor store can be a tedious and tiring process. Don’t worry D.C., the solution to both of these problems is here: Drizly.

What Is It?

Drizly is a technology company that partners with liquor stores across the country and delivers alcohol to legal aged drinkers in only a few clicks of a button. The idea started in 2013 in Boston and has since spread to 16 other major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Denver, and of course Washington D.C.

Drizly: Washington DC Delivery Map
Photo via Drizly

How It Works:

Download the iOS or Android app, or go to Drizly.com to enter your address and contact information. Select the beer, wine, liquor, or mixers that you need and add them to your cart. The process is completely cash free so users only need to enter their credit card information in the app or online. Don’t worry, you will always pay the same price as in the store; the only additional costs are a $5 delivery fee and a tip for your driver!

Drizly: Promotional Event

Deliveries typically take 20-40 minutes but vary depending on weather conditions and the time of day. If you know you’re having a large party, you can also schedule a delivery up to 48 hours in advance. No more hassle of making 4 trips back and forth from your car to apartment or home to unload everything! Deliveries can only be scheduled during the liquor store hours so make sure to plan accordingly.

Drizly: Friends Giving a Toast Outside

Another convenient feature Drizly offers is the ability to send alcohol as a gift. Simply enter the recipient’s address, order their favorite case of beer or bottle of wine, and they will be sent an email to schedule the best time for delivery!

Why Drizly?

What separates Drizly from its competitors? They provide drivers with their own proprietary ID verification technology, approved by state alcohol regulators, to ensure that buyers are at least 21 years old. Also, Drizly typically offers 1,000-3,500 different products, depending on the store location, while competitors typically only offer a few hundred items. No other competitor currently serves more cities and with Drizly planning on adding a few more locations this year, that shouldn’t change for quite some time.

Drizly: Liquor Store Blurred

Shopping for alcohol has never been so convenient and fun. Invite your friends to Drizly to receive a $5 dollar reward for both you and your friend on their first purchase. Download the app or visit Drizly.com to get the party started today!!

Be sure to follow Drizly on Twitter or visit the Drizly Blog for their latest promotional opportunities!

July 4th in DC

Independence Day is just around the corner and there is a dizzying number of ways to celebrate here in the District!  Here’s our roundup of ways to make this July 4th in DC an awesome one.

Activities

America’s National Independence Day Parade
where: Constitution Avenue & 7th Street NW
when: July 4, 11:45 AM
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Co-hosted by the National Park Service and produced by Diversified Events, this quintessential July 4th experience is complete with invited bands from around the country, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.

NoMa’s July 4th Bash
where: 2nd & L Streets NE
when: July 4, 4-7 PM
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After the parade, kick off the holiday weekend with your neighbors on this grassy field in NoMa.  You can expect live bluegrass music, moon bounces, and face painting, as well as free hamburgers, hotdogs and watermelon for the first 200 attendees, courtesy of our neighborhood Harris Teeter!  Bring your picnic gear and your (leashed) pooch, then settle in and enjoy the festivities.

National Museum of American History
where: 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
when: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, everyday (see calendar for extended holiday hours)
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There are few things more patriotic than the American Flag.  As always, the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner will be on display this weekend at the National Museum of American History, but through July 6, visitors will be treated to a glimpse of the original manuscript of the national anthem, here for a limited time from the Maryland Historical Society.  Whether this weekend brings rain or high temperatures, take a break from the outdoors to experience this piece of American history.

Fireworks

Fireworks set off from the National Mall can be seen from multiple vistas throughout the District. Here are some of the best places to watch from:

Jefferson Memorial
East Potomac Park
Anacostia Park
Perry’s Restaurant Rooftop
Jack Rose Roof Deck and Tiki Bar
Red Rocks – H Street

Good Eats

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to enjoy one of Richard Sandoval’s DC eateries, you know what a special treat it is for him to offer a bottomless brunch at all 6 locations this July 4th.  That’s right: endless brunch cocktails and inventive small plates that keep coming until you say when.

El Centro- Georgetown
1218 Wisconsin Avenue NW
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Masa 14
1825 14th Street NW
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
$39 per person

Zengo
781 7th Street NW
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
$39 per person

El Centro- 14th Street
1819 14th Street NW
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Toro Toro
1300 I Street NW
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
$39 per person

Ambar
523 8th Street SE
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Home Cookin’

If you’re planning to avoid the crowds and keep the party at your place, we’ve got some yummy recipes for you to try.  Avoid the heat of the kitchen with these make ahead and no cook options:

Spinach and Walnut Pesto Potato Salad
Turkey and Cucumber Lettuce Wraps
Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad
Zucchini and Fresh Corn Succotash
Kale and Blood Orange Salad
Homemade Salsa

Libations

Relax and keep your cool with these refreshing summer cocktails and mocktails:

Naughty:
St. Germain Gin and Tonic
Tequila Paloma
Honeydew Citrus Sangria

Nice:
Cucumber Lemonade
Ginger Lime Spritzer
Watermelon Fizz

Sweet Treats

No holiday would be complete without a festive dessert to end the night:
Strawberry Gallette
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Red White and Blue Whoopie Pies

Pet Safety

We know not everyone will have to worry about keeping pets safe and stress free this weekend, but for those of us with furry friends, we know how important this can be.  Take a look at these resources to help guide your pet-friendly holiday weekend:

Pet Smarts
The Daily Puppy
Firework Safety
Summer Pet Health

 So there you have it, now get out there, have fun and be safe!

July 4th in DC

 

Emmy Visits The Shawmut

At 2M Street, we pride ourselves on being a pet-friendly apartment community.  We adore all of our four-legged friends and welcome them as equally important residents of our building.  As the Pet Ambassador for 2M Street, Emmy gets to greet new residents and monitor pet-friendly amenities and events to ensure they are the best they can possibly be.  Although 2M Street is Emmy’s top priority, she recently took a field trip to visit our friends at The Shawmut, a pet-friendly apartment community in Northwest Washington, DC.  Here is what Emmy has to say about life at The Shawmut.

Emmy Visits The Shawmut - Apartments in NW Washington DC

Emmy Visits The Shawmut Apartments in NW DC
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Emmy Visits the Shawmut

Hello, everyone!  The other day, I took a trip to visit my friends in at The Shawmut in Northwest DC, a great pet-friendly apartment building in the heart of Adams Morgan.  Not only are cats and dogs welcome at The Shawmut, there are also no pet fees, no pet deposits, and no pet rent!  Living in a pet-friendly building means lots of opportunities for play dates and making new friends, and I’ve discovered that the fun continues when you get out and explore the neighborhood, too!

This beautiful building is situated directly across the street from Kalorama Park, a great place for you and your pet to get some exercise or soak up the sun.  The 3-acre park is home to a community garden, an indoor recreation center, a playground and open space for playing and relaxing.

Emmy Visits the Shawmut Apartments NW Washington DC

Emmy Visits The Shawmut Pet-Friendly Apartments DC

 

If you take a walk down the street, you’ll find the Walter C. Pierce Community Park.  In addition to a multi-purpose playing field, basketball court, community garden, children’s play area, chess tables and a picnic area, there is also a special space for dogs.  The fenced-in portion of the park was among the first spaces in DC where dogs could roam free and interact with each other!  The space is almost always busy, which means you’ll likely see old friends and meet some new ones when you visit.

Emmy Visits The Shawmut Adams Morgan

 

I don’t know about you but after spending some time at the park, my humans and I are always ready for a snack.  Residents of The Shawmut are lucky to have great restaurants just down the street in Adams Morgan, and some even have dog-friendly outdoor seating!  As the weather warms up, there are a few places you and your pooch can enjoy together:

Amsterdam Falafel Shop

Grab some falafel and french fries, then grab a seat on the patio out front of this great lunch spot.  This is a neighborhood favorite for vegetarians, but makes a satisfying meal for anyone (and don’t fret if a fry or two goes missing…).

Emmy Visits The Shawmut- Amsterdam Falafel Shop DC

 

The Diner

A favorite late-night eatery, The Diner is a 24-hour restaurant you’d be wise to experience. Whether your cravings strike at 2 am or 2 pm, you can order breakfast here any time of day or night. The menu offers indulgent snacks, comfort foods, and one of the best breakfast menus around. End your meal with a homemade hand-dipped milkshake or kick-start Sunday Funday with a spiked “adult” milkshake. In the warmer months, dine alfresco and enjoy some great people watching with your furry friends.

Emmy-Visits-The-Shawmut

 

Rumba Cafe

This lively cafe serves up yummy Latin-American cuisine in the heart of 18th Street.  An enclosed patio out front allows you to enjoy people watching while keeping your dog by your side.

Emmy Visits The Shawmut

 

When you find yourself ready for a change of scenery, Dupont Circle is another great neighborhood that’s just a short walk down the hill from The Shawmut.  You can picnic in the circle itself, do some window shopping or check out one of the many restaurants surrounding the circle.

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Emmy Visits The Shawmut Dupont Circle

 

I had a great time visiting my friends at The Shawmut and exploring Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle.  If you would like to learn more about this pet-friendly apartment building and availability, check out their webpage.

NoMa Lobby Project

 

NoMa Lobby Project

Our NoMa neighborhood is full of hidden gems.  A community of art and culture is beginning to emerge and we couldn’t be happier about it.  The NoMa Lobby Project is a prime example of this, with a focus on transforming vacant urban spaces into temporary homes for programming of the artistic variety.  The Lobby Project is a collaboration between the NoMa Business Improvement District and the DC Office of Planning to activate unused office spaces. Four art shows for the project have been curated by Washington Project for the Arts, with programming and food partnerships from Union Kitchen, Roti Mediterranean Grill and Uncle Chip’s Cookies, who runs a weekday coffee shop from 8-11 AM in the space.

An art opening on March 5th will debut work from local artist Fawna Xiao.  She specializes in screen printing, which involves applying ink to a surface through a screen of fine material to create a pattern or picture.  Fawna uses a minimalist approach, and is inspired by geometry and geology in her work.  For The Lobby Project, she will be featuring her Black Mountain series.  Here is what Fawna has to say about it:

[box] “I will be showing some of my Black Mountain series in a beautiful glass building in NoMa — continuing my fascination with the color black, the simplicity of monochrome, and shards. This show is organized by Washington Project for the Arts (thank you WPA!)” -Fawna Xiao[/box]

Click here to purchase tickets for tonight’s opening reception, or stop in and take a look anytime before April 11.  You’ll enjoy some great artwork and feel good about supporting your community at the same time!

 

 

 

Get Organized

New Year, New You

Get Organized

After the madness of the holidays, many of us are left feeling overwhelmed by decorations, gifts, leftovers, and the general disarray left behind.  The start of a new year is as good a time as any to commit to regaining control of your schedule and space.

Your Home

Before you begin the process of organizing, it is essential to clean and purge.  Be sure to tackle one manageable space at a time; if you decide to work on the hall closet, allow yourself enough time and energy to complete the following:

1) Create an open space/surface area to spread out

2) Pull everything out of the drawer/closet/cabinet

3) Create piles for the things you want to keep, donate, and throw away

4) Of the things you want to keep, decide what should stay in that space and what belongs somewhere else

5) Give the space a thorough cleaning

6) Decide what fits into the space naturally, then head to The Container Store or Office Depot to pick up some organizing goodies

7) Be sure to make accessible the items that you use most frequently, and use tight, awkward spaces for rarely used items

Get Organized New Year's Resolution

Tackle one room per week or one drawer/closet/cabinet a night, then kick back and enjoy your stress-free, well-organized home!  To maintain your harmonious space, follow a few simple steps:

1) Put things away when you are done using them

2) Every time you leave a room, try to take something with you that doesn’t belong and return it to its home

3) Once a week, take the time to check each space and ensure that everything is in its proper place

4) Once a month, reevaluate your current storage layout and make changes as necessary.  When your spaces are organized in a functional way, it will be much easier to keep tidy.

CityStash

The reality of city living is that you just might not have the space to accommodate all of your belongings.  For items that rarely get used but you are not ready to part with, consider using a service such as CityStash.  This resource allows you to store almost any item and only pay rent for the space you take up instead of paying for an entire unit.  CityStash takes the “self” out of “self-storage” by dropping boxes or containers off to your front door, then picking them back up once your items have been packed.  Wouldn’t it be great to send your summer wardrobe off to storage until the warm air returns?  Best of all, when you need access to your items for a mid-winter get-away, your box of bathing suits can be delivered on demand, straight to your living room.

Get Organized CityStash 2M Street Apartments Washington DC

If you find yourself longing to have all of your things close by, it may be time to consider upsizing.  In addition to proving a long term storage option, CityStash will also help you move.  Save a whole bunch of trees (and cash!) by renting their heavy duty plastic storage containers; once again, they will deliver them to right to your door.