Stars and Bars: Opening Celebration @ One Eight Distilling, 1/8/15

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One Eight Distilling, DC’s second distillery (after New Columbia Distillers LLC, makers of Green Hat Gin), will official open its doors on Saturday, Jan. 10.

But before then, One Eight will host preview night on Thursday, Jan. 8. So you can visit One Eight on 1/8…

From 7-10pm, the distillery will host a celebration for its grand opening, featuring “after-hours tours, food from Dirty South Deli and a cash bar featuring District Made Vodka and Rock Creek White Whiskey cocktails–produced in partnership with Union Kitchen,” according to One Eight.

The distillery invites us to its facilities at 1135 Okie St. NE, DC, for drinking, mingling and shopping. Guests will be able to purchase bottles from the first batches of the distillery’s vodka and whiskey. The celebration is 21 and over only and does not involve any tickets. Simply show up!

Starting Saturday, Jan. 10, One Eight will open with free tours each week from 1-4pm. For more information, visit http://www.oneeightdistilling.com.

Around Town: Free Yoga Series “Yoga with Nya” @ Union Market, 1/4/15

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This Sunday, Jan. 4, Union Market, the vibrant district in Northeast DC, will welcome back its free Yoga series titled, “Yoga With Nya.” Classes will take place every Sunday at noon at Dock 5.

The sessions, suitable for all levels of practitioner, will feature Vinyasa yoga, in addition to specialty workshops and guest teachers. True yoga enthusiasts may recognize the series’ instructor Nya Alemayhu from Buddha B Yoga, Georgetown Yoga or The Studio DC, where she typically teaches.

Nya is excited become a permanent member of the Union Market community. “Yoga has the potential to create community and bringing the practice to Union Market is the best way to achieve this kind of work,” says Nya. “I’m excited to connect with people and connect people to one another through the practice.” With community in mind, Nya looks forward to continuing to share her holistic approach to yoga with both seasoned practitioners and Vinyasa first-timers.

The DC Yogi is also known for her private instruction, including individual and group lessons, as well as workplace sessions held at nonprofits, hospitals, law firms, think tanks, universities and other businesses in the DC area.

Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to class at Dock 5 and are advised to bring their own mats and blocks. While the class is free and open to all, a $5 donation is encouraged. Preferred entrance to Dock 5 is through the stairway on the far right side of the market.

ABOUT THE MARKET AT UNION MARKET: Union Market, located a short walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet metro, is a 45-acre district that is planned for over 7 million square feet. EDENS has a clear vision to create of DC’s most vibrant, interesting, and thriving neighborhoods. Since opening in September 2012, The Market at Union Market, with over 40 local artisan food and beverage vendors, now averages 10,000–15,000 visitors per weekend and has held over 100 events. Over the last several months, the Union Market district has also become a unique and alternative destination. For more information about Union Market, please visit http://www.unionmarketdc.com. 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

ABOUT NYA ALEMAYHU: Nya began practicing yoga while living in Boston in 2004. Under the instruction of Ryan Arnoldy and Katja Brandis, she completed her 200-hour, five month-long teacher training program and received her certification from Yoga Alliance. Nya has studied with Master Practitioners Tiffany Cruikshank, Donna Farhi, Sara Ivanhoe, Chris Tompkins and Mark Whitwell. At Union Market, she plans to teach Vinyasa yoga to challenge, energize and safely lead students to their edge. Learn more at http://www.yogawithnya.com.

Photo Reel: DC Prohibition-Era Photos via Dupont Circle Hotel

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After a thrilling chase through the busiest streets of Washington, a couple of bootleggers and their car are apprehended by the Capitol police, on Jan. 21, 1922. (Original photo courtesy Library of Congress)

The Doyle Collection Hotel Group, owner and operator of the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW, DC), has restored and colorized some Prohibition Era photos from the Library of Congress to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Repeal Day.

“The vivid colors bring these images to life, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history. Many of these historic photographs are set in Washington, the home of our own Dupont Circle Hotel,” Doyle Hotels say on a blog dedicated to the photos.

As DC only celebrated Repeal Day last week, we all may recall that the 18th Amendment outlawed alcohol throughout the United States in 1919 in a ban that lasted for 13 years until the 21st Amendment overturned it.

“Throughout the 1920s, the government worked to enforce Prohibition, although those who opposed the law found ever-creative ways to enjoy a drink! Bootlegging (the illegal manufacturing and sale of alcohol) was rampant, as were stores and clubs who secretly served liquor. These became known as speakeasies, since customers had to keep their voices down to avoid attracting police attention,” says the blog.

You can view all of the restored pictures online at the Doyle Collection Hotel Group website.

Interestingly, the Ireland-based Doyle Collection Hotel Group has eight hotels throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, but our Dupont Circle Hotel is the only U.S. location.

Around Town: Grand Opening @ Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa–12/8/14

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Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa beauty team with Luigi Parasmo and Javier Calvo, center (Photo by Joy Asico)

Luigi Parasmo and Javier Calvo opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art spa in Georgetown Monday, welcoming guests to the Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa (1510 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC).

Guests toured the 2,000-square-foot spa, which offers skin, body and nail treatments, ranging from holistic oxygen therapy, acne-specific remedies and a spa menu geared specifically towards men. In a rare twist, spa clients can multitask while they receive spa services. The spa offers embedeed iPads at each of three pedicure stations, allowing people to browse the web and check email.

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