- The Washington Times - Monday, January 14, 2008

The emerging neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue and Union Station, dubbed “NoMa,” echoes with the din of construction.

Offices and condominiums are going up, streets are being cleaned up, and now there comes a telltale sign that a real neighborhood has arrived: a coffee shop.

D.C. native Khalil Ghannon has signed a lease to open Pound Coffee this spring just outside the New York Avenue Metro station at Second and N street Northeast. The shop will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as coffee and baked goods.

The first retail lease in the former industrial neighborhood in years, according to the NoMa Business Improvement District, the coffee shop will open in a General Services Administration building adjacent to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters.

GSA built the smaller building next door to provide neighborhood retail services to the public, including ATF employees.

The other four to five spaces in the building are being leased now and are expected to include at least two lunch options.

“It’s big news for us because it’s the first coffee shop in NoMa,” said Elizabeth Price, president of the NoMa BID. “And it’s the first retail lease signed since the BID was formed” in March.

Ms. Price added that the BID is especially encouraging independent business owners such as Mr. Ghannon to open shops in the neighborhood.

The ATF building opened this summer and construction is under way on two other buildings — a 90,000 -square-foot office condominium building at 111K St. NE and a 326,000-square-foot office building at 77 K St. NE.

Ocean City takes off

The mayor and city council of Ocean City approved the beach town’s first air show, to be held June 10 and 11.

The show is slated to include military aircraft demonstrations, low-altitude flyovers and civilian aerobatic performances from noon to 3 p.m. both days.

Ocean City is co-sponsoring the OC Air Show with B. Lilley Inc., an event management firm.

“This will be a signature aviation event,” said Bryan S. Lilley, president of the firm. “The OC Air Show will be the first major waterfront show in the Mid-Atlantic region offering easy access from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.”

In other news

• Sport Fair swimming store is expanding. The store, which is a top 10 Speedo swimwear dealer, has moved to 5010 Lee Highway in Arlington, which is three times larger than its previous location just down the road.

This is the store’s third move over its nearly 53-year history.

• Fitness Together, a personal training franchise, has signed a lease to open a facility in Vienna, Va. The company, which already has 10 locations in the Washington area, promises every customer one-on-one instruction with a personal trainer.

The new facility, at 2235 Cedar Lane, is scheduled to open next month.

Retail & Hospitality appears Mondays. Send news to Jen Haberkorn at jhaberkorn@washington times.com or 202/636-4836.



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