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Contributors, advertisers and friends of The Georgetown Dish gathered Monday at Pinstripes for an evening of cocktails and bocce ball. Thanks to the stellar team at Georgetown's fabulous new bowling, bocce and bistro venue, invited guests enjoyed drinks in a private room, and, keeping with the theme of the evening's sport of choice, a buffet of delicious Italian-American cuisine.
Appetizers included Angus beef sliders, artichoke bruschetta, and a variety of salads.
Desserts were served at courtside where guests were treated to a lesson in how to play bocce, and the group discovered just how competitive their teammates could be. Within minutes, the tape measures were out at all four courts.
Georgetown leaders Janine Schoonver and Jennifer Altemus, mingled with business owners Sara Mohktari and Kurt Snyder of Tari DC, POSTES handbag designer Claudine Sorel, and interior decorator Bonni Braverman.
The Washington Fine Properties team was represented by Kimberly Casey, Farleigh Jewett, Lauren Hakim, Channing Gibb and Virginia Goode. House of Sweden's Cecilia Browning chatted with economist Mark Bloomfield and Dish contributors Janet Staihar, Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Katherine Tallmadge, Oliver Devine and Don Alloway.
What makes a Richmond bond trader invest in a frozen yogurt shop and move to Georgetown? Ask Elliot Staley and he'll tell you, "I loved the business model. It's meets all budgets, is appealing to all ages, and it truly is a premium product."
Family-owned (with his father David), Elliot took some time before choosing the perfect location for sweetFrog. At the corner of Wisconsin And S Street (formerly Miller & Arney Antiques), he couldn't have picked a better spot for easy customer parking, with a bright spacious interior with plenty of room for the whole family, sports team or after-dinner party.
Since opening last October, Georgetown's newest and by far its best, soft-serve premium yogurt shop, has become an integral part of the community. From partnering with local schools and non-profits to helping raise money for charitable causes, it's all about connecting with the neighborhood. And that they have.
When I went on a sunny Sunday afternoon to meet Elliot, the place was filled with a steady stream of families with kids, young couples, and regulars in for their daily fix.
Full disclosure, I was not expecting to be impressed. All frozen yogurt I'd ever had left a chemical aftertaste and too much sugar for my taste. This one's truly excellent. They only use premium ingredients, starting with milk from California cows. You help yourself to the yogurt, offered in 16 flavors (which change periodically) and scoop your own fruit, cookie and candy toppings. No measuring or counting toppings. You simply pay by weight.
The business has gone international since starting in 2009, but this is the only sweetFrog in the Washington, DC area. The branding is especially appealing to kids, and the name is distinctive because it doesn't have yogurt in it. Scoop and Cookie are their mascots, and the walls are filled with charming children's drawings.
Starting Tuesday, just in time for Cherry Blossom Season, they'll debut 'Orchard Cherry.'
sweetFrog is located at 1737 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.338.3764
The Georgetown Dish was invited in for a sneak peek Wednesday evening of yet another fabulous property showcasing extraordinary design by the Washington Fine Properties (WFP) team of Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy.
Retaining the character and many original details, this 1885 row house has been transformed into an urban oasis filled with the latest in home technology including pre-wired Smart Home with iPad stations controlling audio, alarm, heating and cooling.
Designed for entertaining, the residences feature open-plan kitchens with Carrara marble counters, hardwood flooring and outdoor space.
The two flats each have two bedrooms and two baths, and the penthouse has a third bedroom on the upper mezzanine and three baths (one with a soaking tub).
Phase one of Logan Flats includes two flats and one penthouse. Four flats in phase two are scheduled for a fall 2014 delivery, and plans are underway for phase three.
For more information on Logan Flats, contact Kimberly Casey at 202.361.3228 email@example.com or Daryl Judy at 202.380.7219 firstname.lastname@example.org
For a virtual tour, click here.
Open house is this Saturday and Sunday, April 5th & 6th from 1:00-4:00 pm.