View Post

Washington DC Summer Is In Bloom At Whyte House Monograms

Washington DC is beautiful any time of year, but it is especially glorious during the spring and summer months. Not only is the weather warm and sunny, but local vendors embody the spirit of the season in more ways than one. No where was summer more in bloom than at Whyte House Monograms, located in the luxurious Chevy Chase neighborhood. Their shop is brightly colored and inviting, with a seemingly endless number of apparel, accessories, travel, home and entertainment products just waiting to be personalized.

View Post

The Hospitality Industry Guide To Managing Online Customer Reviews

Since opening in 2012, Ballston’s A-Town Bar & Grill has been the area’s go-to spot for happy hour, game watches, and scandalously fun Sunday Funday brunch bashes. Their reputation for throwing over-the-top parties (for the most part) isn’t exaggerated, leaving them open to mixed reviews – some of which are blunt, rude and downright negative. One could never mistake management, specifically owner Scott Parker, for not caring or taking action. This is evident throughout his determined dedication to managing the venue’s Yelp Business Page and responding to virtually every customer along the way. While there are several things that make A-Town Bar & Grill (as well as his many other venues and concepts) successful, in terms of brand strategy, this is undoubtedly one of the most effective pieces of the marketing puzzle.

View Post

Dreams For Kids DC and Washington Redskins Host Charity Football Clinic

There is little the District Maven team loves more than working with our clients for a good cause. (Other than really great marketing, of course!) That’s why we were so excited to be the photographers last Saturday at the 2018 Dreams For Kids DC Football Recess clinic, co-hosted with the Washington Redskins and Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Hosted at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA, this adaptive clinic brought together professional players and children with physical and developmental disabilities to play together and have fun in the sun!

View Post

Newest Hospitality Client To District Maven Family: Bar Bao in Arlington, VA

Spring is in full bloom and it is that time of year where new beginnings just feel… right. In the spirit of the season, we’re excited to have some of our newest clients open for business and hit the ground running! The most recent of late: Bar Bao, an Asian Fusion concept located in the heart of Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. The venue is the latest brainchild of The Social Restaurant Group, who also owns Pamplona across the patio as well as Provision 14 and The Prospect located in Washington, DC.

View Post

Takoda DC Takes Over As Newest It Restaurant & Beer Garden In Shaw

Whenever a client opens a new venue, it is always an exciting but busy week. Last week, was insane — I had two new restaurants open in the Washington D.C. area! In addition to Don Taco in Old Town Alexandria, the latest to open its doors is Takoda DC. Located on the north-end of DC’s trendy Shaw neighborhood, this bilevel restaurant and beer garden pays a considerable amount of attention to detail. Examples of seen not only in the deliberately decorated exposed brick walls and delicately tiled bar on the rooftop, but also in the menu and staff as well. (They only serve Sriracha-infused ketchup and their entire staff dons Converse chucks.) From the two guys who brought the District The Huxley, I’d expect nothing less. And from the hoards of press coverage on Takoda (here, here, here and here) it seems like Washingtonians agree.

View Post

New Old Town Alexandria Taco & Tequila Spot Open For Business

Excited to announce that today is the official opening of Don Taco, my newest client to hit the Northern Virginia restaurant scene. Located on historic King Street in Old Town, this Alexandria taco and tequila bar is expected to be a closely related sister restaurant to their hugely popular and A-Town Bar & Grill in North Arlington. Given the repeated success of this hospitality group, one would have no doubts that Don Taco (and the heavily anticipated in Rosslyn) would be equally as successful.