IMAGE: The new Big Bad Woof store. Co-owner Julie Paez in center of photo. Photo by Bill Brown.
BY BILL BROWN
AUG 31—Two well-established Takoma businesses are relocating to the former Trohv space on Carroll Avenue, NW. in Takoma, DC. The Big Bad Woof and Artful Framing & Gallery are moving into two spaces next to a new Starbucks on Carroll Avenue. A third storefront space remains unoccupied for now.
A block distant, a new cafe/bar will be moving into a Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD storefront in a few months.
The “Woof on Wheels” at the new Big Bad Woof storefront on Maple Avenue, NW. Photo by Bill Brown.
After knick-knack store Trohv closed January, 2016 the space was partitioned into multiple storefronts. The international chain coffee-shop Starbucks leased the corner space fronting Carroll Avenue. The Starbucks signs are up, but interior construction continues.
The Big Bad Woof will open its new store this week. Co-owner Julie Paez says she hopes it will be up and running by Friday. The new location is within a dog-biscuit toss of their old storefront across the Maple and Carroll Avenue intersection. The old space in the Takoma Masonic Center building has a “for lease” sign in the window. Both the old and new storefronts are in Takoma, DC just across the Takoma Park, MD border.
The Big Bad Woof is a pet food and supply store. They have a second store in Hyattsville, MD.
Bianca Williford, shop assistant at the current Artful Framing & Gallery store on Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Photo by Bill Brown.
Artful Framing & Gallery will open its new space in October. Owner and artist Dilip Sheth has been in its 7050 Carroll Ave. storefront for 22 years. The new Artful Framing store will have more space for art exhibits and “paint and sip” group classes.
In other Takoma business news, Old Takoma Business Association executive director Laura Barclay announced August 31 Takoma Beverage Company, a new cafe/bar, will open in late 2016 or early 2017 at 6917 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park. The new establishment, which will occupy the space vacated January 2016 by Cleaners of Takoma Park, will feature “hand-crafted” coffee and tea, beer, wine and cocktails. Food items will include breakfast sandwiches and pastry in the mornings and “more elegant” dishes in the afternoon and evening.
The future home of Takoma Beverage Company. Photo by Bill Brown.
Takoma Beverage Company will have a long bar and open kitchen. It will seat thirty customers indoors and more on the outside sidewalk patio.
The co-owners are Chris Brown and Seth Cook. Cook is the current coffee director of award winning Northside Social in Arlington, VA.