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New D.C. Craft Coffee Brand Plans Rapid Expansion After Signing Second Location Washington DC Retail
July 26, 2017

A new craft coffee bar brand, started by the head of a D.C.-area construction firm, has plans for an aggressive expansion in the region after signing a deal to open a second location. Republik Coffee Bar has signed on at Kettler's Highgate at The Mile, a mixed-use development at 7915 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. The coffee brand, represented by Neighborhood Retail Group, is aiming for a fast expansion across the D.C. area, opening an estimated five new locations per year, NRG principal Bethany Kazaba Scanlon said.

Pera Construction owner Talha Sarac created the brand in Ballston. Sarac had owned a franchise of Rock 'n' Joe at 4401 Wilson Blvd. and rebranded the coffee shop to Republik Coffee Bar in May. Sarak is now looking to open Republik in new developments in emerging neighborhoods around D.C with high foot traffic. It is seeking spaces of roughly 1K SF to 2K SF and would prefer outdoor seating. The independent coffee brand, which features nitro cold brew, drip coffee and a host of specialty lattes, aims to compete with other growing craft brands such as Compass Coffee and La Colombe.

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Foreign Service retiree launching downtown cafe
July 26, 2017

Former U.S. Foreign Service staffer Miranda Rinaldi will trade pantsuits for aprons this fall, when she opens her own Italian cafe, Nino’s Bakery, at 1310 L St. NW.

The downtown bakery, named after Rinaldi’s rescue dog Nino, was inspired by a three-year stint in Italy with the Foreign Service, according to a news release. Rinaldi will draw on her travels and the skills she honed at the French Pastry School in Chicago, with plans to serve handmade Italian and French pastries, desserts and coffee — all crafted on-site. She will also offer a corporate catering service.

Nino’s will boast a “bright and cheery interior,” with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the street as well as the shared office building’s lobby, according to the release.

“Nino’s Bakery will offer a sense of community to the building and surrounding area. And will soon become a favorite local spot,” Bethany Kazaba, principal of Neighborhood Retail Group — which represented the landlord in lease negotiations for the bakery — predicted in the release.

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Local journalist is opening a coffee shop/wine bar in Georgetown

July 14, 2017

New bakery headed downtown

Former State Department aide Miranda Rinaldi plans to open a self-styled bakery at 1310 L Street NW this fall. Nino’s Bakery is expected to focus on French and Italian pastries, coffee, and seasonal treats. The projected hours of operation at 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.     

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Nino’s Authentic Italian Bakery to Open in DC
July 07, 2017

DC Resident, Yale Graduate’s Travels and Italian Rescue Dog Inspire New Coffee & Pastry Shop Washington, DC (July 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Nino’s Bakery will open at 1310 L Street, NW, Washington, DC in late fall 2017. Owner Miranda Rinaldi’s extensive travels with the Foreign Service allowed her to experience many cultures and their cuisines, but it wasn’t until she spent three years in Italy—where she rescued her dog, Nino—that her love of Italian pastry and coffee inspired her to open a bakery in her hometown of DC. “In Italy, Nino loved going into bakeries as most are pet-friendly establishments,” says Rinaldi. “After years of thinking about opening a bakery, I came back to DC from Italy and was working at the State Department and decided it was time to just go for it. I attended The French Pastry School in Chicago, IL and have been working to open Nino’s Bakery ever since.” Bethany Kazaba, Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group, represented the landlord in lease negotiations for Nino’s Bakery, which is located off the main lobby of a newly renovated class A office building and adjacent to its communal lounge. Inviting floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the street and lobby were important for Rinaldi to establish a true connection with the building’s tenants.

“In Italy, Nino loved going into bakeries as most are pet-friendly establishments,” says Rinaldi. “After years of thinking about opening a bakery, I came back to DC from Italy and was working at the State Department and decided it was time to just go for it. I attended The French Pastry School in Chicago, IL and have been working to open Nino’s Bakery ever since.”

Bethany Kazaba, Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group, represented the landlord in lease negotiations for Nino’s Bakery, which is located off the main lobby of a newly renovated class A office building and adjacent to its communal lounge. Inviting floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the street and lobby were important for Rinaldi to establish a true connection with the building’s tenants.

“Nino’s Bakery will offer a sense of community to the building and surrounding area,” says Kazaba. “And will soon become a favorite local spot for morning pastries, coffee breaks and desserts.”

Working with GTM Architects on the design and buildout, Nino’s Bakery will boast a bright and cheery interior. Traditional white-trimmed woodwork, early 20th century industrial style pendant lights and vintage brass pastry displays will be juxtaposed with sleek black granite tops, portions of exposed ceiling and a “weathered” concrete floor finish, says Traci Weems, GTM Architects’ Senior Project Manager.  Half of the bakery is dedicated to the kitchen area—as all pastries and food items are made fresh daily by hand and onsite—with the other half offering display cases and a few stand-up café tables and stools perfect for relaxing and people watching.

Everything at Nino’s Bakery will be handmade—no commercial mixes or products pre-made by suppliers. Menu items will include a combination of Italian and French pastries along with a mix of seasonal varieties including fruit-based pastry. Menus will also change for each holiday as Nino’s plans to serve walk-in patrons as well as offer assorted platters for corporate catering. For more information on Nino’s Bakery, visit www.ninosbakerydc.com.

About Neighborhood Retail Group Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) is a distinguished real estate industry leader with specific experience in retail properties throughout the DC metropolitan area. Principal Bethany Kazaba brings her talent and expertise to a company focused solely on servicing the unique demands of the retail sector. From development and management to marketing and branding, the dedicated real estate professionals at NRG know what it takes to generate success for your business. For more information, visit www.neighborhoodretail.com.

Culinary Collaborations: The Rise of DC Food Incubators
July 01, 2017

A burgeoning food mecca worthy of Michelin stars and an entrepreneurial spirit that launched the likes of Sweetgreen and &pizza on a national stage make it no surprise that the food incubator trend has taken hold in the nation’s capital.

These coworking commercial kitchen spaces offer a home base to entrepreneurs interested in learning how to run a food business. They’ve helped lower the barrier of entry for those looking to put a great recipe or idea out on the market, leading to the creation of hundreds of DC-made products and concepts in the last few years.

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Sushi Gakyu opens on New York Ave Near the White House
June 28, 2017

This is the former Saint Michel space (previously Camille’s Cafe) which closed back in October 2013.

Now open to the public, Sushi Gakyu provides patrons an upscale dining experience serving traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group secured the new location which seats approximately 67 guests with an additional 24 seats outside as well as offers an Edomae Ginza-style chef’s table in which Chef Yoshi will create custom dishes based on guest’s preferences–the way sushi and sashimi are traditionally served in Japan.

Followers of Chef Yoshi know him from his successful Bethesda, MD restaurant, Yuzu Japanese Dining. Chef Yoshi has practiced the art of sushi making in the United States and Japan for more than 30 years and is known for starting his culinary career at the prestigious ANA Hotel restaurant in Tokyo.

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Sushi Gakyu Will Offer More Than Your Standard Nigiri
June 27, 2017

Try regional Japanese styles of fish and rice at the new downtown restaurant

To most Americans, sushi means rolls and nigiri. But chef Yoshi Ota is looking to introduce DC to a range of traditional and regional Japanese styles of rice and fish at Gakyu Sushi, opening downtown today.

Ota will offer sushi wrapped in bamboo or persimmon leaves, pressed sushi served in a wooden box, and chirashi (a bowl of rice topped with different types of fish or vegetables). He’ll even make narezushi, an older style of fermented sushi that smells “like a cheese.”

Ota started working in sushi restaurants in his native Japan at age 18, and used to run his own place in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood. He came to DC to partner in Kushi, the short-lived but influential sushi and izakaya restaurant, before moving on to Sushiko and then opening Yuzu in Bethesda in 2013.

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Sushi Gakyu Serves Up Rare Sakes, Chef-Guided Tastings
June 27, 2017

The upscale sushi restaurant opens June 27

Veteran sushi chef and restaurateur Yoshihisa "Yoshi" Ota is courting the downtown crowd with Sushi Gakyu, the high-end restaurant opening Tuesday just steps from the White House. Ota, who has 30 years of sushi-making experience under his belt, plans to guide customers through sushi tastings and sake pairings at the 67-seat spot.

The sleek space features wood seating, glossy tiling, and black paneling, with an industrial look hovering above. Management says the restaurant plans to transition from informal lunch spot into formal dinner destination as the day progresses.

“We want day time to be a bit more casual and at night to be sit-down and nicer,” general manager Toshikazu Morimura told Eater.

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Nino’s Bakery coming to 13th and L St, NW this Fall
June 27, 2017

From Nino’s Bakery owner Miranda Rinaldi: “Nino’s Bakery will be opening this fall 2017 at 1310 L St NW. Steps from Franklin Square, we encourage our neighbors to take a break from the office and indulge in the simple elegance of artisan pastries and chocolates made from scratch.

Nino’s Bakery is named after the owner’s dachshund whom she adopted while living in Italy. During his years in Milan, Nino attempted to enter every bakery in the city in his search for pastries. Now that he has come to America, Nino is finally getting his own bakery, which sadly he still cannot enter. So give yourself a moment of bliss and enjoy a pastry for Nino.” STAY TUNED.

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The Back Page: Kitchen Aid
June 16, 2017

The Restaurant Brain Trust Hosts Industry Event at Bar Deco

D.C.'s Restaurant Brain Trust hosted "Dining Distributors" on June 1 at Bar Deco, an industry panel and networking event organized in an effort by local restaurant community members to educate emerging restauranteurs and their staffs.                                  

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Be Clean to Open Flagship Store in Georgetown
May 15, 2017

Online Natural Skincare Boutique Opens its First Storefront on Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Washington, DC (May 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Be Clean—a natural skincare boutique offering handcrafted, small batch, plant-based apothecary items made in the USA—will open at 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC late Summer 2017. Founded by husband and wife team Trevor and Becky Waddell, Be Clean launched three years ago as an online boutique specializing in handmade, all-natural, quality skincare products and has quickly gained a national following inspiring the Waddells to officially open a flagship storefront.

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for Be Clean, which was once home to a longstanding women’s clothing store. The charming brick front shop’s interior has since been renovated to showcase Be Clean’s ever-expanding line of facial skincare, body care, cosmetics, perfume, accessories and home products. In addition, Be Clean will offer a small selection of beauty services at the new shop including professional makeup application classes.

“We are very excited Becky and Trevor selected Georgetown as the location to open Be Clean’s flagship store,” says Bethany Kazaba, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group. “Becky and Trevor have turned their passion for quality, all-natural, handmade skincare products into a nationally-recognized brand and the team at Neighborhood Retail Group couldn’t be happier to be a part of their growing success.”

Be Clean’s offerings may expand to include all-natural international brands in the near future as well as personal care items ranging from robes, luxury bath and body goods and even home cleaning supplies.

“Be Clean is a lifestyle brand focusing on skincare not just for aesthetic reasons, but as part of an overall self-care routine,” says Becky. “We’re creating a safe space to explore innovative brands while focusing on quality ingredients that are vital to taking care of one’s self.”

For more information and upcoming offerings from Be Clean visit www.becleanshop.com and follow @BeCleanShop on Instagram and Facebook.

About Neighborhood Retail Group A combined 80 years and four generations of retail experience in more than 180 retail properties in the DC area has made Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) a distinguished real estate industry leader. Managing Principal and Co-Founder Bethany Kazaba brings her talent and expertise to a company focused solely on servicing the unique demands of the retail sector. From development and management to marketing and branding, the dedicated real estate professionals at NRG know what it takes to generate success for your business. For more information, visit www.neighborhoodretail.com.

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PAMELA SOFOLA OF A BEAUTIFUL CLOSET DC SHARES A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT HER CLOSET AND HER PERSONAL STYLE IN THE MAY ISSUE OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE
May 01, 2017

This month's issue of Bethesda Magazine features Neighborhood Retail Group's client, the owner and founder of A Beautiful Closet, Pamela Sofola.

Sofola owns two boutiques in Houston, Texas and is looking to expand in the DC-market; in close proximity to her stunning, newly built Potomac home.

The article showcases Sofola's elegant, 324-square foot closet and all of its designer and international fashions; of which many similar pieces will be carried in her DC retail location. Sofola's Boutique is set to open in Q4 of 2017. More details to file.

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New ‘Spirit of Washington’ Christened
March 29, 2017

On March 28, 2017, Entertainment Cruises, Washington, DC welcomed its newest 175-foot yacht the Spirit of Washington, with an official ceremony at the yacht's new home on Pier 4.

Ceremony host Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM lead the program which included a dockside welcome by VP and GM, Entertainment Cruises Mary Rinaldo, a Presentation of the Colors by the United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, a performance of the National Anthem by Entertainment Cruises' own Jasmine Sessoms...

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Tastemakers food incubator from Captain Cookie owner coming to Brookland - Washington Business Journal
March 23, 2017

By Rebecca Cooper
Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

D.C.’s food incubators just keep coming: The latest is Tastemakers, a commercial kitchen and retail space slated for Brookland from the owners of the Captain Cookie and the Milkman food trucks and retail store.

Captain Cookie founders Kirk and Juliann Francis have leased an 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 2800 10th St. NE, about a half mile from the Brookland-CUA Metro station. The former mayonnaise factory is less than a block from the Right Proper Brewing Co. production facility and just a couple of blocks away from Mess Hall, another food business incubator.

Tastemakers will have a large commercial kitchen with cold and dry storage, as well as space for as many as eight vendor kiosks where members can sell their wares. There will also be a shared office space with a conference room and a demonstration kitchen.

Kirk Francis has been searching for the last year for a site with proximity to Metro, three garage bays and onsite parking, what he calls a “unicorn combination.” Bethany Kazaba of Neighborhood Retail Group represented the tenant.

The husband-and-wife team will spend a little more than $1 million to build out the facility, a combination of self financing and a small business loan. They hope to open in August or September.

Tastemakers will be at least the fifth food incubator in D.C. — in addition to Mess Hall, there are two Union Kitchen locations and TasteLab— but Kirk Francis believes he has a solid business case, given the volume of small food businesses and the dearth of space.

“Every time we’re at an event with other food trucks, everyone is either saying, ‘Man, my kitchen is so terrible,’ or ‘Man, my kitchen is so expensive,’” he told me. “There’s not really a middle ground available.”

Captain Cookie has been baking out of a commercial kitchen in the Union Market district, but that space is slated for redevelopment, prompting the owners to begin the search. The business, which has gone from one food truck to four and added a wholesale business and retail store, also has started to outgrow that space.

The couple plans to have an open layout to allow for maximum flexibility, so that smaller businesses can make products as easily as a caterer prepping for a 500-person banquet. Having worked out of commercial kitchen spaces for the past five years, they’re trying to address “choke points” by putting in at least four dishwashing sinks, oversized walk-ins and three different hot cooking stations.

The Francises also expect Tastemakers to be popular for food trucks, given that some of the existing incubator spaces don’t have parking. Captain Cookie will park its three local trucks there — the fourth operates in North Carolina — and Kirk Francis expects the lot can accommodate six to 10 other trucks.

They expect to be able to accommodate between 25 and 40 members. The kiosks will be a mix of members; there will be a Captain Cookie kiosk, natch, and Francis envisions a mix of other foods that lend themselves to quick service. He doesn't have pricing information yet.

As for the name, the Francises looked to honor the makers that are really driving the “culinary renaissance” of D.C.

“A lot of these little guys starting a pickle business or a Korean taco business are really shaping the trends and the tastes that dominate in D.C.,” he told me. “We wanted to reference that.”

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-Rebecca Cooper covers retail, restaurants, tourism and the arts.

Restaurant Brain Trust’s Recipe for Success
March 21, 2017

So you want to start a restaurant in a new market? Or grow a restaurant chain? Or use your skills as a great chef to open your own restaurant? So many issues, so many questions! Where do you go for advice? The Restaurant Brain Trust!

Restaurant Brain Trust is an effort by the DC restaurant community to help restauranteurs and their staffs with advice, information, and networking opportunities. The Trust held its inaugural event — a panel discussion called “Recipe for Success” — on March 7 at Matchbox (1901 14th St, NW). A lively crowd listened intently as three experienced restauranteurs talked of their experiences opening restaurants, including the good, the bad, and the in between!

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Bethany Kazaba Featured in Washington Life's Young & the Guest List 2017 Issue
March 15, 2017

Top Area Businesswomen March 15, 2017

Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group is featured on the cover of Washington Life’s March 2017 Young & the Guest List issue as well as inside the issue in a feature spotlighting Washington, DC’s top businesswomen.

With over 300 names on this year's list, Washington Life chose to photograph movers and shakers who caught their attention—with Kazaba being one of only 40 photographed for the issue.

In the feature, Kazaba is quoted, “I truly enjoy helping my clients achieve their goals; opening successful businesses across a wide variety of industries is energizing and fuels my drive and work ethic.”

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Washington Life Magazine Releases 2017 ‘Young and the Guest List’ Issue
March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Life Magazine’s March 2017 issue featuring the publication’s annual, much-anticipated “Young and the Guest List” hits newsstands on March 1.

For the first time in the magazine’s 25-year history, Washington Life has printed two covers. The first features a group of noted journalists, including Muslim American reporter Noor Tagouri, who works for Newsy and is the first woman in a hijab to be featured on the cover of Washington Life. The others are Washington Post reporter and George Polk Award winner David Fahrenthold, CNN White House correspondent Sara Murray, NBC White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, Independent Journal Review White House correspondent Erin McPike and CNN political reporter Hunter Schwarz.

The second cover features Washington Redskins linebacker Will Compton, DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and three businesswomen: Bethany Kazaba, a co-founder of Neighborhood Retail Group, Lauren Culbertson, founder and principal of Millennial Bridge Consulting and Molly Brady, director of Jet Card sales at private jet company Jet Linx Aviation.

“The two covers reflect the vast range of accomplishments of young people in D.C.,” says Washington Life Executive Editor Virginia Coyne. “It was important for us to showcase journalists, many of whom made their mark during the 2016 presidential campaign,” says Coyne. “We also felt highlighting successful sports figures and women in business reinforces that politics and journalism are no longer the only professional games in town.”

BY THE NUMBERS: There are more than 300 names on the 2017 Young and the Guest List. Washington Life chose to photograph 40 people who caught our attention this year.

The list includes 12 members of Congress. Four were photographed, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida), a Vietnamese refugee who was rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy as an infant; Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nevada), the first Latino from his state to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia), a former Marine who, as one of his first acts in Congress, flew to Dover Air Force Base to meet the body of a fallen soldier from his district who was killed during an antiterrorism mission in Yemen ordered by President Trump.

There are 49 journalists on the list. Aside from those appearing on the cover, Washington Life also photographed Washington Post Pulitzer-prize winning national reporter Wesley Lowery, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” producer Michael LaRosa and Daily Mail White House correspondent Francesca Chambers. Local anchors and reporters are also represented in our pictorial, including NBC 4’s morning anchor Aaron Gilchrist and meteorologist Amelia Draper; ABC 7’s morning anchor Jummy Olabanji; and Fox 5’s traffic and feature reporter Erin Como.

The list also includes 24 sports figures, 21 chefs and restaurateurs, 29 entrepreneurs and 21 individuals working for non-profits, 1 cast member of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Potomac” (Ashley Darby), as well as well as doctors, writers, public relations professionals and bloggers.

*High resolution JPEGs of our two covers are attached. Please courtesy “Washington Life Magazine/Photos by Tony Powell” when using images in print or on air. Also attached is a lower resolution PDF of the entire Young and the Guest List feature. Please contact us for high-resolution images of any of those pages. Washington Life Magazine is Washington’s premiere luxury lifestyle publication, covering power, society, politics and philanthropy since 1991.

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Restaurant Brain Trust Panel: Recipe for Success
March 09, 2017

On March 7, 2017, Restaurant Brain Trust hosted their inaugural educational and networking series geared for restaurateurs and their staff.

Matchbox Food Group, Centrolina and Noble Chef Hospitality Join Restaurant Brain Trust Panel
March 02, 2017

Inaugural Event Showcases Notable DC-Area Restauranteurs; Offers Insights into Successful Businesses

Who: Peter D’Amelio, President & CEO, Matchbox Food Group

Amy Brandwein, Chef/Owner, Centrolina Mercato E Osteria

Jack Sosnowski, President & CEO, Noble Chef Hospitality

What: A lively panel discussion featuring notable DC-area restauranteurs who have successfully navigated the bumpy road to their first and subsequent grand openings, offering candid insights about the challenges, delays and surprises that tested their mettle. Hear their lessons learned, rewards realized and how to create your own personal recipe for success. Remarks by Michael Sternberg, President & CEO, Sternberg Hospitality with Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group as event moderator.

Where: Matchbox, 1901 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Misc: Tickets: Restaurant vendors, $30; Restauranteurs/Staff, $15; Media passes available

Agenda: Registration, 2-2:30 p.m.; Program, 2:30-4:00 p.m.; Cocktails & Light Fare: 4-5:00 p.m.

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Media Contact: Jessica Scott

Moki Media

E: jessica.scott@mokimedia.com

About Restaurant Brain Trust: 

Restaurant Brain Trust is a collective effort by several active members of the Greater Washington, DC restaurant community to develop an educational and networking series geared for restaurateurs and their staffs. Our mission is to help local restaurateurs realize their growth plans by equipping them with the educational content and professional contacts that will be integral to their success.

Founding Members:

Elaine Chon-Baker, Mokja Ventures

Bethany Kazaba Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group

Trish McHugh, BDO

Jody Ruth, Redstones

Michael Sternberg, Sternberg Hospitality

Thousands of people live and work in NOMA, where there are no sit-down restaurants
February 08, 2017

Walk around DC's NoMa neighborhood and you will see glass-box office buildings, new apartment towers filled with Millennials and several construction sites where more will soon deliver. But look for a sit-down restaurant to grab dinner and cocktails, and you will come up empty.

While DC's restaurant scene has undergone a renaissance in the last few years, with chef-driven concepts opening all over the city and Michelin handing out its first-ever stars to restaurants in the nation's capital, the actively developing NoMa neighborhood has been left out.

The neighborhood has at least 12.8M SF of office space and 4,800 existing multifamily units, according to NoMA BID, with another roughly 3,000 units in its two-year pipeline, according to Delta Associates.

But it still lacks any full-service restaurants where workers can bring clients for lunch or residents can meet for dinner and drinks. (The only place to get beer on tap in NoMa is the outdoor Wunder Garten.) It has several fast-casual spots — including Seoul Spice, Moe's, Roti and Potbelly — but some close early at night, others don't open on the weekend, and they do not satisfy the growing need for full-service options.

Restaurants have tried to open in NoMa. Union Social opened in MRP Realty's Washington Gateway in October 2015 but closed less than a year later. MRP principal Matt Robinson said the firm is in talks with groups to fill the space but has not closed a deal yet, and he is hoping to get a full-service restaurant signed as soon as possible to activate the building's vacant frontage.

"The neighborhood needs more restaurants," Robinson said. "NoMa is a good spot where we’ve got a good balance of mixed uses between commercial office use as well as residential use that can help balance a restaurant and give it a lot of people to appeal to."

Mint Indian Food Bar opened next to the Metro station in 2014, across Florida Avenue from the Union Social space, but closed a couple of months ago. Papadopoulos Properties president Tom Papadopoulos, who has been marketing the space, said he signed a letter of intent there with another fast-casual eatery. His firm is also marketing the 5k SF restaurant space in the Hilton Garden Inn, where Watershed recently closed.

The struggles faced by NoMa's first wave of restaurants could be a sign that the neighborhood wasn't ready yet, Miller Walker Retail principal Bill Miller said.

"If you push something into a market before it’s ready, you’re worse off than if you didn’t do it at all," Miller said. "If you have a restaurant that opens and then fails, all the guys in the restaurant business are like 'well he’s pretty good, and he didn’t make it.'"

Some attribute NoMa's restaurant void to how recently the neighborhood has sprung up, with the office momentum coming in the last decade and most of the residential growth within the last five years.

"When the buildings that were built in that wave of construction were built, people didn’t build restaurant spaces," NoMa BID president Robin-Eve Jasper said. "It’s very hard to go back and retrofit a building for a full-service restaurant."

StonebridgeCarras principal Doug Firstenberg, who developed several of the new buildings in NoMa, said that when they first delivered, the neighborhood was less attractive for full-service restaurants. Now that it has become a hotter place to live, many of the prime spaces are already filled by fast-casual spots, cafés, banks and dry cleaners.

"The arrival of the restaurants is being delayed by the availability of space," Firstenberg said. "It's no longer the interest, it's just what’s available for good restaurants to lease. If you had 10k or 15k SF in good locations on First Street, you would have two or three restaurants opening as quickly as they could."

The brokers who represent restaurant users say the interest for space in NoMa is still not there yet.

"There’s nobody in the full service business lining up to open a place there today," Papadopolous said. "They’re going to look at the future projects."

Miller said with so many hot restaurant neighborhoods like 14th Street and the nearby Union Market and H Street, NoMa has been largely overlooked by restaurateurs.

When sushi chef Yoshi Ota was looking to open a DC location, he looked at NoMa and more established neighborhoods like Chinatown, Capitol Hill and downtown DC. Working with Neighborhood Retail Group, Ota ultimately decided to open downtown at 1420 New York Ave. NW.

"He looked at it and said the office density and population with the crowd that’s going to spend $50 or $100 on lunch, it’s simply not in that NoMa market," NRG principal Bethany Scanlon said. "For someone to come on the weekends and have a very nice sushi dinner, the residential density isn’t there to support it."

Multiple spaces are still marketing to potential restaurant users. Douglas Development's Uline Arena, anchored by a flagship REI, has roughly 23k SF of retail space available, including a 6k SF spread with outdoor seating on the corner of 3rd and M streets NE. Douglas marketing director Laurene MacTaggart said she expects a bar/restaurant concept to sign there, and believes a deal will get done this year.

Brokers expect the stretch of 3rd Street from Uline Arena up to Florida Avenue, where Trader Joe's is opening later this year, to be a prime area for restaurant openings in the next two years.

At 301 N St. NE, Foulger-Pratt is building a two-building project with up to 35k SF of retail. It includes a three-story space in an adapted former printing press building that is expected to be available for users later this year. Across from that site at 1200 3rd St. NE, Trammell Crow/High Street residential is planning a three-building mixed-use project with 50k SF of retail.

"There is an absolute opportunity for food and beverage there," Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors Dave Dochter, who is marketing the Foulger-Pratt space and signed REI's deal at Uline Arena, said. "We are in talks with a couple of different groups."

Multiple projects are in the pipeline a few blocks west, where brokers also expect full-service restaurants to open. The JBG Cos has signed Landmark Theatres to anchor its multi-phase Capitol Point project at 51 N St. NE, which could attract restaurants to fill in the rest of its ground-floor retail.

Wood Partners has a 5k SF space it is setting up for a restauarant tenant in the 346-unit apartment building it is developing at 33 N St. NE. The building is expected to deliver early next year, and Wood Partners director Scott Zimmerly said he has not begun talking to potential restaurant users yet, but aims to soon.

Skanska has 35k SF of retail space in the Tyber Place project it is building along the planned NoMa Meander, a four-block pedestrian promenade that will stretch through the Skanska and JBG developments. Skanska executive vice president Mark Carroll said Tyber Place has three locations targeted to restaurants with at least 5k SF and outdoor seating. He said he has had early discussions with potential users who have shown interest.

"We have gotten some interest from local chefs who have the same viewpoint as us that there is a real need for good, high-quality restaurant operators," Carroll said.

NoMa will likely be a hot topic on March 23 at Bisnow's Northeast DC Update, where Firstenberg, Zimmerly and Jasper will speak, plus principals at MRP and Foulger-Pratt.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/

Chocolate, coffee bar to open in Penn Quarter
February 08, 2017

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Café Chocolat, a boutique chocolate and coffee bar, is set to debut in Penn Quarter this spring.

The Neighborhood Retail Group firm announced recently that it helped Café Chocolat secure its new location in the Southern Building at 1423 H St. NW. In a release, the firm says the cafe’s founder, Gjergj Dollani, “created the ‘beans to bar’ concept as a place to discover and experience the best in highend chocolate and specialty coffee.”

“Café Chocolat will be a unique destination among the East End’s luxury shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment district,” Bethany Scanlon, managing principal of the Neighborhood Retail Group, says in the release. “Gjergj has created the premiere destination for a chocolate experience, sweet treat and perfect gift in DC.”

Café Chocolat, coming to 14th and H St, NW “a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee”
February 06, 2017

Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, DC in Spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

“Café Chocolat will be a unique destination among the East End’s luxury shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment district,” says Bethany Scanlon, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group. “Gjergj has created the premiere destination for a chocolate experience, sweet treat and perfect gift in DC.”

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for Café Chocolat in DC’s Southern Building—only blocks away from the heart of Penn Quarter, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House—appealing to both residents and the tourism community.

“At Café Chocolat we are creating an environment where consumers can discover and taste some of the best chocolates from around the world,” says Dollani. “And by Neighborhood Retail Group understanding our need for a unique space, we are able to bring this exciting concept to life.”

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About Café Chocolat Cafe Chocolat is a unique Chocolate Boutique and Coffee Bar concept established in 2015 by Gjergj Dollani, Founder and Chief Storyteller for the brand. Dollani has over a decade of experience in the high-end chocolate industry working with brands and manufacturers of various sizes including Lindt and Cacao Barry. For more information, visit www.cafechocolatdc.com.

Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Goldfish Swim School to Open in Falls Church, VA
February 01, 2017

National children’s swim school franchise opens second location in VA to accommodate area’s high demand

Washington, DC (February 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Goldfish Swim School will open its second Virginia location at The Shops at West Falls Church, 7395 Lee Hwy., Suite K, Falls Church, VA 22042 in Summer 2017. Franchise owners Ryan and Gina Bewersdorf operate Goldfish Swim School Reston, VA, which opened two years ago. In order to accommodate the area’s growing demand for quality swim lessons, the Bewersdorfs decided to open a second location.

“Opening a Goldfish Swim School inside the Beltway was always part of our growth plan,” says Ryan Bewersdorf. “We are thrilled to provide extraordinary swim lessons in a child-friendly environment to the Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria and D.C. area.”

Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) secured the new location, which was once home to a Rite-Aid. Finding the ideal space inside the Beltway was no easy feat as major renovations are necessary to turn the 9,100-sq. ft. space into a tropical paradise in which young swimmers will enjoy bright colors, palm trees, a heated pool deck and a 25-yard pool heated to 90 degrees.

“Ryan and Gina trusted NRG to find the ideal space for their second swim school after other area brokers were unsuccessful,” says Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Neighborhood Retail Group. “We knew the challenges in finding a location suitable for their state-of-the-art facility and are beyond excited to open in Falls Church this Summer.”

Goldfish Swim School Falls Church will offer class schedules and pricing similar to the Reston location. Visit www.fallschurch.goldfishswimschool.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/goldfishfallschurch.com for pre-booking and opening information at Falls Church.

About Neighborhood Retail Group
A combined 80 years and four generations of retail experience in more than 180 retail properties in the DC area has made Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) a distinguished real estate industry leader. Co-Founder and Managing Principal Bethany Kazaba brings her talent and expertise to a company focused solely on servicing the unique demands of the retail sector. From development and management to marketing and branding, the dedicated real estate professionals at NRG know what it takes to generate success for your business. For more information, visit www.neighborhoodretail.com.

About Goldfish Swim School
Founded in 2006 in Birmingham, MI, Goldfish Swim School offers state-of-the art swimming facilities dedicated to teaching children as early as four months how to swim. Each location offers a 90-degree pool with class sizes of no more than four children to one swim instructor. Children progress through a series of perpetual swimming lessons, graduating to higher levels of difficulty as swimming skills are mastered. Goldfish also offers special events including birthday parties, family swim, accelerated Jump Start Clinics and a Recreational Swim Team. For more information please visit www.goldfishswimschool.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD RETAIL GROUP, LEADER IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE, ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS
November 21, 2016

Growing Team of Retail Strategy Associates Increases Firm’s Landlord and Tenant Representation Services

Washington, DC (November 2016) --- Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a commercial real estate leader specializing in the unique challenges of the retail sector, recently announced its addition of two retail strategy associates, Kristen Page Emond and Dana Susan Nebinski, to support the company’s ever-expanding client base.

As retail strategy associates, both Emond and Nebinski will aid in market and site analysis, site selection and transaction management, lease negotiations, business development and participate in the creation of financial analysis for retail tenants and landlords.

A New England native, Emond attended New York University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Fine Art and Italian. In 2014 she relocated to Washington DC to attend Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, focusing on public policy and brand management. While attending Georgetown, Emond was introduced to NRG and began interning with the firm. Now recipient of an MBA and licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland, Emond brings a creative marketing and analytical skill set to the NRG team.

Nebinski grew up in Great Falls, VA and attended the University of South Carolina where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism and a minor in Psychology. Prior work experience with real estate firms Transwestern and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank fueled her passion for exploring groundbreaking retail concepts. Nebinski is a licensed real estate salesperson in both Washington, DC and Virginia.

“We’re fortunate to have Kristen and Dana take on such essential roles within the company,” says Bethany Scanlon, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of NRG. “Each bring vital skill sets to fully support our clients as we continue to grow at an accelerated rate.”

In 2016 alone Scanlon and NRG will have opened more than 50 new business locations for and on behalf of her clients, including fitness facility Rebel Fit USA in Woodbridge, VA, multiple INOVA Urgent Care locations in Northern VA, fitness concept Cut Seven in the popular Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, SugarVault Desserts in Hyattsville, MD, DC Lash Bar in Georgetown and a BurgerFi franchise in Old Town Alexandria, VA. With additional mixed-use, restaurant, cafe and gym openings in the works, Scanlon and the NRG team have their sights set on transforming the Washington, DC Metro area one neighborhood at a time.

About Neighborhood Retail Group A combined 80 years and four generations of retail experience in more than 180 retail properties in the DC area has made Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) a distinguished real estate industry leader. Managing Principal and Co-Founder Bethany Scanlon brings her talent and expertise to a company focused solely on servicing the unique demands of the retail sector. From development and management to marketing and branding, the dedicated real estate professionals at NRG know what it takes to generate success for your business. For more information, visit http://www.neighborhooodretail.com/.

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NRG's BurgerFi Set for Alexandria Debut
September 26, 2016

Old Town Alexandria, VA— Neighborhood Retail Group announced BurgerFi will open at 111 N. Pitt Street in Alexandria, Virginia, on September 24. Local owners Dave Landry, his son Chris and their business partner Tim Kelly opened their first BurgerFi almost four years ago in Leesburg, Virgnia, and are again working together to open the Alexandria location.

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the Alexandria location for BurgerFi, which was once home to longstanding local pub Ireland’s Own. This particular BurgerFi is one of the larger restaurants in the national chain, featuring an impressive selection of local craft beers and wine—both on tap—and a pet-friendly courtyard patio dining area.

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Georgetown Patch Announces New Beauty Spa Coming to Georgetown
September 22, 2016

GEORGETOWN, DC — Time to get your pamper on: a new beauty spa is moving into a two-story space on Wisconsin Avenue next month. DC Lash Bar, started by two sisters, bills itself as the area's "newest beauty spa specializing in eyelash extension application as well as brow shaping and full body waxing," according to a statement. DC Lash Bar will be located at 1633 Wisconsin Avenue NW, the former home of Nectar Skin Bar. It will open in late October. Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for DC Lash Bar, which was once home to Nectar Skin Bar.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2016/09/12/upscale-japanese-restaurant-from-yoshi-ota-coming.html

Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Sushi Gakyu’s Opening in Washington, DC
September 12, 2016

Renowned Executive Chef Yoshihisa Ota of Yuzu Japanese Dining Creates New Sushi Restaurant Concept September 2016. Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Sushi Gakyu will open at 1420 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC in December 2016. The latest creation from Executive Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota, Sushi Gakyu will provide patrons an upscale dining experience serving traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Followers of Chef Yoshi know him from his successful Bethesda, MD restaurant, Yuzu Japanese Dining.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2016/08/17/dc-gym-cut-seven-chris-alex-perrin-logan-circle/

NRG's Cut Seven featured in Washingtonian Magazine Online
August 17, 2016

Cut Seven's new studio announcement was featured in Washingtonian Magazine online. The husband and wife dream team of Chris and Alex Perrin designed Cut Seven with a team-based training approach in mind; “when you bring that aspect of team in, it’s one of the most powerful and effective motivational tools,” says Alex. “When you’re doing a workout, just imagine the entire room cheering you on during the most intense moment…It’s an incredible feeling. We’re very excited to bring this unique style to DC.”

The studio is slated to open in October at the new Logan Circle Holm development at 1101 Rhode Island Ave., NW, but interested fitness fans don’t have to wait until then to try it out. Cut Seven is hosting $15 training camp workouts in DC and Arlington over the next few weeks to start building their network of clients. A list of preview classes can be found on Cut Seven’s website. When the gym opens, classes will cost around $25.

You can read the full article here

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top-shelf/2016/08/d-c-trainers-have-been-working-for-other-gyms-for.html

NRG's Cut Seven featured in the Washington Business Journal
August 14, 2016

Neighborhood Retail Group and client, Cut Seven , were featured in this week's Washington Business Journal Online. Cut Seven will be opening its cutting edge fitness concept this fall at the Holm on 1101 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Chris and Alex Perrin got their start as trainers for high end boutique studios like solidcore, Orangetheory, FlyWheel and Nike, sparking a cult-like following with their high energy pop-up classes within the District. Their program will focus on seven different muscle groups, one for each day of the week.“We’re hoping it will feel somewhat like a healthy nightclub,” Alex Perrin said. Look for Cut Seven in October, with a grand opening planned for January.

You can read the full article here

http://wjla.com/news/lets-talk/rebel-fit-usa

Rebel Fit USA featured on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live
July 13, 2016

Neighborhood Retail Group Co-Founder along with client, Beny Blaq of Rebel Fit USA fitness teamed up for a segment on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live on Friday, July 8th. Rebel Fit USA was founded by Air Force Veteran Beny Blaq who is opening a new location in Woodbridge, VA. During Rebel Fit USA's Grand Opening on July 9th their was a "Pushups for Charity" contest where the goal was for attendees to complete 5,000 pushups in one hour and raise $10,000.

REBEL FIT USA TO CELEBRATE NEW LOCATION; RAISE MONEY FOR MILITARY
July 08, 2016

Community-Based Fitness Concept Opens New Studio in Woodbridge, VA; Hosts Boot Campaign’s Pushups For Charity Challenge Supporting Vets and Active Duty Military

WOODBRIDGE, VA (June 2016) – On July 9, 2016, Rebel Fit USA will celebrate the grand opening of its new fitness facility located at 2088 Daniel Stuart Square, Woodbridge, VA while hosting an official Pushups For Charity challenge in an effort to raise money and awareness for America’s military and veteran community.

Frustrated by working for big box gyms, Air Force veteran Beny Blaq created and founded the Rebel Fit USA concept in order to provide his clients a true fitness community, offering personal training through small group sessions, boot camps and nutritional programs. In 2013 Blaq opened shop in Alexandria, VA, but quickly outgrew the location due to his growing client base. By working with Bethany Scanlon, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group, Rebel Fit USA found the perfect space for its new studio.

“Bethany was a true advocate for me and Rebel Fit USA in securing an accommodating space—one that supports both our fitness and local community,” says Blaq. “We’re proud to open our Woodbridge facility and partner with Pushups For Charity—it will be a day I will never forget.”

The Pushups For Charity challenge starts at 9 a.m. after Rebel Fit’s first morning class. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser as well as the male and female who complete the most pushups within the 90 second timeframe. Rebel Fit USA has set a goal of raising $10,000 and completing more than 5,000 pushups. Sign-up for the Rebel Fit Pushups For Charity team is available online at: https://www.crowdrise.com/benyblaq-pushupsforcharity2016/fundraiser/benyblaq

“As an Air Force veteran, the Pushups For Charity challenge is very important to me,” says Blaq, “especially knowing firsthand the sacrifices our military, veterans and their families make every day.”

About Rebel Fit USA

Established in 2013, Rebel Fit USA, LLC is a team-oriented health and fitness community specializing in expert coaching through a personalized, hands-on approach. Air Force veteran Beny Blaq, Owner, Founder and Head Trainer of Rebel Fit USA, helps clients reach their goals through small group personal training, Boot Camps, nutrition programs and attention to detail while providing personalized support and accountability. For more information, visit http://www.rebelfitusa.com/ and join the Rebel Fit USA community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram@RebelFitUSA.

About Pushups For Charity

Pushups For Charity is Boot Campaign’s annual fundraising initiative, increasing awareness of the challenges military service members and veterans face while raising money to support their unique needs. The annual campaign, which kicks off Armed Forces Day, May 21 and runs t hrough Veterans day, November 11, aims to raise $1 million nationwide, rewarding more than 500 grants to support Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, veteran housing assistance, career and education, and financial assistance to deserving hero families. For more information, visit http://www.bootcampaign.org/pushupsforcharity/ or contact Hope Diamond at 214.856.3477.

NRG featured in June's DC Modern Luxury DC
June 06, 2016

Checkout Bethany Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group's Co-Founder and Principal in this month's Modern Luxury DC Magazine! "The Avant Guard" article features other innovators including the ladies of Snobswap, the Team from Gourmet Symphony, Dadi Akhavan from NumberF, and Martin Ditto of Ditto Residential. Click here to read the entire article.

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top-shelf/2016/03/hyattsville-lands-another-bakery-tim-ma-s-latest.html

SUGAR VAULT DESSERTS TO OPEN IN HYATTSVILLE
March 24, 2016

The Washington Business Journal Online reports on the future opening of our client, Sugar Vault Desserts in Hyattsville, Maryland

Stay tuned for its brick and mortar location at 5606 Baltimore Avenue, which will feature sweet treats, coffee and an outdoor patio—just in time to enjoy the warm weather!

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/commercial-real-estate/captain-cookie-needs-your-help-56215

Captain Cookie to start culinary incubator in DC
February 22, 2016

Read about our client Captain Cookie, as featured on Bisnow.com. They are looking for space to start their own culinary incubator, to be called Tastemakers, which will focus on small and medium-size local food businesses.

WOMEN IN RETAIL REAL ESTATE - WIRRE ON WOMEN
October 28, 2015

On November 12th, 2015 Women In Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) will be hosting a panel discussion focused on women owned business in the Washington, DC market. This event will be moderated by Bethany Scanlon co-Founder and Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group. To learn more or to register to attend please click here

See inside 14th and G: Washington Business Journal
June 18, 2015

The National Bank of Washington building was featured in a Washington Business Journal article that describes the property's character and potential. Click here to read more and see inside this historic building located at 14th and G streets NW.

Coast-to-Coast Insights from RECon
June 16, 2015

Bethany Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal, was highlighted in an article found on Commercial Property Executive. Click here to read more on the latest trends in local markets as discussed at RECon.

Washington Business Journal Exclusive: Historic National Bank of Washington building now seeking retailers
May 20, 2015

Neighborhood Retail Group is actively marketing 14th & G’s 35,000 square feet to retail tenants. Read more in this acticle from the Washington Business Journal.

NRG in Vegas for ICSC RECon!
May 19, 2015

Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal Bethany Scanlon attended International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) ReCon in Las Vegas. RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world.            

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NRG at the We DC reception
May 17, 2015

While in Las Vegas for ICSC RECon, Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal Bethany Scanlon attended the We DC reception with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC’s city officials, and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed to promote economic development and business opportunities for Washington, D.C. Learn more at www.wdcep.com.

Long-Vacant National Bank of Washington Building at 14th and G NW to be Retail Leased by Neighborhood Retail Group
May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 – Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a Washington-based retail leasing brokerage firm, announced today it has been exclusively selected to represent the ownership of the former headquarters of the National Bank of Washington, 619 14th Street NW in Washington. Located at the intersection of 14th and G streets NW near Metro Center, this flagship retail leasing property is an opportunity to activate this vibrant, historic landmark that has remained dormant in the heart of downtown for decades.

With just under 35,000 square feet of flagship restaurant and retail space across multiple levels, the property encompasses nearly half a city block. NRG is currently in talks with global retailers and restaurateurs interested in locating businesses in this prestigious building.

“Our team is honored to have been selected to lease such an iconic and significant property,” says Bethany Scanlon, co-founder and principal, NRG. “We look at every listing like it is our building, and evaluate every tenant as if they were interested in our own portfolio. The 14th and G building is an exceptional property, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

Formally known as The Federal-American National Bank, the property is commonly referred to as The National Bank of Washington, or 14th and G. Architects Alfred C. Bossom and Jules Henri de Sibour designed the building, which was completed in 1926. This historic landmark features a Classical Revival façade, large arched windows, bronze vestibule and Renaissance Revival banking room with a marble entrance stair, mezzanine, elaborate polychrome coffered ceiling, chandeliers, ornamentation in classical motifs and innovative open counter design.

An affiliate of Borger Management, Inc., NRG specializes in the facilitation of lasting partnerships between commercial property landlords and tenants in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. NRG holds a current portfolio of more than 180 properties, community centers and specialty retail properties.

For more information on the 14th and G opportunity, visit www.NeighborhoodRetail.com.

Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) is a team of commercial real estate specialists dedicated to excellence in retail and commercial management. Led by Bethany Kazaba Scanlon, Joseph Borger and Thomas Borger, NRG is an affiliate of Borger Management Inc., which has specialized in property management, leasing and development of multi-family and commercial properties in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia for four generations and more than 80 years. For more information on Neighborhood Retail Group, visit www.NeighborhoodRetail.com or call (202) 617-3113.

Media Contact: Rob Byrd Griffin & Company, Inc. (202) 625-2515

Neighborhood Retail Group, Affiliate of Borger Management, to Serve Greater Washington Retail Leasing Community
May 06, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 – Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a Washington-based retail leasing brokerage firm, announced today its official company launch, coinciding with the debut of its website, www.NeighorhoodRetail.com. An affiliate of Borger Management, Inc., NRG specializes in the facilitation of lasting partnerships between commercial property landlords and tenants in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Co-founded by Bethany Kazaba Scanlon, Joseph Borger (both pictured left) and Thomas Borger, NRG delivers a complete package of landlord representation services – including marketing, leasing, tenant build-out coordination and construction services, property management, lease administration and lease renewal services. At its launch, NRG holds a current portfolio of more than 180 properties, community centers and specialty retail properties. NRG focuses on servicing its existing retail portfolio as well as future retail developments.

“NRG combines more than four generations and 80 years of experience with marketing expertise and entrepreneurial passion needed to lift retail community spaces to success,” says Scanlon, co-founder and principal, NRG. “With our visionary direction and the launch of our industry-leading, comprehensive web presence, NRG will bring a fresh approach to leasing retail space in the Greater Washington area.”

NRG is designed to offer a turnkey solution to match landlords with prospective retail tenants. Clients may access CoStar and LoopNet, site selection, site tours, demographic and extensive market data, lease negotiation and marketing services to assist tenants in launching their businesses.

“NeighborhoodRetail.com will act as portal to our cutting-edge approach to retail and community development,” says Scanlon. “We also provide services to assist clients in identifying ideal retail locations for new and growing businesses.”

NRG is a licensee of the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission, the Maryland Real Estate Commission, the Virginia Real Estate Commission and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Property Management Association (PMA).

For more information on NRG and its retail opportunities, visit www.NeighborhoodRetail.com.

Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG) is a team of commercial real estate specialists dedicated to excellence in retail and commercial management. Led by Bethany Kazaba Scanlon, Joseph Borger and Thomas Borger, NRG is an affiliate of Borger Management Inc., which has specialized in property management, leasing and development of multi-family and commercial properties in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia for four generations and more than 80 years. For more information on Neighborhood Retail Group, visit www.NeighborhoodRetail.com or call (202) 617-3113.

Media Contact: Rob Byrd Griffin & Company, Inc. (202) 625-2515

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New D.C. Craft Coffee Brand Plans Rapid Expansion After Signing Second Location Washington DC Retail

July 26, 2017

A new craft coffee bar brand, started by the head of a D.C.-area construction firm, has plans for an aggressive expansion in the region after signing a deal to open a second location. Republik Coffee Bar has signed on at Kettler's Highgate at The Mile, a mixed-use development at 7915 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. The coffee brand, represented by...

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Foreign Service retiree launching downtown cafe

July 26, 2017

Former U.S. Foreign Service staffer Miranda Rinaldi will trade pantsuits for aprons this fall, when she opens her own Italian cafe, Nino’s Bakery, at 1310 L St. NW.

The downtown bakery, named after Rinaldi’s rescue dog Nino, was inspired by a three-year stint in Italy with the Foreign Service, according to a news release. Rinaldi will draw on...

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Hazel Welcomes Patio Season With New Pitcher Drinks
Local journalist is opening a coffee shop/wine bar in Georgetown

July 14, 2017

New bakery headed downtown

Former State Department aide Miranda Rinaldi plans to open a self-styled bakery at 1310 L Street NW this fall. Nino’s Bakery is expected to focus on French and Italian pastries, coffee, and seasonal treats. The projected hours of operation at 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.      ...

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Nino’s Authentic Italian Bakery to Open in DC

July 07, 2017

DC Resident, Yale Graduate’s Travels and Italian Rescue Dog Inspire New Coffee & Pastry Shop Washington, DC (July 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Nino’s Bakery will open at 1310 L Street, NW, Washington, DC in late fall 2017. Owner Miranda Rinaldi’s extensive travels with the Foreign Service allowed her to experience...

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Culinary Collaborations: The Rise of DC Food Incubators

July 01, 2017

A burgeoning food mecca worthy of Michelin stars and an entrepreneurial spirit that launched the likes of Sweetgreen and &pizza on a national stage make it no surprise that the food incubator trend has taken hold in the nation’s capital.

These coworking commercial kitchen spaces offer a home base to entrepreneurs interested in learning how to...

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Sushi Gakyu opens on New York Ave Near the White House

June 28, 2017

This is the former Saint Michel space (previously Camille’s Cafe) which closed back in October 2013.

Now open to the public, Sushi Gakyu provides patrons an upscale dining experience serving traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group secured the ne...

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Sushi Gakyu Will Offer More Than Your Standard Nigiri

June 27, 2017

Try regional Japanese styles of fish and rice at the new downtown restaurant

To most Americans, sushi means rolls and nigiri. But chef Yoshi Ota is looking to introduce DC to a range of traditional and regional Japanese styles of rice and fish at Gakyu Sushi, opening downtown today.

Ota will offer sushi wrapped in bamboo or persimmon leave...

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Sushi Gakyu Serves Up Rare Sakes, Chef-Guided Tastings

June 27, 2017

The upscale sushi restaurant opens June 27

Veteran sushi chef and restaurateur Yoshihisa "Yoshi" Ota is courting the downtown crowd with Sushi Gakyu, the high-end restaurant opening Tuesday just steps from the White House. Ota, who has 30 years of sushi-making experience under his belt, plans to guide customers through sushi tastings and sake...

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Nino’s Bakery coming to 13th and L St, NW this Fall

June 27, 2017

From Nino’s Bakery owner Miranda Rinaldi: “Nino’s Bakery will be opening this fall 2017 at 1310 L St NW. Steps from Franklin Square, we encourage our neighbors to take a break from the office and indulge in the simple elegance of artisan pastries and chocolates made from scratch.

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The Back Page: Kitchen Aid

June 16, 2017

The Restaurant Brain Trust Hosts Industry Event at Bar Deco

D.C.'s Restaurant Brain Trust hosted "Dining Distributors" on June 1 at Bar Deco, an industry panel and networking event organized in an effort by local restaurant community members to educate emerging restauranteurs and their staffs.               ...

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Be Clean to Open Flagship Store in Georgetown

May 15, 2017

Online Natural Skincare Boutique Opens its First Storefront on Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Washington, DC (May 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Be Clean—a natural skincare boutique offering handcrafted, small batch, plant-based apothecary items made in the USA—will open at 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, ...

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PAMELA SOFOLA OF A BEAUTIFUL CLOSET DC SHARES A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT HER CLOSET AND HER PERSONAL STYLE IN THE MAY ISSUE OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE

May 01, 2017

This month's issue of Bethesda Magazine features Neighborhood Retail Group's client, the owner and founder of A Beautiful Closet, Pamela Sofola.

Sofola owns two boutiques in Houston, Texas and is looking to expand in the DC-market; in close proximity to her stunning, newly built Potomac home.

The article showcases Sofola's elegant, 324-squ...

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New ‘Spirit of Washington’ Christened

March 29, 2017

On March 28, 2017, Entertainment Cruises, Washington, DC welcomed its newest 175-foot yacht the Spirit of Washington, with an official ceremony at the yacht's new home on Pier 4.

Ceremony host Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM lead the program which included a dockside welcome by VP and GM, Entertainment Cruises Mary Rinaldo, a Presentation of the...

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Tastemakers food incubator from Captain Cookie owner coming to Brookland - Washington Business Journal

March 23, 2017

By Rebecca Cooper
Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

D.C.’s food incubators just keep coming: The latest is Tastemakers, a commercial kitchen and retail space slated for Brookland from the owners of the Captain Cookie and the Milkman food trucks and retail store.

Captain Cookie founders Kirk and Juliann Francis have leased ...

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Restaurant Brain Trust’s Recipe for Success

March 21, 2017

So you want to start a restaurant in a new market? Or grow a restaurant chain? Or use your skills as a great chef to open your own restaurant? So many issues, so many questions! Where do you go for advice? The Restaurant Brain Trust!

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Bethany Kazaba Featured in Washington Life's Young & the Guest List 2017 Issue

March 15, 2017

Top Area Businesswomen March 15, 2017

Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group is featured on the cover of Washington Life’s March 2017 Young & the Guest List issue as well as inside the issue in a feature spotlighting Washington, DC’s top businesswomen.

With over 300 names on this year's list, Washing...

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Washington Life Magazine Releases 2017 ‘Young and the Guest List’ Issue

March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Life Magazine’s March 2017 issue featuring the publication’s annual, much-anticipated “Young and the Guest List” hits newsstands on March 1.

For the first time in the magazine’s 25-year history, Washington Life has printed two covers. The first features a group of noted journalists, including Muslim American rep...

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Restaurant Brain Trust Panel: Recipe for Success

March 09, 2017

On March 7, 2017, Restaurant Brain Trust hosted their inaugural educational and networking series geared for restaurateurs and their staff.

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Matchbox Food Group, Centrolina and Noble Chef Hospitality Join Restaurant Brain Trust Panel

March 02, 2017

Inaugural Event Showcases Notable DC-Area Restauranteurs; Offers Insights into Successful Businesses

Who: Peter D’Amelio, President & CEO, Matchbox Food Group

Amy Brandwein, Chef/Owner, Centrolina Mercato E Osteria

Jack Sosnowski, President & CEO, Noble Chef Hospitality

What: A lively panel discussion featuring notable DC-area rest...

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Thousands of people live and work in NOMA, where there are no sit-down restaurants

February 08, 2017

Walk around DC's NoMa neighborhood and you will see glass-box office buildings, new apartment towers filled with Millennials and several construction sites where more will soon deliver. But look for a sit-down restaurant to grab dinner and cocktails, and you will come up empty.

While DC's restaurant scene has undergone a renaissance in the...

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Chocolate, coffee bar to open in Penn Quarter

February 08, 2017

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Café Chocolat, a boutique chocolate and coffee bar, is set to debut in Penn Quarter this spring.

The Neighborhood Retail Group firm announced recently that it helped Café Chocolat secure its new location in the Southern Building at ...

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Café Chocolat, coming to 14th and H St, NW “a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee”

February 06, 2017

Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, DC in Spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

“Café Chocolat will be a unique...

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Goldfish Swim School to Open in Falls Church, VA

February 01, 2017

National children’s swim school franchise opens second location in VA to accommodate area’s high demand

Washington, DC (February 2017) --- Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Goldfish Swim School will open its second Virginia location at The Shops at West Falls Church, 7395 Lee Hwy., Suite K, Falls Church, VA 22042 in Summer 2017. Fr...

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NEIGHBORHOOD RETAIL GROUP, LEADER IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE, ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS

November 21, 2016

Growing Team of Retail Strategy Associates Increases Firm’s Landlord and Tenant Representation Services

Washington, DC (November 2016) --- Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a commercial real estate leader specializing in the unique challenges of the retail sector, recently announced its addition of two retail strategy associates, Kristen Page ...

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NRG's BurgerFi Set for Alexandria Debut

September 26, 2016

Old Town Alexandria, VA— Neighborhood Retail Group announced BurgerFi will open at 111 N. Pitt Street in Alexandria, Virginia, on September 24. Local owners Dave Landry, his son Chris and their business partner Tim Kelly opened their first BurgerFi almost four years ago in Leesburg, Virgnia, and are again working together to open the Alexandria location.

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the Alexandria location for BurgerFi, which was once home to longstanding local pub Ireland’s Own. This particular BurgerFi is one of the larger restaurants in the national chain, featuring an impressive selection of local craft beers and wine—both on tap—and a pet-friendly courtyard patio dining area.

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Georgetown Patch Announces New Beauty Spa Coming to Georgetown

September 22, 2016

GEORGETOWN, DC — Time to get your pamper on: a new beauty spa is moving into a two-story space on Wisconsin Avenue next month. DC Lash Bar, started by two sisters, bills itself as the area's "newest beauty spa specializing in eyelash extension application as well as brow shaping and full body waxing," according to a statement. DC Lash Bar will be located at 1633 Wisconsin Avenue NW, the former home of Nectar Skin Bar. It will open in late October. Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for DC Lash Bar, which was once home to Nectar Skin Bar.

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Neighborhood Retail Group Announces Sushi Gakyu’s Opening in Washington, DC

September 12, 2016

Renowned Executive Chef Yoshihisa Ota of Yuzu Japanese Dining Creates New Sushi Restaurant Concept September 2016. Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Sushi Gakyu will open at 1420 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC in December 2016. The latest creation from Executive Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota, Sushi Gakyu will provide patrons an upscale dining experience serving traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Followers of Chef Yoshi know him from his successful Bethesda, MD restaurant, Yuzu Japanese Dining.

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NRG's Cut Seven featured in Washingtonian Magazine Online

August 17, 2016

Cut Seven's new studio announcement was featured in Washingtonian Magazine online. The husband and wife dream team of Chris and Alex Perrin designed Cut Seven with a team-based training approach in mind; “when you bring that aspect of team in, it’s one of the most powerful and effective motivational tools,” says Alex. “When you’re doing a workout, just imagine the entire room cheering you on during the most intense moment…It’s an incredible feeling. We’re very excited to bring this unique style to DC.”

The studio is slated to open in October at the new Logan Circle Holm development at 1101 Rhode Island Ave., NW, but interested fitness fans don’t have to wait until then to try it out. Cut Seven is hosting $15 training camp workouts in DC and Arlington over the next few weeks to start building their network of clients. A list of preview classes can be found on Cut Seven’s website. When the gym opens, classes will cost around $25.

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NRG's Cut Seven featured in the Washington Business Journal

August 14, 2016

Neighborhood Retail Group and client, Cut Seven , were featured in this week's Washington Business Journal Online. Cut Seven will be opening its cutting edge fitness concept this fall at the Holm on 1101 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Chris and Alex Perrin got their start as trainers for high end boutique studios like solidcore, Orangetheory, FlyWheel and Nike, sparking a cult-like following with their high energy pop-up classes within the District. Their program will focus on seven different muscle groups, one for each day of the week.“We’re hoping it will feel somewhat like a healthy nightclub,” Alex Perrin said. Look for Cut Seven in October, with a grand opening planned for January.

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Rebel Fit USA featured on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live

July 13, 2016

Neighborhood Retail Group Co-Founder along with client, Beny Blaq of Rebel Fit USA fitness teamed up for a segment on News Channel 8 Let's Talk Live on Friday, July 8th. Rebel Fit USA was founded by Air Force Veteran Beny Blaq who is opening a new location in Woodbridge, VA. During Rebel Fit USA's Grand Opening on July 9th their was a "Pushups for Charity" contest where the goal was for attendees to complete 5,000 pushups in one hour and raise $10,000.

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REBEL FIT USA TO CELEBRATE NEW LOCATION; RAISE MONEY FOR MILITARY

July 08, 2016

Community-Based Fitness Concept Opens New Studio in Woodbridge, VA; Hosts Boot Campaign’s Pushups For Charity Challenge Supporting Vets and Active Duty Military

WOODBRIDGE, VA (June 2016) – On July 9, 2016, Rebel Fit USA will celebrate the grand opening of its new fitness facility located at 2088 Daniel Stuart Square, Woodbridge, VA while ho...

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NRG featured in June's DC Modern Luxury DC

June 06, 2016

Checkout Bethany Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group's Co-Founder and Principal in this month's Modern Luxury DC Magazine! "The Avant Guard" article features other innovators including the ladies of Snobswap, the Team from Gourmet Symphony, Dadi Akhavan from NumberF, and Martin Ditto of Ditto Residential. [Click here to read the entire article.](...

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SUGAR VAULT DESSERTS TO OPEN IN HYATTSVILLE

March 24, 2016

The Washington Business Journal Online reports on the future opening of our client, Sugar Vault Desserts in Hyattsville, Maryland

Stay tuned for its brick and mortar location at 5606 Baltimore Avenue, which will feature sweet treats, coffee and an outdoor patio—just in time to enjoy the warm weather!

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Captain Cookie to start culinary incubator in DC

February 22, 2016

Read about our client Captain Cookie, as featured on Bisnow.com. They are looking for space to start their own culinary incubator, to be called Tastemakers, which will focus on small and medium-size local food businesses.

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WOMEN IN RETAIL REAL ESTATE - WIRRE ON WOMEN

October 28, 2015

On November 12th, 2015 Women In Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) will be hosting a panel discussion focused on women owned business in the Washington, DC market. This event will be moderated by Bethany Scanlon co-Founder and Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group. To learn more or to register to attend please click here

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See inside 14th and G: Washington Business Journal

June 18, 2015

The National Bank of Washington building was featured in a Washington Business Journal article that describes the property's character and potential. Click here to read more and see inside this historic building located at 14th and...

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Coast-to-Coast Insights from RECon

June 16, 2015

Bethany Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal, was highlighted in an article found on Commercial Property Executive. Click here to read more on the latest trends in local markets as discussed at RECon.

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Washington Business Journal Exclusive: Historic National Bank of Washington building now seeking retailers

May 20, 2015

Neighborhood Retail Group is actively marketing 14th & G’s 35,000 square feet to retail tenants. Read more in this acticle from the Washington Business Journal.

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NRG in Vegas for ICSC RECon!

May 19, 2015

Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal Bethany Scanlon attended International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) ReCon in Las Vegas. RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world.   &nbsp...

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NRG at the We DC reception

May 17, 2015

While in Las Vegas for ICSC RECon, Neighborhood Retail Group managing principal Bethany Scanlon attended the We DC reception with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC’s city officials, and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed to promote economic development a...

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Long-Vacant National Bank of Washington Building at 14th and G NW to be Retail Leased by Neighborhood Retail Group

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 – Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a Washington-based retail leasing brokerage firm, announced today it has been exclusively selected to represent the ownership of the former headquarters of the National Bank of Washington, 619 14th Street NW in Washington. Located at the intersection of 14th and G streets NW near Metro ...

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Neighborhood Retail Group, Affiliate of Borger Management, to Serve Greater Washington Retail Leasing Community

May 06, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 – Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), a Washington-based retail leasing brokerage firm, announced today its official company launch, coinciding with the debut of its website, www.NeighorhoodRetail.com. An affiliate of Borger Management, Inc., NRG specializes in the facilitation of lasting partnerships between commercial prop...

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