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Retail Space Connects Washingtonians and Visitors with Local Creative Economy

Forest City, developer of Washington DC’s The Yards neighborhood, today announced the second annual seasonal opening of Steadfast Supply, a retail space for creative DC-based and national brands, and creative organizations.

Steadfast Supply offers Washingtonians, residents of The Yards and out-of-town visitors a unique experience to connect with local creative minds, fostering community and meaningful relationships with the growing Yards neighborhood. The store includes retail categories like home accessories, beauty, men’s and women’s fashion, kid’s fashion, pet accessories, artisan packaged foods and art. A summer-only popup in 2016, Steadfast Supply will be open through December of 2017.

“Steadfast Supply is a place built on the concept of linking creative brands with people, and has missions that are beautifully aligned,” said Virginia Arrisueno, creative director of Steadfast Supply. “Our mission is to help build community and advance the local creative economy, and that’s why we’re located at The Yards.”

The Yards is one of Washington DC’s fastest growing new communities. Located near Nationals Park, the area is an ideal neighborhood for both Washington residents who are looking for a more community- focused place to call home, and visitors to the city.

“The Yards is a neighborhood full of passion for its community, a vanguard of modern cosmopolitan living, and a place that truly seeks to celebrate the people and small businesses that call it home,” continued Arrisueno. “We are thrilled to be reopening at the Yards this coming May.”

Some of the local brands Steadfast will welcome back this year include Mint Lola, DeNada, Niko + Ava, Winthrop Clothing Co., Kate Bakes and Paisley Fig – everything from a bowtie for your dog to gluten free snacks.

In addition to the retail space, Steadfast Supply offers a dynamic sampling of ongoing, weekly and monthly events. Ongoing events include creativity master classes, opportunities to meet the creative minds behind retail brands and wellness workshops. Steadfast Supply will offer a photo walk meetup in June, a ballet and classical genre showcase in July, and a performance artist series in August.

Steadfast Supply will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6 p.m. starting in May and is located in the Boilermaker Building in The Yards at 300 Tingey Street SE, Suite 140, Washington, DC.



All information via Washingtonian

In 1935, chef Reid Shilling‘s great-uncles founded the Shilling Canning Company in Hampstead, Maryland. The business preserved produce like sweet peas, tomatoes, and corn from their family farm and others.

Now, Shilling is opening his own Shilling Canning Company. This one, however, will be a restaurant centered around Mid-Atlantic cuisine. It’s slated to open on the ground floor of the Arris Apartments at The Yards development in Navy Yard by early 2018.

The Baltimore native is no stranger to Mid-Atlantic cooking, having previously worked as a sous chef at the Dabney. But whereas chef Jeremiah Langhorne‘s cooking has southern roots from his time at McCrady’s in Charleston, Shilling’s background leans more French and Californian. His resume also includes time working for famed chef Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California.

The oft-changing seasonal menu at Shilling Canning Company will consist of a mix of entrees and share plates, although Shilling doesn’t have specific dishes in mind yet. “It’s mostly about finding the best product and figuring out what to do with it,” he says. “That’s more that California mentality.”

The menu will, however, include some pizzas made with a long-fermentation dough and cooked in wood-fired brick oven. Shilling’s grandfather was a “bread man” (i.e. bread delivery man) for a bakery in Baltimore in the ’30s and ’40s, and fittingly, the restaurant will also bake its own loaves. In particular, Shilling is a big fan of sourdoughs and has a 25-years-old starter in his kitchen that he plans to use. In addition, the restaurant will have a raw bar highlighting Chesapeake seafood. You can bet there will be Maryland blue crabs too—Shilling grew up eating them twice a week in the summer.

It’s not just the food that will change seasonally, but also the cocktails and even the wines. “We are going to look for ways to rotate in bottles that complement the flavors that we’re currently using. So in the summer, you’ll see those big, bright, acidic whites, and in the winter you’ll see more of the deep, dark, jammy reds,” Shilling says.

The 75-seat restaurant will have an open kitchen with counter seating showing off the wood-fired oven and a wood-burning grill. Outside, a patio will have views of the Anacostia River and a garden, where the restaurant will grow herbs and small produce used on the menu.

Shilling will, of course, be canning some of his ingredients.

In researching his family’s business, Shilling found a book where one former employee told this story: “If a truckload of tomatoes would show up, and there was one unripe tomato on the truck, then the whole truckload would go back,” Shilling says. “I always laugh about that with my farming friends, like, ‘See guys, it’s in my blood. There’s no way around it, I was born for this.’”

Shilling Canning Company, 1331 4th St., SE. 


All information via Eater DC

Award-winning chef turned aspiring restaurateur Haidar Karoum is making a comeback in a big way, opening up his first solo restaurant project this fall in Navy Yard.

The original star chef at Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi called it quits about a year ago to “take a nice little break” after grinding in the kitchen for 17 years, he tells Eater.

Now he’s ready to put his chef hat back on and introduce a new 103-seat modern American restaurant expected to pair seasonal mid-Atlantic fare with influences from his extensive travels to Western Europe and Southeast Asia.

The restaurant will be located in Arris, a newly completed building at 1331 4th St. SE.

Chloe is named for Karoum’s eldest niece, as well as the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture. The 3,200-square-foot space, by designCASE, will feature an open kitchen with a green herb wall and outdoor patio space.

The D.C. native mentioned scouring the city’s “usual suspects” — Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Shaw — before landing at The Yards, where there’s a “lot of potential for growth and energy,” he says.

A sampling of menu items will include roast chicken and crispy whole fish with lime, chilies and herbs, as well as pastas such as goat cheese cavatelli with heirloom tomatoes.

Seafood will also be a big focus (think: bacalao crudo dressed with Antiboise). His Lebanese roots will also manifest via his dad’s favorite dish: crispy cauliflower with lemon, tahini, toasted pine nuts and mint. Odes to his experience in Southeast Asian cooking will include crispy shrimp banh mi.

Packing in an array of global influences is intentional, he says, so as to not pigeonhole himself.

“I love cuisine so much. I would hate to be narrowed down into a very specific genre,” he says. “I hope to have other concepts in the future, but this is going to be my baby.”

Expect quick lunch options and bar bites targeted at Nationals fans. And fans of rosé can rejoice, as the outdoor patio bar will serve both still and sparkling types on tap. Tyler Mitchell, a longtime former colleague, will head up the beverage program.

The main mentor he’s kept in mind through Chloe’s conception is late restaurateur Mark Kuller, who’s “very much in his thoughts” when it comes to planning out the design and other details.

Chloe’s opening is bittersweet, as Karoum helped Kuller open his own first restaurant, Proof, over a decade ago. He cooked by his side thereafter, departing the restaurant group about a year after Kuller’s death in 2014.

Eater recently profiled Max Kuller, who is attempting to carry on his father’s legacy.



The Yards, a Forest City mixed-used development in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront district, is set to expand its health and beauty offerings with the opening of a men’s salon and a full-service nail salon.

Eighteen Eight Fine Men’s Salon reinvents the barbershop to focus on “man at his best” with custom haircuts, facial and scalp treatments, classic straight-razor shaves and more, all delivered in a relaxed atmosphere featuring semiprivate grooming stations. Eighteen Eight is set to open this summer in ground floor space of the Foundry Lofts apartment community on Tingey Street.

Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge will offer full-service nail and waxing treatments in a setting that features free Wi-Fi, refreshments, and individual guest tablets to listen to music or watch a movie during appointments. Cosmopolitan uses medical-grade sterilization for all instruments, as well as disposable manicure tools and disposable liners for pedicure chairs. It is also expected to open this summer on 4th Street in street-level space at the Arris apartment community.

“We are very excited to welcome these two retail tenants to The Yards,” said Jason Bonnet, Forest City Washington’s vice president of development. “They fill an identified need in the neighborhood and complement other service offerings in the neighborhood.”

The welcoming of the salons is just the start of an exciting new year at The Yards. Conte Bikes, The Juice Laundry and District Winery are set to join the neighborhood’s dynamic retail lineup in 2017.



The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing.

This holiday season, The Yards transforms into the most kissable location in Washington with an eight part holiday mistletoe installation. The larger than life custom designs include a java inspired mistletoe archway, a tower built from letters to Santa, an ice cream sundae sculpture complete with a cherry on top, a human-sized holiday themed dog house and more, all featuring mistletoe. Holiday revelers and shoppers are invited to kiss under the mistletoe, snap the perfect holiday instagram photo at each of the eight photo-friendly installations, and even pop the question at the most romantic waterfront location during the month of December.

Beginning on Saturday, December 3 through the month of December.

The Yards | 301 Water Street SE | Washington, DC 20003. Lot parking available onsite; Metro: Green Line to Navy Yard / Ballpark.

Celebrate the holiday season at The Yards. Take a tour of the neighborhood and visit each of the installations, while shopping and dining at DC’s most festive waterfront retailers and restaurants. Throughout the month of December, visitors can enter to win gift cards to neighborhood restaurants by posting to social media using the hashtag #DeckTheYards.

This installation is free and open to the public. Media can contact Clare Zenczak for additional information and to schedule a tour at | tel: 202.733.5223



Get Juiced, because Juice Laundry, will be joining the line-up of unique retailers at The Yards in Spring 2017. The all organic, vegan and gluten-free juice bar and raw-food kitchen menu will feature cold-pressed juices, nut milks, smoothies, acai smoothie bowls and soups.

The Juice Laundry was founded on the concept of keeping our bodies clean and healthy, starting with what we put into them. Raw, organic fruits and veggies are nature’s medicine and the foundation of preventative health care. Whether juiced, blended, or eaten whole, fresh produce is full of life-giving nutrients and enzymes. Their mission is to use 100% organic ingredients, 100% of the time, because the phrase “organic whenever possible” is often highly misleading. They don’t use HPP (or any other process) on our juice, because they are committed to crafting only the freshest, most nutrient-dense juice possible.

To give DC a taste, the juicer will open a pop-up shop this Friday and Saturday, Dec 2nd and 3rd, from 10AM to 6PM at Steadfast Supply, featuring an array of selections from the juice bar.



Steadfast Supply, a weekend retail market celebrating DC-area makers and creatives, is excited to open in The Yards neighborhood on October 7th with retail running through the end of 2016. The market is the creation of Virginia Arrisueño, founder of DeNada and curator of the DC MEET Marketand Parcel Market, and the uniquely industrial and interactive space is designed by Nathan Hill of Nh.d Studio. The concept space is housed in a 4,000 square feet space inside Arris  (at the corner of 4th and Water Street), a revelation for DC apartment living located at The Yards. The space will offer unique retail brands and creative organizations (from DC and beyond) an exclusive opportunity to be a part of the growing Yards neighborhood, inspiring them to thrive, grow their businesses, and make Washington, DC their own. In turn, the space will play an active role in connecting Washingtonians with local creative minds helping build community and meaningful relationships.

Vendors will rotate roughly every month, and each round will consist of 15 to 20 vendors offering products ranging from men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, food, home goods, art, jewelry, skincare and beauty, and beyond.

Rotating installations and art will be a major feature of Steadfast Supply. This effort will be lead by Kelly Towles, one of DC’s most notable emerging artists and founder of Holy Bones studio and creative agency. More information on artists and related events will be available soon.

Steadfast Supply will also incorporate a communal lounge and a working locale on-site with complimentary wi-fi to allow for co-working, collaboration and community building.

Every weekend, Steadfast Supply will host events ranging from creative workshops, food and drink tastings, family events, and more. Some of the first events include a botanical perfume blending class with Florescent on October 15th, an introduction to screenprinting with Nh.d Studio on October 22nd, and a watercolor class with artist and author Marcella Kriebel on October 30th. Future events will  feature Sofar SoundsScissor & Comb Salon and more. Tickets for all events can be found on the Steadfast Events Calendar, and new events will be added regularly.

1331 4th St. SE, Suite 108
Washington, DC 20003

October 7th through December 31st
Friday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily

Information on brands and new events can be found on the Steadfast Supply website. Brands interested in participating in retail or events at Steadfast Supply for November and December can email General Manager Becky Waddell at

For the Steadfast Supply fact sheet, concept and team bios, logos and photographs (credit: Farrah Skeiky), see our media kit here.

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Jul 11, 2016 | Jon Banister

The Capitol Riverfront has seen the most rapid development in its history over the past few years, with residential units filling up at record pace, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The president of its BID, as well as several developers working on big riverfront projects will speak at Bisnow’s Booming Capitol Riverfront event on July 21.

Forest City Washington At the heart of the riverfront’s growth is Forest City’s 48-acre The Yards megaproject. The 20-plus-year plan for the project will ultimately deliver 3,400 apartments, 1.8M SF of office and 400k SF of retail. Forest City development director Jason Bonnet, who will be a panelist at our event, says Forest City has been pacing delivery of new multifamily buildings at the Yards every 18 to 24 months, which he expects will allow each one to fill up quickly.

The 327-unit Arris building opened this spring and is currently being leased up. The next one up is Parcel O, which just began construction on 191 apartments from Forest City and 138 condos from PN Hoffman, slated to open in 2018. After that will be Parcel L, with 270 apartments and a full-service hotel, with construction expected to begin next year.

As for the nearly 2M SF of office space, Jason said to expect more of that in Phases 2 and 3. Since Forest City recently became a public REIT, Jason said they won’t move forward with the office construction until it has a significant portion of an office building pre-leased.

Jason, pictured above during a recent trip to Panama, has good reason to expect successful leasing for the upcoming multifamily buildings. Foundry Lofts, which Forest City delivered at The Yards in December 2011, experienced the fastest lease-up in Forest City’s history.

He credits the rapid lease-up to the nearby Yards Park, as well as the unique historic quality of the adapted former-Navy Yard building. A total of five buildings within the Yards will be adapted from historic buildings.

“One of the unique things about the Yards is it’s not just 48 acres we are developing of new construction,” Jason says. “It’s incorporating into the fabric of the project and the neighborhood these historic buildings that give you that authenticity.”

With all of these residential buildings in construction, the riverfront is on track to become DC’s most densely populated neighborhood. Capitol Riverfront BID president Michael Stevens sees this as a positive for the area.

“It’s a pretty special place when you can have that much riverfront frontage,” Michael, pictured above at last year’s Bisnow Riverfront event, says. “The density is only going to drive demand for more amenities such as neighborhood retail and make the area more popular.”

Michael is looking forward to showing off the riverfront’s transformation when Nationals Park hosts the MLB All-Star Game in 2018.

“It’s a big moment for the neighborhood,” Michael says. “It really puts the Capitol Riverfront on the map nationally with arial shots from the blimp flying overhead and TV ground shots so that people can see this is one of the largest riverfront redevelopment projects in the country.”

Come see Jason, Michael, Jair Lynch and others discuss the breakneck pace of development by the water on July 21. Sign up here.



Forest City to host family-friendly nautical themed afternoon with activations from Living Classrooms

The grand opening of The Yards Marina, hosted by Forest City in collaboration with Living Classrooms. The DC metro area is invited to a free afternoon of family-friendly activities along the Anacostia River as part of the Marina’s opening day celebration.

The Yards Marina features 50 boat slips with dockage for boats up to 125 feet in length, a water taxi dock, an education dock and a paddler dock for kayaks and smaller personal boats. Half of the slips are designed for long-term, seasonal use, while the other half are intended for short-term occupation of ten days or less. Transient slips are available for the opening event at no charge. Space is limited; please contact Living Classrooms at 202-488-0627 to reserve.

Opening day activities to include:

  • Kayaking
  • Environmental education activations
  • Tours of the Marina and educational dock
  • Live Music by Jonny Grave and Party Like Its…
  • Mini golf, lawn shuffle board, corn hole and a moon bounce
  • Face painting and balloon artists
  • Roaming circus performers
  • Mermaid story time
  • Nautical themed children’s crafts
  • Short boat excursions aboard Living Classroom’s Historic Oyster Buyboat and the Anacostia Riverkeeper’s pontoon
  • Bites from Yards restaurants

The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping, relaxing and now boating and water activities. Living Classrooms will serve as a nonprofit partner, managing the marina’s educational programming as part of their youth outreach and as an employment venue for students participating in their job-training program.

Sunday, June 26 from 2pm to 5pm

Yards Park | 301 Water Street SE | Washington, DC 20003. Directions can be found at The Yards is metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Parking is available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.

Enjoy a summer afternoon on the water with family and friends, and complete your day with a meal at one of the many restaurants located within walking distance at The Yards.

The event is free and open to the public. Cameras are welcome, media can RSVP by contacting Amy Clark at

About The Yards

The Yards is a development of Forest City Washington which, at full buildout, will feature 3,400 places to live, 400,000 SF of retail, dining & services, 1.8 million SF of office space and an award-winning waterfront park spread across approximately 25 buildings situated on 48 waterfront acres in the Navy Yard district. The neighborhood blends the historic feel of former Navy Yard industrial buildings given new lives through adaptive reuse, with sleek all-new construction components. Additional info can be found online at Follow The Yards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theyardsdc.

About Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”  Living Classrooms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1985 in Baltimore. Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region has been serving at-risk youth and young adults in the District of Columbia and greater metropolitan region since 2001, using its distinctive competency in experiential learning — literally learning by direct experience — or what we call “learning by doing.”