District Wharf Progress Update

    Last fall, the District Wharf opened after more than ten years in development. Located on the banks of the Potomac, the first phase of the wharf contains more than 20 restaurants, 16 stores, and a handful of aquatic recreational areas. Phase II of the wharf will bring even more retail options and is scheduled to commence later this year.

     Right now, most of the Wharf’s retail stores are dedicated to women’s clothing. d/eleven is a designer boutique that stocks brands like RtA, Pamela Love, and Michelle Mason. A Beautiful Closet offers a highly curated collection of jewelry, jewelry, and fair-trade items. The Wharf is also home to two interior design businesses. Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor and Ligne Roset both have their own showrooms and design consultants. For photography and modern art, visit The Martha Spak Gallery.

     The Wharf also has several tenants in the business of health and wellness. Bella Moda Salon & Spa offers massages and manicures, while CVS offers a variety of over-the-counter goods. Visitors can also shop for luxury eyecare at Blink Optical or experience the extraordinary benefits of stretching at the Yoga Factory. Last, but not least, the Wharf is home to a public ice skating rink with gorgeous views of the Washington Channel and East Potomac Park. Afterwards, stop by Blush for some much-needed winter skincare.

     That said, the bulk of the businesses in the District Whard are dedicated to food and drink. Cuisines range from Spanish and Mediterranean to Belgian and French. Some of the first restaurants on the spot were Requin by Mike Isabella, Kith and Kin, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Del Mar by Fabio Trabocchi. Over the next several months, the wharf will also welcome Kaliwa, La Vie, and Florentijn. For dessert, visitors can indulge in handmade chocolates from Harper Macaw or artisanal gelato from Dolcezza Gelato. Be careful not to overeat, though. There are plenty of recreational activities that require proper fuel.

     In addition to these culinary offerings, there are also few places to purchase take-home treats. Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits sells a variety of locally-made libations, while Politics & Prose includes a bookstore and coffee shop. The District Wharf also harbors a number of recreational retail store areas. Boaters and sailors can purchase nautical equipment at Anchor, while cyclists shop at District Hardware & Bike.

     In 2018, the Wharf has also begun to gain traction as a destination for local musicians and live music. The Anthem led the way in early October, but two new venues have opened since then. The Pearl Street Warehouse is known for hosting folk, blues, and bluegrass musicians, In a basement nearby, the Union Stage provides a performance space for local musicians of all genres.

     There’s a lot happening at the District Wharf. New restaurants and retailers will be opening throughout the year, and new musicians perform on a weekly basis. If you want to live where the action happens, give our team a call. An Eng Garcia Grant realtor can help you find the right home for the right price.

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