Simon Sherman’s first taste of business and entrepreneurship came in the form of Williams Frozen Custard. From there he expanded out to the suburbs, opening the area’s first shopping mall, Wheaton Plaza.
Can you imagine summer in DC without outdoor restaurant seating? Prior to 1961, DC regulations didn’t allow it. Bassin’s owner Henry Zitelman battled city officials to allow him to be the sidewalk-café pioneer.
For 80 years, one establishment was responsible for catering most of DC’s synagogue events, bar and bat mitzvahs and shivas, serving up bagel platters as well as integration in a mostly-segregated city.
“Where are you celebrating Passover?” is a common question, especially when you’re traveling or new to a city. In the early 1900s, DC organizations hosted many Seders for visitors and temporary residents.
When John Sauer started selling groceries in 1919 from his simple frame house in DC, he could not imagine that decades later it would still be a center for the community.
When Oscar Gildenhorn opened his business in 1940, the neighborhood wasn’t called Adams Morgan. But as the area grew, so did Comet Liquors.
Harry Slavitt was an unabashed admirer of the military. When he opened a liquor store in1932 at 509 Seventh Street SW, the Army War College (at the Washington Barracks) and Army Industrial College (where Fort McNair now stands) were within walking distance. Fort Myer was just across the Potomac River. In 1943, he left the…
[A COMMUNITY COOKBOOK STORY] Chow mein noodles and Jell-O molds? With flavors from abroad and quick mixes, 1950s cookbooks tell local community stories and set the menu for life after World War II.
Growing up in his parents’ District Grocery Store, Louis Fanaroff and his brother-in-law Stanford Steppa went on to own Magruder’s and expand the legendary DC landmark.
Hundreds of Jewish immigrants opened mom-and-pop grocery stores in DC and the suburbs, offering individualized attention to their customers—many learning English by reading the labels on cans in their stock.