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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com June 11, 2012 at 8:35 am 3,254 49 Comments

Mixed Reaction to Electronic Textbooks — Electronic textbooks are getting mixed reviews from Arlington Public Schools students. Some say they appreciate the accessibility and update-ability of the electronic books, but others say the books can be glitch-y and are not easy to search. [Sun Gazette]

Topping Out for New Ballston Hotel — A “topping out ceremony” was held on Friday for the new Residence Inn hotel within the Founders Square development in Ballston. The ceremony was held to celebrate the last of the building’s 11 floors being built. The hotel is expected to open mid-2013. [CityBiz Real Estate]

Kenmore Students Donate Bags for Dog Dirt — This morning the 6th grade science classes at Kenmore Middle School are being recognized for their donation of about 10,000 used plastic bags to the group Arlington Dogs. The bags will be reused for pet waste disposal at Arlington County’s eight dog parks. By reducing the amount of pet waste in the park, the bag donation should also improve the water quality of Arlington’s streams.

Dogma May Close N. Arlington Store — Dogma Bakery’s store in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center is in financial jeopardy, according to owner Sheila Raebel. The gourmet dog bakery and boutique has reportedly been losing money for the past two years, and last year’s opening of a Petco store across the street likely hasn’t helped matters. Dogma’s Shirlington location, however, is expected to become profitable at some point this year. [Examiner.com]

Arlington Parking Meter Slogan, Explained — In case you were wondering, the slogan on Arlington County’s parking meters — “All May Park. All Must Pay” — originated in 1994. The phrase was coined to succinctly describe a policy change: the county stopped allowing those with disabled placards to park for free, due to rampant abuse of the system by the non-disabled. [Washington Post]

  • diggin the artwork

    • Josh S

      +1

  • Swag

    “The gourmet dog bakery and boutique”

    Well there’s your problem.

    • Garden City

      Turns out they weren’t baking gourmet dogs at all. Just regular mutts.

      • Tabs

        Today’s special at Sam’s Corner is a gourmet llasa opso drizzled with an infusion of truffle oil and sitting on a bed of hand-harvested polenta with a side of angel worshipper-blessed organic asparagus.

        • drax

          Well done.

          (The post AND the dog).

    • Josh S

      Yeah, I don’t understand how these places survive at all. But I am a little disappointed for this one – they are super nice, make an effort to get to know your dog, etc. Too bad there just wasn’t a call for buying that stuff on any kind of a regular basis….

    • Clarendon

      My dog pretty much likes any treat I hand her, although she rarely chews them and swallows like a pill so I mostly get good quality, but more regular (less expensive) treats. The one more extravagent thing I will do is the dog ice cream cups that I’d get. It takes her a long time to eat and it makes me happy watching her be in such a state of bliss. That’s the great thing about dogs – they appreciate just about anything – unlike many children.

  • Resident

    Shirlington location has a great groomer there as well which helps business.

  • John Fontain

    Dogma should start offering dog massages. I could see a lot of people with more money than brains ponying up big bucks for that kind of thing.

    • JamesE

      Laser hair removal for dogs

      • MC 703

        My dog’s teeth are just not as white as they should be

      • WeiQiang

        +1

      • drax

        Tattoos for dogs, with a tattoo removal shop for dogs in the back.

        • KalashniKEV

          I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to tattoo animals here… there was a story about these really cool tattooed pigs a while back and how you couldn’t get them here.

          I’m sure they would look and smell great in some of the urban backyard farms alongside the chickens…

          • drax

            Really, Kev? Because I was totally serious.

      • Clarendon

        There are places doing dog liposuction and google “Extreme Grooming” for the ultimate in puppy hair-doos.

      • WeiQiang

        The should sell Viagruff … E.D. is a common problem in Arlington dogs. I think the high taxes are stressing them out.

  • drax

    The existence of dog bakeries proves that Arlington taxes are not too high.

    • John Fontain

      On the other hand, if taxes weren’t so high Arlington County residents would have more money left in their pockets to buy gourmet dog treats for the beloved animals.

      • jan

        +1

        • CW

          Or would they get a larger number of teacup dogs and treat each one less like the little princess that it is?

      • drax

        Way to completely not get the point again, John.

        Oh, and the people working at this Dogma can go work at the Shirlington store, bringing 75 new jobs to Arlington.

        • John Fontain

          Please try to explain your point so that we’ll ‘get it.’

        • John Fontain

          well drax, care to explain how a dog bakery proves taxes aren’t high enough?

          • drax

            Care to read what I actually said instead of what you twisted it into?

            Hint: “not too high” does not equal “aren’t high enough.” Think it through.

          • John Fontain

            Ok, now go ahead and explain how a dog bakery proves taxes are not too high.

    • Dan

      To the contrary, one of the issues that Dogma has is their Arlington County taxes.

      • John Fontain

        Dan,

        Drax’s solution to everything is to raise taxes. Dog bakery struggling? Raise taxes! Taxes too high? Raise taxes!

      • drax

        It has issues with paying all its bills, that’s why it’s struggling. The reason is that the economy sucks.

        • Elmer

          If the economy sucks. Raise taxes!

          • drax

            What a crazy idea, Elmer.

        • CW

          There is an old saying – “If you’re paying taxes, you’re making money.”

          • drax

            Also, “If you’re buying your dog gourmet baked dog treats, you’re making alot of money.”

        • Taxes have nothing to do with it

          It’s struggling because a chain store opened across the street and undercuts its prices.

          • drax

            yes.

          • Mike Hunt

            I thought you said *the* reason was because the economy sucks.

          • Dan

            Petco and Dogma don’t really compete ….. I haven’t seen the dog biscuit oven over in Petco….maybe you have.

          • Joan Fountain

            If Dogma only sold biscuits you might have a point.

  • TGEo^^

    Well, they aint buying dog treats.

  • Frank

    I think it stinks to see a small business struggling; especially a retail store. We have so few independent retail places left around here. Since they’ve already lost just about every other retailer there, and a froyo shop is going in, I wonder what’s left to put there? They have just about everything else covered, froyo, icecream, hamburgers, tacos, alcohol, grocery store, barber, maybe a drycleaner will move in?

    But one thing I don’t get – what’s up with a cell phone cover store and an HR Block? Sounds like those should be Ballston Mall tenants.

    I’d say to Dogma, get the heck out of dodge and find a better place. Move to somewhere like the Arrowine shopping center.

    • Joe Hoya

      There’s a dry cleaners across the street.

      If it’s food, I’d love it to be Greek or Vietnamese, as both are lacking in the area.

      If it’s retail, a toy store would be nice. Although, the high rent would probably make it hard to set competitive prices (the Kinderhous effect).

    • Joan Fountain

      Pizza, cupcakes.

      • Frank

        Pietanza for pizza, but no cupcakery….that just might be the ticket!

  • Grandarch

    Am I the only one who finds the signs at the parking meters – “all may park, all must pay” confusing? I would not have guessed it meant you can’t get free parking for being disabled. You’d think they’d just write it explicitly on the parking meter.

    • Clarendon

      The current sign was not the first attempt. At first it had the handicap symbol (wheelchair) and may have said something like Must Pay. But, people were confused thinking the handicap symbol meant it was a handicap reserved space. So I guess that is where All May Park came from. I think they can just dispense with it now as everyone should know that handicap do not get free parking any more. Although, I have to say, with the new centralized meters it may be a little harder for handicap people to get to the meter and then get back to their car to put the thing on their dash.

      • CW

        I still get paranoid when I see every meter downtown DC with the handicap sticker on the back. I have to read it 100 times to make sure it’s not just a handicap meter.

  • Mary-Austin

    Wow a Residence Inn!
    Only the best for the last piece of prime real estate in Ballston!

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