This sponsored column is written by Steve Quartell, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway). Sign up for the email newsletter and receive exclusive discounts and offers. Order from Arrowine’s expanding online store for curbside pickup.
I intended a bit of an Oktoberfest round up for the end of September but the calendar kind of goofed with that. Not only is the column off rotation from the official start of Oktoberfest (last Saturday), but my days at Arrowine are very near officially coming to an end.
I’ll be around for awhile folks, don’t worry — you’ve yet to be released from my terrible jokes and stretched references to broadway musicals, Flight of the Conchords, long dead internet memes and The Last Dance — but I’ll be moving this fall, and it’s time to pass the torch to someone that should be familiar to those of you who follow the D.C. area beer scene.
So today’s column is not an Oktoberfest column (but do check out Commonwealth’s, Sierra Nevada’s, Narragansett’s, or bundle Port City’s up with some Meat Crafters Bratwursts for dinner), today we meet your new Beermonger — Jace Gonnerman.
Jace and I have known each other for a little while, his beer program and bottle list were pretty essential study materials for me while working towards my level two Cicerone, and our shared midwest roots led me to pair up a Central Waters/Local Option Petit Mort with some Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese (check our our Dolce Gorgonzola for your own mac).
Steve: So Jace, both of us are midwest transplants. I came out here when my spouse got a job with the Federal Government — tale as old as beltway time right? What brought you to the D.C. area?
Jace: Baseball initially. I graduated from Indiana State in 2009 with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. I moved to Waldorf, Maryland on New Year’s Day of 2010 to work for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Baseball Team. About eight months later I moved into Washington, D.C. and took a position with the same health care consulting firm that everyone works for in their early 20s.
So yeah, my path to craft beer is long and weird, as most are. On top of consulting, a bartending and serving job taken to pay the rent quickly became a career when I fell for beers like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Bell’s Two Hearted at Lou’s. From there I started bartending at Smoke & Barrel in early 2012. Things moved quickly from there and by mid-2014 I was serving as the Beverage Director at Meridian Pint and Brookland Pint as well.
Steve: I can’t lie, I miss pouring over the beer list at Brookland Pint for myself but also picking out beers to go with the pairing meal we offered with City Brew Tours — I kinda want to see what your ideal pairings with that plate would be — so from sweet potato wedges to buffalo wings, what do you got?
Jace: Sweet Potato Wedges — I always like something malty but still crisp here. Any darker lager is great (Vienna, Tmave Pivo, Dunkel, etc). An American Amber is a good pairing as well, especially if using a creamy/fatty dip.
Pint House Salad — The Pint House salad is classic and simple in its preparation. Mixed greens, a few veggies and a house balsamic vinaigrette. A classic, unfruited Gose (sour German wheat beer) such as Union Old Pro would be a great compliment here. A classic Witbier such as Port City Optimal Wit or Allagash White would be another tremendous pairing.
Bean and Cheese Quesadilla — A classic Pale Ale or IPA would be my first choice here. As much as I love the current soft/juicy/hazy IPA trend, the fact is they’re pretty poor food pairings. A classic example with a firm bitterness and bit of malt backbone is going to cut some of the richness of the bean/cheese/butter trio.
Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.
1806 N. Danville Street
4 BD/2 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Cottage Street Realty, Llc.
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.
5012 34th Street N.
3 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Washington Fine Properties, Lllc.
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
2268 N. Upton Street
3 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
1904 N. Johnson Street
3 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Century 21 New Millennium
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
3601 2nd Street S.
4 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.
4533 11th Street N.
2 BD.2 BA villa/townhouse
Agent: Pearson Smith Realty, Llc.
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.
5008 9th Street S.
2 BD/2 BA villa/townhouse
Agent: Redfin Corporation
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.
Don’t let the weather fool you, the market is still HOT!
Sure, inventory is hanging just above two months of supply, but the overall dynamic has been constant for many, many years now. It’s a strong seller’s market and by-and-large, sellers get what they are asking for when listing their home for sale.
Mortgage applications are a good barometer of where the market is headed, despite fluctuations week over week. Though down a bit for the past few weeks, they are up 6.8% this week, and up almost 50% year over year! That type of increase says there is massive unsatisfied demand for housing, and sellers should take advantage of this huge pool of buyers.
Thinking of downsizing? Downsizing can mean different things to different people. Sometimes it’s less space, sometimes it’s a move closer to the city to spend more time enjoying shopping, dining, arts, etc., late in life, and sometimes it’s a reduction in hassle and maintenance of a large home.
Consider this — rent is presently falling in many areas while housing prices continue to hit all-time highs. Transitioning to renting from owning could allow you to cash in on the highs while double-dipping into a lower monthly output and less responsibility… if something breaks, call your landlord!
This past week in Arlington, sellers listed some 97 properties for sale while buyers ratified 52 contracts. 32 of the ratified contracts were on homes listed just within the past week.
There are currently 488 homes for sale in Arlington, 44 more than last week. 148 are detached homes, 49 are townhouses/semi-detached and 291 are condos. Average days on market (DOM) for currently available homes is 48 and median DOM is 29.
The median list price of currently available properties is $635,000, while the average is $840,368. Last year for the same week, sellers listed 71 homes and buyers ratified 51 contracts.
Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate — if you see a home you’re interested in purchasing, we’d love to help!
Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight homes that are new this week that I think you might like to check out.
- 4500 S. Four Mile Run Drive #1233, Arlington, VA 22204 — $349,900
- 2179 S. Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA 22204 — $579,900
- 3409 N. Wilson Boulevard #207, Arlington, VA 22201 — $688,500
- 420 S. Edgewood Street, Arlington, VA 22204 — $725,000
- 6820 28th Street N., Arlington, VA 22213 — $925,000
- 6115 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205 — $1,050,000
- 1411 N. Key Boulevard #311, Arlington, VA 22209 — $1,100,000
- 706 S. Barton Street, Arlington, VA 22204 — $1,249,000
Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.
For this week’s edition of Boring Title, we interviewed Cassidy Burns from Trent & Co.
Cassidy talks about purchasing new construction properties and the top 3 reasons why you should consider purchasing a new construction home.
Do you have questions about new construction homes? Send Cassidy an email at [email protected].
Have questions related to title insurance? Email Latane and Matt at [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company!
This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
By guest blogger and artist Melanie Kehoss.
The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST) is a self-guided free tour of artists in their studios held throughout Arlington County in early autumn. In response to the pandemic, this popular event is going virtual with a mix of videos and Facebook Live events from Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, September 27.
This is a non-juried showcase for local artists to feature their work, processes and studio spaces. For the last several years, it’s been a popular way for the community to experience the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County.
In 2020, our tour will go entirely online, with videos and Facebook Live events featuring artists in their studios. This format not only helps our artists and visitors feel safe and secure, it also provides an opportunity to “visit” far more studios than would be feasible in-person. Moreover, this virtual tour will showcase Arlington studios to art lovers around the country and the world! And yes… Much of the artwork you’ll see is available for purchase (see website for details)!
The 2020 Tour will begin on Wednesday, September 23 at 9 a.m., when 28 video studio visits premiere on You Tube. The interactive portion of the tour takes place on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, September 27 11 a.m.-4 p.m., when 12 more artists go live on Facebook.
Videos will also be available to watch after the event, but we encourage you to watch during the live sessions so you can comment and ask the artists questions! Look at the list of participating artists and the full schedule on the AVAST Website!
Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week is Jettie, a black lab mix who enjoys napping and playing with other dogs in the neighborhood.
Here is what Jettie had to say about her life here in Arlington:
Hello! I am Jettie, rescued from a beach in a place the humans call Puerto Rico. After a very brief time at customs (foster family), my forever humans found me just in time to keep them company while getting stuck at home!
In my role as pandemic support puppy, I have introduced my humans to a lot of other friendly humans and fellow dog friends in the neighborhood, all whom enjoy my signature white sock (paw) and affectionate kisses. When I’m not playing with my friends I like naps, beef liver treats, squirrels, sun tanning, and watching all the things from the window. Occasionally I unleash Jettie the Yeti (monster) to show my humans my enthusiasm but I do not think they have come to fully appreciate my creative energy that I have tried applying to the ends of their rugs, socks, and plants.
The humans say I am a black lab mix, maybe a borador. All I know is that none of it concerns play or food so not interesting. If I see you out and about, don’t be fooled by the bows that I got, I’m still, I’m still Jettie from the block.
Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!
Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6000 today!
Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.
This week’s key figure is… 20 percent.
During the last week, we’ve seen approximately a 20 percent increase in local listings spanning single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Spin it however you’d like folks, but the bottom line is that there’s a lot more homes to discover in our local market if you’re looking to buy.
With the influx of inventory, it appears more and more sellers are taking competitive measures to get their homes sold. Going back to that 20 percent figure, we saw the number of Just Reduced homes jump by nearly (you guessed it) 20 percent during the last week, too.
Regardless of what your home search may comprise, now is a great time to explore and, if you’re ready to commit, negotiate. For those looking to embark on that search, the time-tested and top-notch team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is ready to advocate on your behalf.
And now on to this week’s Just Reduced figures.
As of September 21, there are 176 detached homes, 47 townhouses and 314 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 48 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:
- 4126 26th Road N., 22207 — NOW: $1,999,000 (Reduced: $66,000 on 9/17)
- 2516 1st Road S., 22204 — NOW: $1,500,000 (Reduced: $100,000 on 9/19)
- 5100 N. Yorktown Boulevard, 22207 — NOW: $1,348,000 (Reduced: $26,1000 on 9/19)
- 2360 S. Arlington Ridge Road, 22202 — NOW: $1,055,000 (Reduced: $19,900 on 9/18)
- 2001 15th Street N. #1213, 22201 — NOW: $772,500 (Reduced: $15,000 on 9/17)
- 2603 S. Walter Reed Drive #A, 22206 — NOW: $389,900 (Reduced: $10,000. on 9/17)
Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Arlington Realty, Inc.
This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!
Question: Have you seen a shift in single-family home preferences away from D.C./Arlington further out into Northern Virginia?
Answer: Last week, I wrote about a clear shift in Arlington’s (and D.C.’s) condo market as historically high volumes of inventory have come to market and demand has tapered off. I received some follow-up questions about how the single-family market compares so this week we’ll take a look at some of the trends in single-family detached (SFD) homes in D.C., Arlington, Fairfax County and Loudoun County.
Across all markets, demand and competition for SFD homes is high, but there is a clear shift in preferences for SFD housing further away from the city that we’ve never seen before. Both Fairfax County and Loudoun County have reached all-time highs in absorption and all-time low months of supply.
Suburban Absorption Rate Sky-Rockets
The absorption rate, a strong metric for demand, has almost always been higher in D.C. and Arlington than in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. An absorption rate of 1.0 equals one home under contract for every home listed for sale and greater than 1.0 means homes are going off the market faster than they’re being put in the market.
The first chart shows a dramatic increase in the absorption rate in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties since June, far outpacing the D.C. and Arlington markets. Loudoun County, the furthest/least densely populated of the four markets was on fire in August, with an already high absorption rate increasing nearly 50% over July.
Check out the difference between the Arlington County and Loudoun County 10-year Absorption Rate in the second and third charts below.
Listing Volume Up Seasonally
One of the trends that stood out in last week’s condo analysis is the historically high volume of listings that came to market in July and August, ranking among the highest of any month in the last 10+ years. While the volume of SFD listings is up in July and August compared to past summer months, volume is still well below peak spring listing volume.
The year-over-year change in SFD listing volume in Arlington for July and August is pretty extreme (see second chart below) simply because of how low volume was in 2019 due to the Amazon HQ2 announcement, but the numbers still fall well below a normal spring market.
Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. Monday Properties is proudly featuring Shirlington Gateway. Say hello to the new 2800 Shirlington, which recently delivered a brand-new lobby and upgraded fitness center. Experience a prime location and enjoy being steps from Shirlington Village, a large retail hub with a variety of unique restaurants and shopping options. Spec suites with bright open plans and modern finishes are under construction and will deliver soon!
Ballston-based GoTab, a startup focused on the restaurant and hospitality business, has announced a fresh fundraising round.
The company says it has raised $6 million from a variety of investors, including restaurant, real estate and tech executives. The new funding will allow GoTab to “enhance its innovative technology and further bridge the gap between contactless dining and full-service hospitality.”
GoTab not only facilitates to-go orders, but it also allows in-person diners to place their orders without picking up a menu or talking to a server. It allows restaurant patrons to scan a QR code on their phones, order online and pay — “all without downloading an application or interacting with a server.”
The company has been on a tear since the start of the pandemic, as restaurants used to serving seated guests scrambled to fulfill a crush of takeout and delivery orders, while figuring out how to make the in-person dining experience safer. It now has hundreds of clients across 31 states, according to a press release.
“The new investment comes on the heels of a banner Labor Day weekend, when GoTab saw the highest number of transactions processed by operators since the platform’s creation in 2016,” the company said.
“We are excited for the possibilities that this new round of investment brings,” said GoTab CEO Tim McLaughlin, in a statement. “GoTab has helped countless operators adapt their hospitality model and turn a corner despite the current challenges they are facing. We are confident that further integrations and partnerships with best-of-breed technology will bring even more innovation and success to our operators.”
More from the press release:
Offering contactless ordering and payment since 2016, GoTab is helping hospitality operators rethink their service model, especially as they adapt to rapidly evolving regulations and consumer expectations. Early adopters such as Stone Brewing, Barcelona Wine Bar and Ballast Point Brewing Company have been able to leverage GoTab to optimize their servers’ time, work and interactions with customers to ensure a better guest experience. GoTab creates an efficient and hospitable environment for guests while freeing up front-of-house staff from low-impact tasks and allowing them to allocate more time to maintain proper safety guidelines which benefits both the operators and the guests.
With this new round of funding, GoTab is developing partnerships and facilitating integrations with other innovative best-of-breed hospitality tech platforms, all designed to ensure operators can optimize their business model and adapt swiftly to operational changes. Currently underway is the rollout of GoTab’s Mobile POS; i.e., contactless ordering and payment features for servers, making every guest transaction effortless, convenient and contact-free.
A market leader in features set, GoTab is currently the only self-service platform with native features for opening a digital tab, sharing and splitting the tab and calculating tips among friends, and keeping the tab open until it’s time to settle. The GoTab system is designed to be an integrated or stand-alone service, requiring minimal setup and a nominal per transaction percentage for operators, providing high-touch hospitality without the high-end price tag. It requires no additional hardware, software or support costs and works seamlessly for takeout and delivery service, providing the same ease and convenience as in-venue dining.
This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.
By John V. Berry, Esq.
As many have heard, as of July 1, 2020, the new Virginia Human Rights Act began to provide new protections from discrimination for employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lesser-known form of discrimination was also prohibited as of that date, which prohibits race discrimination based on hairstyle. Governor Northam signed the VHRA into law on March 4, 2020.
The Virginia legislature, in amending the VHRA, included a ban on discrimination “because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.”
Governor Northam stated, in approving the law: “It’s pretty simple — if we send children home from school because their hair looks a certain way, or otherwise ban certain hairstyles associated with a particular race — that is discrimination… This is not only unacceptable and wrong, it is not what we stand for in Virginia. This bill will make our Commonwealth more equitable and welcoming for all.” The Governor’s press release also cited to comments by Virginia Delegate McQuinn: “A person’s hair is a core part of their identity… Nobody deserves to be discriminated against simply due to the hair type they were born with, or the way in which they choose to wear it. The acceptance of one’s self is the key to accepting others.”
The Commonwealth of Virginia is now the fourth state to ban race-based hairstyle discrimination after California, New Jersey and New York passed similar laws. Colorado is in the process of enacting a similar law presently, and more than 20 other states have similar legislation proposed or pending.
This new legislation is likely to need to a 2-3 year period of adjustment as employers in Virginia start to realize that such forms of discrimination are against the law either through the complaint process or in court. A link to the new Virginia law is located here.
If you are in need of employment law legal representation or advice, please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or through our contact page to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook or Twitter.
This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.
Home insulation has a significantly greater impact on your home’s energy use and comfort than new windows or doors.
Believe it or not, 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. That means that you most likely live in one of them. Older Arlington homes were built when insulation was expensive and fuel was cheap. Many Arlington homes were built with no insulation and are uncomfortably hot in the summer, cold in the winter and have uneven temperatures room-to-room and floor-to-floor.
Do you have uneven temperatures throughout your home? What are you waiting for!? Join other Arlingtonians that already weatherized their homes and are enjoying the benefits of year-round comfort and lower utility bills.
You can also take advantage of the tax credit for insulation before the end of the year!
In most cases, the fixes aren’t complex and the cost will likely be less than you expect. In just one day you can have your home insulated and be comfortable year after year.
Unsure where to start? Check out this list of contractors who participated in previous County programs. Give an insulation contractor a call today to get an estimate.
The sooner you act the more comfortable your home will be.