FREE 18 INCH DONUTS AT SUGAR SHACK OPENING THIS WEEKEND!?

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This Friday, August 18, Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee opens in Shaw. This is the twelfth store opening, but there’s a bit of a difference with it. It’s got late opening hours, and you can get your doughnuts warmed. Could there be anything better?

Well, actually, there could. Opening weekend is packed full with prizes, specials and events. From 6 AM Friday, you could win one of the much wanted prizes. The first 50 customers in line will be the lucky recipients of a free doughnut a month for a year. FREE 18 INCH DONUTS AT SUGAR SHACK OPENING THIS WEEKEND!?

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

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These days, staying hip is a full-time job. Shopping local is cool but where, exactly, you’re spending your dollar bills is constantly changing. Gifting something unique is awesome, but damn if that’s not more effort than I have to give sometime. In enters two DC startups, looking to shake up the shopping scene in a few different ways. Between helping wannabe (or exhausted) hipsters find the best of the best in terms of local goodies and curating gifts so that you can keep your title as perfect friend/daughter-in-law/neighbor or whatever, these startups are coming to the rescue by way of quick, painless (and kind of fun) shopping. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s Trace project, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through January, highlights the plight of political activists worldwide who may otherwise have been forgotten. Portraits of 176 men and women created entirely from Legos bring life and color to the bleak existences many must endure as punishment for speaking out against discrimination, maltreatment and oppression. AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

DC SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: ICE CREAM JUBILEE

If you aren’t aware, let me inform and assure you: Being a small business owner is daunting. No matter what dream you are chasing, there are bills to pay, questions to answer, and hurdles to overcome. Yet, people still walk boldly down the path of entrepreneurship – and they do it with flair and determination. DC is no exception to the rule. Hidden in back alleys, tucked in spots where you least expect it, and proudly flaunted in broad daylight next to the big guns, this is a town where dreams can and do come true (with a healthy dose of hard work, of course). For this post, I want to shine the small business spotlight on a DC staple…Ice Cream Jubilee. DC SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: ICE CREAM JUBILEE