Lidl Grand Opening is Finally Here!

We’re so excited to announce that the long awaited Lidl will be joining us in our very own Skyland Town Center this Wednesday, 9/28! As a resident of Crest, we look forward to having you join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and store preview on Tuesday, as well as the Grand Opening Event on Wednesday! Please read below for more information on the Grand Opening Event, and click here to see what else we have just steps away from The Crest!


Grand Opening Event Details 

At the grand opening celebrations on September 28, customers will be able to take advantage of get-them-while-you-can grand opening special offers at the new store. The first 100 customers in line before the store opening at 8:00 a.m. will be presented with a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers can enter to win a $500 Lidl gift card, sample Lidl’s award-winning assortment, and take advantage of special giveaways.  

Lidl is proud to partner with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide food to community members in need. Throughout the entire grand opening weekend, Wednesday-Sunday, Lidl will donate $1 to the food bank for every new myLidl member who signs up and sets Lidl Skyland as their home store. 

Store Features  

Lidl has been repeatedly recognized for its shopping experience. For the second consecutive time, Food & Wine Magazine recently ranked Lidl among its Top 10 U.S. Supermarket rankings – ahead of retailers like Trader Joe’s and Costco. A study from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School observed that prices on Lidl’s award-winning assortment were up to 45 percent lower than nearby national grocers. 

When entering the Skyland store, shoppers can expect to experience the following: 

World-Class Shopping Experience 

  • Shoppers will save time and money each week with Lidl’s award-winning assortment and highly attractive prices. 
  • The store will be newly fitted out with an easy-to-shop layout that will mean a faster and more convenient shop for customers. 

Quality Without Question 

  • Healthy, responsible choices, including hundreds of organic and gluten free products. 
  • Unique specialty items ranging from hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cured meats, and more – all at incredibly affordable prices. 
  • Award winning foods– Lidl’s private label products have won more than 500 awards. 
  • The Lidl Love it Guarantee– A logo that guarantees customer satisfaction; shoppers love the product they buy – or they are entitled to a refund, and a replacement. 

Eco-Friendly Store Design

  • Lidl’s state-of-the-art building contains many sustainable features and is pursuing LEED Gold Certification.
  • Electric Vehicle charging stations have been installed for customer and employee use.
  • One hundred percent of the store’s indoor and outdoor lights use LED bulbs.

Surprise and Delight 

  • Lidl offers an ever-changing selection of food and non-food specials brought in each Wednesday for a limited time, keeping the shopping experience exciting and new. The rotating non-food selection will include fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, outdoor furniture, and more. 

Committed to Fresh:  

  • Lidl produce is brought in fresh each day and features more than 100 high quality fresh fruit and vegetable options at amazingly affordable prices. 
  • All Lidl flowers are guaranteed fresh and beautiful for five days at a minimum, with roses and lilies guaranteed for seven. 
  • Lidl’s fresh bakery will offer breads, pastries and other items baked throughout the day.  

Focused On Our People:

  • Lidl offers wages and benefits for its team that are above the industry standard in every market in which it operates.  
  • Starting pay for Lidl Skyland Store Associates will be $16.50 per hour.  
  • Lidl offers healthcare coverage to all team members, including those working part-time, regardless of the number of hours worked. 

About Lidl  Lidl operates around 11,550 stores and is active in 32 countries, employing more than 341,000 employees globally. Lidl offers customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at unbelievably low prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today sells its award-winning products in more than 150 stores across nine east coast states. For more information, visit www.Lidl.com

Porchfest DC 2022 is Coming to Skyland Town Center!

Porchfest DC 2022 is coming to Skyland Town Center this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited! Crest residents will have a front row seat to all of the action! Wondering about what Porchfest is and how to take part in the fun and festivities? Read below to find out more about the history of this event, what it does for our community, as well as how to take part in the fun!

What is Porchfest DC?

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Established in 2018, Porchfest DC is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 that transforms front porches and lawns into unique entertainment experiences. The first Southeast Porchfest in 2018 had an estimated 500 attendees. The mission of Porchfest is to spotlight both emerging performance artists and burgeoning communities East of the River. Porchfest strives to be so much more than just performances from lawns and porches—it strives to spotlight the unique qualities of the communities as well as local performers who preserve the history and culture of Washington DC.

How do I attend Porchfest DC?

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Porchfest is an all-day event on Sunday, September 25th, 2022. While the music crawl begins at noon, there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family ahead of the music crawl. Beginning at 10:00 am, you can participate in a 45-minute yoga session on the grass lawn of the Senior Wellness Center (3001 Alabama Ave SE, opposite and cattycorner to The Crest!). After some opening remarks, you can participate in numerous family-friendly festivities from 12pm-2pm at the Senior Wellness Center. Alternatively, you can proceed to the first performance which begins at noon. While a full map of performances and schedules will be released the day before, the first performance is set to begin at 2901 32nd Street SE. This is just South of the Hillcrest Recreation Center. Be sure to catch the final performances at the stage right here at Skyland Town Center starting at 3PM!

How long is each performance, and how do I get to each one?

Each performance is slated to be approximately 45 minutes. The route for Porchfest is designed to be walkable with each performance being a 10–20-minute walk from one another. Additionally, the route conveniently ends at Skyland Town Center!

What if I want to participate, but can’t attend the individual performances?

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This is not a problem! While you’ll be able to jump in at any point, there will be plenty of festivities at the Skyland Town Center stage. These festivities begin at 3:00PM with a performance from the National Symphony Orchestra and end with a final performance at 7:30PM!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Porchfest DC, and stay tuned for other upcoming events. For more info about points of interest and the convenience of being a resident of the Crest, click here!


For more FAQ’s about Porchfest DC, please click here!

Meet The Team: Armonie Bartlett

Meet Crest at Skyland Town Center’s Leasing Manager, Armonie Bartlett. Armonie heads up our Leasing team and is dedicated to helping you find your perfect apartment home. We wanted to share a little bit about Armonie, so we asked her about her favorite things about The Crest and DC as a whole!

When you unwind at the end of the day, where do you go?

To the comfort of my living roomthere’s no place like home!

What’s a local organization in DC doing good for the community that readers should know about?

THEARC is really nice! My son attends the camp there during the summers. They also have tons of events and resources that are super beneficial to children in this community.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and what do you order?

I usually bring my lunch every day because I love to cook however, I ran to &pizza when they finally opened here at the Town Center. I usually order traditional dough, spicy and classic sauce, shredded mozzarella, spinach, pepperoni, with hot honey and basil pesto finishes.

How did you end up in DC?

I was born and raised in Washington, DC. Growing up my family relocated to Texas and Aberdeen due to my father being in the military. DC has always felt like home to me.

What are you Netflix-binging on right now?

The new season of Stranger Things!

If you were to work from home, which Crest space would you choose?

Definitely the conference room.

How do you think life at the Crest allows residents to thrive?

I think life at the Crest gives residents a taste of city views and convenience of DC. With the addition of the LIDL grocery store and having the first drive thru Starbucks in DC, there is so much just footsteps away for everyone to enjoy.

What made you want to come work at The Crest?

I wanted to come work at The Crest because I love being a part of something new, it is exciting to be at a new development. There is a lot that this area offers and it will be great to see how things evolve.

Featured Apartment Floor Plan: 2-B

Summer 2022 is in full swing and it’s not too late to lock in an amazing apartment at The Crest before they’re all gone! We have a fantastic featured floor plan you can’t miss if you are out apartment hunting.

Crest at Skyland Town Center offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments. We believe that quality should be a standard. These apartments come equipped with custom style backsplashes, updated kitchen features, wood laminate flooring, and more!

Within the community, you’ll find an incredible spread of amenities. You’ll have a gorgeous pool, two-story fitness center, 24-hour concierge, resident parking garage, dog park, and a resident clubroom. You also have the convenience of a friendly on-site management team and 24-hour emergency maintenance.

Just outside your front door, Skyland Town Center is open for business! You can check out DC’s only drive-thru Starbucks, Roaming Rooster restaurant and their delicious custard milkshakes. You also have conveniences like CVS and Chase Bank. We’ve recently added Skyland Nails and Spa and & Pizza to our repertoire, and are looking forward to the upcoming opening of Lidl.

But, when choosing an apartment home, we know the most important factor is if the floorplan will work for you and your lifestyle. Featured below is one of our favorite two-bedroom floor plans: the 2-B.

Take a look!

Crest Two Bedroom 2-B

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Whether you’re looking for a floor plan that offers an equitable layout for roommates, the perfect second bedroom for a guest bedroom/home office set up, or you’re just a fan of symmetry, the 2-B floor plan leaves little to be desired.

Not only does this layout have pleasing proportionality with respect to space, it also features some great extras. Two prime examples are the side-by-side full-size washer/dryer and laundry closet with a folding table and expansive windows offering abundant natural light in the main living area.

Both bedrooms can easily accommodate a queen size bed which makes furnishing a breeze. Also, both bedrooms are graciously appointed with walk-through closets that offer plenty of storage and private access to both bathrooms. As an added bonus, its straight lines and generous living room space make it incredibly flexible in terms of accommodating your furniture. It won’t be hard to see yourself living in this versatile space.

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Convenience at The Crest

Convenience at The Crest is one of its greatest hallmarks. There’s something to be said about being able to have access to a variety of different services just steps from your front door. With some exciting retailers having recently opened, we wanted to provide a guide to both the newly joined as well as those who will be joining us soon!

CVS

This nationally known chain was one of our first open retail spaces at Skyland Town Center. We’re excited to have one conveniently located for your convenience and pharmacy needs!

Chase Bank

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In a predominately digital financial world, we all know the frustration of needing a convenient ATM. With Chase Bank just downstairs, you can say “goodbye” to this frustration! If you’re looking to make a change with your banking, it also doesn’t hurt to have a Nationally accessible bank in your building.

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Roaming Rooster

Craving a delicious chicken sandwich? Roaming Rooster has you covered for those days where you just don’t feel like cooking. We recommend The Buffalo (extra hot, if you’re brave!). Beyond sandwiches, this fast casual option also offers chicken tenders and wings if you’re looking to mix it up.

Skyland Nail Salon and Spa

Looking to spice up your nail game? One of our newest retail spaces, Skyland Nail Salon and Spa has you covered! Pamper yourself the way you deserve with a relaxing Spa Pedicure or make a fashion statement with some of their exciting nail art. With a wide variety of services as well as very reasonable prices, we think you’ll love your experience!

Starbucks

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Whether you’re working from home or commuting, this Starbucks location will cover your coffee needs. Not only does this brand-new location have plenty of seating (indoor and outdoor!), it’s one of the rare locations in DC that feature a drive through meaning you can grab your latte on your way to work without ever leaving your vehicle!

&Pizza

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Last, but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to announce the recent opening of this brand-new &Pizza location! If you’re looking for a quick lunch or an easy dinner, we highly recommend that you try one of their handcrafted personal pizzas. Try one of their artisanal concepts or create your own with an endless variety of free toppings!

Coming Soon:

Lidl

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We are thrilled to welcome this incredible grocery store this Fall just steps from The Crest. This German-based super market concept offers an incredible array of fresh produce and other quality grocery items at unbeatable prices. They also offer lots of international products as well at equally great prices. Sizing in at nearly 30,000 square feet, you’ll never want to grocery shop anywhere else.

Balcony Design Tips for Your Apartment

Living your best balcony life is easy at Crest at Skyland Town Center

Balcony life is the best life! For anyone that lives in an apartment home with an outdoor space understands this very well. There’s nothing quite like being able to step out and get some fresh air right when you wake up or having a quaint setting to be able to entertain family and friends whenever they visit. A balcony is an expansion of your living space, which means it requires just as much if not more design thought than went into the indoor portion of your apartment. At Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments, we know a thing or two about balcony life. We offer a wide variety of balcony-style floor plans that give our residents a perfect opportunity to express their outdoor creativity. Whether you already have a balcony space in your apartment or looking to get one soon, you must know the elements of making your outdoor space as inclusive as possible. Below is our curated list of some great ways to begin creating a balcony aesthetic that you can be proud of; having an outdoor space that you never want to leave no matter what season we’re in is the goal. Use these essential balcony tips to get started today! 

1. Add something cozy to step on.

One of the best ways to start your balcony design journey is by adding a soft flooring area. An outdoor rug or a turf placement instantly turns your outdoor space into an outdoor living room. There is something special about being able to step out to your balcony bare-footed on a Friday night or early Saturday morning and embrace the soft footing while enjoying incredible views. 

2. Lights, Lights, and More Lights.

Decorating your balcony in lights is a fantastic way to add a glow to your outdoor space. There are various light color options you can utilize to add a pop to your balcony paradise. When it gets dark outside, the intimate setting the lights create will make you want never to come inside! 

3. Greenery goes a long way.

Adding some greenery will always add a warm personality to your outdoor space! When you engulf yourself in some of your favorite plants, you turn your balcony into a place of serenity and peace. When shopping for outdoor plants, make sure you keep an eye out for outdoor-specific plants. Having plants made for an outdoor setting will save you a lot of time in plant maintenance. 

4. Outdoor Furniture, of course.

Having some kind of furniture on your balcony is a must! We know that balconies come in all different shapes and sizes. Whatever size your balcony is, be sure to get some outdoor furniture that will mix well with the dimensions of your outdoor setting, whether they’re small chairs with a table to match, larger recliner chairs, or even a couch. Creating a relaxed atmosphere on your balcony will serve you well in your apartment living experience. 

5. Think outside of the box.

One of the best things about your balcony space is that it’s not the first thing people see when they walk in. What does this mean? This means you have the green light to think outside of the box in your design process. Get crazy with color selections, get some super exotic plants, add a hangable picture. Whatever comes to your mind, do it! And then do it again! There’s no such thing as regrets when it comes to putting together your outdoor space. 

At Crest at Skyland Town Center, we offer great balcony floor-plan options that will make apartment living as enjoyable as you need it to be. Click here to check out our availability for our balcony-style options. 

5 Easy Plants to Grow This Spring Season

Another Spring season in DC is here! And the time to decide which plants you want to grace your apartment home with this season begins now. If you are like most apartment dwellers, this is also the time of year where you begin to face the harsh reality that while having plants inside of your apartment home sounds nice, it can be hard to keep them alive at times.

But we’re here to tell you to, pick your chin up, stop your worrying, break out that seed starter, and put on those plant gloves because this is the season that you are going to grow and maintain those apartment plants successfully! And your Crest family is here to help!

One of the most common reasons why renters’ have trouble successfully maintaining the plants inside of their apartments is because of lack of time. Between work and social life, residents find that there are very few hours left in a day to give their plants the attention they need. Another main reason is remembering to apply the proper upkeep required for the plants to be able to thrive during the season.

So, what is the best way to combat maximizing your time and your memory?

Grow plants that don’t require as much attention!

Now, there are a countless number of “easy to maintain” plants out there, but we have taken the liberty of creating a list of five of our favorite, “low maintenance” plants for your Spring season.

We hope that this is the year that you will be able to overcome your plant growing slump, and officially obtain your green thumb!

Happy planting!

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is the most ideal plant for the people who don’t have a lot of growing experience. 

These plants can be grown in low light and only need to be watered occasionally.

The Snake plant also has a beautiful design that enhances everything in the room. Owners also love this plant because it also removes toxins from the air. All of these things make it a perfect starter plant for any apartment home. 

Your visitors will surely want to mimic your apartment-style once they see this plant standing tall in your apartment.

Spider Plant

The Spider plant is easily one of the most popular houseplants. People gravitate to this plant because of its toughness, ease of growing and maintenance.

This plant quickly adapts to almost any condition making suitable to display on your private balcony.

Be sure to keep the plant in a bright spot and maintain slight moisture in the soil, and it will grow happily!

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is among the most natural plants to grow indoors.

The Peace Lily can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions and only needs moderate watering.

You will love the Peace Lily’s curved leaves and white flowers. This ultimately gives the plant an exotic and elegant look.

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your apartment this Spring season, this Peace Lily will immediately add a beautiful look to your residence. 

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is a beautiful and natural plant to grow.

Provide it abundant water, and it’ll grow well even in indirect light. People love this plant because of its sturdy nature.

Protect the plant from cold drafts and provide iron fertilizer occasionally. Once full-grown, this plant will add a classic look to your apartment this season, and many seasons going forward.

Succulents and Cacti

Succulents and Cacti are ideal for those who tend to forget to water and care for plants.

These plants are very adaptable and can survive many adverse conditions.

They simply need to be placed on a bright spot with well-drained soil and a little water.

This plant is perfect for residents who have a balcony in their apartment home!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

Winter is a thing of the past, and Spring is finally here! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment at the front end of the new year!

We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot of you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.

For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time-efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season! 

Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS 

 Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas makes the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.

Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.

Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER

 A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.

Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.

So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!

Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.

 The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.

Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.

Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.

Featured Apartment Floor Plans at Crest

There are only thirty days until springtime 2022 is upon us and we think spring is the best time to move into a new apartment home! We have two fantastic featured floor plans you can’t miss if you are out apartment hunting.

Crest at Skyland Town Center offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments equipped with custom style backsplashes, updated kitchen features, wood laminate flooring, and more! The Crest community offers you a gorgeous pool, two-story fitness center, 24-hour concierge, dedicated resident parking garage, dog park, and a resident clubroom. You also have the convenience of a friendly 24-hour, on-site management team to assist with maintenance in your new home.

Just outside Crest’s front door, Skyland Town Center is open for business! You can check out DC’s only drive-thru Starbucks, Roamin Rooster restaurant and their delicious custard milkshakes, and easy conveniences like CVS and Chase Bank.

But when choosing an apartment home, we know the most important factor is if the floorplan will work for you and your lifestyle. Featured below are two of our favorites. Apply for either of these floor plans by March 20th and get up to one-month free.

Take a look!

Crest One-Bedroom B1

This one-bedroom apartment is the ultimate in efficient living! The apartment has a stackable washer and dryer that you can access from the hallway. The bedroom is large enough for a queen-size bed and it has a walk-in closet. The living area is highlighted by four windows letting in natural light. The kitchen area features upgraded appliances including a microwave, dishwasher, electric stove, and refrigerator. Also, note the custom-styled cabinets and the tile backsplashes.

Crest Two-Bedroom 2I

This popular two-bedroom apartment floor-plan boasts two full-size balconies both located in the kitchen/living area. This corner apartment is bathed in natural light. Residents will enjoy upgraded appliances, wood laminate flooring, and sleek tile backsplashes.

Each bedroom includes a full-size size walk-in closet and an adjacent bathroom. The bedrooms are split by the living space, allowing for some privacy. The apartment is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer. There are lots of thoughtful touches like the lighted art niche in the entryway. The 1100+ square feet of this apartment allows for endless flexibility in its design.

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9 Reasons to Own a Dog

You have been thinking about it for months—even years. The timing has never been “right.” You have been making excuses for why owning a pet wouldn’t be a good fit and how much responsibility it would take. Think about it no further! At Crest apartments, we take great pride in welcoming pets into our community. We genuinely believe in the many benefits of pet companionship. To help give you some ideas about why owning a pet would be good for you mentally and physically, we’ve compiled our top reasons we believe dogs really are a person’s best friend.

A Dog helps make your WFH day more stress-free:

Research has shown that employees who bring their dogs along to the office report higher satisfaction. In addition, simply having your dog close by for tasks at home and work can reduce stress. Having a furry companion can help add some excitement to your home office days as we all continue with our work-from-home journey.

They will keep you in good shape

Dogs are active creatures and will help bring out the same in you; who could refuse a walk or a round of fetch from a smiling, slobbering face. 

They can help improve your social life

Getting out to the park and mingling with other dog-lovers is a great way to meet like-minded people, and you may even make a new friend. Living at Crest Apartments gives you convenient access to some of the best dog locations just minutes away in the Capitol Riverfront area.

They can help reduce your heating bill

Snuggling up to your furry friend is not only good for the soul, but it can also serve as an extra layer of warmth. So in the winter months, grab a cup of tea and some quality couch time, then watch your heating costs fall.

They will never judge you

Whether you’re hanging at home on a Saturday night or crying over spilled milk, your pup will never think less of you; in either scenario, they’ll probably thank you.

You’ll never eat alone again

Through every snack, every meal, they’ll be there. Watching. Waiting.

They will teach you how to live in the moment

Dogs will never forget the people who care for them, but they tend to live for the moment by nature. From the sensation of the wind blowing in your hair to the importance of a quality belly scratch, your pup can teach you a thing or two about enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

They are incredibly loyal creatures

They will, without a doubt, be by your side through thick and thin; all you have to do is walk through the front door.

Pets can boost your immunity

According to a study at Wilkes University, simply petting a dog can up your levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights off the common cold. In addition, having a companion to provide social support will boost your resistance to disease and infections.  Additionally, dogs tend to track in just enough germs to help build immunity.

Check out our pet-friendly apartment community at Crest at Skyland Town Center including a dog wash and dog park! Explore our available apartments here.

Roamin Rooster Opening

Crest residents, the wait is over.

Roaming Rooster, the wildly popular fried chicken restaurant, opens its Skyland Town Center location on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, 1pm.

And on Friday, Feb. 11, the drive-through Starbucks at Skyland (the first in DC!) will start serving at 5:30 am.

Not only is this the first Roaming Rooster to open east of the Anacostia River, it’s the first branch to launch a homemade custard milkshake program!

So come for the chicken and shakes, and also a DJ, merchandise and gift card giveaways and free food samples.

The Black-owned, Washington-based business started in 2015 as a food truck operating in the District; the family parlayed its loyal following into a brick-and-mortar operation in 2018, since then opening DC locations in Tenleytown, U Street, Western Market and Woodridge.

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