An Exclusive "Space" in Shaw

Renew Shaw (aka the blogger formerly known as Remaking le Slum Historique) has the goods on a new private club reportedly opening tonight in Shaw called The Space.

Set in an old carriage house at 903 N St. NW, the club claims to be a "loft style lounge with the feel of a home. For work, play, or simple relaxing." The Space was previously rented out for various events.

The club lists among its membership benefits: complimentary appetizers and a nightly cocktail hour, concierge services, free Wi-Fi, members-only events including art shows, fashion and music, and a private terrace available for parties.

There's no mention of the cost of membership, but you know what they say: If you have to ask... There's an application on the site that requests a photo (for security purposes), asks about your favorite national or international restaurants, vacation destinations and bars/clubs (extra points for international answers?), and about charity involvement.

Commenters on Renew Shaw have mixed opinions on the concept. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

"The Space" has been open since last year and probably didn't get enough business from private special events (their initial target market) so now they're re-launching as a member's club? Truth be told, their "space" leaves a lot to be desired.

Shaw Rez said...

I disagree, anon. I went to several functions at The (old) Space and always thought it was a pretty neat venue. The Space has recently undergone renovations, adding a pretty nice roofdeck and various upgrades furthering the private club/lounge schtick. I'm eager to check out how it's changed.

I don't think the owners consider The Space's prior incarnation as unsuccessful. Indeed, I think financially they did well. I think that the club concept is more in line with their vision for The Space: a constant hub of activity, interesting people in and out, casual-hip lounge-aesthetic, cultural gatherings, and so forth.

I think this new concept has potential to be awesome.