7.17.2007

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?

2 comments:

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.