I was in the Timor Bodega the other day and ran into a gal I had met at the Bloomingdale Wine Social. I had mentioned to her that I was going in search of almonds, which Timor did not have for some fish I was trying out. She had almonds and offered to give me some of hers at her house. So on our way there she mentioned that her business was planning on having Timor be their supplier for the food for their personal chef (that's not exactly it but close enough) biz. And as some of y'all know Timor is also running Field to City (as reported by PoP and the Bloomingdale Blog), in addition to Kim's dog sitting.
Bloomingdale seems to be so Brooklynish, with these small businesses popping up, which is exciting to here about. Unlike greater Shaw which tends to hing on large scale PUD projects involving a mix of government funding, tax breaks, lawyers, and development firms. In Bloomingdale I'm hearing about small green pet place and designs to try to open a wine a cheese spot. Small but with the possiblity of having a great impact. Timor Bodega is tiny, but look at the impact Kim and Face and the rest of the crew has had. Big Bear is just one coffee shop, but it is a great anchor for the Bloomingdale farmer's market (when is that coming back?) and other arts related events.
Not that I have anything against the gigantic development projects. I'm looking forward to O Street, as I noticed it creeping towards progress with one piece of heavy equipment parked on the grounds. And my neighbor IT's firm is involved with the development over the northern exit of the Shaw metro station. Nor am I ignoring the small businesses in eastern Shaw. Congrats to Beau Thai for being voted #3 by the City Paper. However the dynamics seem different in Bloomingdale. I'm so happy to be living so close to a neighborhood that is becoming so freakin cool.