A sign of the times
Starbucks’ first U.S. Signing Store debuts in Tuesday, October 23, staffed by dozens of deaf and hard-of-hearing workers who are all proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). The existing Starbucks store at 6th and H Street NE, located steps from Gallaudet University, announced plans this summer to become the inaugural signing location. DCist maps out some of the changes implemented over the past few months, which included adding lower counter tops, low glare reflective surfaces, artwork by a deaf artist, and tablets for customer orders.
Beer and petition in one
Patchogue, New York’s Blue Point Brewing is delivering Congress a boatload of its new “Voters’ Day Off” beers — which double as signed petitions — on Wednesday, October 24. Blue Point’s point? To convince officials Election Day should be a federal holiday in order to get more voter turnout. Blue Point has been collecting signed cans from various events and their tasting room over the past few weeks, and the delivery will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Last call to drink pink for a cause
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, W Washington DC is offering a special patio menu with $1 from each elixir going to Georgetown Lombardi Capital Breast Care Center through the end of October. There’s a rosé sangria ($12) with Jim Beam bourbon, glasses of Chateau d’Esclans ($14), and Angry Orchard rosé ($7).
Cool news for Arlington
An ice cream chain born in Thailand is landing in Shirlington Village, reports ArlNow. I-CE-NY, which has since expanded to New York City and other U.S. cities, serves “smashed and rolled ice cream” with fruit, cookies and candy in the mix.