This Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine features a profile on Marc Barnes, local nightlife entrepreneur who was the mastermind behind Love (formerly Dream), which shortly after its opening became the single hottest spot in town for African American professionals. The club hosted numerous A-list performers, including Beyonce, Busta Rhymes and Diddy, and was the spot of former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas’s million-dollar 25th birthday party in January 2007.

Recently Barnes has landed on tough times, spiraling into bankruptcy that has forced him to sell Love. (He still owns the Park at 14th.) Now he is looking to regain his stronghold on the D.C. club scene. Read David Montgomery’s story and check out Ben de la Cruz’s videos.