Douglas and Norman Jemal’s grand opening at the former Wonder Bread factory had everything one should expect from a Douglas Development party: gaggles of brokers, beautiful people and a historical Washington building whose old bones have been brought back to life with painstaking care.

The Jemals began renovating the building, at 641 S St. NW, once workplace consultant WorkSpaces committed to the chic building, but the deal fell through. That left the room full of brokers to speculate on what type of hip architecture/consulting/nonprofit outfit might be willing to relocate to Shaw.

Jones Lang LaSalle, which is handling the marketing, began the pitch by overnighting cases of Twinkies — not easily found in the United States — from Canada.


— Jonathan O’Connell

What do Bethesda-based KoolSpan, Reston-based Clarabridge and McLean-based Celerity have in common?

On Capitol Hill, a bunch of dummies

They were hawking simulation technology, but several companies took the opportunity earlier this month to meet face-to-face with lawmakers as they promoted their wares.

The Arlington-based National Training and Simulation Association paired up with the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus to hold an expo on Capitol Hill.

MPS Techline, of Willow Grove, Pa., displayed a mannequin on a stretcher, alongside an array of gruesome wound simulations.

— Marjorie Censer

35th anniversary celebration for Navy Federal

The Ballston branch of Navy Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest credit union, celebrated its 35th anniversary Tuesday. The branch provided free food for its 16,000 members and held a cake-cutting ceremony in the afternoon.

“We are grateful for the chance to serve our current members and look forward to welcoming many more in the years to come,” said Carlos Perez, branch manager.

— Abha Bhattarai

Engility’s give-back

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Chantilly-based Engility’s founding, company executives opted to give back to their customer.

The company was spun off from New York-based L-3 Communications about a year ago. Engility donated $25,000 to the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund’s emergency assistance loans, which go to federal employees experiencing financial hardship.

— Marjorie Censer