Archive for the ‘Small Businesses’ category

New Workout Studio, Sweat DC, Open on Georgia Avenue

November 21, 2017

At the beginning of October Sweat DC opened at 3232 Georgia Avenue. SWEAT DC is a 45 minute workout party designed to break down barriers and build a stronger you! Sessions include 35 people and take participants through a total body strength workout. The Website describes it as “Tone your muscle, burn through fat, sculpt your body, have a little fun, and find the new you all to the best beats, and a motivational coach!”

You can learn more about Sweat DC at their Facebook page as well.

 

Fish in the Hood Seeks Donations to Assist in Repairs & Reopening

October 23, 2017

A fire on April 14, 2017, shuttered Fish in the Hood. Bill White is working to reopen the business.

Back on April 14, 2017, a fire at Fish in the Hood lead to its closure. Since that time, owner Bill White has been working to reopen the business located at 3601 Georgia (corner of Georgia and Otis Place). Here’s an opportunity where you can help! While insurance will cover some of the costs needed to reopen, it won’t cover everything. Fish in the Hood is currently seeking community support to assist in getting this well loved business repaired and reopened.

Neighbors can make donations through a GoFundMe fundraiser. Below is the text from teh GoFundMe page.

Bill White began Fish in the Neighborhood as a family business in 1996, taking orders out of a home kitchen.  In no time, orders were coming in at two or three hundred each weekend.  Our family eventually raised enough money to rent the building on 3601 Georgia Avenue.

For 20 years, we’ve been proud to serve great food with support from the loving people in this community.  Fish in the Hood is a special place because we offer something for everyone, our customers include doctors, lawyers, politicians and actors,  in addition to everyday people who just need a good meal.  We love our customers, and we love to give back to the community we share.

On April 14, 2017, the day before Good Friday, we were getting the kitchen ready and heard someone screaming. One of the deep friers was flaming like a blowtorch, it quickly jumped to the duct work and up to the ceiling. Luckily, we all escaped safely, including Bill’s stepmother Gina, who was upstairs above the fire.

We hope to renovate and bring Fish in the Hood back in operation  (including thicker, more durable deep friers!). While insurance covers part of the costs, we need help from the community to make up the difference.

Since the fire we have had such an outpouring of support from customers, friends and family, asking how they can help. We created this page as a resource to take donations. Thank you all for your amazing support.

Mayor Bowser Visits Park View, Announces Main Street, & Walks Community

October 17, 2017

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser visited the Park View neighborhood with two goals. The first was to announce that Georgia Avenue Thrive and their partner District Bridges have been selected to lead the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program. DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts in the District of Columbia. The announcement was held at Walls of Books.

(Pablo Sierra, Brianne Dornbush, and Jennifer Kuiper with Mayor Bowser.)

Following the Main Street announcement, Mayor Bowser toured the neighborhood with community leaders and agency representatives. The route went north of Walls of Books along Georgia Avenue to Princeton Place, where it headed east to the Park View Recreation Center, wound past the school and then east on Newton Place ending at the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center. The Mayor was especially interested in talking to small businesses owners along Georgia Avenue, checking out vacant properties, getting details on the damaged playground at the Bruce Monroe at Park View school, and everything in between. Following the neighborhood walk, Mayor Bowser held office hours at the Senior Wellness Center.

Below are a few photos from the community walk.

October First Friday Offers Much to Do — Check It Out!

October 5, 2017

It is once again First Friday time! Join your neighbors on Georgia Avenue from 6-9 on Friday evening and celebrate the small businesses of our neighborhood, enjoy their specials and special events. For a list of all participating businesses and a map check: http://bit.ly/2xH7JLN

A few of the high-lights are:

  • Live music galore: Listen to live piano music at Mom N’Pop Antiques (3534 Georgia Ave NW) as you peruse their eclectic furniture, art and home decor; dance and listen to live rock by Judge Smith at the Old Murray’s Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave NW); and head down to the Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave NW) for some jazz and funk by Three Man Soul Machine.
  • Love the Story District’s “gold standard” (Washington Post) shows in storytelling and have been wondering if you should give it a try? Friday is your day! Story District is offering a free flash course to let you get a taste. Register for free ahead of time as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2fNZTqe
  • Scavenger Hunt for young and old developed by Teaching for Change (http://www.teachingforchange.org/). Pick up the questions at our table on the Old Murray’s Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave NW) and look for the clues at 7 participating businesses on Georgia Ave NW. We have prizes for the first three entries.
  • Local author reading at Walls of Books. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
  • Halloween is just around the corner so we all gotta get some pumpkins and start carving. We will have pumpkins at the Old Murray’s Parking Lot for $5 a piece (proceeds benefiting Georgia Avenue Thrive).

… and last but not least, First Friday has an additional drop off spot for Halloween costumes for our Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton. Just come on down the the Old Murray’s Parking Lot and drop off new or gently used costumes there. More details: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx

Midlands & Wonderland told Dogs Not Allowed! Who’s Next?

September 20, 2017

Andy sitting outside the entrance of Midlands, which has been informed that dogs are no longer permitted (Photo from Midlands Facebook page).

Following last week’s news that the Department of Health (DOH) visited Wonderland and informed them that dogs were no longer allowed anywhere on the premises, yesterday I was informed that the DOH visited the Midland’s and delivered the same message. This is Nuts! It appears to be a sustained DOH effort that will put all dog-friendly summer gardens and sidewalk cafes at risk if not addressed quickly — a prospect that I dread.

As a Ward 1 resident and someone who has patronized both Wonderland and Midlands, I find this recent engagement from the DOH unwelcomed. If it is based in District law, as they’ve stated, that law should be reviewed and amended to permit businesses the option of offering dog-friendly outdoor spaces or not. In my experience, these spaces have not been a problem. Neighboring Arlington, in fact, went so far as to ament their laws to allow dogs at restaurants in 2013. There is no reason that District law shouldn’t follow that example.

To highlight the lunacy of this, outdoor spaces are subject to the elements. That isn’t just dust, pollen, and rain. It is also mosquitoes, other insects, birds and occasionally rats of which we have plenty. So banning dogs from outdoor eating spaces really doesn’t make them healthier or safer — it just makes them less friendly and community serving.

I have already contacted the Mayor’s office and am seeking a solution.

August First Friday Happening This Week!

August 2, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive’s First Friday event is growing, and picks up two new businesses this month. First Friday’s is a celebration of our local small businesses, with many participating businesses offering something special for visitors. Below is the write up from this month’s event:

It’s hot out there! Enjoy another great First Friday on Georgia Avenue, #Beachinthecity edition! We will again have almost 20 businesses on (see list below) Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Mark those calendars, get into a relaxed beach mindset and stay tuned for the specials and special events for the August one. And, as always, we are partnering with our friends in Petworth Petworth Arts Collaborative. Happy Friday!

Add your favorite “summer strut” songs to our First Friday summer playlist on Spotify by “following” the playlist and then adding them: http://bit.ly/2shTX0M

Participating Businesses
♣ Bravo Bar
♣ Colony Club
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge
♣ District Dogs
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC
♣ Ana’s Restaurante
♣ Walls of Books – Washington, DC
♣ The Midlands
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering
♣ Yoga Heights
♣ Mom ‘N Pop Antiques [NEW]
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge
♣ DC Reynolds
♣ Walters Sports Bar
♣ Reliable Tavern
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave)

#FirstFridayDC #GeorgiaAveDC

New Convenience Store Open at Georgia and Irving

July 5, 2017

The Family Convenience Store has recently opened at 3100 Georgia Avenue, the northwest corner of Georgia and Irving. The building has been vacant for about six years. Has anyone checked it out?


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