Black-Owned Businesses near NoMa DC

Today we recognize Juneteenth. Our Nation’s second Independence Day, that celebrates the abolition of slavery. As we take a step back and think about the monumental impact this day in 1865 had on people of color, we must also look at Juneteenth today as yet another opportunity to reflect on our place in present history. To ensure that we continue to do our parts to ultimately eliminate the systemic racism and the social injustice that still exists for Black people currently.

Let us all remember Juneteenth as a massive milestone in history, but more importantly, as a reminder of the conversations that still need to happen and actions to take to achieve the goal of equality.

While there is a multitude of ways, you can be an ally for #BlackLivesMatter causes, one constant that serves as a positive impact is consumer support. So in observation of the Juneteenth Holiday, we encourage our residents to support a local Black-owned business today by becoming a customer. 

Living in the NoMa neighborhood puts you within walking distance of some popular black-owned establishment staples in the District! 

Check out our list below! 

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Address: 1001 H St NE

Serving as a DC staple restaurant for over 60 years, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been the go-to food location for celebrities, politicians, tourists, and DC residents alike. 

And what makes this establishment a DC treasure is its authenticity. The counter, booths, and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe, and service and quality as guiding principles. 

Stop by Ben’s Chili Bowl for a real taste of DC. Whether it’s one of their famous chili bowls, a milkshake, or the many other delicious menu items.

Busboys & Poets: K Street

Address: 450 K St NW

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was founded by owner Andy Shallal, an artist, activist, and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents, and progressive community embraced Busboys, particularly activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in seven distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers.

Busboys & Poets delicious menu options cover a wide selection of brunch, happy hour, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. Some of our favorites include the sweet potato pancakes, lamb sliders, and the key lime pie. Busboys & Poets offers vegan and vegetarian selections as well. 

This restaurant is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit their website for more information. 

Turning Natural

Address: 1380 H St NE

Turning Natural is more than a juice bar, it’s a health movement! The mission of Turning Natural is to bring better choices to communities that are underserved; making healthy foods affordable, cool, and ultimately taste like magic! Community and integrity being two of our main core values, they pride ourselves on educating, reconnecting cultures, and providing juices made with love and precision. Their main interests are good vibes, better food, and excellent company!

Stop by today for a wide selection of fresh smoothies!

Half Smoke

Address: 651 Florida Ave NW

You haven’t eaten until you have tried a delicious half-smoke meal from the popular Half Smoke restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood. Few things actually live up to the hype of what is advertised. This restaurant’s food is one of those things. 

Half Smoke is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit, halfsmoke.com for more information

 

Milk & Honey In Smith Commons

Address: 1245 H St NE

Milk & Honey In Smith Commons didn’t invent brunch, but they might have perfected it! Whether it’s a quick breakfast meeting with colleagues, brunch with friends and family, lunch alone, or a carry-out to dine at home or your office, Milk & Honey Cafe is something special! Their mouth-watering menu features some of the most addicting dishes including their award-winning shrimp and grits as well as the berry and cream fresh toast dish that will most certainly keep you coming back.  

This establishment is available for pick-up and delivery options. Visit milknhoneycafe.com for more information

Po’ Boy Jim

Address: 709 H St NE

Po Boy Jim is a family-owned restaurant that specializes Po’ Boys that are traditional and/or uniquely crafted. We aim to provide our patrons with high-quality food and beverages in a casual, rustic environment, so that food, drinks, and customer service are the highlight of the experience.

Try one of their classic Po’ Boy sandwiches, and you’ll immediately want to come back every week! 

Visit, poboyjim.com for more pick-up and delivery options.

 

DC Conscious & Cafe 

Address: 1413 H St NE

DC Conscious & Cafe is more than a place that serves food and drinks; it’s a community with a very simplistic and fundamental mission; the interaction and engagement of all residents and stakeholders to foster shared experiences that promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our differences, similarities, talents, and challenges. 

Dive into a cultural experience like never before when you chow down on their house favorites like the Yassa Burger, Apple Sage Love Boat, or one of their savory taco selections.

DC Conscious & Cafe is available for pick-up options. Visit their website for more information.  

Top Running Trails in DC

Living at 2M Street puts you minutes away from the top DC running trails

The Spring weather is beginning to provide consecutive sunny days, and the timing couldn’t be better! After a couple of months of being cooped inside of your apartment home, we know that our residents are just craving to enjoy a sweet, refreshing breath of outside air as often as they can. This might mean finding a weekend to explore some of the scenic, foresty parts of DC. What better way to accomplish this than a mind-clearing walk or run on one of DC’s various running trails? If you’re a person who already loves a good outdoor run or a person who’s looking to start incorporating outdoor running/walking for the first time, DC’s trails are perfect for a person of any experience level. So get your best tank top, shorts, and running shoe combination and get ready to break a sweat because we’re going to overview some of our favorite running trails in DC. 

Rock Creek Park:

Rock Creek Park is one of the most popular locations to enjoy a nice weekend jog. And this is for a good reason! Their paved, mostly flat roads make Rock Creek Park a pleasant and comfortable experience for all runners, walkers, and bikers. If you’re looking for a location to escape the hustle and bustle of normal DC life, Rock Creek Park is the ideal place to take a step back to enjoy some of the sweet, calming nature sounds. 

Anacostia Riverwalk:

The 20-mile long Anacostia Riverwalk trail located in Capitol Riverfront DC is an excellent location for individuals who enjoy mesmerizing views of the Anacostia River during their run. As a runner, this allows you to get the best of both worlds. You can capture all of your fitness goals, as well as achieve your peace of mind by cooling down while you take in 360-degree views of the unblocked views of the District.  

National Mall:

It’s every runners’ dream to punch in a mile or two in at the famous National Mall. If you’ve ever been to the Mall as a tourist, you know that you can easily spend hours exploring and taking pictures. But as a runner of The National Mall, your fitness goals are right at the palm of your hands. Jog down the long, paved walks of the Mall then sprint up Lincoln Memorial steps only to be rewarded by breath-taking views of the National Monument. 

For the best National Mall running experience, start your run early in the morning. This morning run will allow you to enjoy some peaceful isolation time. 

 

Mt. Vernon Trail:

The Mount Vernon Trail is a prime location for runners! This isolated 18-mile trail winds alongside the Potomac River, and offers some of the best-uninterrupted views of Washington, DC’s skyline. While exploring The Mount Vernon Trail, runners will have the opportunity to experience different wooded areas, parks, and historic neighborhoods, such as nearby Old Town Alexandria.

Embassy Row:

Embassy Row caters to the runners’ that don’t mind taking on a new running challenge. The terrain of this running trail is elevated. This uphill factor puts your running experience to the test and adds another layer to your workout. 

Once overcoming that obstacle, the reward for runners’ is very much worth it. The Embassy row trail features some of the most gorgeous, grandest, most historic homes you will ever see. Runners’ will also pass by countless embassies, over Rock Creek Park, and by the US Naval Observatory. 

There are so many running trails you have access to as a DC resident. Take advantage of this Summer season by testing the limits of running skills! 

Pet-Friendly Businesses in NoMa

Living at 2M puts the fun and convenience of NoMa DC right at your fingertips! But we understand that for a lot of our residents, your number one furry companion is usually right there hoping to enjoy some of the fun right along with you. If you think as we do, identifying businesses that are pet-friendly is always at the front of your mind.

Wonder no longer because NoMa has your back! To help you quickly identify these pet-locations, our 2M team has come up with a list of our favorite pet-friendly restaurants/bars in NoMa! Who said that your pet couldn’t enjoy the life of one of DC’s most exciting neighborhoods right along with you?

We hope you enjoy this list! If you identify any other pet-friendly restaurants in NoMa, please comment below.

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Wundergarten

Inspired by the beer gardens of Germany, Wunder Garten has quickly become a neighborhood staple where friends and families gather. With a carefully designed selection of German and Craft Beers, and a well-regarded wine and liquor program, Wunder Garten provides a welcoming and relaxed outdoor experience. They’re open year-round in a climate-controlled pavilion. Stop by for a beer, and join them for annual celebrations of traditional Bavarian events, including Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest, and Winterfest.

Address: 1101 First St. NE Washington DC, 20002

Uncle Chip’s Café

Uncle Chip’s Cookie and Dessert Suppliers’ mission is simple: to provide its customers with an irresistible, one of a kind cookie that can be enjoyed just about any time, anywhere. That’s why they only use the finest ingredients and deliver across the country.

Enjoy the classic home-town feel of Uncle Chip’s Café in NoMa DC.

Address: 1514 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002

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Peregrine Espresso

Peregrine Espresso sets a standard of quality coffee with friendly service in the District for all customers who walk in their doors. Many of their amazing baristas have competed at regional and national Barista or Brewers Cup competitions to continue their coffee education and inspire excitement at all of their shops. 

You and your pet will surely enjoy your time at Peregrine Espresso!

 Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 

St. Anselm

St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked.

While steak is a specialty, Chef Marjorie Meet-Bradley’s creativity doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines, and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with offbeat décor, dining at St. Anselm is the total package.

Address: 1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

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We understand that your pet is a part of your everyday lifestyle. These NoMa businesses make it easier for you to be able to enjoy all of the perks of living in one of DC’s most popular neighboorhood right along with your number one companion.

Valentine’s Day Restaurant locations in NoMa

Valentine’s Day in NoMa

The Day of love is right around the corner! Instead of scrambling, trying to find a location to make dinner reservations. Take a deep breath, relax, and take a look at our top restaurants that are ideal for date night! Living in NoMa DC offers you some great date night restaurant locations that will make this a day one to remember.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to try out some of the restaurants that are new to the fast-growing NoMa neighborhood. If you enjoyed our “Valentine’s Date Night in NoMa”  Blog, you are in for a treat with a lot of fantastic new establishments coming to the area since then.

Here’s a list of our top Valentine’s Day restaurants in NoMa. 

(Tap the restaurant names to visit their websites)

1. Lily and the Cactus

Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Lily and the Cactus blends Modern American cuisine with those from the Southwestern United States and West Africa to introduce a new category of dining to the Washington, DC area. They believe that their product quality, excellent customer care, and diverse staff will provide an unparalleled dining experience to the neighborhood of NoMa!

This American style restaurant location is the perfect mix of romance and a lovely laid-back evening.

Address: Inside the Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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2. Masseria

Masseria’s innovative Italian tasting menus sing with touches of coastal cultures and feature a satisfying range of his signature cuisine. Fresh hand-crafted La Paste along with freshly prepared Pesce and inventive Carne dishes comprise the rustic yet refined progression of courses.

Visit Masseria for a refreshing taste to match an elegant evening.

Address: 1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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3. Laos in Town

 Great Laotian food is no longer half a world away. Inspired by the bright, vibrant, and pure flavors of Laos, this restaurant brings quality Laotian cuisine directly to NoMa. Their love for Laos can be found in everything they do, from the food we serve to the decor in our dining room. This is Laos in Town!

Look no further than Laos in Town for a unique but tasty style of cuisine for your Valentine’s Day night!

Address: 250 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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4. King St. Oyster Bar

This brand new restaurant on M St NE is the talk of the town. Their mission is to provide excellent food prepared with the freshest ingredients while engaging ourselves wholeheartedly into the community, one oyster, one person, and one neighborhood at a time.

Grab some fresh Oysters at King St. for your Valentine’s dinner plans.

Address: 22 M St. NE Washington DC, 20002

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NoMa is one of the greatest destinations in DC to make unforgettable memories, but if you’re looking to explore other areas for the Day of Love, H Street also offers excellent food options and activities!  

NoMa DC Summer Event Wrap-up

The last couple of months Summer have swiftly passed by, and the last call for Summer activities is ringing loud and clear as August appears on the calendar. As the sunny season begins to wind down, it’s only right that you begin to cash in on your Summer last “oorahs”.

 When you’re not booking that last Summer flight, or planning one more beach trip. We have you fully prepared for some last Summer “oorahs” right here in NoMa DC

 Here are 3 last-minute Summer “must-dos” in NoMa DC:

 Freshfarm Farmer’s Market Trip

The Freshfarm Farmer’s Market has grown to be a popular NoMa DC gem. Every Sunday at CORNER OF 2ND & L STREETS NE residents have their selection of fresh produce from local farms and artisans. There is only 1 more Sunday left until the close of the 2019 Farmer’s Market season. Come by Freshfarm and take advantage of conventional and certified organic vegetables and fruit, mushrooms, pasture-raised meat, cheese, eggs, fermented foods and pickles, smoothies, popsicles, artisan sweet and savory baked goods and breads, fresh pasta, prepared foods, jams and sauces, locally roasted, directly traded coffee, locally distilled spirits, flowers, bouquets, and plants. 

  2019 Outdoor Summer Movie Series

 The NoMa Summer Outdoor Movie Series has had another successful year! If you haven’t been, or simply desire to go again, August is your last opportunity to watch a film on the lawn this season. Grab a chair, a blank, and some snacks and check out one of these movies on the big screen before the Summer season ends.

 Remaining Outdoor Movie Line-up:

 August 7: Cool Runnings

August 14: She’s the Man

August 21: Best in Show

 Feel Good Fridays 

They are only 2 more “Feel Good Fridays” left this Summer. Stop by NOMA-GALLAUDET METRO (N STREET SIDE) or THE CNN PLAZA and start your Summer morning off right!

 Remaining Feel Good Friday Dates:

 August 9th

September 6th

 

2019 NoMa Summer Screen Series

The jackets, sweaters, and wind breakers are being put away, and the tank tops, shorts, and sunglasses are coming out to play. Summer is that you? The season for exciting trips, and memories is here, and we can’t wait to see what everyone’s favorite season is going to bring. Before you book up all of your summer fun in different places, make sure you make room on your calendar for some summer time adventures right here in NoMa. Washington DC as a whole has its summer perks, but NoMa DC especially has a way of truly making the resident summer experience unforgettable. Get ready, because you are in store for three whole months of exciting, community-focused, neighborhood events that are sure to have something for everyone.  So, in the words of summer, “Jump in, the water’s warm!”

Let’s jump into the 2019 NoMa Summer Screen Series line-up.

 

2019 NOMA Summer Screen Series

Summer in NoMa means the start of the 12th annual, highly anticipated, “NoMa Summer Screen Series”. Every Wednesday starting June 5th, NoMa residents are invited to the lawn on the corner of First & Pierce (1150 First St. NE) to enjoy a movie on the BIG SCREEN. – Bring a cozy blanket, a few friends, and A LOT of snacks as we enjoy the beautiful summer evenings watching some cinematic favorites.

This year’s Summer Screen theme is, “Who’s Got Game” – Jump into the excitement as NoMa Bid features some of your all-time favorite sports-related movies. Get ready to laugh, cry, or scream when we take a memory lane kicking off with these 4 movies for the month of June.

You haven’t seen these movies on the big screen in a long time. 

June 5th: “The Karate Kid” (1984)

June 12th: “Love & Basketball”

June 19th: “Moneyball”

June 26th: “Rudy”