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.
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!
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.
Spring Season at 2M Street
Another Spring season in DC is here! And the time to decide which plants you want to grace your apartment home with this season begins now. If you are like most apartment dwellers, this is also the time of year where you begin to face the harsh reality that while having plants inside of your apartment home sounds nice, it can be hard to keep them alive at times.
But we’re here to tell you to, pick your chin up, stop your worrying, break out that seed starter, and put on those plant gloves because this is the season that you are going to grow and maintain those apartment plants successfully! And your 2M family is here to help!
One of the most common reasons why renters’ have trouble successfully maintaining the plants inside of their apartments is because of lack of time. Between work and social life, residents find that there are very few hours left in a day to give their plants the attention they need. Another main reason is remembering to apply the proper upkeep required for the plants to be able to thrive during the season.
So, what is the best way to combat maximizing your time and your memory?
Grow plants that don’t require as much attention!
Now, there are a countless number of “easy to maintain” plants out there, but we have taken the liberty of creating a list of five of our favorite, “low maintenance” plants for your Spring season.
We hope that this is the year that you will be able to overcome your plant growing slump, and officially obtain your green thumb!
The Snake Plant is the most ideal plant for the people who don’t have a lot of growing experience.
These plants can be grown in low light and only need to be watered occasionally.
The Snake plant also has a beautiful design that enhances everything in the room. Owners also love this plant because it also removes toxins from the air. All of these things make it a perfect starter plant for any apartment home.
Your visitors will surely want to mimic your apartment-style once they see this plant standing tall in your apartment.
The Spider plant is easily one of the most popular houseplants. People gravitate to this plant because of its toughness, ease of growing and maintenance.
This plant quickly adapts to almost any condition making suitable to display on your private balcony.
Be sure to keep the plant in a bright spot and maintain slight moisture in the soil, and it will grow happily!
The Peace Lily is among the most natural plants to grow indoors.
The Peace Lily can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions and only needs moderate watering.
You will love the Peace Lily’s curved leaves and white flowers. This ultimately gives the plant an exotic and elegant look.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your apartment this Spring season, this Peace Lily will immediately add a beautiful look to your residence.
Lucky bamboo is a beautiful and natural plant to grow.
Provide it abundant water, and it’ll grow well even in indirect light. People love this plant because of its sturdy nature.
Protect the plant from cold drafts and provide iron fertilizer occasionally. Once full-grown, this plant will add a classic look to your apartment this season, and many seasons going forward.
Succulents & Cacti
Succulents and Cacti are ideal for those who tend to forget to water and care for plants.
These plants are very adaptable and can survive many adverse conditions.
They simply need to be placed on a bright spot with well-drained soil and a little water.
This plant is perfect for residents who have a balcony in their apartment home!
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.
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
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 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
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 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)
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
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
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
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
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!
2M is the perfect place to obtain all of your new year aspirations.
The New Year is here, which means it is time for a fresh set of goals, otherwise known as, “New Year Resolutions”. The challenge with the new year is finding the time and motivation to move down that checklist.
To help you out with the time and convenience piece, we have curated a list of 5 New Year Resolutions you can accomplish right from the comfort of your own apartment community.
The number one New Year Resolution on everyone’s list is fitness. What separates 2M residents from the rest of the pack is that you have access to a free, fully equipped, fitness center right below your feet! Any fitness goal you’re hoping to reach this year is attainable with an endless list of fitness equipment including, two Peloton bikes, yoga mats, multiple thread mills, dumbbells, squat machines, and more!
Take your fitness goals seriously this New Year inside of our 2M fitness center.
And when you’re not working out, you can work on your jump-shot on our basketball court located right beneath the fitness center.
2) BE MORE SOCIAL
The year tends to move very quickly. If you’re working for a living like everyone else, it’s easy to lose track of your social life. Don’t let that become you in 2020; at 2M, we have multiple areas in the building that are perfect for hosting an event or two. These include our Skyline rooftop lounge area, resident clubroom, television room, and a few outdoor spaces. It’s as easy as going to the front desk to reserve your date and time.
So, throw that viewing party, Super Bowl Party, Paint and Sip, or whatever else you have in mind to take your social life up a notch in the new year.
3) ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
If one of your New Year Resolutions is to get out more, we have the perfect amenity spaces for that too! If you’re not enjoying the ideal weekend over-looking the beauty of DC on our rooftop this Spring and Summer, then you’re doing something wrong!
If you’re looking for more of a quiet outdoor space, our courtyard area is a prime location for an excellent book while enjoying your favorite drink. Remember that enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to mean hiking or running, sometimes it’s merely getting outside of your four walls.
The most consistent theme with a new year is trying new things. Things you would have never thought of trying before. At 2M, we host an experience that a lot of people are curious about, but have never experienced. This experience is yoga. If you are looking to expand your boundaries this year and focus on self-growth, we challenge you to try one of our weekly yoga classes offered on the 2M basketball court.
Be the person who is open to new things and actually takes the step to make new things a reality, instead of the one who always wondered.
5) SWIM MORE
Even though we are in January, the warm season is not as far you think. Sooner than later, the 2M pool will be open, and the months from there will blink by until it’s closed again. Remember last year when you said you want to get into the water more next year? That year is this one.
Find some time to enjoy a sweet dip from the comfort of your apartment community on our rooftop pool this year.
There’s something about the Fall season that awakens the creative spirit; coming up with unforgettable customs at Halloween, creating the perfect meal during Thanksgiving, or decorating your apartment for the Holidays. Autumn seems to open up endless opportunities to craft something warm and special. What better way to take this artistic season one step further than to add in some fun “Do it yourself” projects.
Your apartment aesthetic will become the envy of all of the others with these easy to accomplish “do it yourself” Fall projects:
Allow your apartment door to express your Autumn excitement! The Sunflower wreath is the perfect décor if you’re looking to make a strong statement on your apartment door. Take a weekend and create something that your friends, family, and neighbors will admire all season long.
The fall season means sweater season. Instead of getting rid of your older sweaters as you purchase new ones, maximize them by crafting some cozy sweater pillows. This DIY project is guaranteed to add the perfect Fall look to your living room or bedroom.
Decorated Toilet Paper Rolls
Spice up the look of your bathroom this season with festive Fall toilet paper rolls! Who said that your bathroom can’t match your Autumn excitement? Take a weekend and jump into this fun Fall DIY project
Pumpkins are one of the popular staples of the Fall season, but sometimes it’s a huge chore to have to maintain real one’s overtime. Eliminate that problem altogether with these easy-to-make festive yarn pumpkins! You will love the simplicity, yet stunning aesthetic that this DIY project will bring to your apartment.
Yarn Candy Corn Cones
Your favorite Halloween candy comes to life with this fun Fall design. Your Yarn Candy Corn Cones (Say that 3x fast) will be the Fall envy of all of your friends and family. Place them in your window seal, dining room table, or even outside of your door for a stunning Autumn look!