Après Ski Party | Wunder Garten

Wunder Garten’s highly anticipated Après Ski Party is just around the corner! Here’s a list of activities you can look forward to from a Noma’s biggest winter party weekend.

Festive Ski Outfits

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Cozy Fire Pits

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Snow Ball Toss Competition

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Mouthwatering Smore’s 

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DJ Dance Party 

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RSVP For Après Ski Event

Join Wunder Garten over two weekends (Feb 7-10 and Feb 14-17) for the annual Apres Ski festivities. Come dressed in your comfiest ski gear and join us for a great line up of apres ski-themed sweets-making activities, a ski-themed snow globe, fire pits, s’ mores, costume competitions, snowball toss competition, DJ dance parties on Saturday and more!

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2M Fitness

Living at 2M means living life to the fullest and at its finest.  For us, a big part of living the fine life means taking care of yourself, inside and out.  In addition to the fitness center, pool and basketball court, we have paired up with Bounce Fitness to bring a couple of fitness classes into our community.  We have begun with Yoga and Ab Blaster classes on Monday and Wednesday nights and plan to add more depending on what you all want and need!  Be on the lookout for more scheduling to come; in the meantime, here are a couple of photos from Yoga on the Basketball Court last week!

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A Warm Welcome Home to Our First Residents!

Yesterday marked the very first day of move-ins at 2M and it’s safe to say that we’re off to a great start!  We happily welcomed out first handful of residents and while we were all excited to start on this new adventure together, we think Emmy was the most excited of all!  Her curly little tail worked overtime wagging away all day as she welcomed her new friends and gave them a dose of what’s to come, namely kisses, smiles and a “welcome home” butt wiggle!  To everyone who moved in yesterday, we want to extend a warm Welcome Home; we can’t wait to get to know you better and we look forward to welcoming our next move-ins.  Here a few of our favorite photos from the big day:

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Green Tomato Cars: The Green Car Service

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We’re thrilled to share that the electric car charging stations are officially installed in the 2M Street resident garage!  We’re all about living a thoughtful, eco-friendly lifestyle and want to enable our hybrid car-driving residents to easily recharge at the end of the day.

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So as you can imagine, when we first heard about Green Tomato Cars, we knew that we would soon be fast friends.  Acclaimed as the green alternative to taxi and Uber services, this fleet of hybrid Toyota Prius V’s has found its way to DC from across the pond.  Launched in March of 2006 with just 4 cars in West London, the company has now grown to a multinational service for the eco-conscious masses.

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If you’re wondering what makes this company so different from other car services, there are a few key aspects that really set them apart.  The core value that perked our ears is the fact that their entire fleet is made up of eco-friendly hybrid cars.  The Toyota Prius V is an advanced hybrid vehicle that switches between a gas engine and an electric motor depending on the driving conditions.  In addition to the Prius, Green Tomato will soon be adding a brand new Tesla model to their fleet.  This means you’ll enjoy a quiet, comfortable ride while reflecting on how much Mother Nature must love you right now.  When you’re done daydreaming, you can enjoy the free wifi onboard every vehicle.

Need more to feel good about?  Green Tomato goes beyond reducing emissions to support other issues that plague our planet.  One initiative to note is their “We Love Polar Bears” campaign, which involved “adopting” polar bears, one major victim of climate change, to incentivize use of their mobile app.  Another program celebrates the birth of Green Tomato customer offspring.  Whenever one of their vehicles drives an expectant mother to the hospital to give birth, a tree is planted in their honor (all they ask is that you share your good news and the little one’s name).  Green Tomato is also a supporter of the UK’s Macmillan Cancer Research Center, but they aren’t content to stop there and are actively pursuing suggestions for how they can become more involved here in DC.

Now you know we love our friends at Uber, but have you ever perfectly timed your trip to the airport or an important event across town, only to find out that there are suddenly no cars in the vicinity?  Green Tomato understands that time is money, and there are a couple of ways that they pass that value along to their customers.  For one, use of their mobile app allows customers to book trips in advance, eliminating the guessing game.  As we know, life isn’t always predictable, so the company puts the money where their mouth is by reimbursing account customers 50 cents for every minute their driver is late.

So now that you’re crushing hard on Green Tomato, go ahead and download their app here.  But hold on, are you ready for the cherry (tomato) on top?  We’ve got the inside scoop on a fantastic deal that offers rides from anywhere in DC to Dulles International Airport for only $60 or to Baltimore International Airport for only $69.  You can read more about the offer here.

Meet 2M Intern Thamyn Naidoo

We feel super lucky to have Thamyn joining us at 2M Street this summer!  She has arrived here in DC from her home in South Africa and we can’t wait to share her insights about being brand new to DC and NoMa.  Here, she tells us a little bit about herself and all about what drew her to 2M.  Stay tuned for some guest blogs about her experience, but in the meantime, please meet 2M intern Thamyn Naidoo!

Meet 2M Intern Thamyn Naidoo

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
After losing my job, I had some time of introspection and realized I needed to see more of the world and so I searched for how I can achieve this with limited funds. An internship abroad was the best option for me.

What made you want to come work for WC Smith? 2M?
In South Africa and especially in my hometown Durban, the high-rise apartment living is in its introduction phase and having the opportunity to gain experience in marketing from an industry leader is highly beneficial to my future career. I also have a keen interest in social media and online marketing and love what WC Smith has been achieving with marketing 2M Street.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Eating! Hahaha. I love trying new foods and so far the abundance of exotic restaurants in Washington DC have kept my tastebuds very happy. I love adventure and exploring new places and there’s lots to see and do in DC.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
I have only lived there for a short while now but I can see the new developments happening in the neighborhood and the efforts to make this a vibrant community with a fresh new look. There’s always something to see or do in the neighborhood from the movie screening on the green to the local markets.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be your top 3 musts?
I haven’t yet seen and done everything. But I have been explicitly advised by a kid I met on a tour that I HAVE to go to the Spy Museum. So that’s on my list of musts because it appeals to the child in me. And I also plan to climb all 897 steps in the Washington Monument at some point.

If 2M were a super hero who would it be?
Captain America comes to mind – the Chris Evans version! Good looking, strong…and you can always expect to be greeted a nice smile. And he also had a really good makeover.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
Convenience, affordability and the community spirit I have already felt in the little time I have been here.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
Definitely the rainwater harvesting system.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The gym. Really nice new equipment and so convenient having it in the building. No commuting required.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
Any day I see Emmy!

Why would your pet love to live here?
The private dog park allows dogs to socialize and their humans can have a chat with others living at 2M as well.

3 words to describe 2M?
I would say 2M is Refreshed, Friendly, and Progressive

Meet the 2M Street Concierge Kali Hardman

The doors of 2M Street will soon open and we are proud to say that 2M will be staffed with some of the friendliest, most helpful people in all of DC! The 2M Street team has been hard at work creating a community, but we asked them to take a few moments to introduce themselves and to give an insider perspective on what life at 2M Street will be like. Without further ado, we proudly introduce…

2M Street Concierge Kali Hardman

Meet the 2M Street Concierge Kali Hardman

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
The path that led me here to 2M was a mix of a creative educational background and a professional background in customer service and administrative assistance. I learned about 2M from a friend who is also an employee of WC Smith and the more I learned about this development the more I wanted to be involved.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I’m not working, I like to stay busy with community events going on in the area and by supporting local musicians and artists. The summer screenings at Union Market are what I’m looking forward to the most!

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
There are so many changes being applied to this area and it’s all happening very fast. If you would have asked me this 5 years ago I could have never predicted where this community is at now. It’s hard to say, but I have high hopes for this community building itself into one that applies plans for a better future for our environment and NoMa residents. In 5 years I’m confident the current changes are going to bring a very positive environment for everyone to live and grow here in NoMa.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
It depends on the day. DC always has some interesting events going on. If I only had one day in DC, I’m a foodie, so a personal must is trying some food you haven’t tried before. Todd Gray’s Watershed here in NoMa is a great place to start! Next, a personal favorite- The Botanical Gardens! It’s not far from all the museums and the monument and all the other ‘musts’ of this city, but it’s the most relaxing piece of DC I’ve found. Last but not least, read the paper and find out what is going on! You can almost always catch a free comedy open mic or a free show right around the corner.

If 2M were a super hero what would it be?
If 2M were a superhero, it would be Captain America. Doubted at first, but proves to be strong and full of hope and heart.

What do you think draws residents to 2M and NoMa now?
Location! We are a less than 5 minute walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station. 2M is setting itself up to be a very accessible, relaxing and environmentally conscious piece of the NoMa community.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
Rain water harvesting is my favorite green feature here at 2M. You will see rooftop gardens all over DC, which is a really good start. However here at 2M, we are taking the extra step to get creative and push forward on reducing our footprint on the environment.  We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The rooftop pool! The view up there is breath taking and makes you take a step back and enjoy the possibilities of your life in the Nation’s Capital.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
A perfect day at 2M always starts when Emmy walks in the door! From there I’m looking forward to seeing future residents after they experience the tour of all our amenities and getting their feedback so we can continue to grow in the right direction.

Why would your pet love to live here?
Space! We have so much space for dogs to play and be social with other dogs. I think it’s important that we provide and environment for these animals where they will not feel confined. Here at 2M we provide a healthy, happy setting for pets and pet lovers alike.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M?
If only there was a unit on the rooftop next to the pool! I would like to live on one of the top floors facing the capital, you can’t beat the view you can catch from up there.

If you could sum up 2M in 3 words: 
Three words to describe 2M would be Conscious, Tranquil, and Elegant.

 

Stay tuned for more Meet the 2M Street Team posts!