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.
Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour
Thursday October 23rd, 4-7PM
Corner or First and Pierce Streets, NE
Head over to the grassy field adjacent to 1100 First St NE this afternoon to carve a free pumpkin and enjoy a petting zoo, candy scavenger hunt, face painting and live music. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase. More info here.
After a series of free introductory classes throughout NoMa (even one on our rooftop!), Yoga NoMa is officially open at 1200 First Street! The brand new studio offers Yoga and Pilates Mat classes, available in an introductory unlimited 30-day pass, a monthly membership or individual sessions. See their full schedule of classes here.
Earlier this year, the NoMa Parks Foundation and NoMa Bid conducted a design competition in an effort to beautify the underpass below the Metro railroad tracks. The top 10 finalists have been named and you can see the designs here!
Saturday October 25th, 2-5PM
1225 First Street NE
Why should humans have all the fun? Here’s an event you and your four-legged friends can both enjoy: Barktoberfest at the Hilton Garden Inn, put on by Pet Harbor Rescue and Referral! The cost of admission covers traditional German cuisine (Brats, sauerkraut, and potato salad), seasonal beer (or wine and sangria, if you prefer) and specially crafted sausage, Dog Brew and pretzels, made just for the pups! There will be a silent auction, contest for best dog costume and a pet photographer onsite. RSVP here.
Our neighborhood outdoor movie theatre returns tonight, May 28, at the Loree Grand Field! The theme this year is “Unlikely Friendships”, and kicks off tonight with the crowd-pleasing Back to the Future. In addition to a picnic style screening, some of our favorite food trucks will be on hand providing snacks for sale. Tonight you can expect to see Popped Republic, The Big Cheese Truck, TaKorean, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Dangerously Delicious Pies serving up some deliciousness.
-Admission is free
-Children, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome
-Show up around 7 to secure a seat, enjoy some music, play some games and have a bite to eat
-Movies start when the sky goes dark
-All movies are subtitled
[box] Full Lineup via NoMaBID.org:
• May 28: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
• June 4: Silver Linings Playbook (2012, R)
• June 11: Midnight in Paris (2011, PG)
• June 18: Up (2009, PG)
• June 25: When Harry Met Sally (1989, R)
• July 2: Clueless (1995, PG-13)
• July 9: The Muppets (2011, PG)
• July 16: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, PG-13)
• July 23: The Dark Knight (2008, PG-13)
• July 30: Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13)
• August 6: Top Gun (1986, PG)
• August 13: The Sandlot (1993, PG)
• August 20: Rain Date, movie TBD[/box]
The construction that has long been a part of First Street NE is now complete, and that is something worth celebrating! This Friday afternoon, May 30, NoMa BID and some local dignitaries will host a celebration to thank the DDOT workers and contractors for their hard work. Over the past 12 months, they have created a distinct bike lane, spruced up tree boxes, and installed new street lights, adding to the charm of our bustling neighborhood. The party kicks off at 11:30 AM at the field on the corner of First and Pierce Streets, and you can expect there to be free treats and goodies on hand.
NoMa is rapidly becoming a cultural center for the arts and this free concert series only confirms that trend. Each Thursday from June 5 to July 17, the Union Center plaza will be home to a lunchtime music break for NoMa residents and workers. Concerts will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM with the following musicians taking the stage:
[box] Concert List via NoMaBID.org:
June 5: Johnny Artis (R&B)
June 12: Levi Stephens (Funk/Blues)
June 19: Annie Sidley (R&B)
June 26: The Pantones (Steel Drums)
July 10: Liz Biones (Jazz)
July 17: Sam’O (Reggae) [/box]
With warmer weather ahead, it’s time to take the party outdoors at Union Market. Every Sunday from May 4 to October 26, local vendors and farmers file in with their goodies for sale between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Vendors this year will include:
[box] Via UnionMarket.com:
Capitol Kettle Corn
Full Cellar Farm
Ritchfield Farm and more![/box]
This traveling festival, founded in 2002, is focused on green, sustainable living and is coming to town May 31-June 1. Attendees will learn all about making healthier choices in everything from food and fashion to construction and design, and enjoy some demos and samples along the way. Live music, panels of inspiring speaker, shopping and cooking demos are amongst the activities you can expect to enjoy. This year, the Green Festival is teaming up with the Washington Humane Society, so Adopt Force One will be on hand matching pets with their forever homes. Adopters will receive discounted admission the the event and gain a new BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever). The festival will be held just outside of NoMa at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Our NoMa neighborhood is full of hidden gems. A community of art and culture is beginning to emerge and we couldn’t be happier about it. The NoMa Lobby Project is a prime example of this, with a focus on transforming vacant urban spaces into temporary homes for programming of the artistic variety. The Lobby Project is a collaboration between the NoMa Business Improvement District and the DC Office of Planning to activate unused office spaces. Four art shows for the project have been curated by Washington Project for the Arts, with programming and food partnerships from Union Kitchen, Roti Mediterranean Grill and Uncle Chip’s Cookies, who runs a weekday coffee shop from 8-11 AM in the space.
An art opening on March 5th will debut work from local artist Fawna Xiao. She specializes in screen printing, which involves applying ink to a surface through a screen of fine material to create a pattern or picture. Fawna uses a minimalist approach, and is inspired by geometry and geology in her work. For The Lobby Project, she will be featuring her Black Mountain series. Here is what Fawna has to say about it:
[box] “I will be showing some of my Black Mountain series in a beautiful glass building in NoMa — continuing my fascination with the color black, the simplicity of monochrome, and shards. This show is organized by Washington Project for the Arts (thank you WPA!)” -Fawna Xiao[/box]
Click here to purchase tickets for tonight’s opening reception, or stop in and take a look anytime before April 11. You’ll enjoy some great artwork and feel good about supporting your community at the same time!