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.  

3 Easy Spring-Cleaning Tips for your Apartment

January and February are a thing of the past, and March is officially on the calendar! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters’ this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment in the front end of the new year!

We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.

For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season! 

Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS 

 Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas make the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.

Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.

Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER

 A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.

Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.

So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!

Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.

 The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.

Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.

Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.

Welcome to March, and happy spring cleaning! 

Share-A-Bag DC

Join Us In The DC Share-A-Bag Initiative!

Beginning on June 7th, 2M will be participating in the Share-A-Bag pilot, led by the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Share-A-Bag DC will give residents and visitors to NoMa access to free, reusable bags. Bags can be left for others to use at the exchange kiosks as well. Bags are simply returned to the kiosks once participants are finished using them. The kiosks will be in various locations throughout the neighborhood, 2M being one of them.

While the $0.5 bag fee has decreased the use of single-use plastic bags, they are still clogging our waste streams and trash traps. The DOEE has decided to launch the Share-A-Bag pilot to see if easy access to reusable bags will motivate consumers to utilize them more frequently.

What You Need To Know:

When: June 7th – June 30th
Locations:
1. DOEE Headquarters | 1200 1st Street NE
2. REI | 2 M St NE
3. Hyatt House | 33 New York Ave NE
4. 2M | 2M St NE
Bags: 16×4 Heavyweight Canvas Bags

As a LEED Gold Building, efforts to create a more healthy and environmentally sound neighborhood are very important to us. Whether you use a free bag or leave one for someone else, any participation will make a difference. Join us in the Share-A-Bag Pilot to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in NoMa and the District of Columbia!  

Fall in NoMa

Fall is here and with a new season comes new and exciting things in NoMa!  Here are a few things you don’t want to miss right here in our neighborhood:

Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour

Thursday October 23rd, 4-7PM
Corner or First and Pierce Streets, NE
Cost: Free!

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.

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Yoga NoMa

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.

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Underpass Beautification

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!

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Barktoberfest

Saturday October 25th, 2-5PM
1225 First Street NE
Cost: $40pp

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.

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Meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes

The doors of 2M Street are officially open and we are proud to say that 2M is 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, please meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes!

Meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes

What made you want to come work at 2M?
My friend told me that WC Smith was a great company to work for. She was extremely happy and enthusiastic about 2M and I thought it would be a great idea for me to apply.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I am not working I spend lots of time doing different things such as researching census numbers, reading, studying geography and history which was my favorite subject in school. I also listen to lots of music from R&B,dance-pop,Rock,Funk and Folk music. I also love traveling when I can. My favorite cities are Chicago, Atlanta and San Diego.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be your top 3 must-do activities?
If I had one day in DC the three things I would want to do would be to visit The White House, The National Archives and the National Zoo in Adams Morgan/Woodley Park.

If 2M Street were a song, which one would it be?
If 2M Street was a song it would be Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”!

What do you think draws residents to 2M now?
I think the amazing architecture will draw people in to see our building, as well as WC Smith’s reputation for being a company who caters to the greater good of the community.

What green feature at 2M is your favorite?
My favorite would be the Zen Garden on the rooftop, fed by the rain-collecting water cistern.

What is your favorite community amenity?
My favorite 2M Street amenities are the fitness center and the swimming pool on the rooftop.

Describe your perfect day at 2M?
A perfect day at 2M would include welcoming a large amount of moves-in’s and some very satisfied residents!

If you had to describe 2M in three words, what would they be?
Three words to describe 2M would be Elegant, Comfortable and Affordable.

What’s New in NoMa

We are heading into a very exciting time at 2M Street as we put the finishing touches on the building and begin welcoming our first residents!  Along with the excitement at 2M Street, NoMa also has some fun activities and events in the coming weeks.  So what’s new in NoMa?  Here’s an update on the latest happenings in our favorite neighborhood:

NoMa Summer Screen

What's New in NoMa

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.

Details:
-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]

 

First Street Party

What's New in NoMa

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 Concert Series

What's New in NoMa

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]

 

Farm Fresh Markets at Union Market

What's New in NoMa

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
Kuhn Orchards
McCauley Peppers
Mock’s Greenhouse
Postmodern Foods
Pucked Biscuits
Ritchfield Farm and more![/box]

 

Green Festival

What's New in NoMa

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.