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!
At 2M, we are big fans of our NoMa neighborhood. In addition to our convenient location 2 blocks from the red line Metro, we enjoy close proximity to dining, shopping and the night life and entertainment of H Street. With our NoMa Neighbors series, we are taking to time to recognize some of the businesses in our community. We’ve already declared our love for Union Market, but we have yet to discuss the wonderful project that is our NoMa Neighbors-Union Kitchen.
Union Kitchen is a refreshing concept that allows members of the food service industry to share a space and resources while growing their businesses. The UK website describes their business model:
[box] “Our goal is to build a platform and a megaphone for small businesses by providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to grow and establish their operations. We eliminate the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a business. UK has over 4,500 square feet of food prep and cooking areas, dry storage, frozen storage, and cold storage. UK offers parking, a full slate of business services, and covers all costs for its members, including utilities, taxes, cleaning, trash collection, pest control, and everything else. As an independent operator, these services are not only costly (thousands of dollars each month) but are also a headache that distract business owners from focusing on what matters most: preparing their best product and finding more customers.”[/box]
In warmer months, a parking lot adjacent to Union Kitchen called, wait for it, The Lot at Union Kitchen, hosts neighborhood events. Food trucks pull in to deliver delectable dishes and UK staff serve refreshments while local bands perform. On summer nights, residents stop by for a happy hour of sorts before wandering over to the NoMa Summer Screen, where movies are projected on an outdoor screen.
The leasing office will soon be 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 will be like. Without further ado, we proudly introduce…
Kaitlyn Luper: Assistant Property Manager
Kaitlyn, what was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
I worked with another management company for 3 years and was looking for more involvement and growth. I love working with people and helping them choose the perfect home. It is a chance to make a huge impact in people’s lives.
What made you want to come work for WC Smith and 2M Street?
WC Smith has a great reputation in the city for making a difference in people’s lives. Their outreach is amazing and I jumped at a chance to be part of such a great company. This will be my first experience with a brand new building, starting from the ground up. I wanted a chance to do something a little different then what I was used to within the industry, so 2M seemed like the perfect opportunity to branch out.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I enjoy reading, shopping, and playing with my dog.
Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
I think the growth in NoMa will be amazing. It will be the place people want to live when moving in the city!
What do you think draws residents to 2M Street and NoMa now?
NoMa is an up and coming neighborhood. Residents will get to experience and see the growth of the area, as well as be a part of it first-hand. 2M Street will have every amenity our residents need and want, whether it is here in the building or within walking distance of the property.
If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be your top 3 musts?
Visiting the monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Archives.
What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
The rainwater harvesting system is impressive and unique.
What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The Dog Park!
Describe your perfect day at 2M.
It would start with a workout in the Fitness Center, and then I would take my dog for his workout at the Dog Park. Afterwards, I would take in a movie in the Theater Room, then head out to eat at one of the great NoMa restaurants. Later in the evening, I would invite some friends to socialize in the Rooftop Skyline Cafe.
Why would your pet love to live here?
My dog would feel like a true resident here! The dog park would be his fitness center, Emmy (the resident puppy) would be his first friend and contact in the office, and he would have an endless amount of other pets to play with.
Which 3 words best describe 2M?
Modern, convenient, and affordable.
Stay tuned for more “Meet the 2M Street Team” posts!