Upcoming Events at Union Market

Taking a trip to Union Market is a special experience.  Although it’s not far from us (just a 12 minute walk!) you could truly make a day trip out of a visit here.  Trust us, we have on more than one occasion!  There’s lots happening this Summer so we wanted to make you’re in the loop.  Here’s a roundup of upcoming events at Union Market.

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Suburbia and Flying Dog Beer Summer Kick Off Party

Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kick off Summer with 8 flying dog beers on draft, 2 flying dog cocktails on draft, frozen drinks, corn hole, beer pong, BBQ from Bidwell, ice cream from Trickling Springs and more raffles and giveaways!

Yoga with Nya

Sundays | March 8 – June 28, 2015 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Dock 5

Local yogi, Nya Alemayhu leads a weekly class that moves to the beat of her guidance. The classes are open to all levels and are free, but a $5 donation is strongly encouraged.
Bring a mat, an open mind, and a willingness to grow.

The Perfect Cheese Plate

Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cloud Terre and Righteous Cheese present The Perfect Cheese Plate, an intimate class exploring the world of pairing cheese, wine and more. Participate in a demo making Port Wine + Cherry Compote and take home a one-of-a-kind cheese board designed by Amber Kendrick, designer and founder of Cloud Terre.

Northern Grade

Friday – Sunday | May 29 – May 31, 2015

Northern Grade is a roving marketplace featuring carefully selected American-made brands and products.  Check out goods from both well-established brands and up and coming companies.

Friday, May 29th: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 30th: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday May 31st: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Union Market Drive In

Friday – Friday | June 5 – June 26, 2015 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Union Market

The Union Market Drive In is back! Every Friday in June they’ll be playing a “Flashback Friday”, showing favorite flicks from the 80’s and 90’s.
June 5th: Jurassic Park
June 12th: Pretty Woman
June 19th: Space Jam
June 26th: Beverly Hills Cop

The lot will open at 6 and the movie begins at 8. There is a $10 parking fee, but the event is free for walkers/bikers.

Get your tickets here.


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.

-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.




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!

Fun Date Night in NoMa

Spring is in the air in Washington, DC and that means love is swirling as well.  New relationships are blooming and couples are enjoying a renewed sense of adoration and adventure.  With warmer weather making it’s way into our city, everyone is venturing back out to their old haunts.  This year, why not shake things up a bit and try something new and unique?

Fun Date Night in NoMa

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Union Market, and our love only grows as the temperature rises.  Whether it’s a Sunday morning stroll through the fabulous Salt & Sundry or a deliciously different lunch from Takorean, a trip to Union Market is sure to be memorable.  In the Spring and Summer, they kick things up a notch by bringing the party outdoors.  On Friday nights, the parking lot out front is transported back in time and transformed into a drive-in movie theatre!  Those with cars will pay a $10 entry fee, and those who choose their own two feet are admitted for free.  The movie starts around 8pm, but you’ll want to arrive early as many vendors will be on hand serving up delicious treats.  Tasty cocktails served from the 1960’s airstream trailer “Suburbia” add to the retro charm.

This Friday, April 18, the feature film will be National Lampoon’s Vacation.  Whether you bring a date, a friend or your family, fun is sure to be had by all!  For more information, check out this page.

NoMa Neighbors- Union Market

Originally known as Union Terminal Market, Union Market moved indoors in 1967 and was revitalized and re-opened to the public in 2012.  The new market has carefully selected artisan vendors of all types to occupy the space, featuring everything from fine breads and olive oils to locally sourced meat and dairy.

Shop for the night’s menu, pick up a unique and personal gift, and take in Gospel Brunch the first Saturday of every month.  Grab a bar stool at Rappahannock Oyster Co. or Righteous Cheese for a leisurely lunch or grab a quick and delicious bite from DC Empanadas, Takorean or DC Mediterranean Corner.  Union Market is only 7 blocks from 2M Apartments.

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