Friday, September 24, 2010

North Capitol Main Street brings Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) to neighborhood businesses

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North Capitol Main Street Brings Storefront Improvement Program to Neighborhood Businesses

You may have noticed some interesting goings-on at the China Dragon (next to Windows Cafe) this week — painting, new signs, windows. All we’ll say is, “just wait . . . you ain’t seen nothing yet! “

North Capitol Main Street FINALLY received its long-awaited funding to implement its first Storefront Improvement Program.

Over the next several weeks, three lucky businesses (translation: businesses that were able to meet the application requirements) within the North Capitol Main Street service area will get a facelift.

We will be painting, replacing windows, doors, signage . . . going from eyesore to eye-catching in a very short period of time. And if you haven’t seen China Dragon’s new sign, go by and take a look . . . very authentic.

The NCMS Storefront Improvement Program, funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, has been implemented to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of the North Capitol Area neighborhoods’ commercial and business facades.

Two New Businesses Coming to Bloomingdale Center

After Years of Drought Bloomingdale Center’s Well Springs

For some Bloomingdale residents, the idea of multiple new businesses coming to market at the same time (within a month) is hard to believe. “This neighborhood has been underserved for such a long time. I’ve heard that a new cafe and bar is coming, but seeing is believing,” said Debbie Moultry, long-time resident and owner of Nouveau Fleur, a successful floral business on the H Street Corridor.

Yes, it is true, Rustik Tavern is finally opening. Stay tuned for Grand Opening announcements. NCMS believes that Rustik Tavern will be a great enhancement to the quality of life in Bloomingdale, and other sister neighborhoods. Owner, Diton Pashaj, is a fantastic guy with strong family backing and a real community-oriented mindset. We wish him the best of luck.

Also included in the new line up is Amax Cleaners, a drycleaners specializing in organic drycleaning and same-day delivery. Keep your eyes peeled for grand opening events and specials.

Stay tuned here, as North Capitol Main Streets brings you the information you want to know about.


Watch as NCMS and our local small biz partners transform these shabby spaces to special places . . . Bloomingdale Wine & Spirits and Jam Doung.

Residents Should Urge Newly Elected Officials to Continue Neighborhood Focus

As part of its commitment to community revitalization, city government developed strategies to rebuild business districts and enhance surrounding neighborhoods and our Councilmember Harry (Tommy) Thomas, as well as the presumptive new Council Chair, Kwame Brown, have been instrumental in seeing that these city dollars are spent in Ward 5 neighborhoods like Bloomingdale.

Storefront Improvement Programs, have been a minor piece of the city’s effort to bring revitalization to the neighborhood level.

Since the election is over (all but the formalities of Nov 2nd) it’s up to residents to keep the pressure on city government to continue to focus on neighborhood development in a more consistent and comprehensive way — a challenge to Bloomingdale, Eckington and Shaw Residents to be an advocate for your neighborhood!

Those who demand more, get more . . .

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