New Riggs Park Neighborhood Mural

Artist Jay Hudson brings us another neighborhood mural – this one a “We are Riggs Park” statement on the side of Riggs Wine & Liquor. Funding for the mural was provided by The Parks Main Street, District Department of Small and Local Business Development, and Riggs Wine & Liquor owner John Yoo. Next up is restoration of the sign.

“We are Riggs Park” mural by Jay Hudson. Photo credit: Jay Hudson

Jay is well-known around the neighborhood. He installed a mural on the other side of the liquor store during the inaugural 2018 Riggs Park Art Crawl.

Mural at Riggs Wine & Liquor by Jay Hudson. Photo credit: Jay Hudson

He brought us this cool mural on the side of Hellbender Brewing Company’s building (though unfortunately that mural is no longer with us).

Mural at Hellbender by Jay Hudson. Photo credit: Jay Hudson

And he is the creator of the large mural inside of Culture Coffee Too.

Mural at Coffee Culture Too by Jay Hudson

Economic Vitality in The Parks Main Street

By Edwin Washington*

The Parks Main Street board memebers

A version of this post was first published on linkedin on September 25, 2019.

On September 19, about 25 residents, board members, and business owners representing Riggs Park and Manor Park under The Parks Main Street organization met at the Lamond-Riggs Library in Washington, DC to discuss retail findings from the two communities. 

Manor Park

  • Goods and Services such as dry cleaners, fresh convenience stores, and more, and Food and Beverage businesses are moderately viable.
  • Manor Park’s long-standing retailers and history of low vacancy demonstrate that all types of retail can thrive in the neighborhood.
  • With longtime loyal customer bases, between 70% and 80% of Manor Park patrons come from outside the immediate area to shop at these unique longstanding businesses.
  • The area is characterized by mostly neighborhood Goods and Services with only two food and beverage establishments.
  • As the retail environment in the city continues to evolve, the primary task is to keep this neighborhood’s vital retail resources by working with Manor Park businesses to ensure that each thrives in this environment and continues to appeal to a broad geographic base of people, thereby maintaining low vacancy while preserving the character and vibrancy of the nod.

Riggs Park

  • Goods and Services businesses are extremely viable, and Food and Beverage businesses are moderately viable.
  • Retail in Riggs Park has rapidly expanded over the past 10 years, with new development bringing in 220,000 square feet of retail space. The area now features a mix of auto-oriented retail that preexisted 2010 and newer retail spaces in mixed-use projects.
  • Riggs Park benefits from its location along two highly trafficked corridors with nearly 25% of all customers resulting from drive-by traffic.
  • The retail offerings are growing and are expected to continue to grow as several major developments come online.
  • The addition of cultural attractions such as Meow Wolf and Explore! Children’s Museum also will create further regional draw, boost daytime population and increase pedestrian traffic.
  • As the spaces available for retail continue to grow and additional multifamily projects are in development, the primary task is to keep the market in balance by aggressively combatting vacancy and ensuring that older, more established businesses continue to thrive as newer retail and cultural offerings come online.

Joe Carrol, Economic Development Committee chair for TPMS, led presentation and follow-up discussion about the Riggs Park and Manor Park Retail Market Analysis and Enhancement Strategy conducted by John Stover & Associates earlier this year. Follow-up questions and discussion focused on issues such as neighborhood security, rising rents affecting small businesses, foot and motor traffic patterns, and attracting consumers via enhanced streetscapes and placemaking promotions.

*Edwin Washington is the executive director of The Parks Main Street.

September 19: Retail Analysis Community Meeting

Editor Note: This event is on Thursday, September 19. They are still accepting RSVPs.

Riggs Park and Manor Park Retail Market Analysis
Presented by The Parks Main Street

September 19, 2019
6:30 PM
Lamond-Riggs Library
5401 South Dakota Avenue NE

There is still time to RSVP to Edwin Washington, Executive Director, The Parks Main Street, at info@theparksmainstreet.org or (202) 774-5542

Events week of August 19, 2019: Main Street, Festivals, Farmstand, & Ribbon Cuttings

August 21, 2019

The Parks Main Street Community Meeting
6:30 pm
Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center
501 Riggs Road NE
Hear survey results & ways the Main Street will utilize community input to help improve the Riggs Park commercial corridor.
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ANC 5A Special Public Meeting
6:45 pm
UDC-CC Backus
5171 South Dakota Avenue NE
Revised Agenda: (1) Wesley Housing Develpment; (2) Fort Totten Civic Association. Note it appears from the revised agenda that Rocketship will not attend this special meeting as they are awaiting traffic study results, but the agenda may change again.

August 23, 2019

Fridays at Fort Totten Concert Series: Deacon Izzy & the Congregation Band
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
South Dakota Avenue & Galloway Street NE
Bring a lawn chair for seating. Sponsored by On Tap Magazine and The Modern at Art Place

August 24, 2019

Bertie Backus Farmstand
10:00 am-2:00 pm
UDC-CC Backus
5171 South Dakota Avenue NE

Explore! Children’s Museum August Festival
10:00 am-1:30 pm
The Modern at Art Place
400 Galloway Street NE
Free RSVP on eventbrite
Performance Schedule:
10:30-11:00 am: Story Time with Lamond-Riggs Children’s Librarian
11:15-12:00 pm: A Mad Science of DC Show: Up, Up and Away!
12:30-1:15 pm: District Dance Arts
From 10:00am-1:30pm:
Cowboy Barry’s Farm Petting Zoo
Face Painting by Fairy Jennabelle
Makerspace with District Dance Arts
Double Dutch from DC Retro Jumpers
Color with Luna from Adventures with Luna and Friends
The Uncle Devin Show’s Percussion Playground

Coolidge High School Renovation & Ida B. Wells Middle School Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Bowser
11:30 am
6315 5th Street NW
Free cookout & games for all ages

The Parks Main Street Awards Nearly $30,000 in Grants to Three Local, Small businesses in Riggs Park and Manor Park

By David Kosub & Edwin Washington*

The Parks Main Street recently awarded nearly $30,000 in grants to three small businesses aimed at improving their operations. Representing a combined legacy of more than a century in business, the recipients are:

BusinessAddressNeighborhoodAward
Troka Insurance Inc.212 Riggs Road NERiggs Park$9,278
The V.I.P. Room6201 3rd Street NWManor Park$10,000
Davis Center6218 3rd Street NWManor Park$10,000

The Parks Main Street Executive Director, Edwin Washington, led a rigorous process to encourage small businesses to apply for this first time funding opportunity—a maximum of $10,000 per award. Eligible applicants were required to be a store-front business located within the boundaries of Riggs Park and Manor Park as well as have a valid business license and “Clean Hands” with the District’s Office of Tax & Revenue.   

Each applicant’s proposal included an itemized budget, projected timeline, and detailed description including how the funds would be used to improve business operations. The Parks Main Street board of directors, led by the Economic Vitality committee, assessed the merits of each application and selected the awardees. Awards were made on August 8, 2019. Projects are expected to be completed by September 30, 2019, the close of the District’s fiscal year. 

This funding opportunity was separate from the District’s Robust Retail grants program, in which three different Main Street businesses received awards.

“Business preservation and revitalization are our sweet spots,” said Mr. Washington. “Part of our mission is to provide much needed technical assistance and funding to support legacy businesses for whom $10,000 is a major windfall.” Below are brief descriptions on how each business will use their award.

In Manor Park, the V.I.P. Room has been a beloved venue to celebrate community milestones, host business meetings, and social events going on four decades, including the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association 70th Anniversary celebration. The V.I.P. Room will use their grant to enhance the venue with new lighting and a greenscreen photo booth, which aims to expand its reach to new markets.

The Davis Center will celebrate 50 years in business this November. You may have caught a glimpse of some of their dancers performing outside Culture Coffee Too during the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl co-sponsored by The Parks Main Street. The grant will support renovation and expansion of the studio and be used to hire a marketing consultant to expand community outreach  with a particular focus on advertising new dance and art appreciation programs.

As discussed in a recent podcast with co-owner Humberto Phillips, Troka Insurance has been a part of the Riggs Park community for 12 years, providing innovative insurance solutions and education. Their grant award will help them recruit and train agents, conduct marketing campaigns, purchase necessary materials for trainees, and improve their training center. 

Reminder: Join Mr. Washington and The Parks Main Street on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30pm at Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center  to hear results of a community survey conducted to obtain perceptions of and ways to improve the Riggs Park commercial corridor.

*David Kosub is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for The Parks Main Street. To learn about sponsorship and engagement opportunities, contact Edwin Washington at (202) 774-5542 or info@theparksmainstreet.org.

August 21: Main Street Survey Results Meeting

The Parks Main Street Community Meeting
August 21, 2019
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center
501 Riggs Road NE

The Parks Main Street in conjunction with the National Main Street UrbanMain Program and the DC Main Streets program will present results of its community survey about perceptions of and ways to improve the Riggs Park commercial corridor. This is an opportunity to help clarify a vision for the corridor and find out ways to work on projects related to the corridor. Survey results will be available to the public so that anyone who is unable to attend this meeting can see them.

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Riggs Park Commercial Corridor Community Survey

DC Main Streets in partnership with the National Main Street Center’s UrbanMain Program is conducting a short survey to gather the following information from residents about the Riggs Park commercial corridor:

  • What comes to mind when thinking about the neighborhood
  • Riggs Park businesses residents support
  • Shopping preferences
  • Possible issues confronting the commercial corridor

Please complete the survey by August 11, 2019.

This is a real opportunity to provide thoughtful, meaningful feedback to The Parks Main Street, which will ultimately be responsible for implementing a work plan to enhance the commercial corridor, so take advantage! Please share the survey link with neighbors and remember to complete it by August 11.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Edwin Washington, the executive director of The Parks Main Street, at (202) 774-5542 or info@theparksmainstreet.org.

The Parks Main Street Helped Three Local Small Businesses Receive a Total of $50,000 in District Grants to Improve Operations

By David Kosub*

Next time you have some yummy Caribbean food at Peaches Kitchen, a smoothie at Culture Coffee Too, or pick up your kids at The C.H.I.L.D. Center, be sure to give the proprietors a hearty congratulations. The Parks Main Street, the newest member of the District’s Main Street program, helped three Riggs Park and Manor Park small businesses earn a total of $50,000 from the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to support improvements to their operations and better meet changing customer demands.

DSLBD Director Kristi Whitfield recently joined Edwin Washington, Executive Director of The Parks Main Street, to congratulate the three awardees:

BusinessAddressNeighborhoodAward
Peaches Kitchen &
Catering
6214 3rd
Street NW
Manor Park$20,000 – Robust
Retail Main Street
Grant
Culture Coffee Too300 Riggs
Road NE
Riggs Park$20,000 – Robust
Retail Main Street
Grant
The C.H.I.L.D. Center202 Riggs
Road NE
Riggs Park$10,000 – Robust
Retail Citywide
Grant

Mr. Washington worked diligently in support of the businesses, hosting grant-writing sessions for small business owners to help them navigate the application process for two related District Robust Retail grant funding opportunities.

Six of The Parks Main Street businesses developed Robust Retail Grant proposals that included detailed scopes of work, implementation plans, and timelines complete with measurable milestones. Three of these proposals were awarded.

“We are delighted that half of the businesses that participated in the competitions were awarded,” said  Mr. Washington. “This speaks volumes of their commitment to engaging in The Parks Main Street revitalization process. Their success advances our mission to preserve and enhance existing historic business districts while also attracting new businesses to serve and invigorate these communities.”

Rhonda Henderson, Chair of the Parks Main Street Board of Directors, said the collaboration represents a welcome partnership between the District government and citizen leaders. “These grants and The Parks Main Street initiative are a win-win for all, for city government, District residents, and our neighborhood businesses.”

With the resources now in hand, the awardees plan to make noticeable improvements to their businesses.  

For example, Peaches Watson, a Jamaican immigrant who founded Peaches Kitchen and Catering in 2007, wants to make things better for customers. As noted in their application, Peaches will use the funds to restructure their kitchen and hot bar, install innovative technologies for food warming and digital menu presentation, enhance storage, and upgrade their point-of-sale  system. The resources will also allow staff to improve efficiency in accounting, business management, food prep, and service. “It’s a blessing,” she said of the grant check that Mr. Washington and Glen O’Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, delivered directly to her.

Peaches Kitchen receives $20,000 from the District Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD). Back row (l) to (r): Glen O’Gilvie, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement; Jennifer Prats, DSLBD DC Main Streets Grant Manager; Edwin Washington, Executive Director, The Parks Main Street; Front row (l) to (r): Paulette Medley, Personnel Manager, Peaches Kitchen & Catering; Kristi Whitfield, Director, DSLBD; Peaches Watson, owner of Peaches Kitchen & Catering; Cristina Amoruso, DSLBD DC Main Streets Coordinator

Over in Riggs Park, Culture Coffee Too used some of their award funds to support the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl, including paying for the murals, paint, artist time, and permits. The remainder of the funds went towards purchasing outdoor seating. Owner Veronica “Ms. V” Cooper hopes this will lead to more customers visiting the coffee shop and identify the neighborhood as a new arts destination for the city. Hear more about Ms. V and the coffee shop on this podcast here.

Culture Coffee Too receives $20,000 from the District Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD). Back row (l) to (r): Glen O’Gilvie, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement; Jennifer Prats, DSLBD DC Main Streets Grant Manager; Edwin Washington, Executive Director, The Parks Main Street; Humberto Phillips, owner of local business Troka Insurance. Front row (l) to (r): Cristina Amoruso, DSLBD DC Main Streets Coordinator; Veronica “Ms. V.” Cooper, owner of Culture Coffee Too; Kristi Whitfield, Director, DSLBD

*David Kosub is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for The Parks Main Streeet. To learn about sponsorship and engagement opportunities, contact Edwin Washington, the executive director of The Parks Main Street, at (202) 774-5542 or info@theparksmainstreet.org.

Next Stop Neighbors: Troka Insurance

By David Kosub (Contributor)

Humberto Phillips is a jovial and witty entrepreneur in Riggs Park. Starting in 2007, he established Troka Insurance, a small business tucked away close to the metro tracks at 212 Riggs Road NE. For this next edition of Next Stop Neighbors, I stopped in recently to get to know him better.

We’ll hear all about his insurance company, services provided in English and Spanish, as well as briefly touch on how The Parks Main Street and the business can work closely together and continue strengthening the character of the community. Did you know that he leads an intern program to get folks licensed in the field? What about his service in the military? His fondness for ties and jeans? This and more can be learned when tuning into this installment. Enjoy! Click here to listen to the conversation (running time: 11 minutes)

Troka Insurance owner Humberto Phillips (l) and David Kosub (r)

Background on Next Stop Neighbors:

Welcome to Next Stop Neighbors where we get an opportunity to hear the voices behind the faces and places in Lamond-Riggs and the surrounding communities. Through this podcast series, you will meet some friendly neighbors and hear their perspectives on the community through civil, casual conversations. From the small business owner who just opened up, to the non-profit organization trying to make a difference, to the community leader describing their vision for the neighborhood, and the resident around the corner who has lived here for 50 years, we all have a story to tell. We welcome recommendations and, better yet, your own 10-minute interviews too!

Can’t get enough Next Stop Neighbors? Check out these past conversations:

Ms. V and Culture Coffee Too (July 2019)
Bertie Backus Urban Food Hub (June 2019)
LRCA Forward Team  (April 2019)
Ramdass Pharmacy (March 2019)

Bring The Paint! – 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl 2019

By Joann Stevens and Edwin Washington*

Art met life, or at least neighbors and businesses in upper Northeast Washington D.C., as artists and artisans created art to depict local small businesses and engage the community at the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl. Originally created and sponsored last year by Veronica “Ms. V.” Cooper, owner of local small business Culture Coffee Too, and muralist and creative director Jay Hudson, this year, The Parks Main Street and Culture Coffee Too partnered on the event, held on June 14 and 15, 2019.

The Parks Main Street, formerly known as the South Dakota Avenue and Riggs Road Main Street, is the newest member of the District’s Main Street program aimed at retaining, revitalizing and recruiting small businesses in traditional historic business districts across the city. The Parks Main Street is a community-based organization that utilizes public-private partnerships and community volunteers to build on neighborhood assets and implement strategies to support and improve the business corridors in the Riggs Park and Manor Park neighborhoods.

The 2019 event kicked off on Friday June 14 with artisans stationed at Culture Coffee Too presenting their creations, such as jewelry, for sale. In the evening, a lively discussion was held during an artist panel at the Bilingual School located on Riggs Road NE.

On Saturday June 15, live painting by artists was a howling success under the gaze of the silver wolf sculpture located at the intersection of South Dakota Ave NE and Ingraham St NE.

Sculpture at the Modern at Art Place

This is where the Modern at Art Place apartment community resides and is also the future site of the famed arts collective Meow Wolf, a children’s museum, and a Family Entertainment Zone.  In addition to this site, painters were stationed at a total of 10 participating small businesses in the Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE corridor. When the paint dried, the muralists then handed off their completed masterpieces to the small business who inspired them, which we can also enjoy as a community for a long time to come.

Let’s meet some of the artists who shared their art and views about the Art Crawl now.   

Nessar Jahanbin

Artist Nessar Jahabin creating a piece for T-Mobile

“I like painting natural and organic imagery,” says Nessar Jahanbin, also known as JAH One. He created a flower bud suspended in a dewdrop to represent the T-Mobile Store at 5210 South Dakota Avenue NE.  Using the company’s logo colors and a creative vibe inspired by graffiti street artists, the muralist deftly free formed the image, twisting and turning aerosol spray paint cans with a finesse usually reserved for paintbrushes.

Trained in the fine arts and a painter since childhood, this was Nessar’s first year participating in the Riggs Park Art Crawl. His T-Mobile inspired piece paid homage to the environment and graffiti street artists like Jay Hudson.

“It’s important to remind people about the artwork that comes from graffiti,” he says of the art form. “People appreciate murals but look down on street graffiti because what they generally see are tags and letters written on walls. They never get to see the beautiful art hidden away in places under bridges, or understand there is no way I could have done this (mural) without learning graffiti.”  

Painting letters with spray paint and then learning to manipulate their shapes and textures to create new images inspires Nessar’s career as a muralist who shares stories and history on city walls.

“We live in a society where people want instant gratification,” he says. “But spray painting takes time” to record the times of our lives.

Orange Clockwork

Piece created by artist Orange Clockwork for Shining Stars Pediatric Dentistry

The mocking feline from Alice in Wonderland found a place on South Dakota Avenue during the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl. “When I got here they told me the business I was to represent was the dentist office,” Shining Stars Pediatric Dentistry, located at 435 Ingraham Street NE. 

The camera-shy aerosol artist calling himself “Orange Clockwork” says he focused on “creating a kid friendly street scape, something with a big smile,” to present the message “stay fresh,” adding stars to make it pop. “That’s how I came up with the Cheshire Cat.”

J’nell Jordan

Artist J’nell Jordan working on a piece for Ramdass Pharmacy

“I love people and figurative work; a smile, body language,” says artist J’nell Jordan, a newcomer to the Art Crawl thanks to muralist Jay Hudson, who helped recruit the participating artists.

Painting for more than a decade, the Northern Virginia native said she moved to the District five years ago after studying art at Adelphi University in New York.  She represented Ramdass Pharmacy, located at 475 Ingraham Street NE, creating a piece depicting a child clutching a lollipop and the hand of an adult to convey her message of a friendly, neighborhood community. Learn more about Dr. Ramdass and his pharmacy by listening to a podcast here with David Kosub, Vice Chair of The Parks Main Street. 

“It’s nice to do something in your own neighborhood and have art uplift the businesses and get people involved.”

Matt Riegner

Artist Matt Riegner in front of his piece for the Modern at Art Place

“Originally I had some grandiose ideas” of how to interpret the Modern at Art Place apartment community, says muralist Matt Riegner. See how grandiose his work can be. Eventually the elegant simplicity of the building’s logo won out, inspiring Matt to create a bold, abstract art piece.

“The arts scene in DC has blossomed and grown dramatically over the past 10 years,” he says. “It comes and goes with who is in office, idea exchanges, and social media.”  Recruited by Jay Hudson for the project, Matt said he has worked on projects with the legendary street artist for the past seven years. 

“The arts draw attention. Attention brings money. Money brings development,” he mused. “I think DC has done a good job of defining the District’s art culture. They’re using the arts in a constructive way that I think people can appreciate and engage.”

 Rhythm Bowers

Artist Rhythm Bowers working on her piece for Riggs Dry Cleaner

Even mystical, purple-hued, fairylike beings need their garments dry-cleaned. At least that’s the playful message Rhythm Bowers, a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, wanted to communicate while painting her animated street art outside Riggs Dry Cleaner at 5585 South Dakota Avenue NE.

“The Art Crawl has been amazing,” she said of her debut experience with the second annual event. “I’ve been wanting to paint outside and do something like this for a while.” 

“I feel it will give my work more publicity and, hopefully, bring my pop culture style into the city.  It’s nice seeing art in the city that has an animated style, like the art I create.”

Will Watson

Artist Will Watson in front of his work for Riggs Wine & Liquor

“I didn’t know how to represent a liquor store in a positive light, admits Will Watson

The recent graduate of a MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art represented Riggs Wine & Liquor at 5581 South Dakota Avenue NE. He rose to the challenge, using spray paint to create an image of friendship and celebration. 

“I wanted to show something that wouldn’t encourage alcohol abuse but light heartedness and fun, with a diverse group of colors. Cheers to friends,” says Will. “I hope the work ends up in a place where people can look at it and smile.”

The young artist says his first time participating in the Art Crawl resulted from his patronage of the Art Crawl’s co-sponsor, Culture Coffee Too.

“I come to Culture Coffee Too often for lunch.  I overheard Jay Hudson and [Edwin Washington, (the Executive Director of The Parks Main Street)] planning this event and I slipped them my business card.”

*Joann Stevens is a board member of The Parks Main Street. Edwin Washington is the executive director of The Parks Main Street. To learn about sponsorship and engagement opportunities, contact Edwin Washington at (202) 774-5542 or info@theparksmainstreet.org. 

June 14 & 15: Register for the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl

Culture Coffee Too & the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street Present the 2nd Annual Riggs Park Art Crawl on June 14 & 15, 2019!

Free registration: https://2019-riggs-park-art-crawl.eventbrite.com

Creative Fun for the Whole Family – Live Painting at 12 locations featuring 10 Small Businesses in Riggs Park

  • Pick up a “Crawl Passport”
  • Have participating businesses stamp your passport
  • Take pictures of live art
  • Return passport to Culture Coffee Too
  • Crawlers who return their passports with at least 6 stamps to Culture Coffee Too will be eligible for a prize. Winners need not be present.
  • Participating businesses will have exclusive promotions for crawlers. Just present your passport. (See crawl map for participating businesses).

Events
Friday, June 14

10:00 am: Craft Vendors
Location: Culture Coffee Too
Crawl passports available

7:30 pm: Artist mixer & panel discussion
Location: DC Bilingual Public Charter School 
Crawl passports available

Saturday, June 15

10:00 am: Live painting at 12 locations
Crawl passports available at Culture Coffee Too, The Modern, Riggs Liquor, Troka Insurance, & Hellbender Brewery

10:00 am: Mural painting 
Location: Hellbender Brewery

12:00 pm: Storytelling with live painting
Location: Hellbender Brewery

5:00 pm-6:30 pm: Sip n’ Paint ($$-RSVP on eventbrite)
Location: Culture Coffee Too

5:00 pm-7:30 pm: Jam Session 
Location: Culture Coffee Too

8:00 pm-10:00 pm: Karaoke 
Location: Culture Coffee Too

Events at Crawl Headquarters
Craft vendors
Giant hand-painted photo booth
Live music
Dancers from the Davis Center
Crayons ‘n’ paper for kids
Art contest & more!

Crawl Map/Participating Locations

Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Rd. NE)
Hellbender Brewery (5788 2nd St. NE)
Hunan Shrimp Boat (5585 South Dakota Ave. NE)
DC Bilingual Public Charter School (33 Riggs Rd. NE) (Panel discussion only)
Ramdass Pharmacy (475 Ingraham St. NE)
Riggs Dry Cleaning (5585 South Dakota Ave. NE)
Riggs Wine & Liquor (5581 South Dakota Ave. NE)
Robtco Property Management (206 Riggs Rd. NE)
Shining Stars Pediatric Dentistry (435 Ingraham St. NE)
The C.H.I.L.D. Center (202 Riggs Rd. NE)
Troka Insurance (212 Riggs Rd. NE)
T-Mobile (5210 South Dakota Ave. NE)
The Modern at Art Place (400 Galloway St. NE)

Sponsors 
Culture Coffee Too; South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street; District Department of Small & Local Business Development; Center for Nonprofit Advancement; Yo Jay Hudson 
Creative Director: Yo Jay Hudson

Main Street Seeking Board Members

The Board of Directors for the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street (SDRMS) is currently accepting applications for new members. Volunteers with diverse backgrounds are sought, but particular attention will be paid to those with legal, small business, marketing, promotions, communications, financial, or grant writing experience.

To apply, please fill out a board application form here by May 1 and a board member will be in touch with you. Interviews will be conducted on Sunday May 5 in the afternoon. As part of your application, please be prepared to address the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street program?
  2. What strengths will you bring to the board?
  3. Any special skills & relevant community experience to share

Below is more information about serving on the board

What are the expectations for board members?

Board members are expected to make a serious, ethical, and active commitment to support the mission of the SDRMS organization. Through this commitment, they serve on committees, regularly attend board meetings, review budget information, implement projects and policies, as well as willingly volunteer, accept, and complete ad hoc assignments. This includes staying informed on committee matters, preparing for meetings, reviewing Main Street documentation, and participating in fundraising. Importantly, Board members will work collegially and collaboratively with their colleagues on the Board, community volunteers, and the Executive Director to achieve consensus on tasks. Board members must agree to generally accepted ethical standards, regarding confidentiality, prohibitions regarding self-dealing and disclosing any real or potential conflict of interest as it relates to SDRMS business and recuse themselves from any discussion or vote regarding that particular issue.

What committees will be formed, and will board members be expected to join committees?

The foundational committees currently being established focus around Governance/Organization, Communications/Promotions, Resource/Business development/Economic Vitality, Finance, and Design to align with the Main Street approach. Ad hoc subcommittees will likely form around small business development, technical assistance, legal matters, streetscape and public space beautification, and retail surveys. Board members are expected to actively participate and be engaged in at least one committee.

How many hours are expected for Board members to commit to?

Board members should expect to commit to 6-10 hours of Board activities per month. Board members should anticipate regularly participating in the weekly hour Board conference call, at least 75 percent of the two-hour in-person Board meetings every other month per year, and a handful of hours throughout the month to achieve the goals of their agreed upon work and service to the SDRMS program.

Welcome to the New South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street Executive Director

The South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street volunteer community board of directors and the fiscal sponsor, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, have officially announced the hiring of Executive Director Edwin Washington. If you attended the community kickoff meeting, you had an opportunity to meet him there and learn how to get involved. Please see the official hiring announcement below.

March 11, 2019–The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street welcomes its new Executive Director Edwin D. Washington. Funded through a grant awarded by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the new South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street organization will utilize public-private partnerships and community volunteers to build on neighborhood assets and implement strategies to support and improve the business corridors in the Lamond-Riggs and Manor Park neighborhoods. As Executive Director, Edwin Washington will serve as the lead champion, visionary and implementer of this new Main Street.

Prior to taking on this new role, Edwin provided business development and fundraising consulting through his Washington Worldwide firm and served as volunteer Church Administrative Officer with Walker Memorial Baptist Church.  

Edwin’s career has included:

•  Business leadership roles in entertainment, energy and education

•  Nonprofit leadership roles in youth development, international relations and fundraising

•  Government leadership roles in job creation and internal affairs 

He has served as Vice President of Business Development with America’s Charities and has also held leadership positions with Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs, Goodwill of Greater Washington, Youth for Understanding, District Cablevision and the District of Columbia Government.

Edwin holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. He resides in the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street community with his wife and daughters.

The founding Main Street Board of Directors includes leadership from the Lamond-Riggs and Manor Park communities. The Center provides fiscal and organizational management, leadership and technical assistance.

South Dakota Avenue & Riggs Road Main Street Wants Your Help!

Guest Post by David Kosub, SDA-Riggs Road Main Street Board of Directors

Thanks to all who attended the community kick-off meeting for the South Dakota Avenue & Riggs Road Main Street program. Through this initiative, we aim to organize improvement efforts for the commercial corridors located on South Dakota Avenue and Riggs Road in Lamond-Riggs as well as 3rd Street NW in Manor Park.

For those unable to attend, we presented the scope and goals of the program focused around improving these corridors through streetscape branding and beautification, retaining our small businesses and non-profits in the area, and helping to recruit new ones. Folks also met the community volunteer Board of Directors, newly hired executive director Edwin Washington, and the fiscal sponsor Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Representatives from the offices of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie gave congratulatory remarks.

The kick-off presentation is available here for you to learn more.

Our new Main Street wants your help. Community members are invited to volunteer their time, expertise, and interest in areas such as small business support, marketing, design and branding, legal, communications, event planning, and more. For this program to be a success, it needs your passion and engagement.

If you would like to volunteer for a specific committee or just want to remain informed as we move along, please fill out the following form here and email it back to SouthDakotaRiggsMainStreet@gmail.com. Everybody is welcome to help, so please join us!

 

February 22: Main Street Community Kickoff Meeting

Reminder about the Main Street community kickoff meeting tomorrow–

The South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road NE Main Street Board of Directors invites you to attend a community kick-off meeting to learn all about the recently announced South Dakota Ave & Riggs Road Main Street program.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Road NE )

Who:  Neighbors, families, friends, business owners, local non-profit leaders, elected officials, community activists, and all others from the Lamond-Riggs, Manor Park, Michigan Park, Fort Totten, and Takoma areas

Why: Because the Main Street wants your support and help

This kick-off meeting will be a great opportunity to meet the volunteer community Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the fiscal sponsor Center for Non-Profit Advancement 

The Board is looking for your help too! Community volunteers will be critical to  the success of our new Main Street. 

  • Do you have experience with helping local small businesses grow and thrive?
  • Do you have marketing, social media, event planning, design, or legal skills to lend to the cause?
  • Do you have an aesthetic vision for how our communities should look and feel?
  • Do you have skills organizing community members to achieve a common goal? 
  • Do you want to help revitalize and facilitate a healthy, vibrant corridor that meets the needs of its residents?
  • Do you have a passion for communicating with and reaching out to others in the neighborhood?

The Board looks forward to seeing you at the kick-off meeting. For questions, comments, or suggestions, please send an email to SouthDakotaRiggsMainStreet@gmail.com



February 22: Main Street Community Kick-off Meeting

Community kick-off meeting flyer

The South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road NE Main Street Board of Directors invites you to attend a community kick-off meeting to learn all about the recently announced South Dakota Ave & Riggs Road Main Street program.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Road NE )

Who:  Neighbors, families, friends, business owners, local non-profit leaders, elected officials, community activists, and all others from the Lamond-Riggs, Manor Park, Michigan Park, Fort Totten, and Takoma areas

Why: Because the Main Street wants your support and help

This kick-off meeting will be a great opportunity to meet the volunteer community Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the fiscal sponsor Center for Non-Profit Advancement 

The Board is looking for your help too! Community volunteers will be critical to  the success of our new Main Street. 

  • Do you have experience with helping local small businesses grow and thrive?
  • Do you have marketing, social media, event planning, design, or legal skills to lend to the cause?
  • Do you have an aesthetic vision for how our communities should look and feel?
  • Do you have skills organizing community members to achieve a common goal? 
  • Do you want to help revitalize and facilitate a healthy, vibrant corridor that meets the needs of its residents?
  • Do you have a passion for communicating with and reaching out to others in the neighborhood?

The Board looks forward to seeing you at the kick-off meeting. For questions, comments, or suggestions, please send an email to SouthDakotaRiggsMainStreet@gmail.com

South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street Seeking Executive Director

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce the creation of the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street Program.

Funded through a grant awarded by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Main Street Program will utilize public-private partnerships and community volunteers, build on neighborhood assets, and implement strategies to support and improve the business corridors in the Riggs Park and Manor Park neighborhoods.

The search for an executive director is open! Submit a cover letter and resume to SouthDakotaRiggsMainStreet@gmail.com with “Application SDA-Riggs Road Main Street ED” in the subject line. Applications may be submitted in Microsoft Word or pdf format. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on January 14, 2019.