Passing along info about a crime awareness event from our friends at Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. The event will take place Monday, November 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and they ask that you bring you a light (flashlight, phone light, etc.). You can sign up for the free event here. From their Facebook page:
Please join us on Monday, November 2 for Light Up RIA, an event that is meant to call attention to the lighting problems on the Avenue.
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:
Neighbors and businesses have witnessed an uptick in crime along the Rhode Island Avenue corridor and adjacent neighborhoods. This recent spate of crime saddens and angers us, and we are joining together to seek solutions to address this citywide problem.
And as Friends of Rhode Island Avenue/RIA Main Street, we have an interest in seeing all businesses thrive.
We feel that when other parts of DC are hit with crime waves, there is a strong proportional response. We have seen less of that here.
Civic Associations and concerned neighbors have voiced their concerns time and time again at district meetings and ANC meetings, but we aren’t hearing a plan to move forward.
WHY WE WANT YOU TO JOIN:
As community member, we are invested in the safety of our communities, and we are all committed to being forces for good in our neighborhoods.
As leaders, neighbors, citizens of Northeast, together our voices can send a powerful message. There is strength in numbers; we need everyone to be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
We want to hear your concerns and your ideas for stopping the current crime wave and how we can prevent future ones.
WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH:
We want to show our city that we too matter. Tonight, we stand here united and say – we will not be forgotten. Our neighborhood is a priority.
We want our local media to cover this crime wave like they do for other neighborhoods across the city.
The low to no lighting on the Avenue and other high-traffic parts of the neighborhood (such as Langdon Park) encourages crime as it makes the street look dark, forgotten and unattended (see recent shootings and robberies). We need a clear plan and timeline for when the city will answer our many requests for this increase in lighting. We also want to get on a path towards increased/better policing in these areas.
WHEN AND WHERE: Monday, November 2nd, at 6:30 pm in front of Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE)
WHAT TO BRING: A light! We plan to “light up” this portion of the Avenue. We will have some electric tea lights on hand, but you can bring your own flashlight, phone light, or whatever light you have. You should also bring a neighbor. Bring 10. Bring everyone you know that is tired of all the crime.
We thought readers would like to know that Zeke’s just released their fall tasting and events schedule, some of which is listed below. Check out their full list and more details here. If you haven’t checked out this local gem, these events are a great reason to do so.
Coffee 101: The Roast (October 24)
A lot affects the flavor of your morning cup of coffee – from farming and processing techniques at the point of origin to roasting and brewing methods. This 45-minute tasting class focuses on the coffee roasting and includes a tasting of the same coffee at various points during the roasting process. Tickets $10.
Zeke’s 2nd Anniversary (November 7)
Can you believe it’s been two years?! Zeke’s Coffee DC opened its doors as a roastery in November 2013 and added a full coffee bar and pastries in August 2014. Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported us on Rhode Island Avenue. Come celebrate with us!
Coffee 101: The Origin (November 21)
This 45-minute tasting class focuses on the regional differences in coffee flavors and processing methods, and includes a tasting of various coffees from each of the world’s major growing regions, including the same beans processed different ways.Tickets $10.
Zeke’s Coffee of DC is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE. Their Facebook page is here and their website is here.
The good folks of the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street will be holding their third annual Fall Fest Saturday. Fall Fest grows every year, and includes live entertainment, local businesses & vendors. Check out event details here. From the website:
For the last 4 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2015 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!
We also heard from the Langdon Dog Park Association, which is sponsoring a pooch parade from the dog park in Langdon Park up to the Fall Fest stage at the Mayflower Cab parking lot on RIA. The parade marshal will be Dr. Dan Teich of Brookland’s District Vet and afterward you can enter your dog into contests with fun categories like most glam dog, cutest ugly dog, and dogs who most resemble their owners. Dr. Teich will emcee the contest and the judges include pet exerts from the Big Bad Woof and even a DC dignitary–the Secretary of DC Lauren C. Vaughn. Prizes including up to $100 in pet care services, grooming, treats and more!
The Fall Fest will run along Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We’ve waited a long time for both – now the wait is over!Kids @ Play brings a great indoor community play area to the neighborhood. With activities like an indoor bounce room, climbing wall, tea party room, and educational activities, there’s a whole new reason to make RIA Main Street the destination for your entire family.
Kids @ Play Ribbon Cutting
2312 Rhode Island Ave NE
Manny & Olga’s means delicious pizza, wings, subs, salads, and more! The RIA Main Street location of this popular local favorite will be one of the first in the District to have seating, both indoor and outdoor!
Manny & Olga’s Ribbon Cutting
2117 Rhode Island Ave NE
We thought readers would like to know about some of the new and exciting things happening just around the corner in Woodridge on RIA.
Zeke’s Coffee DC is applying for a sidewalk cafe permit. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery and coffee shop on Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Good Food Markets is applying for a beer/wine permit. We are excited to soon be able to purchase adult beverages along with our grocery staples.
Provost, a new restaurant, is proposed for 2129 Rhode Island Ave NE. The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider had a lengthy post about the restaurant back in 2013, and we hadn’t heard much about it again until this meeting notice from ANC 5C 07 Commissioner Treadway. Hopefully things are back on track.
ReCreative Spaces began occupying the basement and first floor of the two-story building in January and will remain until the end of July. An artist uses the basement as a studio. The first floor hosts a variety of arts and cultural events.
You can check out their exhibition schedule here. We think it is pretty awesome that the Menkiti Group is allowing the artists to use the space rent-free while they find a permanent tenant. We also like the idea of using unoccupied commercial spaces for the arts, sounds like a win-win!
The pop-up gallery is located at 1613 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
The good folks of the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street will be holding their third annual Fall Fest Saturday. Fall Fest grows every year, and includes live entertainment, local businesses & vendors. Check out the website here. From the website:
For the last 3 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2014 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!
The event will run along Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A friend of ours recently told us about a new adults-only business, The TrickBox, that quietly opened up this summer on Rhode Island Avenue, NE. We stopped by last weekend and got to know Dan Snyder, Jr, a Brookland resident and owner of the store. Realizing his dream of opening his “freak boutique” has taken a long road of hunting for an affordable, yet accessible location, and navigating the city’s maze of bureaucratic business regulations, made exponentially more difficult given the adult nature of his business plan. Snyder is super-happy to have landed on Rhode Island Avenue and says that the neighborhood has been very been welcoming.
Here is a description of the business from their website:
LET US HELP YOU GET OUT OF YOUR BOX
Trickbox is a boutique specializing in superior quality fetish gear for a broad audience. Trickbox partners with innovative vendors to provide exciting premium fetish wear including leather, rubber and sport gear. We will work with our customers in an unending search to provide cutting edge gear that you will be proud to wear. The professional and knowledgeable staff want to help everyone, from the reluctant explorer to the connoisseur. Whether it is in the bedroom or out at a party, we want you to embrace your kink.
At this point, the store is focused on male clientele, but as it gets more established Snyder will seek to expand his offerings. He credits the good folks at the Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA), with helping him land a small business grant through the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.He is planning on using the grant money to hire a marketing consultant to help develop a marketing plan for the store.
Now that the store has been open for a few months, its time for a Grand Opening party. The Grand Opening event will feature cocktails and models sporting fetish wear. Find out more about the Grand Opening reception at the Trick Box Facebook event page. The Trick Box is located at 2300 Rhode Island Ave NE #201 (above Zeke’s Coffee) and is open from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Keep up with the Trick Box through their Facebook Page, Twitter, and Tumblr. We wish Dan the best of luck and much future success!
Brookland yoga lovers rejoice, there will be soon a new studio nearby. Serenity Place DC will open Labor Day in the space above Zeke’s Coffee at 23oo Rhode Island Avenue, NE. From their website:
Serenity Place DC is a yoga and wellness center for all ages, bodies, genders, races, shapes, and sizes located in the NE quadrant of Washington, DC. Serenity Place DC provides a place for health-conscious neighborhood residents to invest in their well being while supporting a local small business. Opened by Crystal Moore RYT-200, Serenity Place DC will build on the foundation of yoga classes taught in this Ward 5 neighborhood by Crystal Moore Yoga and Exquisite Asana.
Those who do yoga in Ward 5 may already familiar with Ms. Moore from her classes on the Met Branch Trail and other locations. Best of luck to her in her new endeavor! Keep up with Serenity Place DC at their Facebook page, website, or Twitter.
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