Category Archives: Rhode Island Avenue

Rhode Island Row To Start A Weekly Thursday Farmers Market

We thought readers would like to know that now they will have another option when it comes to area farmers markets. The first market event will kick off this coming Thursday May 12th and the market will run weekly until October 27th. Here is the flyer from the Rhode Island Row Facebook page:

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row is located at 2300 Washington Place, NE (next to the Rhode Island  Ave Metro stop and the Home Depot shopping center).


Porch Fest 2016 Sign Ups Happening Now

RIA NE Main Street Event on the Ave
RIA NE Main Street Event on the Ave

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 16 from 2-6 pm. From the event page:

Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of FREE PERFORMANCE – music, dance, poetry and more – that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

They are looking for a few more porches to host performances. If you are along, or within walking distance of Rhode Island Ave NE, between 4th St NE and Eastern Ave NE and have a porch – residential or commercial – consider signing up. Here is the link to sign up. In any case, we are looking forward to this fun community event.

Zeke’s Flight of Fancy Coffee Tasting Saturday

If you haven’t checked out Zeke’s, a local coffee roastery and coffee shop, their special events are a great reason to do so. We recently found out about Flight of Fancy, a tasting event they have coming up this Saturday. Space is limited, so  reserve your spot soon. From an email:

On Saturday March 5th were’re hosting a “Flight of Fancy,” a journey through some of the most luxurious flavors from around the world. We are very excited to try the much sought after Panama Esmerelda Giesha Private Reserve. The tasting will also include coffee from Hawaii, Jamaica and an excellent Costa Rican microlot. The $10 ticket includes 4 six-ounce pours, so it’s great for one or to share.

Flight of Fancy Lineup

  • Panama Esmerelda, Private Reserve Geisha
  • Jamaican Blue Mountain, Clifton Mount Estate
  • Hawaiian Kona, Greenwell Farms
  • Costa Rica, “El Espino” Red Honey Microlot

For more information check out the event page here. Zeke’s Coffee of DC  is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE. Their Facebook page is here and their website is here.

RIA Main Street Holiday Market For Procrastinators

Logo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street
Logo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street

We thought readers would like to check out Rhode Island Avenue Main Street for the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market 2015. From the Facebook event page:

Get your last minute holiday shopping done – all in one festive, family-friendly place!

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Rhode Island Avenue Center
680 Rhode Island Avenue NE

Featuring Local Gift + Food Vendors
Winter Drink Bar
Live Entertainment
Santa Selfie Station

This is an enclosed, tented event with walls + heaters! It may be cold outside, but it’ll be warm inside! (And there’s plenty of parking in the adjacent lot so you don’t have far to go to warm up!)

Sounds like a fun event!

Light Up RIA On Monday – Standing Up To Crime

Photo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street
Photo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events At Zeke’s – Tasting Classes And More

Zeke's Coffee Rhode IslandWe 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.

Fourth Annual Rhode Island Ave Fall Fest Returns Saturday

Rhode Island Fall Fest 2013
Rhode Island Fall Fest 2013

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.

Rhode Island Ave NE Welcomes Two New Businesses Saturday

Here’s some news about new businesses via an email and Tweet from our good friends at Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street:

Please join us on Saturday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. as we welcome the newest businesses to the RIA Main Street community: Kids @ Play, and Manny & Olga’s Pizza

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
9:30 a.m.

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
10:30 a.m.

Rhode Island Ave Update: New Restaurants And More

Zeke's Coffee Rhode IslandWe 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.
  • Another restaurant, Nido, from  one of the the owners  of Boundary Road Restaurant, will have a Mediterranean menu and looks to be coming along nicely, check out the photos on their Facebook page.

Pop-Up Gallery On Rhode Island Avenue Makes Use Of Vacant Space

Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces
Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces

Hat tip to Elevation Media for this story about  a collaboration between ReCreative Spaces, an arts group, and local real estate firm,  the Menkiti Group.  According to the Elevation story:

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.