Category Archives: Rhode Island Avenue

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.

Rhode Island Fall Fest Returns Saturday – Fun For The Entire Family

Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013
Rhode Island Fall Fair 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 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.

The TrickBox, Rhode Island Ave’s ‘Freak Boutique’ Has Its Grand Opening Saturday

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!

New Yoga Studio, Serenity Place DC, To Open Soon On Rhode Island Avenue

Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!
Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!

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.

3rd Annual Rhode Island Fall Fair – Call For Performers, Volunteers, And Sponsors

Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013
Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013

Last October the good folks of the  Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street held their second annual Fall Fest. Now, they are busy planning this year’s fest, which will be even bigger and better! Recently they put out a call for artists, vendors and performers – what a great way to promote your business or hobby all while showcasing and celebrating Rhode Island Avenue! Check out the email from Kyle Todd, Executive Director, RIA Main Street, with details is below.

Fall Fest 2014 Vendor Registration, and a call for performers, volunteers, and sponsors is now live on our website. Fall Fest grows every year, so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this signature annual event!
Event date: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Event time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Performers: Musicians, singers, dance groups, and all other performance artists needed!
Businesses & vendors: What’s a Fall Fest without shopping and food? We’re looking for a variety of vendors – artisans, artists, merchants, food vendors, organizations, and more. Check out the Vendor Registration options at www.riamainstreet.org/fall-fest-2014.
Volunteers: From event planning. and all the way through the day of the event, there are many many ways that you can help make this community event a success. Plus – all volunteers on the day of the event get a free Fall Fest t-shirt! Visit www.riamainstreet.org/fall-fest-2014 to sign up now!
Sponsors: This is a great opportunity to get your organization’s message out to all of the Fall Fest visitors, including on promotional materials that will be seen throughout the DC Metro area. Take a look at the Fall Fest 2014 Sponsor Packages, then call and let us know how you want to be involved.
Got questions? Email kyle(at)riamainstreet(dot)org or call 202-808-9050. See you at Fall Fest 2014!
Best regards,
Kyle Todd
Executive Director, RIA Main Street
P.O. Box 10041
2300 Rhode Island Ave NE, Ste. 202
Washington, DC 20018
202-808-9050
www.riamainstreet.org

Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street Office Ribbon Cutting Cremony

Kyle Todd, Executive Director of Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, shared an open invitation to join his team and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie for the official opening of the the RIA NE Main Street office space. We learned that Councilmember David Grosso also announced his attendance.

Kyle wants to particularly encourage local business owners and  residents close to the Rhode Island Avenue NE corridor to seek information how they can benefit from and how they can be involved in the RIA NE Main Street project. For example, business owners can get information how hey can apply for a store front improvement grant.

 

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

Kyle writes:

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new office for Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street!

Councilmember McDuffie will be on hand to cut the ribbon at noon on Saturday, May 31, and the open house will continue until 4 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://eepurl.com/UYQ_r
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Best regards,Kyle Todd
Executive Director, RIA-NE Main Street
P.O. Box 10041
Washington, DC 20018
202-808-9050
www.friendsofria.org