Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Yearly Nativity Scene the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Those of us who live in Columbia Heights are lucky enough to accidentally run into what's become a yearly tradition in our neighborhood... the Nativity Scene replete with a 28-year-old Camel, alpacas, and other cute furry creatures that one would typically only find blocks away at the back entrance of the National Zoo's Petting Zoo. Click HERE to see this years pictures. Also, enjoy this video about the history of the yearly event, featuring local pastor Tom Breuner of Abundant Love Christian Fellowship.

Friday, December 20, 2019

SPOTTED: Michael B Jordan filming in DC

Award winning actor Michael B Jordan was spotted in Union Station yesterday filming his new movie Without Remorse.

The Wire and Black Panther star was reportedly in the city filming just for the day on Thursday. He was *supposed* to be filming in DuPont until early this morning but it seems like most of the action happened around Union Station.

Without Remorse is based on a Tom Clancy novel and is set to release in September 2020. Jordan stars as John Clark, a Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative who “goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.” 

The film is the first in a planned film series and also stars Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) and Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four, Rocketman). Check out the official trailer here:

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 Holiday Lights Winners Announced!

Source: Petworth News

This year Lower Georgia Avenue has a little extra sparkle for the holiday season as nearly 60 local businesses competed in the first annual Holiday Lights competition! Lower Georgia Ave Main Street (LGAMS), managed by local nonprofit District Bridges, worked with small business owners who created beautiful, intricate displays to bring attention to their stores and remind residents that these neighborhood shops are attractive alternatives to online commerce, food deliveries, and suburban malls.

From 12/1-12/11, community judges and residents cast votes for their favorite displays. Winners included both legacy businesses and newcomers:

2019 LGAMS Holiday Lights Winners

Overall Best in Show

People's Choice

Most Georgia Avenue

Most DC

Best Use of Merchandise

Best Window Display
Runner-Up: Yoga Heights

Most Creative Use of Lights

Most Colorful Display
Runner-Ups: Midlands and Looking Glass Lounge

Best Indoor/Outdoor Display

Congratulations to All Winners & Competitors

Our friends at District Bridges interviewed some of the competitors about the challenges facing small businesses in our community. 

From their Press Release:

"Facing challenges from Internet commerce and changing consumer preferences, small businesses are especially vulnerable. They do not have the economies of scale to take advantage of bulk purchasing or large margins to absorb regional variation in fixed costs. Additionally, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's recent study ranked DC as America's most gentrified city, and commercial property owners are shifting property tax burden increases to tenants. In DC, the most vulnerable are those that have been here the longest and have served communities in times of economic hardship but are now finding revenue increases unable to keep pace with rising land costs.

"There are very few protections offered to commercial tenants against displacement from escalating rents," says Jennifer Kuiper, LGAMS Neighborhood Director. Yet the presence of community-serving businesses shapes the character, culture, and availability of needed goods and services that make DC's neighborhoods not only attractive but also inclusive.

"We see ourselves as an integral part of the community…where everyone can come, share ideas and then go out and execute on those ideas," shares Pablo Sierra, owner of Walls of Books in Park View. "It's imperative that we maintain and always build on our relationships in the community—to know the needs and how we can help fill those needs."

To try to stabilize small businesses, LGAMS is exploring models for building ownership for businesses. However, ownership does not adequately protect businesses from tax burdens that are increasing faster than revenues. The DC Council's Committee on Business and Economic Development is also working on policy solutions.

"In the meantime," urges Kuiper, "Next time you're in need of a dress, haircut, coffee, or gift, think local first and help keep our community filled with the amazing businesses that help make it such a unique place to live."

A great reminder to shop local and support our community this holiday season, and enjoy the beautiful decorations while you're at it! 

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The results are in! We're excited to announce the official winners of the 2019 Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Holiday Lights competition!⁣ ⁣ Congratulations to the winners:⁣ ⁣ 🔹Most Georgia Ave: Spruill's Bluebird Barbershop⁣ 🔹Most DC: Smittys Bar (@smittysbar.dc)⁣ 🔹Most Colorful Display: GA Ave. Biz Solutions⁣ 🔹Best Window Display: Willow (@WillowStores)⁣ 🔹Best Use of Merchandise: Second Story Boutique (@SecondStoryBoutiqueDC)⁣ 🔹Most Creative Use of Lights: Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar (@tsehaydc) and Salt and Pepper Grill (@sandpgrill)⁣ 🔹Best Indoor/Outdoor: Taqueria Del Barrio (@delbarriodc)⁣ 🔹People's Choice: Here's The Scoop (@HeresTheScoopDC)⁣ 🔹Overall Best in Show: Fish In The Neighborhood ⁣ ⁣ #PetworthDC #PopVille #PleasantPlains #ParkView #WDC #DistrictofColumbia #HolidaysInDC #HowardU #LGAHolidayLights
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Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Holiday Lights is organized by District Bridges' Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program. To learn more, visit

To find out more about this and other holiday events happening in the neighborhood - including deals this week with Midlands, Hook Hall, and more - check out LGA Holiday Events Page!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Volunteers Needed for 11th & Bark This Saturday!

It's time for a quarterly cleanup at the park
Saturday, Dec. 14
10 - 11 a.m.

From our friends at 11th & Bark: 
We'll pick up trash in the dog park and the street blocks around the park to keep the place nice and clean for our furry friends and our neighbors. We'll provide garbage bags, gloves, shovels, etc. Please bring your own water.

11th and Bark is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a partner of Green Spaces for DC.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2019 was the best Tree Lighting Extravaganza yet!!

Thank you to everyone who came for an amazing experience this past Friday. We had a ton of fun celebrating the holiday with our friends and neighbors. 

We were blown away by the community partners that made the event extra special by handing out hot chocolate, organizing a children's choir, taking pictures with Santa, and ended with neighborhood carolers. 

Click here to find your Picture with Santa

Thank you so much to District BridgesViva the Life Properties, Encounter Church, Coffy Cafe, and Odd Provisions for organizing this amazing annual tradition! Also, a special thank you to everyone who came out to put up the tree, and helped pull this event off! 

Click HERE to see all the pictures on FaceBook!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Columbia Heights Annual Holiday Extravaganza This Friday!

Come deck the halls with the Columbia Heights community this Friday, December 6th for the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Merrymakers will enjoy complimentary cocoa, carols, and a visit from Santa!

Ninth Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza
Friday, December 6th 2019
Santa Arrives at 5:30p & Tree Lighting at 6:30p
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Viva the Life will be sponsoring Pictures with Santa so bring your friends and family (furry family members are welcome too!) for a chance to snag the perfect holiday picture! 

Come join the festivities and show your support for our amazing community partners! District Bridges is also looking for volunteers to help decorate the tree this Wednesday at 5:30pm & 6:30pm! Check out details on the Facebook event page (or stop by the Civic Plaza this evening). 

This event is made possible by these Community Sponsors