Discover the Block

We are a diverse collective of locally-owned businesses in the historic U Street district.

A unique retail and service destination.

The 1500 block of U street lead the urban renaissance of the early 90s after decades of struggle following the race riots of ‘68. We helped redefine the original “black broadway” as an arts, entertainment and shopping district as the initial spark that lead to a boom in redevelopment.

Today, 15&U uniquely stands as one of the few remaining neighborhood blocks made almost exclusively of local and independent businesses. We are a bridge between past and future, an eclectic mix of urban storefronts unlike anywhere else in our rapidly changing area. Vintage boutiques, fashion, furniture, comic books and records; hair salons, beauty and massage parlors; classic eateries, grocery, art and live jazz; dry-cleaning, legal and insurance — we are as diverse as we are unique.

Whether resident or vacationer, come discover what we have to offer and fall in love with the real U street.

Latest From the Blog


Greetings, 15 & U. My name is Faraji Whalen and I’m a partner at Zawadi over on 1524 U Street. I’ll be taking over the administrative ...


If you’re paying close attention to us – hopefully on Twitter or Facebook – then you know that last week, we partied it up for the Funk ...


So if you missed this past Saturday’s Funk Parade event, it’s safe to assume you probably live under a rock. Last year, it was estimated ...


Last year’s Funk Parade was the joint – are we right? So much so, that we’re now officially sponsoring it. It’s ok to say, “Funk Yeah,” ...


In an move to continue it’s expansion into the District, Walmart has placed a bid with the city to buy up the retail space on 15th and U Street NW. ...


So often as a community, we tend to focus on the new: new restaurants, new boutiques, new condo buildings. We identity this new growth as progress. The ...


By now, you’ve probably heard of Funk Parade. If you haven’t you must be new to DC, in which case – WELCOME. Last year was the first ever ...


Ahhhhhh the perks of proximity. Living in the capital, an area rich with history, certainly has it’s advantages. We don’t want to brag or ...


So last week… or for the last few weeks to be exact, we’ve really espoused on the value of shopping small and shopping local. And this ...


If you’re anything like us, then you can see through the phoniness of corporate holiday cheer. It’s hard to believe that big businesses like Walmart ...