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Jun

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 duties for the 15&U Business Alliance going forward. As many of you may know, Junction closed its doors earlier this month and has moved to Maryland. Shannan was a big…

13

May

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 Parade.  You can catch the old post here should you need a refresher. The thing about last week is that we didn’t make a big deal about the…

04

May

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 30,000 people showed up. This year, that number doubled – if not tripled. We, for one, had a packed house. If you showed up at 11:00AM, you probably saw the line…

22

Apr

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,” we’re that excited about it too. Now, if you happen to be in the neighborhood and feel like scoping out what we’re doing, here’s a quick rundown: 1. We’re…

01

Apr

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. The 30 something businesses on the block have been struggling to draw foot traffic as of late, particularly in light of the heavy development taking place…

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Mar

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 unfortunate effects of this attitude is that small businesses get trampled underfoot. A few weeks ago we, we celebrated both Black History Month and ushered in March and…

21

Jan

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 Funk Parade and it’s already cemented itself as the stuff of legends. Lifelong residents and DC transplants took to the streets in celebration of song and dance. Jazz, Funk,…

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Dec

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 anything….but recently Congresswoman Eleanor Norton Holmes stopped by to shop with us. And this wasn’t some willy nilly, she’s walking by and something-caught-her-eye type of thing – nope! – Congresswoman Norton…

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Nov

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 week is no different. It’s easy to trumpet the virtues of small business. We can cite statistics about how small businesses employ 57% of the private workforce or how they’ve generated 60 to…

17

Nov

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 and Best Buy, who let their shoppers claw each other for savings really care about the holidays. It’s usually the little guys – the neighborhood businesses and people like you…