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More Upscale Groceries for H Street, and Other Winners of Your Tax Dollars

Food here, food there, food everywhere.

Yesterday, I reported on the possible arrival of a Whole Foods on H Street NE, joining two other new grocery stores on the street. Well, it seems there's one more: Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins announced the recipients of the latest round of Great Streets Grant Initiative awards yesterday, and among them is ... yet another upscale food store on H Street.

Chez Hareg Market, described in a press release from Hoskins' office as "a market that will feature locally grown and sustainable products with weekly opportunities for shoppers to learn about healthier cooking techniques and new ways to use locally grown and seasonal goods," will receive an $85,000 grant under the program to reconstruct its building at 806 H Street NE.

If all plans come to pass, Chez Hareg Market will be sandwiched between a Whole Foods two blocks away and a Yes! Organic Market five blocks away, not to mention the new Giant Food five blocks away in the other direction—and residents of the area will have plenty of fresh groceries to choose from.

Here's the full list of recipients of the Great Streets grants, intended to bolster small business development and economic growth along certain high-priority corridors, as described in the press release announcing the grants:

  • ASK Investment Corp dba Dollar Plus Savings, located at 1541 7th St. NW: a neighborhood-serving retail store providing home goods and convenience needs to Shaw and the surrounding community will use its $62,468 used for upgrading the building inside and out;
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center, located at 1333 H St. NE: originally built in 1938, this former movie theatre now serves as home to year-round theatrical productions in addition to other arts events, and it will use its – $78,332 grant to enhance its audience experience, improve its efficiency in serving the public and increase its rental revenue through upgrades and purchases;
  • A Wash & Associates, Inc., located at 4649 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE: a rapidly growing company specializing in the field of electrical installation and construction management for the industrial, commercial and government markets will use its $15,000 grant funds to improve their functionality through the acquisition of state-of-the art technological equipment to enhance their relocation and business expansion plans;
  • Baba Cooking School, LLC, located at 3607 Georgia Ave. NW: a for-profit food and restaurant incubator also known as EatsPlace, which will feature a community commercial kitchen and marketplace with a dining room to host pop-up restaurants and guest chef residencies and its $85,000 award will be used to support renovations of the existing building;
  • Bright Start Childcare, LLC, located at 5416 Georgia Ave. NW: an organization that was established over ten years ago, which provides bilingual services to communities in the Northwest area, will use its $85,000 grant to expand the space of the existing location to support at least thirty more students along with creating job opportunities for eight more employees;
  • Chez Hareg Market, located at 806 H St. NE: a market that will feature locally grown and sustainable products with weekly opportunities for shoppers to learn about healthier cooking techniques and new ways to use locally grown and seasonal goods will use its $85,000 grant funds for the re-construction of the building;
  • Cirque Du Rouge, LLC, located at 416 H St. NE: a modern art studio specializing in providing customers with visual art displays, sales and high quality tattoo services will use its $51,032 grant for renovations to the physical site;
  • Creative Hands Massage, LLC, located at 405 H St. NE: a business that specializes in skin care, massage, physical therapy and acupuncture will use its $75,000 award for the build-out of the existing site;
  • Integrity Self MovementArts, located at 1361 H St. NE: an movement arts studio that encourages body awareness, appreciation and utilization of one’s own body as source of wellness will use its $85,000 grant to renovate and expand the current studio space from a one-level, 280-square-foot studio to a two-level, 1,064-square-foot studio;
  • L.I.F.E. Skills Unlimited Inc., located at 4645 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE: a for-profit youth development agency that offers youth, young adults, and their families’ services in the areas of Workforce Development, Life Skills, Driver’s Education, Mentoring, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy will use its $21,625 grant funds to expand the Driver’s Education program to include Driver’s Education Simulation Machines, allowing for greater class sizes;
  • RowHouse Company, LLC, located at 519 H St. NE: a retail space focusing on green, non-toxic children's art supplies/materials and branded children’s clothing will use its $85,000 award for the build-out of the basement area and other interior improvements;
  • Rufael, Inc. dba Missouri Avenue Market, located at 5900 Georgia Ave. NW: Missouri Avenue Market opened in 1998 as a small retail store specializing in convenience-based items, including canned goods, prepackaged foods and beverages, will use its $62,000 grant to upgrade the building inside and out along with making the exterior patio more supportive of the overall business;
  • Sophizticated Ladyz Hair Salon, located at 1010 H St. NE: a salon featuring a licensed cosmetologist who has worked independently with celebrities and on the H Street corridor for nearly 20 years will use its $73,095 grant for HVAC replacement, plumbing and electrical upgrades, repairs to the stairwell, new flooring and lighting, a security system, and furniture/equipment work stations;
  • SouthEast Restaurant, LLC, located at 8 Florida Ave. NW: features a restaurant and catering team, developing hospitality concepts and will use its $79,900 grant to improve the interior and exterior of the business to fit the vibrate neighborhood;
  • Stop and Go Market, located at 3001 Sherman Ave. NW: a neighborhood convenience store that has served the Georgia Avenue corridor since the 1920s under different names, serving fresh produce and meats, will use its $85,000 grant to make internal and external capital improvements to their location;
  • Taylormade Business Center, located at 4645 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE: a center focused on leasing furnished and unfurnished offices for startup, small and mid-size businesses will use its $23,300 award for physical renovations to further include technology equipment to integrate a back office network, workstations, and additional services;
  • Thai Orchid’s Kitchen, located at 2314 Pennsylvania Avenue SE: a small family-owned, family-run, eat-in/take-out Thai food restaurant will use the $57,000 grant for interior improvements;
  • Three Little Pigs charcuterie & salumi, LLC, located at 5111 Georgia Avenue NW: a charcuterie and salumeria featuring hand-crafted, in house food production by trained chefs, which will use its $62,500 grant for the renovation of existing space;
  • Washington Parks & People, located at 2437 15th St. NW: a public-private partnership that works to reclaim and leverage public green space in under-served neighborhoods featuring service and retail business operations including a commercial kitchen, a farm market, a fitness studio, two commercial conference and event centers, a tree and garden nursery, and a landscape service that will use its $23,300 grant to support the expansion and attraction of business incubation at the historic Riverside Healthy Living Center in the Town Center of the Lincoln Heights New Communities Initiative near the crossroads of the Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue Great Street Corridor.
  • Colin

    Outrageous that taxpayer money is being given to for-profit businesses.

  • RT

    Colin- this happens in every big city. I wish it would happen MORE here. It bring more out of code and vacant buildings back to life, and onto the tax roll. Most small businesses can't afford to renovate 1920's dilapidated buildings to modern code. Especially with DCRA throwing roadblocks at their every move.

  • bloomingdale resident

    Agreed - ridiculous

  • Colin

    RT -- then feel free to write these businesses a check, but please leave me out of it. Maybe DC should focus more on removing roadblocks than taking people's hard-earned money and dispensing it in the form of corporate welfare.

  • tntdc

    That Dollar Plus store on 7th NW is a dump.

    And it's across the street from the new $150M O Street Market complex of stores and condos. Prime real estate.

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  • takingoverdc

    At least the tax dollars are staying closer to the tax paying part of the city, rather than over the river.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    "to improve the interior and exterior of the business to fit the vibrate neighborhood"

    the vibrate neighborhood? is that how it was listed in the press release? my goodness.

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