Nantucket Clam Shack soon returns, Blood Orange Margarita from Buck's Fishing and Camping, Little Red Fox Crew, Muchas Gracias Honors Women's History Month, Orchids at Hillwood, Spring Finds at Politics and Prose, New Spring Look at E.M. Nail Salon, Key Lime Pie at LRF, UDC Honors Women's History Month
STRONGER TOGETHER - BIG NEWS TO SHARE!
Last year with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) and Councilmember Cheh’s help and support, Van Ness Main Street (VNMS) took a giant leap and expanded our borders beyond Van Ness to encompass the communities of Wakefield and Forest Hills. This expansion - from Van Ness Street now to Nebraska Avenue - has not only increased our local footprint, but it allows our main street program to make an even greater impact within the community, benefitting both the businesses and the residents.
The expansion was an exciting and necessary step in 2020. Now in 2021, VNMS looks to new challenges and opportunities for growth and we have some very exciting news we'd like to share. VNMS and Forest Hills Connection (FHC) have joined forces. We are thrilled to announce that FHC is now a part of the VNMS family! With FHC’s depth of local knowledge, vast and loyal readership, and incredible staff led by Marlene Berlin, we are all excited to discover the many ways our new partnership will allow us to expand our offerings and better serve our community moving forward with the knowledge that we are #StrongerTogether.
VNMS’ Board Chair, Barbara Lardy shares her enthusiasm for this partnership -- "If this past year showed us anything, it is that we are much stronger together. VNMS expanded last year from Van Ness Street to Nebraska Avenue doubling our commercial corridor on Connecticut Avenue. Our community pulled together to support our small businesses and our VNMS mission. Continuing this trend, the VNMS board unanimously voted and is thrilled to have the FHC join our nonprofit. We will be a united voice for our vibrant community as we work on the recovery from COVID and we will come out of this stronger together. Thank you to Marlene Berlin and our VNMS Executive Director, Gloria Garcia for making this happen!"
FHC’s Marlene Berlin echoes our excitement -- "We are longtime followers and fans of VNMS’ and other DC Main Streets' work to aid local businesses, and we are thrilled to become a program of VNMS. The Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance, our sponsor since our inception, will be closing down. And VNMS was quick to open its doors to us when we approached Gloria Garcia in our search for a new sponsor. We hope for a long and fruitful relationship."
THE NEW VNMS WEBSITE IS LIVE!
We've been busy behind the scenes and we're happy to say that our new and improved website is now live! While we still have a few adjustments to make, we couldn't wait another day to share MORE GOOD NEWS with our community. VNMS has partnered with Flipcause, a web design company whose mission is to "empower small nonprofits with everything they need in one place." Stay tuned for updates -- you'll soon be able to volunteer and purchase Spring NOW event tickets directly on the site.
SPRING NOW 2021
After a long winter living through the ongoing health crisis, we are all ready for Spring NOW! As we're enjoying the start of the 1,900+ bulbs blooming along the Avenue, VNMS invites you to mark your calendars, to volunteer, to stroll the avenue while visiting our many businesses safely, tour signature gardens, take an outdoor photography class, and support our mission. Imagine Spring NOW and it will happen.
Volunteer sign-up and ticket sales will soon be live on our new website, until then, save the date and email us with questions: info@VanNessMainStreet.org
Spring NOW: Spruce up the Streatery, Saturday, March 13th
- 10am - 2pm
- Day of contact: 202-421-7825
- What we’ll do: Paint jersey barriers, hang lights, plant mini herb gardens, sweep and clean area near I'm Eddie Cano // Rosemary Bistro
- What we recommend: Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Spring NOW: Community Clean-Up, Saturday, March 20th
- 10am - 1pm
- Meet outside at 4340 Connecticut Ave.
- Day of contact: 202-421-7825
Spring NOW: Pollinator Planting Along Connecticut Ave
- 1-4 pm
- Day of contact: 202-421-7825
- 3/27 and 3/28 (Sat: Laliguras, Sun: Politics & Prose)
- 4/03 and 4/04 (Sat: Calvert Woodley, Sun: Uptown Market)
- 4/10 and 4/11 (Sat: Rosemary Bistro, Sun: Acacia Food & Wine)
Humane Society comes to Van Ness: Free cat food and dog food for pet owners in need. 11am - 1pm, 4340 Connecticut Ave
Spring NOW: Nighttime Photo Safari, Washington Photo Safari Fundraiser to benefit VNMS (date TBD)
Spring NOW: Wine Walk, Sunday, May 16th, 1-4pm (more details to come)
Spring NOW: Garden Tour, June date TBD
Please consider a donation to VNMS and stay tuned for the many Spring NOW events that we hope will bring joy and success to our beautiful neighborhood. Stay safe and stay strong!
Humane Rescue Alliance's Pet Pantry comes to VNMS
Saturday, April 10th
4340 Connecticut Ave, NW
11am - 1pm
DC's Humane Rescue Alliance's Pet Pantry is coming to Van Ness on Saturday, April 10th from 11am until 1pm. They'll be providing free cat and dog food to DC residents who need support in feeding their pets. Please share with friends and neighbors who may benefit from this terrific service.
NEW BRUNCH SPECIALS AND EXTENDED HOURS AT ROSEMARY BISTRO CAFE!
Rosemary Bistro Café
5010 Connecticut Avenue NW
Rosemary Bistro Café has a new $38 Brunch Special that includes your choice of bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis or Bloody Mary's (for 2 hours) and a 2-course menu that includes an appetizer and main course, or a main course and dessert.
And, with the nice weather brings extended hours -- Rosemary will now be open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday!
Jimmy's Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with St. Paddy's Day Meal Kits
Jimmy's Philly Steaks at I'm Eddie Cano
5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Jimmy's Philly Steaks in Wakefield is now accepting pre-orders for St. Patrick's Day meal kits for pick up this Sunday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 17. The meal kit is for two, and includes Irish Pub Salad, Lamb & Guinness Pie and Irish Soda Bread - and it's fully prepared and ready for your oven at home (takes about 45 minutes). See the menu and place your order here.