DC’s Great Streets Small Business Grant Application is Open

Who could use an extra $50,000 to freshen up or improve their small business? Silly question, right? The Great Streets Small Business Grants Application period is open again until October 21, 2016. You can find out more and apply by visiting Great Streets Grants on the DC.gov website.

Great Streets will also be hosting an information session at 2012 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Tuesday September 6 from 1pm until 2:30pm. Visit the Great Streets events page for more information.

Download the Great Streets 2016 Grants Flyer for additional information.


Vendor Registration is Now Open for the Holiday Market

pine tree with lights

Vendors can now register for your spot at the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market. Register now through November 18th to avoid a $20 late fee that will be applied if you register after this date. In other words, vendors need to not procrastinate to get their spot lined up.

Last year’s market was a great success and a warm, friendly event for both vendors and sellers and the Rhode Island Avenue NE community. Make sure you get involved and get your wares out there.

Register here, don’t delay…do it, now. No really.

Pokemon Go Day is Coming to RIA NE!

Pokemon Go Graphic

Pokemon Go Graphic

Gotta Catch ’em All – on RIA Main Street! (Follow this event on Facebook for the latest details.)

On Saturday, August 13, charge those phone batteries, and join us on RIA Main Street for a big day of fun, food, and Pokemon.

Businesses up and down the RIA Main Street corridor are offering specials to Pokemon Trainers. At participating shops, show them your Pokemon Go app on your phone, and get specials and discounts!

Bonus: We’ll be putting up lures at various Poke stops up and down the corridor, all day long!

New to Pokemon Go?

Start off your day at our Pokemon Go Boot Camp. Meet Pokemon Go coaches in front of Zeke’s Coffee (2300 Rhode Island Ave NE) at 10 a.m., and we’ll help you get all set up and ready to play.

Participating Businesses:

(We’ll be updating this list with specials – check back soon!)

  • Rita’s Rhode Island Ave (2318 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • Zeke’s Coffee of DC (2300 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • The Museum DC (2014 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • Good Food Markets (2006 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • Global Print Master (2004 Rhode Island Ave NE
  • The Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • The Bakers’ Lounge (2701 12th Street NE)
  • Carolina Kitchen (2350 Washington Place NE)
  • Hands on Drums (600 Rhode Island Ave NE)

Special events schedule for the day:

Pokemon Go Day runs from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., but here are a few special events happening during the day – be sure to check them out

  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. – Pokemon Go Boot Camp (in front of Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Art in the Park(ing Lot) Backyard BBQ, featuring the Bub City BBQ Rig, hosted by RIA and Recreative Spaces (1301 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Art Enables – Ward 5 Wonders & New Works Exhibition and Reception (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE)
  • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Lures will go up on Poke stops at different spots on RIA Main Street throughout the day

Art in the Park(ing lot) Brings Free & Fun Activities to Rhode Island Ave NE this Summer

Art in the Park(ing) Lot Flyer
Art in the Park(ing) Lot Flyer
Download the event flyer

July 8, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. – ReCreative Spaces, Mid­-City Development, and local artists and organizations are pARTnering to launch Art in the Park(ing lot) this July in the NE DC neighborhood of Brentwood. Through a series of fun, interactive events for all ages, the initiative seeks to promote local engagement and neighborhood wellness, while also increasing curb appeal of a dilapidated shopping center along Rhode Island Avenue NE.

In July, programming will kick off with a series of hands-on art activities, live music and dancing, and other wellness events (TBA). Mid-City launched this initiative, which will bring together local groups, organizations, and community members, as a way to make the Rhode Island Avenue NE experience more dynamic and inclusive in the coming years. ReCreative Spaces will curate, produce, and manage these free outdoor events and workshops, specifically tailored for local interests in the parking lot of what was formerly known as Brentwood Village Shopping Center (1301 Rhode Island Ave NE).

With input from the community and through collaboration with local artists and organizations, ReCreative Spaces will host weekly activities through mid October, which will transform the parking lot into a colorful oasis to be enjoyed by all. Events kick off with a chance to join local artists for visual and performing arts workshops, and include an opportunity to help beautify the parking lot. This event series is FREE, open to the public, and family friendly. For the latest updates, to offer input via a brief online survey, and for more information about Art in the Park(ing lot), visit recreativespaces.com/parkingart.

Weekly Programming – July
Building + Art | Saturdays, July 16, 23, 30 | 10am-12pm | FREE
Movement + Music | Thursdays July 21, 28 | 6-8pm | FREE
1301 Rhode Island Ave NE
Additional dates + activities TBA!
More details: recreativespaces.com/parkingart

Mid-City Development offers a proud tradition of expertise in the development, acquisition, oversight, and management of multifamily rental housing. Unlike other real estate development and investment firms, Mid-City focuses on long-term value and enduring relationships, proudly carrying on the tradition of strategic public-private partnerships and quality housing established by our esteemed founder, Eugene F. Ford. Founded 50 years ago, Mid-City is a family-owned firm with a 40-year history of committed investment in the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor. Dedicated to RIA’s sustainable evolution, Mid-City will remain invested in the community indefinitely. For more information on the new development, ‘RIA’, visit www.riadc.com.

ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses, and organizations to drive awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation.


Artists, creatives, and community organizations interested in participating in Art in the Park(ing lot) programming may fill out the brief online survey or contact us directly; info@recreativespaces.com.


This post is a copy of a recent press release from ReCreative Spaces shared with permission.