october 25, 2016
celebrate the season's final freshfarm farm stand at fall fun day: saturday, october 29

Join your friends and neighbors at Fall Fun Day this Saturday, October 29 to celebrate the successful conclusion of our third FRESHFARM farm stand season. Located at the ghoulishly-decorated 5th & K Street plaza and with free activities planned for kids, parents, visitors and dogs, Fall Fun Day is guaranteed to provide a great time to all. Our youngest will receive free goody bags to trick or treat with many of our K Street restaurants and retailers. Neighborhood dogs will parade up 5th Street in their finest Halloween attire with each pup receiving delicious treats courtesy A Baked Joint—and three winners awarded gifts courtesy of sponsors Spot On Training, Metro Mutts, 5th Street Ace Hardware and the Aspen Apartments.  Additional fun includes a hot cider station courtesy of Busboys and Poets, mini-pumpkin painting, face painting, and a pumpkin carving contest. Check out our Facebook event page for more details and stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter @mvtcid for updates.


mayor bowser welcomes the aspen apartments to mvt
On Monday, October 3, the MVT CID joined DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and dozens of guests at a ribbon cutting to welcome the Aspen as the newest addition to Mount Vernon Triangle’s apartment offerings. Located at 4th & L Streets, the property aims to mirror ski mecca Aspen, Colorado’s design aesthetics with exterior finishes that feature a mix of metal, stone and reclaimed wood accents. Individual apartment finishes include floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant daylight, European-inspired kitchens, hardwood floors and full-size washers and dryers. Building amenities include an on-site fitness center, spacious club room, a sky lounge and huge rooftop deck with amazing views. The Aspen also offers comprehensive daily concierge service, free dog washing facilities and complimentary bike storage. The Aspen will have a table at this Saturday’s Fall Fun Day and is a sponsor for our Dog Costume Contest—so stop by and check them out!
save the date: ward 6 community office hours with councilmember charles allenhappy hour edition!

Back by popular demand, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and his constituent services staff will return to MVT for another Community Office Hours on Wednesday, November 9 from 6-8pm at A Baked Joint. Community Office Hours are a great chance to share information, ask questions and hear from the Councilmember and his team. Following a successful inaugural Community Office Hours in MVT in July, November’s event follows through on the Councilmember’s commitment to return for another session in early fall and at a time convenient to those with morning schedule constraints. What’s more, A Baked Joint will be offering happy hour pricing on all beverages including $5 draft beer and $2 wine discounts. Be sure to follow the MVT CID on Facebook and Twitter @mvtcid for updates. For event information and to register, please click here.
spotlight: sundown cleaners
Sundown Cleaners is one of Mount Vernon Triangle’s legacy retailers, having operated for more than 32 years on the ground floor of Museum Square apartments at 401 K Street before recently moving just down the street to Carmel Plaza at 200 K. Following military service in South Korea’s air force, owner Stephen Han started his civilian career as a commercial airline mechanic—first for Korean Airways in South Korea, then for Iran Airlines in Tehran—before opening his first dry cleaning business with no experience. Seven years later, he immigrated to the United States and opened Sundown Cleaners in Mount Vernon Triangle at a time when there were far fewer surrounding residents and businesses. Click here to read our Spotlight interview with Mr. Han and to learn how to receive a 15% discount during your next visit to Sundown Cleaners.
just released: wdcep guide to doing business in the district

Inspired by Mr. Han’s story and want to learn more about creating, expanding or relocating your business in the District? If so, check out the newly released 2016/2017 edition of the “DC Doing Business Guide,” which our partners at the Washington DC Economic Partnership have just released on its website and in hard copy. This free resource puts all of the current and relevant information that you need to support your company in one convenient place, and showcases the strides made by the District to simplify jumpstarting or growing a business in DC.  Check it out online or visit the MVT CID office at 457 Massachusetts Avenue for a hard copy.


mvt cid testifies at dc council roundtable on importance of bids/cids
On Friday, October 14, MVT CID President & CEO Kenyattah Robinson testified before a DC Council roundtable on business improvement districts’ (BIDs) important role in supporting local business development. The MVT CID was the first BID to include residential properties in its tax structure, which is reflected in the fact that we call ourselves a “community improvement district” (CID). Kenyattah’s testimony before the newly created Subcommittee on Local Business Development and Utilities, chaired by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, detailed the assistance that the MVT CID provides in supporting local business development by creating an environment that encourages local business development; supporting the attraction and retention of office users and retail tenants; and giving great focus and attention to the ongoing sustainment of our neighborhood including providing daily clean and safe services. For a copy of Kenyattah’s testimony, please email
support a clean and safe mvt at central union mission's "heart and sole" fundraiser on thursday, october 27
None of the MVT CID’s Clean Team Ambassadors’ work to keep our community clean and safe would be possible without Central Union Mission’s “Ready to Work” job training program, which has helped to stabilize and transform the lives of these formerly homeless men and enables them to live productive, independent lives. A great way for you to support MVT CID’s clean and safe efforts is by attending Central Union Mission’s HeART & Sole fundraiser—a special evening of food and fun that brings life and hope to many who struggle in our city. The event will be held Thursday, October 27 from 7-10 pm at Union Market’s Dock5 located at 1309 5th Street NE. Central Union Mission’s largest and most prominent fundraising event, HeART & Sole will feature trendy tastings from dozens of local chefs as well as gourmet selections from the Mission’s training collaboration with DC Central Kitchen and the Ready2Cook program Mission Muffins. Talented chefs and their celebrity “sous chefs” will face off in a creative cooking competition using both exotic ingredients and everyday staples from the Mission’s food pantry. You can also enjoy a signature cocktail and live music while browsing the silent auction and hanging out at the social media lounge meeting local celebrities and making new friends. Click here to learn how you can join more than 500 of Central Union Mission’s most loyal supporters at this year’s HeART & Sole event to further support these incredible men in their effort to live productive, independent lives.

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