Eastern Market Metro Park To Be Funded

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WASHINGTON, DC – Eastern Market Metro Park is set to receive $4.5 million in funding to begin the planning, design, and implementation of a complete renovation of the two block space surrounding the Eastern Market Metro Station.

“Right now, the Eastern Market Metro Park is a place people walk through – but I want it to be a place that people walk to. We can build a greener, safer park that brings together our community and transforms this important public space.  There are already a lot of great ideas about what this park can look like. This funding ensures we can take the crucial next steps to start implementing them,” said Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen.

“This project is a big deal for Capitol Hill and for Ward 6, but also for the District. A green and thriving Eastern Market is the heartbeat of DC and I am very proud to say we’re ready to get started,” continued Allen. “I want to thank Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, for including this important funding in her committee budget. I also want to thank Barracks Row Main Street, ANC 6B, EMMCA and many other neighbors and groups who have already done so much planning on this project.”

Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street, said, "Barracks Row Main Street is thrilled the District has announced initial funding for redeveloping the Eastern Market Metro Park - a significant public space connecting Barracks Row and Eastern Market and serving as a transit hub. In addition to the full support of Councilmember Allen, the Master Plan we developed for this site also enjoys widespread community support on the Hill and throughout Ward 6. We are eager to move forward, and grateful to the members of the Council and the Mayor's office for this critical initial investment."

Plans for the Eastern Market Metro Park include the space between 7th and 9th Streets, SE, bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and D Street, SE. Just a block south of historic Eastern Market and sitting at the top of the bustling Barracks Row Main Street, the modernized space will include a new playground, landscaping updates, improved pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and upgraded lighting.

The investments in the Eastern Market Metro Park will be timed to coordinate with the modernization of the Southeast Neighborhood Library starting in 2019, which borders the park immediately to the west across 7th Street. Councilmember Allen said, “It is crucial that the timing of these two important projects are coordinated to minimize the disruption to the community during construction and to ensure their designs complement one another. Working together, these two projects have the potential to transform this area into the kind of dynamic, vibrant public space the Capitol Hill community has long envisioned.”

On a single weekday, nearly 6,000 people use the Eastern Market Metro Station and bus routes serving as a hub for the area. The plaza also includes an active metro bus stop, serving as a connector to several bus routes, and a popular Capital Bikeshare dock. There is no doubt that the Eastern Market Metro Park is a transportation hub in the active, and continually growing Eastern Market neighborhood.

More information on the process and designs can be found at EasternMarketMetroPark.org.

The Council’s first vote on the full 2018 budget will be on Tuesday, May 30.

For more information on the project you can contact Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

You can contact Councilmember Charles Allen's office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Barracks Row Annual Report 2016

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Check out the Barracks Row Annual Report for 2016!

BRMS Fall Festival, Eastern Market Main Street launch, and more!

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News from Barracks Row
BRMS Fall Festival 9-23-2017 Application

Grooming on the Row:

Valarie Harrison moves to WagTime, Too; Floyd's 99

Barbershop - opening soon

Designation Ceremony - Eastern Market Main Street

Screech lands at Summit to Soul - 2016 Fall Festival

BRMS Fall Festival 9-23-2017

Hard to believe it but Barracks Row Fall Festival is just six months away. If you've ever been to a small town fair, this will put you right back there - but with a distinctly urban, new-century twist. There are acrobats and funnel cake, magicians and dog acts. But, there's also the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, a multitude of not-so-small-town stage acts, and, now and then, Washngton National's Mascot, Screech, flies in for a visit. Application at www.barracksrow.org.
Valarie with client at Wagtime, Too
Valarie Harrison now at Wagtime, Too

Floyd's 99 Barbershop opening soon

There's always something new on the Row: just this weekthe corporate office of Floyd's 99 Barbershop confirmed that a Floyd's will open soon at 427 8th St, SE, near the corner of 8th and E Street, next door to the 7-Eleven. Floyd's 99 Barbershops are all different but all feature excellent hair cuts for women and men and lots of alt rock!

                                           When it's time for excellent grooming for your best friend
you'll need to figure out where Valarie Harrison is. Formerly  owner of Valarie's Animal Den, today you can book a grooming appointment with Valerie Harrison at the pup-salon at Wagtime, Too, 900 M St, SE.

At left, iconic rock murals and posters are part of the vibe at Floyd's 99 Barbershops nationwide
Eastern Market Main Street?

It's official EMMS has arrivcd!

It was a cold and windy morning in front of Eastern Market's North Hall today, but enthusiasm ran high as Mayor Murial Bowser awarded a Main Street designation to Manuel Cortes, Chairman of the Board of Eastern Market Main Street, the newest Main Street in the District.  

Main Street programs are dedicated to addressing the needs of small businesses and aim at bringing economic vitality to historic neighborhood shopping districts nationwide.

Above from left,  Madeline Odendahl, Program Manager of EMMS; Alex Golding, Mary Quillian, Terry McDonald, EMMS Board Members; Murial Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC; Manuel Cortez, Chairman, EMMS; Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6; Councilmember Kenyan McDuffy, Ward 5; and Ana Harvey, Director Small and Local Business Development.

2017 Winter Culinary Education Crawl tickets on sale now!

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Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl 2017 - Valentine's Day Edition will be held from Thursday, Jan 26 through Thursday, February 2. Tickets are on sale NOW! Register for classes here.

This annual event works just like college registration. Take only the classes you want at the times convenient to you.  Classes are spread over seven days and nights. You can stack a series of classes all on one day or return multiple evenings for night school.

Tuition costs run from $25 for matchbox's one hour Pizza Making class to $100 for an intensive three hour doughnut baking class at District Doughnut. Class sizes range from 5-6 students to 25 students - average class size is 12 students. Most classes are taught at restaurants but some are held at Hill Center or a nearby business- tickets indicate the street address of each class.

This year we have restaurant participants not only from Barracks Row but also from the Eastern Market area and the Capitol Riverfront.  Several Eastern Market vendors are participating including Mel and Beverly Inman of Market Poultry who will present Poultry Deboning (held in EM North Hall) along with sure-fire recipes for preparing chicken. There are specialized international classes including Cuban Picadillo by Banana Cafe and Asian Dumplings 101 by Nooshi Sushi (vegetarian and meat varieties). Mexico is represented by Aqua301, Belgium by Chef Bart Vandaele's Belga Cafe and Italy by Acqua al 2!

Many classes are available on the event website now, and more will be added throughout the event, so if your favorite is not listed yet or is sold out, check back to see if additional sections have been added! Hill restaurants were swamped last weekend. The complete class roster will be on the website shortly.

And, don't worry... if you have your heart set on our traditional Oyster Shucking class- it's back this year!  Hanks Oyster Bar will teach shucking and even include an oyster comparative tasting!

So, call your friends now and sign up today for the best cooking classes in town!

Toy Train Raffle - we have a winner!

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Final AlbumSanta Arrives on 8th Street- 2016

Brother - sister team, Declan and Meghan Chadra, who entered the drawing together, are the winners of Barracks Row Main Street's 2016 Toy Train Raffle. Entries were collected during our Santa Arrives on 8th Street event on December 10 and the winning ticket was pulled right before we left for the holidays. 

Here's the final 2016 Santa Arrives Album. Many thanks to our volunteer photographer, Mary Godier, for these magical shots as well as to Richard Sherman of Frame of Mine who crafted a whimsical fir tree forest. Cheers to Chef David Gaus and his wife, Simone of Bayou Bakery for providing snacks!

Santa found a comfortable spot under the trees, reviewed all Letters to Santa and listened intently all afternoon to everyone's wish lists.

We want to especially thank all Elves and Santa, himself, for swinging by Capitol Hill early, as well as the entire staff at Taoti Creative along with owner, Brent Lightner who masterminded this year's event and added many new features including the very popular Santa Letter Writing Station!

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