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A Letter from Kyle Todd

Executive Director, Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street In our first full year as a designated Main Street, this has been a truly remarkable (and busy) year. Fall Fest 2014 was our biggest and best – so far – and our partnership with Cultural Tourism DC brought even more music to the community in the form of Porch Fest. And for the first time in decades, Santa Claus arrived on the Avenue to help bring in the season with a holiday tree lighting at Rhode Island Row. We have welcomed 12 new businesses to Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, and more are on the way. Our façade improvement program has already invested over $85,000 in locally owned small businesses, and we’ll spend more than double that amount by the end of this year. As the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street family has grown in size with all of the new businesses, we’ve provided all of the corridor’s small businesses with access to training and business support programs to grow and expand with the ever-changing DC market. On top of all of this, the hard-working Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street Clean Team is keeping trash and recycling picked up and ensuring the tree boxes are free from weeds. Best of all, despite this winter’s bitter cold temperatures, snow didn’t stand a chance against the Clean Team. Every day they make our community a little better, so please be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their work. But most of all, thank you for rolling up your sleeves as volunteers. Thank you for showing up and supporting locally-owned small businesses. Thank you for letting me know, every day, that we’re on the right track. And thank you for believing in Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street.

ABOUT OUR MAIN STREET The Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street program, managed by Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE, provides an array of services for area businesses and the surrounding community:

› Revitalizing Rhode Island Avenue NE between 3rd St. NE & Eastern Avenue ›› Improving commercial properties and streetscapes ››› Promoting local businesses through special events and festivals ›››› Creating new jobs and attracting new locally-owned businesses

A Letter from Danielle M. Henry

Chair, Board of Directors, Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street It’s been a great first year! The organization got off to a fast start after we were awarded the Main Street designation from the city. We wasted no time setting up our offices and getting the Clean Team out on the streets, and helping existing businesses get some necessary work done on their facades. We’ve also been working hard with area businesses on ways we can help them thrive in our community. I’m sure you also came to celebrate Fall Fest and enjoyed the electric musical offerings of Porch Fest. We can’t wait to expand our Fall Fest celebration in the coming years to celebrate all the reasons we have to be proud of Rhode Island Avenue. Exciting new businesses. Cleaner streets. Gorgeous new facades and signs on existing businesses. It’s an honor to be a part of all of this, but the fact remains that we couldn’t do it without the support of this amazing community and our dedicated volunteers. Thank you for your financial support, your sweat equity, and all of your hard work on behalf of the Avenue. I look forward to celebrating many more successes with you.

Get Involved Our volunteers are the driving force that creates the positive change. Just roll up your sleeves and get involved in bringing good things to your own community!

NEW BUSINESSES o n R h o d e I s l a n d Av e n u e N E M a i n S t r e e t

Mint Dental Carolina Kitchen TKO Burger Arte Nails & Spa Jersey Mike’s Subs Sala Thai

Chipotle Access Green S2 Development ReCreative Spaces Good Food Markets District Dance Arts

Serenity Place Yoga Nido DC Zeke’s Coffee KAAOS Gym Kids At Play


FALL FEST This is the premiere event that started it all for Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. The 1st Saturday of each October is all about art, food, music, neighbors, and fun.



Each year, the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street team invites you to mingle with community members, DC leaders, and our Board of Directors. We’ll showcase our accomplishments over the past year and preview the upcoming year’s projects.

This free spring-time festival includes curated visual and performing arts programming in a mix of businesses along the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street corridor.

2014-2015 VOLUNTEER TEAM Albert Arevalo Celia Bassols Allyson Boucher Angela Bowen Daniel Brewer Angela Brock Eric Bradshaw Karla Butler Delores Bushong Charlotte Carter Jeria Carter Henry Coppola Cyril Crocker Cheryl Crowell Jeremy Cullimore Rebecca Cusic Cheryl Davidson Enid Doggett Timothy Flanagan

Daniella Gibbs Leger Michael Griffiths Reuben Hameed Annette Headley Danielle M. Henry Mary Hodges Grant Hogan James Holloway Meryl Hooker Fred Jackson Elmira Jones Aliya Kassam Grace Lenihan Dwayne Lipscomb Stephanie Liotta-Atkinson Tom Litke Gary Lockery Darryl Maxwell LaTisha McDuffie


Gale McDuffie Sabine Muscat Theodore Ngatchou Amber Noel Brittany Noetzel Robert Parker Greg Roberts Angel Reynolds Tricia Sawyer John Schuettinger Joan Shipps Deatrice Simspon Cleashay Sutton Selena Spencer-Lipscomb Sara Thayer Jada Thornton Rich Toner Meg Voorhis

2015 FINANCIALS Assets Current Assets Pledges & Grants Receivable

$60,998 $129,500

Total Current Assets


Fixed Assets Total Fixed Assets - Net Other Assets – Security Deposit

$1,908 $2,500

Total Assets


Liabilities Accounts Payable


Total Liabilities


Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted

$7,000 $187,906

Total Net Assets


Total, Net Assets and Liabilities


2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Danielle M. Henry Chair

Daniella Gibbs Leger Vice Chair

Darryl Maxwell Secretary

Jeremy Cullimore Treasurer

Cyril Crocker Reuben Hameed Robert Parker

Amber Noel Cleashay Sutton

STAFF Kyle Todd

Executive Director

PARTNERS Our government partners are vital to our success. We thank: The Department of Small and Local Business Development The Department of Housing and Community Development The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development The DC City Council, and the offices of Kenyan McDuffie, Vincent Orange, David Grosso, Anita Bonds, and Elissa Silverman The Commissioners of ANC5B, ANC5C, and ANC5E

For their invaluable and continued support, we thank: Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation The DC Office of Planning Washington DC Economic Partnership Washington Area Community Investment Fund Local Initiatives Support Corporation Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development The National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation The Woodridge Civic Association The Brookland Civic Association The Brentwood Civic Association The Edgewood Civic Association The Eckington Civic Association


$10,000 & ABOVE

Department of Small and Local Business Development Department of Housing and Community Development The Alice and Eugene Ford Foundation, Inc.

$3,000 - $9,999

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

$1,000 - $2,999 Rhode Island Row TD Bank Cyril Crocker Reuben Hameed Danielle M. Henry

Daniella Gibbs Leger Darryl Maxwell Menkiti Group Feast in a Basket

$500 - $999

Fitzgerald Auto Mall Zeke’s Coffee of DC

The Public Option P & G Counseling ADP Aflac District Dance Arts Meryl Hooker Fast Signs

$100 - $499 Jersey Mike’s Menomale Brookland’s Finest Brookland Pint James Holloway Medidus Importers Eat & Smile Catering

Studio Elan Bill Rice The Baker’s Lounge DC Dragons Mint Dental Good Food Markets Serenity Place Yoga Grassroots Gourmet

2300 Rhode Island Ave NE, Ste. 202 Washington, DC 20018 • 202-808-9050 • Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district, and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development

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