NoMa Notes: We are Thankful for You!
Winter Wonder in NoMa
The holidays are just around the corner, and this winter will be like none we’ve experienced before. As we continue to practice social distancing and limit travel to stay safe, it’s important we seek out ways to stay connected and lift each other’s spirits!
The NoMa BID is partnering with The h3 Project, Little Friends of Peace, The Father McKenna Center and Perry School to provide opportunities to help neighbors in need this holiday season. Please take a moment to see how you can serve or donate to these local groups:
> The h3 Project – Purchase warm clothing and food for local persons experiencing homelessness.
> Little Friends of Peace – Donate to create Peace Circles for local children and families.
>The Father McKenna Center – Volunteer in their food pantry or donate to help neighbors in need.
> Perry School – Purchase toys and games from wish lists created by local families.
And to help spread more holiday cheer, join our “Winter Wonder in NoMa” virtual celebrations on social media. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join our festive online competitions and games dreamed up by the creative geniuses at NoMa business Brllnt! More details to come!
One More Week of FALLFEST!
It’s not too late to join in on Wunder Garten’s FALLFEST! Below are some of the fun events scheduled to finish out the festival being hosted at NoMa’s outdoor beer garden. *Social distancing is strictly enforced and masks are required to attend.*
November 24: Wunder Garten’s annual TurKegging event returns for its 5th year. The annual pre-Thanksgiving event will feature awesome drink specials and themed beers and cocktails.
November 28: Wunder Garten is partnering with District Motherhued, the DMV’s premier organization for millennial moms of color, for its 2nd Small Business Day and Holiday Market featuring Black-owned small businesses. It’s a perfect time to shop for those special holiday gifts.
November 29: Get a jump on your holiday decorating as Wunder Garten invites Holley Simmons, the owner of the DC plant and flower shop She Loves Me, to lead a “Brass Wreath Workshop” from 12 -1 PM. Tickets are $75 and include instruction and materials to make a wreath along with one complimentary drink. Guests leave with a completed wreath.
Welcome LaLuxe Dental!
We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Fagan and her new dental practice, LaLuxe Dental, to NoMa. Located at 1050 First Street NE, Suite 101, LaLuxe is a state-of-the-art dental practice. During these challenging times, their team is taking extraordinary precautions to allow you to receive dental care as safely and efficiently as possible. These precautions include pre-screening, contact-free temperature checks, restrictions to office entry, facial coverings and much more.
Outdoors is Better than Indoors
Mayor Bowser has announced adjustments taking place on Wednesday, November 25th to help us flatten the curve and keep our community safe during this nationwide surge in coronavirus cases. These adjustments include:
> Limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people (down from 50)
> Limiting outdoor gatherings (except worship services) to 25 (down from 50)
> Suspending group indoor exercise classes
> Limiting outdoor workout classes to 25 people; Individual workouts still allowed
> Suspending alcohol sales at restaurants at 10PM; Dining allowed until midnight
> Capping indoor worship services at 50 people, or 25% capacity, whichever is lower
> Encouraging all non-essential, non-retail business employees to telework
> Lowering restaurant capacity from 50% to 25% on December 14.
To help you make plans and adhere to DC’s revised guidelines, consider dining outside at the following NoMa restaurants which all offer socially distant, outdoor seating with space heaters to keep you warm:
$100 Million in New Grants Available to Local Hospitality, Entertainment & Retail Businesses
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) have announced $100 million in new grant funding to help struggling DC businesses in the hospitality, entertainment and retail sectors. The $100 million Bridge Fund will be disbursed via four programs: $35 million will go to restaurants, $30 million will go to hotels, $20 million will go to entertainment venues, and $15 million will go to retail.
Local, eligible hotels can begin the application process here. Applications for eligible DC restaurants, retail and entertainment businesses will be available by December 22. For full details on the Bridge Fund and eligibility requirements, visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/bridgefund. NoMa businesses seeking assistance in the application process can contact the BID’s Chief Financial Officer Greg Haygood at [email protected].
Upcoming NoMa BID Events
Even though our events lineup looks a little different this year, NoMa BID continues to host a variety of in-person, socially distanced/limited capacity activities and virtual classes as part of our NoMa REConnected campaign. As always, all NoMa BID events are FREE to everyone. If you and your friends and family members haven’t had a chance to join us yet, below is a quick rundown of what’s on the upcoming schedule. Sign up for all free BID virtual events here.
OUR MAGICAL WORLD STORY HOUR
Monday, December 7 | 7:00 PM
Monday, December 14 | 7:00 PM