Bowser Launches Eastern Market Main Street

The Designation Will Support Local Businesses Along the Corridor

Mayor Muriel Bowser presents Eastern Market Main Street with its designation certificate on March 3. (Photo: Andrew Lightman)

Mayor Muriel Bowser officially launched the Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) designation during a celebration March 3 on the Eastern Market North Plaza.

"We have witnessed so many small businesses thrive because of Main Streets," Bowser said. "We must continue investing in our neighborhood businesses because they, in turn, invest in our residents.”

Eastern Market received its designation as a Main Street in the fall of 2016. With the $200,000 allotted the organization through the District’s fiscal year 2017 budget, it will help organize community events like festivals, it will support local businesses owners with small business resources and improvement grants and will encourage residents to shop local, said EMMS program manager Madeleine Odendahl.

“Our overarching goal is really to synthesize and promote a particular vision for the Eastern Market corridor,” Odendahl said.

With the new Hine Development, that also means bringing in new business owners to the main street community and also using that plaza space as an anchor for the Eastern Market area, she said. 

EMMS is bounded by the area along Seventh Street from North Carolina Avenue SE to Pennsylvania Avenue SE; from Sixth to Seventh Street along Pennsylvania; and along C Street SE from Sixth to Eighth Street SE. DC has 11 main street designations as of 2017, including Barracks Row Main Street along Eight Street SE and H Street Main Street in the Northeast.

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D), EMMS Board Chair Manuel Cortes, Director of DC's Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) Ana Harvey and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie joined the Mayor at the ceremony. 

“EMMS will bring a vision for how the area should grow,” Allen said. “I think if we have a laissez-faire attitude around growth, I’m not convinced that we’ll have an environment that protects and grows small businesses.”