Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Have you noticed the exciting changes happening on Georgia Ave. in the last year or two?  Businesses are booming, neighbors are volunteering and the community is thriving.  Most of this is largely due to the organizing and advocacy of Georgia Avenue Thrive (GAT), a volunteer-based group of neighbors coming together to build an inclusive, connected, and vibrant community for the neighbors, businesses, and visitors to Lower Georgia Avenue. Initially starting in 2015 as a response to public safety concerns, GAT has grown to focus on creating opportunities for resident and business neighbors to build relationships and to support each other. We took a moment to chat with Jennifer Kuiper, the driving force behind GAT, to learn more about what’s going on in our neighborhood. Yoga Heights: What events or accomplishments has Georgia Avenue Thrive had so far? Georgia Avenue Thrive: GAT activities all come from the ideas and efforts of volunteers living and working here in the neighborhood. All our efforts are designed to be free, fun and family-friendly. Here is a sample of the activities resident and business volunteers have provided since starting up two years ago: Winter Fest and October Fest featuring local businesses, artists, makers, food vendors, and performers. Community-wide block party on Morton Street with water slides, service provider info tables, live performances, free bbq, and cooking demos by DC Reynolds and Feast in a Basket. Joint activities with Park Morton residents such as the Snow Angel holiday gift giving, NeighborUP-Park View activities, and Halloween costume donations. Yoga Heights community yoga and fitness classes on the old Murry’s Parking lot. Community outdoor movie nights with...
Meet Cameron and Greer: two Yogis who dreamed up something delicious – and delivered.

Meet Cameron and Greer: two Yogis who dreamed up something delicious – and delivered.

by Amy Rizzotto, E-RYT & Co-Owner of Yoga Heights   On a recent trip to Charleston, I did what I always do when I travel – wake up, find a yoga studio to try, take a class and chat with the teacher afterwards. As a studio owner and yoga teacher, I love seeing what yogis in other cities are up to and drawing inspiration from what they’re putting out to the world. While Community Yoga Charleston could in itself be the subject of this blog post, it’s a post-class conversation and where it led me that I want to share. As I was talking to the teacher of a sweaty morning class, I was telling her that two former DC-dwellers – one a former yoga teacher at YHDC and one a former teacher trainee of Owner Jess Pierno – had moved to the area to open a cute little cafe. “Harbinger?” I asked (butchering the pronunciation with my dormant Massachusetts accent). “Oh, my goodness, I’ve heard it’s amazing. I’ve been dying to go!” the teacher replied. Two others lingering in the studio’s communal space chimed in, emphasizing this sentiment. My heart soared to think of a time, roughly two years ago, when Cameron (Jess’ former teacher trainee) and I sat down and she expressed her concept for a cool and welcoming cafe in Charleston, asking questions about how it went for Jess and I opening YHDC. She was so excited by the idea of it and here she had actually done it! With Greer (a former YHDC teacher with crazy good culinary skills) by her side, the dream had...