U Street Main Street

Discover Washington’s Historic Black Broadway

The District Bridges U Street Main Street program serves the businesses, organizations, and individuals who live, work and play in this unique community. Our Main Street programs provide direct technical assistance to local businesses to help them thrive. We also plan local events and promotions that draw people to the neighborhoods, create volunteer opportunities, and connect stakeholders.

Our team

Our Main Street team is dedicated to building relationships with the businesses, organizations, and community. Get to know our team and reach out if you want to setup a meeting.

Events and Engagement Manager, Ward 1

Ashley Edwards

Main Street Manager, U Street

Lindsay N. Hicks

Small Business Technical Assistance

We’re passionate about helping small local businesses succeed. Each business is unique and needs a unique solution. We take a holistic approach to help you achieve your dreams. Check out some of the ways our Main Street programs can help your business.

We annually conduct small business grant competitions for grants up to $3,000 for businesses located within our Main Street program boundaries. These grants are made possible by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Reach out to usms@districtbridges.org for more info.

Whether you have been in business for decades or are just getting started you need to have a plan to achieve your business goals. The District Bridges approach to business technical assistance focuses on helping you map out your pathway to success. Our Business Health Check helps us identify your business’s most critical needs. After you have completed your Business Health Check, we work with you directly to develop a Business Development Plan that aligns your business needs with the resources and assistance that will enable you to accomplish your goals.

Need support but you’re not exactly sure what kind? Just need to bounce some ideas off of a trusted person? Our Main Street program staff are here for you. You can set up an in-person or online consultation with one of our professionals. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll work with you to help you navigate your questions and find the answer with you!

There are a lot of resources and opportunities out there to help you grow your business, but it can be a lot to keep up with. Our business newsletter curates the most relevant opportunities and business news and puts it straight into your inbox. Stay in the know and sign up today!

We offer free or low-cost training and workshops on a variety of subjects where business owners get direct access to subject matter experts to them gain new skills to build a thriving business.

Whether you’re looking to get your business in front of a new audience or you want to connect with other businesses and people in your community, we host annual events and use social media and newsletters to help give your business the exposure you need to grow and help build long term connections in your community. Use the link below to submit holidays/observances promotions.

Join our Business Newsletter!

Economic Development

Our holistic approach to community-based economic development utilizes strategic partnerships, small business technical assistance, volunteer opportunities, place management, events, resident outreach, and connective services. Our approach is different in that we start from a place of collaboration and capacity-building, looking to strengthen the whole ecosystem in which we work.

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Upcoming Events

Want to get involved in the community? Check out our upcoming events below!

26 Feb 2024
05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
05 Mar 2024
08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Get Involved / Volunteer

Volunteering with District Bridges is a great way to support our work to build stronger more connected communities and invest in local businesses. Are you looking to volunteer your time to support one of our upcoming events? Check out the ways you can get involved and let’s have some fun!

Volunteer Sign Up

Sign up for our volunteer corps to be informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can specify specific neighborhoods you’d like to serve or find out about all our opportunities.

Become Neighborhood Strategy Council Member

Help us set programmatic priorities for each of our Main Street programs. Apply today you’re interested in serving!

USMS Neighborhood Strategy Council

Our Neighborhood Strategy Councils (NSCs) are community advisory boards that help us set programmatic priorities for each of our Main Street programs. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to ccms@districtbridges.org. Our current NSC includes:

AARON LEWIS

NSC Member

KELSYE ADAMS

NSC Member

The Neighborhood Strategy Council

To ensure each one of the District Bridges Main Street programs remains connected to the communities they serve, we developed advisor boards made up of key community stakeholders. We can these advisory board Neighborhood Strategy Councils.

The Neighborhood Strategy Councils provides leadership on neighborhood priorities for community-based economic development through District Bridges Main Street programs. Each Main Street program develops an NSC that works as a team to apply their experience and local understanding of community needs to support the designated Main Street neighborhoods. Specific activities of individual members may vary based on expertise, capacity, and availability.

The basic roles and responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Prepare for and attend regular Neighborhood Strategy Council meetings.
  2. Represent community priorities and concerns.
  3. Disseminate information to the broader community.
  4. Identify and develop Neighborhood Transformation Strategies.
  5. Lead or support Committees/Action Teams for specific events, programs, and priorities.
  6. Set priorities for annual workplans.
  7. Approve annual budget workplan allocation.
  8. Recruit volunteers for Main Street activities.
  9. Support the identification and cultivation of financial and in-kind contributions for priority activities.
  10. Work with the Program Manager/Director to give or get $500/year towards the program’s fundraising goal.

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Explore the neighborhood

Jônt

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Industrial Bank

Professional services U Street

Flair Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Fight Pass

Retail U Street

Enigma DC

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Engel & Völkers

Real Estate U Street

Dupont Threading (on 14th)

Professional services U Street

Dreamland Smoke Boutique

Retail U Street

Doozydog Club

Professional services U Street

Doobie District

Retail U Street

Box Convenience

Retail U Street

Budz and Roses

Retail U Street

Brew on U

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Best Way Liquors

Retail U Street

Backcountry

Retail U Street

Angel’s Brows Shaping

Professional services U Street

Alice Bar & Lounge

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Abuare Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Gas on U

Retail U Street

Oohhs and Aahhs

Restaurant and Bar U Street

MADabolic

Health and Wellness U Street

Licht Cafe

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Full Bodi Imbrace

Health and Wellness U Street

Elevated Lounge

Retail U Street

Elements DC

Entertainment U Street

El Secreto De Rosita

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Alice on U

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Vivid Lounge

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Vacant – 1436 U Street Northwest

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Tropicalia

Restaurant and Bar U Street

TRC The Red Chair- Bespoke Hair Studio

Health and Wellness U Street

The Smith

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Semeli Taverna CLOSED?

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Selam Restaurant CLOSED

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Sakerum CLOSED

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Saigon Nails CLOSED

Personal Services U Street

Net10 Wireless (CLOSED)

Retail U Street

Mint Studio (CLOSED)

Health and Wellness U Street

Matchbox CLOSED

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Marvin CLOSED

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Local 16 CLOSED

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Hush Boutique CLOSED

Retail U Street

Bin 1301 Wine Bar

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Wells Fargo

Professional services U Street

Nama Ko

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Lupo Pizzeria

Restaurant and Bar U Street

butter me up

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Art of Lash

Professional services U Street

Pacers Running

Retail U Street

U Street Hostel

Residential U Street

Yoga Heights

Health and Wellness U Street

Secreto de Rosita

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Legacy DC

Retail U Street

Rebel Taco

Restaurant and Bar U Street

U Street Wine & Beer

Retail U Street

Q n Q Cleaners

Professional services U Street

Hamiltonian Artists

Nonprofit U Street

H20 Wireless

Retail U Street

Gregory Owens: Allstate Insurance

Professional services U Street

GreenLine Real Estate

Real Estate U Street

GreenEarth Cleaning: Jefferson Cleaners

Professional services U Street

GoodWood

Retail U Street

Georgetown Optician

Retail U Street

George Shoe Repair

Professional services U Street

Freedom Baptist Church

Religious Institution U Street

Franklin Hall

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Framebridge Store

Retail U Street

Florida Liquors

Retail U Street

Flock DC

Real Estate U Street

Ezra Paul Clothing (CLOSED)

Professional services U Street

Extra Space Storage

Retail U Street

Exiles Bar

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Epiphany Salon & Spa

Personal Services U Street

Elysium Fourteen Apartments

Residential U Street

EJF Real Estate Services

Real Estate U Street

Edges Barber Shop

Personal Services U Street

DC Credit Union

Financial Institution U Street

Devine Mulvey Longabaugh

Professional services U Street

Desperados Burgers & Bar

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Dekka

Retail U Street

DC Weightlifting Club

Health and Wellness U Street

DC Stone Pizza

Restaurant and Bar U Street

DC Row

Health and Wellness U Street

DC Parks & Rec

Government agency U Street

DC Noodles

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Daily Method Barre & Cycle Studio

Health and Wellness U Street

Crushed Skate Shop

Retail U Street

CrossFit DC

Health and Wellness U Street

Congressional Club

Professional services U Street

Cloak & Dagger

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Clear Sky Nails

Personal Services U Street

City First Bank of DC

Financial Institution U Street

Chi-Cha Lounge

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Center for Community Change

Nonprofit U Street

Harrigan & Hanten, PC

Professional services U Street

Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness

Health and Wellness U Street

By Subairi

Professional services U Street

Busboys and Poets

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Brooklyn on U

Entertainment U Street

Bresca

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Bread Bite Bakery

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Black & White Look Optical

Professional services U Street

Big Planet Comics

Retail U Street

Best Fit Tailoring

Professional services U Street

Ben’s Next Door

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Bang Hair Salon & Spa

Personal Services U Street

Bandit Taco

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Aura Spa

Health and Wellness U Street

Amsterdam Lounge

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Alero Restaurant

Restaurant and Bar U Street

ACE Cash Express

Financial Institution U Street

13|U

Residential U Street

1350 Florida Avenue Apartments

Residential U Street

&pizza | U street

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Barkada Wine Bar

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Zawadi

Retail U Street

VIDA Fitness U street

Health and Wellness U Street

Universal Capoeira

Health and Wellness U Street

United Bank

Financial Institution U Street

Union Row Flats

Residential U Street

U street Tobacco

Retail U Street

U Street Family Dentistry

Health and Wellness U Street

U street Cleaners

Professional services U Street

U Smoke

Retail U Street

Kia Travel and Documents Legalization

Professional services U Street

Jumbo Pizza

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Judy Restaurant

Restaurant and Bar U Street

JoJo Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Joint Custody

Retail U Street

Jin’s Cleaners

Professional services U Street

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Restaurant and Bar U Street

Javan Wellness

Health and Wellness U Street

Ivy Wild

Retail U Street