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For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community.
The group’s focus is the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E.
Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.
Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:31 PM Last Updated on Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:36 PM
Frame of Mine owner Cissy Webb announced today that the thirty three year old DIY and custom frame shop will remain on Barracks Row but will move across the street to a new location at 545 8th Street, SE (right) after the lease at her current 522 8th Street, SE location (below left) expires later this year. The business is expected to move in early October however the existing shop will remain open for business during the transition.
After months of negotiations the lease was signed for the lower level of the building formerly occupied by Playseum. Frame of Mine will join DCanter as a neighbor in the historic building. Another Barracks Row business is currently deep in negotiations to take the remaining first floor space. All businesses share the 545 8th Street address.
When Barracks Row Main Street learned that Playseum planned to leave the corridor, Executive Director Martin Smith immediately reached out to the owners of both Homebody and Frame of Mine. Both long time Row retailers announced they had lost their leases earlier this year. "The idea of combining Homebody and Frame of Mine into the former Playseum space seemed ideal, as it was large enough to house both businesses - and the broker for the space loved the idea from the start", said Smith.
Ultimately, Homebody owner Henriette Fourcade decided on a different location, and is currently in the process of moving four blocks away to 218 7th Street, the lower level of women's fashion boutique, the Forecast. Frame of Mine, however, decided to move ahead with the deal.
Barracks Row Main Street has been involved with the Frame of Mine team for the last year to assist in the store's relocation to another property on Barracks Row. "Martin Smith (Executive Director) found the property and has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire process," noted Webb.
Cissy Webb had been on the Board of Directors of Barracks Row Main Street in the early year's of its existence. "The idea of leaving 8th Street would have been heartbreaking," Webb remarked. "It is wonderful to discover a building owner who is not interested in a restaurant tenant - someone who wants to maintain the spirit of the old retail tradition on 8th Street."
"Barracks Row Main Street is thrilled to have been able to help this beloved, longtime tenant find a new home right here on 8th Street" said Martin Smith. "That's one of the key things we do here as a Main Street program - we work behind the scenes for months on business recruitment and retention efforts just like this one. It's always so rewarding when one of them works out so well."
Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district. Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.