Frame of Mine finds new home on 8th Street!

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Frame of Mine to move in October
New location: 545 8th St. SE

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."

2015 Fall Festival

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Save the Date!

This Fall on Saturday September 26 will be our annual Fall Festival!

We are now sold out for the Fall Festival. 

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be put on the wait list.

Pay with Paypal below or make all checks out to:

Barracks Row Main Street 731 8th Street SE, Suite 201 Washington, DC 20003

Please note, spots for food vendors have been sold out.

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**Note, we do not rent tents. If you would like a tent, please call or visit Frager's Just Ask Rental **

2015 Garden Party Photos

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Our photos from Wednesday's event are uploaded! Check them out by clicking below.

2015 Garden Party Photos

Garden Party 2016

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Wednesday, June 8th   6:00pm-8:00pm

Located at "The Amway House" 419 New Jersey Ave. SE

Your support directly improves the neighborhood!
Funds directly support Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization bringing to the community:

• New restaurants and shops – Economic development efforts to bring new businesses to Barracks Row, and monitoring “quality of life” issues such as parking and noise.
• A better community – Working to retain property values and improve “livability” by balancing retail, development, and
residential needs.
• Clean streets – Significant support of the “men in blue” or the Business Improvement District (BID) Clean Litter Team.
• Beautiful streets – Planting trees, bulbs, improving or restoring facades and creating murals.
• Safe streets – Improving lighting, increasing walk-through traffic resulting from added restaurants, retail and other businesses.
• Historic preservation – Murals, facades and other historic treasures in 8th Street buildings.

To buy tickets or become a sponsor click HERE.

The Map and Menu for Today's Taste is ready!

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The map of participating restaurants, and the menu of what they will be offering, is finally complete! Feel free to print your own if you want to get a jump on things, but we'll have some printed and ready for you (including some large-print editions!) at Taste Headquarters at 8th and G Streets SE in front of Spring Mill Bread.

The event runs from 1:00-4:00pm, and we'll start releasing will-call tickets at Taste Headquarters for people who bought online in advance at 12:45. Day-of ticket sales (cash or credit accepted) begin at 1:00pm. Come a few minutes after 1:00 to skip some of the crowds! Online ticket pre-sales are available until around noon today at After that, we still have a limited number of day-of tickets available for purchase!

See you at the Taste later today!

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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.