30 Jul 2021

Small Business:

The coolest shop you haven’t heard of (yet): Spin Time Records!

Jonathan Lottman has always loved music. Back when he was a kid, the DC native would collect records of all kinds, but he especially loved the sunny, syncopated Reggae beat. And a couple of years ago, as his life turned more inward with the demands of being a stay-at-home dad, his passion took shape and […]


14 Jul 2021

Small Business:

A hive full of friends at Honey Made

The pandemic has not stopped the entrepreneurial spirit in the District as new businesses have opened and thrived. When Summit to Soul’s Kim Wattrick decided to close her store this spring, Barracks Row had one more empty storefront to contend with at 727 8th Street SE– not to mention, a space that had been devoted […]


26 Mar 2021

Small Business:

Five Questions with Sandra Basanti of Pie Shop DC

Pie Shop DC is the baby of Sandra Basanti, a self-described “typical latchkey kid/first generation Sudanese-American with immigrant parents that worked constantly.” This baby makes a mean pie and it’s also packed a punch with live music, which sadly had to stop when the pandemic hit. This hasn’t stopped Sandra from working fiercely to keep […]


05 Jun 2019

Building community:

Are you a local business owner? Attend CHAMPS’ Annual Meeting

This one is for all the businesses that make Capitol Hill a great place to live, and for those business owners who want to be a part of a community that values them: The Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals– also known as CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s chamber of commerce– is holding their annual meeting on […]


16 Jul 2018

Small Business:

Behind the Small Business: Howl to the Chief

Alan Chargin shares stories behind how Capitol Hill small businesses got their start. This week, he sat down with Kimberly Hawkins, owner of Howl to the Chief. The following conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.   Tell us what everyone should know about Howl to the Chief. We serve most small animals, not […]


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