Four businesses on H Street Northeast were awarded $85,000 each in city grants this week as part of a program intended to stimulate small-business development and expansion while also creating jobs for residents along the booming retail-and-entertainment strip.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Victor Hoskins, deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development, announced awards for the H Street NE Retail Priority Grant Program on Friday.
The winners, as stated in a news release from the mayor's office:
• Atlas Vet Clinic, 1326 H St,: A full-service veterinary hospital that provides primary-care services for house pets and offers complementing retail will use the $85,000 grant to expand the clinic’s retail offerings;
• DC Conscious, 1413 H St.: A restaurant and social gathering space featuring book readings and live entertainment with a full floor of retail sales offerings will use the $85,000 grant for façade improvements and to open its floor plan;
• Euro Style, Inc., 1342 H Str.: A men’s and women’s clothing store that sells high fashion with a European aesthetic will use the $85,000 grant for façade improvements, build-out of additional retail storage and an HVAC system upgrade; and
• H Street Main Street, 961 H St.: A non-profit charged with advocating for commercial enterprises along the corridor and servicing those enterprises through case work, publications and other tools will use the $85,000 grant for focus groups on retail in the corridor and to fund a retail summit.