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14th and Buchanan St, NW

Thanks to Corinne for passing on the GoFundMe for Gedera Market:

“Hi my name is wendim I am fundraising for Ethiopian family who has these business for a long time and on July 4th their business caught on fire by fireworks thrown by unknown persons and now they lost all their asset and goodwill they have been working with. So I am asking anyone can do what ever you can to support and rebuild their business back..”


2343 17th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I ran into the owners and they told me they are NOT closed! They have a gas connection issue and are waiting on the landlord to fix it. I think the landlord is pushing back saying they are not going to fix it so they have closed indefinitely. Can we please help them?? They are a Korean couple who don’t speak the best English. Let’s get them open again!! Maybe a legally-minded reader could help!”

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421 East Capitol Street, SE

Martin sends the sad news:

“Congress Market, my favorite neighborhood bodega, is closing its doors. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve popped in here over the nearly ten years I’ve lived on Capitol Hill, and I guarantee you I turn the corner of 5th and East Capitol and try and pop in again out of habit at least a few more times. What a loss.”

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233 12th Street, SE

“Dear PoPville,

Save Mott’s Market

Neighbors in the Capitol Hill community are banding together to save their corner market, and they need more help.

Since 1916, the corner market at 233 12th St. SE has been a staple in the Capitol Hill community. Known as Mott’s Market, families have come to know this corner market as a pantry, gathering place, and safe haven for the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Mott’s represents a way of life that is disappearing on Capitol Hill. We have lost many similar markets across the city in the past decade and fear we are about to lose another.

The owners of the 233 12th St. property, which includes the corner store, have put it up for sale. A coalition of neighbors are working together to purchase the property with the mission to preserve and revitalize the store. Their aim is to protect this community landmark but recognize that they cannot achieve their goals alone. Read More

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233 12th Street, SE

Thanks to Sean for sending the latest on Mott’s Market. The listing for $1,250,000 says:

“Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase beloved Mott’s Market. A wide and large semi-detached rowhome that is prominently on the corner of Gessford Court and overlooking Walter Street – all just steps from Lincoln Park and Eastern Market in the heart of Capitol Hill. Purpose-built in 1916 as a store and second-floor home for Samuel Gotkin, the site appears to have been a corner store for over a century and became Mott’s Market in 1969. It is zoned RF-1 with a commercial use code of 042-Store-Miscallenous and currently has a Retail – Grocery B license from the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Read More

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