Zip Tips for DC Tourists!

Tourist season has begun in the national capital!

If you’re planning a trip to Washington DC this year, take a look at some suggestions from our Kiva City DC team on places to visit among the monuments, memorials, and museums:

1. Java Shack
2507 North Franklin Road, Arlington VA 22201
(Metro: Courthouse)

Arlington, Virginia is a popular site for hotels and tourist attractions like Iwo Jima and Arlington National Cemetery. It also features Java Shack, ranked as one of the finest coffee shops in the Washington D.C. metro, and the new home of local coffee roaster Commonwealth Joe.

Since 1996, "Arlington's Original Coffee House" has served residents and visitors alike, creating a neighborhood niche for outstanding coffee, friendly atmosphere, and "green" business practices.

Java Shack's knowledgeable baristas curate only specialty-grade coffees, including Commonwealth Joe’s single-origin varieties and bottled cold-pressed coffee.

Start your morning with a drink, and plan your next trip by checking Java Shack's TransitScreen for live updates on nearby buses, Metro trains, and bike share stations.

2. The Big Bad Woof
117 Carroll St NW, Washington DC 20012
(Metro: Takoma)

If you had to leave your pet behind on your vacation, why not pick up an eco-friendly toy or treat to share when you return? The Big Bad Woof provides an impressive selection of healthy food, toys, and pet supplies in a sustainable business setting.

3. Smucker Farms
2118 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Metro: U Street)

The National Mall is a great place for a picnic. When packing, take advantage of some of DC’s awesome food producers, many of whom have gone through Kiva Zip.

You can purchase some of these foods at Smucker Farms, including Udderly Nuts, Glover’s Pepper Sauce, and Undone Chocolate.

4. Flying Fish Coffee and Tea
3064 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Metro: Columbia Heights)

Located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Flying Fish Coffee and Tea features appetizing food and a wide variety of drinks. It’s the perfect place to stop for a midday recharge in the midst of sightseeing.

5. FreshFarm Markets
(Locations all over the DC area)


photo courtesy of Ralph Alswang

These markets can be found all over the city, and they're a treasure of local businesses and food producers. Be sure to stop by one and visit someone like Number 1 Sons! Brother-sister team Yi Wah and Caitlin (and their helpers) from Number 1 Sons are known for their famous pickles and will soon be offering kombucha.

These are just some of the many Kiva Zip borrowers you can support after you've helped back their dream online. Enjoy the nation's capital!

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Posted by Mary Jo Halder and Willa Stockwell, Kiva City DC Fellows

Apr 13, 2015

Mary Jo grew up in small town Iowa, surrounded by the state’s lively political climate. She turned her interest in this area into a BA in Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, where she had the chance to intern with the Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC and travel to Nicaragua for a service learning class. There she visited an MFI and some of its borrowers. Mary Jo later received an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and interned with the National Education Trust while in London. Combining her love of education and international politics, she returned to the University of Northern Iowa to teach political science courses, and eventually found her way to DC to help local businesses.

Willa grew up in Keene, New Hampshire and continued to earn her BA in International Relations at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She has since spent her time working on various political campaigns in Colorado and has spent the past year of her life working for a small NGO in Washington DC, dedicated towards helping entrepreneurs navigate local legal systems in developing countries.

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