Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

MRBA’s Inaugural Soup Nite: Recap!

image_2Thanks to all who attended Mount Rainier Business Association‘s inaugural Soup Nite, Wednesday April 24th! We had a great turnout of community members and business supporters who all came and cast their votes for the Innovation Fund proposals after enjoying a bowl of delicious Cajun Corn, Crab Chowder, or Chicken Gumbo soup. The three proposals were:

Circle Deli
Funds used to purchase one Bistro set (to add to existing 2) for sidewalk dining; replace Plexiglas in two windows with tempered glass; purchase plants to accent outside dining; graphic design and printing of menu; and advertising.

Hands on Barbers
Funds will be used to install a new 6-foot stockade fence to conceal the empty lot next to the property. The long-term plan for this lot is to level and build a music studio to provide youth a place to grow and learn the art and business of music.

Urban Eats Arts and Music Café
Funds will be used to create an outdoor dining and leisure space, comfortable and enjoyable for the community. The project will include purchasing artificial ground cover, durable outdoor plants and shrubbery, and weatherized lattice and fencing.

The votes were very close, but in the end, the Innovation Fund award went to Hands On Barbers.  Congratulations to all the participating businesses!

Be sure to subscribe to our blog to hear about plans for the next Soup Nite and submit a proposal. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet business owners, hear about their plans, and give feedback.

Check out images from Soup Nite below:


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

One comment on “MRBA’s Inaugural Soup Nite: Recap!

  1. Pingback: Art Lives Here Draws Attention to the Gateway Arts District | ART LIVES HERE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: