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For the last seven years, the Housing Authority has fostered a win-win relationship with small, local businesses with its Vendors Bazaar. The format is simple, local vendors pay a small fee for a space on DCHA’s lawn, and they get to sell their goods. DCHA, in turn, uses the funds to support its annual Gift of Love, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children of public housing and voucher families.

The DCHA lawn, which faces North Capitol St., has proved to be an excellent location for the vendors. DCHA staff look forward to the event, because of the discounted merchandise and great food. With all the development in the NoMa neighborhood these days, the construction workers seemed to appreciate the variety of food choices from caterers as well. As an added bonus, every year the event has customers who stopped just because they happened to be on North Capitol St. and just wanted to see what was going on.

Adriana Graham, of Everything From Scratch Catering Co., has been participating in the event since its first year. “I like coming because I get to introduce my business to a bunch of potential customers I otherwise might never come in contact with,” she said. “Coming down here is good financially as well, since we (vendors) will make more down here than the cost of renting the space.”

The Vendors Bazaar is a great event because it allows DCHA to raise funds to help support our residents, it exposes local business to potential customers, and it keeps dollars circulating in our community.

Denise of Shopwize Treasure Chest really enjoyed participating in DCHA’s Vendors Bazaar.  She said she goes by just Denise because her items do all the work selling themselves.
Denise of Shopwize Treasure Chest really enjoyed participating in DCHA’s Vendors Bazaar.  She said she goes by just Denise because her items do all the work selling themselves.
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