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DEC. 21, 2016



If you've procrastinated your holiday shopping this long, you might as well support local businesses and enter to win some goodies while you're at it! Check out The Hill is Home's #ShopCapitolHill Contest - running through December 24. If you're stuck on gift ideas, check out their Hill Gift Guides for both NE and SE! Details on the contest are as follows:

Between now and December 24, post a picture of you shopping at a local Capitol Hill business for a chance to win a gift bag of goodies from our favorite shops!

To enter:

  1. Post a picture to Instagram of you shopping at a small business in Ward 6. If you are not a selfie person, that’s okay. Get creative! We just need to be able to see that you shopped at a local small business in Ward 6.
  2. Include the hashtags #shopcapitolhill and #thehillishome in the caption.
  3. Once your picture appears on our contest tab on Facebooktell your friends to go vote for your picture as their favorite. Please note that it can take 10-20 minutes for it to appear on the contest page. The tab is also not mobile optimized so you have to go old-school and access it from an actual computer.

The winners: We will contact the winners between December 26 and January 1. Make sure you are following us on Instagram so we can send you a direct message!

Prize: Gift bags with a selection of goodies from Ward 6 small businesses! We pick the goods**, but don’t worry we have good taste!


  • Small Business in Ward 6: Yes, we are called The HILL is Home but we do cover all of Ward 6, so we want to extend this to all businesses in Ward 6. See the boundaries here.
  • Hashtags: Please include BOTH the hashtags #shopcapitolhill AND #thehillishome to win. These need to be in the caption, NOT posted as a comment on your post.
  • Vote to Win!: Everyone can vote once per day. The three posts with most votes that also meet the criteria above (Ward 6 business and both hashtags in the caption) will be selected to win. Winners will be selected at the discretion of the editorial team at The Hill is Home.

Fine Print:

  • Winners will be selected at the discretion of the editorial staff at The Hill is Home. If we notice any funny business in the voting, we will disqualify those entries.
  • We reserve the right to remove any entries that include profanities, abusive language, or anything that is not suitable for all audiences. We’re a family-friendly site; please keep it clean and friendly.
  • Writers of The Hill is Home are not qualified to win.
  • No purchase necessary. Shopping does not mean purchasing. We encourage you to spend your money at our local businesses but you do not need to prove a purchase to enter or win.
  • See the full list of conditions and rules here.

** If you own a business in Ward 6 and would like to contribute an item or gift card, please contact THIH at

In January of 2016, the DC Foam Ban took effect and banned the use of food service products made of styrofoam. Foam is easily blown by wind or washed by rain into storm drains and waterbodies. As a result, foam litter is one of the most common types of trash found in the Anacostia River.

Foam takes hundreds of years to break down and does not decompose. As a result, foam occupies significant space in landfills. Recyclable and compostable alternatives, however, can be reconstituted into other useful products.

The second phase of the law will take effect on January 1, 2017. This phase states that District businesses and organizations that sell food or beverages in the District of Columbia must use recyclable or compostable food service products.

The law applies to any food service products designed for one-time use. These include take-out containers, bowls, plates, trays, cups, and other items.

The law does not apply to:

  • Food or beverages filled and sealed in foam containers before an entity receives them (e.g., foam cartons of eggs packaged outside of the District)
  • Materials used to package raw, uncooked, or butchered meat, fish, poultry, or seafood
  • Foam food service products purchased for home use

For more information on the Foam Ban, click here.

3rd Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 26th at 5:00pm
NE Quadrant of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza
(8th St. SE and Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Join the Capitol Hill BID, Hill Havurah, Councilmembers Elissa Silverman and Charles Allen, and the rest of the community for the third annual lighting of the public space menorah dedicated to BID Past Board Chairman Paul Pascal.

Enjoy hot chocolate, potato latkes and jelly doughnuts served by the BID's "Men in Blue" as the sun sets on the third night of Hannukah. Hope to see you there!


In Italy, wine is truly part of la dolce vita, and wine is food. Winemaking in Italy is as natural as eating or breathing. Grapevines grow everywhere, and indeed, Italy is one of the most diverse viticultural areas of the world. There is always a new grape to discover! In this class, get to know the predominant Italian wine regions as well as some lesser known areas that produce wines with such varied flavors, textures, and body.
  • Six wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you’d like to take home!
DCanter is located at 545 8th St. SE. This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Click here to sign up!

The Capitol Hill BID hopes everyone has a wonderful holiday season and best wishes in the new year!

As a reminder, there will be no BID services on Sunday, December 25th or Sunday, January 1st so our team members can be home to celebrate these holidays with their families. Services will remain the same on all other days.

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