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INTERVIEWS! Avery Leake, Owner of Avery’s on H Street

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ForeverDC: What motivated you to start your own business?


Avery Leake: It was really my passion to be creative and to bring people together. I have an event planning background, and had been throwing social and charitable events for years.  I felt like owning a bar was a natural progression.


ForeverDC: Why a lounge? What interested you in entering this industry?

Avery Leake: The demographic that I wanted to target and be my customer base was pretty much done with the club scene.  The H Street Corridor was missing an intimate setting where young professionals could mingle, so I created Averys Bar and Lounge.


ForeverDC: Why H Street?


Avery Leake: H Street is historic and I wanted to be part of that.  Building my business on H Street meant a lot because my great grandparents owned a business on H street.  Also, while I’m happy to see the development in DC, I also think it’s important to make sure the city stays culturally diverse.


ForeverDC: Where are you from? Where were you raised? Did this have an influence on your business decision and model?

Avery Leake: I’m from the SE side of capitol hill.  Yes, being a DC native had a lot to do with my decision because it means a lot to open up a business in your hometown.

ForeverDC:How long have you been in business now?

Avery Leake: We officially opened in Feb. 2013. The last 3 months have flown by.

ForeverDC: What makes Avery’s a good place to check out? What makes it special?

Avery Leake: Avery’s Bar & Lounge has a lot of character and an inviting atmosphere. Its a reflection of me and who I am.  The work that I have done in the community (you can see it on the walls in Avery’s), my favorite quotes, photos and artwork…  I think customers will appreciate the creative energy that I put in and really feel at home when they’re there.

ForeverDC: What, if any, future plans do you have to enhance Avery’s? Are you interested in opening up more venues or other businesses?

Avery Leake: I’m interested in opening the rooftop for the summer time.  It has an amazing view and is actually the highest rooftop on H Street. As far as expansion, I’m taking things day by day.  I want to make sure I have the bar industry down before branching out to other ventures.

ForeverDC: What are your current or day to day challenges and how do you plan to tackle them?
Avery Leake: Learning to balance friendships and business relationships has been challenging.  There’s a thin line between the two.  If you are too nice, then people will take advantage of you.  If you are too mean, then you are a-hole.
ForeverDC: What’s the best part about owning Avery’s? What do you find enjoyable?
Avery Leake: The best part is having the freedom to pursue my dream with nothing holding me back.  The relationships and network that I create with customers.  I love talking to people and building together.
ForeverDC: Where do you see Avery’s five years from now?
Avery Leake: Five years from now, we will be a landmark on H street.
Avery’s is located at 1370 H Street NE. Make sure you visit them at, and connect on social media at, and

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  1. Jaemellah Kemp

    May 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Sounds like a nice spot.

  2. Jaemellah Kemp

    May 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I plan to add this to my to do list this summer!

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Talking Hands Incorporated will host a workshop for modifying toy cars for children with disabilities | Saturday, Dec 10

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Talking Hands Incorporated will host a workshop for modifying toy cars for children with disabilities

Prince George’s County Maryland. ¬– An Oregon State University professor will help volunteers, families and clinicians such as physical therapists modify toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities at a workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Prince George’s County.

The “Go Baby Go” program provides these modified toy cars to young children with disabilities so they can move around independently.

Sam Logan, who heads the Go Baby Go project at Oregon State University, will lead the workshop, which is being hosted/sponsored by Talking Hands Incorporated. Talking Hands Incorporated is
501 c 3 non-profit organization which educates, supports, advocates, and provides resources to families with special needs children.

The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and cars will be tested by the children around 2pm. The modified toy cars will be donated to Early Childhood Center in Prince George’s County.

The modified cars give children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other mobility disabilities a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily, said Logan, who is also an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.

Being pushed in a stroller or being carried from one place to another is fundamentally different from having active control over one’s own exploration, which is where the developmental gains are seen, he said.

There are no commercially available devices for children with mobility issues to get around on their own; and power wheelchairs usually aren’t an option until the children are older. The modified cars provide them independence at a much younger age and at a relatively low cost.
Please consider sponsoring a modified toy car for $200. Or consider making a tax deductible donation to Talking Hands Incorporated so they can continue serving local families and children.

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