What I’m Grateful For: Community Support for DC’s Small Businesses

"It’s so hard seeing all of these businesses fail on 14th Street," says Rebecca Lee Funk of the Outrage.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

This article is part of Washingtonian‘s feature “Gratitude.” We asked dozens of notable Washingtonians as well as our readers: What are you most grateful for? Read some of their responses here.

Rebecca Lee Funk

Founder/CEO of the Outrage, a community space and shop for progressive activists

Amid all the political turmoil, plus the stress of being a small-business owner right now, what have you found to be grateful for?

Our community. We’ve had members reach out and say, “How can I donate to the Outrage to make sure you’re here post-pandemic?” It’s so hard seeing all of these businesses fail on 14th Street, which is where we are. I know what it is to build something. I’m so grateful for the community that has rallied behind us to keep us afloat.

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Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a possible wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia. Kashino lives in DC.