Dear City Paper Readers,

We are excited to announce that we will release the results of our 2020 Best of D.C. poll on Thursday, September 17. Although we continue to monitor the public health crisis, we’ve gotten a steady stream of requests from local businesses looking for a spark of hope and something to celebrate.

Helping to support these local businesses and organizations is a top priority for us because a community newspaper can’t survive without a thriving local business community. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve provided more than $100,000 in donated and matched advertising to help local business owners promote their reopening plans and nonprofits raise funds for worthy causes.

In addition to releasing our Reader Picks, we’re also planning changes to our Editorial Picks to reflect what’s happening and call out the people and things that kept us fed, entertained, and made us laugh during these trying times.

We hope that you will join us in safely celebrating these favorite neighborhood businesses, places, and people that make our city feel like home. And we hope that you continue reading our to-the-minute updates on what’s happening in our city.

If You’re Interested in Supporting Us…

More than 1,000 of our readers have stepped up to become paying members and are helping us sustain our local news operations. We need them—and we need you. With an unclear outlook for the future, we have lost a lot of money from canceled events and lost ad sales.

Please help us remain a resource for EVERYONE in our community by becoming a member. Not only does it feel great to support your local newspaper, but you’ll get some fun City Paper swag, too.

If You’re a Small Business Owner…

We are committed to supporting you to navigate these turbulent times. We’ve hosted free and educational webinars for local businesses to help you stay on top of important topics like the latest trends in marketing and how to grow your customer base with email marketing.

If you’re interested in learning more about these free resources or about Best of D.C., please contact ads@washingtoncitypaper.com.