Missouri Avenue Market was founded by Fikre and Beletech, a formerly-Ethiopian couple who has been working hard in the District since the 1980s. They started their business near Georgia Ave at the former site of an open air fruit market. When Wal-Mart moved in across the street, they knew it was time to ask for assistance in some upgrades. We encouraged them to apply for Great Streets grant so they could afford new signs, awnings, equipment and an interior remodel. They committed the matching funds and we were able to make a major transformation for this beloved neighborhood store.