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Keeping our community whole is one GDS's goals during this uncertain time, and that includes you! GDS would like to help raise awareness of businesses owned by members of the GDS community. Please tell us about your business, and we'll share the information with our community via an online directory, and possibly also through our newsletters and social media channels. Be sure to complete the form below.

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GDS Connection: Charlton Woodyard II '05, Founder and CEO, and Anier Woodyard '08, Chief Innovation Officer
 
Avi8ted Thoughts® Lifestyle Company is Transcendent, we aim to connect local experiences with global ideas through products and experiences.
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GDS Connection: Kamal Ali '80; parent of Suraya '18
 

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. The street (U Street) was then known nationally as “Black Broadway” and Washington D.C. was still segregated. But all were always welcome at Ben’s. From the burning and looting of the 1968 race riots to the tough times in the 70’s and 80’s and finally to the revitalization of the U Street Corridor beginning in the 90’s, Ben’s has seen and survived it all. The one constant we’ve had since 1958 has been the loyalty of our customers, and we listened when you said, "whatever you do, never change this place." The counter, booths and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe, and service and quality are guiding principles. To our customers and especially our regulars, we appreciate you and thank you for supporting Ben's. To those reading this that have yet to come to Ben's, we look forward to seeing you very soon!

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GDS Connection: Steven Aarons & Simmie Kerman, parents to Josh Aarons ‘12 and Zoe Aarons ‘15
 
Now with three locations, Child’s Play is the DMV’s favorite destination for hand-picked toys, games, and children’s books.
 
"GDS has been central to our family for more than 20 years. Our two children flourished there. It’s where we met many of our closest friends. Its mission and values reflect our own commitment to inclusivity, exploration, and service." —Steven Aarons & Simmie Kerman, Chief Play Officers
Cunningham/Quill
GDS Connection: Ralph Cunningham '79, alum and current parent
 
Cunningham/Quill Architects, located at Canal Square in historic Georgetown, provides complete professional services in the fields of architecture, community planning, and urban design. Our diverse portfolio celebrates context and reflects a fresh and insightful approach to design and master planning that has led to numerous-award winning projects.
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GDS Connection: Meredith Cymerman, Founder and GDS parent, and Ariella Cymerman '19, Business Development Intern
 
JaM Treats makes nutritionally-targeted sweet snacks that are free of: gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugar.
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GDS Connection: Katie Schenk, parent of Jonas Grossman '29 and Gabriel Grossman '32
 
Katie Schenk is an epidemiologist offering consulting and training services on infection prevention and mitigation to businesses and families adjusting to the current pandemic.