An Update on DCRA’s Visit to Secondhand Shops
In April, an inspector from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) visited a group of small-shops in the Adams Morgan and 14th Street NW area. During the surprise visit the shops-Idle Time Books, Smash Records, Crooked Beat Records, Meeps, Treasury, and GoodWood were told that they were operating illegally because they did not have second-hand businesses licenses and would face steep fines until they complied with the law in place. The businesses were given seven days to obtain the $700 license. In May, a petition went around urging the DC City Council to “stop treating record stores and vintage stores like pawn shops.”
Cathy Chung, the co-owner of vintage shops Meeps and Treasury updated All Things Fashion DC on what has happened since April:
“The issue is very near resolution. DCRA has amended the regulation so shops selling used clothing, furniture, records, books, and costume jewelry are exempt from the secondhand business license – we now officially qualify for the general business license. The amendment is going through a 30 day comment period before it is enacted. We really appreciate your support – I don’t think we would have been successful without the community and media’s support in supporting the dialogue. It really makes us feel that local businesses are appreciated and we have the community’s backing. We’re hoping that DCRA and the local government do work towards more clarity in their regulations and work together with businesses to make this city more ‘business-friendly.’”
What do you think our local government should do to make DC more ‘business-friendly’?