Events DC Celebrates the Opening of “Made in DC” Coffee Shop, Compass Coffee, Inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center



(Washington, DC) – January 12, 2017 - Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia was joined by Ward 2 Councilmember, Jack Evans, city officials and Centerplate/NBSE, the Convention Center’s exclusive catering provider, to celebrate and mark the opening of DC homegrown coffee shop, Compass Coffee, inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Compass’ presence in a public-serving building further demonstrates Events DC’s commitment to local, “Made in DC” businesses, while also continuing efforts to drive DC’s opportunities, success and entrepreneurship.

“In staying true to our mission to provide a unique experience for our visitors, we couldn’t be more excited about the arrival of Compass Coffee, a local ‘Made in DC’ business inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  As a local business owner myself, I vowed to support local DC businesses in my role at Events DC, as an avenue to further drive DC’s growth, prosperity and entrepreneurship,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC. “The addition of this local food and beverage experience inside the Convention Center reinforces our long-term vision to stay ahead of industry trends in a competitive market and provide a one-of-a-kind offering that you can’t get in other cities. And importantly, to also support local businesses and local business owners.”

The Compass Coffee opening milestone reinforces Events DC’s focus on creating enriching collaborations with local Washington, DC businesses and entrepreneurs – as this remains one of the keys to powering the District’s local economic engine.  It is also Events DC’s goal to generate heightened visibility for the city, its venues and respective offerings from retail to technology and place making – in an effort to attract more unique and diverse event and entertainment options for both residents and visitors alike to experience and enjoy.  

“It’s truly exciting to welcome a local ‘Made in DC’ business, Compass Coffee to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  As the official convention and sports authority, Events DC is committed to supporting the District’s local business community – as they are vital components to the continued development of our city’s local footprint and flourishing economy,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “This milestone not only enhances the visitor experience that we will be able provide to our guests – but also opens up doors for our venue to remain competitive on a global platform and local opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship prosperity across the District.”

"We're thrilled that Compass Coffee has this opportunity to serve and represent DC to the many local, national and international guests who attend the Convention Center each year," stated Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez, Co-Founders, Compass Coffee.  

This will be the fifth Compass Coffee location in the District and the local establishment is honored to open its newest location inside the Convention Center in an effort to serve residents and provide global visitors with a taste of Washington, DC.  Compass Coffee was founded by two former Marines and DC natives, in the historic Shaw neighborhood of DC, where the Convention Center resides.

At the Convention Center location, Compass Coffee will showcase several of the drinks from its seasonal menu, to include the Nutella Mocha, Butterscotch Latte, Cardinal Blend, Emblem Espresso, as well as other “Made in DC” pastries, fresh sandwiches and salads and other items from local vendors.  In the two short years since it first opened its doors, Compass Coffee's cafés have become neighborhood cornerstones and gathering places throughout the District – similar to the role that the Convention Center plays. The company is built on a very simple idea: “Real Good Coffee, Made in DC.”

Centerplate/NBSE, the exclusive catering provider at the Convention Center, partnered with Events DC to help bring Compass Coffee in-house to serve its guests. Long-term goals for both organizations include bringing in additional homegrown DC food and beverage vendors to the Center in an effort to enhance the attendee experience.  

"It's our goal to offer food and beverage options that reflect and celebrate Washington, DC's strong local food culture," said Centerplate's Vice President, Nick Biello. "The addition of DC's own Compass Coffee to the Grand Lobby will ensure all of our guests can have a true taste of DC during their visit to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  

More than just a meeting facility, over time, the Convention Center has remained committed to creating and providing unforgettable experiences for all of its visitors – as well as being a driving force for the revitalization of the Shaw neighborhood and its local businesses. The foresight of the Convention Center has played a vital role in helping to spur growth and activity in today’s bustling Shaw, along with the Convention Center’s headquarter hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC and the more recent exterior retail establishments along both 7th and 9th streets.  


Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC).