Printing Company Sets Up Shop on H Street

Posted February 27, 2007 at 4:37pm

A printing company that serves many lawyers arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court has moved to the H Street Community Development Corporation’s Retail Center at Eighth and H streets Northeast, the corporation announced Monday.

Wilson-Epes Printing Company Inc. opened at 775 H St. NE in mid-February.

“After a great deal of effort, we are delighted that we are now able to bring such a high-quality retail establishment to the H Street commercial corridor,” HSCDC Executive Director William Barrow III said in a statement. “By its commitment to this location, Wilson-Epes Printing has demonstrated the sound business judgment that H Street is the place to be for retail business growth.”

Located in Chinatown since its founding in 1941, Wilson-Epes moved because of tax increases on its property at 707 Sixth St. NW. “We were taxed out of Chinatown,” Christopher Dorsey, who runs the nine-person firm with his father, Robert Dorsey, said in a statement. “We had to look elsewhere, and we saw the H Street location as offering opportunities for growth and support for family businesses in DC.”

Wilson-Epes generates 99 percent of its business from law firms, but the Dorseys said they are striving to reach new clients and hope to serve H Street businesses.

Goode Will Screen ‘Border’ Documentary

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) hopes a documentary on the state of illegal immigration will convince some moviegoers that the immigration problem urgently needs a solution.

The Congressman, a strong supporter of immigration reform, will screen Chris Burgard’s “Border” in Room 122 of the Cannon Building at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. today. The film documents illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and the volunteer Minutemen who patrol the area.

“I think it certainly would add another perspective to educating anyone on illegal immigration and the need the U.S. has to combat it,” said Linwood Duncan, Goode’s press secretary.

Actor Robert Duvall and “Gods and Generals” director Ron Maxwell are expected to attend one of the the 90-minute screenings, Goode said. Seating in the roughly 50-seat auditorium is first-come, first served.

— Daniel Heim and Emily Yehle