Maruka recently installed new, permanent banner signage (including metal mounting brackets and a projecting vertical banner) on their building at the corner of Ninth and N Streets, NW. I think it looks great! Kudos to Maruka for all that they do to make their store look so inviting (from the gorgeous and lush planters to the enticing window displays to the open doors).
Speaking of signs, Barrack's Row has a great storefront sign guideline booklet (PDF) showcasing the do's and don'ts of good retail signage in a historic commercial district like ours (Maruka's new signage gets their seal of approval). I despise the back lit box signs that proliferate the District's commercial corridors (unfortunately there are a ton in our very own Little Ethiopia). Hopefully our main streets will someday be characterized by unique, attractive, inviting signs, and our businesses will benefit from the enhanced aesthetics as a result of the same.
Maruka School for Yoga and the Healing Arts and Retail Boutique
1300 Ninth Street NW (corner of 9th and N streets NW)