What do you do when you’re on a run and need to go? Don’s Johns to the rescue!

We give you some of the most popular running sites in DC, Maryland and Virginia 

 

At Don’s Johns, we love the running community in DC, Maryland and Virginia. That’s why we always service races like the Army 10-Miler, Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and shorter races hosted by Pacers Running and Potomac River Running. But what about the runners who are training for those races and need scenic trails, or who run just for the joy of it? We’ve got you covered too!

With more than 800 miles of trails in the DC region, runners are guaranteed to see Don’s Johns along their route. Some of the most popular running trails in the area include:

 
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National Mall: The National Mall is an incredibly popular trail for both natives and tourists. It offers historical views in the heart of DC such as the Capitol Building, the Memorial Bridge and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

 

 

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C&O Canal: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail runs along the Potomac River from DC to MD. With a surface of clay and crushed stone, it’s a popular spot for hikers and bikers as well. Although it occasionally gets crowded, it’s a great trail for beginners.

 

 

 

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Capital Crescent Trail: Built on an abandoned railroad track and partially paved, this trail also connects DC and Maryland. Runners often see deer, foxes and other wildlife along this 11-mile trail.

 

 

 

 

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Rock Creek Trail: A winding path that flows toward the Potomac River, Rock Creek Trail is popular with joggers looking for a quiet run. With paths that are not always well marked and include unexpected side paths, this trail keeps things interesting.

 

 

 

These are just a few of the many trails runners can enjoy in the DMV area. For more paths in DC, check out these five routes not to miss. You can also get a breakdown of the best trails based on length and views, and TrailLink gives you access to all the running trails in Maryland.

 

Did we miss your favorite trail? Have you seen a Don’s Johns along your run in the area? Let us know and we’ll be sure to update our list because at Don’s Johns, our main goal is to keep you happy while on the go.

 

Happy trails!

Don’s Johns Selected as 2016 Family-Owned Business Award Honoree from the Washington Business Journal

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.54.30 AMFamily businesses like Don’s Johns are an often overlooked form of ownership, yet they are all around us and provide invaluable support to local economies like ours. That is why the Washington Business Journal is spotlighting the region’s best at the Family-Owned Business Awards this month. We are proud to announce we have been selected as an honoree for this award, which honors the top multi-generational, family-owned business in our region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy!

So what makes us one of the top family-owned businesses in the area? Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

  • Our History: Don’s Johns, Inc. was established in 1964 by Thelma and Don Rainwater as a small septic company. Their business was one of the first portable toilet companies in the nation and in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The first toilets were built of wood and constructed as quickly as the orders came in. Over the past 50 years, Don’s Johns has come a long way from the original wooden outhouse.
  • Present Day: Don’s Johns is still 100% family owned and has been passed down for three generations. Kristie Harrell, Chief Executive Officer, joined Don’s Johns full time in 1992. She is the granddaughter of founders Don and Thelma Rainwater and started helping at Don’s Johns from the age of 10 stuffing envelopes for billing.
  • Who We Serve: We are a proud supplier of sanitation services to the biggest names in sports, government and private industry in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area.  Each year, we service hundreds of construction sites including the MGM site at National Harbor to emergency services throughout the region.
  • Philanthropic Involvement: Don’s Johns is a proud supporter and supplier of the Marine Corps Marathon, local volunteer fire departments, Willing Warriors and dozens of charity runs and events.

We are proud to have been one of the first temporary restroom companies on the East Coast. For more than 50 years, being family-owned has helped us live by our motto “Our People Make a Difference” because it means treating employees the same way we would treat family. We strive to be a leader in our industry with how employees are compensated, and look forward to many more years of regional success as the “go to” company for sanitation services!

Portable Restrooms to Prevent Life’s Most Awkward Moments

The representatives at Don’s Johns often receive calls from customers inquiring about our portable restroom options. They sometimes get involved in a few “odd” conversations. However, our representatives can answer their questions with confidence and ease. Trust us, at Don’s Johns, we’ve heard about every awkward situation you’ve had, so nothing leaves us surprised. We ensure our portable restrooms are there to prevent life’s most awkward moments.

  1. Too few stalls to the point where you must consistently peek under each to see if it’s occupied.
  2. Having an extreme emergency, just to get inside a stall and notice it does not lock.
  3. After relieving yourself and ready to get back to the festivities, you notice the stall won’t unlock.
  4. Feeling that a courtesy flush is necessary, but then realizing all too late the water flushes extremely high.
  5. Using the restroom just to discover the stalls are all too close and non-private.
  6. Walk into a restroom trailer met with horrific smells.
  7. Wondering why children don’t have their own area of the restroom to use as they peep under your restroom door.
  8. Using the one stall where the toilet automatically flushes 100 times while you are still in there.
  9. Finally making it to the restroom just to discover you’re the only one in there, and the toilet tissue is out of stock.
  10. Ready to wash your hands at a black tie event just to discover there is no soap and furthermore no paper towels.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. However, when life gives you options of a trailer provider, you choose Don’s Johns. Our portable restrooms are always clean, fresh, and well stocked. In addition to that, Don’s Johns Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailers have:

  • Climate controlled environment providing heat and air conditioning
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Granite counters and shelves
  • Black marbleized walls
  • Wood panel doors
  • Hardwood designed floor
  • Energy efficient toilets
  • Recessed lighting
  • Sinks with hot & cold running water

To ensure none of the above awkward moments ever happens to you again, rent Don’s Johns portable restrooms for your next event. We guarantee the quality to meet your utmost satisfaction.

Complement This Year’s Summer Events with Portable Restroom Rentals

Portable Restrooms for Summer Events

The warm weather is coming shortly, and now is the perfect time to start planning those summer events. Many events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other family events are held outdoors. To keep your celebrations going all night, you’ll need plenty of portable restrooms.

Don’s Johns is the premier provider of porta potties and portable restroom trailers in VA, MD, and DC. There are many uniquely designed portable restrooms available for your use. With the help of our associates, you’ll have the best portable restrooms and amenities delivered to your event.

Mother’s Day Events

Throw a party in honor of your mom or your wife in a lovely outdoor setting. Picture a feminine setting in a park with luscious flowers. You can’t expect mom and her guests to use just any standard porta potty at the park. No, she must use an elegant portable restroom that blends in well with the parks décor.

Don’s Johns has trailer wraps such as this elegant rose restroom wrap. Inside, of our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer, she’ll step into a hardwood floor covered restroom and gaze upon the marbled walls. As summers can get hot, this is the perfect getaway spot with its climate controlled air conditioned unit, large enough to have a small bench to sit back and rest. There is a time released air freshener inside. She’ll have plenty of hot and cold running water over the beautiful vanity area. Don’s Johns was honored with the 4th Place Award for Cintas America’s Best Restroom 2011, so your guests can feel special at your Mother’s Day event.

Father’s Day Events

Father’s Day is a bit different when it comes to park celebrations. Everyone can partake in this special day with plenty of beer, cocktails, and, of course, BBQ. Dad may take the stage and cook up dinner himself, using the new grill you’ve purchased as his gift. You may schedule a few baseball games and other family friendly events. Of course, the children will all run around playing and need an area to clean themselves up at after playing. And, Dad, of course, needs to clean up after BBQ’n.

With everyone drinking and eating, you want enough restroom trailers, so everyone can use the facilities when necessary. You should even rent an additional portable sink so everyone can keep clean hands before handling the food.

Fourth of July Festivities

The Fourth of July brings about many festivities. And, best of all, everyone loves to sit around and watch the fireworks come nightfall. To get the best seat in the house, you must come to the park early and dare not move or else risk losing your spot. Families all around use the park to come together and enjoy the festivities with food, drink, and play. You can set the stage with Don’s Johns portable potties and have decorative restroom wraps to show off this patriotic day.

Family Picnic and Affairs

There are many family affairs you want to celebrate in style this summer. Everything from weddings, baby showers, and engagement parties requires the VIP setup. Your guests should be in a restroom that many five-star hotels could only wish for. The Luxury Restroom Trailer w/Family Room has a gorgeous interior with Corian counters, white wainscoting and trim, wood panel doors, and hardwood designed floor. It has a family suite perfect for relaxing or changing children’s clothes.

Contact Don’s Johns today to beat the rush of restroom reservations. You want to have not only the right restroom, but enough of them for your event. 877-9-TOILET

Rent a Portable Restroom for These 4 Events

Portable restrooms have dated back some time. However, the idea of renting portable restrooms and luxury restroom trailers for all events is gaining in popularity. Don’s Johns provides quality standard and luxury portable restroom and trailer options that are perfect for any event.

Neighborhood Block Parties with Portable Restroom Rentals

Just about every neighborhood has a block party. From meet and greet with the neighbors, supporting a local political candidate, to back to school events, it’s sure to be one with plenty of food, beverages, and activities. Hosting the block party is usually an entire neighborhood collaboration. Neighbors pitch in on the food, beverages, utensils, and paper goods.

However, what’s not too common is how to accommodate visitors and guests with portable restroom facilities. The easiest thing to do to keep children outside and parents happy is to have a portable restroom available outdoors. Be sure to have portable sinks in the area for frequent and easy cleanup.

Portable Restrooms for Oktoberfest

October marks a popular social event of the year – Oktoberfest. Patrons from all walks of life gather together and drink some of the most popular and new alcoholic beverages from around the globe. This means patrons need to visit the restroom frequently as well. Having plenty of portable restroom trailers is a good idea to keep the long lines minimized. In the unfortunate event that someone gets sick, it’s nice to have a vanity area to clean up at.

Company Events need Portable Restrooms

The majority of company events are held for employees and their family and friends. These can range from upscale dinners to fun activities at a local park. Don’s Johns offers a variety of portable standard and luxury portable restrooms for any company event needs.

You’ll want to ensure to rent a luxury restroom trailer should all executives, shareholders, and other sponsors are present for important board meetings. However, for tailgating events, trainings, and other promotional events, a standard restroom trailer should do just nicely. You should ensure to have an ADA restroom trailer on-site for any type of company event to ensure you are meeting all health and ADA compliant regulations.

Black Tie Events need LUXURY Restroom Trailer Rentals

If you are shying away from the thought of a portable restroom for your black tie event – don’t. Our exclusive line of luxury restrooms is of VIP quality for your anniversary party, convention, or gala. In fact, Don’s Johns was voted as one of America’s Best Restrooms in 2011 in the same class as Chicago’s Field Museum and the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel indoor restrooms.

Having our portable restrooms at your outdoor event will blend right in with the décor. Your guests can comfortably walk inside our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer and will be amazed at the granite counters and shelves, decorative mirrors, black marbleized walls, and hardwood flooring. Each are heated and air conditioned units, have hot and cold running water, and have upgraded individual stalls. Be sure to have one of our bathroom attendants on site to assist in keeping the unit clean and fresh.

Give Don’s Johns a Call!

Browse through our vast selection of portable trailer restroom options and portable restroomsfor your next event. Then, give our helpful representatives a call at 877-9-Toilet to reserve your portable restrooms. We ensure quality restroom trailers at its best.

6 Tips to Maximize Productivity on Your Construction Site

The statement ‘time is money’ definitely applies to the construction industry. Whether it’s a loss of equipment or an inefficient use of your employees, your project’s deadline could be missed by weeks to a month. To ensure you are maximizing your productivity, follow these six tips.

Plan for Everything

The most expensive part of most construction projects is improper planning. There are too many predictable things that can happen that can cost your project a fortune. Before bringing anyone on site, plan for those minor details to avoid a major catastrophe. This keeps your project on schedule by ensuring you will have the proper manpower, supplies, and equipment every step of the way.

Optimize Your Crew

It’s understandable that you have particular crew members trained for specifics on the job. To remain up to code, they should do what they are trained for. However, there are a few non-certified activities that anyone can perform during their downtime. Be sure to speak to your entire crew about remaining productive, be it training another individual or cleanup at the construction site.

Use Storage Containers

Storage containers are not just meant to keep outdated items out of the way. You can rent temporary storage containers for each construction project you work on to keep a clean and organized site. Rent storage containers to keep any waste at bay.  Order your materials ahead of time and store away in case your project is ahead of its timeline. Your items will be there ready to implement into the next phase.

Implement New Technology

Every organization should embrace new technology. It improves workplace performance, saves time, and reduces costs. It is scary for some employees that have been on the job for a number of years to embrace any change. However, with proper training they can see how technology is not there to replace them but make their jobs easier at your construction site.

Track All Your Equipment

Can you recall how many times your employees have lost equipment or unfortunately borrowed equipment? It’s easy to keep track of all your equipment, tools, and other materials by adding an inexpensive GPS tracker on them. Mistakes do happen, and it should not slow down your construction project.

Keep Sanitation Units On Site

As your employees work long hours, they are bound to need frequent restroom breaks. Disturbing neighboring businesses may bring more problems than collaboration. It’s not very productive for these restroom breaks either as they need to spend the time walking or driving off site. Instead, provide clean restroom facilities and portable sink options for employees to access easily in seconds.

Don’s Johns has many sanitary options available for your construction site. The above tips combined with portable restroom options are a sure way to increase production for your next project.

How to Choose the Best Porta Potties for Your Outdoor Event

Event Rental: Porta Potties in DC, VA, & MD

Outdoor events are very popular in the DC, VA & MD areas. No matter what season, there is always a reason to have a celebration outdoors. Having porta potties for your guests is important, especially for events where participants are drinking, eating, and socializing. You need to make sure you plan accordingly, so all your guests are comfortable.

Event Rental: Determine How Many Guests Will Attend

After planning your invitation count, you can reserve the proper amount of porta potties for your guests. As the week of the event nears, and you have your final RSVP count, you can make adjustments from there. Don’s Johns has an excellent planning guide for your use. You can also give us a call and you’ll have an event planning specialist working closely with you. Our specialists are available to assist you in planning how many porta potties you should have for your outdoor event.

Help Set the Tone for Your Event

Don’s Johns have many different styles of porta potties available for your use. If you are hosting an elite event, the Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer has marble and granite interiors, is a climate-controlled environment, features beautiful well-lit mirrors, 4 private stalls for women, 2 private stalls for men, and contains a dual audio system that plays soft elegant music.

For a more casual atmosphere, you may want to consider our DJ3000 Restroom Trailer. It is comfortable, well lit, and has plenty of accessories stored for an eventful day.

Make Sure Your Event Accommodates the Disabled

Many of your outdoor events would probably have the need for ADA compliant porta potties. This could be for those who need wheelchair accessibility, seniors who would want to grip the handrails to walk up, or just the spacing needed for families to access. The Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room is perfect. It’s beautiful and features stunning Corian counters and hardwood flooring design. Its climate controlled and fully stocked as well. The ADA Compliant Suite is 8’ x 6’so families needing to take a break can do so.

Event Rental: You Want To Have All the Luxurious Amenities

Finally, make sure you have all the luxurious amenities needed. Upscale events will definitely need valet service to keep the porta potties well stocked with tissue, soap, and paper towels. They can ensure it stays fresh in there as well. If you are promoting a cause, ask our specialists about the custom restroom wraps available.

With Don’s Johns and over 50 years of experience, we are here to help you every step of the way. You can also visit Don’s Johns today to find the perfect porta potty that’s fits your needs. Contact us today for a free quote or call us today at 877-986-4538.

Create the Perfect Atmosphere with a Proper Portable Restroom Setup

It’s inevitable – no matter how grand your event is, with the most delectable food, grand table settings, and exquisite bands performing, there will always be something for guests to gossip about. Be sure to cut out much negativity surrounding your event and create the perfect atmosphere with a proper portable restroom setup. Don’s Johns luxury restroom trailers are the way to do so.

Set the Mood with Luxury Restroom Trailers

You may be wondering how a luxury restroom trailer could set the mood for an event. Well, consider event attendees standing around waiting in long lines to use the restroom. That could make for a grumpy patron. How about after waiting so long, they find themselves in an unkempt restroom facility? This can make even washing their hands an uncomfortable experience.

Our luxury restroom trailers come with everything they could need or ever want in a restroom. Our restroom trailers have been voted better than most in the country. That’s hard to come by. Your guests will feel like the VIP they are stepping into one of our luxury restroom trailers. And, that’s the mood you want to keep them in.

Show That Outside Restrooms Can Be As Luxurious As Inside

Just about everyone has had an experience with a luxury restroom: five-star hotels and restaurants, for instance. What similar qualities do they have that you can’t find practically anywhere else?

  • Luxury hardwood flooring
  • Granite vanity areas
  • Lighted mirrors
  • Plenty of liquid soap, paper towels, and toilet tissue
  • Surround sound music

Don’s Johns luxury restroom trailers has all this and more. You can’t get that with a standard blue porta potty. You’ll even notice they are climate controlled environments. Also, what outside restroom are you used to having flat screen televisions hooked up as well? Our outside luxury restroom trailers will set your event off, no matter if it’s a fancy wedding or your company’s annual summer picnic.

Match Your Portable Restroom to Your Events Décor/Theme

Your guests can have quite the experience at your event as they enjoy the events decorative theme and décor settings. You can blend our beautiful luxury restroom trailers with our restroom and trailer wraps. Other event décor ideas include adding your own special touches to the vanity area. Add flowers, scented candles, and more to give your guests an unforgettable experience as they walk in.

Easy Access to Suit Other Needs

There are many other reasons your guests or others may need a large, comfortable portable restroom at your event. You can help overcome the obstacles they may face with our luxury restroom trailer with family room on site.

  • Clean up spills on their outfit
  • Women can touch up their hair from a windy day
  • Infants and children’s clothing can be changed
  • Wardrobe changes for staff or entertainers

As you can see, you can create the perfect atmosphere, using a simple luxury restroom trailer on site. Your event will be remembered, and all it took was one call to Don’s Johns.

Get the VIP Treatment at Don’s Johns, Without Jumping through Hoops

Are you looking for a portable restroom option for your next event, but hate jumping through hoops to get the best price and service? Well, Don’s John’s values your business, no matter how large or small. Read below to see how Don’s Johns ensures you will always receive the VIP treatment.

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Presidential Trailers Are Available to Everyone

At Don’s Johns, you don’t have to be on a preferred list to have access to our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailers. Everyone has access to them whether the need is for a wedding, anniversary party, birthday, or charity event.

Our Presidential trailers have everything you could want and need, even better amenities than a few five-star hotels! There are beautiful granite counters and shelves and wood panel doors. The men and women’s suites can accommodate four guests each at a time. To top it off, your guests will have the convenience of three flat screen televisions and dual audio sound system to keep up with the events outside.

Rates So Great, You’d Think You Are a VIP

Our rates are also so great, you’d think you are a VIP. Don’s Johns works towards building long-term relationships. So even in times of crisis, you can depend on Don’s Johns to offer you the same great rate.

Fresh and Clean as Though It’s Wiped Down after Delivery

Unlike standard porta potty’s, our restrooms and trailers are delivered especially fresh and clean. There are automatic air freshener dispensers throughout bursting freshness all day. Cleanliness is next to perfection, so each restroom and trailer has an ample supply of hot and cold running water, antibacterial soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. Each unit is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. We also offer additional sanitization options such as additional hand washing stations, foam stations, and hand sanitizer units.

Additional Staffing Options So You Don’t Lift a Finger

You never need to worry about doing anything with Don’s Johns additional staffing options. For large or small events, we make it extremely easy to keep your units tidy and well maintenance with our valet services. They will come dressed in your specified event attire or our professional Don’s Johns apparel.

If you have an event lasting more than a few days, don’t worry about that either. We have additional holding tanks that our certified representatives will swap out with ease.

So contact Don’s Johns friendly staff members today. No matter if you need one unit or a host of them, you are guaranteed to be treated like a VIP – 877-9-TOILET.

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Keep Your Customers Happy, Even During Business Remodeling

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Don’s Johns has been servicing the greater Washington, DC area for 50 years. As you may think of us as just a provider of portable restrooms for construction crews, concerts, weddings, and other special events, we also are here for our local businesses, even during remodeling.

If you’re working on a simple or complete remodeling project, you still have a business to run; you can’t just close your doors. Don’s Johns understands your pains of trying to keep happy customers, even during your business remodeling season. Here are three ways partnering with us helps you keep your customers happy during such a hectic and unorganized time.

Leaves the Impression Your Employees Practice Sanitary Habits

In most establishments, there are employee restrooms and separate customer restrooms. However, sometimes a place of business only has one. Your customers are going to notice the lack of restrooms for your staff, be it a food establishment or general retail store. Good hygiene and sanitary practices are expected nowadays. With germ spreading on the rise, a customer can’t help but notice and wonder if your employees are washing their hands throughout the day.

Help ease your customer’s mind and let them know that you have a clean restroom facility on site for your staff to use. This is also a great way to show the contractor and their crew you are looking out for their best interests as well. Don’s John’s restrooms each have hot and cold running water and ample amounts of soap. You’ll also find having a few hand sanitizers in your restaurant establishment for employees to use once they’ve left the restroom is comforting as well.

Don’t Lose Customers Because of a Lack of Restroom Facility

When your customers come out to shop and browse, they want to do so comfortably. However, having children with them could cut their trip short, if you are renovating the store and restroom area. Your customers may need to change their babies. Toddlers alert parents right then and there they have to use the restroom, not a moment sooner. Once your customer leaves your place of business, this opens the door for them to visit your competitor, with a clean restroom waiting for their use. The possibility of them walking back to pick up that item they were eyeing is drastically reduced.

Get the Portable Option to Meet the Needs of Your Customers

Make sure your customer needs are being met. Don’s Johns has a variety of standard portable restroom solutions as well as luxury restroom trailers that are ADA compliant. Each trailer is stocked with antibacterial soap to use with hot and cold running water, which is perfect to prevent the spread of germs during the cold season. The cool winter air prevents most from wanting to use a standard portable unit outdoors. However, our restroom trailers are a climate-controlled environment, for those side-walk sale shoppers to relieve themselves in comfort.

You can count on Don’s Johns to provide the portable restroom facilities your organization needs. We have plenty on hand and available for you to use for as long as you need.
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