About the business: Capital City Co. makes mambo sauce, D.C.’s signature sweet, tangy condiment that local residents could only find in carryout stores until the business started bottling it. The company employs eight and just moved into Prince George’s County.
How it started: Arsha Jones grew up in D.C., eating mambo sauce with her chicken wings from local carryout joints. When Jones, her husband Charles and their children moved to Maryland, mambo sauce was harder to find, so she experimented in her kitchen and made a pot of her own once or twice a month to enjoy with her family for meals.
One day, Jones wondered if other D.C. natives who had moved away or were stationed overseas also missed their mambo sauce. She and her husband started bottling her recipe in 2011, and sold the product online. Then, the requests poured in for more.