Shaw Streets

June 2018

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Mayor Muriel Bowser leads her Green Team at the Funk Parade. Photo: Alexander Padro

Shaw Hosts Funk Parade
Shaw hosted DC’s Funk Parade for the fifth year on Saturday afternoon, May 12. There was some concern that this annual event might not come off this year, but a last-minute fundraising campaign and a grant from the District ensured that the show would go on.

Parade participants started at the Howard Theater and marched down T and U streets. Contingents included the Batala Washington drumming corps, the Vava United School of Samba, Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Green Team, DC Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Elissa Silverman with staff and supporters, a giant disco ball accompanied by roller-disco dancers and several youth groups. Indoor and outdoor musical performances at locations throughout the neighborhood were also part of the event.

Washingtonian Notices Shaw
Washingtonian Magazine has come out with its “Best of Washington” issue, almost immediately after it received some heat for its “I’m Not a Tourist. I Live Here” campaign backed by photos that managed to completely avoid depicting the ethnic diversity of the region. At all.

As might be expected, the “Best of” list compiled by the Washingtonian editorial staff gave short shrift to an urban neighborhood like Shaw, making only brief mentions of David Deshaies’ Unconventional Diner and Eric Ziebold’s Kinship. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney was able to get a designation as the Best Ambassador for a Local Food Identity.

Shaw establishments came out much better in the Washingtonian readers’ poll for the best in town. As might be expected, drinking establishments got prominent notice, with the Columbia Room (Best Cocktail Bar), Maxwell Park (Best Wine Bar), Right Proper Brewing Company (Best Brewery/Brewpub) and Nellie’s (Best Sports Bar) taking winning spots in the poll. Compass Coffee won the title for Best Indie Coffee Shop, while neighborhood businesses Cava (Best Fast-Lunch Spot), Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema (Best Movie Theater), 9:30 Club (Best Live-Music Venue) and the Barber of Hell’s Bottom (Best Men’s Haircut) came out on top. 

Violet Boutique also on Best of DC List
When Shaw Streets reviewed the City Paper’s Best of DC List last month, it missed a prominent new neighborhood business. Violet (1924 Eighth St. NW, Suite 115) won the City Paper readers’ poll as the Best Clothing Boutique in DC. The boutique specializes in fashion-forward clothing for women, catering to the personal styles of its clients.

Think Local First DC Opens Pop-Up in Shaw
Think Local First DC, an organization dedicated to the promotion of the District’s independent business community, has established a retail pop-up at 1924 Eighth St. NW, Suite 130, in the Shay. Called the Local First Market, it features a revolving set of new merchants displaying their wares.

The market opened in early May as a collaboration between JBG Smith, the real estate company that built The Shay in 2017, and Think Local First DC. When JBG Smith asked Think Local First DC if it would be interested in having the space as a temporary store, the organization jumped on the chance to provide affordable space and retail experience for its members.

The Local First Market’s anchor tenants are Bailiwick Clothing, Urban Jungle and The Big Bad Woof. In addition to these mainstay local businesses, the market has scheduled pop-ups within the pop-up, including Ahh Candles, Yinibini Babies (children’s clothing), Charix Shoes and artists Colleen Garibaldi and Scotlund Haisley.

Local First Market events have included a meet and greet featuring food and beverages from Honeyflower Foods, Red Apron and Capo Italian Deli. The next event will be a discussion regarding self-care, on Wednesday, June 20, starting at 6 p.m., featuring Lloyd Henry of On Point Fitness, Dawson Saint Jour, founder of Saints & Savages, and Tonya Callender, a social worker.

The Local First Market runs through June at its current location. In July, it is moving around the corner to Ninth Street.

Shaw Main Streets Holds Open House June 16
Shaw Main Streets will hold its Spring Shaw Open House, a free biannual event to highlight neighborhood businesses, on Saturday, June 16. Shaw Open House will showcase the restaurants, bars, health and fitness facilities and other exceptional retail south of Rhode Island Avenue. Attendees should expect to see a lot of free food and beverage samples, along with drawings for prizes from dozens of participating businesses.

For the first time, a mobile app will be used to guide Shaw Open House attendees to participating businesses. The mobile app will also feature a neighborhood treasure hunt with prizes for participants chosen at random from all who complete the hunt. Free Shaw swag, including refrigerator magnets with the popular Blagden Alley DC Alley Museum rainbow “Love” mural by artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, #loveshaw t-shirts and pins and recyclable shopping bags will be distributed. A limited number of printed Shaw Open House passports will be available for visitors without smartphones.

The Shaw Open House ends at 5 p.m., with a close-out party on the rooftop at City Market at O. Another Shaw Open House is scheduled for October to showcase neighborhood businesses in the northern portion of the Shaw Main Streets service area. For more information, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.