Fitness Enthusiasts Sweat in Shaw
Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, saw the inauguration of #SweatInShaw, where participants were able to tour and sample the neighborhood’s wide variety of fitness and physical well-being establishments. After restaurants and bars, Shaw has more health and fitness studios than any other type of business.
#SweatInShaw, a fitness crawl sponsored by Shaw Main Streets, allowed participants to explore the neighborhood’s many wellness options in one afternoon. Attendees chose from four different fitness tracks (strength, core, sculpt, stretch) featuring the six participating studios. Visitors to Urban Athletic Club found out what a real crossfit routine looks like, while a trip to Off Road DC offered Shaw’s version of the indoor cycling experience. Various types of stretching and pulling were also available at the neighborhood studios District Pilates, Fuel Body Lab, Reformation Fitness and The Yoga Shala.
After completing workouts at Shaw’s fitness sites, participants cooled down at the #SweatInShaw Zen Lounge, set up on the roof of The Colonel building. Sponsored by MY Lifestyle, guests enjoyed complimentary food and drink from CAVA, Buttercream Bakeshop and the new fruit mixer Zurena. Skin Scholars, a local purveyor of beauty products, provided facials and clay masks to participants, while therapists from SpaFlow gave massages amid relaxing music.
Shaw Restaurants in New Michelin Guide
The recently released 2019 Michelin Guide to Washington, DC, continues to recognize Shaw as a destination for dining. Out of the total 134 restaurants listed in the world-renowned guide, an honor in itself, 15 are in Shaw.
Six Shaw establishments now have the Bib Gourmand designation, which notes the combination of exceptional dining with reasonable prices. Supra, Tiger Fork and the Unconventional Diner have joined past recipients Chercher, Hazel and Kyirisan. Shaw fine dining establishments The Dabney, Kinship and Metier retained their coveted one-star ratings from the guide.
Perhaps the only complaint Shaw has about the new Michelin guide is with the maps in the back. Cartographically, Shaw appears in the guide like the chicken in a TV dinner: chopped up beyond recognition. While restaurant reviews identify locations in Shaw, there is nothing on the map to show that a Shaw neighborhood exists. Michelin can do better.
Shaw Hosts Gelato Festival America
Jeff Coudriet Way, the road in the middle of City Market at O, was closed for the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9 to hold the latest incarnation of the Gelato Festival America. Gelato Festival America spreads awareness of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which artisans and chefs compete with original gelato flavors they have created for the event.
The festival was hosted by Gianluigi Dellaccio, owner of Shaw’s Dolci Gelati. Due to his wins in previous international gelato competitions, Dellaccio was appointed the first official gelato ambassador to the United States in January by the Associazione Italiana Gelatieri, and acquired the responsibility of bringing this year’s competition to Shaw.
The Gelato Festival America gives attendees the opportunity to experience the secrets of high-quality gelato and learn about production techniques by watching the artisans at work. Visitors also contribute to the important work of tasting all the competing flavors and voting for their favorite one.
The festival opened with celebrities including Gherardo Noferi from Toscana Promozione Turistica (gelato originated in Tuscany) and Lamberto Moruzzi, Italian first counsellor and deputy ambassador to the United States. Despite the miserable weather that weekend, the festival drew an enthusiastic crowd.
The main point of the festival, however, was the competition between eight chefs from all over the East Coast for the honor of producing the best gelato. The winner of the gold medal was Maria Liliana Biondo from uGOgelato in Miami, Fla. Her winning gelato was called Trinacrium, a Sicilian concoction that combined the flavors of pistachio, almond and orange.
Over the next three years, the best three gelato chefs from the US will be selected to participate in the Gelato Festival World Masters Worldwide Finals in Italy in 2021.
Shaw Main Streets Announces New Round of Great Streets Grants
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has announced the fiscal year 2019 round of Great Streets Small Business Retail Grants, which provide funds to small and local businesses for capital improvements. Business owners can apply for grants of up to $50,000. Shaw Main Streets has worked with neighborhood businesses to receive Great Streets grants in previous years, resulting in over $2.25 million in grants to Shaw businesses since 2013.
Shaw Main Streets can provide one-on-one technical assistance to businesses for the preparation and submission of a Great Streets grant application. Applications for this round of grants have to be in by Oct. 22. More information is available from www.shawmainstreets.org.
Shaw Open House, Oct. 20
Shaw Main Streets will hold a neighborhood open house on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20, to introduce residents and visitors to the offerings of northern Shaw’s businesses. Attendees should expect to see a lot of free food and beverage samples, along with drawings for prizes from dozens of participating businesses. The event will focus on businesses in the Shaw Main Streets service area north of Rhode Island Avenue. For more information, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.