Shaw Main Streets Holds Ribbon-Cutting Tour
Shaw Main Streets welcomed eight new businesses to the neighborhood on the morning of Aug. 9 by holding a round of ribbon-cuttings. The group, led by Director of Small and Local Business Development Kristi Whitfield, started at the Union Kitchen Grocery at 1924 Eighth St. NW. Other members in the group included Shaw Main Streets Board Chair Gretchen Wharton and Executive Director Alexander Padro, along with Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Kenyan McDuffie.
From there, the tour cut ribbons at Roy Boys (2108 Eighth St. NW), Zeppelin restaurant (1544 Ninth St. NW), Jake’s Tavern (1606 Seventh St. NW), Hanumanh (1604 Seventh St. NW), the new Compass Coffee across from the Convention Center (1023 Seventh St. NW) and Leon, the natural fast food store (649 New York Ave. NW). The last stop was the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store at the Conrad Hotel, where the manager gave a tour of the new facility and outlined the role that the company expected to play in the area.
A total of 15 businesses have opened since the last ribbon-cutting event in November 2018, during Small Business Saturday, including the Apple store at the Carnegie Library, Conrad Hotel and Tall Boy.
Manna Inc. Brings New Affordable Housing to Shaw
Shaw got a bit more affordable housing when Manna Inc., a nonprofit devoted to producing low-cost homes, cut the ribbon on its latest effort at Eighth and T streets NW on Aug. 1. The festivities were led by Manna’s CEO, Rev. Jim Dickerson, who announced that the project would be named after Bob Pohlman, a former Manna board member. Participants at the celebration included Bob Pohlman’s wife Dorothy Pohlman, Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Brianne Nadeau, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Alexander Padro, Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson and LaVita Moore, a new owner of one of the rowhomes.
Moore expressed her appreciation for the project, since it gave her the chance to own a home in the District, something she thought that she would never be able to achieve. Donaldson said how important it was to build new family housing, given the mayor’s goal of constructing 36,000 new units in the District over the next few years. Donaldson also noted that the project was supported by $500,000 from the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund, and that its new owners got financial assistance from DC’s Home Purchase Assistance Program.
After a ribbon was cut to inaugurate the project, the attendees examined the new homes. The Manna project, built on what was a District-owned parking lot, consists of four units of affordable housing for families, along with two market-rate units. All of the affordable units have three bedrooms. One of them, designed for the handicapped, includes an elevator.
Drink Company Pop-Ups Honored
The August issue of On Tap magazine designated Shaw’s Drink Company “Dream Team,” made up of the company’s CEO Angie Fetherston and her sister, Special Projects Manager Adriana Salame, as one of 20 visionaries shaping the culture of DC. They won the honor for their work on the Drink Company’s pop-up bars. Since 2015, the company has created thematic pop-up bars at its space at 1843 Seventh St. NW, starting with a Christmas season pop-up and moving on to inspirations such as springtime in Japan (along with Japanese movie monsters) and the internationally recognized pop-up celebrating the “Game of Thrones” television series.
The Drink Company’s latest pop-up bar is Levels Unlocked: House of DC Heroes, celebrating the entry of Events DC into the competitive gaming world. Distinct spaces pay tribute to three of the industry’s most popular games: Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and NBA2K19. The pop-up features over-the-top decor, gaming activities and game-themed cocktails. Levels Unlocked will be open through Sept. 29.
Art All Night Comes Back to Shaw on Sept. 14
The District’s Art All Night festival will return to Shaw on Saturday night, Sept. 14. This year’s festival theme is “The Shawtastic Voyage,” celebrating the arts in DC and the neighborhood over the past several decades. Admission is free, thanks to support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Small and Local Business Development.
Starting on Saturday night, at 7 p.m., until 3 a.m. the following morning, the festivities will span the neighborhood from Mount Vernon Square and Blagden Alley all the way up to Florida Avenue, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses. Major venues in Shaw this year include the Watha T. Daniel Library (Seventh and R streets) and the DCHFA Building (Ninth Street and Florida Avenue), as well as the grounds at the Apple Carnegie Library and businesses along the commercial corridors between Sixth and 11th streets. The Shaw Art Market on the corner of Seventh and R streets will return, including entertainment from local artists such as Grammy-nominated hip hop artist Christylez Bacon, Ethiopian dance star Yehunie Belay and the Pyroxotic fire dancers. More information on the Art All Night Shaw program is available at www.artallnightdcshaw.com.
Shaw Open House, Fall Edition, Oct. 19
Shaw Main Streets will hold a free neighborhood open house on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, to introduce residents and visitors to the offerings of new and established businesses in north-central Shaw. Attendees should expect to see a lot of free food and beverage samples, plus $25 in free Shawbucks to be spent at participating businesses that afternoon. This fall event will focus on businesses in the Shaw Main Streets service area north of Rhode Island Avenue, between Sixth and 11thstreets. The open house ends with a closing party and drawing for prizes from dozens of participating businesses. For more information, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.