Shaw Streets

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Pleasant Mann

Miracle on Seventh Street makeover starts the holiday season in Shaw.

Miracle on Seventh Street Returns!

The holidays in Shaw start with the return of Miracle on Seventh Street. Last year, the revamp of Mockingbird Hill to celebrate the season led to lines half a block long waiting to get inside the bar and an uptick in neighborhood activity that all the businesses in the area could feel. This year, Miracle on Seventh Street has been expanded to include all three neighboring Drink Company establishments. While Eat the Rich is festooned with Christmas lights, Southern Efficiency has a portrait gallery of holiday-capped rescue goats. But Mockingbird Hill still has the most elaborate decorations, with a set of golden yuletide narwhals overlooking the bar, while the northern lights are projected against an alpine tableau. Like last year, the back room has been converted to a Hanukkah Hangout. The holiday makeover is complemented by a new set of Miracle cocktails and shots and food menu.

Shaw Celebrates Small Business Saturday

Shaw marked Small Business Saturday on the morning of Nov. 26 by holding ribbon-cuttings at 17 newly opened businesses. This was the seventh commemoration of the national effort, sponsored by American Express, to encourage consumers to patronize small and local businesses as part of their holiday shopping plans.

This year, Small Business Saturday in Shaw drew some high-wattage attendees at its kickoff at the Shaw Bijou, including Mayor Muriel Bowser and Federal Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet, along with Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Councilmembers At-Large Anita Bonds and Elissa Silverman, and DC Chamber of Commerce President Vincent Orange.

Mayor Bowser started by noting how important she believes small businesses are to the economic health of the District. The SBA’s Contreras-Sweet illustrated the importance of shopping locally by stating that small businesses were the primary driver of the nation’s growth out of the last recession. When the time came to cut the ribbon welcoming Shaw Bijou to the neighborhood, chef Kwame Onwuachi and general manager Greg Vakiner noted how happy they are to be open, with Onwuachi adding, “It still feels like I’m dreaming” about being in Shaw.

The event continued with a series of ribbon-cuttings welcoming new businesses to Shaw. The snipping shifted to fitness with a series of new health-oriented businesses at N Street including Shaw Yoga (1311 Naylor Court), District Cryo (1300 Ninth St. NW), and the fitness evaluator Composition ID (760 N St. NW). Then the crowd moved to the newly opened location of Cuttin’ Up Barbershop (750 N St. NW), recently relocated from a Ninth Street address to the Washington Convention Center, and The Passenger (1539 Seventh St. NW), the much-loved Shaw bar that has been able to return to Seventh Street after closing due to redevelopment of its previous home. Attention shifted north to 631 T St. NW to welcome One Love Massive, an entertainment collective, Grand Scheme, an app developer, and the Otim Williams PR firm. At the Shay, ribbons were cut for Blush, a cosmetic specialty store, Buckfeet, and Ministry Apparel (1924 Eighth St. NW). Finally the new food and drink establishments of Half Smoke (651 Florida Ave. NW), Service Bar (926-928 U St. NW), Dirty Goose (913 U St. NW), Haikan (805 V St. NW), and Tasty Burger (2108 Eighth St. NW) had new ceremonial ribbon-cuttings.

City Market at O Holiday Tree Lighting

That Saturday afternoon was also busy at City Market at O, which celebrated its third annual holiday tree lighting. Eighth Street provided the venue for a bounce house, two food trucks, and a bandstand where the JoGo Project performed. Ice sculptures carved by the Ice Company were new this year. And the whistle of the electric train was heard again in Shaw, as it transported thrilled children through the neighborhood.

Shaw Holiday Market Popup at Wonder Bread Factory

If Small Business Saturday wasn’t enough, Shaw Main Streets, Made In DC, and Poppir are hosting the first annual Shop ‘n Shaw: Popup Bazaar on Dec. 17 and 18 at The Event Space on the lower level of the Wonder Bread Building at 641 S St. NW. There will be a kickoff party on Thursday night, Dec. 15, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., with a Holiday Fashion Show hosted by Black Knight Events, as well as a DJ, drinks, and dancing. Saturday morning, Dec. 17, starting at 10:00 a.m., the Shaw holiday popup market will feature 32 designers, creators, and makers with a majority from the DMV area. You can find the perfect gift for that loved one, as this market will feature all types of clothing, custom jewelry, shoes, artwork, knickknacks, trinkets, and even toys! The two-day event will provide a welcome opportunity for shoppers to support local artisans and entrepreneurs during the holiday season. 

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