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See DC Councilmembers Cut Ribbons for 10 New Shaw Businesses, 11/24/18!



DC Councilmembers Snip Their Way through #ShawDC

DC’s Shaw neighborhood will celebrate its ongoing retail boom with 10 ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses in one morning on Saturday, November 24, 2018.


Shaw Main Streets, the 2016 Great American Main Street Award winning commercial revitalization and historic preservation nonprofit that has been guiding the neighborhood’s revitalization since 2003, is sponsoring the ribbon cutting event to highlight the successful efforts that have attracted over 350 new businesses. The event is a biannual affair, with the second event each year being held as part of the Shaw neighborhood’s annual observance of Small Business Saturday, held each November on the day after Black Friday.


Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who chairs the DC Council’s Committee on Economic Development, will be joined by Ward 6 Councilmember Chares Allen and At Large Councilmember Anita Bonds in wielding the three-foot-long golden scissors that will cut the red ceremonial ribbons. The 10 businesses all opened in Shaw since the previous event, held on July 30, 2018.


The ribbon cuttings will be preceded by a brief press conference at 10:00 AM at the Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott Washington Convention Center, the latest businesses to open in the Shaw Main Streets service area. The hotels opened on November 9, 2018.


The ribbon cutting delegation will be transported between venues by the Ribbon Cutting Express, a luxury limo van provided by U Street Parking. The 10 ribbon cuttings will be conducted in the following order:


10:10 AM           Courtyard by Marriott, 901 L Street, NW

10:15 AM           Residence Inn by Marriott, 901 L Street, NW

10:25 AM           Green Almond Pantry, 1314-1/2 9th Street, NW

10:35 AM           &Pizza/Broccoli Bar, 1817 7th Street, NW

10:40 AM           Mason Dixie Biscuit Company, 1819 7th Street, NW

10:50 AM           ModCloth, 1924 8th Street, NW #130       

10:55 AM           Nicecream, 1924 8th Street, NW #125 (Entrance on Florida Avenue)

11:00 AM           Rewild, 1924 8th Street, NW #100 (Entrance on 9th Street)

11:05 AM           Turning Natural, 1933 9th Street, NW

11:15 PM            F45 Training, 1020 U Street, NW


“In 2014, we stopped doing stand-alone ribbon cuttings for each business because the number and pace of openings made that impossible to keep up with,” notes Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro. “Since then, we’ve cut as many as 25 ribbons in one morning. The pace of new business openings and expansions in our commercial district has been unprecedented.”


The next Shaw multiple ribbon cutting will be held in June 2019.