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Shaw Open House Returns October 7, 2017 with Family-Friendly Fun and Freebies from Dozens of Neighborhood Businesses!


One of Shaw Main Streets’ most popular neighborhood events returns Saturday, October 7, 2017: the fall Shaw Open House takes place from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Shaw Open House invites the entire city to visit Shaw and learn about the unique bars, restaurants and businesses that make it one of DC’s most exciting and popular neighborhoods. 


As part of Shaw Main Streets’ ongoing #LoveShaw campaign, Shaw Open House gives visitors the opportunity to experience each location through sampling, promotional activities and free gifts.  Printed ‘passports’ usher visitors from merchant to merchant for a #shawesome afternoon of fun and entertainment. Free entertaibment will include face painting, selfies with #loveshaw lips characters, fire performers, stiltwalkers, live Jazz music, meet and greet with The Hammermen of DC, and much more.


This installment of Shaw Open House will focus on the northern half of the Shaw Main Streets service area, located between Rhode Island Avenue and Barry Place and between 6th and 10th Streets, NW.  Here you will find some of DC’s most beloved restaurants, bars and retailers, opening their doors and offering tastes and experiences to all passport holders:

1905 Restaurant, 1905 9th Street, NW

Appioo African Bar & Grill, 1924 9th Street, NW

Bazaar Spices, 2130 8th Street, NW

Calabash Tea Bar & Cafe, 1847 7th Street, NW

Cava, 1921 8th Street, NW (Florida Avenue)

Cherry Blossom Creative, 2128 8th Street, NW

Compass Coffee, 1921 8th Street, NW #100

Dino's Grotto, 1914 9th Street, NW

El Rey, 919 U Street, NW

Etete Restaurant, 1942 9th Street, NW

Fasika Ethiopian, 1924 9th Street, NW

Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th Street, NW

Glen's Garden Market, 1924 8th Street, NW

Half Smoke, 651 Florida Avenue, NW

Ivy and Coney, 1537 7th Street, NW

Kyirisan Restaurant, 1924 8th Street, NW

Lettie Gooch Boutique, 1921 8th Street, NW #110


Matador Shop, 803 Florida Avenue, NW

Read Wall, 1921 8th Street, NW #105 

Right Proper Brewpub, 624 T Street, NW

Rito Loco and El Techo, 606 Florida Avenue, NW 

Service Bar DC, 926-928 U Street, NW

Serv-U Liquors, 1935 9th Street, NW

Shaw's Tavern, 520 Florida Avenue, NW

Sugar Shack Donuts &  Coffee, 1932 9th Street, NW 

Wanda’s on 7th Hair Salon & Spa, 1851 7th Street, NW


Attendees can pick up their free Shaw Open House Passports at two designated locations: Bazaar Spices and Ivy and Coney.  At every business visited, attendees will receive a validation sticker that allows the bearer to enter drawings for prizes, such as gift certificates, gift baskets and more from Shaw businesses, to be raffled at the Shaw Open House close-out party, which this year celebrates the Vote Your Main Street “Forge the Future in Shaw” campaign, a month-long campaign and national contest for the restoration of historic buildings in Main Street Corridors.  Guests will cast their first votes and learn how they can help “Forge the Future in Shaw,” throughout October. The closing party will be held from 5:00-6:00 PM at The Brixton, 901 U Street, NW, on the second floor. The prize drawing will be held at 5:30 PM.


Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of freebies, fun, and special offers, including facepainting for kids of all ages, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences. For more information, visit or follow @ShawMainStreets on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, information can be found via the free DineinShaw and ShopinShaw mobile apps available for all smart phones.


Shaw Open House is free, and no reservations or tickets are required. The event takes place rain or shine.