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Shaw Open House Returns Saturday, June 17, 2017, with Family Friendly Fun and Freebies from Dozens of Neighborhood Businesses!


Everyone from arts enthusiasts and the health conscious to  foodies and families are invited to come to Shaw Main Streets Open House  for tastes from some of DC’s best bars and restaurants and family-friendly fun and experiences at distinctive retail and art establishments in central Shaw.

Shaw Open House takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. As part of Shaw Main Streets’ ongoing #LoveShaw promotion, Shaw Open House lets visitors experience some of what has made Shaw one of DC’s ‘it’ neighborhoods.  Printed ‘passports’ usher visitors from merchant to merchant for a #shawesome afternoon.

Attendees can pick up their free Shaw Open House Passports at two designated locations, then use the passports to receive free tastes, swag, and experiences at 26 locations.  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.  The close-out party will be hosted by the newly opened French Quarter Brasserie & Oyster Bar, located at 1544 9th Street, NW. 

Shaw Open House is a FREE event and open to all.  Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of discounts, fun and freebies, including fun prizes for the kids, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences.

Shaw Open House events have been held since 2005, covering the entire Shaw Main Streets service area.  However, now that over 300 businesses have opened in the area, Shaw Open House has been expanded to two annual events covering southern Shaw in June and northern Shaw in October.  The June event includes businesses located between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue and 7th and 9th Streets, NW.


Participating businesses include (as of 06/15/17):

Beau Thai

Beyond Studios

Buttercream Bakeshop

City Market at O

Compass Coffee

Composition ID

Cuttin' Up Barbershop

Dacha Market

District Cryo

Espita Mezcaleria

French Quarter Brasserie & Oyster Bar

Grand Cata Latin Wine Shop

Halcyon Salon

Ivy and Coney

Lost & Found

Modern Liquors

Old City Farm & Guild

Ordinary People Barbershop

Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

Seylou Bakery & Mill

Touchstone Gallery

Uptown Ethiopian Fusion Restaurant

Urban Athletic Club

Wagtime Pet Spa & Boutique



Free Shaw Open House Passports can be picked up on the afternoon of the event at:

Old City Farm & Guild, 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (In the event of heavy rain, passports can be picked up at Grand Cata Latin Wine Shop, 1550 7th Street, NW)

Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Avenue, NW


 Follow @ShawMainStreets on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates, along with the hashtag #LoveShaw.