Small Business Saturday Returns to Shaw with $20 Shawbucks Giveaways & Virtual Ribbon Cuttings, 11/28/20!
Shaw Main Streets isn't letting COVID-19 stop Small Business Saturday from being celebrated in the neighborhod Where DC Comes Together. The nonprofit is taking its annual ribbon cuttings and Shawbucks retail promotions virtual in order to kick off the holiday shopping season, as it has for the past 11 years.Shaw has been celebrating Small Business Saturday since the American Express-sponsored event started in 2010.
Each year, on the Saturday folliowing Thanksgiving, a series of ceremonial ribbon cuttings for new businesses that have opened during the previous six months has been conducted, with elected officials joining neigborhood leaders as they travelled from business to business, cutting a ceremonial red ribbon with three-foor-long golden scissors.
In order to contine the tradition, Shaw Main Streets has produced a virtual ribbon cutting event, with videos highlighting the new businesses and recorded greetings from DC Councilmembers. The video will be broadcast via Facebook on Saturday morning, November 28, 2020, kicking off Small Business Saturday in Shaw. The businesses being recognized are:
1914 BY KOLBEN, 1914 9TH ST, NW
ANDY’S PIZZA, 2012-2014 9TH ST, NW
ECHO PARK, 2016 9TH ST, NW
ELECTRIC COOL-AID, 512 RHODE ISLAND AVE, NW
ELITE DOMINICAN HAIR SALON, 803 FLORIDA AVE, NW
EMMY SQUARED, 1924 8TH ST, NW
OYSTER, OYSTER, 1440 8TH ST, NW
PEARL’S BAGELS, 1017 7TH ST, NW
PRESCRIPTION CHICKEN, 1819 7TH ST, NW
RUMI’S KITCHEN, 640 L ST, NW
TAQUERIA XOCHI, 924 U ST, NW
SALON REVIVE, 944 FLORIDA AVE, NW (New Location)
WHOLE FOODS, 967 FLORIDA AVE, NW
Shaw Main Streets will also bring back the distribution of thousands of dollars worth of Shawbucks, discount coupons that are accepted like cash by participating businesses. The businesses are reimbursed for the full value of all Shawbucks redeemed by customers. This year, instead of distributing hardcopy Shawbucks, virtual gift certificates are being distributed and accepted by the participating businesses. The Shawbucks will be valid on both Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, 2020. This year's participating businesses are:
Angel's Share Wine & Liquors, 1748 7th Street, NW
Appioo African Bar & Grill. 1924 9th Street, NW
FishScale, 637 Florida Avenue, NW
Grand Cata Latin Wine Shop, 1550 7th Street, NW
Green Almond Pantry, 1314-1/2 9th Street, NW
Lee's Flower & Card Shop, 1026 U Street, NW
Pearl's Bagels, 1017 7th Street, NW
Rewild, 1924 8th Street, NW (Entrance on 9th Street)
Right Proper Brewpub, 624 T Street, NW
Seylou Bakery & Mill, 926 N Street, NW
Urban Athletic Club Shaw, 804 N Street, NW
"With the challenges that small businesses are facing, it's more important than ever that DC residents Shop Small and Shop Local," says Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro. "Every dollar spent helps these treasured neighborhood businesses inprove their chances of surviving and staying open after the Coronavirus crisis is over. Folks should Shop Small and Shop Local year round, not just on Small Business Saturday."
About Shaw Main Streets
Shaw Main Streets is the winner of the 2016 Great American main streets Award and the 2015 Innovation on Mian Street Award, both conferred by Main Street America's National Main Street Center. Shaw Main Streets was established in 2003 to encourage and support economic revitalization and historic preservation along the 7th and 9th Street, NW commercial corridors. The organization has attracted and supported over 350 new businesses to the central Shaw commercial district, resulting in the creation of thousands of new permanent jobs. Over $3 Billion in commercial and residential development have been facilitated by Shaw Main Streets’ efforts. Shaw Main Streets has developed two mobile apps promoting neighborhood businesses, DineinShaw and ShopinShaw, available for both the Android and iphone platforms. Shaw Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor.