Our mission is to preserve and restore the diverse, historic environment of Shaw's 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors, offering residents and visitors a better place to live, work, shop, play, and pray.
Shaw Main Streets is made up of a network of dedicated Board Members and volunteers, college and university interns, and a paid executive director (the organization's only employee) who have been working to revitalize Shaw's commercial corridors since 2003. It is a 501(c)(3) organization operating a local program of the DC Main Streets program, funded in part by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development. A certified national Main Street program, Shaw Main Streets utilizes the National Trust for Historic Preservation's proven Four-Point Approach to revitalization. This is a time-tested and comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge commercial districts and has generated billions of dollars in private investment nationwide.
Included in the many ongoing tasks carried out by Shaw Main Streets are: providing training and technical assistance to new and established businesses in order to help make their operations more sustainable; cleaning up streets and sidewalks, planting flowers and trees, installing tree guards, and coordinating other streetscape improvements; facilitating the design and implementation of storefront renovations and signage improvements; organizing events to promote the neighborhood and businesses and attract visitors to the area (tastings, open houses, theme occasions); conducting surveys to determine desired and needed businesses; and business recruitment.
Shaw Main Streets’ work has yielded great returns: new coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, bars, yoga studios, pet stores, law firms, banks, bakeries, hair salons, boutiques, garden centers, tobacconists, and insurance agencies have all opened with direct support and assistance from Shaw Main Streets.
Our Service Area
Shaw Main Streets' commerical corridors were established in 2003 as 7th and 9th Streets between Mount Vernon Square on the south and Florida Avenue/U Street at the north. As the commercial district developed over the years, the boundaries were expanded to cover the area bounded by Massachusetts and New York Avenues on the east and west of K Street at the south, 6th Street and Georgia Avenue on the east, 11th Street on the west, and Florida Avenue and Barry Place at the north, as shown on the map below.
Individuals can support Shaw Main Streets by making tax deductible financial contributions via PayPal using this link: paypal.me/ShawMainStreets. Businesses can become Small Business Supporters and Sponsors. Businesses can email [email protected] for more information.