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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Vote for Your Favorite New Shaw Business

Vote in Shaw Main Streets’ second annual Best New Shaw Business of the Year contest! All new businesses to the area that opened in 2006 are eligible (businesses that relocated within the area and service businesses not located in retail locations are not eligible).

The business that receives the most votes will be recognized as the Best New Shaw Business of 2006 at the Shaw Main Streets Annual Meeting on March 20, 2007, at 6:30 PM at Shaw Junior High School’s Percy L. Ellis, Jr. Auditorium, 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.

Here is the list of candidates:

Abou Master Goldsmith
Be Bar
Breakwell’s Coffee + Tea
Capital Business Center
Chaudre Customer Clothiers
Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates
Enterprise Car Rental
Lettie Gooch Boutique
Long View Gallery
Ninth Street Gallery
Project 4 Gallery
Queen of Sheba Restaurant
Ras Dashen Restaurant
Shaw/Howard Deli
TG Cigar
Wide Prints
Yegna Restaurant

WOW--It’s impressive to see the number of new places setting up shop in our great neighborhood!

To cast your vote for your favorite new business, just send an email to with the name of your favorite new retail business of 2006 in the subject line and your name in the message no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2007, in order for your vote to be counted. Only one entry per email address will be accepted.

Be sure to let your favorite business know you voted for them, and plan to attend the Shaw Main Streets Annual meeting to see which new business won the award.


Ray said...

Azi's Cafe wins hands down, followed by Old Dominion Brewery. Why aren't they on the list?

Shaw Rez said...

Ray - I believe Azi's opened in 2005 and subsequently won the best new business of 2005 award last year (I *think* that Vegetate was runner up).

Old Dominion opened in January of this year, so likewise isn't qualified for the award for best new business of 2006.

Jescowa said...

Azi's did win in 2005; my awareness of "Best New Shaw Business" came from the sign in their window.

Old Dominion is nothing more than a sports bar trading on microbrew cache. And besides, it's Virginia based...let's applaud our homegrown entrepreneurs!

Shaw Rez said...

Old Dominion Brewhouse isn't owned by the Virginia-based brewing company. I met the owners about a month ago, and they're really great people who have added a new element to our neihgborhood (with substantial personal investment/risk). Regardless, they aren't in the running for Best New Business of 2006.

Jason said...

> getting off topic here <

I popped into Old Dom for a couple of beers yesterday for the 1st day of the tourney. It is a cool place and one of those predictable places. I do like it in the neighborhood. But I'm afraid of the extremes I'm seeing. Old Dom is that suburb style of place, Vegetate is a niche audience - where are the cool indie stores/restaurants/bars that cater to the basic city person. Personally I'd like to see Shaw develop more like the lower east side of NYC then DC's Chinatown. And I think it is going to take some more stylish/indie places to make that happen.
> end my 2 cents <