Shaw is experiencing an urban renaissance of unprecedented proportions thanks to its proximity to the downtown core, excellent transportation access and lively cultural and entertainment venues.

Residents enjoy the ever-increasing dining and retail commercial conveniences, while local and national retailers like the rapidly increasing demographics. Once home to jazz legend Duke Ellington, the Shaw neighborhood still pulses with a rhythm felt by residents and visitors alike.

100+ New Retailers in the Past 3 Years

  • Cava Grill
  • Compass Coffee Columbia Room (won best American cocktail bar at 2017 Annual Spirited Awards)
  • Glen’s Garden Market
  • Landmark Theatres
  • Sugar Shack Donuts
  • Union Kitchen Grocery
  • Warby Parker

The Wren + Whole Foods

The 412,000 SF mixed-use development at 965 Florida Avenue, NW will bring 433 apartments and a new 43,000 SF Whole Foods Market to the neighborhood in 2020.

CityMarket at O

The $330 million development has become the neighborhood’s new epicenter. It is anchored by a 72,000 SF flagship Giant Food supermarket, a 182-room Cambria Suites hotel, 497 residential units and 12,000 SF of retail. Phase II delivered an additional 142 units and 2,600 SF of retail in 2017.

New Tech Hub

The former Wonder Bread Factory (c. 1913) was transformed into the home of WeWork (co-working space) and iStrategyLabs’ new headquarters. In 2019, the Advisory Board will be moving into its new 500,000 SF HQ at 655 New York Avenue.

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

Rhode Island Avenue, NE is a designated Great Streets corridor. As funds become available small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2017, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

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*All demographic data is for within 0.5 miles.