by Andrew Ramonas June 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0

A self-described “artist-designed footwear” business is set to bring its kicks to Shaw this summer.

Chicago-based BucketFeet, which began online in 2011, is scheduled to open in The Shay in “early July,” according to new signage spotted on the 800 block of Florida Avenue NW yesterday. The location is slated to become the first BucketFeet shop in the D.C. area.

A company representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

BucketFeet works with more than 20,000 painters, photographers and other artists from around the world to create its men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, according to its website. All footwear is less than $150.

“We are a brand on a mission to connect people through art,” the company’s website says.

Photo of shoes via Facebook/BucketFeet

by Andrew Ramonas March 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm 2 Comments

The “heaviest Japanese human being in history” and other sumo wrestlers are set to duke it out in an empty lot near the U Street corridor next month, according to an event representative.

The 600-pound Yama and two other champions of the Japanese wrestling sport are scheduled to meet for “Sumo-Sized Sunday” on April 3 at 945 Florida Ave. NW, spokeswoman Ashley Arias told Borderstan today. The event, slated for 11 a.m to 2 p.m., is the main contribution of the nearby Shay and Atlantic Plumbing developments to the District’s cherry blossom festivities.

“We wanted to just do something a little different,” Arias said.


by Tim Regan March 18, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Republic Kolache’s Texas-style pastries are now available at two more locations in Shaw.

Customers can order half smoke, saag paneer or other kolaches at Compass Coffee’s shops in Shaw  (1535 7th St. NW) and The Shay (1921 8th St. NW) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7 a.m., the coffee company announced this morning.


by Andrew Ramonas February 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Siberian Husky (Photo via Wikimedia/Kazisdaman)

Shaw this weekend is set to host a winter wonderland, complete with mountain scenery and huskies available for petting and hugging.

The free “Hug-a-Puppy” event is scheduled for Saturday at The Shay. Two teams of competitive sled dogs are slated to visit 8th Street and Florida Avenue NW from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the festivities.

In addition to the huskies, the event will include opportunities for photos in front of a mountain backdrop with wintry props.


by Andrew Ramonas February 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

(Updated at 3 p.m.) A duo was caught on video in connection with a New Year’s Eve break-in that netted thieves thousands of dollars of clothing from a shop in The Shay, police said.

The burglary happened in a store on the 1900 block of 8th Street NW about 4:4o a.m. on Dec. 31. Authorities haven’t released the name of the business.

Video police distributed yesterday in connection with the crime shows two people enter the shop, take clothing and flee.


by Andrew Ramonas November 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm 0

Le Labo products (Photo via Le Labo)

(Updated at 1:35 p.m.) The smell of perfume that costs several hundred dollars is on its way to a new retail and residential complex in Shaw.

A sign advertising perfumery Le Labo has appeared on the window of The Shay on Florida Avenue NW between 7th and 9th streets NW. The shop, which has locations in New York, Paris and other cities, aims to bring “soulful fragrances” to its customers, according to its website.

For Le Labo’s Noir 29 and Santal 33 perfumes, that soulful smell will cost $820 for a 16.9-ounce bottle or as low as $70 for a half-ounce. The perfumery also has $45 bars of soap and $70 candles, among other items.

Local blog Left for LeDroit first noted Le Labo’s plans to open in The Shay. But it wasn’t immediately clear when the perfumery would begin operations in Shaw.

The Shay also has become the second D.C. location for designer clothing store Steven Alan, which opened this morning.

The retailer, which also has a location in Georgetown, sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories.

“We’re excited to join the community,” said Scott Sanford, Steven Alan’s U.S. director of retail.

Glen’s Garden Market is set to arrive in The Shay next month, too.

The local and organic food purveyor tweeted today that it’s 29 days away from opening its second location in the District in Shaw. Its shop in Dupont Circle currently is its only location.

When Glen’s arrives, it will join Warby Parker, The Tie Bar and several other businesses that already are open for business.

Photo via Le Labo

by Andrew Ramonas November 5, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

Some of The Tie Bar's neckties (Photo via Facebook/The Tie Bar)

Holiday shoppers in search of gifts for men might find what they need in Shaw at a pop-up store that is set to open this week.

The Tie Bar is slated to begin selling its neckties, socks and other men’s items tomorrow in The Shay. The pop-up, which is scheduled to stay open through December, will take over a space on 9th Street NW, near Warby Parker.

The Chicago-based company is using its temporary location in Shaw to see if there’s demand for a permanent store in the District, according to a post on The Shay’s Facebook page.

Started in 2004 online, The Tie Bar’s only permanent location is in Chicago. It also has pop-up shops in Chicago and New York.

Most of its ties are $19, while socks are $8. The Tie Bar also sells pocket squares, cuff links and other men’s dress accessories at various prices.

Photo via Facebook/The Tie Bar

by Andrew Ramonas October 29, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

A new retail and residential complex in northern Shaw is set to get busier in the coming days.

At least four stores are slated to open by the end of next week in The Shay at Florida Avenue NW between 7th and 9th streets NW.

Urban lifestyle purveyor Chrome Industries and eyewear retailer Warby Parker are scheduled to open tomorrow, representatives of the businesses said yesterday. Custom men’s clothing company Read Wall and another menswear store, Frank & Oak, are slated to open late next week, officials with the shops said.

At The Shay’s Chrome, the California-based company’s first D.C. location, customers will have the opportunity to design their own custom messenger bags to purchase and can buy clothing and accessories geared toward people who live and bike in cities.

Warby Parker, which began online and has a location in Georgetown, has eyeglasses starting at $95, including a pair with blue-mirrored lenses that is only available in the District. The Shaw location also will have an optometrist on staff.

The Canada-based Frank & Oak, which has made The Shay its first D.C. location, sells casual and dress clothes for men. It’s scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 7, with $50 gift cards for its first 50 customers.

Formerly of Georgetown, Read Wall is expected to open at some point in the coming days with tailoring services and menswear made in the United States.

“We’re pumped about the neighborhood,” Read Wall founder and CEO Read Wall said.

More businesses are expected to join the four stores at The Shay. They include Glen’s Garden Market, Lettie Gooch, Compass Coffee and a restaurant from Northern Virginia restaurateur Tim Ma.

by Tim Regan October 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Glen's at The Shay, photo via’s Garden Market has moved a step closer to opening its new location in Shaw.

The Dupont-based business has applied for a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at The Shay (1924 8th St., NW). According to the application, the new Glen’s aims to serve local beer and wine in a “communal eating space.”

Glen’s owner Danielle Vogel said at an ANC 1B meeting three weeks ago that she hopes to open the new location some time next month.

In May, Vogel told the Washington City Paper that employees at the forthcoming Glen’s would sling $4 beers and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees alongside locally sourced groceries.

“It’s going to feel more like a bodega,” Vogel told the Washington City Paper. “You’re going to be completely enrobed by the bounty of the region.”

The new Glen’s will also include a large beer garden and sidewalk cafe with seating for 51 people.

Photo via

by Tim Regan June 24, 2015 at 10:05 am 0

The Shay exteriorA popular Northern Virginia restauranteur is one step closer to opening a restaurant in Shaw.

According to public hearing notice documents released today by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), Ma’s new restaurant, Freehand, has officially applied for a liquor license for an “upscale restaurant” in the mixed-use development called “The Shay” at 1924 8th Street NW.

The new restaurant will include a sidewalk cafe and seating for 99 patrons, and will be open until midnight every day, according to the notice.

Tim Ma, who owns popular NoVA restaurants Maple Ave and Water & Wall, was reportedly working on the new restaurant as early as February.

Though details regarding the opening date are still sparse, Ma told the Washington Post he expected the new restaurant to open some time next year.

Photo via


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