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From salons to eateries: 4 new spots to visit in Shaw

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a room filled with lots of furniture: Cosmo Beauty Bar. © Photo: Yoyo N./Yelp Cosmo Beauty Bar.

Want to get to know the freshest new spots in Shaw? From an Italian restaurant to a beauty salon, read on for the newest businesses to open their doors in this part of Washington.


1924 Eighth St. NW

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Nicecream is a locally owned spot for ice cream on the ground floor of The Shay apartment building. This is one of four Nicecream shops in the area. 

The staff makes ice cream from scratch while you watch by combining grass-fed cream and local ingredients, and then applying liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze it. The flavor options are always changing (see the calendar here); recent options have included caramel apple, cold brew coffee and peanut butter cup. 

Cookies and brownies are also available, along with coffee from Alexandria's Swing's Coffee Roasters. 

Yelpers are excited about the new ice cream shop, which has 4.5 stars out of eight reviews.

Jimmy B., who reviewed Nicecream on Oct. 10, wrote, "Best ice cream in town. Best way to end a nice date night, or prepare to head to bars on U Street."

Allison N. noted, "I was pleasantly surprised about how smooth the ice cream is here. We tried a lot of their other flavors, and the texture/consistency of the ice cream was smooth regardless of which flavor we picked."

Nicecream is open from 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

San Lorenzo

1316 Ninth St. NW

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Next, San Lorenzo is a new Italian restaurant from chef Massimo Fabbri, formerly of Tosca.

The cuisine pays homage to the chef's home region of Tuscany, with antipasti like prosciutto and panzanella; fresh, made-in-house pastas; and entrees like rustic pork ribs and cacciucco, or fisherman's stew.

An extensive bar menu offers diners Italian wine, beer and cocktails that range from the classic Negroni to the signature Morandi, with gin, basil, lemon sorbet and Prosecco.

The close-placed tables make for a convivial atmosphere.

With a four-star rating out of 43 reviews on Yelp, San Lorenzo has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Melissa S., who reviewed the restaurant on Sept. 9, wrote, "Just had a dinner here for the first time, and it is already one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. We ordered three pasta dishes. All were very delicious and nicely presented. My only complaint would be that the portions could have been a little bigger."

Yelper Micaela M. wrote, "Could call it cozy if you're feeling nice; otherwise, a bit of a cramped space. That aside, food was delicious. Service while eating at the bar was stellar."

San Lorenzo is open from 5:30–10:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 5–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5–9 p.m. on Sunday.

Cosmo Beauty Bar

1911 Ninth St. NW

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Cosmo Beauty Bar is another new addition to the neighborhood. The salon is located in a brick row house and boasts a sophisticated interior. Two rows of comfortable chairs can accommodate large groups.

The staff provides manicures and pedicures, featuring hundreds of colors and powder dip options, plus acrylics, foot massage and waxing. A free coffee or glass of rose is available for each customer.

Yelpers are generally positive about Cosmo Beauty Bar, which currently holds four stars out of 42 reviews on the site.

Rebecca H., who reviewed the salon on Sept. 9, wrote, "It's cute, clean and the employees are pretty nice. They seem to have a sanitizer for their tools; I think they sanitize then wrap them in a sterile package afterwards. I appreciate the effort to keep this place up to par on hygiene."

Yelper Kaia J. wrote, "I check for perfection and usually get on most nail technicians nerves. When I say I had zero complaints, I mean zero. Clean salon, hot stone massage with my pedicure, wine and champagne. This place was awesome."

Cosmo Beauty Bar is open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.

The Shop at Shaw

1924 Eighth St. NW, Suite 145

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Finally, back over at The Shay building, The Shop at Shaw is a new hair salon.

Led by stylist Jamie Lynn, it provides cuts and styles, coloring, and deep conditioning and retexturizing treatments like the Brazilian Blowout. Check out the full list of services on the salon's website.

The Shop will offer you a drink on your arrival and invites you to work on your laptop during your appointment.

The hair salon is off to a strong start with 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Julie P., who reviewed The Shop at Shaw on July 7, wrote, "First time here and it definitely won't be my last. This place has such a cool vibe, and it's the perfect location to hang out and eat afterwards. You've gotta check this place out."

Yelper Marina C. wrote, "I only had a haircut but it was exactly what I wanted. I loved the decor and the environment, decent price."

The Shop at Shaw is open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon–5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)


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