This week for Not So Long Ago, GM heads up Wisconsin a little bit. Today it houses Reiss Limited, a British clothing importer. 18 years ago, however, this space housed one of the branches of the nearly gone and once great Kemp Mill Records.
Kemp Mill Records was founded in 1973 in Maryland (GM assumes it was Kemp Mill, MD, but he’s not positive). The store once had multiple branches spread out all over the DC-metropolitan area. Nowadays, they’ve just got one, in Hillcrest Heights, MD. But the memories are still all over the area.
GM’s not sure when Kemp Mill moved in, or when it moved out. But it was certainly gone by the time he moved to Georgetown in 2003, and it was probably gone well before then. The last good record store to shut down in Georgetown was the CD Warehouse in 2007, which was where Iceberry is now. Smash Records moved out a few years before that. The last true record shop was FYE in the mall, and that closed a few years ago. Granted, record shops are closing across the country, so the loss is hardly unique.
Reiss itself is not long for Georgetown. They plan to leave once their lease runs out. GM’s not heard whether a new tenant has been identified.
Here are the photos: