This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by M and Thomas Jefferson Streets. Today on the north side of the street there is Sephora, a cosmetics store, Kate Spade, a handbag and apparel store, and Blue Mercury, another cosmetics store. These are square in the middle of the young-women-shopping market that has steadily grown in Georgetown over the years.
But 18 years ago the scene was different. Where Sephora now stands once stood Georgetown Seafood Grill. It was a laid back seafood restaurant owned by Capital Restaurant Concepts, the name behind other similarly laid back restaurants J.Pauls and Old Glory, among others. In 1997, four years after this photo was taken, Anthony Lanier and EastBanc bought out the building. After renovations, Sephora moved in.
There was another restaurant down on 19th and M called Georgetown Seafood and Grill, which renamed itself “Fin”. GM doesn’t know if there was a connection, but either way, it’s closed.
Next to Georgetown Seafood Grill was Rosey Cross. From what GM can determine, it was a new age type store. From one account, it was originally called “Crystals”. GM tried to research more into the store, but when you Google “Rosey Cross” and “Georgetown”, you get tons of conspiracy websites trying to try Rosicrucianism with the Jesuits, and the Illuminati, or something. But GM has said to much already…
It looks like Rosey Cross didn’t last too much longer after this photo was taken. By 2004, at the latest, Kate Spade was in this spot.
Next over was Eyetech, an eyeglass store. GM couldn’t find anything particularly interesting about this store. By 2004, Blue Mercury was already there.
There is also a slight part of the building that is currently housing Miss Saigon. GM can’t make out what the awning says, but it clearly wasn’t Miss Saigon. Anyone remember?
Here are the static shots: