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This is an entirely unscientific observation, but GM feels as if store closures seem to happen more often this time of year. And walking around over the weekend, he saw that if such a “closure season” does happen, it has been kicked off. Long time shops Leonidas and the Dog Shop are closing.
Both stores have come under increased competition recently. Hurting Leonidas, there has been a proliferation of ice cream and sweets stores opening in Georgetown over the past three years or so. For the Dog Shop, the introduction of the Petco shop under the Safeway surely hurt sales (not to mention the constant competition that the Internet brings).
The short lived cashmere shop just south of P has also recently closed.
It’s gotten that GM holds his breath every time he passes a favorite store that has some hand written sign in the window.
If you do fin yourself craving some fancy chocolates now that Leonidas is gone, don’t forget Fleurir on P St. just west of Wisconsin.