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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Georgetown Becoming A Little Less Like a Typical Mall

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Recently GM sat down to compile some of the new stores that are planning on opening up in Georgetown in the near future and a realization occurred to him. Georgetown is in the midst of a shift in terms of the retail mix.

What does that mean? Well consider the chain stores that have closed in Georgetown over the past two years, or so:

  • RRL
  • Chico’s
  • Pottery Barn
  • Smith & Hawken
  • Talbot’s
  • American Eagle
  • Banolino
  • Puma
  • Ed Hardy (thankfully it looks like the second coming of this store also closed recently)

They’re all perfectly fine, average stores you could find in just about any mall in the country (RRL was perhaps a slight exception to that; there are only five of those in the country).

What has moved in over that same period of time, however, has been decidedly less common. Some, but not all, offer “higher end” goods. But in almost every case, they are stores that you can’t find in Anytown, USA’s mall: Continue reading

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All the Stores in Georgetown – 2011

Tuesday, GM reported on his annual survey of stores in Georgetown. Today, he thought people might be interested in actually seeing that list of 527 stores (actually, make that 530, since GM realized he left out Village Hair Design, the Ralls Collection, and [blush] Scheele’s Market).

So here you go:

Safeway Supermarket
Verizon Electronics
Acqua Nails Salon
Unleashed Pets
Café Divan Restaurant
Animal Hospital Pets
Talio Hair Salon
First Cash Pawnbroker Pawn
Duron Paint
Einstein Bagels Restaurant
Starbucks Restaurant
Ledos Restaurant
Baytok Clothing
Everards Clothing
Sky Shoes Clothing
R&G Pop Up Shop Antiques
Harmony Salon Clothing
Bistrot Lepic Restaurant
P.O. Boxes Etc. Mail
Carine’s Bridal Clothing
H.A. Gill Realtors Realtor
ReMax Realtor
Miller & Arney Antiques
Adams Bank Bank
HSBC Bank
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The State of Georgetown 2011

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Every January, GM walks up and down the streets of Georgetown updating his database of the stores of Georgetown. He started this two years ago by simply scribbling down on a notepad every establishment on M and Wisconsin. Last year, working from an established list GM could take the time to expand the scope a little more and make sure to get all the stores on Wisconsin and M as well as those just off. Well this year GM went whole hog. He gathered a list of every single establishment in Georgetown. From Le Petite Corner Store to Jean Pierre to Tony and Joes to Jack’s Boathouse.

And what’s the grand total? (drum role) 527. That adds exactly 100 stores over last year’s tally (that doesn’t mean there are 100 new stores, of course, it just means GM counted 100 more. Some are new, some were just off GM’s scope last year).

Here’s how those numbers break down:

Independents Vs. Chains:

GM first started surveying stores in Georgetown to get a sense of just how many stores are independent and how many are chains. The first set of numbers surprised GM. Of the establishments on Wisconsin and M, 70% were independent. Last year’s survey found almost identical results.

As of today and including all establishments, the number is a tad higher: 73%. That makes sense, since a lot of the new stores that GM captured are off of the main drag and thus more likely to be independent.

Chains represent 26% of establishments. The last percentage or so are regional chains (e.g. Five Guys).

As he’s done in the past, this year GM again took at look at how those percentages look like when one considers only stores within one block of Wisconsin and M. Not surprisingly, the chain percentage goes up. However, as in past years, they still can’t crack 50%. Right now, chains make up only 41% of establishments within one block of M and Wisconsin. Continue reading

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Updates to Aren’t They Building…

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Up at the top of this page, you’ll see a link to a page that GM tries to keep relatively up to date: Aren’t They Building…

GM doesn’t always do a great job keeping it right up to date, so he occasionally has to clean it up. Like today. So with that, here’s are some changes:

What GM had:

Serendipity 3
-No announced date
-GM prediction: Summer 2010Fall 2010

What’s new:

Obviously they didn’t hit the fall 2010 mark. In GM’s defense, there’s been about zero reliable information about this project and it seems like it’s plagued with delays.

What GM had:

Sprinkles Cupcakes
-No announced date
-GM prediction: Summer 2010fall 2010 Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • An absolute must-read over at Carol Joynt’s blog: an old Washington Post article on how the patrons of Nathans felt about the upcoming election, in 1980. So many hilarious and timeless things going on there.
  • WaPo decides that Georgetown is all better now. GM’s not sure how much is different it is than six months ago when WaPo was ready to declare Georgetown dead and buried.
  • Biker struck on Prospect St.

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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Kate Michael is reporting that, as rumored, Britt Swan is bringing the Serendipity 3 ice cream parlor to Nathan’s space.
  • Georgetown Voice contemplates the Georgetown retail environment.

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