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Today for Not So Long Ago, GM stops by Wisconsin Ave. just below 34th st.
Today it’s a Starbucks, one of two in Georgetown (there used to be a third where Georgetown Cupcake now is. It was closed due to flooding, then closed for good back when Starbucks was closing a ton of stores a few years back).
Of course to long time residents, this Starbucks will always be associated with a tragedy. In 1997, three of its employees were shot to death by Carl Derek Havord Cooper, a robber. After remaining unsolved for two years (and attracting conspiracy theories), Cooper was arrested in 1999. He is serving life in prison with no chance of parole.
In 1993, this property was a used car dealership called Georgetown Motors. GM’s not sure, but he guesses that the parking lot next the the Starbucks was where the merchandise was kept. This may have been the last car dealership in Georgetown (GM thinks there used to be one or two other ones down on M St.)
Nowadays the Starbucks here is constantly hopping. There’s a great roof deck that gets a lot of use in the warmer months. Safeway’s new lounge across the street probably has cut into the sit-around-squinting-at-laptops-drinking-coffee crowd, but the Starbucks seems to still be doing well.